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Conditions are deteriorating on board the refugees' ship near the Australian coast

AUSTRALIA
Asylum Seekers at Sea
Aweeklong standoff over a refugee-laden ship ended after Australia devised a plan to send some 460 asylum seekers to other countries. New Zealand agreed to accept 150 of the migrants, while Australia will foot the bill for the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru to take the rest temporarily. The refugees had been in watery limbo ever since a Norwegian cargo ship, the Tampa, rescued them from a foundering wooden ferry off the Indonesian coast. They demanded that the skipper take them to the Australian territory of Christmas Island or to "any Western country."...

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