AUSTRALIA: ‘ Tony Abbot refuses to deny officials paid asylum boat crews to turn back to Indonesia ‘

#AceNewsReport – AUSTRALIA:June.12: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is refusing to deny claims Australian officials have paid asylum boat crews to turn back to Indonesia, saying the Government will stop the boats “by hook or by crook“.

Australian border officials reportedly handed over thousands of dollars to the captain and crew of a vessel carrying 65 asylum seekers which was intercepted off Java last week.

An Indonesian police chief was quoted as saying the six crew members said they had each been given $US5,000 by Australian officials to turn back.

Their vessel later crashed into a reef near the remote Rote Island.

Indonesia’s foreign ministry later told the ABC Indonesian police were investigating the claims.

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“This is endangering life. They were in the middle of the sea, but were pushed back,” foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said.

Mr Abbott said on Friday “creative strategies” had been developed to stop the boats.

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MH370: `Two New Objects maybe Related to `Malaysian Boeing 777-200 – Reports ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYDNEY – March 24. – Two new objects that may be related to the missing Malaysian Boeing 777-200 have been spotted today by specialists from the Australian plane that participates in the search and rescue operation, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Abbott noted that the objects are located in the Indian Ocean, about 2,500 kilometres off Australia‘s cost. One of the objects, of green or grey color, has the circular shape, and another one, orange in color, is rectangular. The ship of the Australian Naval Forces “Success” has been sent to the site where the objects had been spotted, Itar-Tass

Australia decided to expand the search area in the Indian Ocean from 23,000 to 68,000 kilometres.

Possible debris of missing Boeing

Earlier today, Chinese air-planes have detected in the Indian Ocean several objects that may be debris of missing Malaysian Boeing, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

It was reported earlier that two Ilyushin Il-76 airplanes of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force joined the search operation in the southern part of the Indian Ocean on Monday.

Thus, ten air-planes from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, China and Japan are participating in the search operation on Monday. China has also dispatched research icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon) to search the missing airliner.

Chinese air-planes flew to join the search operation, after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported that it had detected two objects drifting around 2,500 kilometres south-west of Perth, Australia.

Later, Chinese and French authorities also stated that some suspicious objects were spotted in the Indian Ocean.

Chinese satellites have detected them in the southern corridor of the search area in the Indian Ocean around 120 kilometres away from the place, where other two objects, presumably the plane’s debris, were spotted, according to AMSA.

Editor: Still unconfirmed and cannot yet identify 

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