Australia pressures asylum seekers to return home, offers cash

Feb 15, 2017

Australia pressures asylum seekers to return home, offers cash

Officials at an Australian immigration center in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fear that a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through. ...

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Feb 11, 2017

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Australian emergency services were bracing against “potentially catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country’s east coast. Weather officials fear temperatures could hit 48 degrees Celsius ...

Feb 8, 2017

Australia striving for 'TPP minus 1' after Trump withdraws

Australia will push the case for a Pacific trade deal without the U.S. at a meeting with other potential members in Chile next month, Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said. The Trans-Pacific Partnership remains “absolutely” relevant without the U.S. and the text of the accord ...

/ Feb 6, 2017

One in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, “shocking and indefensible” data showed Monday during an inquiry into pedophilia in the church. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child ...