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Samoa's transport minister is defending the government's decision to prohibit the import of older model cars. From next week, vehicles older than eight years will no longer be able to be imported into Samoa. But the owner of Apia Motors, Haseeb Ashraf, told the Samoa Observer the decision would...
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says while there's been a lapse in inter-Samoa government meetings, departments have been in regular contact and progress has been made in building relations. The two governments haven't met since 2015. But Tuilaepa has backed statements made by...
A 65-year-old father of Vini fou and his 3-year-old daughter were held in the Police interview room for almost three hours yesterday.  Eti Sapolu went with his daughter Malu Sapolu to the Police station inquiring about a matter he was asked to give evidence towards.  However, when he arrived he was...
Moana, set in the South Pacific, missed out on the award for best animated film to the other Disney production in its category, Zootopia at the Golden Globe awards this past weekend. Zootopia also beat out Kubo and the Strings, My Life as A Zucchini and Sing. Moana, featuring New Zealand actors...
Medical authorities are concerned at plans to set up an alternative cancer therapy clinic in Samoa aimed to attract more New Zealand patients. The Mexico-based clinic Hope 4 Cancer has had the go-ahead to set up as a joint venture with the Samoan government. The clinic says it offers hope to...
The United States Ambassador to Samoa’s term is coming to an end. That’s because President-elect Donald Trump's transition staff have issued a blanket edict on December 23 requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their postings by inauguration day, January 20. The US ambassador, Mark...
An ocean-crossing, island-saving teenager is the Disney heroine kids are likely to be playing these school holidays, but for three Samoan sisters the fantasy is not so far from reality. Nafanua, Leilani and Emma are 14, 12 and 10-years-old respectively, and their dad Xavier Lui is teaching them the...
Through a supplemental motion, the US Justice Department has offered more evidence to the federal court in Honolulu to justify its request for the extradition of a US citizen, Dean Jay Fletcher, wanted for the murder of his wife, Patricia Kearney, in Vava’u, Tonga.  The federal court has scheduled...
A California judge has limited the arguments that consumers alleging price-fixing in the packaged seafood industry can use in their lawsuits against the major US tuna canners. Lawyers for Thai Union Group, the owner of Chicken of the Sea, Dongwon Industries' Starkist, and Lion Capital's Bumble Bee...
  When it comes to the year that Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had, he’s done it all. You see when we talk about his achievements it is not easy at all; in fact it’s very hard, as hard as… well… a rock. With all that the big man has achieved, stringing together a paragraph is almost too...

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