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Australia: US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru

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Australia: US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru

- US officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. US officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap
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Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru

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Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru

- SYDNEY/WASHINGTON: U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap
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Exclusive - Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru

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Exclusive - Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru

- SYDNEY/WASHINGTON: U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap
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Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal

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Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal

- Bangkok: A Syrian man has arrived in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in a fillip to the Turnbull Government's troubled $55 million agreement to resettle refugees held in Nauru. Australian authorities secretly transferred the man weeks ago, bringing to just seven the number of refugees on Nauru who have agreed to make the journey to one of Asia's poorest nations. Only three remain in Cambodia
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Another Nauru detainee goes to Cambodia

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Another Nauru detainee goes to Cambodia

- A Cambodian newspaper reports that the Australian government has transferred another refugee from Nauru to Cambodia. The Phnom Penh Post reports the man, who fled war-torn Syria, is the seventh refugee from Nauru to take up Australia's offer to relocate to Cambodia. Of those seven just three remain in the country, with the other four, a man from Myanmar and three Iraqis - returning to their home countries
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Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal

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Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal

- Bangkok: A Syrian man has arrived in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in a fillip to the Turnbull Government's troubled $55 million agreement to resettle refugees held in Nauru. Australian authorities secretly transferred the man weeks ago, bringing to just seven the number of refugees on Nauru who have agreed to make the journey to one of Asia's poorest nations. Only three remain in Cambodia
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Dengue fever outbreak in Nauru hits 10 per cent of asylum seekers

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Dengue fever outbreak in Nauru hits 10 per cent of asylum seekers

- A Dengue fever outbreak ravaging the island nation of Nauru has now hit about 10 per cent of asylum seekers living at the Australian-run regional processing centre. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed 41 people living at the facility had contracted the mosquito-borne viral disease by the end of March. That number is likely to have risen as health authorities struggle to contain an outbreak that is estimated to have affected up to 900 people on the island of 10,000
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Former Nauru MPs charged over protest fight to halt controversial trial

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Former Nauru MPs charged over protest fight to halt controversial trial

- A controversial criminal trial in Nauru that could see three former MPs and their supporters jailed has begun, with a senior Australian judge set to be the star witness for the defence. Key points: The MPs are among a group of defendants facing trial over a violent demonstration in 2015 They were among hundreds protesting the MPs' suspension from parliament Geoffrey Eames, a former Victorian Supreme Court judge, is preparing to give evidence in the trial Opposition MPs Squire Jeramiah, Sprent Dabwido and Matthew Batsiua are among 18 defendants facing trial following a violent demonstration outside parliament on June 16, 2015
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Nauru has ‘best practice’ in the world for asylum seekers – president

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Nauru has ‘best practice’ in the world for asylum seekers – president

- PRESIDENT of the tiny Pacific state of Nauru, Baron Waqa, says his country exemplifies “best practice” when it comes to the management of asylum seekers. Speaking to , Waqa also said he was confident the US-Australia refugee deal will go ahead despite some uncertainty after the election of Donald Trump. He said US Homeland Security officials were on the island and working in Australia to arrange resettlement for refugees
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Fire, flood drama on 46th floor of Nauru House in CBD

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Fire, flood drama on 46th floor of Nauru House in CBD

- A fire broke out on the 46th floor of Nauru House in Melbourne's CBD overnight, with sprinklers soaking an upper level of the 52-floor skyscraper. The fire was sparked in the early hours of Thursday morning when wall-mounted electrical equipment in the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office caught alight, according to the Melbourne Fire Brigade. The building's sprinklers and automated alarm were set off, sending a call to the MFB, who arrived at the site shortly after 1
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Two Australians detained on Nauru face deportation

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Two Australians detained on Nauru face deportation

- Two Australians have been detained by police on Nauru. In a statement, the government says the pair were awaiting deportation after they were detained under Nauru's immigration laws. Australian media were reporting the pair were employed at the Australian-run asylum seeker detention centre on the island. It said neither was accused of crime or wrongdoing, and followed a decision by Wilson Security not to hire a local Nauruan as a security officer
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High Court Asked to Limit Detention of Asylum Seekers in Australia for Care

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High Court Asked to Limit Detention of Asylum Seekers in Australia for Care

