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  • Over 1000 Tongan Households Get Boost to Help Keep Students in ... ReliefWeb
  • Tonga passes Budget with record $US26.4m deficit RNZ
  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Tongan flag bearer leads off 23 fellow Olympians in 'Olympic Day ... CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
  • How St Helens will benefit as World Cup host to Tonga and Italy St Helens Star
  • Australia contributes AUD1.9M for water tanks and livelihoods in ... ReliefWeb

    Finance


  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Parliament passes $166m allocation for Ministry of Finance Matangi Tonga
  • Tonga passes Budget with record $US26.4m deficit RNZ
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
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    Celebrities


  • Shirt Dresses: Gigi Hadid, Meghan Markle & 10 More Stars Rock The Stylish Trend For Summer Hollywood Life
  • Forbes Releases Highest Paid Celebrities Of 2020 List WSFM
  • Chris Lilley: Celebrities slam removal of comedy series from Netflix Daily Telegraph
  • Ant and Dec sorry for 'impersonating people of colour' on Saturday Night Takeaway Sky News
  • Meghan Markle's fury at B-list movie roles Heat
  • England and Australia handed Manchester base for 2021 World Cup Total rugby League

    Culture


  • Netflix removes Chris Lilley shows, sparking questions about what to do with problematic pop culture ABC News
  • Tongan family’s isolation exemption approved for funeral RNZ
  • Culture warriors obsessed with statues ignore Rio Tinto’s vandalism of Indigenous heritage The Guardian
  • 'It's satire!': Ray Hadley takes aim at cancel culture as it claims latest ... 2GB
  • Con The Fruiterer actor Mark Mitchell, 65, hits back at 'cancel culture' Daily Mail
  • Rutger Bregman says he 'could have done better' in response to criticism from Pacific Islander community about Tongan story - Pacific Beat ABC News

    Criminal


  • Prolific thief gets long jail term | Matangitonga Matangi Tonga
  • Chris Lilley's Jonah is not from Tonga, I am. It's time to dismantle racist brownface stereotypes The Guardian
  • Corrections and clarifications The Guardian
  • Four Chris Lilley shows removed from Netflix Australia library The Guardian
  • The $172140 photo: Australian photographer's picture of whale and ... The Guardian
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission Board Appointments Announced Scoop.co.nz

    Religion


  • BreakPoint: No 'Lord of the Flies' scenario with these Christian boys Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • The last Fale 'Otua in Ha'apai Matangi Tonga
  • Tonga's prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78 Associated Press
  • Pita Taufatofua, the shirtless Tongan flag-bearer, qualifies for third straight Olympics Washington Post
  • The Christian converts who are setting fire to sacred Aboriginal objects ABC News
  • China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation Associated Press

    Politics


  • New Tongan rugby league body hoping to unite clubs RNZ
  • From 'Alle-Dul' to 'All-Good':'How Kashmir Prime Minister brought a ... Kashmir Age Newspaper
  • Chris Lilley's Jonah is not from Tonga, I am. It's time to dismantle racist brownface stereotypes The Guardian
  • UAE leaders congratulate King of Tonga on Independence Day WAM EN
  • Tonga asks Lungu to open bars within 48 hrs – The Mast Online themastonline.com
  • WBSC Executive Board approve Tonga Baseball and Softball ... Insidethegames.biz
  • Incoming Chancellor says USP hijacked after VC stood down Matangi Tonga
  • President of Nauru and incoming Chancellor of USP wants special ... Fijivillage
  • Those planning to protest are foolish – Tonga – The Mast Online themastonline.com
  • The $172140 photo: Australian photographer's picture of whale and ... The Guardian
  • Over 1000 Tongan Households Get Boost to Help Keep Students in ... ReliefWeb
  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Tonga passes Budget with record $US26.4m deficit RNZ
  • 'Bula Bubble' touted by Fiji PM RNZ
  • From 'Alle-Dul' to 'All-Good':'How Kashmir Prime Minister brought a ... Kashmir Age Newspaper
  • Fiji to establish Pacific Pathways – FBC News FBC News
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • Tonga's CoViD-19 testing laboratory officially opens | Matangitonga Matangi Tonga
  • New Tongan rugby league body hoping to unite clubs RNZ
  • Questions abound over new Tonga information office RNZ
  • Pacific Islands Threatened by COVID-19 International Monetary Fund
  • Most Countries have limited Room to counter the Economic Impact ... Sarajevo Times
  • Resetting towards an economics of solidarity | Matangitonga Matangi Tonga
  • COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 27 May Policy Forum
  • What We Must Be Cautious Of After Coronavirus The Organization for World Peace (press release)
  • Sharp decline in remittances expected in 2020 amid COVID-19 ... Pew Research Center
  • IMF Staff Completes 2020 Article IV Mission to Tonga International Monetary Fund
  • Tonga's economy not what it could be, says IMF Staff report Matangi Tonga
  • Tonga: Staff Concluding Statement IMF 2020 Article IV Consultation ... International Monetary Fund
  • Virus tourism collapse threatens many in Pacific with poverty Asia Pacific Report

