Judge tells Australian govt to prepare for case against harsh asylum policy

A senior judge questioned whether the Australian government has the authority to detain asylum seekers on the high seas and send them to another country after scores of Sri Lankans were kept at sea and then moved to a remote island.

Australia sends asylum-seekers to Nauru, as India offer refused

Some 157 asylum-seekers who were detained at sea for weeks by Australia have been sent to the Pacific island of Nauru after rejecting a return to India, officials said Saturday.

Nauru agrees to settle refugees for Australia

The tiny country of Nauru on Saturday became the second Pacific island nation to agree to settle refugees who attempt to reach Australia by boat, in a deal aimed at deterring asylum seekers that was quickly attacked by critics.

Australia opposition ‘hypocritical’ on Sri Lanka

The opposition has urged government to reach an agreement with Sri Lanka for the immediate return of people intercepted en route to Australia.

Australia hikes annual refugee quota to 20,000

Australia said that it was stepping up its refugee intake to 20,000 from 13,750 annually -- the "biggest" increase in 30 years.

Nauru President resigns amid graft allegation

Stephen, a former Olympic weightlifter who had been in power since December 2007, has been replaced by Freddie