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2005-11-02 22:12:54

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian government warning about a possible "terrorist threat" was prompted by fears that home-grown extremists were moving closer to attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, local media reported on Thursday. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday he had received specific information about a possible "terrorist threat," but refused to give details about the nature or location of the threat. "The intelligence relates to home-grown...

2005-11-02 20:17:51

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian government warning about a possible "terrorist threat" was prompted by fears that home-grown extremists were moving closer to attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, local media reported on Thursday. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday he had received specific information about a possible "terrorist threat," but refused to give any details about the nature or location of the threat. "The intelligence relates to home-grown terror suspects...

2005-11-02 00:35:35

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia has received specific information about a possible "terrorist threat" to the country, Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday, but Australia's medium security alert remained unchanged. A staunch U.S. ally with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Australia has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil. The country has been on medium security alert since shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. "The...

2005-10-29 23:52:06

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government is committed to having tough new anti-terror laws in operation before Christmas, well before the Commonwealth Games start in Melbourne in March, Prime Minister John Howard said on Sunday. Howard, who needs the support of Australia's six states to pass the law, gave premiers until Monday to respond to a final draft of the anti-terror bill, after an initial deadline passed on Friday. The bill could be introduced to parliament before the end...

2005-10-20 01:16:53

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Shoot-to-kill provisions of new anti-terror laws in Australia are likely be watered down after state leaders on Thursday warned they could lead to a repeat of the wrongful police shooting of a Brazilian man in London. But Australian Prime Minister John Howard said the powers for police were not new and the Australian Federal Police already had the right to use deadly force if needed to protect further loss of life or serious injury. "We are...

2005-10-16 22:34:28

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's tough new security laws planned after the July London bombings may be watered down after a number of key political leaders called on Monday for more debate, worried the measures are being rushed. Last month, Australia's six states and two territories agreed to pass conservative Prime Minister John Howard's new security laws even though one state leader described them as "draconian." Under the laws, suspects can be detained for 48 hours...

2005-10-08 06:29:13

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A bomb squad declared as safe a van abandoned on a road leading from Australia's Parliament House to Prime Minister John Howard's Canberra, police said on Saturday. Roads in the area around Australia's Parliament House were reopened after being closed for about five hours after a suspicious item was spotted in the van left on the road. "It was determined to be not a problem," an Australian Capital Territory police spokeswoman said. Howard was not in Canberra....

2005-10-02 11:12:15

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - World leaders offered support to Indonesia on Sunday and called for swift justice, a day after coordinated bombings killed as many as 26 people and wounded 122 on the holiday island of Bali. Australian Prime Minister John Howard, angered by the death of a 16-year-old boy from his country and the wounding of more than a dozen other Australians, called the blasts an attack on democracy and pledged assistance alongside Singapore and other regional...

2005-10-01 20:50:45

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Sunday the bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 25 people were aimed at undermining the moderate leadership in Indonesia that is a threat to Islamic extremism. "President (Susilo Bambang) Yudhoyono represents a threat to Islamic extremism," Howard told Australian television. "He is the democratic, moderate face of Islam and he is somebody therefore that should be supported and helped. The terrorists know...

2005-09-27 04:55:29

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is to impose "draconian" counter-terrorism laws after state and territory leaders agreed on Tuesday to wide-ranging security proposals made by Prime Minister John Howard in the wake of the London bombings. Howard said the new laws, which include detaining suspects for up to 48 hours without charge and using electronic tracking devices to keep tabs on terror suspects, were needed to combat "unusual circumstances." "We do live in very...