Around the world: new Australian government keen on Manus Island deal and other international stories


World 02Will a change of government in Australia affect Manus Island? One Australian newspaper thinks not. Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea violence goes global  … again.

The Australian reports that new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is keen to ‘make the most of’ the arrangements to send asylum-seekers to Manus Island, as negotiated by his predecessor, Kevin Rudd.

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This week’s deadly Black Cat Track attack was picked up by the BBC, with its website concluding that:

‘Concerns have been raised over high levels of crime and violence in the country, including a number of high-profile attacks in recent months.’

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Papua New Guinea may be excited to be playing host to West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach—currently visiting in a coaching capacity—but the Herald Sun reports that his Australian T20 franchise side would rather he was preparing for the forthcoming Champions League tournament in India.

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On The Lowy Institute’s Interpreter blog, Nicole George questions the international community’s placid acceptance of Fiji’s new constitution.

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The world’s media eagerly awaited the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5S. But while CNN was impressed with ‘its ability to turn your finger into a password,’ UK blogger Jack Rivlin argued that what iPhone users really want is longer battery life:

‘Don’t you wish phone companies would stop everything else, and just spend two years building batteries that lasted a couple of days?’