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    Where Now for Manus Island Refugees? | Uruguay-Brazil Clash over Venezuela

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    As the Australian Government announces the closure of its Manus Island detention centre, it also says that none of the refugees detained there will be settled in Australia; and the Uruguayan Foreign Minister has claimed that Brazil attempted to “buy” support in blocking Venezuela from the Mercosur trading block.

    Today’s main stories: The Australian Government has announced that it will be closing its refugee detention centre on Manus Island, though the government has insisted that none of those detained will be settled in Australia. We speak with Adam McKerrow, former aid worker with Save the Children in Nauru and Manus Island.

    The Uruguayan foreign minister this week expressed anger at supposed "bullying" from northern neighbours Brazil, over its desire to block Venezuela from the Mercosur trading block – we talk to Francisco Dominguez, the head of Latin American Studies research at Middlesex University.

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    Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), refugee camps, military base, Venezuela, Brazil, Republic of Djibouti, United States, China, Uruguay, Nauru, Manus, Australia
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