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Australia calls on Iran to treat detained travel blogging couple 'humanely'

Australia calls on Iran to treat detained travel blogging couple 'humanely'

12.9.2019

Australia calls on Iran to treat detained travel blogging couple 'humanely'

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia on Thursday (Sept 12) called on Teheran to treat 'humanely' three citizens detained in Iran, as it emerged two of those arrested were a travel-blogging couple on an overland trip to Britain.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Perth-based Jolie King and Mark Firkin had been documenting their journey from home to Britain on social media for the past two years but went silent after posting updates from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan about 10 weeks ago.

News of the arrests came after Australia's conservative government announced it would contribute a frigate and surveillance aircraft to a US-led mission to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, with tensions high in the Gulf region.

Already difficult relations between Iran and US allies have threatened to boil over since President Donald Trump in 2018 abandoned a deal to curb Teheran's nuclear programme, and Iran resumed proscribed nuclear activities.

Earlier this week, the Australian government updated its travel advice for Iran to"reconsider your need to travel" and"do not travel" to areas near the border with Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more: The Straits Times

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