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Australia offers asylum-seekers $10k to return home

06/21/2014 04:49 GMT

SYDNEY, June 21, 2014 (AFP) - Australia is offering asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to $10,000 (US$9,400) if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners.

Fairfax Media reported that those returning to Lebanon from detention centres on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru were offered the highest amount of $10,000.

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Orphaned and terrorized, Afghan siblings fly to a new start in Australia

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 16 (UNHCR) – Fourteen-year-old Mustafa* is a self-starter. He's had to be to survive the brickbats that have flown his way, including the murder of his parents in Afghanistan and beatings from an abusive brother-in-law.

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Australia joins global partnership to combat malnutrition

Australia has joined the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and over twenty other governments in a commitment to beat hunger and improve nutrition. Signed at a Summit in London on June 8, the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact will bind the international community in its efforts to make nutrition one of the world’s top development priorities.

Everyday more than 8,000 children across the world die from complications caused by a lack of nutrition. In some countries such as Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Cambodia and Laos, over 40 per cent of children are stunted.

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Pakistan elections

The Australian Government congratulates Pakistan and its people on the successful completion of its elections on May 11, 2013.

These elections will see the first transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian government to another in the country's 66 year history.

The Australian Government is encouraged by the high voter turnout, especially among women, despite threats of violence from some terrorist groups during the election campaign.

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Analysis: Australia's offshore asylum process

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MELBOURNE, 30 November 2012 (IRIN) - Activists in Australia have expressed concern over a recent decision by the government to reinstate the processing of asylum seekers offshore.

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Australia still committed to Malaysia asylum policy

11/07/2012 01:44 GMT

SYDNEY, Nov 7, 2012 (AFP) - Australia said it remained committed to sending asylum-seekers to Malaysia for processing and insisted it is not necessary for Kuala Lumpur to be a signatory to the UN refugee convention.

Canberra last year clinched a deal to send 800 boatpeople to Malaysia in exchange for 4,000 of that country's registered refugees as a deterrent to people paying smugglers to make the dangerous maritime voyage to Australia,

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Australia rescues more than 200 from asylum boat‎

08/10/2012 02:07 GMT

SYDNEY, Aug 10, 2012 (AFP) - Australia rescued more than 200 asylum-seekers from a boat off Indonesia, officials said Friday, amid reports navy ships are literally cracking under the strain of responding to a flood of boatpeople.

Authorities raced to help a vessel in Indonesian waters north of the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island late Wednesday, transferring the 211 people on board to naval boats.

"This boat was rescued by the Australian navy," Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said Friday. "It had reported difficulty."

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Australia's four year plan to help the world's poorest

8 May 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the introduction of a Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework which will guide the growth of the Australian aid budget over the next four years.

'Australia's commitment to international development efforts is contributing to real results,' Mr Carr said.

'Poverty is decreasing in every region of the world, but more remains to be done.

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Global leaders pledge to fight polio

PERTH, Australia — World leaders Saturday added their weight to a push to eradicate polio, pledging millions of dollars in new funds to bring an end to the crippling and potentially fatal disease.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, said her country would spend Aus$50 million ($53.5 million) over four years towards the global fight.

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Australia refugee swap with Malaysia faces key test

Australia plans to airlift refugees from an intercepted boat to Malaysia next week. It will film their forced return and post it on YouTube to deter future refugees from trying to reach its shores.

By Simon Montlake, Correspondent / August 4, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand

A controversial refugee-swap agreement between Australia and Malaysia could be put to the test next week following the interception of a boatload of 54 asylum seekers on the way to Australia.

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The long road: Australian humanitarian agency response to the 2010 floods in Pakistan

Millions of Pakistanis still need aid: New report

With the world’s gaze on Pakistan, aid agencies today urged the international community not to forget the plight of the 21 million people whose lives were devastated by last year's floods.

In a new report launched today, The Long Road: Australian humanitarian agency response to the floods in Pakistan, ACFID highlights the ongoing humanitarian needs of the people affected by the 2010 Pakistan floods – one of the largest natural disasters in recent history.

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Australia, ADB Work Together to Target Water Needs, Clean Energy Initiatives in Asia

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Government of Australia has agreed to provide an untied grant of A$21.584 million for Asian Development Bank (ADB)-administered trust funds targeted at water investment and clean energy initiatives in Asia and the Pacific.

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Increased flooding driven by climate change: study

By Marlowe Hood (AFP) - 4 hours ago

PARIS - Global warming driven by human activity boosted the intensity of rain, snow and consequent flooding in the northern hemisphere over the last half of the 20th century, research released Wednesday has shown.

Two studies, both published in Nature, are among the first to draw a straight line between climate change and its impact on potentially deadly and damaging extreme weather events.

Australia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Pakistan have all been recently ravaged by massive flooding, raising questions as

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Killer year caps deadly decade - reducing disaster impact is critical says top UN disaster official

Geneva - Some 373 natural disasters killed over 296,800 people in 2010, affecting nearly 208 million others and costing nearly US$110 billion, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

The top two most lethal disasters -- the 12 January earthquake in Haiti, which killed over 222,500 people, as well as the Russian heat wave in summer, which caused about 56,000 fatalities made 2010 the deadliest years in at least two decades.

"These figures are bad, but could be seen as benign in years to come," said Margareta Wahlström, Special

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Catastrophes : l'année 2010 prouve l'importance de la réduction des risques

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24 janvier 2011 - En 2010, près de 373 catastrophes naturelles ont été recensées dans le monde, tuant plus de 296.800 personnes, affectant plus de 20 millions d'autres et coûtant près de 110 milliards de dollars aux Etats, indique un rapport du Centre de recherche sur l'épidémiologie des catastrophes (CRED) de l'Université catholique de Louvain, en Belgique, réalisé en partenariat avec l'organe de l'ONU chargé de la Stratégie internationale de prévention des catastrophes (ONUSIPC).

Les deux catastrophes les plus meurtrières

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OCHA in 2008 - Countries covered by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

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