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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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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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Nauru President: Australia's Refugee Policy ‘Working Well’

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Nauru President: Australia's Refugee Policy ‘Working Well’

- SYDNEY — Nauru's president said Thursday that Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his Pacific island nation was “working well,” as he met with the Australian prime minister amid questions over the fate of hundreds of refugees languishing at Nauru's Australian-run detention camp. The meeting in Sydney between President Baron Waqa and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull follows fresh scrutiny of Australia's asylum-seeker policy sparked by a resettlement deal between Australia and the U

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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 officials stop vetting Nauru refugees for resettlement

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US officials stop vetting Nauru refugees for resettlement

- CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. officials stopped screening refugees held on Nauru for potential resettlement in the United States this week but will return to the Pacific atoll to continue working toward a deal that President Donald Trump has condemned as “dumb,” an Australian minister said Thursday. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would not say when U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials would return to Nauru to conduct what Trump describes

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U.S. Officials Have Stopped Vetting Refugees Under a Deal With Australia Scorned by Trump as 'Dumb'

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U.S. Officials Have Stopped Vetting Refugees Under a Deal With Australia Scorned by Trump as 'Dumb'

- (CANBERRA)—U.S. officials stopped screening refugees for potential resettlement in the United States this week but will return to the Pacific atoll of Nauru to continue working toward a deal that President Donald Trump has condemned as "dumb," an Australian minister said Thursday. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would not say when U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials would return to Nauru to conduct what Trump describes as "extreme vetting."

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Australia: US Stops Screening Refugees on Nauru, Will Return

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Australia: US Stops Screening Refugees on Nauru, Will Return

- CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — U.S. officials have stopped screening refugees for potential resettlement in the United States but will return to the Pacific atoll of Nauru to continue working toward a deal that President Donald Trump has condemned as “dumb,” an Australian minister said Thursday. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would not say when U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials would return to Nauru to conduct what Trump describes as “extreme vetting.”

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Call for Australia to act over ill pregnant woman on Nauru

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Call for Australia to act over ill pregnant woman on Nauru

- The Refugee Action Coalition is pleading for a woman in the 37th week of her pregnancy to be flown from Nauru to Australia for the birth. The Guardian reports the Kuwaiti refugee has previously had a miscarriage on Nauru, she has what is thought to be a benign tumour on the wall of her uterus and is also reported to have pre-eclampsia. Officials at the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru

