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Wednesday 20 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten recruit fire fighters, including one woman, graduated on December 20, after completing training at the Central Fire Station in Longolongo, Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 20 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As government offices closed for the holidays Christmas cheer was spread in Nuku’alofa today by brass bands from Tonga Police and His Majesty's Armed Forces.
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Wednesday 20 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two ambulances to be used in ‘Eua and Ha’apai were handed over on December 19 to the Ministry of Health from the Government of Japan.
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Wednesday 20 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 23-year-old man died in a house fire at a home in Haveluloto on December 15.
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Wednesday 20 December 2017

Geneva, Switzerland
We all know how bad tobacco is, that it kills millions of people every year, and that it harms many more. We also know that tobacco companies have consistently lied about how much damage their products cause. The WHO Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products aims to prevent illicit trade, such as smuggling. While 33 countries and the European Union have signed the protocol, it needs the support of seven more governments before it can enter into force.
Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akilisi Pohiva (76) has been elected by members of parliament as Tonga’s Prime Minister, declared at about 6:30pm, at Parliament House. He narrowly defeated his challenger, former Deputy PM, Siaosi Sovaleni by 14 to 12 votes. The result arrives four months after King Tupou VI dissolved parliament on August 24.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Suva, Fiji
The newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai has been appointed as the 2018 Pacific Islands Tourism Ambassador.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 100 children ended their Malie Va'inga "Just Play" tournament with a parade through Nuku’alofa promoting an end to violence on Saturday, 16 December.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Members of Parliament are currently on a 15-minutes break before they cast their vote in a secret ballet to elect Tonga's Prime Minister from two nominations read out this morning at Parliament House. Caretaker Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his former Deputy PM Siaosi Sovaleni are vying for the top job.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga experienced less crime this year compared to last year with a 21% reduction in reported crime. Tonga Police report that 2017 was a busy year with numerous operations throughout Tonga, including controlling the chaotic Rugby World Cup celebrations. Most of the crimes were committed in Nuku’alofa, which accounted for 70% of total overall reported crime in the country.
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Monday 18 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police are advising the public to be safe when going into the sea this summer. So far this year there have been 25 sea rescue missions that resulted in 91 lives being saved.
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Sunday 17 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five road deaths recorded this year is the lowest number of fatalities in over a decade. Between January and November this year, Tonga Police recorded 262 car crashes with five road fatalities - a significant drop from 18 road deaths recorded last year. Car crashes are most commonly attributed to drivers losing control, speeding, drink driving, and failing to give way or stop, police stated in urging drivers to make smart decisions on the road this summer.
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Friday 15 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty-five girls from different schools attended a Camp Glow mission, aimed at empowerment, organised by the Talitha Project in partnership with the US Peace Corps from December 11-14.
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Friday 15 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints has established a new stake in Tonga, the Nuku'alofa Tonga Capital Stake, opened with a ceremony on 19 November at the ‘Atele Indoor Stadium.
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Friday 15 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s 26 members of parliament will elect Tonga’s new Prime Minister on Monday, 18 December.
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Friday 15 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new economic agreement with the Government of China was signed by Tonga's caretaker government last Friday. The agreement implements the building of a $57.5 million pa’anga sporting complex at Tonga High School ($US24.8 million) and other aid projects.
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Thursday 14 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dozens of handsome grooms and beautiful brides wearing traditional Tongan and western attire tied the knot today, during what is a busy month for weddings before Christmas. So far 83 marriages have been registered this month.
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Thursday 14 December 2017

Shenzhen, China
China wants to share its development experiences with other countries, with a belief that everybody in the world shares the same future, Pacific Island journalists learned this week when they visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. By Linny Folau.
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Thursday 14 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second nomination for the next Prime Minister of Tonga was submitted this afternoon. The name of the nominee will not be revealed until MPs cast their votes, on a date to be announced.
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Thursday 14 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The completed upgrading of Teufaiva Stadium's field was marked with the cutting of ribbons by the New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Sarah Walsh and Tonga’s Caretaker PM Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva on 13 December 2017.
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