PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. orders A.G.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has ordered Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, to “take action” against people whom they suspect are behind the “Ole Palemia” blog.

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ONE HAPPY VILLAGE: Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, Tong Xin, Iliganoa Sapolu with members of the village.

An ‘old friend’ in times of need

More than $10,000 worth of foodstuff have been to the village of Moamoa, Faleasi’u, by the Chinese Embassy in Samoa. The goods donated included 100 bags of rice, 200 bags of sugar, 600 boxes of canned fish and 200 boxes of biscuits.

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BOOKS JOY: Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio (sitting), representative of the Applied Scholastics Organization, Warren Meyer and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during the handover yesterday.

Books to unlock Samoa’s potential

Ten thousand books called “Learning How To Learn” were donated to the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) by a group called Applied Scholastics International Organization in U.S.A, yesterday.

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World

Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, serves food to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center, during dinner at Prigozhin's restaurant outside Moscow, Russia.  Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference, Prigozhin is a wealthy Russian entrepreneur from St. P

Russia dismisses US charges as 'just blabber,' 'Russophobia'

Russian officials had disdainful words Saturday for a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Children's stories, the plot of a preposterous Hollywood movie and "just blabber" were a few of the glib analogies they pressed into service.

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A soldier guards a downed helicopter in Santiago Jimitepec, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. The military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the Friday's earth quake crashed killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. (AP Photo/

13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 16, all of them on the ground.

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Sport

CHAMPIONS: Auckland Samoa team the winners of the Marist Sevens Tournament.

Victorious Auckland Samoa women

The Auckland Samoa Women’s team are the champions of this year’s Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament. They defeated the Marist Invitation team 20-5 in the final.

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Apia Maroons (in white) battling with the A’ana Blues for the third place

Learning curve for Apia women

The Apia Maroons women’s team claimed fourth place in the Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday. A’a’na Blues proved too good for the Apia Maroons, 37-5.

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Street Talk

How can Govt. address social media abuse?

“ The Government is facing a new threat. It comes in the form of anonymous bloggers using fake names to attack senior Government leaders – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa – on Facebook and other social media sites. What do you think the Government should do? Would you support the Government regulating the use of social media sites – and to some extent blocking them altogether – like they do in China? Nefertiti Matatia asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Norma Matatia, 37

Faatoia

Sam Masoli, 20

Aleisa

Sanduxy Collins, 18

Fagaloa

Aggie Lua, 19

Saleimoa

Komisi Tau, 57

Nuu-Fou

Think a Minute

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After 24 years the government wakes up and Samoa Observer is still there

Let’s start with a couple of questions. First: Why is it that it looks as if certain Cabinet Ministers of the government of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, are in the habit of stopping now and then to look, as if there is something out there in the past that is giving their consciences sleepless days and sleepless nights?

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Prisoners’ lawyer intervenes Ia poo le a la se kala mai le koeaiga o Tialavea Tionisio Hunt e uiga i laga kama o Mr. Low risk prisoner Filipaina? What have you to say about your so-called low risk prisoner now?

Re: Govt. and debts Nope. It is these noisy activists - hypocrites who live on freehold lands both in Apia and abroad - who cannot stomach their family members turning customary land into something which they can increase their own positions in life.

Re: P.M. blames bus drivers I have to agree with the P.M. here. And also enabling the public to speak up is not that ridiculous suggestion. I don’t believe he is saying the passengers are to blame at all, merely pointing out that they don’t have to put up with irresponsible behaviour by selfish and arrogant drivers.

Entertainment

Danai Gurira speaks as the cast of “Black Panther” arrives at the South Africa premiere on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)

Tears, exuberance as 'Black Panther' opens across Africa

"Black Panther" has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump.

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Technology

A Facebook posting, released by the House Intelligence Committee, for a group called

How to disrupt an election: Fake IDs, fraud and Facebook

A year before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, two Russian operatives landed in the United States to lay groundwork for an intelligence operation targeting the legitimacy of the 2016 election.

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