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Tonga's King Tupou VI  speaking at U.N.
UN Headquarter, NEW YORK — Tonga is one of seven countries to lose their votes at the United Nations General Assembly because it hasn't paid its fees. The United Nations said the seven were so far behind in paying their dues that they are losing their voting privileges in the 193-member General...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Meteorology Service says Tropical Cyclone Sarai has been downgraded to a low pressure system as it moves Southeast and away from the Kingdom. The Tropical Cyclone Warning for Tonga is now cancelled. The Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Center was officially deactivated...
TC Sarai forecast track map
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The center of Tropical Cyclone Sarai is now passing over Tonga's main island. The cyclone has weakened to a category one storm, with forecasters saying Tongatapu can expect winds rising to gale force of up to 90 km/hr, with isolated thunderstorms. Similar conditions are expected...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While Tropical Cyclone Sarai moves slowly away from Fiji, it is leaving behind damage to homes, crops and some infrastructure across the Fiji group. Closer to home, an active monsoonal trough to the northwest of the islands will bring damaging winds on Monday morning...
Projected path of Tropical Cyclone Sarai
Nadi, FIJI — The body of a man has been found in Fiji after he went missing in a river during Tropical Cyclone Sarai. The maximum winds at its centre are up to 120 kilometres per hour, with momentary gusts to 170 kilometres per hour, hitting the southern island groups. Two people have now died...
Visible infra-red satellite imagery of Cyclone Sara
Nadi, FIJI — The Fiji National Disaster Management Office reports one casualty in Kadavu as Tropical Cyclone Sarai lashes parts of the island group with winds of upto 150 km/hr. The Office said one person is missing in Vunidawa, Naitasiri, and another person is in intensive care at Suva hospital,...
TC Sarai forecast track map
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fiji Meteorological Service says Tropical Cyclone Sarai is now a Category two storm as it moves down Fiji's west coast. Tropical Cyclone Sarai is intensifying. In the long term forecast for American Samoa, the local weather service is forecasting adverse weather for...
MMR vaccine
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A hospital out of vaccines. Families resisting quarantine. Boatloads of visitors screened for disease. As the Pacific grapples with a deadly measles outbreak originating in New Zealand, some of the region's smallest states are seeing their health systems put under increasing...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Health officials in American Samoa are moving to enforce a law requiring measles immunization, and remove children from school who have missed their shots. The Environment Division of Health said the territory was not leaving anything to chance with the current measles...
Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Parliament has elected a new prime minister to replace the late 'Akilisi Pohiva. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, the current Minister of Finance, has won convincingly with 15 votes, to acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika, who got 8 votes. Mr Tu'i'onetoa, who was a minister in good...

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