Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Malielegaoi in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on Nov. 16, 2018. Xi met here on Friday with leaders of Pacific island countries that have diplomatic relations with China.

P.M. Tuilaepa and President Xi in talks

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Meeting on the sidelines of the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit, the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral ties and pragmatic cooperation.

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Governor Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari.

Online transactions can be hacked

Anything that is computer generated can be easily hacked and that’s a worry for the Central Bank of Samoa, says Governor Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari.

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Taitai Tufuga handing over the keys of the new building to the church minister

Church celebrates building projects

Members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) at Ululoloa and Si’usega celebrated the completion of two building projects on Friday.

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World

A search and rescue dog searches for human remains at the Camp Fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Trump visits as California struggles to locate 1,000 people

President Donald Trump arrived in Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century amid confusion over how many people remain unaccounted for.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the APEC CEO Summit at the Pacific Explorer cruise ship docked in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer.

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Sport

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores a try during the rugby union international match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (Niall Carson, PA via AP)

Ireland topple All Blacks 16-9 at home for first time

Ireland is No. 1. At least to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. His All Blacks, the undisputed No. 1 for nine years, lost to the Irish 16-9 on Saturday for the first time in Dublin. Hansen immediately dubbed Ireland the favorite for the Rugby World Cup next year.

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AIM FOR GOLD: The Samoa weightlifting team is keen to build on its success at the recent IWF World Championships in Turkmenistan.

Lifters back into training

The Samoan weightlifting team were back in heavy training on Friday after returning from the IWF World Championships held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

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Street Talk

Public condemn attempted attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

Attempts by two unidentified men, who tried to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night has shocked the nation and triggered condemnation from various fronts. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i speaks to the public to get their views on the issue.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last. In fact, neither did Mary’s second marriage, nor even her third.

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Chequebook diplomacy, promise of millions and the reality

All eyes are on Papua New Guinea this weekend as it hosts what is arguably one of the biggest meetings a Pacific nation would have to accommodate in recent memory, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (A.P.E.C.) Summit.

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Letters to the Editor

Samoa needs to hold free sex education programmes on safe sex and make condoms available for free so people can protect themselves. We can’t stop people from doing what they are doing but we can educate people on making the right choices so they can protect themselves.

Re: The difference between then and now A good question to ask is: just what is the point of Samoa having its own airline? Making a profit is a nice idea but based upon past experience this is not realistic, as the best outcome is not to lose too much money while at the same time trying to maximize other benefits to Samoa.

Re: Stupid editor, stupid reporter You will need to get to the bottom of the matter. Dig out all the facts about the financial affairs of Samoa Airways and report again.

Entertainment

Taiwanese director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Lee is the guest at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Phot

'An Elephant Sitting Still' wins top prize at Golden Horse

"An Elephant Sitting Still" won the top prize Saturday night at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-language version of the Oscars.

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Technology

The logo of Volkswagen is seen on top of a company building in Wolfsburg, Germany.

VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry — and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market auto buyers by selling its new I.D. compact for about what a Golf diesel costs.

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