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2 November 2017 6:19 AM U.N. refugee commissioner says Australia must stop 'unfolding humanitarian crisis' in PNG

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said Australia must take immediate action to stop an “unfolding humanitarian emergency” that sees 600 asylum seekers barricaded inside an abandoned detention center in Papua New Guinea without food or running water. The detainees in the Manus Island Centre have for two days defied attempts by Australia 2

2 November 2017 5:35 AM No air traffic control for four minutes

Staff in the national air traffic management centre lost contact with all aircraft in New Zealand's skies for four minutes one afternoon in 2015. National air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with all aircraft in the skies above New Zealand for four minutes one afternoon in June, 2015, an investigation has revealed. A Transport Accident 14

2 November 2017 1:58 AM New Zealand to discuss taking Manus Island detainees: reports

Newly-appointed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will raise the closure of the Manus Island detention centre with Malcolm Turnbull when the leaders meet for the first time on Sunday, according to local media reports. The New Zealand Herald reports Ms Ardern said on Thursday she had sympathy for the asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island 55

2 November 2017 1:24 AM National unveils strong Opposition team

National Party Leader Bill English has unveiled a strong Opposition team which will hold the Government to account and ensure it does not squander the opportunities New Zealanders have created for our country in recent years. “New Zealand is doing well, with low unemployment, thousands of jobs being created every month, strong public services and New Zealanders 34

2 November 2017 12:01 AM No govt support for Auckland port expansion: Ardern

Nov. 2 (BusinessDesk) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the Ports of Auckland's proposal to extend one of its wharves by 13 metres into Waitemata Harbour, just hours after the proposal was released. Speaking after her first official conversation as prime minister with the mayor of Auckland, former Labour Party leader Phil Goff, Ardern 27

1 November 2017 9:11 PM Asylum seekers barricaded in Papua New Guinea camp call for aid

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asylum seekers refusing to leave a detention centre in Papua New Guinea began digging wells on Thursday to try find water as their food supplies dwindled, in a stand-off that human rights groups warn could become a humanitarian crisis. Australia and PNG are trying to close the Manus Island centre, one of two remote Pacific camps that Canberra 28

1 November 2017 12:49 PM Manus Island: New refugee sites not ready, says UN

Alternative accommodation for asylum seekers being held by Australia in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is not yet fit to live in, the UN refugee agency says. A senior official who visited the sites told Australia's ABC radio he found "major earthworks in progress". Australia has held asylum seekers who arrive by boat on both Manus Island (in PNG) and Nauru 28

1 November 2017 10:04 AM New York truck attack: What we know and don't know

On Tuesday afternoon local time, eight people were killed when a truck drove along a cycle path in Manhattan. It is the deadliest terror attack in the city since nearly 3,000 people were killed on 11 September 2001. A full picture is starting to emerge of what happened, and of everyone involved. This piece will be updated as we get more information 28

1 November 2017 6:27 AM New York truck attack: Five Argentine friends killed

Five friends from Argentina were among those killed in a truck attack in New York on Tuesday. Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. A 29-year-old man, reported to be an Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police as he left the vehicle. US President Donald Trump has ordered 27

1 November 2017 5:12 AM Man jailed for child sex abuse material collection

An examination showed Alhisaynawi's computer and storage equipment contained 222,704 images and 10,340 movies of child sexual abuse. Most involved preteen children including toddlers and babies. He also had a paedophile's handbook, several hundred images of computer-generated child sexual abuse, and pictures and movies of adult objectionable material 29