Refugee appear in court over drug charge

He briefly appeared in court without a lawyer before Magistrate Alex Kalandi on Friday.

The 31-year-old was arrested and charged on January 10 over allegations of being in possession of marijuana. A charge that falls under section 3(1)(d) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Movafagh’s matter was listed for mention on Thursday, however it was stood over to Friday to give time for relevant court documents to be sorted.

Manus refugee deported from Fiji

The refugee, Loghman Sawari, 21 from Irania fled to Fiji using a PNG passport and had misleading information on his Immigration Arrival Card.

According to Radio New Zealand International,  Sawari was taken to the Nadi International Airport Departures Area after police and immigration intercepted the vehicle he was in with his lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, this morning.

The pair were to meet with the Immigration Director Nemani Vuniwaqa.

No show by refugee, case adjourned

 Magistrate Alex Kalandi adjourned the case after the defendant did not turn up in court again today after it was stood over from Tuesday. It is not known if he was informed of his case hearing today. 

The magistrate also instructed prosecution to order the arresting officer in the case to appear next week and explain to the court how the defendant was released on bail of K150.

 Movafagh was arrested on Jan 10 over allegations of being in possession of marijuana.

Government will support any move to resettle refugees: O’Neill

O’Neill made the remarks after the announcement by the United States and Australia who have agreed to a one-off refugee resettlement deal for people on Manus Island and Nauru.

He was responding to Loop PNG question about the government’s stand this morning.

“We support any moves to resettle any refugee permanently so that they can rebuild their lives,” O’Neill told Loop PNG.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday confirmed the agreement with the US, following a year of negotiations.

Australia flies a sixth refugee from Nauru to Cambodia

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Syrian man who arrived last Sunday was being cared for by the International Organisation for Migration, which has received millions of dollars from Australia to care for refugees in Cambodia.

But only one of the five other refugees who agreed to take a one-way flight from Nauru since the deal was signed two years ago remains in Cambodia.

Refugees united by food

Her family encouraged her, urging her to open a restaurant and share her culinary prowess.

But in 2011, everything changed. War ripped apart Syria and one day Kassah and her husband were forced to make a tough decision.

"We left Syria because our house was destroyed and there was no school for my children," says the mother of three.


Keeping culture alive

Today, Kassah is back in the kitchen alongside six other Syrian refugees, working for catering service Zeit Zeitoun, olive oil in Arabic.

Refugee who set herself on fire on Nauru in dire condition

21 year old Hodan Yasin was transferred to Brisbane on Tuesday morning after suffering critical injuries from self-inflicted burns a day earlier.

Her actions came less than a week after an Iranian man Omid Masoumali also set himself alight on Nauru before dying in Royal Brisbane Hospital on Friday.

The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told the federal parliament yesterday afternoon that Ms Yasin remained in a critical condition.

He said health staff numbers, including mental health officers, were being bolstered on Nauru.

Refugee left homeless in Papua New Guinea

Loghman Sawari, who fled persecution in Iran and was just 17 when he was sent from Australia to the adult men-only Manus Island detention centre in 2013, is one of the first group of six recognised refugees released from detention on Manus and moved to Lae, PNG’s second-largest city.

Refugee raped on Nauru begs Malcolm Turnbull to let her come to Australia for an abortion

The woman, "Abyan" (not her real name) is one of two female Somali refugees who have requested help from Australia after being raped on the island. Last week the ABC's 7.30 broadcast distressing footage of the other victim, a 26-year-old woman known as "Namja" (not her real name), calling police for help after her rape - she says it took police four hours to answer her plea.

VIDEO: Migrants protest against Hungary border closure

New laws in Hungary took effect on Tuesday to stop the huge flow of migrants through the country.

Serbia's social affairs minister in charge of migrants has called for the border to be reopened.