Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

British Embassy in Australia Closes Due to Security Scare; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

British Embassy in Australia Closes Due to Security Scare; World at a Glance

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. SUSPICIOUS packages have forced the closure of the British, American and Japanese embassies in Canberra, the Australian capital.

Police ordered the embassies be closed while the packages were investigated. Parcels were also received at South Korea's embassy and Australia's parliament in Canberra. A police spokesman said: "ACT (Australian Capital Territory) policing has received reports of suspicious packages at a number of foreign missions and parliament house." He could not give details on how many or which embassies had been targeted or what was in the packages.

It follows two security alerts in the last week when parcels containing a harmless powder were sent to the Indonesian embassy.

The Australian government believes they were related to Indonesia's recent jailing of an Australian woman on drugs charges, which has sparked an outcry.

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