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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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Fears Nauru protestors' lawyers could be deported
Fears Nauru protestors' lawyers could be deported There are fears in Nauru that the Australian lawyers brought in to help 18 people facing charges over an anti-government protest two years ago could be deported. The justice minister, David Adeang, made comments in Parliament on Thursday, accusing the lawyers of condescending behaviour and being disrespectful in court. One of the accused men, Mathew Batsiua, who is a former cabinet minister and a former secretary of justice, said Mr Adeang then made veiled threats directed at the five Australian lawyers   Read More ...
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Dengue fever outbreak in Nauru hits 10 per cent of asylum seekers
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   Read More ...
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Former Nauru MPs charged over protest fight to halt controversial trial
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   Read More ...
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Former Nauru MPs seek to subpoena Adeang
Former Nauru MPs seek to subpoena Adeang The trial of former Nauru MPs, charged nearly two years ago over an anti-government protest is set to start today. But first the former MPs are asking the court to enforce subpoenas of the Justice Minister, David Adeang, the secretary of justice and three people in the Nauru media. One of the accused former politicians, a former president of Nauru, Sprent Dabwido, said the group they were trying to subpoena was claiming immunity on the grounds of national security   Read More ...
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Guards transferred from Nauru incited Manus riot - refugee
Guards transferred from Nauru incited Manus riot - refugee A refugee detained in Papua New Guinea says guards transferred to Manus Island from Australia's other detention centre on Nauru incited this week's riot. About 60 asylum seekers and guards came to blows after an argument over food quality. It was the second time a fight had broken out over food in the centre in as many months. The refugee from Iran, Amir Taghinia, said the new guards had little sympathy for the asylum seekers who were facing repatriation after four years in detention   Read More ...
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Nauru protestors seek funding to pay for lawyers
Nauru protestors seek funding to pay for lawyers A group of Nauruans facing criminal charges over a political protest nearly two years ago is seeking international help to pay for overseas legal representation. The protest was in response to the then year long suspension from parliament of five MPs, including a former president, Sprent Dabwido. The group, in a statement, said proper legal representation from outside of Nauru was necessary because there were no qualified lawyers on the island able to provide the representation they need   Read More ...
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Nauru has ‘best practice’ in the world for asylum seekers – president
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   Read More ...
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Nauru President: Australia's Refugee Policy ‘Working Well’
Nauru President: Australia's Refugee Policy ‘Working Well’ SYDNEY — Nauru's president said Thursday that Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his Pacific island nation was “working well,” as he met with the Australian prime minister amid questions over the fate of hundreds of refugees languishing at Nauru's Australian-run detention camp. The meeting in Sydney between President Baron Waqa and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull follows fresh scrutiny of Australia's asylum-seeker policy sparked by a resettlement deal between Australia and the U   Read More ...
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Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well'
Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well' SYDNEY (AP) — Nauru's president says Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his impoverished Pacific island nation is "working well." President Baron Waqa met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Thursday amid questions over the fate of hundreds of refugees languishing at Nauru's Australian-run detention camp. Australia refuses to settle any asylum seekers who try to arrive by boat   Read More ...
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Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well'
Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well' SYDNEY (AP) — Nauru's president says Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his impoverished Pacific island nation is "working well." President Baron Waqa met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Thursday amid questions over the fate of hundreds of refugees languishing at Nauru's Australian-run detention camp. Australia refuses to settle any asylum seekers who try to arrive by boat   Read More ...
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Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well'
Nauru president: Australia's refugee policy 'working well' SYDNEY (AP) — Nauru's president says Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his impoverished Pacific island nation is "working well." President Baron Waqa met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Thursday amid questions over the fate of hundreds of refugees languishing at Nauru's Australian-run detention camp. Australia refuses to settle any asylum seekers who try to arrive by boat   Read More ...
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Fire, flood drama on 46th floor of Nauru House in CBD
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   Read More ...
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Amnesty says companies complicit in Nauru abuse
Amnesty says companies complicit in Nauru abuse Amnesty International is warning companies servicing the Australian-run refugee detention centre on Nauru that they are complicit in human rights abuse. The international agency in a new report, 'Treasure I$land' says the main contractor on the island, the Spanish multi-national Ferrovial, through its subsidiary, Broadspectrum, has made millions, perhaps billions of dollars, out of running the camps. Amnesty, which for years has detailed the abuse suffered by people who had been seeking refugee status in Australia, said the profits made by Broadspectrum were much higher than their other business operations   Read More ...
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Vanuatu nurses off to Nauru
Vanuatu nurses off to Nauru Eight ni-Vanuatu nurses have gone to Nauru to work. The Daily Post reported that the nurses included some who are retired, others on holiday and graduates from Anne's Christian Community Health School. Their recruitment came after a call from Nauru's Ministry of Health last year for Pacific Island nurses to help it deliver good quality nursing care to the people of Nauru   Read More ...
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Two Australians detained on Nauru face deportation
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   Read More ...
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US officials begin fingerprinting refugee families on Nauru
US officials begin fingerprinting refugee families on Nauru Asylum seekers say U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States. Department of Homeland Security officers are taking biometric details from refugees on Nauru, including fingerprints, heights and weights, according to a document circulated among asylum seekers and provided to AP on Monday by Mehdi, a refugee on the island nation who for security reasons did not want his family name published   Read More ...
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U.S. officials begin fingerprinting refugee families on Nauru
