The typhoon that killed thousands of people in the Philippines has energized debate about whether rich nations should compensate poor ones for climate-related losses, a proposal the U.S. and European Union are resisting.
Australia will expand capacity at its offshore processing camps for asylum seekers as it tries to halt a surge in arrivals by boat, the government said at its first weekly briefing on the issue since winning office.
When Tuvalu, a string of atolls in the Pacific Ocean with a population of 11,000, received fresh water from a Russian-backed breakaway region of Georgia last month, the emergency shipment had strings attached.
Australia is poised to reopen an asylum-seeker processing center in Nauru after the opposition said it supports the policy backflip by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who’s betting the move will help her boost flagging poll ratings before elections due next year.
Australia’s decision to refuse entry to refugees arriving by boat and send them to Papua New Guinea is necessary as the number of asylum seekers making the journey rises to 3,000 a month, the government said.
The Pacific nation of Nauru is close to signing the UN Convention on Refugees, paving the way for the reopening of an asylum-seeker processing facility closed by the Labor government, the Australian newspaper said.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will reopen offshore detention centers for refugees after parliament passed laws to deter asylum seekers, as she tries to resolve an issue damaging her government.
A boat carrying asylum seekers fleeing to Australia capsized in Indonesian waters, triggering a bid by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to rush legislation against people smuggling through parliament.