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Australia presses to keep strong force in ETimor

Australia wants to keep around 650 Australian troops in troubled East Timor even though the United Nations envisages a much smaller international force, the foreign minister said. Alexander Downer told national broadcaster ABC that while the UN had provided for just 350 troops to back up 1,600 international police, Canberra wanted to keep around 650 Australian soldiers in the impoverished half-island state. Full Story

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