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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


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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


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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


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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


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Two Australians detained on Nauru face deportation

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Two Australians detained on Nauru face deportation


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NZ should offer to take Manus and Nauru refugees - Greens

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Australia offers to move PNG refugees to Nauru
SYDNEY: Refugees held in an Australian camp in Papua New Guinea that is slated to close this month have been offered the option of moving to another detention centre on the island of Nauru. Under Canberra's harsh immigration policy, asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat are barred from entering the country and are instead sent to remote Pacific camps pending eventual resettlement elsewhere   Read More ...
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Manus Island refugees told they can go to Nauru, with centre to close in three weeks
Refugees on Manus Island have been told they can transfer to Nauru, Australia's other offshore processing location, before the detention centre on Manus closes at the end of this month. Signs posted around the centre on Tuesday evening informed refugees they could "apply" to go to Nauru by completing an "expression of interest" form by October 23. The move – which would transform the refugee population on Nauru, which was previously set aside for families – was strongly condemned by refugee advocates, human rights organisations and the Greens, who said it was simply shunting people from one island "prison" to another   Read More ...
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Australia offers Nauru detention to Manus refugees
Refugees held by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have been given the option of possibly moving to a detention centre in Nauru. The offer is for those who have applied for US resettlement, and comes ahead of the Manus camp's planned closure. Australia holds refugees and asylum seekers who arrive by boat on Manus and Nauru - both small Pacific islands   Read More ...
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Manus Island refugees offered transfers to Nauru while US resettlement applications processed
Refugees on Manus Island are being offered transfers to Nauru while they wait to hear whether they will be resettled in the United States. Posters went up around the Manus camp yesterday calling for volunteers to move to Nauru. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the closure of the Manus detention centre at the end of the month meant the Government was trying to offer alternatives for detainees   Read More ...
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Aus govt tells refugees on Manus they can transfer to Nauru
The Human Rights Law Centre in Australia says a notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre on Papua New Guinea has told refugees detained there for the last four years that they can elect to transfer to the Australian Government's other offshore processing facility on Nauru. The centre's legal advocacy director Daniel Webb said the government was bulldozing the Manus detention centre but the men inside had nowhere to go   Read More ...
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UN approves Nauru port upgrade
The United Nations' Green Climate Fund has approved a multimillion dollar upgrade of the Nauru port. At its board meeting in Egypt, the fund approved the US$27 million project to help Nauru counter the effects of climate change. The project involves the Nauru government partnering with the Asian Development Bank to give the port a much-needed upgrade. Nauru's finance minister David Adeang said when the project is complete, ships will be able to move in and out port much more smoothly than they are currently able   Read More ...
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Nauru economy heading into recession - World Bank
The World Bank says Nauru needs to find alternative sources of income as its income from running Australia's asylum seeker detention centre falls. The Australian newspaper reported that the bank's latest review of Asia-Pacific economies predicted Nauru's economy would go into recession over the next financial year. The bank said growth remained "dependent on the very uncertain outlook for the regional processing centre, which in turn is contingent on the extent to which asylum-seekers in Nauru are resettled in other countries"   Read More ...
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Nauru refugees to pay their own fares to US
Refugees who flew from Nauru yesterday to the US for resettlement are reportedly expected to pay for their flights. A group of 27 have been selected for resettlement, along with 25 from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, under Australia's refugee swap deal with the US. The refugees hail from Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Myanmar, and are bound for US states such as Arizona, Texas, California and New York   Read More ...
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Tuvalu buys 5000 tonnes of rock from Nauru
Tuvalu is buying 5000 tonnes of rocks from Nauru as part of a coastal adaptation project to protect the country's newly reclaimed Queen Elizabeth II Park. According to the Nauru government the park is being developed by Tuvalu as part of its preparation towards hosting the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting. It said a landing craft from Vanuatu will come to Nauru to load and transport the boulders to Tuvalu   Read More ...
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Tuvalu and Nauru sign purchase agreement
The two chairs of the next two consecutive Forum leaders’ meetings, Baron Waqa from Nauru and Enele Sosene Sopoaga from Tuvalu signed a purchase agreement to procure five thousand tons of boulders yesterday. This signing signifies the start of the extraction and transportation of the raw materials for the solid revetment for Queen Elizabeth II Park protection. The coastal protection project is a demonstration of developing island countries assisting each other and building resilience against impacts of climate change   Read More ...
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Nauru President assures Pacific media
The Pacific media has been assured that they will be allowed to cover all the meetings of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting next year in Nauru. The promise comes from the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, who is in Apia this week. The President acknowledged the important role of journalists and the impact of their work in educating the public in terms of global warming   Read More ...
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Nauru confident refugees will find homes
Nauru's president Baron Waqa says he's confident refugees housed on the island by Australia will eventually find a nation to take them. United States officials have been assessing refugees on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for a swap deal between US and Australia. The scheme was agreed to last year by President Obama. President Trump has criticised it although says he will allow it   Read More ...
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Refugee on Nauru survives self-immolation attempt
The Nauru government says a refugee detained on the island by Australia has survived a self-immolation attempt with only minor burns. It said quick intervention by security guards at the detention centre extinguished the fire, and the man was able to walk to a medical centre for treatment. It said the incident happened on Thursday night when the man attempted to visit an estranged girlfriend, before dousing himself with flammable liquid and setting it alight   Read More ...
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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 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'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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