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Israel turns back dozens of African migrants: HRW
Israel turns back dozens of African migrants: HRW

Israel has turned back dozens of African asylum-seekers, mostly Eritreans, trying enter the country from Egypt, Human Rights Watch and two other NGOs said on Sunday.

Israel turns back dozens of African migrants: HRW
Australia defends refugee policy after boat surge
Australia defends refugee policy after boat surge

Canberra insisted on Monday that a new deterrent policy of locking up refugees on remote Pacific islands was working despite a weekend surge in arrivals and self-harm attempts among detainees.

Australia defends refugee policy after boat surge
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Mexicans ask Canada to let them stay

Around 60 Mexicans marched on Canada's parliament on Tuesday to request amnesty for thousands of failed asylum seekers whose lives they say would be at risk if they are deported to Mexico.

Mexicans ask Canada to let them stay
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Ecuador says ready to shelter Assange for years

Ecuador said Wednesday it is prepared to shelter Julian Assange inside its London embassy for years if necessary as it negotiates the WikiLeaks founder's fate with Britain and Sweden.

Ecuador says ready to shelter Assange for years
British minister predicts long showdown over Assange
British minister predicts long showdown over Assange

Britain and Ecuador face a prolonged showdown over the asylum bid by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the South American nation's London embassy.

British minister predicts long showdown over Assange
Asylum-seekers. ©REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Asylum-seekers to live in tents in Nauru: Australia

Asylum-seekers sent to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru will be forced initially to live in tents, Australia's Immigration Minister Chris Bowen confirmed Tuesday.

Asylum-seekers to live in tents in Nauru: Australia
Australia plans to move boatpeople this week
Australia plans to move boatpeople this week

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen on Monday said he hoped to begin sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru later this week.

Australia plans to move boatpeople this week
Ecuador renews call for safe passage for Assange
Ecuador renews call for safe passage for Assange

Ecuador repeated demands Thursday that Britain grant safe passage to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in Quito's London embassy in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Ecuador renews call for safe passage for Assange
Britain urges fresh talks with Ecuador over Assange
Britain urges fresh talks with Ecuador over Assange

Britain wants to resume talks with Ecuador and find a diplomatic solution to the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as soon as possible.

Britain urges fresh talks with Ecuador over Assange
Afghans among 54 rescued from asylum boat
Afghans among 54 rescued from asylum boat

Afghans were among the 54 survivors from an asylum-seeker boat that disappeared two days ago off the Indonesian coast, but hopes of finding about 100 more missing were fading fast on Friday.

Afghans among 54 rescued from asylum boat
Asylum seekers sit on a fisherman's boat. ©REUTERS
1,000 boatpeople arrive in Australia since Pacific policy

Australia said Tuesday its tough new policy to deter asylum-seekers by shipping them to small Pacific islands would take time to work, after the arrival of more than 1,000 boatpeople since it was adopted.

1,000 boatpeople arrive in Australia since Pacific policy
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Australia passes law to send boatpeople offshore

Australia's parliament has passed a law allowing it to transfer asylum-seekers arriving by boat to other countries, despite objections that refugees could be held indefinitely in remote camps.

Australia passes law to send boatpeople offshore
Ecuador grants Assange asylum in confrontation with Britain
Ecuador grants Assange asylum in confrontation with Britain

Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, setting up a diplomatic confrontation with Britain, which angrily insisted it would extradite him to Sweden.

Ecuador grants Assange asylum in confrontation with Britain
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Asylum-seekers 'force' Singapore ship to Australia

A boatload of asylum-seekers picked up by a Singaporean merchant vessel after a distress call were Thursday accused of acting like pirates after forcing the captain to take them to Australia.

Asylum-seekers 'force' Singapore ship to Australia
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No decision yet on Assange asylum, Ecuador says

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on Tuesday denied a British media report that his country had granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

No decision yet on Assange asylum, Ecuador says
Australia boatpeople plan wins crucial support
Australia boatpeople plan wins crucial support

Plans to transfer asylum-seekers who arrive in Australia by boat to Pacific states won crucial support Tuesday, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard saying they could be processed offshore within a month.

Australia boatpeople plan wins crucial support
Ecuador to respond to Assange asylum plea this week
Ecuador to respond to Assange asylum plea this week

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said he expects to respond to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's application for political asylum some time this week.

Ecuador to respond to Assange asylum plea this week
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Panel urges Australia to send boatpeople offshore

Australia should transfer asylum-seekers offshore to places such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea to deter boatpeople from risking their lives at sea.

Panel urges Australia to send boatpeople offshore
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Australia rescues more than 200 from asylum boat

Australia rescued more than 200 asylum-seekers from a boat off Indonesia, officials said Friday, amid reports navy ships are literally cracking under the strain of responding to a flood of boatpeople.

Australia rescues more than 200 from asylum boat
People-smugglers 'using' Australian navy
People-smugglers 'using' Australian navy

People-smugglers have begun using the Australian navy as a collection service with asylum-seeker boats issuing distress calls even when they are not in trouble.

People-smugglers 'using' Australian navy