CONFIDENT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR FAITH IN SAMOA: Members of the Baha’i community at their National convention in April 2016. Photo provided by the Baha’i community of Samoa.

Religion is more than a name: Baha’i

The ongoing debate on the freedom of religion in Samoa was recently enflamed by Reverend Ma’auga Motu. The Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches had stated that among the Muslim community, there were “dangerous people […] who might come and threaten our peace”.

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Food safety closes shop

Last week, a local business at Apia was closed down due to safety issues for the public.

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BACK THEN: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi is pictured here showing Australian Senator Brett Mason the damage to the bridge after Cyclone Evan in 2012.

Leone residents relieved

Residents at Leonē are cautiously optimistic that their businesses will soon be back to normal after the government announcement they will begin rebuilding the bridge next month.

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World

People ask for help after their boat overturned off the Libyan coast Thursday, May 26, 2016. A migrant boat sank off Libya's coast Thursday with about 100 passengers on board.

More than 4,000 migrants rescued in single day

More than 4,000 would-be refugees were rescued at sea Thursday in one of the busiest days of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, and at least 20 died trying to reach Europe as Libyan-based smugglers took advantage of calmer seas to send desperate migrants north.

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State police stand inside a warehouse where a black cross marks a wall near blood stains on the ground, after a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals in Tlatlaya, Mexico.

Mexico: Townspeople kidnap lawmakers to seek mayor's ouster

A group of indigenous Mexicans kidnapped two lawmakers in the southern state of Chiapas, held them overnight and finally freed them unharmed Thursday after the state congress agreed to replace the mayor of their town.

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Maria Sharapova on Russia's provisional Olympic team for Rio

Russia has included Maria Sharapova on its preliminary team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test.

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Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder can choose his next opponent in defending his World Boxing Council title.

WBC champ Wilder can choose next opponent

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder can choose his next opponent in defending his World Boxing Council title.

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Street Talk

Are Manu fans keeping the faith?

Despite the disappointing result from the Manu Samoa 7’s team in the London leg last weekend, most of the country still have faith in the team and support our team. In our Street Talk today, Sarafina Sanerivi asked the people on the streets about what they think of the performance of the team and this is what they said:

Paula Nansen

Aleisa

Evita Vagana

Vaitele-Fou

Samaila Onosa’i

Saina

Keke Nathan

Vaitele-fou

Leiua Elisaia

Sagone

Aunei Fineaso

Neiafu

Think a Minute

Think a minute…“Everyone wants to succeed. Some are even willing to work for it.” While a humorous statement, sadly this is the attitude of many people today who expect success just to be handed to them. There simply is no substitute for work.

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Prime Minister’s new name? “Mr. Tusifolau”

Around that time a Chinese woman arrived at Auckland Airport heading for Samoa. She was travelling on a Chinese passport. However when she was searched a Western Samoan passport was found in her underclothes.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, What a great achievement to see the 2.1MW solar facility opened this week, taking Upolu’s renewable capability closer to the 100% goal by 2017.

Dear Editor, It is said that once an African American went to a church in the US to pay homage to Jesus Christ (Peace be on him) and to worship his Lord. On entering the Church he was immediately met with hostility and abuse due to the colour of his skin.

Dear Editor Re: Church launches Social Welfare and Book Shop At this point Wendy, any form of ‘giving’ by any Church denomination should be viewed as charity. In this case whether this particular denomination is giving to their followers or general public, I still feel that they’re at least acknowledging the issue of poverty in Samoa.

OBSERVER

VIDEOS

Entertainment

Hulk Hogan, center, whose real name is Terry Bollea, huddles with his legal team as he appears in court.

Tech billionaire is unlikely Hulk Hogan ally in Gawker fight

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has an unlikely ally in his corner for his courtroom cage match with Gawker — a high-tech billionaire with a long-standing grudge against the news-and-gossip site.

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Technology

A plane flies over Oracle headquarters in Redwood City, Calif.

Jury sides with Google in closely watched copyright case

A federal jury has sided with Google in a $9 billion legal battle with tech industry rival Oracle, a complex copyright case that was closely watched in Silicon Valley.

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