16.02.2003 09:00 UTC
Anti-war demonstrations continued in Australia on Sunday as more than 400,000 people took to the streets in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Sunday's protests followed some of the biggest anti-war demonstrations across Europe. In London, organisers said up to two million people marched for peace while in Berlin some 500,000 took to the streets.
The Bush administration, meanwhile, was pondering its next move following the weekend rallies. A White House spokeswoman said President George W. Bush was still hoping to avert war, adding he viewed force as a last resort. Britain and Australia are so far the only allies which have agreed to send troops to fight alongside US forces in the event of war, an indication that a powerful international coalition was not about to materialise.