Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament.
On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country.
Mr Morrison said the law would weaken the nation’s tough border policies and embolden human traffickers. Opponents accused him of spreading fear before an impending election.
Since 2013, Australia has sent asylum seekers arriving by boat to detention centres on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru. It previously also sent detainees to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean which is about 2,600km (1,600 miles) from the mainland and 300km south of Indonesia.
The UN has criticised Australia’s detention policies as “inhumane”, but the nation insists they prevent human trafficking and save lives at sea.
Germany says it has arrested two former Syrian intelligence officers alleged to have been involved in torturing critics of President Bashar al-Assad.
Both men seem to have sought asylum in Germany after leaving Syria a few years before the migrant influx in 2015.
One them, Anwar R, is suspected of committing crimes against humanity. He was allegedly in charge of a General Security Directorate (GSD) prison where at least 2,000 people were tortured between April 2011 and September 2012.
The other man, Eyad A, is suspected of aiding and abetting a crime against humanity at the same prison.
A third man – also believed to have been a GSD employee – was arrested in France on Tuesday as part of a joint investigation, according to Germany.
The Syrian government has denied killing or mistreating detainees.
“Swarm squadrons” of drones are to be deployed by British armed forces to overwhelm enemy air defences, the defence secretary has said.
Gavin Williamson said the specially-adapted drones could be in operation by the end of 2019. He also warned in a speech that the UK needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use “hard power”.
Labour has said the military’s role on the international stage had been “completely undermined” by Tory cuts.
Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Mr Williamson said Britain must stand up to those who “flout international law”.
There was an extra £1.8bn for defence in the last budget and Mr Williamson said Brexit had brought the UK its “greatest opportunity” to strengthen its global presence. He said the military’s cyber capabilities will be reinforced to defend and launch attacks.
The squadrons of “network enabled” drones would cost around £7m, he added.
The number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales last year was the highest since records began in 1946, official figures show.
There were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics analysis shows.
The ONS says one in four (71) of all victims (285) were men aged 18-24.
The figures also show 25% of victims were black – the highest proportion since data was first collected in 1997. The figures show a 45% increase in the number of victims aged 16-24 and a 23% increase in those aged 25-34.
While gun crime was lower than 10 years ago, it was at its highest for a decade in four English counties – West Yorkshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Cheshire.
Suspects convicted of all 252 killings in the year to March 2018, were most likely to be aged 16-24.