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Monday 24 October 2016

Canberra, Australia
Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho, Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia signed a Book of Condolences at the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra on 18 October, for the passing away of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Kingdom of Thailand.
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Friday 21 October 2016

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The 26th Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting encouraged members to continue partnership in the spirit of regionalism and pursue the sustainable development of the tourism sector as it is an important source of employment and economic development for the region.
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Thursday 20 October 2016
Nadi, Fiji
A US$7.5 million Regional Disaster Resilience project, under a partnership between Russia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was launched on 17 October in Nadi. The Regional Disaster Resilience in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (RESPAC) Project will cover 14 countries including Tonga.
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Tuesday 18 October 2016
Suva, Fiji
Ending extreme poverty is possible, says the World Bank after announcing its commitment for a poverty free world by 2030 as it observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, visited Fiji to mark the occasion
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Thursday 13 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Superintendent Tevita Vailea (44) was awarded the 2016 Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Chair’s Award for outstanding servicing to policing in the region. This is the first time Tonga had submitted nominations for the award, since it started in 2005. Tongan officers were in the top two nominations for the award.
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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two days of commemoration were held in Nuku’alofa on the 9-10 October to mark the 140th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between the Kingdom of Tonga and the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Thursday 6 October 2016

Canberra, Australia
A new DNA study by scientists at the Australian National University has indicated that the first people to live in Tonga and Vanuatu originated directly from Taiwan and the Northern Philippines. The study Named “Genomic insights into the peopling of the Southwest Pacific” bases its findings from DNA tests conducted on ancient skeletal remains uncovered in Tonga and Vanuatu.
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Wednesday 5 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Indonesian diplomat said that Indonesia is “shocked” at six Pacific Islands governments, including Tonga, for accusing Indonesia of human rights violations in West Papua. Nara Masista Rakhmatia during a speech at the 1st Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on 24 September 2016 also accused PM Pohiva and other Pacific leaders of using the General Assembly to advance their domestic agendas and to divert attention from political and social problems at home.
Tuesday 4 October 2016

Apia, Samoa
A young Samoan women who has claimed stigmata on a few occasions since Easter this year, has converted to the Catholic faith in order to fulfill her mission of travelling to Rome after she says she received messages from God.
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Friday 30 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Chinese company Zhuhai Singyes that is investing more than $10 million pa’anga to build a 2 Mega Watts solar farm in Tonga will sell its energy to Tonga Power Ltd. at a negotiated price, the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Huang Huaguang said at a reception at the Kahana Resort on Wednesday 28 September. It is one of two large undertakings by Chinese companies investing in Tonga.
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Monday 26 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Speaker of Parliament Lord Tu’ivakano spoke at the commemoration of the International Day of Peace 2016 and met with the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China HE Mr Li Yuanchao last week in Yinchuan, Ningxia.
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Friday 23 September 2016

Apia, Samoa
Stronger guidelines to assess the impact of development on the environment in the Pacific have just been released by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
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Friday 23 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Tonga will mark the 140th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship in October, the new German Ambassador to Tonga HE Gerhard Thiedemann said on 21 September during his first visit to Tonga.
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Thursday 22 September 2016

Suva, Fiji
A device to use ocean waves as an energy source in the Pacific Islands has been invented by staff and a student at the University of the South Pacific and was recently patented by Intellectual Property Australia.
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Tuesday 20 September 2016
New York, USA
Ministers and parliamentarians from the Commonwealth, including Tonga, spoke at a panel on Migration in the Commonwealth: International Movement and Human Rights Challenges and Opportunities, at the United Nations General Assembly on 18 September in New York.
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Thursday 15 September 2016

Nadi, Fiji
Pacific women and girls can live free from violence - because violence against them is not inevitable and it can be prevented, was the message for more than 40 specialists from across the Pacific meeting in Nadi, Fiji, from 12-15 September. There is a need to change attitudes which condone violence.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Manila, Philippines
Some 22.5% of Tonga’s population - or over 23,200 people live below the national poverty line, according to the Asian Development Bank's latest statistics released yesterday. The high cost of living as well as lack of access to basic infrastructure, services and utilities and the lack of employment or opportunities to generate income make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs.
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Monday 12 September 2016
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
The interests of Pacific Members must be at the heart of discussions when looking at how they could influence an effective future engagement through the ACP with the EU, said Dame Meg Taylor, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, at a Pacific Forum Secretariat meeting on 8 September 2016 in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
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Monday 5 September 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii
A contribution of more than USD$30m from the USA government to its “friends in the Pacific” was announced by US President Obama at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, 1 September.
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Sunday 4 September 2016
Manilla, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to spend up to $2.5 billion in loans and grants to strengthen economic development in 14 Pacific Island countries after it unveiled a new five-year strategy on 1 September.
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