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Apia, SAMOA  — The $1.9 million paid monthly to the Computer Services Ltd (CSL) remained unexplained by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa despite being questioned in Parliament last Thursday. The issue was raised by the Member of Parliament for Anoama’a West, Lauofo Pierre Lauofo who quoted the...
The head of the bat that a traveler said his family had eaten the rest of in Samoa.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Biosecurity officers made a grisly discovery at Auckland Airport, after a travelber attempted to bring a bat's head into New Zealand. Arriving from Samoa last week, the passenger announced the head with a bizarre excuse. "The traveller said his family had eaten the rest of...
Photo of Samoa Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan lawyer in the US denies being one of the writers of the controversial blog, O le Palemia, or OLP. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi's naming of two alleged writers was publicized briefly by Talamua Online, which later retracted the story. Namulau'ulu Albert...
The Central Bank of Samoa, in the capital Apia.  [photo: RNZI/ Koroi Hawkins]
SAMOA'S FOREIGN DEBT REACHES BILLION TALA MARK Samoa's foreign debt reached the billion tala mark late last year according to a report. The Samoa Observer newspaper reports the Chinese government is the biggest debtor with loans to Samoa worth more than $US160 million. That's more than the...
Road washout at Moamoa Fou. [Samoa Observer]
Moamoa, SAMOA — Residents of Moamoa Fou are calling on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration for assistance. One of them, Tagaloa Ta’avale Masoe, said they desperately need help after the road there was washed away during Saturday’s flooding.  More than 70 families...
Manamea Apelu-Schwalger [Samoa Observer file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer, has passed away. She died peacefully on Sunday. Manamea, a former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, was laid to rest Monday morning (Samoa time) at her family’s homestead at Tanumapua. It was a...