Rev. Billy Graham speaks on stage on the third and last day of his farewell American revival in the Queens borough of New York.

Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99

The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

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COPS ON SITE: The Police officers at Tafaigata Prison on the day when the country was bracing for Cyclone Gita.

Minister looks into alleged Prison plot

The Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said he is reviewing the case of prisoners who have been removed from Tafa’igata Prison and placed under Police custody in Apia.

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Bring on 2018: S.B.N. Executive members with special guest speaker Tofilau Esther Tofilau (second from right).

Business Network sets the tone

The Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) kicked off 2018 with their first networking event of the year at the Tusitala Tanoa Hotel on Tuesday evening. 

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World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves during the opening ceremony for a bomb-proof emergency room in a hospital in Ashkelon, Israel.

State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power.

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Gwendolyn Frantz, 17, of Kensington, Md., stands in front of the White House during a student protest for gun control, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington.

Trump says more must be done to protect children

President Donald Trump was to hear in person Wednesday from students at the Florida high school that was struck by last week's shooting as he tries to show he is serious about tackling gun violence.

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Sport

THANK YOU: Chef de mission Nynette Sass, President Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i and Tuala Tamalelagi Siaki.

Timely boost for Samoa’s athletes

Samoa Sportslotto has stepped up to help the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.). Yesterday, the Gambling Control Authority C.E.O, Tuala Tamalelagi Siaki, presented a cheque of $46,090 to S.A.S.N.O.C’s Chef de Mission, Nynette Sass, and President Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.

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S.R.U. hosts Constitution workshop

The Constitution and Governance Advisor for Oceania Rugby, Dr. Paul Terry Jonson from Sydney, Australia, is in Samoa facilitating a workshop for Samoa Rugby’s constitution. 

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Street Talk

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Lefaga

Lesolo Asolua Fatu Fauoo, 67

Lauano Fagaloa

Rosalia Iona, 64

Falealili

Sivanila Lolopo, 60

Vaoala

Tofi Eti, 38

Se’ese’e

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today!

Editorial

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Colonialist attitudes and the need to raise our voices to set record straight

Colonialist attitudes towards products from small island states, which threaten the margins of major global corporate companies, are not new. They have been around since ancient times and will continue to exist for as long as our people try their very best to fulfill their God-given potential in all areas of life.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Former Head of State worries about customary land Tui Atua Tupua, you did not do your job. You knew it was not a good law. You were in Parliament and you should know.

Dear Editor, We were on our way to the airport to pick up some friends and we saw the expensive fancy SUV Land Cruiser the ministers and Stui were driving on their way to Apia from Savai’i.

Dear Editor, The P.M’s obsession with O.L.P is growing closer to lunacy. Does the P.M. have ‘skeletons in the cupboard’ that he’s paranoid will be exposed or has he just been in power so long that he can’t comprehend the idea of anyone challenging his thinking?

Entertainment

Singer Ed Sheeran poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Brit Awards adopt white rose symbol to signal 'Time's Up'

Music stars wore white roses on the Brit Awards red carpet Wednesday to support campaigns against sexual harassment and assault. Guests at Britain's biggest music awards show were given white rose pins to wear in solidarity with the "Time's Up" movement.

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Technology

a girl looks at Facebook on her computer in Palo Alto, Calif. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018,

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.

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