Set­back for refugees

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SYD­NEY/WASHINGTON: US of­fi­cials in­ter­view­ing refugees held in an Aus­tralian-run off­shore de­ten­tion cen­tre left the fa­cil­ity abruptly, three de­tainees said on Satur­day, throw­ing fur­ther doubt on a plan to re­set­tle many of the de­tainees in Amer­ica.

US of­fi­cials halted screen­ing in­ter­views and left the Pa­cific is­land of Nauru on Fri­day, two weeks short of their sched­uled timetable and a day af­ter Washington said the US had reached its an­nual refugee in­take cap.

“US (of­fi­cials) were sched­uled to be on Nauru un­til July 26 but left on Fri­day,” one refugee said, re­quest­ing anonymity. Reuters –

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