Valentine Holmes touches down to score a try for Australia against Samoa. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Samoa knocked out of World Cup

Toa Samoa has been knocked out of the Rugby League World Cup by a dominant Australian team.

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AT THE LAUNCH: Prime Minister Tuilaepa and delegates from Samoa at the Auckland launch.

Samoa Airways a winner at Mangere

The government’s latest foray into the world of international airlines through the newly launched Samoa Airways is a winner with Samoans in New Zealand. It was certainly well received by the Samoan community at the Fale o Samoa in Mangere where the Airline’s New Zealand operation was launched on Tuesday night.

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SALAMASINA COLLECTION: Model Leilana Meredith wears the Petra two piece from the Salamasina Collection which will be available in-store early December. Photo: Supplied.

Fashion giants join forces for Christmas collection

In an ever changing and dynamic retail environment, two of Samoa’s high profile and longstanding family businesses, MENA and Eveni - Koko Pacific, have joined forces to give their customers the best Christmas experience.

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France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his Moroccan counterpart Saad-Eddine El Othmani attend as their ministers exchange signed agreements, in Rabat, Morocco, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.  Philippe is in Morocco to try to reinvigorate trade with the No

Africa politics creep into French PM's visit to Morocco

France's prime minister launched a mission Wednesday to reinvigorate trade and cooperation with Morocco, which has steadily positioned itself as a regional economic powerhouse focused on Africa instead of its former colonial ruler.

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Soldiers sit on a military vehicle parked on a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. People across the country are starting another day of uncertainty amid quiet talks to resolve the country's political turmoil and the likely end of Preside

Regional summit expected to formalize terms of Mugabe exit

In the first round of negotiations over how President Robert Mugabe will leave power, the Zimbabwean leader met Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest and mediators, including South African Cabinet ministers and a Catholic priest.

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Sport

England coach Eddie Jones looks across the pitch before a rugby union international match between England and Argentina at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Jones leaves barbs to Cheika ahead of England vs Wallabies

It has become customary for England coach Eddie Jones to rip into Australia ahead of rugby games against the country of his birth. Not this week.

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Deontay Wilder, left, punches Bermane Stiverne during their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Wilder,  the WBC heavyweight champion, will square off again against Stiverne on Saturday night at Barclays Center. Wilder is 38-0 with 37

Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight

Deontay Wilder can't wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring. He's just not sure when it's going to happen. "I just want to prove who is the best, that's all I want to do," Wilder said Thursday. "I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring."

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Street Talk

Should envelopes given to Cabinet Ministers be taxed?

The announcement by the Ministry for Revenue of taxes on the incomes of the Head of State and church ministers, has generated much discussion. Particularly when church ministers found out that not only was the money given by the congregation on Sundays to be taxed but also envelopes given when they attend weddings, funerals and other functions. One aggrieved church minister then suggested that Cabinet Ministers should be similarly taxed when they receive money in envelopes when attending functions. What do you think? Neretiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Falefia Taliaoa 23.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…It’s been said: “Hating people is like burning down your whole house to kill a rat.” You’ve also heard the expression, “Cutting your nose off to spite your face.”

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Is this government now asking God to pay taxes too?

The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, If all things I read on the news are true then we are witnessing a modern-day ‘slave-trade’ at the expense of our very own Pacific players. As nasty as this comparison is, I believe, this is the most fitting way to describe the current set-up of the World Ruby Union.

Dear Editor, Re: Invasive species could be turned into renewable energy According to your article on a new project using local wood to generate electrical power, a short list of trees has been published as being invasive species.

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the somewhat circus I have consequently created through the voicing of concern. I am saddened with how such a serious issue has turned into a media frenzy, creating a divide between athletes and officials.

Entertainment

Alejandro Fernandez performs at the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Global hit 'Despacito' claims 3 early Latin Grammy Awards

The global hit "Despacito" has made good on three of its four nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards. The summer smash by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee won record of the year Thursday, as well as short-form video and urban fusion performance for the remix with Justin Bieber. "Despacito" is also up for song of the year.

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Technology

Trader Dennis Maguire works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Thursday, led by big gains in technology companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Strong earnings from Wal-Mart, Cisco drive US stocks higher

Strong quarterly earnings from Wal-Mart Stores, Cisco Systems and other companies drove U.S. stocks higher in late-afternoon trading Thursday, placing the market on course to snap a two-day losing streak.

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