  • Tonga: Between an Irresistible Force and an Immovable Object Future Directions International (press release)
  • Climate change and migration in Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru devpolicy.org
  • Cultivating Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Tonga ... ReliefWeb
  • Tonga eliminates lymphatic filariasis after 3 centuries Devex
  • TDB Holiday Market Festival attracts Christmas shoppers Matangi Tonga
  • A Tongan experience Lincoln Journal Star
  • What Are The Oceania Countries? Science Trends
  • Mobs run riot in Tonga Sydney Morning Herald
  • Satellite eye on Earth: July 2016 – in pictures The Guardian
  • How to become a visionary in five easy steps Psychology Today (blog)
  • Pacific Islands Threatened by COVID-19 International Monetary Fund
  • Most Countries have limited Room to counter the Economic Impact ... Sarajevo Times
  • National Reserve Bank of Tonga : November marketscreener.com
  • Resetting towards an economics of solidarity | Matangitonga Matangi Tonga
  • How to use unallocated funds The National
  • Pacific labour mobility in the media spotlight devpolicy.org
  • Indonesia's 2020 coal exports seen at 435 million T: energy ministry ETEnergyworld.com
  • Tonga: Staff Concluding Statement IMF 2020 Article IV Consultation ... International Monetary Fund
  • IMF Staff Completes 2020 Article IV Mission to Tonga International Monetary Fund
  • The Glory of '95: 9 moments that defined the 1995 Rugby World Cup Independent Online
  • Ocean of debt? Belt and Road and debt diplomacy in the Pacific The Interpreter
  • China's Largesse in Tonga Threatens Future of Pacific Nation Voice of America
  • The legacy of Tonga's late “pro-democracy” PM 'Akilisi Pohiva World Socialist Web Site
  • China's debt diplomacy challenged by new players The Sunday Guardian
  • Payment due: Pacific islands in the red as debts to China mount Reuters
  • Tonga: Staff Concluding Statement IMF 2020 Article IV Consultation ... International Monetary Fund
  • Tonga Declares 'Debt Distress' as China Gains Leverage theTrumpet.com
  • Tonga called on Pacific islands to band together against China — then had a sudden change of heart ABC News
  • Fears over Pacific 'debt colonies' as Tonga struggles to repay China The Times
  • Australia is edgy about China’s growing presence on its doorstep The Economist
  • Pacific islands rack up debt, giving China unprecedented leverage Haaretz

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    President


  • From 'Alle-Dul' to 'All-Good':'How Kashmir Prime Minister brought a ... Kashmir Age Newspaper
  • Tonga asks Lungu to open bars within 48 hrs – The Mast Online themastonline.com
  • Chris Lilley's Jonah is not from Tonga, I am. It's time to dismantle racist brownface stereotypes The Guardian
  • UAE leaders congratulate King of Tonga on Independence Day WAM EN

    Speaker of Parliament


  • New Tongan rugby league body hoping to unite clubs RNZ
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • Parliament passes $166m allocation for Ministry of Finance Matangi Tonga
  • Niue's Covid election: MP wins seat on coin toss as lawn bowls king ... Borneo Bulletin Online

    Prime Minister


  • Over 1000 Tongan Households Get Boost to Help Keep Students in ... ReliefWeb
  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Tonga passes Budget with record $US26.4m deficit RNZ
  • 'Bula Bubble' touted by Fiji PM RNZ

    Deputy Prime Minister


  • UAE leaders congratulate King of Tonga on Independence Day WAM EN
  • Fiji to open borders to Aussies and Kiwis in 'Bula Bubble' plan The Australian Financial Review
  • PM's new National Security of Information Office "unexplained" Matangi Tonga
  • The securitization of public health emergencies Policy Forum

