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Sri Lankan asylum seekers fly to Australia

By Mon, Jul 28, 2014 6:53PM UTC Sri Lankan national flag. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that languished on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks have been temporarily brought to a detention center on Australia’s mainland where their identities will be determined by Indian officials. They were aboard an Indian-flagged ship when they

Malaysia PM Najib Razak to travel to the Netherlands

By Sun, Jul 27, 2014 4:41PM UTC Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be taken to Australia

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:39PM UTC Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be taken to Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s immigration minister says Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be brought to the mainland. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement Friday comes amid a court challenge and outrage from human rights groups. Two boats of

Should Asia-Pacific countries ban the plastic bag?

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 6:00AM UTC A boy brushes his teeth standing next to a polluted canal littered with plastic bags and other garbage, on World Environment Day in Mumbai, India last month. Pic: AP.

The port city of Freemantle in Western Australia has just banned single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags. It is the first city in Australia to do so. Shop owners failing to follow the law risk a single fine of $150, climbing to $2,500 for serial offenders.

Australia readies 50 police to send to Ukraine for MH17 investigation

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 5:43PM UTC Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Saturday. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team.

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