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Tuesday 3 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samoa is experiencing the deadliest epidemic to hit the South Pacific in the 21st century. The nation’s Government today confirmed 55 measles related deaths with at least 48 of the victims being being children under the age of four. A total of 3,881 measles cases have been recorded by Samoa’s Ministry of Health since the outbreak began in October.
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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles, paid a visit to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) during his first trip to Honiara, Solomon Islands on 25 November.
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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mrs ‘Amelia Fakahikuo’uiha Liliui’okalani Fonua-Helu has been appointed as the new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Finland to the Kingdom of Tonga.
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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Apia, Samoa
Measles continues to plague Samoa with 32 deaths now confirmed by the nation’s Government today. Samoa’s Ministry of Health reports the death of two teenagers and 243 measles cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
Thursday 21 November 2019

Suva, Fiji
Children in the Pacific region and millions more around the world celebrated World Children’s Day yesterday, 20 November, marking the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC30). A new report released this week addresses age-old and new threats affecting children in the Pacific.
Wednesday 20 November 2019

Suva, Fiji
UNICEF is supporting the Government of Samoa to respond to a measles outbreak in the country. The Government of Samoa officially declared a state of emergency on 15 November 2019, four weeks into the continuing measles outbreak with more than 1000 suspected cases so far. The epidemic has claimed the lives of 14 children under-five years old and one adult. Lesser outbreaks are reported in Tonga and Fiji.
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Sunday 17 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mandatory vaccinations, a crackdown on public gatherings and a closure of all schools are now in force in Samoa as the country struggles to contain a measles epidemic, so far reported to have caused the deaths of five infants and one adult.
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Sunday 17 November 2019

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tonga's first Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, HE 'Akau'ola presented his Credentials at the presidential Qasr Al Watan Palace in Abu Dhabi, on 12 November, 2019.
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Thursday 14 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finetu’ui Ma’ake Moala was appointed as the new Honorary French Consul to Tonga, on November 8 in Nuku'alofa.
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Sunday 10 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An acceptance by the Fijian Parliament of an apology by Prime Minister, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama, for assaulting Hon. Pio Tikoduadua, a member of parliament and the former President of the National Federation Party, remains a controversial political issue in Fiji - because the person who was assaulted got suspended, while the assailant remains in the House.
Friday 8 November 2019

Sydney, Australia
The Asian Development Bank's response to Cyclone Gita was the first test of the Pacific Disaster Resilience (PDR) Program set up to help island states such as Tonga get back on their feet after natural calamities, says a new ADB publication.
Friday 8 November 2019

London, United Kingdom
Commonwealth law ministers have unanimously resolved to remove barriers to access to justice in their respective countries, and to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions by 2030.
Wednesday 6 November 2019

Suva, Fiji
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF are calling on Pacific communities to vaccinate against measles in response to recent outbreaks of measles in Tonga and Samoa.
Wednesday 30 October 2019

Dunedin, New Zealand
Researchers in New Zealand who are investigating ways to improve the health of Pacific Islanders are receiving a boost of $2.9 million in the form of “Career Development Awards” offered by New Zealand’s Health Research Council (HRC) – a crown agency of the New Zealand Government.
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Tuesday 29 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Pacific Regional Council for Early Childhood Development was formally established during a 23-25 October Forum meeting in Nadi, Fiji.
Friday 25 October 2019

Honiara, Solomon Islands
A multi-million-dollar operation targeting Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing was conducted between October 7-18, 2019 covering 21.3 million square kilometres of the Pacific Islands region. Operation Kurukuru, led by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is one of the largest maritime surveillance operations globally.
Tuesday 22 October 2019

Sydney, Australia
Tonga's Royal Corps of Musicians along with more than 1,500 international performers taking part in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have officially marched out of Sydney, following spectacular performances in the biggest-ever show in the Tattoo's 69-year history. It was highly appreciated by Australian audiences.
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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On a 12-week expedition to the Pacific Islands, this month NASA has partnered with the Tongan Ministry of the Environment and the Sea Education Association, to do field work on the recently formed volcanic island Hunga Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai.
Wednesday 2 October 2019

Abu Dhabi, UAE
HM King Tupou VI visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, after opening Tonga’s new embassy on September 30. He also met Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed vin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
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Wednesday 2 October 2019

London, United Kingdom
Tonga is ranked at no. 44 out of 107 countries this year, listed on the Henley Passport Index, which ranks all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The ranking is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Asian countries are now world leaders when it comes to both global economic activity and global mobility, with Japan and Singapore holding the top spot ranked at no.1, while the Pacific Islands states are ranked between 39-62.

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