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Asylum-seeker protest 'broken' says Australian PM SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday that a protest by asylum-seekers angry at their detention at an immigration centre in Papua New Guinea had been broken.Protests broke out at the Manus Island facility last week, with refugee advocates saying hundreds of inmates were on hunger strikes as they fought against being permanently resettled in the Pacific nation."There was a well organised, well coordinated protest in some parts of the Manus centre. It amounted to a blockade," Abbott told reporters in Sydney."That blockade has now been broken," he said, praising the efforts of security staff backed by PNG police who entered the compound on Monday and reportedly removed protest ringleaders and allowed dehydrated protesters access to medical treatment."The important thing is that order has been restored," Abbott added. "The blockade of the compound had been lifted."Since July 2013 the Australian government has sent asylum-seekers arriving on unauthorised boats to ...

Activists launch leaflets into North Korea despite threats SEOUL: South Korean activists balloon-launched anti-Pyongyang leaflets into North Korea and threatened Tuesday to follow them with copies of Hollywood comedy "The Interview," despite the North's dire threats of retaliation.The North has warned at least one activist that he would "pay for his crimes in blood" if copies of the movie about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un made it across the border.Activist Park Sang-Hak told local media that his group, ...
‘Nut rage’ trial opens of Korean Air heiress SEOUL: The trial opened Monday of Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-Ah, charged with aviation safety violations following a now notorious "nut rage" incident that triggered a national uproar.Cho, who has been in custody since her formal arrest three weeks ago, was whisked into the western district court complex in Seoul by bus through a heavy media presence.Wearing a green prison uniform, Cho stood with her head lowered in the packed courtroom, answering preliminary questions in ...
Alcatel-Lucent China venture says HR manager missing SHANGHAI: The China flagship firm of French telecom equipment group Alcatel-Lucent confirmed Monday a human resources manager is missing, after media reports said he had accused some of the joint venture's top executives of corruption.Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell said it had "lost contact" with Jia Lining and was helping police and his family to locate him, according to a statement on its official microblog.The statement described Jia as a mid-level manager in the human resources department.The ...
South Korean police find IS images on missing teen's computer SEOUL: A South Korean teenager who went missing in Turkey near the Syrian border had images of what appeared to be Islamic State (IS) militants on his home computer, police said Monday, amid suspicions he may have joined the group. The 18-year-old, identified only by his surname Kim, went missing January 10 during a trip to the southern Turkish town of Kilis and was last seen leaving a hotel.Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported earlier that he ...
South Korean man missing in Turkey near Syrian border SEOUL: A South Korean has gone missing in Turkey near the border with Syria, a foreign ministry official said Saturday, following reports that the man had joined the Islamic State militant group."The man disappeared on January 10 after he left a hotel" in the southern Turkish town of Kilis near the border with Syria, the official told AFP.Turkish newspaper Milliyet earlier reported that the unidentified man, aged 18, had crossed into Syria and joined IS."We ...
Two die of bird flu in China BEIJING: Two people have died of the H7N9 strain of avian flu in China's eastern province of Fujian, state media said Saturday, quoting local health officials. Fujian has confirmed 15 cases since the start of 2015, Xinhua news agency reported. It did not say when the two patients died.Another human infection was reported in the adjacent province of Jiangxi Friday, Xinhua said, while both the municipality of Shanghai and neighbouring Zhejiang province have reported cases ...

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