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Obama urges America to better welcome immigrants

US President Barack Obama has embarked on his second presidential term by presenting a progressive vision of a government committed to protecting rights of all, including immigrants and gay.

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Don’t silence Hamdy Al-Azazy’s humanitarian work

I have been involved with human rights for almost 40 years. During my long experience, I have noticed that the most capable and courageous human rights defenders create problems for those who exploit the tragedies of the persecuted.

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UN experts condemn beheading of Sri Lankan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia

UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, torture and migrants have expressed outrage at the beheading of a Sri Lankan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia.

Rizana Nafeek was charged with murder of a baby in her care in 2005 when she was reportedly 17 years old. According to the accused, the baby choked while being fed.

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Appoint more women to cabinet and other top posts, Obama told

The National Organization for Women (NOW) has launched a petition asking US President Barack Obama to appoint more women to the cabinet and other top posts.

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Santa’s elves consider Australian visa options

Santa Claus knows obtaining his Australian visa is a streamlined process but the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has reminded him there are trainee elves on student visas who need to consider their options before their visas expire early in the new year.

Given Santa’s intention to engage in limited work of a highly specialised and non-ongoing nature while down under, he applied for a subclass 456 business short stay visa.  Santa's visa was approved quickly, given the happiness that had resulted from previous visits and his excellent record of compliance with past entry conditions.

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