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CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will send up to 110 troops to the Solomon Islands on Wednesday to help restore calm after the election of a new prime minister in the South Pacific nation sparked rioting, a government official said.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian review of how it grants visas to asylum seekers could undermine the integrity and credibility of its refugee process, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will review how it grants visas to asylum seekers, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday, after Indonesia complained it was not consulted over Canberra's decision to give 42 Papuans protection visas.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is investigating reports on Wednesday that a second boatload of asylum seekers from Indonesia's troubled Papua province had landed in northern Australia.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and Indonesia's ties are too important to be hurt by a row over Canberra's decision to give asylum to 42 refugees from Indonesia's Papua region and the neighbors' strained bonds will recover, Australia said on Tuesday.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia hopes to gradually rebuild communications with Indonesia after a row sparked by Canberra's decision to give asylum to 42 refugees from Indonesia's Papua province, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Tuesday.
By Adrian Croft and James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Iraq and Afghanistan were decisive battlegrounds for the values the West believes in and warned of the risk of a U.S. retreat into isolationism.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush has briefed Australian Prime Minister John Howard on a U.S. nuclear deal with India in a move seen as groundwork by Canberra for a possible policy change to allow uranium exports to India.
The United States urged Japan and China on Friday to improve strained ties, but insisted that weekend security talks with Australia and Japan will not focus on Washington's wariness of China's rise as an Asia-Pacific power.
An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced two young Australian men to die by firing squad for attempting to smuggle heroin from the resort island of Bali, verdicts that could strain ties with Canberra.
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