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  • Sunday 21 January 2018 9:54am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The two Cabinet portfolios of Foreign Affairs and Defence have been reallocated, with the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva as Foreign Affairs, and Lord Ma’afu as the Minister of His Majesty’s Armed Forces, according to a Press Statement from the Prime Minister's Office yesterday, 20 January.
  • Thursday 18 January 2018 7:51pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Today's swearing in of Tonga’s new Cabinet Ministers, to govern the Kingdom for the next four years 2018-21, has left two ministerial portfolios vacant. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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  • Thursday 18 January 2018 5:10pm


    Geneva, Switzerland
    : Forty-five foreign governments, including Tonga's primary aid donors, delivered their reviews and recommendations to the Government of Tonga at the United Nation’s 29th Session of Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Most countries called on Tonga to ratify conventions and to “take steps to raise social awareness in understanding these instruments.", with some countries also urging Tonga to abolish the death penalty and to establish a Human Rights Institution.
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  • Wednesday 17 January 2018 5:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s new government was formally formed on Friday, 5 January “when Cabinet Ministers were appointed by His Majesty,” Tonga’s Acting Attorney General ‘Aminiasi Kefu confirmed today, 17 January, but admitted that he did not have a list of the names of Tonga’s new Cabinet Ministers.
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  • Wednesday 17 January 2018 1:25pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Foreign currency exchange operations by unauthorized dealers has become a major concern for the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, who want to shut down the involvement of retail shops in Tonga offering the services illegally to their customers. They are hoping the public will report illegal activities.
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  • Tuesday 16 January 2018 8:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Nuku'alofa waterfront has a new look as a major $66 million pa'anga upgrade of the domestic wharf nears completion for commissioningin February. The project was funded under Japan's grant-aid to Tonga.
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  • Tuesday 16 January 2018 8:04pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Petroleum prices for Tonga have increased starting today Tuesday, January 16 until February.
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  • Tuesday 16 January 2018 12:35pm


    Philadelphia, United States
    : Retired Tongan NFL star, Vai Sikahema, performed a Maori Haka for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles at a supporters rally in Philadelphia. Vai played for the Eagles between 1992 and 1993, as a running back.
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  • Monday 15 January 2018 6:31pm


    Geneva, Switzerland
    : Tonga’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time tonight, Monday, 15 January 2018, in Geneva. The UN in the Pacific is encouraging Tonga to continue constitutional reform and amendments "to widen the country's democratic space and respect for human rights."
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  • Monday 15 January 2018 5:11pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga’s newly elected government remains an unofficially confirmed list of names, despite the fact that the 2018 session was officially opened on 11 January with an "in-house session". The swearing of new Members of Parliament and selected Cabinet Ministers is now scheduled to take place on Thursday, 18 January.
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  • Friday 12 January 2018 8:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : King Tupou VI today launched the MV Tongiaki at Queen Salote Wharf. The $8.3 million pa’anga aluminium catamaran will offer high speed service throughout Tonga’s groups of islands and also to Samoa and Fiji.
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  • Friday 12 January 2018 7:55pm


    Gold Coast, Australia
    : The Gold Coast Titans have signed 18 -year-old Moeaki Fotuaika on a 4-year deal. The deal extends Fotuaika’s current 2-year contract.
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  • Friday 12 January 2018 7:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : No arrest has been made in the Office Equipment burglary and theft of more than $10,000 pa’anga from a safe last weekend.
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  • Thursday 11 January 2018 4:46pm


    Tokyo, Japan
    : Japan’s Super Rugby team, the Sunwolves have announced the addition of Hosea Saumaki for their Super Rugby campaign this year. The 25-year-old Tongan born winger is being dubbed ‘Tongan Gozilla’ by the Japanese media with comparisons to Julian Savea and Nemani Nadolo,
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  • Thursday 11 January 2018 2:32pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Prime Minister, Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva did not attend the opening of the Tongan Parliament 2018 session, this morning, 11 January and no mention of his absence was made, in what was called a "Huufi Fakalotofale 'o e Fale Alea 'o Tonga" or "in-house" session. The MPs will take their oath of office on a later day to be announced.
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  • Wednesday 10 January 2018 6:55pm


    Salt Lake City, Utah
    : An American professional Rugby club, the Utah Warriors, have signed Tongan rugby legend and ‘Ikale Tahi all-time leading try scorer Fetu’u Vainikolo to their ranks. The Utah Warriors announced the signing last Friday 5 January.
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  • Wednesday 10 January 2018 6:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Rev Dr 'Ahio is the new chairman of a Committee on Tongan Traditions effective from November 23, 2017.
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  • Wednesday 10 January 2018 3:41pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Legislative Assembly of Tonga will be opened tomorrow, Thursday 11 January 2018, at 10:30am, by a commission of three Nobles comprising of HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake, Lord Fakatulolo and Lord Luani.
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  • Wednesday 10 January 2018 2:19pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Although Tonga's Cabinet was reported to be in a meeting, without the Prime Minister, throughout the morning, no one at the Prime Minister's Office is able to say right now who those members of the Cabinet are.
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  • Wednesday 10 January 2018 9:36am


    London, United Kingdom
    : Since Donald Trump took over the United States presidency a year ago, doubts over his mental stability and his very sanity have been mounting. But, beyond claiming on Twitter that he is a “very stable genius,” what could Trump actually do to prove that he is psychologically fit for what, by some definitions, is the world’s highest office? There is no clear physical test for mental illness. By Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen

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