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Australia seeks release of senator in Malaysia

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February 15, 2013 10:16 PM EST | AP

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CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is seeking the release of a senator who was detained by Malaysian authorities at Kuala Lumpur international airport.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said Australian officials were seeking the immediate release of independent Senator Nick Xenophon who was detained Saturday under national security laws as he attempted to enter Malaysia.

Carr says Malaysia intends to deport the South Australia state senator.