Olympic torch: Kevin Rudd warns Beijing to remove guards for Australia

Kevin Rudd, the Australian Prime Minister, warned Beijing yesterday that he would not allow Chinese officials to provide their own security for the Olympic torch when it is carried through Canberra this month.

Speaking after complaints in London and Paris about the behaviour of the Chinese Olympic officials who wrestled with demonstrators and, at one point, appeared to take control of Downing Street, the Australian leader said that such incidents would not be repeated in his capital.