- Photo SYDNEY, Australia — Legal aid lawyers have filed a constitutional challenge to Australia’s restrictive migration law and the legality of detaining asylum seekers transferred to the country from offshore camps for medical treatment or other temporary purposes. A hearing in Australia’s highest court is scheduled for Wednesday in the capital, Canberra. A decision is not expected immediately. Dan Nicholson, who oversees the migration program for Victoria Legal Aid, which filed the case, said a ruling could help clarify whether the Constitution allowed the Australian government to detain asylum seekers brought to Australia from the Pacific Island countries of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and to define how long that detention could last
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Transfer of Nauru and Manus refugees could begin in months

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Transfer of Nauru and Manus refugees could begin in months

- Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton says the first asylum seekers from detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru should travel to the United States over the next few months. US president Donald Trump has voiced his dislike of the deal Canberra struck with the Obama administration to resettle the asylum seekers, calling it a "dumb deal". But the Australian government maintains Mr Trump will nevertheless honour the agreement. Mr Dutton
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NZ should offer to take Manus and Nauru refugees - Greens

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NZ should offer to take Manus and Nauru refugees - Greens

- The Green Party in New Zealand says Prime Minister Bill English should offer to take the 1200 refugees currently being held on Nauru and Manus Island if Australia's deal with the United States falls over. Mr English is meeting with his Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, in Queenstown today for their annual leaders' talks. Mr Turnbull struck a deal with the former US President, Barack Obama, for America to resettle 1250
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Nauru requests incidents at Australian centre be censored

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Nauru requests incidents at Australian centre be censored

- Official Australian Government data about incidents at the country's immigration detention centre in Nauru has been censored as a result of a request from the Nauru Government. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it used freedom of information laws to request incident logs, but was advised the records had been blocked to protect "international relations." The immigration department reportedly told the newspaper that the Nauru government had requested any reference
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Nauru request's incidents at Australian centre be censored

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Nauru request's incidents at Australian centre be censored

- Official Australian Government data about incidents at the country's immigration detention centre in Nauru has been censored as a result of a request from the Nauru Government. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it used freedom of information laws to request incident logs, but was advised the records had been blocked to protect "international relations." The immigration department reportedly told the newspaper that the Nauru government had requested any reference
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US officials stop screening, leave Nauru

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US officials stop screening, leave Nauru

- The Australian government says United States officials have stopped screening refugees from Nauru for potential resettlement in the US. But the AP news agency reports the officials will return to Nauru to continue working on a deal President Donald Trump calls dumb. Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would not say when US Department of Homeland Security officials would return to Nauru or to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea to
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US halts vetting of Nauru refugees

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US halts vetting of Nauru refugees

