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The US Supreme Court upheld the government's policy of intercepting and returning Haitian refugees without hearing their requests for political asylum, AP reports from Washington.

More than 40,000 Haitian refugees have been intercepted at sea since the overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991. The court ruled 8-1 that the policy of stopping Haitians in international waters and sending them home did not violate immigration law or international treaty obligations.