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Australian lawyer wrong about the high cost of ‘treating asylum seekers badly’

By Wed, May 19, 2010 5:05PM UTC

An Australian legal eagle – you know, rigorously trained to assiduously check facts before making an argument – confidently asserts that Australia in 2009 spent AU$12.5 million (US$10.5 million) deporting “asylum seekers”. Had our highly trained university graduate read to the end of the article he links to he would

Bangkok burns after Thai protest leaders arrested

By Wed, May 19, 2010 4:54PM UTC

Downtown Bangkok turned into a flaming battleground Wednesday as an army assault toppled the Red Shirt protest leadership, enraging followers who fired grenades and set numerous fires that cloaked the skyline in a black haze. Using live ammunition, troops dispersed thousands of anti-government protesters who had been camped in the

China rights lawyer forced off legal panel

By Wed, May 19, 2010 4:45PM UTC

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer said Wednesday he was forced off a legal panel on criminal justice at one of the country’s top universities. Attorney Mo Shaoping said he had been invited by Tsinghua’s Law School earlier this month to speak at the seminar scheduled for Wednesday. However, on

Thai army says it has full control of Bangkok

By Wed, May 19, 2010 4:10PM UTC

The Thai army has declared an end to the operation against anti-government protesters and says that troops are now in control. Despite the army claim, violence continued as Red Shirt protesters set fires in several parts of downtown Bangkok. Army spokesman Col. Sansern Kawekamnerd told a Wednesday news conference that

SKorea’s top diplomat: ‘Obvious’ NKorea sank ship

By Wed, May 19, 2010 3:33PM UTC

South Korea’s foreign minister said Wednesday it was “obvious” that North Korea fired a torpedo that sank one of the South’s warships in March, killing 46 sailors. Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan told reporters that investigators have enough evidence of North Korean involvement in the sinking of the Cheonan to warrant

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