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Thursday 22 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of India has announced that it will provide USD$1 million owards Tonga’s recovery from Cyclone Gita. India’s Prime Minister H.E Mr. Narendra Modi sent a message to Tonga’s PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva on 16 February, announcing India’s contribution and conveyed his "deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers for the victims of this natural calamity."
Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese government and Embassy in Tonga has pledged over USD$600,000 for cyclone relief in Tonga.
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Thursday 8 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Tonga is dismissing accusations by a prominent Australian newspaper that China’s foreign aid is hurting Tonga’s economy. The news article claimed that many Tongans believe that they have been "sold out by the Tongan Government”.
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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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Monday 25 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga was one of 21 countries absent from voting at the United Nations headquarters, New York, on December 21, when the UN passed a resolution opposing the United States' unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Samoa was also absent. While Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu attended but abstained from voting. Among the 128 countries that supported the resolution were New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
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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

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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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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Wednesday 15 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ambassadors to Tonga are presenting their credentials to HM King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace in Nuku'alofa this week during Diplomatic Week.
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Tuesday 7 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is disappointed with the United States Government's decision to dismiss Tonga's extradition request for American, Dean Jay Fletcher (54), who is wanted in Tonga on the charge of murdering his wife in July 2016, in Vava'u.
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Friday 3 November 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii
American, Dean Jay Fletcher (54) who is wanted in Tonga on the charge of brutally murdering his wife in July 2016 has been ordered released in Hawaii, after the United States District Court on November 1 ordered the dismissal of his extradition. The Tonga Government sought Fletcher's extraditon for the offenses of murder, manslughter, and inflicting grievous bodily harm. However, the US Secretary of State had "determined that Fletcher could not be guaranteed a fair trial in Tonga" because he did not have funds to defend himself.
Thursday 28 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Japanese ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Yukio Numata farewelled Tonga in style by performing a "Tongan/Japanese" tau’olunga, during a farewell reception at their residence at ‘Anana, on September 27.
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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ordinary Tongan passports are in short supply due to unexpected increase in demand, which is causing delays in issuing some passports. Non-urgent applicants have been told the new stock is not expected until October.
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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ambassador of the Philippines to New Zealand, H.E. Jesus Domingo, visited the Kingdom last week. His visit was unannounced by the Tonga Government but was reported by the LDS church who greeted and welcomed Mr Domingo to their stake.
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Wednesday 5 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States Government is still considering the extradition of Dean Jay Fletcher, an American citizen who escaped police custody in Vava’u last year after being charged with the murder of his wife on their yacht Sea Oak.
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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva has apologised to the Chinese community in Tonga and especially to individuals who have been victims of violent crimes, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement today. The Ambassador said that Chinese in Tonga still faced many difficulties and challenges. Crimes against the Chinese community happened frequently in 2016 and some brutal cases remained unsolved.
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Thursday 30 March 2017

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho presented her diplomatic credentials to the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Mr Bob Dadae, KStJ, in Port Moresby on Tuesday. She is the High Commissioner of Tonga to Papua New Guinea in addition to her duties as High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia.
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Monday 20 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The yacht Sea Oak, allegedly the scene of a murder in Vava'u last year, which was seized in Pago Pago, American Samoa has been taken off the island and its whereabouts remain unknown.
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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Methamphetamine, criminal deportees and outlaw motorcycle gangs are the three main threats in policing the Pacific Region according to a 2016 Transnational Organised Crime Assessment. While some 35 criminal deportees are returned to Tonga every year, Tonga Police revealed today that it is the gravity of their reoffending that concerns law enforcement because some criminal deportees have killed again.
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Tuesday 14 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deportee reintegration is a major concern for Tonga this week as US officials arrived to take part in a three days dialogue with the Tongan government and law enforcement officials in Nuku'alofa at the National Deportation Reintegration Conference.
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