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FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's caretaker HRPP administration and its leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi have been accused of an unprecedented attack on the rule of law. The call comes from the winner of April's election, majority party FAST, which has raised concern about what it described as "disturbing...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's HRPP party — the country's caretaker government — has now lost six seats since the 9 April election, with eight by-elections to come. The incoming FAST Party government holds 26 seats to the HRPP's 19. FAST, which won the election but has been stymied in its efforts to assume...
Talalelei Pauga
Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan man charged with trying to assassinate Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi could be extradited from Australia within weeks. The Brisbane Magistrates Court concluded on Friday that Talalelei Pauga is eligible for extradition to Samoa and he has again been...
Suva, FIJI — In a press release issued Sunday, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum issued a statement regarding the Samoa election and the political situation that has ensured. Secretary General Henry Puna said, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat remains ready to provide...
Suva, FIJI — Fiji has reported 485 new cases of Covid-19 and three more deaths in the 24 hours to 8am on Sunday. That compares to 506 cases and one death in the previous 24-hour period. The Health Ministry said all four patients were unvaccinated. On Friday, the ministry announced 860 positive...
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Sacramento, CA — A Samoan woman, who resides in Corning, California pled guilty last week at the federal court in Sacramento, California to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for her participation in a refund‑fraud scheme, in which her father is a co-defendant who has already been sentenced for his...
Faasa Charles Faasa
Honolulu, HAWAII — Prosecutors have charged a 36-year-old man with attempted murder after he allegedly shot his ex-­girlfriend’s boyfriend in the hand at a shopping center parking lot in Nanakuli. Faasa Charles Faasa was charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second...
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Apia, SAMOA — After successful travel bubbles launched between Australia and New Zealand in April, and the Cook Islands and New Zealand last month, Samoa predicts it will be joining the countries in the second half of 2021. The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has been working hard behind the scenes...
FAST leaders, Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa looks set to have a final ruling on whether the election-winning FAST Party's impromptu swearing-in as government will be officially recognised. The Court of Appeal today granted applications from the Attorney General to hear an appeal and stay of execution against the Supreme...
Climate Change in American Samoa front cover
PACIFIC ISLANDS — Pacific leaders on Thursday met COP26 president Alok Sharma to set out their priorities for the major climate change summit in November. The major UN climate change summit, known as COP26, an event the UK will co-host with Italy is the most important climate summit since the...

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