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Asylum seekers in Australia sew lips together

By Sat, Nov 20, 2010 9:01AM UTC

Ten asylum seekers at an Australian detention center have sewn their lips together to protest the lengthy refugee application process. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen called the incident “distressing” but warned that protests would not change the refugee process. Bowen told reporters Friday that “if you are a genuine refugee you’ll

Indian pol tries win vote on his record, not caste

By Sat, Nov 20, 2010 6:48AM UTC

Over the past five years, Nitish Kumar built roads, fought crime and helped rescue the state of Bihar from the near-anarchy that had condemned most of its 83 million people to a life of fear and poverty. Now, he is fighting for his political life. Kumar’s fate in the election

Thai demonstrators mark crackdown anniversary

By Sat, Nov 20, 2010 6:39AM UTC

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets Friday, peacefully marking the six-month anniversary of the military’s crackdown of their protest that dragged the Thai capital into chaos. The so-called Red Shirts massed at the same intersection — briefly blocking traffic there — where they made their final stand in

Greens candidate calls for sacking of Immigration Minister

By Sat, Nov 20, 2010 6:34AM UTC

Recent Greens candidate and www.asiancorrespondent blogger, Andrew Bartlett has called for the Minister for Immigration to be sacked following suicides and incidents of lip sewing in our detention centres. As Bartlett told the ABC: There’s no doubt that [the] Minister… should go, I mean it’s just… solely in terms of detention

Quote of the day

By Sat, Nov 20, 2010 12:46AM UTC

From the great Imran Khan — revolutionary, leader, visionary, Taliban-supporter and evolution denier (he once called the theory of evolution “half baked”) — we get this gem: We will sweep the next election. Mark my words right now. Consider them marked, buddy.