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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Ministry of Health has confirmed that two Samoan sailors are in quarantine for 14 days at the Faleolo District Hospital amid fears they might be carrying China's coronavirus. According to the Samoa Observer, the two have been at the hospital, which has been converted into a...
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Anchorage, ALASKA — A 25-year-old Samoan man — who was sentenced more than a week ago at the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska in a separate felony gun possession case — is facing kidnapping and murder charges in state court. Iosia Nelson Fiso, who resides in Anchorage, pled guilty last year to...
Gate to Tafa'igata Prison in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Parole Board has given 13 prisoners, including one imprisoned for life, belated New Year presents with their applications for parole being accepted. Chief executive of the Ministry of Justice and Court Administration Moliei Simi Va'ai told the Samoa Observer, 56 prisoners...
 Samoa Airways Twin Otter at American Samoa's Tafuna International Airport
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Minister for Public Enterprise says the country's national airline will replace the aircraft it uses between the two Samoas with a larger plane and it will open new routes to other countries in the region. Lautafi Fio Purcell, the minister responsible for Samoa Airways, told...
A small village shop
Apia, SAMOA — Member of Parliament for Vaisigano Number 3 Faaulusau Losa Duffy Stowers challenged Parliament to look at reasons why Chinese businesses are growing and taking over Samoan owned shops in the villages. “Chinese shops are developing while Samoan shops are going down.., What is the...
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech is pleased to announce an important partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, and together have planned a series of webinars for the public in an effort to spread the word about...
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has attacked the Samoa Observer, accusing the nation’s only daily newspaper of being “nosy,” spreading “lies” and employing “kids” whose writing, he says, are misleading the public. Tuilaepa issued his attack in response to the Samoa...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — In celebration of the lunar new year, which begins Friday/Saturday, January 25/26, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is pleased to announce the availability of the 2020 traditional lunar calendars for Hawaiʻi, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of...
Children in a classroom.
Apia, SAMOA — In a historic first, Samoa will host the 84th Extraordinary Outreach Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child from 2-6 March.  It will be the first time any of the United Nations (UN) human rights treaty body committees formally meet outside its Geneva and New York...
Examples of healthy eating options in the FAO program
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's main markets in Apia will soon have vendors selling nutritious food as part of an initiative to introduce healthy eating. The Savalalo market has been selected for the first phase of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) project because of the popularity of stalls...

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