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Wednesday 18 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan National Under-19 rugby team to represent Tonga to the World Championship to be held in Durban, South Africa in March was announced on 16 February.
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Tuesday 17 February 2004
Sydney, Australia
What is a true Tongan? What have we inherited? I was born overseas and I was led to believe that the true Tongan was either the monarchy or persons born in Tonga, bred Tongan and lived the Tongan way of life, culturally, socially and traditionally. The motto on the Tongan coat of arms says: "God and Tonga are my inheritance". For many young Tongans the question is, an inheritance to what? - Andrew Fifita J.P.
Friday 13 February 2004
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
A few decades ago, Tonga was looked up to as the leading nation in the Pacific Islands. Its people had the highest standards of living, income and independence. This is no longer the case. Elite privilege has become more concentrated and reactionary; the economy and society stagnated as a result. - Ron Crocombe
Thursday 12 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two important games of Rugby will be played at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku‘alofa, tomorrow, February 13.
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Wednesday 11 February 2004

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On February 6 Tonga set its clock back 20 years to the early 1980s, when the only newspapers available were the government newspaper, the Tonga Chronicle, and church newspapers.
Wednesday 11 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government gagged Press Freedom when it amended Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year, Laki Niu, the President of the Tongan Law Society, told Tongan media operators on February 9.
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Wednesday 11 February 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Rugby Union Seven-a-side team left Wellington, New Zealand, on February 8 for the United States to take part in the second International Rugby Board Sevens Series, to be held in Los Angeles February 14 -15.
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Wednesday 4 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Asked about the Australian government's reaction to Tonga's controversial new media laws, the Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told a Press Conference in Nuku'alofa on December 17 that "We are not the regional policeman . . . the moral judge and jury for the region, it is not our job."
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Wednesday 4 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan people, for the last three weeks have been deprived of reading newspapers, including the Tongan government's own newspaper.
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Wednesday 4 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After weeks of wrangling over the proposed $6.3 million loan by Tongatapu squash exporters, from the Tonga Development Bank, $2 million has been approved.
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Wednesday 28 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 152 plaintiffs are signatories to a writ, calling for a Judicial Review of the media legislation enacted by the Tonga government last year, which curtailed freedom of speech and introduced restrictive print media licensing.
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Saturday 24 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The USA government does not like the move by the Tongan government to regulate Press Freedom, according to the USA Ambassador to Tonga, David Laurence Lyon, who visited Tonga January 14-16.
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Thursday 22 January 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The first Marijuana case for 2004 was dismissed by Chief Justice Ward at the Supreme Court Nuku'alofa on January 20 because of the irregularities and unreliable evidence provided by the police.
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Friday 16 January 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Two Czech men were detained overnight at Tonga's Fua'amotu International Airport on Tuesday January 13 after arriving without visas.
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Friday 16 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The capital's rubbish dump at Popua near Nuku'alofa, has been the source of headaches for the residents in the nearby areas with frequent burning and smoke as experienced on Christmas day.
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Thursday 15 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of 20 new US Peace Corps volunteers for Tonga were sworn in on January 15, by the US Ambassador to Tonga, David Lyons.
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Wednesday 14 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Police raided village shops in Tonga last week confiscating copies of the Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper, and also seizing cash from shops that had sold newspapers.
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Wednesday 14 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man accused of murder will face trial by jury in the Supreme Court of Tonga on 25 February 2004.
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Wednesday 14 January 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A national 7-a-side Rugby League team to represent Tonga at the World Sevens League tournament in Sydney at the end of January was announced in Nuku'alofa on January 8.
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Tuesday 13 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cyclone Heta has left the isolated island of Niuatoputapu with a limited supply of food crops and a lot of damage to infrastructure, after passing within 45 km of the island in the early hours of January 6.
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