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Malaysian airline shot down in Ukraine

The Ukrainian conflict has left 298 international civilian victims in one tragic instant with the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner close to the border with Russia. Now the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada and New Zealand are mourning innocent victims of the Ukrainian crisis.

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Military spending falls in the West, rises everywhere else

World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 per cent in real terms since 2012. The fall comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions. In fact, military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8 per cent, according to SIPRI.

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UNHCR against Australia's policy of pushing back boats with asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed that it is seeking details from Australian authorities about recent media reports of the navy forcing boats, presumed to be carrying asylum-seekers on their way to Australia, back to Indonesian territorial waters, as well as reports of plans to buy and provide vessels for future “push-backs.”

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Tony Abbott defeats Kevin Rudd in Australia

Liberal Tony Abbott will be the new Australia’s Prime Minister after wining todays elections defeating Labors’ leader Kevin Rudd.

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Australia detention of 46 refugees "cruel and degrading" UN rights experts find

Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases.

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Link: UN condemns Australia asylum deal with PNG

UN condemns Australia asylum deal with PNG – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English. Summary: The UN refugee agency has said it is troubled by Australia’s  agreement with Papua New Guinea (PNG), which would become the primary processing and resettlement country for asylum-seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a written statement issued […]

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Turn back the boats?

Tony Abbott, the leader of the Australian opposition Liberal-National coalition, defended the “turn back the boats” plan against illegal immigration criticized by the new prime Kevin Rudd in his first press conference. The plan proposed is resurrect the former Howard government’s policy of instructing the navy to tow boats carrying asylum seekers back to Indonesia. But […]

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Kevin Rudd Australian Prime Minister again and China Watching

Kevin Rudd, who was forced out as Australia’s prime minister in 2010 by Julia Gillard is prime minister again after doing the same to his opponent, taking the control of the Labor Party and forcing her out of the government. He was sworn in Thursday morning in Camberra and now has to face parliamentary elections […]

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India is world’s biggest importer of arms: IHS Jane’s

LONDON: Defence budgets in the Asia Pacific region will overtake the United States and Canada by 2021, according to a study by respected analysts IHS Jane’s published on Tuesday.  

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Australian prime minister wants failed asylum seekers to go back to their homeland

The Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard says failed asylum seekers should return to their homeland, and shouldn’t expect financial support from the government if they want to stay to seek a judicial review of their situation. The problem is that this asylum seekers doesn’t have where to go. That’s why they are seeking the asylum. But the prime minister said that […]

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