Refugees and migrants have been in the headlines in Europe for months. For some, Australia is the goal. But Canberra toes a hard line when it comes to boat migrants -- asylum seekers are not allowed on the mainland.
An agreement between the US and Australian governments to aid refugees off the coast of Australia has been thrown into doubt. Refugees fear the US will renege on the deal but Australia maintains it is in place.
Polls are open in Papua New Guinea. The prime minister has urged peaceful polling - and asked voters to give him another term to fix an economy under siege.
Australia has reached a settlement with 1,905 asylum seekers who sued over their treatment in a Papua New Guinea immigration camp. The landmark class action settlement is the largest in the country's history.
Critics want Australia to close its detention centers on nearby island states, and bring refugees to Australia. The Papua New Guinea camp has been ordered to shut, but the fate of its refugees remains uncertain.
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