A freeze on the settlement of refugees from Africa ? including those from Sudan’s Darfur region ? has been announced by the Australian government. Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said the refugees had trouble integrating, and other parts of the world such as Iraq and Burma were greater priorities. The freeze will last until mid-2008, and there are no guarantees that Africans will be admitted after then. Critics say it is a pre-election pitch to immigration-wary voters. Meanwhile, the Iraq war has knocked Australians’ approval of U.S. leadership in world affairs to a 30-year low, while a Chinese charm offensive appears to be working, a survey released Oct. 3 showed. (BBC, Reuters)

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