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Friday 24 November 2017

Auckland, New Zealand
Mate Ma'a Tonga will play England in the semi-final of the Rugby League World Cup at 6:00pm Saturday 25 November at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Friday 24 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The largest Tongan flag in town was raised today by proud supporters of the Mate Ma’a Tonga Rugby League team. Draped on the front of Fifita House on Taufa'ahau Road in Nuku’alofa, it can't be missed.
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Friday 24 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga should have a new Prime Minister, a Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and Cabinet Ministers by the second or third week of December. The Electoral Commissioner, Pita Vuki today, 24 November, confirmed that the Writ for the November 16 General Election has not been returned to the King, but should be returned on or before next Thursday, 30 November.
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Friday 24 November 2017

Sydney, Australia
A Tongan man in Sydney, Semi ‘Tongan Sam’ Ngata (59), has survived being shot in the back by a suspected hitman at a Sydney home last Friday night 17 November. Semi Ngata is the long-time body guard of a high-profile businessman John Ibrahim who operates a string of nightclubs throughout Sydney.
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Friday 24 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 41-year-old man was reported to have committed suicide on November 2.
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Friday 24 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were charged with possession of cannabis when they were arrested on November 11, in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 23 November 2017
Bonn, Germany
Developing countries had a win at COP23 after difficulties arose when developed countries as well as Fiji, who was presiding over the conference, almost side-lined pre-2020 climate action negotiations in Bonn, Germany.
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Thursday 23 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Fifita was found guilty of using a vehicle with an unauthorized licence plate and was discharged without conviction on the basis that he pay to court $200 pa’anga compensation, which he had done when a verdict was delivered by a Supreme Court judge on November 17.
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Thursday 23 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new parliament was elected by less than half of the country. Only 47.9% of voters cast their votes for winning candidates. Furthermore, 10 of the 17 People’s Representatives who were elected in last week’s snap general election, were supported by less than half of the total number of voters who turned out in their respective constituencies.
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Thursday 23 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 4G Plus service for Tonga was launched by Ben Kealy, the Digicel Tonga CEO in Nuku’alofa, on Monday, 20 November at the start of its Christmas celebrations.
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Thursday 23 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI will attend the Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between Mate Ma’a Tonga and England at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, November 25.
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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Traditional dances were performed by young students from various Government Primary Schools in the Nuku'alofa district on November 22, to promote and preserve Tonga's traditional dances.
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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifth Harmony singer Dinah Jane will sing the Tongan National Anthem this Saturday 25 November before the kick-off of the Rugby League World Cup semi-final match between Mate Ma’a Tonga and England at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland.
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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Federal Pacific Insurance and Finance in Tonga co-hosted a cocktail function with the National Reserve Bank of Tonga on November 16, attended by the delegates of the 32nd South Pacific Governors Meeting. The Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa in thanking Federal Pacific for their hospitality for co-hosting the cocktail function, commented: “this is proof that partnerships between the public and private sectors are possible."
Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
World Rugby has increased by 19% its current investment on the Fijian, Samoan and Tongan Rugby Unions and the preparation of their national teams for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Meanwhile Tonga’s Rugby Union is in turmoil after the Supreme Court voided an amendment to its Constitution, and on November 9 appointed the Acting Attorney General to call a meeting to elect a new President, Deputy President and other officers.
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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bonn, Germany
Tonga at COP23 last week in Bonn, Germany, called for the establishment of Climate Change as a core security issue and stressed the need for Small Island Developing States such as Tonga, to build resilience, warning that inaction "will ultimately result in our disappearance as a people and a culture".
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Tuesday 21 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men are pending court appearances after being arrested for possession of cannabis, methamphetamine and ammunition, during two separate search warrants in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 21 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30 year-old woman, who was sitting on the back of a utility van, broke her arm after she fell on the road at Pea, when a group of men threw water at her passing vehicle during celebrations on the roads for the Mate Ma’a Tonga win over Lebanon in a Rugby League World Cup match on November 18.
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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Brighton, United Kingdom
Despite the clear evidence linking poverty to psychological distress, policies tackling poverty do not typically take shame into account. ... Being poor is a highly shameful experience, degrading one’s dignity and sense of self-worth. While the manifestations and causes of poverty differ, the humiliation that accompanies it is universal. Recent research conducted at the University of Oxford found that from China to the United Kingdom, people facing economic hardship – even children – experience a nearly identical assault on their pride and self-esteem.
Monday 20 November 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Japan’s Brave Blossoms defeated the ‘Ikale Tahi 39 – 6 on November 18 in Toulouse, France. The Brave Blossoms ran in five tries and successfully prevented the ‘Ikale Tahi from scoring any tries.
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