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Australia Seizes Drugs Worth Up To $525 Million

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Australian police say they have seized a stash of crystal methamphetamine and heroin with a street value of up to $525 million. Authorities said Tuesday the drugs were smuggled into the country in a shipment of terracotta pots, but did not say where the shipment originated. Police arrested seven people, including four from Hong Kong […]

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 […]

Boat Carrying Refugees Capsizes Near Australia’s Christmas Island

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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A boat carrying about 200 asylum seekers has capsized off the coast of Australia’s remote Christmas Island, and authorities say it is likely many of them have drowned. Officials from Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority say 110 people have been rescued. Western Australia state police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said initial reports suggest at least 75 people […]

Boat Carrying Refugees Capsizes Near Australia’s Christmas Island

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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A boat carrying about 200 asylum seekers has capsized off the coast of Australia’s remote Christmas Island, and authorities say it is likely many of them have drowned. The vessel sank about 220 kilometers north of Christmas Island Thursday. Officials said 40 people spotted from an Australian military plane appeared to be standing on the […]

Boat Carrying Refugees Capsizes Near Australia’s Christmas Island

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Australian maritime authorities say a boat carrying about 200 asylum seekers has capsized off the coast of Australia’s remote Christmas Island. The vessel sank about 220 kilometers north of Christmas Island on Thursday. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority say three merchant vessels and two Australian naval ships are heading towards the site. The authority says […]

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