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Indonesia 'might expel' refugees


Indonesia says the 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers moored in a boat off Sumatra must co-operate with authorities over identity checks or risk expulsion.

The Sri Lankans were intercepted in Indonesian waters 11 days ago while trying to reach Australia.

Australia and Indonesia agreed to a deal last week which in principle would see the asylum seekers moved to an Indonesian detention centre, but the Sri Lankans, ethnic Tamils, are refusing to leave the ship.

Karishma Vaswani reports from Jakarta.


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