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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Dengue outbreak at Australia's Pacific island refugee detention centre sparks fresh concerns

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 12:30pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... at an Australian refugee detention centre in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticised by rights groups ... for assessing refugee claims” nor provided “safe and humane conditions of treatment in detention”. Nauru in particular has come under fire after President Baron Waqa earlier this year unilaterally ...

  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia awards HK$8.35b asylum seeker centre contract amid controversy

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:47pm by Reuters

    ... centres. The centres on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus island have been plagued by security and infrastructure problems and have been criticised by human rights groups and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Last week, one asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 injured in violent clashes at the Manus Island detention centre. Australia uses ...

  3. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    'I'm dying:' Cameraman reveals Steve Irwin’s final words after deadly stingray attack

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 11:00pm by AFP

    ... to defend themselves when they feel threatened, though experts at the time stressed that stingrays were not usually vicious and rarely attacked and killed humans. ...

  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia probes detention of asylum-seeker children

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 01:25pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s human rights watchdog launched an inquiry on Monday into the detention of children under punitive government policies banishing asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to remote Pacific camps. Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, said the probe would examine the impact of mandatory detention on more than ...

  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to prevent ‘Gravity’ space crash with lasers

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 04:31pm by AFP

    ... or space station,” he said. “Everywhere humans have been in space, we leave some trash behind. The new centre, expected to be fully operational by mid-this year, will also include Mount ...

  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Huge tract of Australia in ‘biggest ever drought’

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 05:53pm by AFP

    ... of the wettest times of the year, but this time round many shires missed out on rain altogether. RT @KateLimon9: Queensland in most widespread drought on record... including areas right next to Brisbane ... as well as mental health support. “If your farm is in dire drought, you can’t sell, you can’t borrow, you can’t leave but you’ve got no money and that’s why it’s right and proper that you should ...

  7. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Sydney honour for China organ transplant doctor prompts outcry

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and their families give consent for their organs to be used, but the United Nations and the World Health Organisation have condemned the practice. Human rights groups say China executes about 4,000 a year. ... the organs of executed prisoners, is a betrayal." Human rights lawyer David Matas called Huang unethical. "Huang Jiefu, being responsible for an unethical system, and himself participating ...

  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia rejects media claims navy mistreated asylum seekers

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 04:26pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Co-ordinating Minister for political, legal and security affairs, said in a statement. The incident comes as US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch issued a blistering assessment of Australia’s asylum seeker policy in its 700-page annual World Report. “Successive governments have prioritised domestic politics over Australia’s international legal obligations to protect the rights ...

  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Police raid Australia media offices to block tell-all interview with Schapelle Corby

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 03:43pm by AP and AFP

    ... has been the frontrunner in seeking rights to get an exclusive interview”. “This warrant has come at a time when Indonesian officials are telling Schapelle that she could go back to jail ...

  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Western Australia in uproar over shark cull after rise in attacks

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:39am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... The Washington Post in Sydney Animal rights activists and scientists united in anger over controversial response to big rise in attacks off Western Australia in last three years Terror, ... his left arm and ripped off part of his right leg. The 35-year-old died in its jaws. The Australian plumber's gruesome death was part of an increase in shark attacks that has terrified ...




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