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Australia offers asylum-seekers $10,000 to return home

Australia is offering asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to $10,000 (US$9,400) if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners. Fairfax Media reported that those returning to Lebanon from detention centres on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and the tiny…

Asylum-seekers’ families sue Australia over fatal 2010 shipwreck

Asylum-seekers sue Australia over boat tragedy (via AFP) Families of asylum-seekers killed in a shipwreck off Australia’s Christmas Island in 2010 are suing the government, arguing it breached its duty of care in a move Canberra Tuesday blasted as “shameful”. Fifty people died when a rickety fishing boat…   [Image…

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Australia on Thursday said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef would avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed pollutants entering the water had been significantly reduced. UNESCO had warned that without action on water quality……

General Motors orders 30th recall of 2014 after ‘safety issue’ with seatbelts discovered

GM Holden recalls nearly 46,000 vehicles in Australia, NZ (via AFP) A General Motors subsidiary said Monday it would recall nearly 46,000 cars in Australia and New Zealand. GM Holden ordered the recall — of about 41,933 VF Commodore and WN Caprice in Australia and 3,744 in New Zealand —…

17 million year-old sperm — the world’s oldest — found in Australia

The world's oldest and best-preserved sperm, dating back 17 million years, has been unearthed in Australia, scientists said Wednesday. The sperm from an ancient species of tiny shrimp was discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site, an……

China sends ships after satellite spots possible Malaysian Flight MH370 debris

Perth (Australia) (AFP) – China released Saturday a new satellite image of a large floating object possibly linked to missing Malaysian Flight MH370, boosting search efforts as anger with the pace of the operation boiled over among Chinese relatives in Beijing. The grainy photo taken on March 18 released by…

Australia on pace for hotter, longer bushfire season

Australia will suffer more days of extreme heat and a longer bushfire season as greenhouse gases force temperatures to continue rising, a new report warned Tuesday. The joint study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures across Australia were, on average, almost…

Australia plans to use drones to patrol borders: report

Australia plans to buy seven giant unmanned drones for Aus$3 billion (US$2.7 billion), potentially to help patrol its borders, a report said on Saturday. The unmanned aircraft, with the wingspan of a 737 passenger jet, would primarily be used by the……

Australia seizes $162 million in meth hidden in Chinese kayaks

Authorities in Australia have seized Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China and arrested four Taiwanese nationals, police said Wednesday. The 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney’s container port.…

Aussies ban Olympic team from traveling into Sochi city center

Australian competitors at the Winter Olympics face travel restrictions in and around Sochi, it was revealed on Sunday by team chiefs wary of the tense security situation in Russia. Australia is sending a record 60 athletes to the Games, which run from……

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