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26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.

As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Media release
26 April 2015

The Australian Embassy in Nepal is providing assistance to Australians and has confirmed the safety of over 200.

There are 549 Australians registered as travelling in Nepal and officials are working under challenging conditions to locate all those in the country.

While there are reports of extensive loss of life, at this point there are no reports of Australian deaths.

26 Apr 2015 description

Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT

by Jennifer O'MAHONY

International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.

24 Apr 2015 description

Joint statement by Australian organisations and community groups

We, the undersigned, call for an immediate moratorium on the transfer of asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island until the safety and security of vulnerable asylum seekers can be guaranteed.

24 Apr 2015 description

The resettlement of more than 160 Karen refugees from Myanmar into the small Victorian town of Nhill provides a blueprint for job creation and regional development, Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker said today.

Mr Hartsuyker officially launched the Small Towns Big Returns report compiled by AMES and Deloitte Access Economics. The study examined the economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in north west Victoria over the past five years.

23 Apr 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

22 Apr 2015 description

The Federal Government says it has not confirmed when refugees will be resettled from Nauru to Cambodia, days after the first group was set to depart.

People are in two minds on the edges at the moment because they are being scared by refugee advocates, and some people causing mischief on Nauru, and that needs to come to an end. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

Australia has an arrangement with the south east Asian nation to resettle those on Nauru who are found to be refugees.

The first group bound for Cambodia was due to leave Monday.

22 Apr 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

22 Apr 2015 description

The Australian Government through its Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) Program is distributing at least P117 million worth of brand new books to select schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in an effort to upgrade the region’s school libraries.

21 Apr 2015 description

Children Out of Immigration Detention, or ChilOut, says an Australian Bill which would allow force to be used in immigration detention provides no safeguards for children.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Kong Sothanarith

PHNOM PENH— Two officials from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry departed Monday for Australia and the Pacific Island of Nauru, to ensure that an initial group of asylum seekers there will move to Cambodia, part of a controversial deal with Australia.

Five asylum seekers have reportedly agreed to take the deal and move to Cambodia, a country critics say is ill equipped to absorb refugees. Both Cambodia and Australia have been heavily criticized for the deal.

21 Apr 2015 description

By South East Asia correspondent Samantha Hawley

AUDIO: Listen to Samantha Hawley's report

The United Nations refugee agency has revealed a group of Vietnamese asylum seekers had their claims assessed at sea before being returned home by the Australian Navy.

20 Apr 2015 description

Media release 20 April 2015

I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government is able to close the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone by 30 April 2015.

This decision follows a process led by the Government of Sierra Leone to rationalise and consolidate ETCs as the situation in West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak has stabilised. I acknowledge the role played by the Governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea in leading the international response to the Ebola outbreak.

16 Apr 2015 description

*Australia has rejected refugees seeking asylum from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and sent them to the Pacific island nation of Nauru. Now, Australia is offering to pay them to move to Cambodia. *

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia – who are being held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru after being rejected by Australia – could soon be paid to resettle in impoverished Cambodia in an arrangement by the Australian government that has been condemned by human rights activists as inhumane and potentially dangerous.

16 Apr 2015 description

Australia will provide additional assistance to Vanuatu to support its recovery from Tropical Cyclone Pam, meeting additional needs and to ensure its long-term recovery.

Education, health and food security have been assessed by the Government of Vanuatu and its partners as priority areas for assistance. Australia will provide an extra $5 million to help meet these needs, comprising:

  • $2.3 million for urgent school repairs and the replacement of damaged learning materials;