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Australian Leader Testifies at Oil Hearing

Prime Minister John Howard told a government inquiry on Thursday he never saw nearly a dozen diplomatic cables warning that Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter might have been paying millions of dollars in alleged bribes to Saddam Hussein under the U.N.’s discredited oil-for-food program. Howard was the most senior of three government ministers to testify this week at a so-called Royal Commission into alleged bribes paid by the Australian Wheat Board, now known as AWB Ltd. His testimony, which lasted just under an hour, came as a poll published this week showed his approval rating slipping. Full Story

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