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Japan, Australia on Guard After Al Qaeda Threat

Japan and Australia said on Monday they would be vigilant after a report that al Qaeda had claimed responsibility for weekend bombings in Turkey and had vowed fresh attacks on the United States and its allies. Neither country announced fresh security measures after the report in Sunday’s edition of the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, which was one factor behind a fall on the Tokyo stock market. The newspaper said al Qaeda had claimed responsibility for Saturday’s bombing of two Istanbul synagogues that killed at least 23 people and was planning car bombings against the United States, Britain, Italy, Australia and Japan. The report comes at a delicate time for Japan, which is trying to decide when to send troops to Iraq and is torn between promises to the United States and domestic public opinion, which opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq and is against sending troops. Full Story

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