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Australia intercepts refugees

Australia intercepted a boat carrying more than 50 refugees on Saturday off Australia's coast.

Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus told Yahoo! News the boat was carrying 54 refugees and was stopped in international waters by border patrol officers after a tip from an oil rig.

The refugees and two crew members on the boat were taking onto a navy ship, Debus said.

The ship was stopped near Ashmore Island, where there was an explosion on April 17 on board another ship carrying refugees.

The ship was the eighth to be intercepted or to have made landfall in Australia since January. Refugees from previous ships were mainly from the subcontinent and Afghanistan, but the ethnicity of those on the most recent ship is unknown.