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Hello I'm Jane Hutcheon. The top stories we're following

this morning - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange founder Julian Assange has been

freed on bail after a hearing overnight. He's vowed to clear in the British High

his name of allegations of sexual assault and pursue his work with the whistle blowing

website. Mr Assange will spend Christmas under house arrest on a country estate in Suffolk in the

death toll from the Christmas Island boat crash is Island boat crash is much higher than originally

estimated. The number of

confirmed dead has now risen to

30 after 2 more bodies were recovered by recovered by police divers yesterday. It's believed up to

100 people were on board the wooden boat when to rocks on Wednesday morning. The US President

Barack Obama says he's sticking

to his timetable for Afghanistan. He's released a

review into progress in that review into

country and has promised a

withdrawal of troops beginning next next July depending conditions. And in next July depending on

Michael Hussey says he's conditions. And in cricket

confident Australia can bowl

its way into a strong position its way into a strong

on day 2 of the third Ashes Test in Perth. The Test in Perth. The tourists

will begin 0 /29 in their first innings. England dismissed Australia for 268 on the

opening day after taking

advantage of a grassy WACA pitch. And let's get pitch. And let's get more now

on our top story, the on our top story, the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange founder Julian Assange being freed on bail in London. Alan Little reports on the dramatic developments of the last 12

hours. It took 7 hours to

satisfy the bail conditions, a

day in court. Julian Assange

walked free from jail to

extradition to continue his fight against

of London it's great to extradition to Sweden. Well

of London again. of London again. First some

thank yous. To all the people

around the world who

faith in me, who have supported my team while I have been away,

to my lawyers who have put up a

brave and ultimately fight. Nine days in Wandsworth brave and ultimately successful

prison have only enhanced his

standing among his admirers see him as a human rights

champion, persecuted for his

political activities. From his

prison van there was a momentary gesture of defiance

from Julian Assange and then

the drama resumed. Many,

especially in America, want him

jailed for treason. But here he

has won a long and growing list of celebrity supporters between them raised of celebrity supporters who

between them raised ?200,000 between them raised ?200,000 to

stand bail. The campaigning journalist John Pilger came court to show journalist John Pilger came to

solidarity. He has support all court to show his

over the world, as well he should. I better go in. Julian

Assange is accused of sexually

assaulting 2 women in Sweden in

August this year. He denies the allegations. He

bail 2 days ago but held in

Prosecution Service appealed. custody because the Crown

Acting for their Swedish counterparts, British there was a risk that Mr Prosecution

Assange would abscond if he

were granted bail. He had

network of contacts around the access to money and a large

impassively throughout his world. Julian Assange sat

defence team said there was no substantial risk of him jumping

bail. He only wanted to clear

his name. The judge said that his name. The judge said

while Mr Assange was while Mr Assange was in Sweden Swedish authorities, he'd been he'd cooperated with

interviewed by them and had answered their questions. He'd

stayed in Sweden for more than

a month. He'd asked for

permission to leave Sweden and

been granted it. In London he'd been in contact with the metropolitan police through metropolitan police through his

solicitors. This was not, the

judge said, the behaviour of a

fugitive or someone seeking to evade lawyer criticised prosecutors

in Sweden for in Sweden for bringing the in Sweden for bringing

appeal against bail in the

first place. We're utterly

delighted and thrilled with the result

result here today. We think it

was an unnecessary appeal. I

think it's unfortunate and it's

clearly evidence of part of the

continuing vendetta on the part

of Swedes against Julian Assange. His bail conditions require him require him to live here. He

local police station. will have to report daily to a

Vaughan Smith, a journalist Vaughan Smith, a journalist who

founded lopd skeas Frontline

Club. I've got to know Julian

well enough to be sure he won't abscond. Why are you sure of abscond. Why

that? Because I've had the

chance to get the know him chance to get the know him and know a different man than the

one who is shown on television. The fight television. The fight against

is already extradition goes on. His renown

is already global. The case

will only strengthen his reputation as an anti-establishment icon. The

Federal Government says it will provide support to the Christmas

help local residents deal with the asylum seeker boat tragedy. The number of

confirmed dead has now risen to confirmed dead has now risen

30 with the discovery of 2 more bodies. Andrew O'Connor reports

from Christmas Island. The

bodies were recovered bodies were recovered by divers

sent in by the Australian Federal Police yesterday to

the wreckage of the scour beneath the surface, near

the wreckage of the asylum boat. The boat broke up on

rocks tossing up to 100 in the water. The latest rocks tossing up to 100 people

victims are a man in his mid

20s and the a boy aged 10 to 12. Home affairs minister Brendan O'Connor said it's

still not clear exactly how

this many people may have drowned At

this point we've confirmed that

this point we've confirmed that 42 rescued and 28 people 42 rescued and 28 people have

perished. We are yet to

determine whether in fact there

are others who are missing and

indeed at first light today led by the Australian Maritime

Safety Authority we resumed the

search and rescue in order to

see whether in fact we would find more people alive hopefully. The search hopefully. The search and recovery operation recovery operation will

continue again today with local

volunteer emergency crews

joining personnel from Customs and border protection. Indian

doctor Mohammad Haneef who was

falsely accused of terrorism charge #3s charge #3s year ago is back in

Australia. He'll attend Australia. He'll attend mediation talks in Brisbane

about compensation for his

about compensation for his

wrongful detention by the Australian Federal Police. Haneef was working at the Gold Coast Hospital when he was arrested in connection to

failed terror attacks in the UK

in 2007. An independent inquiry has cleared him of has cleared him of his involvement. And Mohammad

