Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, left, and midwife Libby, no surname given, pose with Ardern's newborn daughter at the Auckland City Hospital in Auckland. (Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand via AP)

After giving birth, New Zealand leader craves mac-n-cheese

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl. Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office.

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Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork, President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation and National Coach with Dan Vukelich, the Video Director during the first shooting day at the training center of weightlifting.

New York crew film Samoa weightlifting

A film crew from New York, America, is in Samoa to film a documentary on the Samoa Weightlifting team that participated in the recent Commonwealth Games in Australia. 

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Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa with EU Commissioner Mimica at the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers and the 43rd Meeting of the A.C.P.-E.U. Council of Ministers in Lome, Togo in May 2018.

Deputy P.M. leads Samoa’s delegation to A.C.P. meetings

The Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, led the Samoa delegation to the 107th Session of A.C.P. Council of Ministers and the 43rd Meeting of the A.C.P.-E.U. Council of Ministers, held in Lome, Togo.

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World

Israel's Prime Minister's wife Sara Netanyahu arrives for the meeting with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire at Bercy Economy Ministry, in Paris, France.

Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged Thursday with misusing some $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs, dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family and drawing fresh attention to a series of separate corruption investigations plaguing the prime minister.

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South Korean Red Cross President Park Kyung-seo, left, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Pak Yong Il during a meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea. (South Korea Unification Ministry via AP)

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

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Sport

All Blacks' Richie Mo'unga during an All Blacks training session ahead of the third and final All Blacks v France test match at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. 21 June 2018. Copyright Image: Derek Morrison / www.photosport.nz

All Blacks under pressure to improve in 3rd test vs. France

Though they have already won the three-test series, the All Blacks will find themselves under extraordinary pressure in the final test against France at Dunedin on Saturday.

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Semi Radradra of Fiji holds off Kurt Baker of New Zealand

Radradra rested by Fiji for Tonga test

Former rugby league star Semi Radradra has been rested by Fiji for Saturday's rugby test against Tonga at Lautoka. Coach John McKee has agreed to release Radradra to allow the center to rest and prepare for next month's Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament at which he will play for Fiji.

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Street Talk

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

Ata Laban, 37

Alamagoto

Katalina Tuasivi, 62

Matautu-uta

Lagi Felise, 50

Falelauniu-tai

Tasiaeafe Tomasi, 19

Mulifanua

Unapo Tuimauga, 72

Faleasiu

Think a Minute

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.”

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Budget, aid, cost of handouts

And so the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s 2018/19 Budget tabled in Parliament two weeks ago was passed last night. Guided by the theme “The Right Path,” the passing of the budget will no doubt come as music to the ears of Government bodies and businesses whom the Government owes money to.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor It is beyond belief that the C.C.C.S. Ministers and the church somehow believed they should be exempt from paying the alofa tax. Jesus was not paid for his work or ministry so if you want to talk biblical then take a leaf out of Jesus’ example.

Dear Editor, Re: I’m not a sifi Wonderful to hear some real exchange of taofi ma manatu being exchanged on the floor of the Fono. This is refreshing and long over due.

Dear Editor Re: Tui Atua’s piece in Fiji Tui Atua Tupua is the best of the best when it comes to the Samoan language and understanding Samoan mythology. He is the authority of the Samoan language and myths intellectually.

Entertainment

Professional tennis player Serena Williams appears at an event to launch a national street art campaign with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to make domestic violence and financial abuse visible, at TicTail Market on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York

Serena Williams: Young boys need domestic abuse education

Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn't just center around women, but men as well. The tennis superstar says education about domestic abuse should start when men are young boys.

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Technology

a college student plays a computer game at an Internet cafe in Seoul, South Korea. On Monday, 18, 2018, the World Health Organization said that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not.

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