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Friday 1 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maletino Mafi Jr (17) was awarded Dux of Tonga High School with Malia Susana Tonga (16) Dux of 'Apifo'ou College, during its annual prize-giving ceremonies on Friday, December 1.
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Friday 1 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Invitation for nominations to elect a Prime Minister has been sent out to all elected representatives today, after the Writ of Election was returned to the King on November 30 in Nuku'alofa,
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Friday 1 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hosting a celebration for the 84th birthday of HIM Emperor Akihito, yesterday, the new Japanese Ambassador to Tonga recognised the friendship between the Royal household of Tonga and Imperial household of Japan.
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Friday 1 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of Tongans flocked to Nuku’alofa on Wednesday 29 November to greet the Mate Ma’a Tonga team who returned to Tonga from their Rugby League world cup campaign in Australia. The players were carried on top of trucks through the Nuku’alofa CBD in a colorful float parade.
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Friday 1 December 2017

Suva, Fiji
The Tonga Under-20s team played against the Fiji Under-20s team on Saturday 25 November in the Fijian capital Suva. The score was level 15 – 15 to the disappointment of the home crowd as the Fiji U20s were highly favoured to beat Tonga.
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Friday 1 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 22 –year-old man died at Vaiola Hospital on Wednesday morning, November 29, from injuries sustained after allegedly jumping from a moving police vehicle, following his arrest on Sunday, in an incident that is being investigated by the Tonga Police Professional Standards Unit.
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Thursday 30 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day Holiday Market Festival opened this morning displaying and selling Tongan crafts and mats from Ha’apai, ‘Eua, Vava’u and Tongatapu at the Tonga Development Bank compound in Nuku’alofa as part of a microfinance scheme to assist and empower vulnerable people.
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Thursday 30 November 2017
'Ohonua, 'Eua
A 33-year-old teacher died at the Niu'eiki Hospital after he was caught in a house fire at the ‘Eua High School compound in ‘Ohonua, ‘Eua, yesterday.
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Thursday 30 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mate Ma'a Tonga, Tonga’s national Rugby League team were guests of honour at the Royal Palace Nuku’alofa, where they received medals conferred by the King and presented by Queen Nanasipau'u and the Princess Royal HRH Princess Pilolevu, yesterday evening, 29 November.
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Thursday 30 November 2017

Geneva, Switzerland
On this year’s World AIDS Day, on December 1, we should remember the 35 million people who have died of AIDS-related illnesses, and the 76 million who have been infected with HIV since reporting began. And we can celebrate the fact that nearly 21 million people living with HIV now have access to life-saving treatment. But we also must not lose sight of the fact that more than 15.8 million people are still awaiting treatment, while an estimated 11 million people do not even know they have the virus.
Tuesday 28 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 1000 ecstatic fans dressed in red and white welcomed around eight of the Mate Ma’a Tonga national rugby league players at Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, November 28.
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Tuesday 28 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will enjoy a public holiday tomorrow, 29 November, to celebrate Mate Ma’a Tonga’s historic achievements at the Rugby League World Cup 2017.
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Monday 27 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
For the people of the Niuas to have their own boat, enabling them to travel from Tonga’s isolated northern group of islands to Tongatapu and the capital Nuku’alofa, some 754km south, is a dream come true.
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Monday 27 November 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Mate Ma’a Tonga star prop forward Andrew Fifita has moved on from the controversy of his team’s loss to England in the semi-final of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Auckland on Saturday night 25 November.
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Monday 27 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mate Ma’a Tonga head coach Kristian Woolf has criticized referee Matt Cecchin for not consulting a video referee before making ruling that Tongan prop forward Andrew Fifita had lost a ball forward during a line break run towards the English try line in the dying seconds of Tonga’s semi-final loss to England in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup last Saturday 25 November.
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Monday 27 November 2017
Canberra, Australia
The Australian government has published a new Foreign Policy White Paper. It is 14 years since the Howard government launched its own Foreign Affairs and Trade White Paper in 2003, although the Gillard government produced the 'Australia in the Asian Century White Paper' in 2013. Much has changed in Australia’s international environment since either of those papers were released. ...The White Paper makes clear that the most significant of the challenges Australia's policymakers now face stems from the two major powers in our region — the United States and China — and the relationship between them. - East Asia Forum, ANU.
Monday 27 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
White Ribbon Day's vision is for all women to live safely, free from all forms of men’s violence. We must all signal that enough is enough," Tonga's Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said during events held in Tongatapu and ‘Eua on Saturday, November 25 to mark White Ribbon Day 2017.
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Monday 27 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's ‘Ikale Tahi defeated Romania on November 25 in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. The game is the last fixture of the ‘Ikale Tahi’s end-of-year tour to Europe.
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Monday 27 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The year of 2018 will usher in the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Tonga. Guided by the spirit of the 19th National Congress of CPC, China will work with Tonga to seize the opportunity, increase high-level contacts, expand the exchanges and cooperation and break new ground in the China-Tonga strategic partnership featuring mutual respect and common development, to bring more benefits to the two peoples and make new contribution to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Pacific Island countries.
Saturday 25 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
England have defeated Mate Ma'a Tonga 20 – 18, surviving Tonga's dramatic comeback in a thrilling semi-final played in Auckland, New Zealand tonight. The game ended controversially after the referee failed to spot a one-on-one strip penalty by England in the dying seconds of the game with Tonga only meters away from the English try line.
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