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Australian university urged to sever ties with Sarawak’s elite

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 10:52AM UTC More than 90 percent ancient rainforests has been destroyed in Sarawak.  (Photo: Matthias Klum National Geographic Creative)

A top conservation group based in Tasmania is urging the University of Adelaide to dissociate itself from the ruling elite of Sarawak after a book exposed the corruption behind the destruction of tropical rainforests of Sarawak in the province of Borneo, Malaysia.

Australian PM: Turning away asylum seekers’ boats a success

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 1:51PM UTC Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Pic: AP.

Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, the policy of turning back the boats carrying asylum seekers has proven to be effective against people smuggling, at least from the point of view of Australia’s right-wing Coalition Government.

Australia detains Malaysian killer but won’t allow extradition

By Wed, Jan 21, 2015 3:28PM UTC Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A high-profile Malaysian fugitive detained in Australia has created a diplomatic problem for the Australian government which cannot by law extradite someone who could face capital punishment.

Australian PM asks Indonesia to spare death row inmates

By Tue, Jan 20, 2015 9:38AM UTC Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says he still holds out hope that Indonesia will not execute two Australian drug traffickers on death row, saying mercy must play a part in the Indonesian justice system.

Indonesia executes 5 foreigners for drug offences

By Sun, Jan 18, 2015 11:50AM UTC Ambulances carrying the body of drug convicts Dutch national Ang Kiem Soe, front, and Brazilian national Marco Moreira leave Nusakambangan island after their executions early Sunday. Pic: AP.

Indonesian officials executed five foreigners and an Indonesian national convicted of drug trafficking on Sunday, after recently elected President Joko Widodo rejected calls for clemency. The foreigners included a Brazilian man, a Vietnamese woman, and three others from the Netherlands, Malawi, and Nigeria.

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