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Australia clamps down on information about asylum seekers

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Wilson

Australia’s government said on Monday it would no longer provide regular information on asylum boats turned away or on emergencies at sea involving asylum seekers under a new military operation to curb people trafficking. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, accused by rights groups of imposing a gag on an issue which split voters in a September 7 election, said the government would no longer provide full briefings on border protection incidents to safeguard operational security and avoid alerting trafficking syndicates. “The government is taking control of our borders, not the people smugglers,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney. “We are going to stop the boats. That is our commitment to the Australian … Continue reading

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Wilson
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Obama to visit Asia next month to discuss economy, security

US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama will discuss economic and security issues with Asian leaders during a trip to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines October 6 – 12, the White House said on Friday. The trip comes as countries in the region try to work through friction over disputed territories in the oil and gas-rich South China Sea. Obama’s foreign policy has focused on Asia, and his officials have been closely monitoring the maritime dispute. Obama will discuss economic and security issues with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines, which has filed an arbitration cases before the U.N. International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.The White House said Obama will start … Continue reading

US President Barack Obama
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Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri urges ‘lone-wolf’ attacks on US

Al- Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri orders new attacks on the West

The leader of al-Qaeda has issued a message marking the 12th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks. In the audio message, Ayman al-Zawahiri talks of the need for small-scale attacks – and even a boycott – to damage the US economy. The message may be seen as a sign of diminishing ambitions and a more realistic assessment of what al-Qaeda’s central organisation can achieve. Zawahiri’s message also praised the bombings in Boston in April. His message begins with a familiar claim that his organisation has the upper hand. He says that the US has fled Iraq and Afghanistan in “defeat”. He goes on to emphasise the importance of so-called … Continue reading

Al- Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri orders new attacks on the West
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Russia’s President Putin plays Middle East peace broker

Russian President Vladimir Putin who in the past has sent his commandos to wipe out his opponents, is now playing world peace broker to stop a US attack on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a direct personal appeal to the American people over the Syrian crisis. He wrote in the New York Times that a US military strike against Syria could unleash a new wave of terrorism. The US had threatened strikes, accusing the Syrian regime of killing hundreds in a poison-gas attack on 21 August. Instead, Russia, an ally of Damascus, proposed that Syria hand over its chemical arsenal. The US and Russia are due to meet later to discuss that plan. The Syrian government, which denies that it has used chemical weapons on its own people, has agreed at least partially to the Russian proposal. The … Continue reading

Russian President Vladimir Putin who in the past has sent his commandos to wipe out his opponents, is now playing world peace broker to stop a US attack on Syria
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U.N. experts prepare to leave Syria, chemical probe needs time

A convoy of UN cars ferries UN inspectors to areas where the chemical attacks are said to have taken place.

A team of U.N. investigators has finished gathering samples and evidence related to a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week and is packing up to leave, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday. The team will be leaving Syria on Saturday but will return later to investigate several other alleged poison gas attacks that have taken place in Syria during the country’s 2-1/2 year old civil war, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. “The samples that have been collected will be taken to be analyzed in designated laboratories and the intention of course is to expedite the analysis of that sampling that’s been … Continue reading

A convoy of UN cars ferries UN inspectors to areas where the chemical attacks are said to have taken place.
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Afghanistan’s future depends on foreign soldiers – U.S.

Gen Joseph Danford: "It

Afghanistan’s security will remain dependent on international troops for many years after most foreign combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the U.S. commander of the NATO-led force in the South Asian country said. With the formal security handover to Afghans approaching, intense debate is under way about how many troops the United States and its mainly NATO allies should leave to conduct training, support and counter-terrorism operations. The White House favors about 7,000 U.S. troops, but some in the U.S. military would prefer two or three times as many. However many are left behind, they will play a vital role in supporting the Afghan National Security Forces. ANSF … Continue reading

Gen Joseph Danford: "It
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Police fire teargas, birdshot at Bahrain demonstrators

The US Fifth Fleet of the coast of Bahrain

Bahraini police fired teargas and birdshot to disperse scattered protests across the country on Wednesday, as Shi’ite Muslims responded to a call by online activists for pro-democracy demonstrations. The main opposition group said around 60 rallies were held in 40 locations, in an upsurge of a two-and-a-half-year-old campaign to push the Sunni Muslim ruling family for more democracy in the Shi’ite-majority nation of 1.25 million people. The United States temporarily closed its embassy and Bahrani authorities tightened security after opposition figures used social media to call for rallies. Small protests passed off peacefully across Bahrain earlier in the day, witnesses and activists said, but demonstrators and riot police clashed in … Continue reading

The US Fifth Fleet of the coast of Bahrain
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Australia asylum needs military solution, says Tony Abbott

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott: "There is a national emergency on our borders..."

Australia’s opposition has called for a military solution to fight people smugglers, as the toll from the sinking of an asylum boat rose to 11. Opposition leader Tony Abbott said the issue was “a national emergency”, and he would ask a military commander to tackle the boats, if elected. The migrant boat sank off Indonesia’s Java island, a transit point for people-smugglers, on Wednesday.Asylum policy is due to be a key issue in elections this year in Australia. Australia has experienced a spike in asylum seekers arriving by boat this year. “There is a national emergency on our borders,” Mr Abbott said on Thursday. “That’s why we need to have … Continue reading

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott: "There is a national emergency on our borders..."
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Syria conflict: Top US general outlines military options

 using force in Syria would be "no less than an act of war"

The top US military officer has outlined the costs, risks and benefits of possible American military involvement in the Syrian conflict. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen Martin Dempsey offered five military options, including limited strikes and establishing a no-fly zone. But he said using force in Syria would be “no less than an act of war” and could cost the US billions of dollars. Washington has so far ruled out military intervention in Syria. Its role in the conflict is currently limited to delivering humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and providing non-lethal help to the Syrian opposition. In an open letter to senators, Gen Dempsey analysed … Continue reading

 using force in Syria would be "no less than an act of war"
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Migrant boat capsizes off Australia’s Christmas Island

 Another boatload of 60 asylum seekers and three crew arrived on a boat at Flying Fish cove, Christmas Island. (File photo)

A boat carrying about 150 suspected asylum seekers has capsized off Australia’s Christmas Island with several casualties reported. The Australian border agency said four bodies had been found and 144 survivors had been picked up by navy ships, 70 nautical miles (130km) from the shore. Christmas island is located about 1,600 miles north-west off the mainland. Several boats carrying migrants heading for Australia have disappeared in recent months. After making a distress call, the boat was picked up and escorted by one of two navy ships carrying out the rescue. However, it tipped over in bad weather on its way to Christmas Island, with a large number of people entering … Continue reading

 Another boatload of 60 asylum seekers and three crew arrived on a boat at Flying Fish cove, Christmas Island. (File photo)
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