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Sunday 12 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has lost its voting right in the United Nations General Assembly, one of seven countries that are too far behind in paying dues, a UN spokesman announced on Friday.
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Friday 10 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While a record number of students sat senior exams in 2019, a majority of Tonga's Form Six students failed to pass their examinations, with the Ministry of Education reporting yesterday that the overall pass rate was only 38% for the Tonga Form Six Certificate, “a remarkable drop from the rate of 48% in 2018.”
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Friday 10 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5.4 magnitude earthquake was felt on Tongatapu at 2:05 pm today. Tonga Meteorological Service reported that the earthquake was located 88km Southeast of Nuku'alofa at a depth of 83.9km. There is no tsunami threat to Tonga from this event.
Friday 10 January 2020

Canberra, Australia
Owing to the smoke from nearby wildfires, Canberra this month has had the world’s worst air-quality index, with readings 20 times above the official hazardous threshold. The city also recently experienced its hottest day on record (111°F/44°C). Meanwhile, Delhi had its coldest December day on record. Both are evidence of growing climate volatility, confirming the reality of global warming. By Ramesh Thakur.
Thursday 9 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Otago University study is proposing that malaria in the past may have shaped the genome of Pacific people today, resulting in a genetic predisposition to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and gout. The elevated levels of uric acids, which can strengthen the immune response to the mosquito-borne disease are also what causes the inflammatory reactions in gout. “Pacific people have their own genetic variants,” says Dr Ana Gosling.
Thursday 9 January 2020

Tonga has seen a marked drop in road fatalities, and a decrease in recorded criminal offences during the last year. Tonga Police report that over Christmas and New Year they made 177 arrests - a decrease from 271 arrests the previous year.
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Thursday 9 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 70-80% of the estimated 1,598 dogs residing on the Northwestern tip of Tongatapu will be de-sexed starting on 23 March, under a new “Project Kuli” program organized by the South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW).
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Wednesday 8 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drier than average weather is forecast for Tonga over the next three months (January – March) according to the latest climate update by Tonga Meteorological Services. Tonga's wet season which runs from November until April is also known as the cyclone season. Tonga Met reports the sea surface temperature is expected to be a little above average in February.
Wednesday 8 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Trade Organization faces challenges today that are unmatched in its 25 years, Director-General Roberto Azevedo stated on the WTO's 25th anniversary on 1 January 2020. Tonga is one of 164 members.
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Tuesday 7 January 2020

Salt Lake City, Utah
Five-thousand elementary students in the state of Utah in the United States were given winter garments by the Tony Finau Foundation – a charity founded by Tony Finau in 2015.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold, has become the first person of Pacific Island descent to be elected as a member of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent during an international conference last month in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Tuesday 7 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An unusual and significant marine heatwave covering a large area of the Pacific Ocean to the east of New Zealand and far south-east of Tonga, is developing with sea surface temperatures 4 – 6 C degrees warmer than average, and catching the attention of international ocean observers.
Tuesday 7 January 2020

Melbourne, Australia
We can begin with the presumption that it is wrong to take human life. President Donald Trump won’t deny that. A year ago, for example, he said: “I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence, the right to life.” Trump was addressing his remarks to anti-abortion campaigners, but a right to life that applies to fetuses must also apply to older humans. Is there an exception for “bad guys,” though? Was the double assassination at Baghdad International Airport ethically defensible? - Peter Singer
Monday 6 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Matangi Tonga Online website hosts over 13,000 articles, attracting over 3.21 million page views during the year 2019. The top ten articles countdown on Matangi Tonga Online document triumph and tragedy, with the highs and lows, spectacular achievements and disappointing failures, but end with photos of true love in the Pacific Island country of Tonga and her people in the year 2019.
Monday 6 January 2020

Washington DC, USA
Before US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw his country from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and the nuclear agreement’s chief Iranian architect, was the most popular public figure in his country. A year after the withdrawal, a University of Maryland poll shows, Zarif’s popularity was far surpassed by that of General Qassem Suleimani, the hardline Revolutionary Guard commander who was just assassinated in Baghdad on Trump’s order. Trump says he authorized the drone strike that killed Suleimani to “stop a war.” It is far more likely that he has started one – or at least the march toward one. By Djavad Salehi-Isfahani.
Friday 3 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Some members of the Board of the Tonga Rugby Union Inc. and elected representatives from 28 Rugby Clubs in Tongatapu are complaining that they were not allowed to participate in the Annual General Meeting and the election of a new President, Siaosi Pohiva, last month.

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A low number of 16 new measles cases occurred in the last week, according to a Tonga situation report issued on 2 January 2020. This brings the total number of confirmed or suspected measles cases to 612 since the outbreak began in October 2019 with around 96% estimated to have recovered.
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Friday 3 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minster Hon Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa received a free general medical examination by Chinese medical professionals this morning, 3 January, at the Tanoa Hotel in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 3 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The installation of new weather stations and sea level monitoring equipment throughout Tonga has been a huge logistical exercise, six months in the planning and another year in the implementation. Tonga welcomes 2020 with 21 new weather stations and two sea level monitoring stations.
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Thursday 2 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We all love the Tongan Rugby teams and Tongan sportsmen and sportswomen in teams all over the world or representing Tonga as individuals. Something to be extremely proud of! Now, let’s talk about pride in Tongan Heritage. Pride in your country comes from respect of your country. You can not show pride if you trash it.- Shane Egan

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