- US officials have stopped screening refugees on Nauru for potential resettlement, Australia has confirmed. But Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said he expected the process to resume "in due course". It follows uncertainty over a deal that would see up to 1250 refugees currently held in offshore detention by Australia resettled in the US. The US has said it will apply "extreme vetting" to the refugees amid criticism of the
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USA continues refugee vetting on Nauru
USA continues refugee vetting on Nauru United States officials are returning to Australia's refugee detention centre on Nauru to continue vetting detainees for possible resettlement in America. More than one thousand refugees on Nauru are thought to be eligible. Last week protests erupted near the entrance of the centre where a bus was reportedly set on fire. After four years of detention the refugees on the island are growing increasingly frustrated at delays with the US plan, more than 10 months after the deal was first announced by Canberra   Read More ...
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Violent arrests at peaceful refugee protest on Nauru
Violent arrests at peaceful refugee protest on Nauru Violent arrests have been reported at the Australian run refugee detention centre on Nauru. The Refugee Action Coalition released video they said was of the violent apprehension of peaceful protesters yesterday. A spokesperson for the coalition Ian Rintoul said the protest was prompted by revelations about Australia's prime minister and the US president. The recently published transcript of a telephone conversation from late January shows Malcolm Turnbull telling Donald Trump he is not obliged to accept any of the refugees detained on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island by Australia, despite their resettlement agreement   Read More ...
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Nauru seeks judge to hasten asylum seeker appeals
Nauru seeks judge to hasten asylum seeker appeals Nauru's judiciary is advertising for a Supreme Court judge to preside over appeals for refugee status made by asylum seekers. While most judges on Nauru come from overseas, this job appears to be aimed at a Nauru lawyer, as it requires the applicant to have had a lengthy entitlement to practice on Nauru. The position follows other recent changed to the judiciary, including making a court registrar the new chief justice, a refusal to renew another judge's contract and a decision to hire a retired Australian judge to hear the trial of 16 people charged over an anti-government protest two years ago   Read More ...
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Nauru protest defendants say judge decision is vindication
Nauru protest defendants say judge decision is vindication A former Nauru cabinet minister who is one of 16 people facing charges over a protest says the government's decision to have the case heard by an Australian judge vindicates their stand over interference in the judiciary. The Nauru justice minister, David Adeang, told parliament that the case would be complex and needed an outside judge. The charges follow an anti-government protest at parliament in 2015, which the government charactises as a riot   Read More ...
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Nauru bringing in Australian judge for 'riot' trial
Nauru bringing in Australian judge for 'riot' trial The Nauru government has announced it will appoint an outside judge to hear the trial of 16 people defending charges over an anti-government protest in June 2015. The Nauru justice minister, David Adeang, in a statement to parliament, said that, because of the number of defendants, the complexity and likely length of the trial, they will appoint an acting judge just for this case   Read More ...
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UN says immigration officials helped screen Manus and Nauru refugees for family reunions
UN says immigration officials helped screen Manus and Nauru refugees for family reunions Immigration officials helped interview refugees on Nauru and Manus Island for possible family reunions, the United Nations refugee agency has said, appearing to bolster its claim the Turnbull government was considering resettling some refugees. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stepped up its fight with the government on Tuesday, saying it had been speaking weekly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection about plans to exempt a small number of people from the tough stance that no one from offshore detention would be resettled in Australia   Read More ...
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Sport: Nauru Chiefs aiming high at the AFL International Cup
Sport: Nauru Chiefs aiming high at the AFL International Cup The Nauru Chiefs are targeting a top four finish at the AFL International Cup, which gets underway in Melbourne next weekend. The Micronesian nation finished seventh in the men's division one competition in 2014, despite only losing one of their five matches. Vice Captain Kenneth Oppenheimer made his international debut at that event and believes Nauru were and are better than their final placing suggests   Read More ...
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Lawyer suspects Australia behind Nauru's journalist blockade
Lawyer suspects Australia behind Nauru's journalist blockade A prominent lawyer says he suspects Australia has directed Nauru to prevent journalists from visiting the Pacific Island nation. Australia has exiled about a thousand refugees to Nauru where the non-refundable fee to apply for a journalist's visa is $US5000. The lawyer Julian Burnside QC said warehousing refugees was Nauru's most lucrative industry giving Australia influence influence over Nauru's policy settings   Read More ...
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We All Know What's Happening: A remarkable insight into Nauru through the eyes of children
We All Know What's Happening: A remarkable insight into Nauru through the eyes of children That cherished axiom of the acting trade – "never work with children or animals" – is one we should be pleased some of our smartest theatre-makers have ignored. Adena Jacobs' Fraught Outfit, for instance, has created an astonishing body of work with younger ensembles, continuing with a child's eye view of The Book of Exodus last month. Likewise, Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms have devised theatre with children that offers a sharp and subversive lens on the adult world   Read More ...
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US may deny resettlement of hundreds of Tamils on Nauru, Manus
US may deny resettlement of hundreds of Tamils on Nauru, Manus amid anti-terror laws By South Asia correspondent James Bennett and political reporter Stephen Dziedzic Australia will need to find an alternative home for a large number of Tamil asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus expected to be denied entry to the United States under sweeping anti-terror laws. Key points: 9-11 anti-terror legislation, the Patriot Act, will likely disqualify many Tamils, ABC understands If sent back to Sri Lanka, deportees are tortured, UN's Ben Emmerson says A deportee said he was beaten with shoes and sticks during detention There are roughly 240 Tamils on Nauru and Manus Island, from where America has agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees   Read More ...
