Aussie tightens visa checks

SYDNEY- AUSTRALIA is moving to impose tougher visa checks on people from countries considered at high risk for terrorism as part of a A$69 million counterterrorism plan released on Tuesday.

The new visa requirements, which include mandatory collection of fingerprints and facial imaging data for visa applicants from 10 countries, would help keep terrorists from evading detection, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in releasing the government’s counterterrorism ‘white paper’ in Canberra.

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