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  • Wednesday 22 August 2018 1:01pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongan Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva released an official statement on 20 August, retracting comments he made two weeks ago in an interview with the Samoan Observer, where he suggested that Pacific Island nations should collectively ask China to write-off its debts.
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  • Wednesday 22 August 2018 12:56pm


    New South Wales, Australia
    : A former female prison guard in Australia, Amy Mershell Connors (34), appeared in a New South Wales court on Monday 20 August, where she entered a no plea against charges alleging that she engaged in a 12-month-long sexual affair with a Tongan prisoner Sione Penisini.
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  • Wednesday 22 August 2018 12:54pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) on 20 August announced that it has appointed Mr Marcus Lee as the SPTO China Chief Representative.
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  • Tuesday 21 August 2018 5:09pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tongasat unlawfully received over USD$46 million of public money gained from the government's relinquishing of Tonga's 130 degrees East satellite slot to China, a Supreme Court action has determined, in decision over a public law claim that covers negotiations and dealings going back to 2006.
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  • Friday 17 August 2018 6:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Artwork made out of recycled materials was exhibited to raise awareness of climate change, at the launch of Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP2), at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall today, 17 August.
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  • Friday 17 August 2018 6:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Ambulances, vehicles and medical equipment worth $1.8m pa’anga was handed over to Tonga’s Ministry of Health by the Japanese Government on Wednesday, 15 August.
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  • Thursday 16 August 2018 11:27pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The visit by the Chinese medical ship Ark Peace to Nuku'alofa has shown there is a high demand for medical treatment, with people of all ages filling the ships passageways waiting to see medical practitioners since the ship's arrival on Monday, 13 August. By Eleanor Gee.
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  • Thursday 16 August 2018 2:37pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is attracting world wide media attention after he made comments suggesting that Pacific Island leaders participate in a year long weight loss competition.
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  • Wednesday 15 August 2018 11:12pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Six Tongans are undergoing pacemaker surgery at Vaiola Hospital for the first time, performed by a team of volunteer medical practitioners from New Zealand on 15-16 August, marking a historic moment for health in Tonga. By Eleanor Gee.
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Opinion

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018 1:21pm


    Canberra, Australia
    : Kofi Annan deserves to be remembered as a near-exemplary United Nations secretary-general (SG). Great chief executives need a guiding vision for the exercise of authority, and all the more so when that authority is international civil authority. Annan’s success was based on his ability to combine pragmatism and humility with an enduring vision of human progress and solidarity.
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  • Wednesday 15 August 2018 10:56am


    Paris, France
    : These are hard times for international cooperation. With rising protectionism, burgeoning trade disputes, and a troubling lack of concern for shared interests like climate change, the world seems to be turning its back on multilateralism. In an era when the benefits of multilateralism are being questioned precisely as we draw closer to the planet’s ecological limits, income inequality is growing, and innovation and technology are transforming how people learn and work, the world needs a more equitable and cooperative approach to globalization. And one of the best ways to deliver it is with a sustainable development model that leaves no one behind. By Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Stefano Manservisi, and Mario Pezzini.
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From our archives

  • Thursday 3 August 2006 5:25pm
    2006


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The first Chinese Cabinet Minister to visit Tonga was welcomed by the Tonga government with a reception and a dinner on August 2 at a new government venue to welcome foreign dignitaries, the 'Api Konisela, the former residence of the British High Commissioner in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Sunday 2 September 2012 8:57pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : A Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated the rebuilding of the Nuku'alofa CBD claims that a $119 million loan to Tonga from the Exim Bank of China was illegal, in a report released on Friday August 31, 2012. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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