The Australian navy has turned an asylum-seeker boat back to Indonesia without first informing authorities there, Indonesian police said Tuesday, prompting fresh anger in Jakarta about Canberra's tough boatpeople policies.
The Cabinet confirmed yesterday that Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) will be the next chairman of the National Development Council (NDC).
A Chinese icebreaker that went to the aid of a Russian ship stuck in heavy floes in Antarctica has now itself become trapped by ice, officials said Saturday, amid anger about the impact of the rescue on research.
The Chinese icebreaker that came to the rescue of a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica, helping evacuate dozens of passengers, has signaled it may now be trapped in heavy ice, Australian authorities said Friday.
All 52 passengers who spent Christmas and New Year trapped on an icebound Russian research vessel in Antarctica were airlifted from the ice Thursday in a dramatic rescue mission.
A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally got under way on Thursday, with a helicopter that is expected to fly passengers to a nearby vessel managing to land next to the ship, expedition leaders said.
Exploding fireworks sprayed from Sydney's iconic opera house and harbor bridge at midnight Tuesday as the world began to usher in a new year.
An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people onboard, rescuers said on Monday.
Passengers onboard a ship stuck in ice off Antarctica were Saturday placing their hopes in the Australian icebreaker hurrying to their remote location, after a Chinese icebreaker failed to free them.
Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia has asked for political asylum just days before her term ends saying she fears for her safety if she goes home, media reported on Saturday.