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Tuesday 7 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After the Minister of Justice, Hon. Vuna Fa’otusia told the Tongan Parliament today that government ministries did not break any law, by employing daily paid labourers for 10 to 20 years without a working contract, the Speaker reminded the House that Tonga is the "Friendly Islands". From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Tuesday 7 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s former Speaker of Parliament Lord Lasike, who was removed from parliament in 2012 is to be paid $223,385 pa’anga in remuneration by the Kingdom of Tonga, in lieu of a salary that he would have earned as a member of the Legislative Assembly and as Speaker from July 9, 2012 to November 24, 2014, ruled the Lord Chief Justice on February 2.
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Tuesday 7 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Describing economic globalization as a double-edged sword that should be viewed comprehensively, China's President Xi Jinping said in Davos in January that we should pay attention to its deficiency but "not give up eating for fear of choking" or simply attribute the problems like the financial crisis and refugees to globalization, let alone protectionism. China views globalization's general trend as right. In May this year, China will host the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” in Beijing to discuss ways to boost cooperation, build cooperation platforms and share cooperation outcomes. By H.E. Huang Huaguang.
Monday 6 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four marine search and rescue operations saved 20 people in Tonga, while one life was lost, during unsettled windy weather over the weekend. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 09F lies slow moving to the far west northwest of Tongatapu and a Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for all of Tonga. .
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Monday 6 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 46-year old man, Sione Feleti Kinikini drowned on Saturday, February 4 at Ha’atafu when he jumped off a fishing boat fearing it would capsize after being hit by a big wave, during a fishing trip.
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Monday 6 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga Limited has become the third shareholder of Tonga Cable Ltd (TCL), joining the Government of Tonga and Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) after finalizing an agreement at a signing ceremony on Friday, 3 February 2017.
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Monday 6 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The names of six men on board the fishing boat Losemani Fo'ou when it left Nuku'alofa on January 30 at around around 3:00pm in the afternoon, were confirmed by the Ports Master's Office in Nuku'alofa today. The rescue of the men at sea was filmed by passengers and crew on board the Albatros who sent in new photos of the rescue. "The ocean does not like carelessness," one told Matangi Tonga.
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Sunday 5 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The failure of hundreds of Form 5, 6 and 7 students in their 2016 end of the year examination was one of several controversial issues that the Tongan Parliament heard when it opened for its 2017 session last week on Monday, 30 January. The Popua Park earthworks and Pacific Games infrastructure delays were other hot issues.
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Sunday 5 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After leaving Nuku'alofa, passengers on the cruise ship Albatros witnessed the rescue of six Tongan fishermen from the distressed fishing boat Losemani Fo'ou yesterday afternoon in big swells south of Tonga. Photos by Dr. Gudrun Berger and others on the Albatros.
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Saturday 4 February 2017

Wellington, New Zealand
The Albatros cruise ship saved six men from a sinking fishing boat in southern Tongan waters this afternoon. The cruise ship bound for Auckland diverted 300km to find the fishermen who had not had water for three days and their boat, Losemani Fo'ou, was taking on water.
 The men will stay on the Albatros until it berths in Auckland on Monday evening.
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Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will be able to host the Test Match between the ‘Ikale Tahi and Wales in June, and the 2019 Pacific Games, Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva assured the Tonga Media on Monday, 30 January during a Press Conference at the Prime Minister’s Office.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 47-year old man from Ha’avakatolo has been arrested and charged in relation to his role in helping two escaped prisoners while they were on the run in Tongatapu earlier this week. The prisoners were recaptured on February 1-2.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A US court in Hawaii has found that Dean Jay Fletcher, an American citizen charged with the murder of his wife in Tonga, is extraditable for each of the offences in which the Government of Tonga had applied for his return to Tonga.
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Friday 3 February 2017

Tokyo, Japan
Japan continues to strengthen its partnership with Pacific island countries commiting to more regional development in the Pacific at the 3rd Ministerial Interim Meeting between 16 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) member countries and Japan’s Government representatives in Tokyo, Japan on 17 January.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) has confirmed there will be no reduction of its service to its Pacific broadcast partners after ABC Radio Australia closed its international shortwave transmission service to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific on 31 January 2017.
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Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight young Tongan swimmers from the Hakula Swim Club competed at the 2017 Anthony Mosse Classic competition when they visited Auckland last month, during an exposure trip that allowed them to also train with other swimming clubs.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva was received by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Lord Tu’ivakano yesterday, Thursday, February 2, the Chief Clerk stated today.
Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A significant increase in the regulated price of diesel has been approved by the Competent Authority effective 16 January 2017. This has contributed to an increase of 15.40 seniti per litre (13.8%) from $1.1124 per litre in September 2016 to $1.2664 per litre in January 2017, Tonga Power Ltd. announced today. Makatu’unga ‘i he lahi e hiki ‘i he totongi ‘o e lolo tisolo ‘a ia na’e tali ‘e he Pule Fe’unga ke kamata gaue’aki ‘i he ‘aho 16 Sanuali 2017, kuo hiki ai e totongi ‘o e lolo ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 15.40 ki he lita (13.8%) mei he $1.1124 ki he lita ‘i Sepitema 2016 ki he totongi fo’ou ko e $1.2664 ki he lita ‘i Sanuali 2017.
Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finau ‘Ohuafi (15) and Noelani Day (13) achieved their personal best when they represented Tonga at the FINA 5km New Zealand Open Water Championships in Lake Taupo, on 15 January.
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Friday 3 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new photo has emerged from NASA Earth clearly showing the site of the underwater volcano eruption known as 'Submarine Volcano III' near Tongatapu. NASA Earth states the plume is emerging from a seamount located 33 km (20 miles) from Tongatapu.
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