Australia confirms first of those to be accepted under US deal will be told of the decision this week

A group of refugees detained in Manus Island and Nauru will soon be told they have been accepted for resettlement in the US, the Australian government has confirmed.

The cohort of about 50 people is the first to be accepted by the US government under a deal struck between the former president, Barack Obama, and Australia to take up to 1,250 people.

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