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Monday 2 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The mother of Queen Nanasipau'u, Baroness Tuputupu 'o Pulotu Vaea of Houma, was laid to rest at the Kolomanatau Cemetery, Houma, Tongatapu, this morning, 2 August 2021. Photos by Pesi Fonua and Peter Poulsen.
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Monday 2 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s State of Emergency has been renewed for another month to prevent the spread of COVID-19, starting from 8:00pm today, August 2 until 8:00pm August 30.
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Monday 2 August 2021

Tokyo, Japan
Tongan sprinter, Ronald Fotofili finished in eighth place in the 100m preliminary heat 2, at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, 31 July. Ronald said today he was happy competing in the 100m, his first time for him to go to the Olympics and compete with the world’s best athletes. By Eleanor Gee.
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Monday 2 August 2021

Tokyo, Japan
Tongan swimmer Noelani Day (18) finished seventh in the 50m freestyle, heat 4, on Friday, 30 July, with a time of 29.06 at the Tokyo Olympics. She plans to continue swimming and has her eyes on the Paris Olympics in 2024. By Eleanor Gee
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Monday 2 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 152 passengers repatriated from Auckland to Tonga on July 28 have tested negative for COVID-19, on their first test.
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Friday 30 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five more packets of cocaine were seized last night by the Tonga Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce, during a raid of a home in Ha'alaufuli, Vava'u. Eleven cocaine packets, including six handed over to Police this week, have been recovered after being washed up on shore. The total street value of the illicit drugs recovered is now estimated to be over $4 million pa'anga. Police suspect that more of the washed-up drugs are still in the community.
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Friday 30 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Tu Maile (20) was sentenced yesterday to eight-years imprisonment for the manslaughter death of Ned Cook (67), the Salvation Army Team Leader in Nuku'alofa in 2020, who was punched in the face when he was walking home from an evening out. "In that split second of senseless brutality, one life was ended and the liberty of another must now be severely curtailed," said the Chief Justice. He noted that in Tonga, some in the community tend to resort to violence to address any annoyance, no matter how small. “This case must serve to deter others from such behaviour, which will be met with severe sentences from the Courts.”
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Thursday 29 July 2021

London, UK
An emergency meeting held yesterday by the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) board decided further urgent discussions are to be continued with the UK government, players, nations, host towns and cities, venues, and the International Rugby League.
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Thursday 29 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cocaine packages with a street value of around $2.3 million pa’anga have washed up on beaches at Höleva and Ha’alaufuli in Vava’u, triggering a major search for further drugs by Tonga Police and HMAF navy today.
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Thursday 29 July 2021

Neiafu, Vava'u
In Vava‘u, HM King Tupou VI officially launched the Fungalelea Business Complex on the Neiafu waterfront of the Port of Refuge, on 28 July.
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Thursday 29 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight with 152 passengers arrived in Tonga on July 28 from Auckland, New Zealand. More than 3,000 people have been repatriated to Tonga since the border restrictions were imposed in March last year.
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Thursday 29 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 18,712 people have received the second dose of the COVID-19 Astra-Zeneca vaccine, since the second roll out program started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 29 July 2021

Tokyo, Japan
Olympics.com reporting: Fiji sealed an emotional second consecutive Olympic gold medal with a 27-12 win over World Cup champions New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium.
Wednesday 28 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 76-year-old woman died last night, July 27 at Vaiola Hospital from the Nuku'alofa CBD house fire, which has now claimed three lives. A man (61) and a child (7) also died. Their names have not yet been confirmed by Tonga Police.
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Wednesday 28 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sioeli Tapueluelu (37) has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the death of a 27-year-old whom he repeatedly hit on the head, including using a frying pan during an altercation in 2020.
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Wednesday 28 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Helu was today found guilty of unlawful possession 0.04 grams of methamphetamine found hidden inside his tight pants, during a routine body search by Police, when arrested for public drunkenness.
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Wednesday 28 July 2021

Tokyo, Japan
New York Times reporting: Simone Biles’s withdrawal was a stunning turnabout for the Americans, who had dominated the gymnastics team events in Tokyo, and it came hours after another superstar athlete, Naomi Osaka, was upset in the third round of the women’s singles tennis tournament by a player with a far lower ranking. Both athletes came into the Olympics, expected to bring home gold medals and to fulfil the obligations of a global celebrity, then buckling under the high demands of the Olympic stage. But Biles, Osaka and others in their generation have been vocal about putting their mental health first.
Wednesday 28 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An 18-year-old boy died on Tuesday, July 27 after injuries sustained allegedly from a sharp object at a home in Nualei.
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Wednesday 28 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A US$2 million grant assistance to provide disaster management equipment to Tonga from the Government of Japan was committed today in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 28 July 2021

Tokyo, Japan
Pita Taufatofua (37) was defeated by World Champion, Vladislav Larin (25) in his first Olympic match yesterday in the 80+kg division, going down 24 - 3, in Tokyo last night. “Today wasn’t my day team. Blocked some solid kicks with my face, still standing, still pushing forward...with a smile,” he said.

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