President Donald Trump stands in front of headstones during an American Commemoration Ceremony, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018, at Suresnes American Cemetery near Paris. Trump is attending centennial commemorations in Paris this weekend to mark the Armistice that e

Trump largely alone as world leaders take aim at nationalism

For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a "nationalist" stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

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Accidents on the road like this one in Lalovaea is just one of the reasons Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i wants to increase the fines for such offences.

Judge pushes for stiffer penalties

A maximum fine of T$2000 for negligent driving may not be enough, according to Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i. She made the suggestion during the reading of her decision regarding Rose Hope Ah Leong, who hit and killed a seven-year-old while driving last month.

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The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

Board directors’ fees not taxed

Failure to tax the fees and sitting allowances of the Samoa Tourism Authority board members has caught the eye of the Audit Office. The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

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World

Mourners chant Islamic slogans while carrying the body of Hamas militant commander Nour el-Deen Barakas, who was killed during an Israeli raid late Sunday, during his funeral, at his family house in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.

Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire after deadly incursion

Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since the 2014 war.

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Smokes billows from the chimneys of Pyongyang Power Plant in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts.

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Sport

Samoa defeat Germany 66-15 in the first leg of the Oceania/Europe play-off in Apia for the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

Canada and Germany win openers in Rugby World Cup repechage

Canada and Germany were in pole position for the last berth in the 2019 Rugby World Cup after opening wins in the repechage tournament on Sunday.

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New Zealand team members perform the Haka before their International Rugby League match against England, at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)

Kiwis thrash England 34-0 to avoid rugby league whitewash

England lost its scoring touch and unbeaten record for 2018 as New Zealand cruised to a 34-0 win at Elland Road to avoid a rugby league series whitewash on Sunday.

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Street Talk

Public express views on nurses

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week criticised the performance of nurses in Samoa and accused them of “unprofessional behaviour”. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i in a Street Talk hears the views of members of the public and what they think of Tuilaepa’s criticism.

Edmune Ioka, 35

Paploloa

Faagoto Vaapuu, 20

Aleisa

Fialogo Lemi, 20

Sataoa

Leone Leota, 21

Talimatua

Mauga Foe, 40

Aleisa

Nervin Laauli, 28

Vaiusu

Paletina Lauofo, 38

Lotuanuu

Pua Pou, 43

Falelauniu Tai

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.

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Cruise Tourism, Fiji elections and APEC in PNG

Apia played host to another cruise ship and its passengers of tourists yesterday morning — the second vessel to visit our shores in five days. The word at Matautu wharf yesterday is that another cruise ship is due in Apia today, which if true would make it vessel # 3 in six days. Apia residents would probably be unfazed with the increasing regularity of visiting cruise ships, but ask a tourism expert and they would probably make reference to “cruise tourism”.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: P.M’s village bestows title This story is a silent example of begging without pride. Do you have to give away centuries of cultural, traditions and your lineage to bring business and employment?

Dear Editor, Interesting reading Minister Loau’s comments. The Minister should know better if he has this office about the causes and the solutions of this problem. He completely contradicts all tested theories about the issue.

Dear Dr. Khulmann, People choose to believe in what they deem as ‘believable’. So if L.D.S. Missionaries go about their business proselytizing in the streets of Apia using a belief system alien to yours ...then welcome to the real world . Who cares if the L.D.S are not a member of the World Council of Churches?

Entertainment

Bruno Mars presents the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii

Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Technology

Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

Facebook ends forced arbitration of sexual misconduct claims

Facebook is dropping a requirement for mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations, acceding to a demand recently pressed by other Silicon Valley tech workers.

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