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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maikolo ‘Ealelei (20), a habitual thief, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for serious housebreaking when he stole around $34,000 pa’anga worth of items at a home in Tofoa last year. “It is a distressingly common offence committed in the main by young men. It is a very serious problem in Tonga to which there must be a strong response,” the Chief Justice stated.
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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If Parliament’s most urgent task at the close of its first day, Monday, was the passing of a new Foreign Investment Bill 2019 in order to release $35 million in current Budget Support from donors, then other matters on the work agenda might have been expected to be put aside when the House reconvened. However, on Tuesday morning the issue of the Tonga cable black-out at the end of January occupied the attention of the House. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Lusaka, Zambia
Education gives young people the tools they need – from cognitive and social skills to self-confidence – to succeed throughout their lives. Burgeoning youth populations make delivering high-quality education to all particularly urgent. But success will be possible only with a sharp focus on girls and women. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speaking in the Pacific islands last October, underscored the added importance of this objective for “women and girls in developing countries.” By Nkandu Luo.
Tuesday 19 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two male teenagers were sentenced to seven and eight-years imprisonment each for violently raping a woman who lived alone, in a deterrent sentence by a Supreme Court judge who said this is to protect women against predatory sexual home invasions. The perpetrators were involved in drugs and alcohol.
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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in relation to the stabbing of another male teen, who remains in critical condition at Vaiola Hospital, after a fight broke out in the Nuku'alofa CBD on Saturday.
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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $18,000 pa'anga sponsorship has been given to Tonga’s Special Olympic Team by Digicel Tonga last Thursday, 14 February - a boost for the team ahead of the Special Olympics World Games held in Abu Dhabi next month.
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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Port Vila, Vanuatu
A key challenge for the Forum is to maintain its solidarity as staunchly pro-Blue Pacific...where we are custodians of some of the world’s richest biodiversity and marine and terrestrial resources. Leaders have articulated a desire for a shift in the development trajectory for the Pacific, through the Blue Pacific narrative and through it the opportunity to exercise our will. This is the strategic lens through which any conversation over China, and the associated geopolitical and geostrategic environment we find ourselves in, must occur. Our political conversations and settlements must be driven by the well-being of our Blue Pacific continent and its people, not by the goals and ambitions of others. By Dame Meg Taylor.
Tuesday 19 February 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Budget support amounting to $35 million input from aid donors will not be released to the Tongan Government if they do not amend the Foreign Investment Act before the end of February, Tonga's parliament was told today. A letter from the Acting PM stirred up vociferous exchanges in the Tongan Parliament today. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Petitions with over 10,000 signatures calling for King Tupou VI to dissolve the Tongan Parliament and establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Pohiva government, were presented to the Palace Office in Nuku'alofa this afternoon, 18 February. By Pesi Fonua
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven people were arrested after being found in possession of methamphetamine and cannabis in a drug bust over the weekend in Ngele'ia.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Tongan swimmers from the Malolo, and Hakula swim clubs won medals and achieved personal best times in two events held in New Zealand in January.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) had their cases adjourned to April 22, after they were called this morning at the Fasi Magistrate's Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petrol, kerosene and diesel prices have increased starting today, 18 February, after consumers enjoyed lower prices over the last month. Wholesale petrol, kerosene and diesel prices went up by 6.37 seniti/litre, 2.41 seniti/litre and 4.38 seniti/litre respectively.
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Friday 15 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the span of one week, Tonga experienced a rare occurrence of four extreme tropical weather systems, one after another passing through the group, when Tonga Met issued 22 six-hourly tropical cyclone alerts and seven three-hourly tropical cyclone warnings, over a record six days and 16 hours, between 2pm on 6 February to 6am on 13 February.
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Friday 15 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
No arrest has been made in the seizure of 29 cannabis plants from a bush allotment at Fonongahina near Sia’atoutai on February 12.
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Friday 15 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old man was arrested with cannabis seeds and ammunition at a bush allotment in Havelu on February 12.
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Friday 15 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been arrested after photos of them holding firearms and what appeared to be a grenade were posted on Facebook.
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Friday 15 February 2019

Are, Sweden
A late qualification rule change will keep Tongan skier, Kasete Naufahu Skeen out of the 2019 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships in Åre, Sweden.
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Friday 15 February 2019

London, United Kingdom
The philosopher Bertrand Russell believed the Cold War nuclear standoff resembled a high-risk game played by "youthful degenerates." British Prime Minister Theresa May is playing a similar game, and if her Brexit brinkmanship goes wrong, the victim would be Britain. By Chris Patten
Thursday 14 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Free medical services by Chinese medical teams are being provided in Nuku’alofa, under a two-year volunteer program that began last year. By Eleanor Gee
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