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Yahoo shuts off email-forwarding feature, making it harder for users to leave

Los Angeles Times

As Yahoo's embattled email service suffers through a slew of bad news, some users are finding it hard to leave. Automatic email forwarding was disabled at the beginning of the month, several users said. Although those who have set up forwarding in the past are unaffected, some who want to leave over recent hacking and surveillance revelations are struggling to switch to rival services. "This is all extremely suspicious timing," said Jason Danner, who runs an information technology business in Auckland, New Zealand, and is trying to quit Yahoo after 18 years with the email provider. Yahoo Inc. declined to comment on the recent change beyond pointing to a three-line notice on Yahoo's help site that says the Sunnyvale, Calif., company temporarily disabled the feature "while we work to improve it."

PNG top court says Australia asylum camp is illegal

Al Jazeera

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ruled that Australia's practice of detaining asylum seekers on the country's northern Manus Island was illegal and must stop. The five judges on the supreme court's bench ruled on Tuesday that detentions breached section 42 of Papua New Guinea's constitution, which guarantees personal liberty. The court said "all steps" should be taken to end the "illegal" detention. In their 34-page finding the court ordered the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments to "take all steps necessary to cease and prevent" the continued detention of the asylum-seekers and transferees on Manus. Under Australia's controversial immigration laws, anyone intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat is sent for processing to camps in Nauru and Manus Island.

Australia and US agree refugee resettlement deal

Al Jazeera

Australia has reached a resettlement deal with the United States for refugees who are being held in offshore prisons after having tried to reach Australia by boat. "I can now confirm that the government has reached a further third-country resettlement arrangement for refugees presently in the regional processing centres. The agreement is with the United States," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told a press conference in Canberra on Friday. Turnbull would not say whether he had discussed the deal with President-elect Donald Trump during their telephone conversation on Thursday. "We deal with one administration at a time and there is only one president of the United States at a time," Turnbull told reporters, adding that the deal was reached "some time ago."

Former Nauru workers react to Peter Dutton's Interview

Al Jazeera

It is a distortion to state that Australia is one of the most generous providers of humanitarian places in the world. As Robin Davies of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) states, refugees resettled through UNHCR make up less than 0.45% of the world's displaced people. Minister Dutton refers to the 18 000 resettled in Australia through UNHCR while official figures state 13 750 is Australia's base line intake and a further 12 000 from Syria have been pledged - but after one year only around 3000 of the additional quota have been resettled. Whilst it is important to process applications in an orderly fashion it is also important to recognize the urgency of world's largest refugee crisis in history. Cherry picking data does nothing to help those in immediate and dire need.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera

An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, Canberra's foreign minister has said. Julie Bishop said her government was working to secure the release of Katherine Jane Wilson, an aid worker who is reported to work for an NGO called Zardozi that helped women start handicrafts businesses. She was snatched in Jalalabad, close to the border with Pakistan, on Thursday, a government official in the area told the AFP news agency. "She visited the city of Jalalabad for a women's embroidery project," Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, of which Jalalabad is the capital, said. "An unknown masked gunmen abducted her from Police District 2 of Jalalabad city."