Australia

Australia Awaits Turkey’s Response on Extradition of Daesh Recruiter

SYDNEY, Nov 28  – Australia is awaiting Turkey’s response to a request to extradite a citizen believed to be a top recruiter for Daesh who has been arrested in Turkey, the Australian government said on Monday. Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the man is believed to be Neil Prakash, who has been linked to several

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Suspect in Australian Bank Fire Identified as Asylum Seeker

By Harry Pearl SYDNEY, Nov 20  – A man suspected of starting a fire in an Australian bank on Friday that injured 27 people has been identified as an asylum seeker, angering far-right groups and adding to an increasingly heated national debate over immigration. Six people were taken to hospital in critical condition after the

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Australia, U.S. Announce Refugee Resettlement Deal

By Harry Pearl and Colin Packham SYDNEY, Nov 13  – Australia has reached a resettlement deal with the United States for refugees being held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru after attempting to reach Australia by boat, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Sunday. Under Australia‘s tough border security laws, asylum seekers intercepted trying to

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Australia’s Plan to Ban Asylum Seekers Who Arrive by Boat in Jeopardy

SYDNEY, Nov 8 – Australia’s plan to permanently ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering the country was in jeopardy on Tuesday when the opposition Labor said it would not support the ban. Under the plan asylum seekers who are deemed genuine refugees and resettled in a third country would be permanently

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Australia’s Far-Right Groups Protest Syrian Refugee Housing

MELBOURNE, Nov 5 – Several hundred people rallied in the suburbs of Melbourne on Saturday, after a proposal to house refugees locally drew protest by far right anti-Islam groups and counter protests. Political debate around Australia’s hardline policy towards asylum seekers has been heated recently, with the conservative government last week announcing plans to permanently

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U.N. Human Rights Investigator to Assess Australia’s Asylum Policy

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Nov 1 – A U.N. investigator into the human rights of migrants arrived in Australia on Tuesday to assess its tough asylum seeker policy, after aborting a visit last year claiming a lack of government assistance and access to asylum seeker detention camps. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights

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Four Killed on River Ride at Australia’s Biggest Theme Park

By Colin Packham and Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY, Oct 25 – Four people were killed on Tuesday on a river rapids ride at Australia’s biggest theme park, police said, after a malfunction threw two of the victims off the ride and left the other two trapped inside. Media broadcast images of crowds of rescue workers at

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Australia Offers Condolences Over Air Strike on Syrian Troops

By Harry Pearl SYDNEY, Sept 18 – The Australian Department of Defence has offered its condolences to the families of Syrian soldiers killed or wounded in a U.S.-led bombing campaign on Saturday, in which Australia participated and Russia said hit Syrian military personnel and vehicles. Australian aircraft were among the warplanes that struck what were

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