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New island offers clues in search for life on Mars: NASA

Wellington - The world's newest island -- formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago -- may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.

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.

Rescue drill turns real as US Coast Guard finds missing Tongans

Wellington - A search and rescue exercise turned real for a US Coast Guard crew who found six Tongan fishermen missing at sea for a week, New Zealand officials said Friday.

Missing boat found off Tonga, all survive

Wellington - A boat that sparked a major search when it went missing off Tonga with 11 people aboard had been found with all passengers safe and well, authorities said Wednesday.

Pacific cyclone bears down on Fiji after brushing Tonga

Suva - Fiji warned residents to brace for destructive winds on Sunday as severe tropical cyclone Ula bears down on the Pacific nation.

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.

Airline passengers charged by their body weight

Apia - The national carrier of a South Pacific island has started to charge passengers based on their actual body weight. Samoa Air, which was launched last year, has become the first airline in the world to charge passengers by their body weight.

Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Samoan Islands, 2 dead

Apia - The first reported storm of the South Pacific cyclone season triggers flooding and structural damage, with two people dead.

Tropical Cyclone Evan hits Samoan Islands, 2 dead

Apia - The first reported storm of the South Pacific cyclone season triggers flooding and structural damage, with two people dead.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7.9-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Pacific Island of Tonga

A strong earthquake shook the Pacific island of Tonga Friday prompting the government to issue tsunami warnings along its coastal areas. Similar warnings and advisory were likewise raised in New Zealand and neighboring nations in the Pacific rim.
 

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Official photographs of King Tupuo V and his cortege
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Official photographs of King Tupuo V and his cortege
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Official photographs of King Tupuo V and his cortege
Official photographs of King Tupuo V and his cortege
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