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'Enough is enough': human rights group calls for end to Manus, Nauru
'Enough is enough': human rights group calls for end to Manus, Nauru The more than 2000 asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru should be "evacuated immediately" to Australia, according to Human Rights Law Centre legal advocacy director Daniel Webb. Wednesday marks the fourth anniversary of former prime minister Kevin Rudd's announcement, alongside PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, of a refugee deal that would ensure "any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees"   Read More ...
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Australia: US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
Australia: US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru US officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. US officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt after officials abruptly leave Nauru
Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt after officials abruptly leave Nauru SYDNEY/WASHINGTON – U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention center left the facility abruptly, three detainees said Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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Government says refugee deal still on despite doubts after US officials leave Nauru
Government says refugee deal still on despite doubts after US officials leave Nauru The Turnbull government insists its refugee deal with the United States is going ahead as planned but has signalled it may be some months more before transfers begin. US officials interviewing refugees at the Nauru detention centre left the facility abruptly at the weekend, casting fresh doubt over whether the plan to resettle detainees in America would proceed. The Reuters news agency said the officials had halted their screening interviews two weeks early - and just a day after the United States reached its annual refugee intake cap of 50,000   Read More ...
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Australia, US refugee deal again in jeopardy as officials exit Nauru
Australia, US refugee deal again in jeopardy as officials exit Nauru US officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters. on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. US officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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US immigration officials 'leave Nauru early' after America halts refugee intake
US immigration officials 'leave Nauru early' after America halts refugee intake American immigration officials who were interviewing refugees on Nauru have left two weeks early, three detainees have told Reuters, just one day after the United States put its refugee intake on hold until October. Key points: Officials were scheduled to be on Nauru until July 26 but they left on Friday, refugee says US immigration agency says refugee program is continuing and officials will return to Nauru Labor still concerned deal could fall over, says Government needs back-up options for resettling refugees The US citizenship and immigration officials vetting refugees on Nauru reportedly halted screening interviews and abruptly left the island on Friday   Read More ...
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Australia, US refugee deal again in jeopardy as officials exit Nauru
Australia, US refugee deal again in jeopardy as officials exit Nauru US officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters. on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. US officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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U.S. immigration officials abruptly leave Australian-run detention centre
U.S. immigration officials abruptly leave Australian-run detention centre U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America.U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru SYDNEY/WASHINGTON: U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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Exclusive - Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
Exclusive - Australia-US refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru SYDNEY/WASHINGTON: U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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EXCLUSIVE-Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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Exclusive: Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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Exclusive: Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
Exclusive: Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap. The Australian Immigration Department declined to comment on the whereabouts of the U.S. officials or the future of a refugee swap agreement between Australia and the United States that President Donald Trump earlier this year branded a "dumb deal"   Read More ...
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Exclusive - Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru
Exclusive - Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America. U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap   Read More ...
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US hits refugee intake cap as Manus Island, Nauru refugees assessed
US hits refugee intake cap as Manus Island, Nauru refugees assessed Refugees in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru could be delayed entry to the United States after the country hit its annual refugee intake cap yesterday. The US is assessing many of the hundreds of refugees in those centres for resettlement as part of a deal struck last year with the Australian Government. US President Donald Trump reduced America's annual refugee intake from 110,000 to 50,000 as part of his travel ban earlier this year   Read More ...
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Nauru gets an OECD upgrade
Nauru gets an OECD upgrade The OECD has upgraded its rating of Nauru's standards of tax transparency. This follows its earlier listing among 14 countries that failed to show they complied with international tax transparency standards. The OECD put the countries through a fast track process and Nauru was given a "largely compliant" rating. Nauru's Minister for Finance David Adeang said Nauru had now formally committed to the Automatic Exchange of Information on tax matters   Read More ...
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Nauru gender and human rights policies under review
Nauru gender and human rights policies under review A peer review of gender and human rights policies and programmes is being conducted in Nauru this week. It is the first of a series being conducted by the European Union and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The secretary general of the Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, said the peer reviews were based on the idea that Pacific nations can learn from their neighbours   Read More ...
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NZ calls on Nauru to lift media restrictions
NZ calls on Nauru to lift media restrictions New Zealand's minister of foreign affairs Gerry Brownlee has called on Nauru to lift restrictions on journalists ahead of its hosting of the Pacific Islands Forum next year. Journalists seeking entry into Nauru are required to pay a non-refundable $US6089 visa application fee, a move that effectively bans journalists from the island. The visa requirement was put in place after the Nauru government took exception to reports in international media about the Australian run detention camps for asylum seekers there   Read More ...
