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  • Tuesday 9 January 2018 7:43pm


    Washington D.C., U.S.A
    : The size of oxygen-starved ocean “dead zones,” where plants and animals struggle to survive, has increased fourfold around the world, according to a new scientific analysis. “Oxygen is fundamental to life in the oceans,” said Denise Breitburg, lead author and marine ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. “The decline in ocean oxygen ranks among the most serious effects of human activities on the Earth’s environment.”
  • Tuesday 9 January 2018 6:45pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Tonga Legislative Assembly may open its 2018 session this week on Thursday January 11 to swear in the new members, according to a source. If that happens, the Prime Minister is expected to leave Vaiola Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in order to attend the session.
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  • Tuesday 9 January 2018 5:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : More than $10,000 pa’anga was stolen from a safe at OE-Office Equipment in Fatafehi Road, Nuku'alofa over the weekend.
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  • Tuesday 9 January 2018 1:42pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An "authoritative and dominating" father of five, Sunia Mailau (45), was convicted of committing incest, rape, assault and indecent acts against his teenage daughter. He was sentenced following trial, to over 9 years’ imprisonment by Judge C.B. Cato of the Tonga Supreme Court on 17 December.
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  • Tuesday 9 January 2018 11:56am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Vaiola Hospital, where he is being treated for a what is understood to be a temporary ailment acquired last week. Medical authorities said his condition was stable this morning.
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  • Monday 8 January 2018 8:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Vaiola Hospital today. No statement on his condition has been issued by the Prime Minister's Office, but medical authorities report that his condition is stable this evening. A medical evacuation to Auckland planned for today was cancelled.
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  • Monday 8 January 2018 7:15pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : MV Tongiaki, a fast aluminium catamaran, built in Indonesia, is expected to arrive in Nuku’alofa on January 9 to operate as a vessel transporting passengers and cargo to the outer islands.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : News that the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva has submitted a list of the names of his 12 new Cabinet Ministers, including himself, was circulated on the internet today. However, at the end of the day, the Prime Minister’s Office in Nuku'alofa could not officially confirm the new line-up.
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  • Friday 5 January 2018 6:54pm


    London, England
    : English club, Saracens, have signed Sione Vailanu for on an 18-month deal to begin in 2018. The 22-year-old backrower debuted for Tonga against Japan and Romania in November. Vailanu recently played Sevens Rugby in Japan.
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  • Friday 5 January 2018 12:56pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : A New Zealand transport company is being held criminally liable over the bus crash that killed three Tongan passengers last year near the town of Gisborne in New Zealand.
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  • Friday 5 January 2018 12:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The funeral of Thomas Spencer Monson, the 16th President and a Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who died on 2 January 2018 at his home in Salt Lake City, will be held next week and televised live for 19 LDS Stakes in Tonga.
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  • Thursday 4 January 2018 4:17pm


    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    : Because mankind has a deep yearning for a sense of belonging and for leadership, humans naturally form groups with established leaders. Some groups are positive manifestations of collaboration and solidarity among individuals. But when groups are based on an ideology or a particular tribe, they can become discriminatory and oppressive toward non-members, especially if a domineering, charismatic leader is in charge. The emergence of populist and nationalist movements in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and other European countries suggests that tribalism is on the rise in the West. By Sami Mahroum.
  • Thursday 4 January 2018 2:56pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva (76) has been appointed by King Tupou VI as Tonga’s next Prime Minister, effective from Tuesday, 2 January.
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  • Thursday 4 January 2018 12:16pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Demand for vehicles in Tonga is continuing to increase, while traffic jams and queues grow longer every month in the capital Nuku'alofa.
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  • Wednesday 3 January 2018 1:16pm


    St George, Utah-USA
    : The Tongan community in Utah are mourning the loss of 46-year-old Kolei Soseti Maile of St George, Utah, USA who passed away on Christmas day after an illness. He leaves behind a wife, four children and a football team – the Pine View High School football team – for whom he worked for as an offensive line coach.
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  • Tuesday 2 January 2018 4:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The new year welcomed seven beautiful new babies in Tonga, with six born at Vaiola Hospital on Tongatapu and one at Prince Ngu Hospital, Vava’u. The first, arriving bright and early, was Herschel Tiuke Duane Miller Jr Pola. Only two of the new babies were girls. They are among the first of an estimated 385,793 babies born on New Year's Day around the world.
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  • Tuesday 2 January 2018 4:29pm


    Wellington, New Zealand
    : Dr Palatasa Havea and Valeti Finau have been named on New Zealand’s annual Honours List. Both honourees are Tongan-born New Zealanders. The Honours List was released on New Year’s Eve 31 December by New Zealand’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
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  • Tuesday 2 January 2018 1:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A 15-member darts team will represent Tonga at the first South Pacific Darts Championships, to be held from 15-20 January 2018 in Vanuatu. The team includes seven men and seven women and a team manager.
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  • Monday 1 January 2018 4:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u and members of the Royal Family welcomed guests at a New Year's Day reception at the Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa today. Among the guests were rugby league star Jason Taumalolo and Grammy nominee Josh Tatofi.
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