Haneef will be holding a news conference at around 11:00

eastern daylight time this morning. We will bring that to you

you as soon as we can here on

ABC News 24. A Sydney property

tycoon accused of murdering businessman

today. Ron Medich is today. Ron Medich is charged

with murdering 45-year-old Mr

McGurk who was shot dead in the driveway of his home in September last year.

driveway of his home in

September last year. business dispute. The judge

will make his decision business dispute. The judge will make his decision in Sydney's Supreme Court later Sydney's Supreme Court later today. The Federal has granted has granted visas to another group of involved in last off on the customs ship the

'Oceanic Viking'. The asylum seekers have been held

centre in Romania for the past 12 months while the 12 months while the Government carried out security and health checks. A Government says they're still trying to work out what to do with the remaining 10 asylum seekers who

are still at the centre. are still at the centre. The

man who read the ABC's first

news bulletin will be farewelled today at a service in Sydney. James Dibble died this 87. His career at the spanned almost 30 years until his retirement ABC's managing director, Mark

Scott, will deliver the

eulogy. South Korea says hold live fire exercises.

Concern is mounting in South Korea that

Korea that its northern

neighbour is preparing for a third nuclear test March next March next year. While diplomatic efforts to diplomatic efforts to defuse the Korean life is returning to normal on the island idyllic its in isolation if not

for the fact that it's just for the fact that it's just 3 km from artillery barrage from the

North of the 1,600 population to flee of the 1,600 population to flee

to mainland. Each day ferris

bring back workers who are trying to rebuild the community as a Seoul return home.

TRANSLATION: When I came here

the first time I the first time I was so nervous but now this place active than before because people keep coming in and going from the island. The military

remains on high remains on high alert on Yeonpyeong and a live

Yeonpyeong and a live fire

exercise is planned for the exercise is planned for the island. In Beijing US Secretary of State James Steinberg has discussed with

the Koreas with a senior bureau minister. The Chinese foreign In the current situation says Beijing hopes all parties involved can keep calm and restrained and avoid taking any actions that will escalate restrained and avoid taking any

tension. As Pyongyang released tension. As Pyongyang released new photographs of leader new photographs of leader Kim

Jong-il and his youngest son

and chosen successor, an American State governor strode

into town on private visit. My

objective is to see if we can Korean peninsula, that's Korean peninsula, that's my objective here. I'm going to have a whole series of with North Korean with North Korean

officials. Still at war

officially for more than 350

year - 50 years peace seems year - 50 years peace seems a

long way off on the Korean peninsula. Fiji's Foreign Minister says he believes

Australia and New Zealand are

coming to accept that Fiji won't return to democracy until

2014. The Foreign Minister was

speaking at a news conference in the Solomon Islands

in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara after chairing the Melanesian spearhead group leaders meeting. The 2010 year

is almost over and the

Christmas decorations are up in

Honiara but Fiji finally got to

cheer this year's Melanesian

spearhead group meeting but it

thought it would host half a year ago. Vanuatu's year ago. Vanuatu's new Prime Minister, who inherited the

chairmanship through a vote of chairmanship through a vote of no confidence in Edward Natapi

two weeks ago was happy to hand

over to government. In fact his apology

to Fiji included handing over pigs. The Solomon pigs. The Solomon Island's Prime Minister claims it's a triumph for culture. We're

going to embrace Fiji hoping

ilaug with Fiji in a way ilaug with Fiji in a way we understand Melanesian cultures and

and values. Fiji's Foreign Minister, who stood in for Commodore Frank Bainmarama, said the support of Melanesian countries was important and

that he believed Australia and New Zealand their policy of isolating

Fiji. As far as Australia and

New Zealand is concerned I think they tried think they tried to accept now

the situation that we are going

through in terms of our

through in terms of our

roadmap, our timelines, roadmap, our timelines, going back to elections, democratic elections in elections in 2014. This Melanesian spearhead group leaders meeting was notable for

another reason - the absence of

any prime minister who had been

to one before. The rule of job and Papua New Guinea's leader is facing a leader is facing a leadership

tribunal, something Commodore Bainmarama does not have to

worry about. A failed asylum

seeker who ran over worry about. A seeker who ran over an killed a young girl while he was

from driving is to be allowed to live

Mohammad Ibrahim, an Iraqi Kurd, Kurd, fled the scene of the accident leaving Amy Houston trapped subsequently committed further crimes such as burglary

that his human rights would that his human rights would be

harmed if he was sent back

hit an run driver who left a

12-year-old to die on the road. An appeal the deport the Iraqi Kurd was rejected. For Amy decision comes as a bitter blow. That's my favourite picture in particular. 7 years on

the memories of her final hours

there it just, she's on a life support machine, You know Never got a say goodbye. Amy say goodbye. Amy had been walking walking along this road. She'd been heading buy a CD by her favourite boy

band but as she crossed to to a bus stop she was hit by car and then trapped

car, Ibrahim, fled the scene.

