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Friday 26 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men who were acquitted of manslaughter, due to lack of evidence offered by the Crown, pleaded guilty to a lesser count of common assault in the death of a man in Pelehake, in 2017.
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Friday 26 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten illegal firearms and more than 20,000 live bullets were seized in Tongatapu and Vava'u, allegedly smuggled through four different shipments from the United States. Tonga Police are concerned with a significant amount of firearms and ammunition being smuggled into Tonga and the risks they pose to community safety.
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Thursday 25 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ‘Ikale Tahi team to play Manu Samoa in the 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup Tournament was announced on 24 July, by the coach, Toutai Kefu.
Thursday 25 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s National Rugby League annual tournament, the Jason Taumalolo Cup, was officially launched at an event on July 24, with kick-off on Saturday, July 27.
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Thursday 25 July 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
The idea of the ‘One Pacific Destination’ concept is being accepted after Pacific countries, including Tonga, attended the first-ever Pacific Exposition 2019, held in Auckland, New Zealand on 11-14 July.
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Thursday 25 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Ofa Savieti (45) received a two-year suspended sentence for forgery when she withdrew $3,000 pa’anga from a fruit picker's bank account and used it on herself, in February last year.
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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rainfall is forecasted to be average over Tongatapu and ‘Eua and below average for the rest of the country for July to September.
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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer charged with accepting bribery in relation to the Sione Filipe Jr. case remains in custody with his bail to be reviewed on July 26.
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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rodney Tomasi was acquitted of possessing the illicit drug cannabis because evidence of a search was inadmissible, and a further charge offering a bribe to Police Officers was unproven, ruled the Supreme Court on July 17.
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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s 2019 Pacific Games team returns from Samoa with 9 Gold, 5 Silver and 15 Bronze medals. The medal tally is Tonga’s highest ever at the Pacific Games and a significant improvement from the 2015 Pacific Games where team Tonga returned with 17 medals (7 Gold).
Tuesday 23 July 2019

Manchester, United Kingdom
In a well-functioning parliamentary system, the state budget is overseen by a group of elected authorities in a relatively transparent manner. No one person has the power to shape the process in self-serving ways. Embedding checks and balances into governance – particularly to limit the executive’s discretionary budgetary authority – is integral to accomplish the kind of structural transformation developing countries need if they are to create more stable, prosperous futures well beyond 2030. By Tania Masi, Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia, and Kunal Sen.
Monday 22 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister for Justice has been taken off the no fly list and can travel abroad as of July 19 as approved by the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 22 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer has been charged with accepting bribery in relation to the Sione Filipe Jr. illicit drugs case. Their cases are adjourned to July 29, at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.
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Monday 22 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Men’s Doubles Gold medalists Semisi and Matavano Fanguna made a big step forward for tennis in Tonga. They are the first Tongans to win a Tennis Gold at the Pacific Games in Samoa on Friday. The 2019 games concluded on July 20.
Sunday 21 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s netball team were only one point away from winning a gold medal in a 44 - 43 loss against the Cook Islands in a thrilling final of the Pacific Games netball competition in Samoa on July 19. The silver medal tops off a successful campaign by Tonga’s netballers who were considered underdogs going into the tournament.
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Saturday 20 July 2019

New Delhi, India
Fifty years after astronauts first walked on the Moon, space wars have gone from Hollywood fantasy to looming threat. Not content with possessing enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all life on Earth many times over, major powers are rapidly militarizing space. Given the world’s increasing reliance on space-based assets, the risks are enormous. by Brahma Chellaney.
Friday 19 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sainai Prison in ‘Eua will receive new mattresses, pillows and cleaning equipment donated by the Tonga Red Cross Society, following a visit from the ICRC after Cyclone Gita.
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Friday 19 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing date is expected to be set on September 6 to hear submissions in regards to the Crown's proposal to have a joint trial for Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and two other accused, regarding passport offences.
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Friday 19 July 2019

Apia, Samoa
Tonga’s 19 year-old golden boy Mosese Foliaki scooped up his second Gold medal after winning the 110 metre hurdles race at the Pacific Games yesterday, July 18. He was followed closely by Talatala Po‘oi who took the Silver medal.
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Friday 19 July 2019

New York, USA
Tonga admits it needs to do more to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during a presentation of its country progress report at the High Level Political Forum held at UN Headquarters on 17 July in New York, USA. By Eleanor Gee.

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