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  • Wednesday 20 November 2019 8:52am


    Suva, Fiji
    : UNICEF is supporting the Government of Samoa to respond to a measles outbreak in the country. The Government of Samoa officially declared a state of emergency on 15 November 2019, four weeks into the continuing measles outbreak with more than 1000 suspected cases so far. The epidemic has claimed the lives of 14 children under-five years old and one adult. Lesser outbreaks are reported in Tonga and Fiji.
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  • Tuesday 19 November 2019 4:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Cabinet has changed its mind and rejected a proposal from “the Brown Group” to cultivate hemp in Tonga, the Prime Minister's Office announced this afternoon.
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  • Tuesday 19 November 2019 3:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Methamphetamine and cannabis have been seized and three people arrested by the Tonga Police Drug Enforcement Taskforce, in an ongoing operation targeting dealers, who sell drugs from their vehicles.
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  • Tuesday 19 November 2019 2:58pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Three important multi-million pa'anga Climate Resilience Sector Projects were commissioned on November 18, at vulnerable low-lying areas on the Eastern District (Hahake) of Tongatapu.
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  • Tuesday 19 November 2019 2:20pm


    Brisbane, Australia
    : The Queensland Tongan Language School announced it will hold classes for the first-time next year at a launch on Saturday, 16 November at Highgate Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Classes will be held at Griffith University Logan campus on Saturdays.
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  • Monday 18 November 2019 5:24pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Tonga Body Building Federation brought home 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 3 bronze medals from the 25th South Pacific Body Building Championships held in New Caledonia, from 23-27 October 2019. The championship will be held in Tonga next year.
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  • Monday 18 November 2019 1:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A rugby union game scheduled between Tonga Women’s XV team and Australia today, 18 November, in Fiji, has been cancelled after Fijian health officials reported yesterday that a Tongan player displayed symptoms of measles.
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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 9:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Mandatory vaccinations, a crackdown on public gatherings and a closure of all schools are now in force in Samoa as the country struggles to contain a measles epidemic, so far reported to have caused the deaths of five infants and one adult.
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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 8:58pm


    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    : Tonga's first Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, HE 'Akau'ola presented his Credentials at the presidential Qasr Al Watan Palace in Abu Dhabi, on 12 November, 2019.
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  • Sunday 17 November 2019 8:35pm


    Salt Lake City, Utah
    : A Salt Lake City jury have convicted a female migrant from Tonga, Alavina Florreich (70), of childhood sex abuse against Avrohom Zippel, now a 28-year-old man. Despite there being no evidence of the alleged abuse, the jury were compelled to find Alavina guilty on all counts. She is scheduled to be sentenced early next year and could face life imprisonment, although she plans to appeal.
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Opinion

  • Thursday 14 November 2019 7:05pm


    New York, USA
    : The US president is abandoning America’s future by quitting the Paris climate accord, says Ban Ki-moon former Secretary General of the United Nations and Patrick Verkooijen chief executive of the Global Center on Adaptation. In an article in the New York Times this week, they said it is not too late for Mr Trump to reconsider his decision. Staying in the Paris Agreement is the right thing to do, for America’s sake and for the rest of the world.
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  • Wednesday 6 November 2019 10:37pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement will act to undermine American influence and credibility in the Pacific, a disappointed Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon Kausea Natano, warned today, 6 November 2019.
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Pacific Islands

  • Sunday 10 November 2019 11:23am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An acceptance by the Fijian Parliament of an apology by Prime Minister, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama, for assaulting Hon. Pio Tikoduadua, a member of parliament and the former President of the National Federation Party, remains a controversial political issue in Fiji - because the person who was assaulted got suspended, while the assailant remains in the House.
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  • Wednesday 6 November 2019 8:27pm


    Suva, Fiji
    : The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF are calling on Pacific communities to vaccinate against measles in response to recent outbreaks of measles in Tonga and Samoa.
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  • Tuesday 19 November 2019 5:21pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : China’s Belt and Road Initiative has raised important questions about the risk of debt problems in less-developed countries. The risks are serious for the small and fragile economies of the Pacific. However, the analysis finds a different picture. The evidence to date suggests China has not been engaged in deliberate ‘debt trap’ diplomacy in the PICs. The Belt and Road projects have brought effective investment to the relevant countries rather than the so-called debt trap, boosted local economy and improved people’s livelihood. By Col. (Ret’d.) Siamelie Latu.
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