Anybody know of an alternative for international users please?
I don't think LR withdrawals are going away. I thought so when I wrote the OP, based on the message and the fact I know Dwolla is coming, but last night MagicalTux said this on IRC #bitcoin-otc:
< stamit> MagicalTux, what's up with the LR withdrawals?
<+MagicalTux> stamit: LR sucks, I'm rewriting the API to handle cases when the LR api goes wrong better
I know the LR API was throwing errors whenever MagicalTux's LR account went over limits on the API, which is one reason why LR withdrawals often were not working previously. (The other reason was when MagicalTux's LR account got depleted, but that error message didn't seem to happen as often.) Based on this IRC message, it seems MagicalTux is rewriting the API to have better error messages.
Also, with many US people switching to Dwolla (myself included) I suspect the LR withdrawals will be less stressed, so should work more often for you.