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Friday 8 April 2016

London, United Kingdom
Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC is the new Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, the first woman to hold the position starting on 4 April in London.
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Wednesday 6 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Whistler, the endemic Hengahenga and other native bird species have increased in population on Mt Talau in Vava’u over the past year due to projects implemented to battle invasive species including rats.
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Wednesday 23 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
US$2 million in concessional financing approved by the World Bank on 16 March will support Tonga’s efforts to create "a more inclusive and resilient economy" through policy reform. It is to be funded with US$1 million credit and US$1 million grant, provided through the International Development Association, the World Bank's fund for poorest countries.
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Thursday 17 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-eight skilled construction workers from three Pacific Islands, including Tonga, will be working on the Christchurch rebuild, to fill skills shortages before the end of May this year.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Paris, France
Ten Pacific leaders are on the official batting order to address the world when the final rounds of negotiations for a new agreement on climate change opens in Paris today. They are from Kiribati, Marshall islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Cook Islands, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.
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Friday 27 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Former Prime Minister Lord Sevele will lead a Commonwealth Observers Group to the Seychelles Presidential Election that will be held on December 3-5.
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Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Official Public Holidays for next year 2016, were confirmed today by the Prime Minister's Office. Most of the holidays are observed on Mondays or Fridays, as shown (in Tongan and English):
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Monday 2 November 2015

Paris, France
Today, 2 November 2015, is the 'International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists'. “Every time the perpetrator of a crime is allowed to escape punishment, this emboldens other criminals and creates a vicious cycle of violence,” states Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, who seeks to advance the human right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
Monday 19 October 2015

Apia, Samoa
Kiribati hosts Pacific Island representatives to discuss hazard waste management this week, October 19-22 as part of the PacWaste project.
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Monday 19 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fifteen local netball coaches took part in the first Level Two Netball Coaching Course delivered by the South Australian Institute of Sport, Assistant Coach Megan Carter, on Wednesday, 14 October in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 2 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An additional US$4 million funding has been approved by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors to improve and strengthen Tonga's transport sector.
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Tuesday 22 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a hard fought and physical encounter at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester on September 19, ‘Ikale Tahi have been defeated by Georgia 17-10 in their first 2015 Rugby World Cup match.
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Friday 4 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Heilala Vanilla extract has been used to produce Lewis Road Creamery Fresh Vanilla Milk that is currently being sold in New Zealand.
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Thursday 27 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Strong new measures to tighten regulations on arms trade estimated at $100 billion worldwide are expected to be made during the first Conference of States Parties (CSP) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Cancun, Mexico on 25 August. Campaigners say the Pacific will play a large role in preserving peaceful societies in an increasingly violent world, however some states, including Tonga, are neither a state party nor a signatory to this treaty.
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Tuesday 25 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Solar power is the most efficient renewable energy method in Tonga, students from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found after investigating various renewable energy projects during a one-week trip.
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Monday 10 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A one-year transitional arrangement for United States fishing vessels for 2016, agreed to on 5 August this year is expected to bring Pacific Islands countries higher fees for fewer fishing days than in the current agreement for 2015.
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Friday 24 July 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The National Reserve Bank of Tonga wishes to inform the general public that the license of Melie-Mei-Langi Co. Ltd has been revoked and is no longer authorized to conduct foreign exchange business. Members of the public are encouraged to report to the National Reserve Bank of Tonga any person or business that is advertising or providing foreign exchange services but are not authorized dealers or authorized restricted dealers. ‘Oku fanongonongo atu foki ke fakatokanga’i ange ‘e he kakai ‘o e fonua kuo kaniseli ‘a e laiseni ‘o e kautaha Melie-mei-Langi Co. Ltd pea kuo ‘ikai ke fakamafai’i ke toe fetongi pa’anga muli.
Thursday 25 June 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Asian Development Bank report noted that Tonga, a country of about 176 islands, is one of the most vulnerable countries in the Pacific to climate change, and that the ADB is supporting the Tongan Government's efforts to build up the country’s resilience to natural disasters and assisting with its renewable energy goals.
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Monday 22 June 2015
Suva, Fiji
The visa system that performs national security checks of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is experiencing technical problems, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Fiji.
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Monday 16 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Pacific Islander was one of four young people who were honoured at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work, in London on 10 March.
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