Asylum boat stopped near Australian islands

Last updated 14:07 25/01/2013

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Australian authorities have intercepted a suspected asylum seeker boat with 106 people onboard.

The vessel was intercepted by ACV Ocean Protector southeast of Ashmore Islands, in the Timor Sea, on Thursday night.

It's the biggest number of persons on a single boat of the seven  that have arrived so far in 2013, resulting in around 350 asylum seekers being detained since the start of the year.

Close to 10,000 would-be refugees have arrived by boat since August 2012, when the federal government announced it would resume  processing asylum seekers on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus  Island.

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