FIND A LAWYER: Prisoner Lauititi Tualima has denied the charges against him.

Prisoner rejects charges

The trial of a prisoner who allegedly broke into a hotel room with scissors and raped a tourist while her partner was forced to watch on helplessly is scheduled to start today.

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GOOD SALES AT THE PARK: Young Jay at Apia Park on Saturday.

Vendor wants to become future Manu

While fans celebrated Manu Samoa’s maiden victory for 2016, young Jay was at the Apia Park for a different reason. 

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IN EUROPE: European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica with Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. addresses European Union

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, attended the European Union’s (EU) Europe Days of Development forum in Brussels, Belgium at the beginning of the month.

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Emile Weaver, center, standing next to her attorney Aaron Miller, left, looks toward the gallery while addressing the court during her sentencing Monday, June 27, 2016, in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in Zanesville, Ohio.

Ex-student gets life term for killing baby at sorority house

A former college student accused of giving birth in a sorority house bathroom and killing her baby girl by disposing of her in a trash bag was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole.

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From left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel the President of France Francois Hollande and the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi arrive for a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin.

Why Brexit endangers global unions that helped West prosper

Britain's decision to bolt the European Union means economic pain for the United Kingdom above all. But it also threatens the economic alliances that helped drive decades of prosperity in the West after World War II.

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Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, right, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between England and Iceland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France.

Iceland beats England 2-1 in shock of Euro 2016

Iceland pulled off the biggest shocks in European Championship history by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16 on Monday, continuing the astonishing run of the smallest nation at the tournament.

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Crowds of England soccer fans gather round British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury in Nice, France.

Boxing champ Fury shows up at Euro 2016 and buys fans drinks

After postponing his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, English boxer Tyson Fury headed straight to the European Championship where he stunned England soccer fans Sunday by buying a 1,000-euro ($1,110) round of drinks.

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Street Talk

“He,” “she” or “shim”?

It’s the most asked question following the outrage over the death of Jeanine Tuvaiki. Should faafafine be called “he” or “she”? Some people have coined a new term called “shim.” What do you think? Is it appropriate to refer to faafafine as “she.” If yes, why? If no, why? Mathias Huckert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Toni Amoa, 70


Tua’au Pati, 67


Fa’aa’oa’o Iakopo, 45


Junior, 22


Pati Tauda, 35


Eme Letasi, 19


Think a Minute

Think a minute…A mountain climber ended up lost, so he stopped to ask directions. He was told: “You cannot get there from here. You must start from the other side of the mountain.” The path the mountain climber was on was leading him to a dead end. The starting place of a journey will determine your destination, so you do not want to be on the wrong road from the beginning.


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Of Tuilaepa and Faumuina’s wonderful little scrap

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s little scrap with his million dollar former Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga in Parliament brought back memories. After all these years where Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s commitment to protect Faumuina has been unwavering and as solid as a rock, the idea that they would even entertain a verbal sparring match in Parliament for all to hear would inevitably raise eyebrows.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, There has been a lot of criticism against the Samoa Observer over their reporting of the death of a transgender who was found dead and hanging from the rafters of a church hall – an alleged suicide or possible homicide?

Dear Editor, As a former student at Leififi Intermediate School in 1963, I was very pleased to read the article written by Vatapuia Maiava on June 3 2016, about the class reunion. I was particularly pleased to see that Dick Bishop was honored at the reunion, because he was such a wonderful person and I remember him well.

Dear Editor, Re: Parliament passes budget Samoa has finally put things in perspective and realized that a well run govt. with objectivity in creating a fiscal responsible budget is the only way that can free itself from easy credit lending of the Worlds Bank and its affiliates.




Bon Jovi's lead singer Jon Bon Jovi performs during their

Jon Bon Jovi surprises cancer-stricken fan with guitar, kiss

A New Jersey woman battling lung cancer has received an unforgettable surprise from one of the state's most famous rockers, Jon Bon Jovi.

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Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels.

Britain's exit could make Europe less friendly to US tech

Silicon Valley's biggest businesses could face tougher regulations following Britain's decision to withdraw from the European Union, and some might have to leave London to attract the best employees.

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