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Australia`s treatment of child asylum-seekers`abuse`: Churches

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 13:32

The Australian government on Wednesday rejected a report from church leaders describing its treatment of child asylum-seekers as "state-sanctioned abuse", saying such claims were "offensive".

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 04:31

A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said on Monday, after having been held at sea by authorities for almost a month.

Asylum-seekers kept at sea by Australia to seek compensation

Last Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014, 16:04

A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said Monday.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

Last Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:11

A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month, sparking a legal challenge against their detention, have arrived at a detention camp on mainland Australia, government officials said on Monday.

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland: Govt source

Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:40

Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, a government source told a news agency.

Italian rescuers find 18 bodies on migrant boat: Report

Last Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 14:48

Italian rescuers on Saturday found 18 bodies on a boat with 600 asylum-seekers and suspect they were killed by fumes from the engine in the hold, the ANSA news agency reported.

Ghanaians ask for Brazil asylum, Accra says baseless

Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 01:21

Some 200 Ghanaians in Brazil for the World Cup have applied to stay permanently citing religious violence back home, police confirmed Friday, as Accra dismissed the bid as baseless.

Edward Snowden`s asylum could be extended in a week: Russia

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 18:47

Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could have his request to extend his asylum in Russia agreed within a week, a senior migration service representative said.

Sri Lanka to continue curbing illegal migration to Australia: Navy Chief

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 17:32

Sri Lanka is determined to curb illegal migration to Australia, Navy Chief Jayantha Perera said.

Australia denies "offensive" accusations Sri Lanka asylum seekers ill-treated

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 19:27

Australia on Wednesday rejected accusations of mistreatment by Sri Lankan asylum seekers returned to the island nation, saying the move sent a strong message to those thinking of following in their footsteps.

Australian PM says won`t bow to `moral blackmail` over asylum seekers

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 15:44

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday vowed not to bow to "moral blackmail" following reports of suicide bids by female asylum seekers at a detention centre on Christmas Island. 

Australia admits Sri Lankan asylum-seekers in custody

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 17:10

Australian government lawyers Tuesday said 153 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers were in custody on the high seas and agreed to give three days` notice before handing any back to Colombo, as criticism mounted.