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New detention claims
Nanjing Night Net

CANBERRA – The Federal Government plans to use Christmas Island to detain asylum seekers who reach Australian shores by boat, according to a local government official on the island.

Currently only those who reach an area specially excised after the 2001 Tampa incident are detained offshore.

But Gordon Thompson, the shire president of Christmas Island where Australia is building an 800-bed immigration facility, said yesterday he had been told the government had changed its policy.

River bursts banks

ADDIS ABABA – Up to 40 people have been killed by a flood in eastern Ethiopia.

The Wabe Shabelle River burst its banks on Sunday night after 48 hours of continuous heavy rain, flooding or washing away 35 villages in one of the most remote regions of the Horn of Africa country of more than 60 million.

Government officials and voluntary organisations are trying to move the survivors by helicopter, as all roads leading to the area 700km east of Addis Ababa are under water and impassable.

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