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Australia's foreign affairs dept evacuated over suspicious package: police

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New South Wales police inspect the area near the scene of a siege in a cafe (R) in Sydney's Martin Place, on Dec 16, 2014.

[CANBERRA] Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen, police said.

Few other details were available.

Australia is on high alert after heavily armed police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed terrified hostages being held there at gunpoint for 16 hours. Two hostages and the gunman were killed, police said.

REUTERS

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