“Why should I be worried if the land belongs to the government? Another thing, I’m not a lawyer. The matter is being handled by the Attorney General. - PM Tuilaepa

P.M. firm: The land belongs to Govt.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has downplayed a lawsuit being brought against his government by a family at Sogi.

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YOUNG LEADERS: Fale Lesā, Lusia Sului Solo, Wilberforce Tupua and Poasa Timothy Baice.

Samoans in Chengdu, China

All roads lead to China. That is the aim of the new belt and road initiative announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

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DO YOUR BEST, DON’T TRY TO COMPETE: Mulitalo Tausaga Vui of Lano Savai’i.

Matai slams spirit of competition

A chief of Lano wants Samoa to return to the past. Mulitalo Tausaga Vui says he is concerned about the loss of culture, language and the Faasamoa because of modern living.

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World

In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of Civil Defense inspecting the cluster bombs in the Khan Sheikhoun neighborhood of Idlib, Syria

UN warns of 'merciless abyss' in besieged eastern Aleppo

Syrian government forces continued their push into rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Thursday as international officials issued dire warnings of an ongoing humanitarian disaster in Syria's largest city.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a camoaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, N.H.

Dismissing risks, Trump goes all-in on Bill Clinton's past

Donald Trump says he took the moral high ground at the first presidential debate by not mentioning the infidelities of former President Bill Clinton.

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Sport

Brad Thorn and Richie McCaw after the win. Super 15 rugby match - Crusaders v Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, 18 June 2011.

At 41, Thorn back in the starting lineup in Australia's NRC

Brad Thorn will put theory back into practice when he starts for Queensland Country on Saturday in a National Rugby Championship match against New South Wales Country at the age of 41.

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TJ Perenara holds the Bledisloe cup.

Squire, Perenara to start for All Blacks vs Argentina

Liam Squire will start a test for the first time and scrumhalf T.J. Perenara will make only his fifth starting appearance in 23 tests for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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Street Talk

Has our culture contributed to our hardship today?

The pressures of increased traditional contributions and gift giving have been cited as reasons for people suffering hardships as they struggle to meet cultural obligations. Ilia Likou asked for opinions from the community and she got some very frank responses.

Fiti Ioane, 71

Vaitele

Gaga’e Esau, 52

Salamumu

Irae Leuluai, 52

Lalovaea

Joe Fa’amatala, 34

Vailele

Pueata Fealofani, 42

Vailoa

Uilaao Tamasese, 59

Tuana’i

Think a Minute

Think a Minute…Someone said: “Death is the worst part of life!” A famous entertainer once said: “I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Unfortunately, when it’s our time to die we don’t have any choice but to be there!

Editorial

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We will always remember

Sad memories are the ones you want to forget. Quickly. But seven years since lives in this country were changed forever by a devastating tsunami, the memories remain fresh.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Giving our young people another opportunity to flourish Thank you Mata'afa Keni Lesa for another great article. Right now in Samoa, any programme that can benefit our youth is a good programme.

Dear Editor, Re: Foreigners taking over Samoa You know I’ve seen this trend skyrocket in my little lifetime of 28 years. This was China and Korea’s golden age of conquer, the 90’s and 2000’s.

Dear Editor, Re: Alleged Police brutality It is unlawful for anyone to interfere with a police officer trying to execute his duties such as detaining, immobilising and initiating an arrest of a suspected offender.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Lady Gaga sings the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif.

Lady Gaga will perform during Super Bowl halftime show

It's official: Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show.

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Technology

The phone is the first to ship with Google's new Android Nougat software.

Android's Nougat update isn't flashy, but still pretty handy

Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money — and perhaps even your life.

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