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    Obama in Australia to boost military links

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    US President Barack Obama is to strengthen military ties with Australia by updating a 60-year old security alliance as part of his two-day visit.

    Obama, making his first visit to the country since his election in 2008, was greeted by Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister, as Air Force One landed in Canberra, the capital, on Wednesday.

    He held talks with Gillard and will address Australia's parliament before flying on Thursday to the northern city of Darwin where he is expected to announce plans for thousands of US maritime forces to train and do more joint exercises with the Australian military on the country's northern coast.