Australia

    An Australian naval ship intercepted a second boat carrying dozens of suspected asylum-seekers off the northern coast hours after boarding another vessel in the area, a minister said. The vessels intercepted on Sept. 12 carried more than 150 people and fueled opposition demands for an inquiry on grounds the government has "lost the battle to people-smugglers." Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said 68 people were thought to be on board the latest boat, including three crew members. They are to be transferred to Christmas Island, an Australian possession in the Indian Ocean, along with another 87 people picked up earlier on Sept. 12. (Reuters)

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