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Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Nukalofa - International aid began trickling in on Wednesday to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escaped the worst of the storm's fury.

Blackouts, flooding as cyclone batters Tongan capital

Nukalofa - A battered Nuku'alofa began cleaning up Tuesday after the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Tongan capital tore roofs off buildings, downed powerlines and caused extensive flooding, prompting a state of emergency in the tiny Pacific nation.

Tonga declares state of emergency as cyclone looms

Nukalofa - Tonga declared a state of emergency Monday as the Pacific island kingdom braces for a direct hit by a powerful cyclone that is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm.

Tonga's speaker says power grab behind parliament sacking

Nukalofa - Tonga's king dissolved the Pacific island nation's parliament and dismissed its prime minister because the government had usurped some of the monarch's powers, a senior official said Tuesday.

Only one in five Pacific homes have electricity: World Bank

Nukalofa - Only 20 percent of Pacific Island households have access to electricity -- and the cost is among the highest in the world, according to a senior World Bank official.

Tongan king crowned in traditional ceremony

Nukalofa - Tupou VI was formally crowned King of Tonga on Saturday before thousands of people including heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, capping a week steeped in traditional rites.

World's most dominant athlete thanks chiropractor for 51st ST win

Valerie Kasanita Adams, a shot putter from New Zealand, a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and Commonwealth champion, thanked her chiropractor In a tweet for her 51st straight win.

Australian, Chinese navies ready to fire

Canberra - Ships of the the Royal Australian Navy and the Navy of the People's Republic of China are operating in close proximity to each other, according to the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Volcanic eruption, typhoon, earthquake hit Philippines, Indonesia

The Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific island of Tonga have been hit by forces of Mother Nature in the last couple of days, causing death and injury to those in coastal areas as well as in danger zones, in the case of the eruption in Indonesia.

Tonga's King laid to rest in Royal Tombs

King George Tupou V died of an unknown illness on March 18 in Hong Kong. He had a kidney transplant in 2011. The 63-year-old king's extravagant funeral took place on Tuesday 27 March.

Strong 7.4 Magnitude earthquake shakes Pacific Island of Tonga

A strong 7.4 earthquake rocked the Pacific Island nation of Tonga Friday but no fatalities or damage to properties have been reported so far.

Rugby: Canada defeats Russia en route to Churchill Cup final

Esher - The Canadian rugby team has continued to prove their critics wrong after booking a place in their second successive Churchill Cup final.

South Pacific nation Nauru listed as world's fattest nation

The top ten fattest nations in the world for the year 2010 have been released. Think the United States or Canada, known for their numerous fast food restaurants, are number one? Nauru, a tiny South Pacific island, topped the list.

Strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocks Samoa-Tonga region

Apia - Another strong earthquake has been reported. A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has rocked the Samoa-Tonga region. No aftershocks have yet been reported and the proper authorities have not issued a tsunami alert.

New top-10 list ranks countries on extent of ecological damage

Adelaide - The USA, China and Australia all share one thing in common today -- they have been found to be three of the top-ten most environmentally destructive countries in the world.

Op-Ed: Naturally, an Aussie is the voice of GPS

Australia’s desperate efforts to civilize the world have borne some fruit in the form of the voice behind the GPS. New York based Karen Jacobsen is the person telling you where to go, as many Aussies often will. Karen’s just a bit more tactful.

Five earthquakes strike Tonga region

A series of five earthquakes, ranging from minor to strong, have struck the region of Tonga. There have been no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or a tsunami alert.

Seven minor earthquakes rock the state of California

Los Angeles - California saw seven earthquakes hit their state and four of them simultaneous. The magnitude of the earthquakes ranged between 2.5 and 4.1. There were no immediate reports of damages, injuries or deaths.

Large 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Tonga, no tsunami alert

Neiafu - A large 6.1 magnitude earthquake has rocked the nation of Tonga but there have been no reports of injuries, deaths or damages.

Ferry sank off the coast of Tonga, 27 missing

A ferry carrying 49 passengers and 30 crew members sank 54 miles (86 kilometers) northeast of the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa, Thursday.
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