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  • Thursday 21 September 2017 10:32pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 25-year-old man is detained in custody in relation to the civil defence sirens that were stolen from a pole in Kolovai in early August.
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  • Thursday 21 September 2017 10:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 20-year-old man was arrested in relation to robberies of retail shops in Longoteme. Police are looking for two other male suspects.
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  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 10:39pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : 32 Tongan students received their certificates in specialized technical and vocational training from the Australia-Pacific Technical College during its graduation which also marked its 10th anniversary, in Nuku’alofa on Wednesday, September 20.
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  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 10:34pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Women dressed in their finest white clothes, matched with some beautifully creative hats, gathered in Nuku'alofa on Wednesday, September 20 for their annual 'Faka-Sepitema' roll call at the Free Church of Tonga.
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  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 10:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A blaze engulfed a house at Sia-ko-Veiongo this morning on Wednesday, September 20.
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  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 4:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga woke up to a sunny public holiday on Monday 18 September, for the 32nd birthday of HRH Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala. The Crown Prince celebrated his birthday in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 4:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : New petroleum prices approved by the Tonga competent Authority, have seen significant increases across Kerosene, Diesel and Petrol. The increases have been approved for mid-September to mid-October, effective from 16 September.
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  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 4:18pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : The New Zealand High Court has sentenced a 26-year-old man, Luigi Havea (of Tongan descent) to 10 years and 3 months imprisonment for kidnapping and manslaughter in relation to death of a 50-year-old woman in Auckland last year.
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  • Tuesday 19 September 2017 9:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first Anglican Bishop of the newly-constituted episcopal unit of Tonga, Rev Dr ‘Afa Vaka made history on Sunday 17 September, when he was ordained at St Paul’s Church in Nuku’alofa. Photos by Peter Poulsen.
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The tragedy of Aung San Suu Kyi  - 1 comment
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What can she do? It was a military dictatorship before and the military still wield a lot of power now, people should be calling out the military not Suu Kyi.

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Opinion

  • Thursday 21 September 2017 10:51pm


    Cambridge-MA, USA
    : Last week, in a brazen rebuff to tough new United Nations sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s regime fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido – its second launch over Japan in less than three weeks. But, far from indicating that sanctions don’t work, Kim’s move shows that they still aren’t tough enough. ... it is the time to do whatever is needed to defuse nuclear tensions and protect the lives of those in the Kim regime’s crosshairs.
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  • Sunday 17 September 2017 9:56pm


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    : Myanmar is in crisis. The Rohingya – a Muslim ethnic minority group in a predominantly Buddhist country – are under attack by the military, with many fleeing for their lives. This escalating conflict is threatening to undermine Myanmar’s ongoing democratic transition – and to tarnish irrevocably the reputation of the country’s de facto leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. By Syed Munir Khasru.
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Sports

  • Thursday 21 September 2017 10:30pm


    Leicester, United Kingdom
    : ‘Ikale Tahi star fullback Atieli Pakalani has been signed by top English rugby club, Leicester Tigers. He joins three other Tongan internationals signed by the club; Telusa Veainu, Sione Kalamafoni and Valentino Mapapalangi.
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  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 10:41pm


    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    : A top English Rugby League club, the Huddersfield Giants, have honoured one of their prop forwards Sebastine Ikahihifo with three Player of the Year awards.
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Pacific Islands

  • Thursday 21 September 2017 10:29pm


    Momi Bay, Fiji
    : A push for the development of political parties in democratic societies in the Pacific by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was the focus of a dialogue held this week in Momi Bay, Fiji where over 40 representatives from the Pacific region attended, including Tonga. UNDP's Bakhodir Burkhanov said political parties need to be “more than just a temporary vehicle for the promotion of the interests of one political leader or a small group”.
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  • Friday 15 September 2017 9:26pm


    Brussels Belgium
    : Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing as well as environment degradation are some of the severe challenges the fishing sector is facing, especially in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region, further hurting their economies, particularly in their efforts to cut poverty and sustain growth.
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From our archives

  • Monday 1 December 1997 5:22pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A constitutional monarchy as a system of government has been serving Tonga since 1875 making it the oldest government in the South Pacific Islands region. It has also been recognised as the most stable government in the region. But recently this 122-year-old system of government has come under pressure both from outside and from within the kingdom for some fundamental changes. FROM OUR ARCHIVES by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Monday 1 December 1997 7:50pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : While their political views may differ widely, the one thing that most people agree on is that Tonga as a nation is a special case. ...While Tonga enjoys a certain status among nations under a constitutional monarchy form of government, any move to replace it with an elected form of government will be a step into the unknown. Matangi Tonga looks at what different people in the community have to say about their current system of government. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, by Pesi Fonua.
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