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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga police have launched a homicide investigation after two fishermen found human remains early on Christmas morning. Police said the remains were found around 3am on December 25, on the seabed at the Yellow Pier in Nuku'alofa. "The human remains have been transferred to the...
Lulutai Airline Saab 340 aircraft
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Passengers on board a Lulutai Airlines Saab 340 aircraft were unharmed when the plane slid off the runway at Tonga's Fua'amotu airport on Friday, the airline says. One man was seen being carried off the plane by responding soldiers, and the staff on the ground said passengers...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — A 54 year-old-man in Tonga described by police as "a political activist" has been arrested on a charge of attempted murder. A police statement said an investigation has revealed substantial evidence linking the suspect to a serious crime. It added that police are actively...
Late Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu is laid to rest at Mala'ekula
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — One of Tonga's most celebrated royals, the late Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu, has been laid to rest in Nuku'alofa. The coffin of the late Princess was lowered in the royal tombs of Mala'ekula near the Royal Palace of Tonga on Saturday morning, June 3rd. Her flag-draped coffin was...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Irish-based Bermudan company Seabased Group to build a system of motion-powered offshore generators. The system will generate electricity via special buoys connected to generators planted on the seabed. The MoU was...
Tonga CEO of the Ministry of Health
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Three children in Tonga who died from viral pneumonia caused by Influenza B were aged 1, 3 and 13. CEO of the Ministry of Health, Dr Siale 'Akau'ola, told Matangi Tonga the outbreak of influenza-like illnesses has been going on in Tonga for the last eight-to-nine weeks. He said...
Tonga central police station
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tongan Police have confirmed the death of a seven-year-old boy after he was shot. Police report the shooting occured at the boy's residence at the village of Ha'ateiho, on the main island of Tongatapu, last Friday evening local time. The boy's father has been arrested, but...
Qantas A330 aircraft
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — Qantas is expanding its South Pacific presence with the addition of Tonga to its network, offering a new tropical destination for Australian travellers to explore. Following the recent reopening of Tonga’s borders, Qantas will fly weekly between Sydney and Nuku’alofa’s Fua’amotu...
TALOFA AIRWAYS PLANE
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Talofa Airways will resume flights starting next week. This was confirmed in an announcement issued this past Thursday.  Talofa Airways ticket offices opened for ticket sales beginning on Thursday July 21 in Pago Pago and Friday July 22 in Apia. Online bookings are also...
Nuku'alofa street scene
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — An initially positive response to news the United States plans to build an embassy in Tonga has turned sceptical. US vice president Kamala Harris made the announcement among other 're-engagement' promises for the Pacific region, in an address via video link with leaders of the...

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