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Indonesia speaks out on boatpeople amid tensions with Australia

Jakarta called on governments today to stop "shifting responsibility" for asylum-seekers, in veiled criticism of Australia's hardline policy of towing boatloads of would-be refugees back to Indonesia. The military-led operation has caused anger in Indonesia, which has been forced to take back seven boatloads of asylum-seekers... Read More

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (centre left) talks to soldiers during his visit to Maaloula town, northeast of Damascus, yesterday. Assad yesterday visited Maaloula, an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. – Reuters pic, April 21, 2014.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (centre left) talks to soldiers during his visit to Maaloula town, northeast of Damascus, yesterday. Assad yesterday visited Maaloula, an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. – Reuters pic, April 21, 2014.

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