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"Symbol of our love and beautiful friendship ..."– His Excellency Wang Xuefeng

When I first came to Samoa as the Chinese Ambassador last year,” His Excellency Mr. Wang Xuefeng says, “I was invited to a concert held in this fale.” 

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OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Young Auro, in front of Apollo Cinemas.

This is the only hope

Auro is a 12 year old boy from Leonē. He became a child vendor when he was even younger and he can be found on the street every day.

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MASTER BOAT BUILDER: Tuiloma Papu Williams

Boat building factory: a new industry

As paddling becomes more and more popular in Samoa, there will always be the issue of the availability of equipment, specifically boats.

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TV screens show file footage of a similar North Korea's ballistic missile that North Korea claimed to have launched from underwater at the Yongsan Electronic store in Seoul, South Korea.

NKorea claims success in submarine-launched missile test

Leader Kim Jong Un says North Korea has achieved the "success of all successes" with a submarine-launched missile test.

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Mohamed Roble, a survivor of the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse.

Minneapolis bridge collapse survivor faces terror charge

A survivor of the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people now faces terror charges after authorities say he traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, departing the U.S. just a few weeks after collecting more than $91,000 in settlement money for his injuries.

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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike holds the Olympic flag on the stairways of a plane upon arrival at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo, host of next Summer Games

The Olympic flag has arrived in Tokyo, host of the next Summer Games.

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Ireland's Olympic secretary general Dermot Henihan arrives at police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio police expand scalping probe of Irish Olympic Council

The man named to head Ireland's Olympic committee after its president was arrested in a ticket-scalping case during the Rio Games is also suspected of participating in the scheme but left Brazil before he could be questioned, police said Tuesday.

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Street Talk

Does Samoa really need another airline?

With this week’s launch of Talofa Airways, Samoa has established another way to connect to other countries. The company joins the ranks of competing airlines which leads to the question, do Samoans really need another airline?

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Winston Churchill was 65 years old when he first became England’s Prime Minister. It was May of 1940 and England’s military was not well armed or prepared for war. So when Hitler’s huge, powerful German army was planning to attack the British Isles, most military experts expected Germany to easily defeat England in no time.


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The gift of giving

Our front page story about China’s gift of musical instruments to the music department at the National University of Samoa, is representative of many acts of kindness, and support – big and small, that Samoa receives from countries and people all over the world.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Let me reiterate, this government and any government, for that matter, is nothing without the people. No matter what outside forces influence this or any other government, it is our duty as its citizens to oppose and dissent, it’s how it works.

Dear Editor Mr Frank Banimarama will turn Fiji into a hub like Switzerland or Singapore. There’s success everywhere you look in Fiji, and they don’t need hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid to run their country with a population almost five times bigger than Samoa.

Dear Editor At one stage I thought this guy would make an awesome magician with the ability to make things disappear without a trace...




The Remy Boyz, from left, P-Dice, Fetty Wap, and Monty attend the BODY at ESPYs party in Los Angeles. P-Dice, born Justin Pope, was freed from jail after posting $250,000 bail. He faces charges of attempted murder and weapons offenses stemming from the Fe

Probe into Fetty Wap video shoot faults school principal

An investigation into how rapper Fetty Wap was allowed to record a music video that included drug references and a pole dancer in his old New Jersey high school has concluded that the school's principal was solely responsible and should be disciplined, according to a published report.

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Staff members talk with visitors as they sit inside a Tesla Model S electric car on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing.

Tesla lays claim to world's fastest production car

Tesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour.

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