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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dare to Dream Foundation Inc, which aims to help Tongan Deportees and vulnerable Tongan youths was launched on Saturday 1 June at Masi‘ata Beach, Kolovai.
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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga High School celebrated its 72nd Anniversary with a commemorative service in Nuku‘alofa today.
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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 32-year-old man died when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a gate and a power pole on Taufa'ahau Road at Mailetaha early this morning, June 4.
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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former police officer Vilisoni Finau (51) was sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment after being found guilty of reckless driving causing death of a male driver last year.
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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An extreme explorer expedition in Tonga is aiming to become the first to dive and explore the Horizon Deep within the Tonga Trench. This week the Five Deeps Expedition aims to find out if the Tonga Trench is only the second-deepest in the Pacific or if it might be actually deeper than the Mariana Trench.
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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Paris, France
Since the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago, China has achieved extraordinary economic development. Yet, contrary to the expectations of many Western leaders and analysts, the country has not gradually embraced press freedom or respect for civil rights. On the contrary: as a recent Reporters Without Borders (RSF) report shows, China today is actively working to build a repressive “new world media order” – an initiative that poses a clear and present danger to the world’s democracies. By Wu’er Kaixi and Christophe Deloire.
Tuesday 4 June 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
The New Zealand Defence Force has taken part in a multi-national fisheries patrol that covered an area 22 times the size of New Zealand. The operation, from 19-31 May involved seven members of the Forum Fisheries Agency, including Tonga. Some 57 vessels were boarded by authorities during the operation in the exclusive economic zones.
Saturday 1 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga, effectively, is without a Prime Minister, because Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, on a brief return to the country, told the Tongan media this week that his doctor in New Zealand had advised him not to engage in any intensive mental activity. By Pesi Fonua.
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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new kindergarten building for Maamaloa Fakatouato Kindergarten was handed over on May 29 after being upgraded by the Government of Japan.
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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 39-year-old former senior loans officer who embezzled from employer, Five Star Finance in 2015 was sentenced to three-years three-months imprisonment on May 31, at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men were arrested in separate seizures of illicit drugs, including a man from Lapaha who was found with cannabis and a firearm smuggled in a shipment from the United States.
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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drug users are headed to prison or the cemetery, warns Ned Cook, Team Leader for the Salvation Army Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Centre in Nuku’alofa. Some people in Tonga are trying drugs out of curiosity, especially methamphetamine, he told Matangi Tonga this week. “But if you keep experimenting with it, the addiction will grab hold of you”. Unfortunately, the services they provide at present "don't reach those desperately needing help".
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Friday 31 May 2019

Suva, Fiji
In the Pacific islands, about four in every five children between two to 14 years experiences some form of violent discipline. Violence at school is also high. Yet the impact of violence against children affects their development and continues into adulthood and the next generation, UNICEF Pacific Representative Sheldon Yett told a regional programme in Fiji this week.
Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was no tsunami threat from two 6.1 magnitude earthquakes felt in Nuku'alofa early this morning, the Tonga Meteorological Service advised.
Thursday 30 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s state of democracy appeared to be advancing, but with regards to the state of Tonga’s economy, there is a lack of “vision”, King Tupou VI pointed out when he opened Tonga 2019-20 Parliamentary Session this morning, 30 May 2019.
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Thursday 30 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hundreds of Tongatapu secondary and tertiary school students led by lively brass bands marched through Nuku'alofa on Thursday, May 30 to mark the opening of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga's 2019-20 session.
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Thursday 30 May 2019

New York, USA
The immune system – an intricate network of cells, tissues, and organs – is the human body’s primary mechanism for staying healthy. Decoding it should be central to our efforts to understand and fight illness, whether non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, or infectious ones such as tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola. By fully leveraging the power of our immune systems, we could find new ways to fight disease everywhere. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will be the keys to this achievement - because of the vast size and complexity of the human immune system. It is billions of times larger than the human genome. By Wayne Koff.
Wednesday 29 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga in June starts its busy season of events, with church conferences, national shows and the annual Heilala festival leading up to the marking of King Tupou VI 60th Birthday celebrations on July 4 in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 29 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Robin Ord-Smith MVO has been appointed as the new British High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Tonga, as Britain reopens its diplomatic mission in Nuku‘alofa,13 years after departing in 2006.
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Tuesday 28 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, Tonga’s Minister for Health was appointed as a member of the World Health Organisation Executive Board during the 72nd World Health Organisation Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland last week.
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