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04:25  11 february  2019
04:25  11 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

Australia says last child refugees to leave Nauru camp

Australia says last child refugees to leave Nauru camp Australia has announced that the last child refugees held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru will soon be sent to the United States, ending the banishment of children under the government's harsh asylum-seeker policy. The psychiatric and physical suffering of children has been the major concern since Australia started sending asylum seekers who attempt to reach by boat to an immigration camp on Nauru or men-only facilities on Papua New Guinea. The U.S. agreed to accept up to 1,250 refugees. More than 1,000 others remain on the islands and face uncertain futures.

The Australian Navy has awarded a French defense contractor a billion contract to build 12 submarines .

The Australian government says it has finalised the details of a controversial deal with a French company to build a new fleet of submarines for Australian naval forces, despite concerns the After years of negotiation, Australia is set to lock in a deal for a new fleet of military submarines .

Australia signs massive sub deal with French firm© Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: Defence minister Christopher Pyne and Prime Ministers Scott Morrison sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement at Sir Thomas Blamey Square on February 11, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. The Prime Minister has signed a $50bn 'strategic partnership' with France to build new submarines for the Royal Australian Navy. (Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images) Australia formally signed a $50 billion contract with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of the country's willingness to project power across the Pacific.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hailed the "very audacious plan" at a ceremony in Canberra as "part of Australia's biggest ever peace-time investment in defence".

'Worst over': Australia begins flood clean-up

'Worst over': Australia begins flood clean-up Weary residents in Australia's flood-hit northeast returned home Wednesday to begin a massive clean-up after almost two weeks of heavy rain, as the wild weather moved south to inundate more towns. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Communities remain cut off and thousands are still without power in the state of Queensland, but the weather bureau said the downpours that have seen areas doused with more than 300 millimetres (11.8 inches) of rain daily were easing.

Australia and France signed an agreement Tuesday to build the world's largest diesel-electric French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne Turnbull described the 56 billion Australian dollar ( billion) contract to build 12 subs as the largest

An option is to pick French firms ready to set up business in Australia and develop there. A number of Australian companies exhibited at the Euronaval trade Australia has set sights on the program as a cornerstone for creating a naval industry, and DCNS will transfer technology by signing over "design

The contract for 12 attack-class submarines is with France's Naval Group, a consortium with state backing, and has been years in the making.

The first submarine is expected to be finished in the early 2030s.

Critics say that is too late: the waters to Australia's north and east are the scene of an intense struggle between the United States, China and regional powers, who are all vying for influence.

Beijing has made territorial claims to much of the South China Sea -- a marine thoroughfare that is vital to maintain the supply of ores, minerals and crude that fuel the Chinese economy.

Washington fears that China is becoming increasingly assertive over its territorial claims to display its dominance over smaller Asian nations and cement its role as the prime regional power.

Australian military analysts hope the subs will allow the country to maintain a credible deterrent against possible hostile actions.

Australian river swells to 37 miles wide due to floods.
A river has gone from thin and dry to 37 miles (60 kilometers) wide in a matter of weeks as a result of floods in northeast Australia, satellite imagery shows. Images released by NASA show the change to the Flinders River -- one of Australia's longest waterways -- over the past month, with flooding there at its worst in more than half a century. CNN meteorologists analyzed the image and said it appeared the river had swelled 60 kilometers wide at some points. The river is now so big it's creating its own weather system.

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