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Wednesday 18 August 2021

Suva, Fiji
There has been a drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in Fiji recently, but the Ministry of Health and Medical Services attributed this to a change in testing policy in the Suva-Nausori area.
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Wednesday 18 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Misivina Tatakamotonga was sentenced to seven-years eight-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 99.47 grams of methamphetamine. The judge said it was gravely concerning that the defendant's true activities were not reflected in the indictment and there appeared to be scant investigation into the dealer list. He urged the investigating authorities “to reflect on what lines of enquiry can properly be pursued."
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Wednesday 18 August 2021

New York, USA
New York Times News Analysis: An era that began two decades ago with the shock of hijacked planes flying into American skyscrapers drew to a close this week with desperate Afghans clinging to American planes as they tried to escape the chaos of Kabul. Some fell; one was found dead in the landing gear. A colossal bipartisan investment of U.S. force, treasure and diplomacy to defeat a hostile ideology bent on the creation of an Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has failed. Over four presidencies, two Republican and two Democratic, more than 2,400 Americans gave their lives, and more than $1 trillion was spent, for shifting Afghan goals, many of which proved unattainable.
Wednesday 18 August 2021

Brisbane, Australia
‘Ikale Tahi head coach, Toutai Kefu, who was stabbed during an invasion on his home early Monday morning 16 August, is reported to be recovering well after surgery and back in high spirits “with an order of KFC proudly smashed”.
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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 152 repatriates who arrived on 28 July from New Zealand have been released from quarantine after testing negative in their third and final COVID-19 test today, confirmed Chief Medical Officer for Public Health, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa this afternoon.
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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Suva, Fiji
The University of the South Pacific is planning to hold their annual open week virtually this year due to COVID-19, from 30 August to 3 September.
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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men, aged 25 and 44 years, were arrested in Tu'anuku, Vava'u; and a 50-year-old man was arrested in Tatakamotonga, Tongatapu, last week. This brings the total to 15 people, arrested to date and charged in relation to 14 kilograms of cocaine seized in Vava'u.
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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Domestic Economic activities showed some improvements in May 2021, Sione Ngongo Kioa, the Governor of Tonga’s National Reserve Bank told the National Reserve Bank of Tonga’s Board of Directors on 5 August. However, the Reserve Bank’s GDP outlook projected a deeper contraction in Tonga’s economy for 2020-21 as the extended lockdowns and uncertainties present significant risk.
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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Villages in Niuafo‘ou will receive new water tank, under a project to improve rainwater harvesting that was launched on 16 August.
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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Brisbane, Australia
Tongan International rugby league player, Andrew Fifita, is in an induced coma and will undergo surgery this afternoon in Brisbane after suffering a throat injury following a game on Sunday.
Monday 16 August 2021

Brisbane, Australia
‘Ikale Tahi Head Coach, Toutai Kefu, is reported to be out of surgery and "expected to survive" after he was seriously injured in a home invasion early this morning, in what was likely to be “a burglary gone wrong”.
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Monday 16 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More arrests have been made in relation to the cocaine haul seized in Vava’u, said Tonga Police today.
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Monday 16 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 24-year-old man was sentenced today to four-years and six-months imprisonment for causing grievous harm, when he hit a man on the head with an iron rod and then punched another. His co-accused received a suspended sentence for a lesser count.
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Monday 16 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price for petrol, kerosene, and diesel will increase starting on 18 August, as approved by the Tonga Competent Authority, as subsidies are discontinued.
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Monday 16 August 2021

Brisbane, Australia
Tonga's Head Coach for the 'Ikale Tahi, Toutai Kefu, is in hospital in Coorparoo, Brisbane after being stabbed in a home invasion, early this morning August 16.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is considering a mandatory death sentence for offenders who traffic 5 kilograms or more of a Class A drug. An amendment bill tabled into Parliament yesterday also proposes the death sentence for offenders who repeatedly procure and use children in drug offences. The bill still has to go through the second and third readings before it can proceed further. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paea Fainga’a was acquitted on two counts of serious housebreaking and theft of a car in 2019 by Hon. Mr Justice Cooper in a ruling this month, after he found the evidence of the complainant, Siaosi Vete, unconvincing.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To date, 25,778 people have received the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Tonga, confirmed the Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola this afternoon.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has provided a further AUD$5 million to support Tonga’s formal and informal business sector impacted by COVID-19.
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Thursday 12 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The three foreign nationals who were arrested and charged in relation to a cocaine haul in Vava‘u, were today released on bail, at the Magistrate's Court in Neiafu. Robin and Brenda Cox, and Calvin Manuceau will be called to appear in court again on August 17.
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