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A village council of chiefs in Samoa has unanimously agreed to ban all foreign businesses on customary land. The decision by the council of Siumu district on Upolu gained the support of all local business people and has now been registered in the office of the Lands and Titles court at Mulinu'u....
Samoa is one step closer to getting faster, cheaper internet with the start on the Savaii component of the country's new submarine cable. Construction of the 1,300 kilometre system will cost $US57.4million and will connect Upolu and Savai'i, to the Southern Cross Cable Network in Suva, Fiji. The...
The Pasifika Film Festival is being held this week in New Zealand's capital for the first time, showcasing 26 films, made by Pacific filmmakers, about Pacific people. The festival started in Australia in 2013 and has since increased in popularity. Last week it visited Auckland and it is being...
 “Justice has prevailed today,” said suspended Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil outside of the Supreme Court with Samoa News following the dismissal of the criminal case against him. This matter is in connection with one count of Inciting, counseling and procuring to commit murder, 100...
CANADA’S NEW HIGH COMMISSIONER MEETS WITH HEAD OF STATE Apia, SAMOA — The relationship between Samoa and Canda will mark its 46th year, coming June 2017 and it’s something to be proud of, said His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi during a brief ‘Letter of Credence’ ceremony at Tuaefu, residence...
An American Samoan man, sentenced last month at the federal court in Honolulu for interfering with the flight crew of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from American Samoa to Hawai’i,  will now serve three months of home confinement following a recent arrest by Honolulu police. Aumoeualogo Agaaoa Togia...
REMOVAL OF MARY’S STATUTE IN HIGH COURT Apia, SAMOA — Tavita Sa’u is accused in connection with damaging the statue of Mary at the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (CCCS) in Si’ufaga Falelatai. The church’s reverend Opapo Soanai says that has his church title has been stripped by elders of...
Apia, SAMOA —  A 47-year-old father has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of his 14-year-old old son, who was struck on the neck with a machete. The father was overly intoxicated, according to Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu who expressed a huge concern in...
PARKER’S MANDATORY TITLE DEFENSE WILL BE  IN AUCKLAND Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s son, WBO Champion Joseph Parker will once again defend his title in New Zealand. According to off island media outlets, Duco Events, Parker’s co-promoter, won a purse bid for Parker’s mandatory title defense against England...
President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order that could affect entry to the United States of people from countries in free association with the US. The Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau are all in a Compact of Free Association with the US. The order...

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