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Samoa prime minister Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's new Minister of Health said a planned travel bubble with New Zealand will not happen until the country's eligible population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Valasi Tafito Selesele told the Samoa Observer that the latest amendments to the State of Emergency Orders was...
Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is looking at lowering the minimum age of people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri said a surplus of vaccines has led the Ministry to consider a minimum age of 12 to get vaccinated. The New Zealand government has offered to supply...
Samoa celebrates a try against Tonga.
Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND — Samoa has qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating Tonga 37-15 in Kirikiriroa Hamilton yesterday (Saturday Samoa time). The Manu led by 20 points early in the second half but withstood a determined 'Ikale Tahi comeback to prevail 79-28 on aggregate over two legs...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues to be under COVID-19 State of Emergency as the Orders have been extended for another month to 01st August 2021. The extension has been approved by the Head of State on a recommendation from Cabinet according to the Press Secretariat. Meanwhile, an amended Travel...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court told a man from Samoa convicted of violating local drug laws that the only option for the court to deal with foreigners who come into American Samoa and violate its drug laws is to send them back to their countries, in order for government to save local...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has this month tightened restrictions on people entering the country. The Ministry of health requires intending travellers to get in touch 21 days before their planned trip. They require travellers to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before travel and to produce legitimate...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samuel Utaga, 42, a taxi driver from Samoa, pled out last week on a drug charge. He was initially charged with one count of unlawful possession of marijuana, a felony punishable by 5-10 years in jail, and a fine between $5,000-$20,000, or both. But under a plea agreement...
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Apia, SAMOA — People in Samoan eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are being urged to do so after new figures show the country's rates of vaccination falling behind other Pacific nations. The Samoa Observer reports the ANZ and Our World in Data survey shows only 35 percent of people have...
Lafoaina Avealalo
Fogasavaii Highlands, SAVAI'I — In the highlands of Fogasavaii on the big island Savai’i, beef cattle farmer Lafoaina Avealalo sits looking out over the vast ocean beyond his village. He savors the view as he enjoys the results of his hard work for his family and their future. It’s a bumpy ride up...
Samoa police beside the rock wall where the accident happened
Apia, SAMOA — A single car accident at Maalauli Vailele last night claimed the life of a driver when his vehicle crashed into a rock wall on the side of the road. Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said Police responded to a call at about 10pm Saturday night. “There were no other...

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