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Australian PM condemns 'scum' people smugglers

Tanalee Smith Associated Press Writer 21.04.2009
Australia Former Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock.

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Australia's prime minister denounced people smugglers who set hopeful refugees adrift in rickety boats as "scum" and pledged Friday to step up efforts to thwart them, after one vessel exploded at sea and killed three people.

Australian navy to help spill clean up

Dennis Passa Associated Press Writer 21.03.2009
A conservation officer looks out over the oil spill on the beach on Moreton Island near Brisbane, Australia, Friday, March 13, 2009. Nearly 40 miles of Australian beaches have been blackened by oil spilled from a cargo ship caught in stormy seas this week, leading the state premier to declare the area a disaster zone and warn that the ship's operators could face legal action. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Australian government sent a navy mine hunting ship to search Monday for hundreds of tons of chemicals lost overboard during a mishap that also blackened miles of beaches with fuel oil.

Rescuers from the Achilles took passengers to a Chilean Antarctic base

All 122 people aboard a cruise ship stranded off Antarctica have been evacuated and are “in perfect health,” the Chilean navy said Friday.

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