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  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 6:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two men arrested in the seizure of illicit drugs and illegally importing firearms and ammunition in separate Tonga Police operations in Vava’u, have been released on bail.
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  • Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The Viking Sun, the first cruise ship to visit Tonga this year, arrived in the Nuku'alofa harbour this afternoon, January 21 for an overnight stay.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 9:49pm


    Auckland, University
    : Dr 'Ilaisaane Fifita, a Tongan teaching fellow at the University of Auckland Business School, was among nine academics who were awarded cash prizes of between $1,500 and $2,500 for “well-communicated, quality research”.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 7:46pm


    Auckland, New Zealand
    : New Zealand police have confirmed that the shooting death of a 57-year-old Tongan-born mother Meliame Fisi‘ihoi at a Manukau residence last Wednesday, is the second shooting to have occurred at the property, located on Calthorp Close, in the space of just over a month.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 7:45pm


    Salt Lake City, Utah
    : Taniela Lopiseni Salakielu (23) of Nevada, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the U.S. District Court in Utah for the beating death of a father of four children, Rand Hatch (50), in the Utah town of Bountiful in late 2018.
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  • Monday 20 January 2020 6:47pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tropical Cyclone Tino has caused storm surge damage to homes mainly in Ha’apai and Niuatoputapu said Tonga's National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) Director, Paula Ma’u today, 20 January.
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  • Sunday 19 January 2020 12:43am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : In a surprising trick of nature, the eye of Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino (Cat. 3) passed over Tonga on Saturday afternoon, 18 January, while barely grazing the capital Nuku'alofa, which was on track for a direct hit. The eye passed between the Ha'apai Group and Tongatapu Group. UPDATED.
  • Saturday 18 January 2020 3:45pm


    Nukuk'alofa, Tonga
    : As a permanent member of the UN security council, “China speaks for Tonga and other developing countries with a view to safeguarding our common interests,” HE Cao Xiaolin, the new Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, said in his speech at a reception to mark the Spring Festival, at the Chinese Embassy in Nuku'alofa on 16 January.
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  • Saturday 18 January 2020 2:43pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Saturday afternoon swimmers in Nuku'alofa were encouraged to go home, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino (Cat. 3) passed over southern Tonga today, and Tonga Police checked coastal areas in the capital as part of a civil defence operation.
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  • Saturday 18 January 2020 10:38am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : UPDATED 1:21pm: Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino intensified into a Category 3 storm this morning, as it entered Tongan waters, packing very destructive wind gusts of up to 130-140 km/hr near its centre. On its current track, STC Tino is expected to lie at about 165km West of Pangai, Ha'apai at 7:00pm this evening. Storm to Hurricane force winds will affect Vava'u, Ha'apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua tonight, according the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre at 11:00am Saturday 18 January 2020.