Aussies Stop 'Asylum Boat'
60 suspected asylum-seekers to be sent to Christmas Island detention center
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2009 6:06 AM CDT
A navy ship intercepted this boat carrying suspected asylum seekers 265 miles north of Broome, Australia yesterday.   (AP Photo/Australian Customs and Border Protection)
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(Newser) – The Australian navy stopped a vessel carrying 58 suspected asylum-seekers off the country's northwest coast today, the BBC reports. It was the fourth such boat stopped in the area in under a week. The passengers will be sent to a detention center on Christmas Island, 1,600 miles west of Australia, while their cases are processed. The Australian government recently denied opposition accusations that its soft immigration policies were causing the country to be "swamped."