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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday, ending a three-week protest which started with some 600 people surviving on rain water and smuggled food and supplies. Australia closed the Manus Island

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott, Kim Beazley Launch Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation to Promote Education

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tony Abbott, Kim Beazley Launch Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation to Promote Education

‘We’re ignorant of the great books, we’re ignorant of Shakespeare, the New Testament,’the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

‘We have forgotten so much of our history, particularly British history.’

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia, NZ Officials Discuss Screening for Manus Refugees: Jacinda Ardern New Zealand PM

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia, NZ Officials Discuss Screening for Manus Refugees: Jacinda Ardern New Zealand PM

Ardern said the conversations were about establishing the screening processes.

“To be clear, we have not started that process,” she told Radio New Zealand. “But I think that certainly we’re a bit further along than we have been before – we haven’t even had officials having those discussions in the past.”

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HAITI POLITICS: Jovenel Moise Heralds Haitian Army Return After Two Decades

HAITI POLITICS: Jovenel Moise Heralds Haitian Army Return After Two Decades

Haitian President Jovenel Moise said: “The army is our mother,” he said. “When your mother is sick and wears dirty clothes, you do not kill her. You take her to the hospital. So let us join forces to provide needed care to our mother.”

After Haiti’s independence, the military mounted dozens of coups and its forces were accused of rampant human rights abuses. Moise acknowledged that history, but vowed that the new military would be different.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

A gay marriage bill proposed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith came under ­attack yesterday after it received the written endorsement of Labor Senate leader Penny Wong and Greens leader Richard Di Natale under a process approved by Mr Turnbull.

Speaking in Manila, Mr Turnbull said it was “up to the parliament” to resolve the shape of any same-sex marriage legislation and repudiated stronger protections for service providers with conscientious objections to gay weddings as having “virtually no prospect” of passing the parliament.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

PNG Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said in a statement on Sunday that the remaining refugees have until Monday to leave “so that they can have access to basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and security and that the work on decommissioning of the facility can be completed for the PNG defense force to take complete control of their land and property,” Reuters and The Guardian reported.

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CANADA POLITICS: ‘Can I Get It to Go?’ Canada’s Trudeau Charms Manila

CANADA POLITICS: ‘Can I Get It to Go?’ Canada’s Trudeau Charms Manila

Earlier, when he landed at Clark airport, a smiling Trudeau waded into a crowd of children gathered to greet dignitaries arriving for the summit, exchanging high fives and waving to others.

During his last visit to Manila, Trudeau won a Twitter poll with the hashtag #APEChottie that asked people to vote for the most attractive leader at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2015.

“He’s so handsome! And he’s very nice,” said 29-year-old Rina Aparicio, among the customers at the fastfood outlet. “I asked for a selfie and he said yes right away.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Alexander Resigns Over Dual Citizenship, Turnbull Said No General Election

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: John Alexander Resigns Over Dual Citizenship, Turnbull Said No General Election

“It is my obligation that I must resign,” John Alexander told a news conference. “That’s what I will do. I think there is a great need for certainty, to clarify the situation and to do so as expeditiously as possible.”

Alexander had been waiting for Britain’s Home Office to clarify whether he held British citizenship by descent. It is not known whether they responded.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Christine Forster ‘Assaulted’ as Manus Island Protest Turns Violent

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Christine Forster ‘Assaulted’ as Manus Island Protest Turns Violent

More than 200 protesters surrounded Ms Forster and her partner Virginia Edwards, some of whom jostled the pair. The councillor’s jacket was nearly torn in half during the encounter.

“They were going absolutely berserk,” Ms Forster said of the rowdier protestors.

“To call it jostling is an absolute understatement, they were screaming in our faces, spitting and snarling.

“It took about 30 or 40 police to break it up and was extremely dangerous. Several people were clinging to my back and grabbed my jacket …

“We were just interested in staying on our feet and it’s incredibly lucky that we didn’t fall to the ground and I hope no one else was hurt.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Because Our Government is a Servant of U.S.

CANADA POLITICS: Because Our Government is a Servant of U.S.

Nations like Canada can choose their own path, their own destiny in peaceful cooperation with the nations and peoples of the world, with Russia and Venezuela. The problem is how the people of Canada, and, indeed, all nations, can escape this domination and survive it. Unfortunately, with the continentalists still in control in Washington and Ottawa, New York and Toronto, and with American control of the economic resources at an intolerable level, the situation looks bleak for the immediate future.

Canadians are nothing more than servants in their own house, when, to use the phrase of the Quebec nationalists in their struggle for self determination, we should be “maître chez nous,” masters of our own house. Instead our government is a servant of Washington and will suffer any humiliation and disadvantage that these sanctions will undoubtedly bring upon us in order to lick the hand that pats its head.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Drop ‘Protection Racket’, Refer John Alexander to High Court: Federal Opposition Says

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Drop ‘Protection Racket’, Refer John Alexander to High Court: Federal Opposition Says

Senator Wong said Mr Turnbull’s proposal was “not good enough” and should not be used to cover up Mr Alexander’s woes.

