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Manila, Canberra begin talks on security pact

The Philippines and Australia are hoping to forge a security agreement next month that will allow Australian troops to hold anti-terrorism drills in the Southeast Asian nation, diplomats and defence officials said on Wednesday. Senior officials from the two countries begin formal treaty negotiations for a status of forces agreement (SOFA) on Thursday in Canberra ahead of Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s trip to the Philippines in December for the East Asia Summit. Full Story

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