U.S. officials begin fingerprinting refugee families on Nauru CANBERRA, Australia - U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States, asylum seekers said Monday. Department of Homeland Security officers are taking biometric details from refugees on Nauru, including fingerprints, heights and weights, according to a document circulated among asylum seekers and provided to AP by Mehdi, a refugee on the island nation who for security reasons did not want his family name published   Read More ...
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US Officials Begin Fingerprinting Refugee Families on Nauru
US Officials Begin Fingerprinting Refugee Families on Nauru CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States, asylum-seekers said Monday. Department of Homeland Security officers are taking biometric details from refugees on Nauru, including fingerprints, heights and weights, according to a document circulated among asylum-seekers and provided to AP by Mehdi, a refugee on the island nation who for security reasons did not want his family name published   Read More ...
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US officials begin fingerprinting refugee families on Nauru
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States, asylum seekers said Monday. Department of Homeland Security officers are taking biometric details from refugees on Nauru, including fingerprints, heights and weights, according to a document circulated among asylum seekers and provided to AP by Mehdi, a refugee on the island nation who for security reasons did not want his family name published   Read More ...
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US officials begin fingerprinting refugee families on Nauru
U.S. security officers have begun fingerprinting refugees held on Pacific islands in the final stage of assessing who will find new lives in the United States, asylum seekers said Monday. Department of Homeland Security officers are taking biometric details from refugees on Nauru, including fingerprints, heights and weights, according to a document circulated among asylum seekers and provided to AP by Mehdi, a refugee on the island nation who for security reasons did not want his family name published   Read More ...
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High Court Asked to Limit Detention of Asylum Seekers in Australia for Care
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   Read More ...
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ADB says trust fund vital for Nauru economy
ADB says trust fund vital for Nauru economy The Asian Development Bank says the Nauru Intergenerational Trust Fund will help ensure the country has a sustainable source of financing for the future. ADB economist, Roland Rajah, writing in a new report, said Nauru had experienced an economic boom in recent years due to the Australian asylum seeker processing centre, along with strong revenues from fishing licences. But he said the good times were unlikely to last forever and   Read More ...
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Nauru drive to remove mozzy breeding sites
Nauru drive to remove mozzy breeding sites The Nauru Government has declared a National Cleaning Drive after an outbreak of dengue on the island. Unconfirmed reports say at least 70 residents have been diagnosed with dengue, including a number of asylum seekers. The government is giving all public servants permission to finish work an hour early from today through to 8 March so they can go home and clear rubbish, cut grass and remove containers of stagnant   Read More ...
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Nauru report: Dozens affected by dengue
Nauru report: Dozens affected by dengue While no official figures have been released by the Nauru government on the extent of a dengue outbreak there are reports at least 70 people have been infected. On Monday, Nauru issued a plea for residents to keep their compounds clean and to remove containers holding stagnant water in order to reduce breeding sites for mosquitoes. The Guardian said Nauru and Australian immigration officials had called a crisis meeting amid   Read More ...
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Transfer of Nauru and Manus refugees could begin in months
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   Read More ...
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Most agree, keeping refugees on Manus and Nauru is cruel: pollster
Most agree, keeping refugees on Manus and Nauru is cruel: pollster Australians overwhelmingly believe keeping asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru indefinitely is cruel, but are evenly split on whether they should be resettled in Australia, a survey has found. The poll by Roy Morgan Research shows attitudes towards those held on remote foreign islands are heavily based on age, gender, geography and political affiliation, with young progressive voters strongly supporting resettlement in Australia. The chief executive officer of Roy   Read More ...
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Nauru, Manus transfers to US to start in 'a couple of months', says Peter Dutton
Nauru, Manus transfers to US to start in 'a couple of months', says Peter Dutton Immigration Minister Peter Dutton expects refugees at Australia's offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru to be resettled in the United States within "a couple of months", but concedes the US may take less than the 1250 it indicated. The arrangement with the US to accept refugees who tried to reach Australia by boat - a deal struck under the Obama administration - has been subject to a great   Read More ...
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Most agree, keeping refugees on Manus and Nauru is cruel: pollster
Most agree, keeping refugees on Manus and Nauru is cruel: pollster Australians overwhelmingly believe keeping asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru indefinitely is cruel, but are evenly split on whether they should be resettled in Australia, a survey has found. The poll by Roy Morgan Research shows attitudes towards those held on remote foreign islands are heavily based on age, gender, geography and political affiliation, with young progressive voters strongly supporting resettlement in Australia. The chief executive officer of Roy   Read More ...
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Q&A: George Brandis defends Manus, Nauru refugee deal with United States
Q&A: George Brandis defends Manus, Nauru refugee deal with United States Attorney-General George Brandis has defended Australia's refugee deal with the United States, maintaining it wasn't on the verge of collapse despite Malcolm Turnbull's prickly phone call with Donald Trump in late January. On the ABC's Q&A on Monday night, the Liberal senator was quizzed on refugees as well as politicians' expenses, the Family Court, and the Centrelink debt notice scandal. One questioner said the deal "nearly fell apart" after Mr   Read More ...
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Japan gives Nauru tugboats and equipment
Japan gives Nauru tugboats and equipment The Japanese government is giving two new tugboats and aquaculture equipment to Nauru. The aid is worth more than $US2.6 million. The government said the new tugboats would help improve safety and cargo handling capabilities in a country with no natural harbour. The aquaculture equipment will be used to improve research into Nauru's coastal fish species to ensure sustainable management. Japan also said it will provide US$49,000 to improve waste   Read More ...
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NZ should offer to take Manus and Nauru refugees - Greens
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   Read More ...
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Nauru requests incidents at Australian centre be censored
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   Read More ...
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Nauru request's incidents at Australian centre be censored
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   Read More ...
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