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Flat Earth: Gone walkabout

IRANIAN newspapers are calling for the expulsion of the Australian ambassador saying he drove to a military zone in the desert east of Tehran on a spying mission. The Australian Foreign Ministry rather stiffly agreed that he was indeed in the area, but that, bored with the main highway, he decided to take ''a scenic route'' along a river bed parallel to the road, where he became bogged down and had to ask for help at a local salt mine.

That's the trouble with Iranians: they've never really grasped the true-blue Ocker spirit that takes over a man when he's in the Outback.