Prison for rape of 12 year old

A 21-year-old male Fa’afetai Mafuie was sentenced to eight years and eight months after he was convicted of one count of rape, assault to commit sexual violation and sexual connection with a young person. 

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A STRONG SAMOAN WOMAN: Alofa Toeoalii with her granddaughter.

You need to sweat in order to live

“Life here is very easy,” Alofa Taeoalii, aged sixty, of Lepea, told Village Voice, yesterday.

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A HARD WORKING FAMILY Umufatu and Iemaima Lealofi with their son Mark

What’s good for Apia is good for us

For 47 year old, Umufatu Lealofi, life in the village is what you make it out to be; you can make it tough with a lazy life or make things simple through hard work.

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Egyptian Christian girls light candles in the Hanging Church in Old Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt's new law on churches angers Christian critics

Egypt's lawmakers on Tuesday passed the country's first law spelling out the rules for building a church, a step Christians have long hoped would free up construction that was often blocked by authorities.

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This undated photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows Alexander Montagu-Manchester.

Australian man with British title to stay jailed in Vegas

An Australian man who identifies himself as the 13th Duke of Manchester will remain jailed in Las Vegas at least until next month, pending possible resolution of felony false police report and burglary charges carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a judge said Tuesday.

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This year’s festival featured some of the top Samoan world champion paddlers from the New Zealand Open Mens and Masters Mens teams, who recently competed in the World Sprints held in Australia earlier this year.

Successful start to Alo Paopao Festival 2016

The Vailima Alo Paopao International Paddling Regatta & Festival 2016 started on Friday 26th August with team registration & briefing and officially opened on Saturday morning.  

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Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, takes a break between games against Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

Concussion-related lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open

Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.

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Street Talk

Are Miss Samoa contests still relevant?

With the Miss Samoa Pageant 2016 just around the corner, Samoa will find its new ‘Miss Pretty’ soon. But while beauty contests often seem like a competition of the superficial kind in which the beauty part overshadows the cultural aspects, the question is, are these contests still relevant? This is what the Samoa Observer asked the people of Samoa in its latest Street Talk.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…When was the last time you cried? Crying can surprise us. But in those moments of sadness, joy, relief, or fear, our tears can help us see the truth of what is important in life. Tears are the language of the heart. They express our deepest needs, hurts, loves, and joys that words cannot say.


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More than just beauty

It’s Teuila Festival time and that means the annual Miss Samoa Pageant; a time to pick your favourite, argue over who is “most likely” and if we are honest, take a critical look at any small imperfections of the contestants at televised and other media events in the lead up to the big night itself.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: “You rub my back, and I’ll rub your back” – revisited. In this time of testing, we find out how many strong men and women remain to challenge the sickness that has come upon our people.

Dear Sir or Madam, I’m sorry if I’m disturbing you. Could you help me, please? Excuse me please for spelling mistakes, I learn English with a German-English dictionary, sorry.

Ministers of Cabinet Members of the Diplomatic Corp Representatives of the host organisations of the Conference Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen: It gives me great pleasure to provide the opening address for this regional forum with its focus on Linking the Agrifood sector to the local markets for economic growth and improvement of nutrition and food security. Opportunities such as this forum gives us time to reflect on the lessons learnt from the business models we have been using and linking these to a pathway towards the achievement of sustainable economic growth and nutritional objectives of the region.




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Singer arrested on suspicion of assault with deadly weapon

Police arrested singer Chris Brown on Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called hours earlier from outside his Los Angeles home and said she needed help.

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European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.

Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill

The European Union ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in a move that dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world.

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