Shoppers talk to SoftBank Corp.'s companion robot Pepper, equipped with a

5 things to know about the next Olympics in Tokyo

The countdown to the 2020 Olympics began Wednesday with the arrival of the Olympic flag in Tokyo from Rio de Janeiro.

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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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This photo provided by Soe Thura Lwin shows a damaged temple in Bagan, Myanmar, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

Rescue workers surveyed the damage Thursday after a powerful earthquake shook Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging 185 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site.

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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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Lienert-Brown to make debut for All Blacks against Australia

Anton Lienert-Brown will make his test debut at center as part of a rearranged All Blacks backline in Saturday's Rugby Championship test against Australia.

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U.S. swimmer James Feigen smiles during a swimming training session prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Swimmer Feigen apologizes for 'serious distraction' in Rio

U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the "serious distraction" he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.

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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...




Pharrell Williams attends the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Appeal seeks to overturn 'Blurred Lines' copyright verdict

Attorneys for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on Wednesday asked an appellate court to overturn a copyright infringement verdict against them over the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines."

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An autonomous vehicle is parked for its test drive in Singapore Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The world’s first self-driving taxis, operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup, will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday, Aug

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

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