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NZ pledges $3m to Oz refugees

NEW Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people. NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two …

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Pacific Islands ‘eaten, sinking’

A LARGE swath of Pacific Island nations are slowly being eaten away until residents will be forced to evacuate and the islands eventually sink into the sea — and it’s coming sooner than we think. This modern-day Atlantis is thanks to sea levels across small island nations that have seen …

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‘Unacceptable’: NZ prime minister blasts Australia

PRIME Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted Australia’s handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island as unacceptable as she seeks another meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on the issue. Ms Ardern has continued to push New Zealand’s offer to accept 150 refugees and asylum seekers from Australia’s offshore detention centres since …

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‘People are going to die, Tanya’

TANYA Plibersek has been ambushed by a protester who told her she needed to speak up about the disastrous situation at Manus Island Detention Centre. “You need to make a statement about the men on Manus Island … there are people that are going to die, Tanya,” the woman said …

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Jacinda Ardern’s cat tragically killed

NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles has died after being hit by a car. The Prime Minister’s office confirmed the death of New Zealand’s ‘First Cat’ overnight. Paddles, who became a frequent feature of the Prime Minister’s first weeks in office, was not averse to stamping her unique …

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‘Appalling’: Crowe hits back

RUSSELL Crowe has hit back at criticism over his offer to take refugees from Manus Island. On Thursday the actor described the situation at Manus as Australia’s “shame” and a national “disgrace”. He also said he thought he could house and find jobs for six refugees. But his generous offer …

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The 606 who just won’t leave

THEIR food, water, medicine and power supplies have been cut off, and after 24 hours without anything to eat, they are starving. There is no sewage system and the toilets are overflowing. All they have is rainwater they have collected in bins, with some said to be adding salt and …

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Crowe: Manus Island ‘is f—ing disgraceful’

RUSSELL CROWE has weighed in on the Manus Island stand-off as Immigration Minister Peter Dutton blamed refugee advocates for making the ‘difficult’ situation worse. The Hollywood actor has taken to Twitter to condemn the situation surrounding the offshore detention centre, where hundreds of men have barricaded themselves inside and refused …

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Manus Island refugees fear for their lives

SCORES of Manus Island locals armed with machetes are allegedly looting the immigration detention centre ahead of its closure. Sudanese refugee Abdul Mohammad says the asylum seekers and refugees remaining in the Papua New Guinea centre fear for their lives. “Some of the locals have come inside and are stealing …

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NZ’s new PM coming our way already

NEW Zealand’s new prime minister Jacinda Ardern will make her first visit to Australia less than two weeks after being sworn in. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed Ms Ardern will make her first official visit on Sunday, saying “Australia and New Zealand are not just mates, we are family.” …

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