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Tonga, officially named the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. The state has a population of 100,651 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.
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France beat Tonga to set up England showdownFrance will play England next Saturday to decide who tops Pool C after they finally subdued a battling Tonga at the Rugby World Cup.
France survive Tonga scare to reach Rugby World Cup quarter-finalsFrance qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a nailbiting 23-21 win against Tonga that sets up a winner-takes-all clash with England to top Pool C.
Israel Folau may be thwarted in rugby league return bidIsrael Folau may be thwarted in his bid to play for Tonga in their rugby league internationals against Great Britain and his native Australia in October. The controversial dual-code international, 30,..
Eddie Jones says England will improve after scrappy win over TongaHead coach Eddie Jones says England will improve after starting their World Cup campaign with a laboured victory against Tonga.
England 35-3 Tonga: Eddie Jones' side battle to opening World Cup winEngland's World Cup campaign gets off to a spluttering 35-3 victory against unfancied Tonga in Sapporo.
Rugby World Cup: England coach Eddie Jones relishing Tonga openerEngland start their World Cup campaign keen to improve on the disappointments of the last two tournaments as they take on Tonga on Sunday.
England coach relishes Tonga openerEngland start their World Cup campaign keen to improve on the disappointments of the last two tournaments as they take on Tonga on Sunday.
‘Champion of democracy’ in Tonga dies aged 78Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, has died. Mr Pohiva, 78, died on Thursday at the..
Climate change campaigner Tongan PM dies in New ZealandTongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, a pro-democracy and climate change campaigner in the South Pacific, died in a New Zealand hospital on Thursday, the information ministry and media reports said.
Democracy campaigning Tonga PM 'Akilisi Pohiva dies, aged 78Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, has died at the age of 78.
Tongan Prime Minister Pohiva dies in New ZealandTongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, who was being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in Auckland, has died, New Zealand media said on Thursday.
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A sheet of volcanic rock the size of Manhattan is floating toward AustraliaThe "raft" was captured by NASA Earth Observatory days after an underwater volcano 130 feet deep may have erupted near the island of Tonga.
Vast 'pumice raft' found drifting through Pacific OceanThe mass of pumice, the size of Manhattan, is believed to come from an underwater volcano near Tonga.
Quake of magnitude 6.1 strikes northwest off Tonga: USGSAn earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, the United States Geological Survey said on Monday.