    Minister of Economy


  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • 'Bula Bubble' touted by Fiji PM RNZ
  • Sun, sand and uncertainty: the promise and peril of a Pacific tourism bubble The Conversation AU
  • Awareness, not anxiety, key to fight COVID-19 pandemic: Union Minister Jitendra Singh Devdiscourse

    Minister of Agriculture


  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • PM's new National Security of Information Office "unexplained" Matangi Tonga
  • Parliament passes $166m allocation for Ministry of Finance Matangi Tonga

    Minister of Culture


  • Tongan family’s isolation exemption approved for funeral RNZ
  • PMA Scholar: 'I want to make dentistry more affordable for our ... New Zealand Doctor Online
  • Greens get Senate agreement to nail down Netflix ArtsHub
  • How hard will tourism be hit in Australia and New Zealand Australian Times (press release) (blog)

    Minister of Defense


  • Retired police officer acquitted on passport offences Matangi Tonga
  • China Comes to Tonga – The Diplomat The Diplomat
  • Sudanese defense minister dies of heart attack, say officials DefenseNews.com
  • Pandemic in the Pacific: COVID-19 to Hit Pacific Economies Hard The Diplomat

    Minister of Education


  • Over 1000 Tongan Households Get Boost to Help Keep Students in ... ReliefWeb
  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Tonga passes Budget with record $US26.4m deficit RNZ
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga

    Minister of Energy


  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • Indonesia's 2020 coal exports seen at 435 million T: energy ministry ETEnergyworld.com
  • Russian minister, oil majors discuss output cut extension: sources ETEnergyworld.com
  • Yemen aims to raise oil output 25 per cent within months, minister says ETEnergyworld.com

    Minister of Finance


  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Parliament passes $166m allocation for Ministry of Finance Matangi Tonga
  • Tonga passes Budget with record $US26.4m deficit RNZ
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga

    Minister of Foreign Affairs


  • First 50 repatriated passengers to be selected soon Matangi Tonga
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • Retired police officer acquitted on passport offences Matangi Tonga
  • PMA Scholar: 'I want to make dentistry more affordable for our ... New Zealand Doctor Online

    Minister of Internal Affairs


  • Over 1000 Tongan Households Get Boost to Help Keep Students in ... ReliefWeb
  • First 50 repatriated passengers to be selected soon Matangi Tonga
  • Parliament passes $166m allocation for Ministry of Finance Matangi Tonga
  • Thousands of Tongans stranded overseas by Covid-19 restictions RNZ

    Minister of Justice


  • Retired police officer acquitted on passport offences Matangi Tonga
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission Board Appointments Announced Scoop.co.nz
  • Pacific countries plead for inclusion in 'trans-Tasman bubble' as travel restrictions ease The Guardian
  • Niue’s Covid election: MP wins seat on coin toss as lawn bowls king becomes leader The Guardian

    Minister of Health


  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Tonga's CoViD-19 testing laboratory officially opens | Matangitonga Matangi Tonga
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • Health Minister elected to role on WHO Executive Board Matangi Tonga

    Minister of Infrastructure


  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • Awareness, not anxiety, key to fight COVID-19 pandemic: Union Minister Jitendra Singh Deccan Herald
  • Pacific countries plead for inclusion in 'trans-Tasman bubble' as travel restrictions ease The Guardian

    Minister of Sports


  • New Tongan rugby league body hoping to unite clubs RNZ
  • Parliament passes $166m allocation for Ministry of Finance Matangi Tonga
  • Coronavirus and sports: Fans set to return in France Deutsche Welle
  • COVID19: New curfew hours, 100 people gatherings allowed and ... Fijivillage

    Director of State Security Service


  • Debt threatens Digicel's Pacific dominance The Interpreter
  • COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 17 June Policy Forum
  • 'Robocalls can range from mere annoyance to serious criminal activity' - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads Saipan Tribune
  • Issue Brief: A new vulnerability: COVID-19 and tropical cyclone ... ReliefWeb

    Chairman National Bank


  • Transport Sector Public Enterprises return $5.5m dividend and tax ... Matangi Tonga
  • Coronavirus wrap: Neutral venues agreed, while GB boxers return to ... The Chester Standard
  • RLIF suspends Tonga board with Folau return all but over The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank appoints new chairman CPI Financial

    Permanent Representative to the UN


  • Explained: Non-permanent seats in the UNSC, and how they are filled The Indian Express
  • India underscores commitment to assist SIDS deal with double blows of COVID-19, climate change The Hindu
  • The UK economy shrank by more than 20% in April — the largest monthly loss on record — due to coronavirus rest Business Insider India
  • Achieving a Sustainable Environment with Conscience Patch.com

