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Two Australian friends set up laundry service for homeless


Two friends in the Australian city of Brisbane came up with a unique idea last year: Set up a mobile laundry service for the city's homeless. The project has proven to be such a hit that the two 20-year-old friends have set up a second 'laundry-on-wheels' in the city of Cairns. Read more...
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Asylum seekers dreaming of Australia stuck on island 'hell'


These asylum seekers dream of a promised land, but many end up in island camps far from Australia’s pristine shores. The camps were set up by the Australian government and have been likened to prisons. Up to 700 detainees recently went on hunger strike on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea – reigniting the debate over how Canberra treats illegal immigrants. Read more...
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Striking videos of Australian wildfires

 
Firefighters are battling multiple major wildfires in southeastern Australia, where authorities fear two of them could merge together to create a “mega-fire”. Many local residents have captured the blazes on camera. Watch videos...

From Iran to DR Congo, our Observers share reactions to Obama’s win

 
As soon as Barack Obama’s re-election was announced, Internet users from around the world went online to react to the news. Our Observers sent us some of the most interesting comments they spotted, giving us an idea of how Obama’s win is viewed outside of the United States. Some are enthusiastic, others blasé, and yet others downright funny. Read more…

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“We don’t want your radioactive pollution!” Malaysians tell Australians

 
Thousands of green-clad protesters took to the streets in the eastern Malaysian city of Kuantan on Tuesday to protest against the construction of an Australian rare earth minerals treatment plant, whose activities they worry will severely pollute their region. Read more...

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Besieged by Brisbane floods: "We're all helping each other out"

 
Our Observer lives in Brisbane, the latest city to have been hit by massive floods that have left large chunks of the north-eastern state of Queensland under water. She tells us she is afraid of the rising water levels but reassured by the solidarity shown by Brisbane residents. Read her account…

Queensland floods: "Our car was one metre deep in water"

 
Hundreds of people fled worsening floods in the north-eastern Australian state of Queensland on Thursday as river levels continued to rise. Our Observer, who was travelling there with her husband, was one of them. Read her account and see the videos…
 
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