Tonga

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‘It really woke parliament up’: King of Tonga criticises government handling of drugs crisis
In rare political speech, the king addressed the epidemic that is overwhelming Tonga hospitals and prisons

Joshua Mcdonald

24, Sep, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Tonga royal family denies allegation late king covered up murder of Australian horse trainer
Statement comes after son of late bookmaker alleges king helped George Brown’s killers return to Tonga

Joshua Mcdonald

03, Sep, 2021 @4:53 AM

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‘Rainbow Olympics’: Tokyo hailed as turning point for LGBTQ+ athletes
Tokyo has three times as many out LGBTQ+ athletes as Rio had, but activists say there is ‘still a way to go’

Alexandra Topping

30, Jul, 2021 @2:19 PM

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‘They need to care about our humanity’: death of Tongan LGBTQ+ activist sparks calls for reform
After the alleged murder of Polikalepo Kefu, Pacific LGBTQI groups are calling for change, including revoking sodomy laws

Leni Ma'ia'i

08, May, 2021 @5:28 AM

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Outpouring of grief after alleged murder of leading Tongan LGBTQI activist
Police have charged a man for the killing of Polikalepo Kefu, a lifelong advocate for the queer community across the Pacific

Leni Ma'ia'i

03, May, 2021 @6:07 AM

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Zoomed to fail? Cracks appear in Pacific Islands Forum as Covid pulls nations apart
Pacific diplomacy hinges on in-person greeting and discussion but web-only meetings have fed a growing dispute over the forum’s very existence

Ben Doherty Pacific editor

01, Feb, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Life without Covid: the nations that have sidestepped the pandemic so far
A handful of countries – most of them islands, most of them remote – remain coronavirus-free, but life has not remained wholly unchanged

Emmanuel Samoglou in Rarotonga, Bernadette Carreon in Koror, and Ben Doherty Pacific Editor

06, Jan, 2021 @12:43 AM

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Remote Marshall Islands records its first coronavirus cases
Pacific nation was one of the last on Earth without a single confirmed Covid-19 infection

Ben Doherty Pacific Editor

29, Oct, 2020 @12:18 AM

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Australia should create ‘Pacific visa’ to reduce impact of climate change and disaster on islanders
Displacement is growing in the Asia-Pacific region, and a new policy paper argues migration policies must be established now

Ben Doherty Pacific Editor

21, Oct, 2020 @4:30 PM

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The fruit pickers: inside Australia's seasonal worker program – a photo essay
The men and women who come from the Pacific to pick fruit and vegetables often do so at a high personal cost. These are some of their stories

Helen Davidson and Carly Earl

17, Oct, 2020 @7:00 PM

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Pacific states face instability, hunger and slow road to Covid recovery: Dame Meg Taylor
While the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic has so far spared the Pacific, its economies are in free-fall, the region’s chief diplomat warns

Sheldon Chanel in Suva

10, Aug, 2020 @10:00 PM

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Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing
Covid-19-related developments throughout the Pacific Islands

Dan McGarry in Port Vila and Tess Newton Cain

07, Jul, 2020 @10:00 PM

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