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‎Tonga‏ 's oiled flagbearer qualifies for Winter Olympics

Brrrrrrr: Tonga's Pita Taufatofua went topless as a flagbearer at the Rio Olympic Games, but will presumably be wearing a bit more when he competes as a cross-country skier at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Pita Taufatofua, who captured global attention as the oiled and topless Tongan flagbearer at

DAILY MAIL - 2018-01-21 06:35:14

‎Tonga‏ 's oiled-up Olympic flagbearer qualifies for Winter Games

Pita Taufatofua will need to wrap up a bit warmer if he is to make as big an impact at the 2018 Winter Olympics as he did in the 2016 Summer Games. Former Taekwondo player Taufatofua achieved fleeting global fame two years ago when, as his country's flagbearer, he entered the stadium in traditional

AOL.CO.UK - 2018-01-20 17:58:43

Light earthquake 4.7 mag , South of ‎Tonga‏

A light earthquake with magnitude 4.7 (ml/mb) was reported South of Tonga (0 miles) on Friday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 23/12/17 / 2017-12-23 06:38:36 / December 23, 2017 @ 6:38 am. The 4.7-magnitude earthquake was detected at 18:38:36 / 6:38 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warnin

EARTHQUAKENEWSTODAY.COM - 2018-01-20 08:00:00

It Takes Two to ‎Tonga‏ , Baby

Tunnel under PCH to Crystal Cove, or take the shuttle to The Beachcomber Cafe The Beachcomber Cafe is so close to the beach, it looks like may have washed ashore one day. Dirt roads and 1920's cottages surrounding the waterfront eatery have a distinct movie set vibe...so much so I wouldn't be surpri

ORANGECOAST.COM - 2018-01-19 23:33:09

‎Tonga‏ 's parliament opens at a time of uncertainty

At the end of last year Akilisi Pohiva's Democratic Party won a resounding victory in Tonga's election. The win came after his reign as the Kingdom's Prime Minister was cut short by King George Tupou IV, who intervened and dissolved parliament, on suspicion Mr Pohiva was trying to usurp some of his

RADIONZ

‎Tonga‏ urged to ratify core human rights treaties

The kingdom's human rights record is under scrutiny this week at the UN Human Rights Council, part of the Universal Periodic Review of member countries. Tonga was commended for bringing in new laws since its last review five years ago to boost child protection and literacy rates. Many countries at t

RADIONZ

The Ultimate ‎Tonga‏ Travel Guide

The Kingdom of Tonga appeals to travelers wanting to escape popular South Pacific destinations frequented by luxury seeking tourists. While it's relatively easy to get to the Kingdom of Tonga, a visit to the islands is recommended for only those willing to forgo the comforts of hotel living and embr

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‎Tonga‏ 's parliament to sit this week

Tonga's parliament will sit on Thursday, with MPs finally expected to take their oath of office. The Tongan parliament buildings Photo: Tonga Parliament It will be the first time parliament sits since the November snap election, triggered by King Tupou VI's dissolution of parliament. Last week parli

RADIONZ

‎Tonga‏ 's Olympic flagbearer Pita Taufatofua qualifies for PyeongChang

Taufatofua lost 15kg as he adapted his body and learned a new sport, and is now able to compete in the Winter Olympics. He made his name after finding recognition as the oiled flagbearer for Tonga at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The 34-year-old crashed out in the first Round at Rio, but has spoken

EUROSPORT.CO.UK - 2018-01-20 18:45:13

Eddie Jones backs England ` no-hopers ' to deliver in Six Nations after claiming the back-to-back champions have been written off

Injury and suspension forced Eddie Jones to redraft his England squad 26 times. (Image: AFP) Eddie Jones billed England as Six Nations 'no-hopers' - then warned that his players would relish the underdog tag. Injury and suspension has robbed him of 13 star names, including Billy Vunipola, Elliot Dal

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Bath Rugby bring in ‎Tonga‏ winger Cooper Vuna as cover for Semesa Rokoduguni

Bath Rugby have signed Tonga winger Cooper Vuna until the end of the season. The former Worcester Warriors wide man has come in as injury cover for Semesa Rokoduguni, who is recovering from shoulder surgery to fix a fractured bone. The 30-year-old, who switched from rugby league to union in 2011, an

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with ‎Tonga‏

January 17, 2018 On January 17, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 Article IV consultation[1] with Tonga. The decision was made without a Board meeting.[2] Over recent years, Tonga has enjoyed robust growth and macroeconomic stability. Growth contin

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‎Tonga‏ 's Pohiva said to be recovering well

Family of the ailing Tongan prime minister Akilisi Pohiva say he is recovering well and there are reports he met with King Tupou VI this afternoon. Photo on Facebook of the Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva Photo: Facebook Mr Pohiva was admitted into the local Intensive Care Unit over a week ago

RADIONZ

‎Tonga‏ defends progress on human rights at UN

Tonga's Solicitor General Sione Sisifa has outlined Tonga's progress on women's rights at a United Nations meeting in Geneva. A protest against CEDAW in Tonga. Photo: Broadcomfm Broadcasting / Facebook Tonga's human rights record is under scrutiny as part of the UN Human Rights Council's Universal P

RADIONZ

UN to review ‎Tonga‏ 's human rights record

The United Nations will be examining Tonga's progress with their human rights record in Geneva this week. There's been pressure by delegates who attended Tonga's last review in 2013 to sign the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. This will be Tonga's third time being ex

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Aussie FM steps in to ease Pacific tensions over senator 's comments on China

CANBERRA, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Australia's foreign minister has reportedly stepped in to ease tensions in the Pacific after an Australian senator said that China was lending money to smaller countries in the Pacific on unfavorable terms. According to The Australian newspaper on Saturday, Julie Bishop

XINHUA NEWS AGENCY - 2018-01-20 20:25:18

‎Tonga‏ 's shirtless flag bearer just qualified for the Winter Olympics

You may not remember Pita Taufatofua's name, but you'll likely remember the viral moment from the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony when he carried the flag of Tonga while shirtless and extensively oiled-up. Taufatofua competed in taekwondo in Rio de Janeiro, but he's more recently switched to cross-co

USA TODAY - 2018-01-20 14:52:28

‎Tonga‏n activist calls for women to have property rights

As Tonga's human rights record comes under scrutiny at the UN in Geneva this week, an activist in Tonga is urging better property rights for women. Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate-Cox Under the constitution, it is still strictly enforced that women have restrictions to the ownership of land. Women who w

RADIONZ

Taumalolo wants Morgan , Green to stay

He signed the longest deal in NRL history last season and now Jason Taumalolo wants playmaker Michael Morgan and coach Paul Green to join him in staying at North Queensland. Taumalolo and Morgan returned to Cowboys training under Green this week, fresh from a six-week break following the end of last

DAILY MAIL

Jason Taumalolo says no decision yet but Kiwis fans should n't hold their breath

Jason Taumalolo is refusing to close the door on a Kiwis comeback but has gone on to drop several hints he is likely to stick with Tonga. Taumalolo, widely considered one of the best forwards in the game, sensationally turned his back on the Kiwis in 2017 but says a decision on his long-term interna

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