    Presidents Chief of Staff


  • Corrections and clarifications The Guardian
  • Forum's chief Meg Taylor backs Nauru call for special meeting on USP Asia Pacific Report
  • Programme Officer (Migration Health) ReliefWeb
  • Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing The Guardian

    Chairman of Supreme Court


  • Court awards $165,000 to unfairly treated CEO | Matangitonga Matangi Tonga
  • Israel Folau's hopes of rugby league return dashed as RLIF suspends Tonga ABC News
  • Sport: Tongan league players call for support as dispute continues RNZ
  • Tonga's prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78 Arab News

    Opposition


  • Tonga govt reveals deficit busting plan RNZ
  • New Tongan rugby league body hoping to unite clubs RNZ
  • Electricity from chicken poop, proposed in messy budget debate Matangi Tonga
  • Three-year battle over South Auckland nightclub's liquor licence New Zealand Herald

    Economic News and Data


    GDP

  • Why has COVID-19 turned into a structural crisis in the Pacific? - World ReliefWeb
  • Sun, sand and uncertainty: the promise and peril of a Pacific tourism bubble The Conversation AU
  • China pauses debt repayments for 77 nations Capital.com
  • Pacific Islands Threatened by COVID-19 International Monetary Fund
  • Fiji plans to create a post-coronavirus travel bubble with New Zealand and Australia CNN
  • Sharp decline in remittances expected in 2020 amid COVID-19 ... Pew Research Center
  • Businesses Urge Government To Open Borders To Covid-19 Free ... Scoop.co.nz
  • Tonga: Staff Concluding Statement IMF 2020 Article IV Consultation ... International Monetary Fund
  • IMF Staff Completes 2020 Article IV Mission to Tonga International Monetary Fund
  • Falling remittances will hit Tonga, Haiti and Kyrgyzstan hardest Quartz Quartz
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    Demographics

  • Tonga: Between an Irresistible Force and an Immovable Object Future Directions International (press release)
  • Climate change and migration in Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru devpolicy.org
  • Cultivating Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Tonga ... ReliefWeb
  • Tonga eliminates lymphatic filariasis after 3 centuries Devex
  • TDB Holiday Market Festival attracts Christmas shoppers Matangi Tonga
  • A Tongan experience Lincoln Journal Star
  • What Are The Oceania Countries? Science Trends
  • Mobs run riot in Tonga Sydney Morning Herald
  • Satellite eye on Earth: July 2016 – in pictures The Guardian
  • How to become a visionary in five easy steps Psychology Today (blog)
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    Export/Import

  • Pacific Islands Threatened by COVID-19 International Monetary Fund
  • Most Countries have limited Room to counter the Economic Impact ... Sarajevo Times
  • National Reserve Bank of Tonga : November marketscreener.com
  • Resetting towards an economics of solidarity | Matangitonga Matangi Tonga
  • How to use unallocated funds The National
  • Pacific labour mobility in the media spotlight devpolicy.org
  • Indonesia's 2020 coal exports seen at 435 million T: energy ministry ETEnergyworld.com
  • Tonga: Staff Concluding Statement IMF 2020 Article IV Consultation ... International Monetary Fund
  • IMF Staff Completes 2020 Article IV Mission to Tonga International Monetary Fund
  • The Glory of '95: 9 moments that defined the 1995 Rugby World Cup Independent Online
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    Public Spending

  • Ocean of debt? Belt and Road and debt diplomacy in the Pacific The Interpreter
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    Public Debt

  • China's Largesse in Tonga Threatens Future of Pacific Nation Voice of America
  • The legacy of Tonga's late “pro-democracy” PM 'Akilisi Pohiva World Socialist Web Site
  • China's debt diplomacy challenged by new players The Sunday Guardian
  • Payment due: Pacific islands in the red as debts to China mount Reuters
  • Tonga: Staff Concluding Statement IMF 2020 Article IV Consultation ... International Monetary Fund
  • Tonga Declares 'Debt Distress' as China Gains Leverage theTrumpet.com
  • Tonga called on Pacific islands to band together against China — then had a sudden change of heart ABC News
  • Fears over Pacific 'debt colonies' as Tonga struggles to repay China The Times
  • Australia is edgy about China’s growing presence on its doorstep The Economist
  • Pacific islands rack up debt, giving China unprecedented leverage Haaretz
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