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Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

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A tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 22, 2017) — A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, January 22, but a tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled. Continue reading Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

Refugee sets herself alight at Australia’s Nauru camp

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A man carries a placard during a candle light-vigil for an Iranian refugee, who died after setting himself on fire, in Sydney on April 30, 2016. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the incident happened May 2, and the behavior of those detained on the small island – where Australia sends asylum-seekers arriving by boat – was intensifying

CANBERRA, Australia (May 3, 2016) — A refugee who set herself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru after being sent there by Australia was in a critical condition Tuesday, May 3, just days after an Iranian man died in a similar act of self-harm. Continue reading Refugee sets herself alight at Australia’s Nauru camp

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

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AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child’s toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

The world’s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force

UNITED NATIONS (Apr. 22, 2016) — With their very existence under threat from climate change, the world’s island states come to the United Nations on Friday, April 22, not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force.

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Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia

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‘LET THEM STAY’ In this photo, pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA
The decision comes after a public outcry among advocates against the harsh immigration policy

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 21, 2016) — Australia on Sunday, February 21, is set to allow an asylum-seeker’s baby to remain in the country instead of being deported back to a remote Pacific detention camp, Continue reading Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia

Australian hospital refuses to return asylum baby to Nauru

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‘LET THEM STAY’ In this photo, pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA
Momentum builds across the country against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 14, 2016) — An Australian hospital has refused to return an asylum-seeker baby back to detention in Nauru, as momentum built across the country on Sunday, February 14, against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees.

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Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers

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DEFIANCE. Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt poses for photos at St John’s Anglican cathedral in Brisbane, Australia, February 4, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA
Anglican Dean of Brisbane: ‘So this is really a moral stand and it wouldn’t be a good look, I don’t think, for someone to enter a church and to drag people away’

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 4, 2016) — Australian church leaders Thursday, February 4, said they would offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers facing removal to a remote Pacific camp, vowing to defy the government’s harsh immigration rules.

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