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Package of Methamphetamine
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Police in Tonga have arrested four people on drugs charges and seized over 40 packs or 20 grammes of methamphetamine as well as cannabis. Over the weekend, two 50-year-old men, a 58-year-old man, and a 21-year-old woman were arrested and all remain in custody, having been...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A New Zealand-based Tongan lawyer, Nalesoni Tupou, is questioning China's claim it could speak for or represent Tonga at the United Nations (UN). That comes after Tonga lost its right to vote because of outstanding fees. Those fees have since been repaid with Tonga's chief...
Flooding in Ha'apai group in Tonga from Cyclone Tino
Ha'apai group, TONGA — Top officials from Tonga's Ha'apai group say infrastructure is in urgent need of repair in the islands after Cyclone Tino swept past overnight. The storm brought winds of up to 180 km/hr and torrential rain but it had weakened and moved out of the area and cyclone warnings...
Pictured, debris swept in by the lagoon on Tuvalu's main island, Funafuti.
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's main island of Tongatapu has been spared the full force of Tropical Cyclone Tino. The storm was expected to pass directly over Tongatapu overnight with the capital, Nuku'alofa on track to take a direct hit, instead the cyclone just passed to the North of Tongatapu...
Nadi, FIJI — People on Tonga's main islands are being told to stay home and secure their properties, as Cyclone Tino moves closer to the country. The storm was upgraded to a category three on Saturday morning as it continued to intensify in the waters near Fiji's Lau group, with sustained winds...
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...

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