Solomons police overrun, Australia deploying support personnel

RNZ Pacific correspondent in Honiara, Elizabeth Osifelo, said exhausted police were overwhelmed as more people swarmed into town in defiance of a 36-hour lockdown.

Shops in Chinatown which had survived the earlier unrest were ransacked and burned. On the eastern side of town the Ranadi branch of Bank South Pacific was torched as was locally owned and operated hardware store, Island Enterprise.

Osifelo said police were doing everything they could to try and get control of the situation but they were outnumbered.

NZ and Tongan police investigate drugs found in shipping container

Prime Minister Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa has confirmed the investigation this afternoon during a government sponsored livestream show released by FM 87.5 Broadcomm.

The Prime Minister was responding after he was asked to clarify the allegations regarding the drugs.

“It has been alleged the drugs were imported from Tonga but let’s leave that to police to work together with New Zealand Police to confirm it,” Tu’i’onetoa said in Tongan.

Fiji Police on alert after cocaine packs wash up on Tongan beaches

According to Tonga Police, the packages washed up on at Höleva and Ha’alaufuli in Vava’u late last month.

Fiji’s Narcotics Bureau is liaising with local and regional counterparts following the major discovery and officers based at Maritime Police Stations especially in the Lau Group and Kadavu have alerted their respective communities to call Police should they find similar packages.

Protesters opposed to COVID-19 measures clash with police in Paris

Police sought to push back demonstrators near the capital's Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after protesters had knocked over a police motorbike ridden by two officers, television pictures showed.

Images showed a heavy police presence on the capital's streets. Scuffles between police and demonstrators also broke out on the Champs-Elysees thoroughfare, where teargas was fired and traffic was halted, the pictures showed.

Fast food staff in Pakistan arrested for not giving police free burgers

Staff at the chain Johnny & Jugnu in Lahore were rounded up at 0100 (2000 GMT) on Saturday and held overnight.

"This is not the first time something like this has happened... at our restaurant," a statement by the burger chain said.

Nine police officers involved in the incident have now been suspended.

Senior provincial police official Inam Ghani announced the suspensions on Twitter, saying: "No one is allowed to take the law into his own hands. Injustice will not be tolerated. All of them will be punished."

Tonga and Australia Police sign MOU

The new bilateral agreement replaces the tripartite agreement between Tonga, Australia and New Zealand that was known as the Tonga Police Development Programme (TPDP) that commenced in 2008 and ended in June 2020.

At the signing ceremony yesterday (Thursday) Minister of Police, Lord Nuku said he was very grateful for the support given by the Australian Government through the Australia Federal Police and was thankful for Australia’s future commitment working together with Tonga Police.



18 arrested in Tonga for drug-related offences over festive period

All of the accused have been charged and will appear in court at a later date.

The arrests took place in eleven different locations in Tongatapu.

Police seized cannabis, methamphetamine, $6400 pa’anga cash, 645 bullets and drug utensils.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Tevita Vailea said the arrests show that those who are seeking to profit from the harm these drugs cause can continue to expect to be targeted by Police.

Minnesota sees second night of clashes over death in custody

Tear gas was fired by police, while protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti. Businesses were also looted.

George Floyd, 46, died on Monday and video showed him gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck.

There have also been protests in Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, and Memphis, Tennessee.

The renewed clashes on Wednesday came just hours after the city's mayor called for criminal charges to be brought against the policeman who was filmed pinning down Mr Floyd.

The four police officers involved in the arrest have been fired.

Three men arrested in Tonga in police raids

The crackdown is part of an on-going operation to tackle drugs in the kingdom.

A 66-year-old U.S citizen residing at Tapana Island in Vava’u was arrested Friday, 10 January 2020 by the Taskforce while he tried to pick up a parcel from the Neiafu Post Office.

Police seized the parcel, which allegedly contained 18.05 grams of cannabis oil.

A search warrant the suspect’s residence also resulted in the seizure 0.28 grams of cannabis.

Hong Kong extradition protests: Thousands join Kowloon march

Protesters marched in an area popular with mainland Chinese tourists, in a bid to explain their concerns over a controversial extradition bill.

Hong Kong enjoys rights and freedoms not seen on mainland China, including free speech and the right to protest.

Later on Sunday riot police charged a group of protesters with batons.

Police had warned the group to disperse. Demonstrators were seen using umbrellas to defend themselves from the charge.

Footage from the scene showed police detaining several protesters.