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NASA discovers Christmas island

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, NASA's Aqua satellite has spotted it in the southern Indian Ocean.

Children suffering in Australian asylum-seeker camp

Australia`s human rights commissioner on Thursday said conditions at an asylum-seeker camp on Christmas Island have "significantly deteriorated" with children plagued by despair and suffering symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Australian activists say asylum-seeker boat in trouble

Refugee campaigners said Saturday that a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers was in trouble off a remote Australian island, but the government said there were no significant incidents at sea to report.

Christmas Island shipwreck: Families of victims sue Australia

The Australian government has been sued by the relatives of asylum seekers which were killed in a shipwreck off Christmas Island in 2010.

Australian Navy blew up asylum boat: Indonesia Police

Asylum-seekers, who washed ashore in Indonesia, have claimed the Australian Navy blew up their vessel after forcing the would-be refugees into a lifeboat and turning them back to Java, police said.

Australia ends asylum boat stand-off with Indonesia

Australia said on Saturday it will take a boatload of asylum-seekers at the centre of a high-seas stand-off with Indonesia to its Indian Ocean outpost of Christmas Island.

Boat sinks off Australia, five feared dead, 106 rescued

Five people are feared dead and over 100 asylum seekers were rescued on Tuesday by Australian authorities from their boat which capsized off Christmas Island.

Asylum seekers` boat sinks off Australia, 13 die

At least 13 people were dead after an asylum seekers` boat sank near Christmas Island off Western Australia, Australian Home Affair Minister Jason Clare said Sunday.

2 dead after asylum-seeker boat capsizes off Oz

An asylum-seeker boat carrying at least 95 people on Monday capsized off near Christmas Island leaving two people dead and two critically injured.

Australia intercepts boat carrying 65

Australian authorities have intercepted another boat carrying 65 suspected asylum seekers off the West Australian coast.

Boat of asylum seekers intercepted off Australia

Australia is struggling to deal with a steady influx of asylum-seekers, many of whom use Indonesia as a transit hub.

Australian senators reject laws on asylum seekers

Boat arrivals are currently sent to Christmas Island to have their asylum claims assessed.

Boat capsizes off Christmas Island, 120 rescued

Over 120 people were rescued when a ship carrying around 150 people capsized north of Christmas Island in the waters between Australia and Indonesia.

Asylum boat tragedy: Hope dims for 90 missing

The Indonesian fishing boat was carrying around 200 males seeking asylum in Australia.

`Asylum boats cannot breach Sri Lanka border`

Australian authorities earlier claimed that a boat with some 200 asylum seekers had originated from Sri Lanka.

Australia revises survivors of capsized boat down

An Australian minister said the official number of survivors from the capsized asylum seeker boat has been revised down to 109.

Search on as 100 still missing from capsized boat

Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, is closer to Indonesia than to the Australian mainland.

Asylum seeker boat capsizes off Australia; 90 missing

A boat carrying around 200 asylum seekers has overturned about 120 nautical miles north of Christmas Island.

Australia intercepts two asylum seeker boats

The suspected asylum seekers are being transferred to the Christmas Island for security and health checks.

Australia police calm unrest at immigration centre

Australia`s troubled Christmas Island detention centre has been hit by more unrest.