Australia agrees to pay A$70m to Manus Island detainees

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The Australian government and its contractors have offered compensation totalling A$70m (£41m; $53m) to refugees detained in Papua New Guinea. The 1,905 claimants had alleged they suffered harm while being held on PNG's Manus Island between 2012 and 2016.

The government said it "strongly denied" the allegations but that settling was a "prudent" decision. Australia turns away any refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat and sends them to PNG and Nauru.

It says this deters migrants from attempting the life-threatening voyage to its shores in trafficking boats. But the policy has been heavily criticised both at home and internationally, including by the United Nations.

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