Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary, 97, who is accused of overseeing the deportation of thousands of Jews during World War II, has denied all allegations against him, his lawyer says. Lawyer Gabor Horvath made the announcement after Csatary appeared at a three-hour closed-door hearing at the prosecutor's office in Budapest. The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre accuses Csatary of organising the WW II deportation of some 16,000 Jews from the ghetto of Kosice, in present-day Slovakia, to their deaths at the Auschwitz extermination camp.
JAKARTA - Indonesia is poised to allow Australian authorities free rein to rescue asylum seekers in Indonesian waters. Indonesia's defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says he expects a deal to be signed as early as next month which means Australian authorities no longer need permission to enter Indonesia's Search and Rescue Zone. In the past 10 months hundreds of asylum seekers have drowned off the Java coast and hundreds more have issued distress calls.