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Archive for March, 2017
U.S. officials meet asylum seekers at Australian-run camp, possibly restarting “dumb deal”

March 21, 2017 Colin Packham, Aaron Bunch CANBERRA/PERTH (Reuters) – U.S. officials began taking fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on the Pacific island of Nauru on Monday, signalling that vetting of applicants for resettlement in what U.S. President Donald Trump called a “dumb deal” has restarted. Australia agreed with former U.S. President Barack […]

Rocks, rip tides kill tourists on Australian beaches
Rocks, rip tides kill tourists on Australian beaches

March 9, 2017 Jonathan Barrett, Aaron Bunch Notices in several languages emblazoned with the symbol of the skull and crossbones caution against the risk of being swept off the rocks at Maroubra Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. But the warnings were not enough to prevent Nepali university students Shristi Bhandari, 23, and Sudeep Uprety, 26, from […]

Scores of detained asylum seekers take Australian cash and return home

March 2, 2017 Colin Packham, Aaron Bunch SYDNEY (Reuters) – Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention center in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries, officials and refugees said, the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years. Australia has ratcheted up efforts […]

Australia calls ambassadors home to reshape foreign policy, trade

March 2, 2017 Aaron Bunch, Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will call home all of its overseas ambassadors for a meeting, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday, as it reshapes its foreign policy to balance ties with long-time ally the United States and China, its largest trading partner. It is the first time Australia […]

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