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NZ resettlement possible for Manus, Nauru refugees
NZ resettlement possible for Manus, Nauru refugees Canberra has not rejected outright New Zealand's offer to take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island, according to Australian's ambassador for people smuggling and human trafficking. Andrew Goledzinowski also said most of the refugees Australia detains offshore would be resettled in the United States. The revelations were made last weekend at an Otago University Foreign Policy conference, according to a report by Fairfax   Read More ...
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Nauru govt ditches lawyers for Aust law firm in protest case
Nauru govt ditches lawyers for Aust law firm in protest case The 18 Nauruans facing charges over an anti-government protest more than two years ago are expecting to face an Australian legal team when the pre-trial hearings continue later this month. Reports from Nauru said the government had ditched its own legal team and hired a large Australian legal firm, Ashurst - which bills itself as a leading multi-national law firm. One of the defendants, former secretary of justice and cabinet minister, Mathew Batsiua, said hiring a firm believed to be one of the more expensive in Australia showed a loss of confidence by the Nauru government in its own lawyers   Read More ...
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UN alarmed by Nauru, Manus detention
UN alarmed by Nauru, Manus detention A human rights lawyer says the United Nations' latest advice to Australia about Nauru and Manus Island can be considered criticism. A UN committee reviewing compliance with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights said it was alarmed by Australia's punitive approach towards asylum seekers by detaining them offshore. The UN had previously raised similar concerns, but Amy Frew from the Human Rights Law Centre said the latest recommendations carried weight   Read More ...
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UN urges Manus and Nauru detainees' return to Aus
UN urges Manus and Nauru detainees' return to Aus The United Nations has called on the Australian government to repatriate all of the people it detains on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia. The recommendation was made in Geneva this week by a committee considering Australia's compliance with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The committee said it was alarmed by the punitive approach taken by Australia towards asylum seekers arriving by boat without a valid visa   Read More ...
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Nauru begins celebrations for 50th anniversary
Nauru begins celebrations for 50th anniversary Nauru is launching its 50th Independence Day anniversary this Saturday with what the government calls a mega-carnival. The country marks 50 years of independence on 31 January 2018 but the government is planning a number of events over the next seven months, leading up to that date. Saturday's events will include sporting events, a parade before the opening of the carnival   Read More ...
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Nauru subpoena changes called judicial interference
Nauru subpoena changes called judicial interference There are concerns in Nauru that a rushed law change interferes with the right to subpoena public servants to appear as witnesses in court cases. The Public Service Amendment Act was altered to distinguish between public servants who gave evidence for the government and those that gave evidence against. Mathew Batsiua is one of 18 people, including a former president, who are embroiled in a lengthy pre-trial over an anti-government protest   Read More ...
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Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal
Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal Bangkok: A Syrian man has arrived in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in a fillip to the Turnbull Government's troubled $55 million agreement to resettle refugees held in Nauru. Australian authorities secretly transferred the man weeks ago, bringing to just seven the number of refugees on Nauru who have agreed to make the journey to one of Asia's poorest nations. Only three remain in Cambodia   Read More ...
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Another Nauru detainee goes to Cambodia
Another Nauru detainee goes to Cambodia A Cambodian newspaper reports that the Australian government has transferred another refugee from Nauru to Cambodia. The Phnom Penh Post reports the man, who fled war-torn Syria, is the seventh refugee from Nauru to take up Australia's offer to relocate to Cambodia. Of those seven just three remain in the country, with the other four, a man from Myanmar and three Iraqis - returning to their home countries   Read More ...
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Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal
Australia transfers seventh refugee from Nauru to Cambodia under $55m deal Bangkok: A Syrian man has arrived in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in a fillip to the Turnbull Government's troubled $55 million agreement to resettle refugees held in Nauru. Australian authorities secretly transferred the man weeks ago, bringing to just seven the number of refugees on Nauru who have agreed to make the journey to one of Asia's poorest nations. Only three remain in Cambodia   Read More ...
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Manus asylum seekers could go to Nauru
Manus asylum seekers could go to Nauru Asylum seekers held on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island could be transferred to Australia's other detention centre on Nauru. The newspaper The Australian reported that Nauru's Justice Minister David Adeang offered to take Manus asylum seekers who refuse to be repatriated. About 200 asylum seekers on Manus have until the end of August to apply for repatriation before the centre is closed in October   Read More ...
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ADB quiet on Nauru after US pulls financial support
ADB quiet on Nauru after US pulls financial support The Asian Development Bank has given no indication as to whether its assistance to Nauru will be affected by an act signed by the US president Donald Trump. Nauru was no longer eligible for financial support from the US government because it recognises two Georgian break-away regions as independent countries. The act signed by Mr Trump declares that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Russian-occupied territories belonging to Georgia   Read More ...
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Dengue hits Australia's camp in Nauru
Dengue hits Australia's camp in Nauru A dengue fever outbreak in Nauru has now hit about 10 per cent of asylum seekers at the Australian-run regional processing centre. Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed 41 people living at the facility had contracted the mosquito-borne viral disease by the end of March. There are 373 refugees or asylum seekers living at the centre. Authorities have declined to say how the infection rate changed in April   Read More ...
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