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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 October, 2003, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
US help sought for sheep ship
Australia's opposition Labor party has said it wants the government to use its ties with the United States to allow a shipload of 50,000 sheep stranded at sea to be sent to Iraq.

The sheep have been stuck in Middle Eastern waters for several weeks, after Saudi Arabia rejected them, saying some of them were suffering from a disease called scabby mouth.

The Australian shadow agricultural minister, Kerry O' Brien, said Prime Minister John Howard should apply pressure on the Bush administration to allow the sheep to be landed in Iraq.

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