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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:49pm by AFP

    ... to go back," he said. Australian Human Rights Commission chief Gillian Triggs said screening of asylum seekers at sea appeared to be inadequate under international law. The process ... and European Union member states have said rights abuses against the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka have continued even after the civil war ended in 2009. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  2. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    UNHCR 'concern' over Australia's handling of Sri Lankan refugees

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... interviews are extremely troubling," said Human Rights Watch director Elaine Pearson. Refugee lawyer Julian Burnside told the Herald that Canberra could be guilty of refoulement, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546699/unhcr-concern-over-australias-handling-sri-lankan-refugees
  3. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Asylum seekers’ families sue Australia over shipwreck off Christmas Island

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:29pm by AFP

    ... outpost. Human rights lawyer George Newhouse launched legal action in the New South Wales state Supreme Court yesterday on behalf of eight families, claiming the government failed to maintain ... actions. "Frankly, I think this is a shameful and offensive claim to be making," he said. "Sure, people have the right to bring cases to court- we are a free country- but they have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535193/asylum-seekers-families-sue-australia-over-shipwreck-christmas-island
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia sends troops to protect Baghdad embassy, PM vows to stop jihadists returning

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 01:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... said nobody should underestimate the threat posed by the Sunni-led ISIL. “Right now our focus is first of all ensuring that our people in Baghdad are safe and that we have the capacity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536824/australia-sends-troops-protect-baghdad-embassy
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Foreign minister says 150 Australians are fighting in Syria, Iraq

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 01:24pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... are redoubling our vigilance at our borders to try to ensure that jihadists do not gain access to our country or are monitored if they have the right of access to this country,” he said. “I don’t want ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536096/foreign-minister-says-150-australians-are-fighting-syria-iraq
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australians examine new leads for links to missing Malaysian Airlines jet

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 12:20pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... produced a low-frequency sound that can travel thousands of kilometres under the right conditions, Duncan said. The team then checked data from underwater recorders off the southwest tip ... said. “I couldn’t believe it myself.” But after confirming her yacht’s position using GPS data in recent days, she said she knew she was in the “right place at the right time” and told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1525149/australians-examine-underwater-sound-links-missing-malaysia-airlines-jet
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Pensioner sex worker brings Tony Abbott undone in the wink of an eye

    Posted May 21st 2014, 03:51pm

    ... finances in a mess and said hard decisions had to be made for the good of Australia. “My job is not to curry popularity. My job is to do what’s right for the country,” he said. As well as federal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1517215/pensioner-sex-worker-brings-tony-abbott-undone-wink-eye
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    New asylum seeker controversy strains Australia-Indonesia relations

    Posted May 07th 2014, 12:47pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... that activity – which could of course go right up to the top level of the government – have committed a criminal offence,” he said. Bilateral ties are already strained. Indonesia recalled its ambassador ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1506529/new-asylum-seeker-controversy-strains-australia-indonesia-relations
  9. 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, ... state last month began a cull of great white, tiger and bull sharks more than nine feet long. The move has outraged environmentalists and animal rights activists and some scientists are also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1424692/western-australia-uproar-over-shark-cull-after-rise-attacks
  10. 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

    ... Reuters in Sydney Refugees held in Australia's detention centres on Nauru island infected by Dengue fever as opposition figures call for greater oversight An outbreak of dengue fever 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1485859/dengue-outbreak-australias-pacific-island-refugee-detention-centre-sparks

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