• AUSTRALIA GIFTS SRI LANKA PATROL BOATS

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    SYDNEY: Australia on Sunday said it would give Sri Lanka two patrol boats to tackle people-smuggling operations in the Indian Ocean, hoping they can detect vessels before they leave the Asian nation’s waters. The decision comes with the Tony Abbott-led government ramping up efforts to deter asylum-seekers arriving on unauthorized boats, a sensitive political issue that was a dominant factor in September elections.

    AFP

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