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* Canada grants refugee status in about 60% of migrant cases

Nov 24 (BBC) Over half of the migrant asylum claims heard by Canadian refugee officials this year have been successful. New figures released by the federal Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) show that of 1,572 claims heard so far, 941 have been granted.
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* Outrage after India minister terms cancer 'divine justice'

Nov 23 (BBC) Indians have reacted angrily after the health minister from Assam state said cancer "is divine justice" caused by "past sins of a person". Himanta Biswa Sarma said that people could also get diseases like cancer "because of the sins of their parents".
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* Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers

Nov 24 (BBC) Asylum seekers who refused to leave a former Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been moved to new housing after a three-week stand-off, Canberra has confirmed. The group had resisted leaving the Manus Island camp after it shut on 31 October, fearing attacks by locals.
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* Manus Island: Police enter former Australia-run asylum centre

Nov 23 (BBC) Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave. Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island centre since it was closed on 31 October, citing fears for their safety in the local community.
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