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The United Nations is rushing
to inspect Australia’s far-flung
immigration detention centres before
the year is out to form an independent
view of how they are run.
The United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees regional
representative, Richard Towle,
said such a systematic tour was
unprecedented, with most of its focus
so far on Christmas Island, where the
bulk of asylum seekers are held.
‘’We’ll conduct our own visits to these
various places to get a sense for them
ourselves,’’ Mr Towle said.
‘’ The combination of mandatory
detention, coupled with overcrowding,
the suspension of certain cases and
slow processing can create a troubling
set of factors.’’
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen
recently announced a new detention
centre at Cape York to deal... Read More>
UN to examine detention centres
Abbott’s chance to trump the PM overseas
Julia Gillard will be in Brussels
early next week for a summit
involving European and Asian
leaders, but Tony Abbott may
well gazump her by having
his own audience with the
British Prime Minister, David
Mr Abbott, now viewed as a
giant-killer by conservatives
for almost bringing down the
first-term... Read More>
German WWI debts finally paid
WORLD War I finally ends
for Germany on Sunday - 92
years after the guns fell silent
reparations imposed by the
A final payment of €69.9
million ($A98 million), writes off the crippling debt that was the
price for one world war - and laid the foundations for another.
The reparations were set as compensation for the war-ravaged
nations of Belgium and France and to pay the... Read More>
Cash-strapped Brits sell off Aussie outposts
A plan by the cash-strapped British government to offload some
of its Australian properties has set the scene for some major real
estate action in Australia’s richest suburbs in the new year.
Tough times in Britain have prompted the sale of three
Australian properties, including two top-end homes in Toorak
and a mansion in Vaucluse, Sydney. British diplomats will be
expected to live in more modest city apartments, according to
the British Foreign Office.
A spokeswoman for the British Foreign and Commonwealth
Office said the residences would be put on the market next year
and replaced with properties ‘’more fit for purpose’’... Read More>
Australian BASE jumper falls to death
An Australian woman has reportedly fallen to her death in a
BASE-jumping accident in Malaysia after her parachute failed to
open during a training session at a 165 metre-high tower.
The 42-year-old woman was doing a practice jump at the Alor
Setar Tower in northern Malaysia when the accident happened,
the official Bernama news agency said, citing witnesses who said
she fell straight to the ground.
“Although her parachute failed to open, I did not hear her scream
or shout for help,” said 41-year-old Zaidi Zainal Abidin who had
gone to watch the base-jumpers.
Bernama said that the woman’s body was taken... Read More>
Ban on liquids set to be lifted
The international ban on liquids and gels on planes that
leads to confusion and frustration for passengers is set to
be lifted within 18 months as airports worldwide install
sophisticated scanning machines.
General Raymond Benjamin, the secretary-general of the
International Civil Aviation Organisation, said the ban
would be lifted by 2012 and the new... Read More>
Billionaire gets 15 years for killing popstar
An Egyptian court has sentenced a billionaire accused of
killing his popstar lover to 15 years after an earlier trial
sentenced him to death, the state news agency reported.
The judge said Hisham Talaat Moustafa, a prominent
member of the ruling party, was convicted of inciting the
murder of 30-year-old Suzanne Tamim, a Lebanese singer,
and sentenced to 15 years in prison... Read More>
Iranian blogger jailed for 19 years
An Iranian news website says a court has sentenced a well-
known Canadian-Iranian blogger to more than 19 years in
The conservative website, Mashreghnews.ir, which is close
to Iran’s presidential office, says Hossein Derakhshan was
convicted on charges of cooperation with hostile countries,
spreading propaganda against the... Read More>
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