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Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's High Court has yet to decide on a government application for a closed bail hearing for two men charged with conspiring to assassinate the prime minister. The Attorney-General's Office cited Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's safety as a reason for seeking the closed...
Fiame Naomi Mataafa and representatives of Ti'avea Village
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Government is pushing ahead with construction of a $US5 million airport at Ti'avea on Upolu island, although it will only be used for emergency landings. Fagali'i Airport would also continue to be used, but because of its close location to neighboring American Samoa, Ti'avea...
Samoa Airways staff members seeing samples of the airline’s new “farm to plane” menu
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways is rolling out a new ‘farm to plane’ menu showcasing more local produce and innovative Samoan cuisine. The overhaul of the flight menu is part of an ongoing process in reviewing the entire inflight product service out of Samoa. It is one of many changes that Samoa...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A Methodist church minister in Samoa is in police custody after he confessed to church leaders that he had raped a 16-year-old girl. The church's general secretary, the Reverend Eteuati Tuioti, said an internal investigation ended with the minister confessing to the rape. The minister...
Canned tuna on a plate
London, ENGLAND — Skipjack tuna prices for October deliveries in Bangkok, Thailand, are continuing a bearish trend and are expected to further fall in November, multiple tuna industry sources told Undercurrent News. Prices for skipjack tuna raw material fell in September following a partial...
A Samoa measles poster.[
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has confirmed a measles epidemic. Seven cases had been confirmed, and it said the death of a one-year-old last week was also likely to be because of measles. In a statement, Samoa's government said test results back from Australia showed two adults and five children...
Man pointing out scene of the crime
Apia, SAMOA — Four suspects have been arrested and one is facing a charge of murder in connection to a suspected targeted violent armed robbery in Vaitele last weekend that left a Chinese national dead.  The men are in their 20s. Police expect more arrests in the coming days.  “We now have in...
Poster warns against the spread of measles.
Apia, SAMOA — The mother of a one-year-old has told media in Samoa that her son who was highly suspected of having measles has died. The boy had been confined for a week at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua isolation unit for patients suspected of having measles. He died on White...
Rural scene from the film Loimata: The Sweetest Tears
Taihape, NEW ZEALAND — The true story of one of the Pacific’s great waka builders and sailor has been captured in a stirring and visually gripping documentary. Loimata: The Sweetest Tears follows the final years of Ema Siope, a Samoan born kiwi who endured a tumultuous past to reconnect with her...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — The principal of a secondary school in Samoa is under police investigation after allegedly using PVC piping to assault an 18-year-old student. The beating is alleged to have happened after the student posted a photograph of him and another student on social media wearing their school...

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