“John Alexander needs to be referred to the High Court,” she said. “Mr Turnbull should not allow the House of Representatives to turn into a protection racket for John Alexander and anyone else simply because Mr Turnbull doesn’t want to risk his numbers on the floor of the House.”

Mr Alexander’s case will loom large over Mr Turnbull’s talks with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Wednesday, as the pair meet in Melbourne to discuss the Coalition’s plan to end the crisis with new citizenship disclosure rules for all MPs.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull to Force Lawmakers to Declare Citizenship to End Political Crisis

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull to Force Lawmakers to Declare Citizenship to End Political Crisis

Turnbull said his plan, unlike an audit, would put the onus on lawmakers to check their own situation and anybody found to have made a false declaration would be in contempt of parliament. Lawmakers will be required to produce documents to prove any second citizenship has been renounced.

“Members and senators have been put squarely on notice now and so they will be turning their mind to their own affairs and the issues of citizenship,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer to Take Asylum Seekers Barricaded Inside Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer to Take Asylum Seekers Barricaded Inside Camp

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday her country was willing to take 150 asylum seekers from among those held on Manus island and another camp on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru.

Her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, however said Canberra preferred to work through an existing refugee swap deal he negotiated with former U.S. President Barack Obama last year. Under that deal, up to 1,250 asylum seekers could be sent to the United States and Australia will in turn accept refugees from Central America.

“We want to pursue those, conclude those arrangements, and then in the wake of that obviously we can consider other ones,” Turnbull told Ardern during a media conference in Sydney.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

“We are pleading the international community to rescue us,” said asylum seeker Abdul Azziz Adam in a video message from the camp in Papua New Guinea. “What is going on on Manus Island at the moment is a humanitarian crisis and no one will help us.” The men have resorted to drinking rain water and have dug their own wells in order to survive. The UN has called the crisis an “unfolding humanitarian emergency”.

“We are begging the New Zealand government to rescue us because New Zealand is the only country today, they have been fighting again and again and again, they want to get us out of detention centre,” Adam said in the video message.

“I think the situation on Manus Island is completely and utterly deplorable,” a young, male demonstrator told Al Jazeera. “I think it’s really important that the government takes a stand … so we can bring these men who are scared and suffering to Australia.”

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BAHAMAS POLITICS: Police Warn Irresponsible Use of Social Media

BAHAMAS POLITICS: Police Warn Irresponsible Use of Social Media

Earlier this month, the law enforcement authorities urged the public to be more responsible while online.

“More recently, social media sites such as Facebook and the popular WhatsApp messenger platform were being bombarded with various stories of multiple murders and armed robberies which were unfounded.”

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CANADA POLITICS: 2020 Canada to Welcome Nearly 1m New Immigrants

CANADA POLITICS: 2020 Canada to Welcome Nearly 1m New Immigrants

“Canada’s economic growth is high and we can afford to absorb more immigrants. We do need more immigrants to continue our strong growth. With new immigrants, there’s the demand for properties and goods, new payroll taxes,” said immigration policy analyst and lawyer Richard Kurland.

“There will always be backlash. The reality is we’ve passed the tipping point. The label of visible minority really has no meaning any more with so many Canadians being foreign-born.”

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CUBA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Defend Cuba Embargo at UN

CUBA POLITICS: Donald Trump to Defend Cuba Embargo at UN

A “no” vote Wednesday from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley will return the United States to a place of extreme isolation within the global community over its policy toward Cuba, potentially undermining the Trump administration’s broader goals for engagement with Latin America. The U.S. embargo on Cuba is almost universally opposed throughout the world.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

The Manus center has been a key part of Australia’s controversial “Sovereign Borders” immigration policy. The country refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, detaining them in camps in Papua New Guinea PNG and Nauru in the South Pacific.

Lawyers for some of the 600 men filed a last-minute lawsuit in PNG to prevent the camp’s closure and allow the men to be relocated to a third country. A ruling is expected on Wednesday.

The detainees were left alone for the first time in more than four years after camp staff all left on Tuesday morning, Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz told Reuters.

“The water and electricity are still on but we are vulnerable now after the staff left us all alone,” Aziz said.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Expulsion of Ministers Cast Doubt Over More than 100 Government Decisions: opposition Labor

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Expulsion of Ministers Cast Doubt Over More than 100 Government Decisions: opposition Labor

The ruling has cast doubt over the validity of parliamentary votes Joyce and Nash have cast, said Tanya Plibersek, acting leader of the Australian Labor Party

“We’re going to look at all of our options,” Plibersek said on Monday in an interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio.

“We are very concerned about the fact that Barnaby Joyce has been voting at a time when he shouldn’t have been in the Federal Parliament and we narrowly lost votes because of that.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Puts Julie Bishop in Charge Amid Government Crisis

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Puts Julie Bishop in Charge Amid Government Crisis

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, a member of Turnbull’s Liberal Party, would instead be acting prime minister when he travels to Israel on Monday, three days behind schedule.

“Government goes on, good government goes on,” Turnbull told reporters in Sydney, dismissing suggestions that the inability to agree on a deputy indicated tensions within the coalition. “When times get tough, that’s when you put your arms around your mates.”

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