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Wednesday 25 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 36,800 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses from COVAX, funded by Japan, would arrive in Tonga today, said Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola this morning.
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Wednesday 25 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight from Vanuatu that was due to arrive today with around 14 passengers was cancelled due to aircraft technical difficulties, confirmed Chief Medical Public Health Officer, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa today.
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Wednesday 25 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new Establishment Agreement signed between the Government of Tonga and the World Bank Group on August 24 is committed to forging a stronger partnership, said the bank.
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Wednesday 25 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 19-year-old was sentenced on August 24 to four and a half-years imprisonment for serious sexual offences, including sodomy and serious indecent assault as well as housebreaking. The Lord Chief Justice directed the identity of the two victims must not be published in Tonga.
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Wednesday 25 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Fifita (33) was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for possession of 2.36 grams of methamphetamine and 3.14 grams of cannabis. He was caught after Tonga Police received information he was driving around Nuku'alofa selling illicit drugs.
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Tuesday 24 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local groups, businesses and some Government Ministries are displaying their Tongan-made products, during a Trade Week organised by the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development at its compound in Fasi.
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Tuesday 24 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 27,152 people have received the second dose of the COVID-19 Astra-Zeneca vaccine in Tonga, since the second roll out program started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 24 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriations that were scheduled to arrive in Tonga tomorrow, August 25, and next week have been deferred until further notice, MEIDECC have announced.
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Tuesday 24 August 2021

Washington, USA
New York Times reporting: The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 years and older, a decision that is likely to set off a cascade of vaccine requirements by hospitals, colleges and universities, corporations and other organizations.
Tuesday 24 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The novel coronavirus is still going viral around the world, and vaccines matter so much to the fight against the virus. As long as there are infections in a country, it is impossible for humans to completely defeat the virus. However, globally, there are still outstanding problems such as insufficient vaccine production capacity, inequitable distribution and uneven vaccination. The international society need to work together to fill in the immunization gap between countries. by H.E. CAO Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga
Monday 23 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 19 people have been arrested to date and charged in relation to the estimated 14 kilograms of cocaine seized in Vava'u. The four new arrests were made by Tonga Police last week.
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Monday 23 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sosefo, aka Sione Poteki, who was driving around Tongatapu armed with a gun, while in possession of illicit drugs for sale was sentenced to three-years seven-months imprisonment.
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Monday 23 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A decomposed body of an unidentified man was found in an area near the sea in the Puke area of Tongatapu, on August 19. An investigation by Tonga Police is still underway to try and identify the deceased. No missing persons reports have been filed.
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Monday 23 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A workshop focusing on finance opportunities for climate action projects in Tonga was held on Friday, 20 August by the Climate Change Department.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Renown Hawaii based Tongan Master Carver, Tu'ione Pulotu, has carved a massive Tongan tiki - at over 4.5 metres tall, probably the biggest in the country, which will be displayed at the Nuku'alofa Tanoa Hotel. He's looking forward to returning to Hawaii next week after carving over 100 canoes in Tonga since the border shut in March last year. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flight from Auckland that was scheduled to arrive in Tonga on August 25 has been deferred, due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases there. "Delta variant is lethal. This is why our border is still closed and Tonga remains covid-free." said Paula Ma'u.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were today fined $2,400 pa'anga each for possession of 784 sea cucumbers, during the closed fishing season on March 10 earlier this year. The judge said that failure to pay would see them locked up for three-months in prison.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ombudsman gained Constitutional status this month, two decades after the first moves were made to establish accountability and good governance within government through a public complaints process. The Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday celebrated the 20th anniversary of Tonga’s journey to establish their office. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 20 August 2021

Apia, Western Samoa
The SPBD Microfinance Network achieved another impressive milestone today, surpassing US$ 200 million in “micro loans” disbursed to tens of thousands of hard working women entrepreneurs since its founding in 2000.
Thursday 19 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cases of five accused charged in relation to the cocaine seized in Vava'u have been adjourned to October 4, at the Magistrate's Court in Neiafu. The other accused remain in police custody. A total of 15 people (12 in Vava'u and three in Tongatapu) have been charged to date.
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