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Small baggies of methamphetamine and cannabis seized by Tongan police
Nuku'alofa, TONGA —  Twelve people in Tonga have been charged with methamphetamine and cannabis-related charges after a series of raids on Tongatapu. Nine men and three women, whose ages range between 20 and 41, are due to appear in court. Tonga police say they've seized 20 grams of methamphetamine...
Tonga's Fua'amotu airport
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga has extended its border closure until 12 June. The country closed its border and order the cancellation of all inbound and outbound flights last month, in a bid to prevent Covid-19 entering. Some exceptions on border entry have been made for repatriation and humanitarian...
'Eua, TONGA — A counselling service centre in Tonga is now in ruins due to the coinciding of Tropical Cyclone Harold and a king tide on 9 April. The Women and Children Crisis Centre on the island of 'Eua, was one of a number of connected offices severely damaged by the cyclone. Digicel, Ministry of...
A house in Fiji destroyed by Cyclone Harold
A house destroyed by Cyclone Harold that swept though Fiji's southwestern corner on Wednesday with lashing winds as high as 120 mph, with the southern island of Kadavu forecast to endure a direct hit. In the meantime, Tonga's Met Service issued a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory for the...
Path of TC Harold
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga residents are being told to hunker down and prepare for the arrival of Cyclone Harold Thursday morning (Tonga time). Tonga's Met Service issued out a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory for the country. Storm force wind warnings were in place for Tongatapu and 'Eua...
Foreign Minister Winston Peters
Auckland, NEW ZEALDN — Four people are in isolation in Fiji and are being tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus. The Ministry of Health said it had widened its case definition for suspected cases to include anyone with respiratory symptoms who had recently been to a country where the virus had been...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In another revised travel advisory dated Feb. 5th, the Health Department made adjustments to travel requirements for US passport holders and American Samoa residents “transiting” through Tonga to the territory, while today’s MV Lady Naomi sail was suspended due to...
Talofa Airways plane
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Following a meeting with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga over the weekend, the Health Department has added new restrictions for travelers entering American Samoa, especially those from Tonga on Talofa Airways’ two weekly flights - and travelers are now required to route...
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...

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