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Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala Warren
Apia, SAMOA — The judge hearing the trial of a 18-year-old for murdering a Chinese businessman in Samoa has called for greater tolerance of difference in the community. The man, Gogosina Lelei Leilua, pleaded guilty to the murder, being armed with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated robbery in...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife in front of his two young children in Nuuuli was arrested and appeared in court last week. This is the fourth man arrested and charged with domestic violence against women recently. The defendant, a 46-year-old man from Samoa, made...
Social media apps, including Facebook, on face of smart phone
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma, has warned that banning Facebook in Samoa would affect freedom of speech guarantees in the Constitution. The Samoa Observer reports the Office of the Ombudsman issued a statement saying the move, suggested by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele...
A group of Samoan matai pre-Covid
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government has extended its Covid-19 State of Emergency until 30 August. The government statement said the current State of Emergency Orders would remain in place except for one amendment. In regards to social gatherings, ceremonies for the bestowal of matai titles are now...
Samoa Airways Twin Otter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said the repatriation flights to bring back home local residents stranded in Samoa will run for this one last week and starting Aug. 1, for a period of two weeks, the flights will bring in specialized workers needed...
Tialavea Tionisio Hunt
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Minister of Police and Prisons says he wants to bring back corporal punishment for rapists. Tialavea Tionisio Hunt told the Samoa Observer newspaper he was sickened by incidents of rape and sexual abuse against women and children. He said corporal punishment would serve as a...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government’s plan to ban Facebook ahead of the General Election next year is not only “dangerous” it encroaches on fundamental human rights around freedom of speech. So warns a Social Media expert when her opinion was sought on reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’...
Facebook App
Apia, SAMOA — A report by TV1Samoa details Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi saying that many people had complained about the popular social media platform and how it was being used to hurt people. "I am thinking about this a lot especially how it is being used to make defamatory...
Samoa residents sit along the seawall in downtown Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Officers conducting Samoa's national census will be dishing out cash while on the job. Newsline Samoa reports that every citizen whose personal details are collected by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics officers will receive $50 tala (US$18) It is part of the government's second stimulus...
Samoa Airways Twin Otter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Additional repatriation fights have been confirmed to return the rest of local residents stranded in Samoa, to American Samoa. While there has been no official statement from ASG, both Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways confirmed the additional flights on both its websites...

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