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45 Rescued, 105 Missing After Asylum Boat Sinks Off Indonesia

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers working off the coast of Indonesia have pulled 45 people to safety after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank. Australia’s maritime safety agency says three of the survivors rescued Thursday have serious injuries, but are in stable condition. An Australian Navy patrol boat is working with several merchant vessels to search for 105 other […]

22 Rescued, 128 Missing After Asylum Boat Sinks Off Indonesia

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian Navy patrol boat has rescued 16 people and a merchant vessel pulled six others to safety after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank in the waters off Indonesia. Rescuers are still looking for another 128 people who were on board the boat Wednesday when someone made a distress call to Australian authorities and […]

Six Rescued, 140 Missing After Asylum Boat Sinks Off Indonesia

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers have safely pulled six people from the waters off Indonesia, but are still searching for many more after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank. A merchant ship rescued the six survivors early Thursday, about 75 kilometers southwest of Java, after they had spent almost a day in the water. Indonesian ships, along with an […]

Australia Considers Plan to Deport Asylum Seekers

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Australia is considering a plan to reopen detention centers in the Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru, in order to deter asylum seekers from attempting a dangerous sea journey to reach the country. A panel of experts told lawmakers Monday that Australia should also increase its annual refugee quota to 20,000 to […]

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Australian Lawmakers Reject Asylum Seeker Bill

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Australian lawmakers remain deadlocked over the divisive issue of asylum seekers, after the Senate rejected a bill Thursday that would have allowed Australia-bound migrants to be sent offshore for processing. The bill had narrowly passed the House of Representatives Wednesday following an emotional debate amplified by two deadly sinkings of asylum seeker boats in less […]

130 Rescued from Capsized Refugee Boat Off Australia

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities have rescued most of the people on board a crowded refugee boat that overturned Wednesday in the Indian Ocean. Rescuers saved 130 people from where the ship capsized, about 200 kilometers north of Australia’s remote Christmas Island. Authorities say one body has been recovered, and several others could still be missing. The sinking […]

125 Rescued from Capsized Refugee Boat Off Australian Coast

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities have rescued most of the people on board a crowded refugee boat that overturned Wednesday in the Indian Ocean. Rescuers saved 125 people from where the ship capsized, about 200 kilometers north of Australia’s remote Christmas Island. Authorities say one body has been recovered, and as many as 20 people could still be […]

123 Rescued from Capsized Refugee Boat Off Australian Coast

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities have rescued most of the people on board a crowded refugee boat that overturned Wednesday in the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister Julia Gillard says at least 123 people have been rescued from the boat, which capsized off Australia’s remote Christmas Island. “I’m advised that there are approximately, our numbers obviously can change, but […]

Boat Carrying 150 Asylum Seekers Capsizes off Northwest Australia

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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A boat carrying an estimated 150 asylum seekers has overturned off the coast of Australia’s remote Christmas Island, less than a week after a similar incident killed up to 90 people. Two Australian merchant ships are collecting survivors at the scene of the capsizing in the Indian Ocean, about 200 kilometers north of Christmas Island. […]

90 Still Missing After Boat Capsizes Off Australia

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The search continues Friday for scores of people missing in the Indian Ocean after their crowded refugee boat capsized off Australia’s remote Christmas Island territory. The boat carrying around 200 asylum seekers overturned Thursday and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard told a news conference soon after the disaster that there had been a large loss […]

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