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Talalelei Pauga and supporters
Apia, SAMOA — Police in Apia are working to extradite a Samoan man based in Australia in connection with the alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, confirmed to the Samoa Observer that the Police had made an...
Houses at Sogi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police are preparing to evict families who are refusing to vacate government lands at a settlement known as Sogi in Apia. The Police Commissioner Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil has cautioned against violence in the process. "Our plea to the families in this area is to keep the peace...
Samoa Government Building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is proposing to criminalize the leaking of government documents with an up to seven year jail term for those found guilty of the crime. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports that a draft amendment to the Crimes Act would make it illegal for public servants to disclose "any...
Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government is reviewing its policy on the repatriation of bodies back to the country. The Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's proposed policy is expected to strengthen measures used by authorities to allow for repatriation of the deceased. Ministry CEO Agafili Shem...
Zita Martel captaining her longboat inside the reef in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The popular fautasi or traditional longboat racing is being revived for the Teuila Festival next year, but crews must take competition seriously.  No more token entries to make up the numbers and arriving at the finishing line in comfort to collect on the prize money for taking part....
The General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church, Reverend Vavatau Taufao and the CEO of the Ministry of Revenue, and Matafeo Avalisa Fautuaalii
Apia, SAMOA — The minsters of the Congregational Christian church who had tax evasion charges withdrawn in court this week, expect to face similar charges to be filed against them soon. The CEO of the Ministry of Revenue confirmed in a media release last night that the Court was advised of future...
Samoa Courthouse
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Revenue in Samoa has withdrawn tax charges against a further 19 ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa. The ministers appeared in the District Court this week with the church General Secretary Vavatau Taufao confirming the withdrawals. In July a...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A police constable in Samoa, Lefiu Aiga Fono, has appeared in court on charges of murder and manslaughter following the death of man in a stone throwing incident at Faleasi'u village early this year. Another man, who is a relative of the accused, has also been charged. The policeman...
 Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — A monument erected by the New Zealand Government commemorating those who died in the Spanish influenza epidemic in Samoa has been unveiled in Samoa. It memorializes the 8500 lives lost in Samoa to the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918 . New Zealand's Minister of Social Development...
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Faith in the overriding will of God has left the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, unconcerned by any plot to have him killed. His reaction on national radio yesterday, was the first time he has responded publicly to an alleged murder conspiracy on his life.  “ God has...

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