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Most Australians want troops out of Iraq
CANBERRA, Australia
Most Australians believe their troops should leave Iraq but are divided on whether soldiers should stay in Afghanistan, a poll found yesterday.
The poll conducted by foreign policy think tank Lowy Institute found 57 percent of respondents said Australia should not continue to be involved militarily in Iraq, while 37 percent said Australian troops should remain. Another 6 percent were undecided.
On Afghanistan, respondents were equally divided at 46 percent on Australian involvement, with 8 percent undecided.
The survey comes as Australia's involvement in Iraq looms as an election issue with the opposition Labor Party promising to withdraw troops if it wins this year's election.
Australia has 1,000 troops in Iraq and another 1,000 in Afghanistan.
Malaysia riot rumors
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Police detained two men for allegedly spreading rumors about racial riots in southern Malaysia that raised tensions amid calls by leaders for unity to celebrate 50 years of independence.
Two Malaysians, aged 25 and 29, have been in detention since Tuesday for questioning about mobile phone text messages alleging that racial riots took place in southern Johor state, Johor acting police chief Mohamad Mokhtar Mohamad Shariff said yesterday.
The text messages reportedly have been circulating since earlier this month, alleging that ethnic Malays and Indians fought in two towns, and rioting would break out on national day, today.
Police have dismissed the messages as untrue. Mohamad Mokhtar said the police would not hesitate to take legal action against anyone who threatened public safety.
"It's all rumors and nonsense," he told The Associated Press. "We will not tolerate all this nonsense. We will go all out to arrest those intending to create unrest and chaos."