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Indonesia releases 2 Papuan political prisoners

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 6:25PM UTC

Indonesian authorities have released two political prisoners jailed for pushing for independence in the vast archipelago’s easternmost province of Papua. Yusak Pakage and Chosmos Yual were freed Wednesday from Doyo Baru prison in Jayapura, Papua’s provincial capital, said Nazarudin Bunas, head of the local Law and Human Rights Ministry. Human

North Koreans pay respect to late founder

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 5:47PM UTC

Streams of North Koreans paid respects Thursday to the late founder of their country on the 16th anniversary of his death amid tension over the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang. Ordinary citizens, uniformed soldiers and children offered bouquets of flowers and bowed deeply in front of

Gillard already on the back foot

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 5:46PM UTC

Prime Minister Gillard denies naming East Timor as “her preferred place for a regional processing centre for asylum seekers”. Okay, Julia’s had her shot at leadership; next.

Australian Left ‘genuinely’ wants to debate misguided, right-wing, xenophobic racists

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 5:34PM UTC Australian Left ‘genuinely’ wants to debate misguided, right-wing, xenophobic racists

Gavin Atkins has already skewered former Crikey blogger Scott Bridges’ let’s-have-a-debate article at The Drum – ABC News’s “analysis” appendage – but there’s plenty more to be said. Bridges’ The Drum article isn’t about encouraging debate at all, rather it aims to smear all who aren’t pro-asylum seekers. Thus he

Senior Afghan police official assassinated

By Thu, Jul 08, 2010 5:19PM UTC

A senior Afghan police intelligence chief was assassinated and his bodyguard killed near the capital, an official said Thursday, the latest government figure to be targeted as violence spirals in the country. Elsewhere, the international security force said it had captured a suspected Taliban-linked supplier of bomb-making materials overnight in

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