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Monday 22 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Members of Parliament should read and have a better understanding of the law, the Constitution, and materials that are tabled into parliament, before they engage and debate in the House, King Tupou VI told the Tonga Legislative Assembly this morning, 22 January, in a message conveyed back to the House by Lord Vaha’i and Losaline Ma’asi.
Monday 22 January 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva was discharged from hospital over the weekend and is in good health, the Prime Minister's Office said today in a statement.
Monday 22 January 2018

Isafjordur, Iceland
Pita Taufatofua has stolen the show once again after qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The 34-year-old former Taekwondo Olympian successfully qualified as a cross-country skier after coming 6th place in an Olympic qualifying 10km race held in Iceland last week.
Sunday 21 January 2018
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.
Friday 19 January 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
He ‘ikai ke tau lalaka kitautolu ha fa’ahinga fatongia ‘oku laka mo e taimi hono ngaahi ngafa pea tau ‘efi e fa’ahinga pikimate pehe ki he lakanga ‘i he ‘uhinga tokua ko e fili mai koaa kinautolu ‘e he kakai, ‘o tau sio kehe ai meihe fiema’u ‘a e ‘atamai ‘oku kei masila, telia e ngaue ‘a e fonua mo hono kaha’u. Ko e poipoila ko eni ‘oku ‘i ai hotau Pule’anga he fakapopo’uli hono kau ma’umafai ko e palopalema ‘oku lahi ki he fonua. – ‘Inoke Fotu Hu’akau.
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Friday 19 January 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed Taniela “Tani” Tupou of Everett, Washington, to be under contract once the next NFL season begins. Tani is of Tongan descent with a Hawaiian mother and Tongan father.
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Thursday 18 January 2018

Bath, England
English rugby club, Bath Rugby, yesterday signed ‘Ikale Tahi winger Cooper Vuna for one season in the Aviva Premiership. The 30-year-old played for the ‘Ikale Tahi last year against Manu Samoa and Fiji.
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Thursday 18 January 2018

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

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
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

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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Wednesday 17 January 2018

London, United Kingdom
Plastics are among the most popular materials in use today. Given the material’s versatility, it is little wonder that some 320 million tons of it are used around the world each year. But plastics also pose a serious environmental threat. ...As plastics change, the ways countries integrate them into their economies must change, too. By Michael Stephen
Tuesday 16 January 2018

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
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petroleum prices for Tonga have increased starting today Tuesday, January 16 until February.
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Tuesday 16 January 2018

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

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
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

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

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
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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