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Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centres in Papua New Guinea.

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Lost German survives on flies in Aussie Outback

SYDNEY (AFP) - Stranded by floods and lost, a German backpacker survived for around two weeks in Australia's inhospitable Outback on a diet of insects, police said Friday.

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New Zealand surfer punches away attacking shark

WELLINGTON, Feb 07, 2014 (AFP) - A surfer who was attacked by a shark in a New Zealand bay punched it in the face to free himself from its grip, reports said Saturday.


Australian PM unmoved by fresh refugee abuse claims

SYDNEY, Feb 07, 2014 (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was unmoved by new reports Friday of asylum-seeker abuse and claims a group was turned back to Indonesia in a lifeboat, saying his harsh policies were "working".


Zimbabwe ambassador to Australia seeks asylum - media

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia has asked for political asylum just days before her term ends saying she fears for her safety if she goes home, media reported on Saturday.


Australia investigates suspected Chinese spy at top science centre

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is investigating a suspected espionage case at the country's top scientific organization, with a Chinese national being probed for allegedly accessing sensitive data, Fairfax Media reported on Wednesday.


Australian High Comm in KL part of US spying network, Aussie media reports

PETALING JAYA: Australia's missions across Asia, including its High Commission in Malaysia, are being used as part of a United States-led global spying network, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden and a former Australian intelligence officer.

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New fires break out as Australia crews battle torrid conditions

Mount Victoria (Australia) (AFP) - Firefighters in Australia battled hot, dry winds and soaring temperatures Wednesday as new blazes began breaking out in a week-long bushfire disaster that shows no signs of easing.


Australia's opposition blunders on internet policy on election eve

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's conservative opposition was forced to make a quick about-turn on its internet policy to rule out more censorship on Friday, in a rare policy bungle on the eve of a general election it is poised to win.


Pressing ahead with challenges

ONE can always learn something new and this proverb rang true for delegates at the Asean Newspaper Printers (ANP) 2013 Delegates Conference.