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Search after asylum-seeker boat runs aground in croc-infested waters

An asylum-seeker boat has reached Australia for the first time in almost four years, the government said Monday, with many of those on board the Vietnamese vessel fleeing into a crocodile-infested mangrove rainforest after running aground near the coast. Locals said passengers from the rickety vessel disappeared into the dense forest near the Daintree River, north of popular tourist city Cairns, in the tropical far north of Queensland state on Sunday. They will have to avoid crocodiles, venomous snakes, ferocious…

Swiss police say knife-wielding asylum seeker killed by officer

ZURICH: A refugee was shot and killed by Swiss police on Saturday after he charged at two other asylum seekers with knives, law enforcement officials said. Police in the town of Brissago in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking canton of Ticino said they were called to a refugee centre after a report of an altercation after midnight. Officers say they escorted two asylum seekers into the building, where they were rushed by a man brandishing two knives. “To guarantee the safety of all those present, a cantonal police…

From ‘never aggressive’ asylum seeker to Hamburg knife attacker

HAMBURG: Muddy bootprints along the corridors marked the tell-tale signs of a massive police raid at an asylum seeker shelter in Hamburg, where the suspect who killed one and wounded six in a knife attack lived. Shell shocked women and children peeked out of rooms lining the first floor of block 4D, as neighbours of the 26-year-old suspect recounted his sudden transformation from a helpful man to a mentally disturbed person. "He was always helping other asylum seekers with their paperwork," his neighbour, who gave his…

Sweden intensifies crackdown on illegal immigrants

STOCKHOLM: Sweden has intensified its crackdown on illegal immigrants after a failed asylum-seeker killed five people in Stockholm, but the move has raised concerns that more migrants will be driven underground to join a shadowy underclass. In the past months, police have staged wider sweeps on workplaces to check papers, netting undocumented workers, sending a warning to employers and sparking heated debate in a nation that has been traditionally tolerant to migrants. In May, police carried out their biggest raid so…