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Australian immigration detention inquiry hears claims of government cover-up

Updated 31 July 2014, 17:39 AEST

The inquiry by Australia's Human Rights Commission into children in Australia's offshore immigration detention system has heard evidence alleging a Government cover-up of the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers.

UN rights envoy takes Myanmar to task

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:28 AEST

Myanmar's government has rejected a United Nations warning that the country may be backtracking on reforms, including a free media.

Plastics still adding to growth of Great Pacific Garbage patch

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

It is a beautiful calm morning in one of the most polluted areas of the world.

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