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Taualai Leiloa talking with his lawyer.
Apia, SAMOA — One of three men facing a charge of plotting to assassinate Samoa's prime minister has withdrawn a bid to change his plea to not guilty. A hearing for Taualai Leiloa's change of plea was scheduled to be heard today. But his lawyer has told the court that village pressure on the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In another revised travel advisory dated Feb. 5th, the Health Department made adjustments to travel requirements for US passport holders and American Samoa residents “transiting” through Tonga to the territory, while today’s MV Lady Naomi sail was suspended due to...
Samoa Courthouse
Apia, SAMOA — A father in Samoa has been jailed for 25 years for the rape and indecent assault of his 14-year-old daughter. The 39-year-old was convicted on charges of rape, incest, indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection. The police said the defendant's other daughter reported the attack...
Staff members take passengers' body temperature at Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan
Apia, SAMOA — Six people are being held in quarantine in Samoa, and 18 have been refused entry, since the government last week introduced border restrictions to stave off the Wuhan coronavirus. The health ministry said the latest to be quarantined at the Faleolo Health Clinc were a Samoan woman and...
Belford Viali poses with family following
Honolulu, HAWAII — In the afterglow of another epic Super Bowl contest, Samoan teenager Belford Viali is hoping he will one day get the chance to show his skills on American football's biggest stage. The 18-year-old, who is still a student at St Joseph's College in Apia, became the first Samoan-...
Travelers wearing face masks arrive at airport
Apia, SAMOA — The Government Press Secretariat confirmed last night that two students returning home from China via Nadi Fiji have been quarantined as a precautionary measure. The students arrived on Friday night via Nadi Fiji on Fiji Airways. The Samoan students are isolated under self-quarantine...
Tologatā Tile Tuimalealiifano speaking at press conference
Apia, SAMOA — The General Manager of Samoa’s Electric Power Corporation has confirmed that Samoa’s power supply is in a “State of Emergency” and that the nation should prepare for more power cuts and a nation-wide rationing of electricity supply. The whole of Upolu experienced an unexpected power...
Passengers arriving through International gate
Apia, SAMOA — Travel restrictions imposed by Samoa's government amid the deadly global outbreak of coronavirus are having an impact on those planning to visit from New Zealand. Although Samoa has not recorded a case, travellers are required to get a medical clearance at least three days before...
Dear Editor, I've heard recently that due to yet another outbreak of a serious disease, this time the Coronavirus, the Independent State of Samoa now requires us to get a medical examinatIon three days before traveling there. At first, this seemed simple enough, but the more I think about it the...
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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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