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Arthua Brun
Kauai, HAWAII — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former Kauai County Councilman Arthur Brun to 20 years in prison for running a methamphetamine ring supplied by the United Samoan Organization, a gang that operates in and out of the Hawaii prison system. The former vice chairman of the council...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi,Chinese President Xi Jinping
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press...
Consul General, Fata Brian Kaio
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has neither confirmed nor denied that waiving the 30-day entry permit for Samoan citizens entering American Samoa would be discussed at any future Samoa Talks. During a press conference with the media in Samoa this week, the Prime Minister...
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi,
Apia, SAMOA — The leader of Samoa's Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, and the party's secretary Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi have been suspended indefinitely without pay from Parliament. A formal complaint by deputy prime minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio was lodged...
Justice Vui
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Senior Samoa Supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson is calling on the Samoa Government to appoint a task force to assist with the drug problem in the country, following the footsteps of the American Samoa Government. “Great move by American Samoa Government. Every...
Samoa Ministry of Health logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) has advised that all incoming passengers from American Samoa can self-isolate in their respective homes. The new COVID-19 protocols were announced in a revised travel advice issued by the Ministry for travelers from American Samoa entering Samoa....
Empty baby formula shelves
Detroit, MICHIGAN — The conditions that led to a shortage of baby formula were set in motion long before the February 2022 closure of the Similac factory tipped the U.S. into a crisis. Retailers nationwide reported supplies of baby formula were out of stock at a rate of 43% during the week ended...
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi
Honolulu,HAWAII — Honolulu Mayor Rick Blackgirdi said Wednesday that he might consider implementing a mask mandate after the Covid-19 case count rose for the eighth week in a row. Hawaii recorded a weekly average of 925 cases per day on Wednesday, up from 722 the previous week. The state also...
Samoa PM Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has appeared before a parliamentary committee to explain an agreement she signed with the opposition leader to discontinue a contempt of court case. She told the Samoa Observer she disputed the contention by Opposition Leader Tuilaepa...
Samoa PM Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — A new era has dawned in Samoa with the swearing-in of three women MPs, taking the number of women in the Legislative Assembly to seven. The swearing-in follows a court ruling issued by Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese, Senior Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, and Justice Lesatele Rapi...

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