Ibrahim has a string convictions including driving whilst disqualified and without insurance. He was banned from driving banned from driving when Amy died. Other offences possession of drug, burglary, theft and theft and harassment. Amy's been served. She was little girl that deserved

better. She deserved protecting in society. No protection in society. No protection was given to

given to her, no justice. Last year Ibrahim won article 8 of the human rights act, Ibrahim from children he had a right to family life. But a father who claims his right to a family life has been taken from life has been taken from him

now has only these photos remember his daughter.

Government says it will stop detaining the children of

failed asylum seekers who are waiting to waiting to be deported. British Deputy Prime Minister Clegg called the detention shameful practice which saw more imprisoned last year.

decision fulfils an election pledge by Mr Clegg's Liberal Democrats party. And for detail on the day's top stories

and to send us your comments

and pictures goes to

WikiLeaks founder Julian

Assange has been freed on bail after a hearing. He's fighting

extradition to Sweden over sex

charges which he denies. The search search for asylum seekers

missing after the Christmas

Island boat tragedy will

continue today as the death

toll continues to rise. It now

stands at 30 after 2 more

bodies were recovered

yesterday. Cricketer Michael Hussey

Australia can bowl its way into

a strong position on day 2 of

the third Ashes Test in

Perth. And around the capitals


There's no known cure for the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis but recent sclerosis but recent cent

research gives some scientific

way to a holistic approach combining lifestyle interventions and drug interventions and drug treatments. Medical researcher

Professor George gel nick began a an exhaustive erge for treatments after being diagnosed with MS himself diagnosed with MS himself 12 years ago. He adopted major diet and lifestyle diet and lifestyle changes. Now the effectiveness of his approach has approach has been scientifically scientifically evaluated for the first

the first timement In

medicine we've lost our way a

little bit and we have an little bit and we have an undue reliance on pharmaceutical s

when we know what makes people healthy and healthy and often we just don't

offer it. He's the mainstream

medic turned self-help guru. 12

years ago Professor George Jelinek was holding down Jelinek was holding down a

highly stressful job as head of

emergency at a major emergency at a major Perth hospital when suddenly over a

few days he became numb from

the waist down and was

diagnosed with multiple

disease he'd seen cause his

mother so much suffering that

she took her own life. To say

I was shattered is understatement. To have been diagnosed with that illness after watching after watching my mother

deteriorate over 13 years with

the illness to a point where

she couldn't feed herself was

the most devastating blow I

really could have imagined at

that point in my life. The

doctor come patient set about trying to heal himself, gathering boxes of research papers and concluding that there was plenty of

evidence diet and evidence diet and lifestyle could play an important role could play an important role in

tackling the disease. He tackling the disease. He wrote a book called Overcoming MS and

since 2002 has run retreats at the not for profit Gawler foundation east of Melbourne. I

really don't want to see really don't want to see other people go through what my mother went mother went through. Breathe in, out. The foundation in, out. The foundation has promoted for 25 years since its for 25 years since its founder Ian Gawler went into remission from life-threatening cancer. Its self-help message attracted

a shell shocked Karen Law

was diagnosed with MS in May this year. The first reaction

is just terror. You try to calm

yourself down by saying well

it's not actually

life-threatening. But when you do digest it you well, what's that going to mean for the for the rest of my life? Professor Jelinek

advocates a holistic approach which combines treatments with a low saturated fat, vegetarian plus fish diet. Fatty acid supplementation,

medication, exercise and doses

of sunlight or vitamin supplements. If this was a drug

by now everyone would be on

it. For the first time the approach has approach has been

scientifically evaluated by

Professor Jelinek and his

research team at St Vincent's

Hospital in Melbourne. People

at the very least with MS can hope for a improvement. There's hope for a realistic

improvement. There's every chance that they

stabilise the illness and on

average they're likely to average they're likely to get

better as we've shown in the

the international peer study. The study published in

journal Quality the international peer review

journal Quality in Primary Care

found while quality of life usually deteriorates in people

with MS, those participating in

the study enjoyed on average up

to a 17% improvement in

physical and mental health one physical and mental health

and 2.5 years after attending

the retreat. Most of these

the illness at the time people were experiencing a

the illness at the time they

started the study. So changing their medications or started the study. So without

doing anything to them but adding the lifestyle that we've suggested, their health has

improved. The research is not

as strong - it's not strong

evidence because it's not a randomised control trial but randomised control trial but it is significant because it

hasn't been that sort of

research hasn't been done a lot and therefore it's a and therefore it's a good

start. I think we need a lot more studies. Not all patients

improved but some like Linda Bloom had dramatic turn

arounds. In 2002 at arounds. In 2002 at the age of

29 she had a sudden onset of disabling symptoms. I had

incredible fatigue to the

extent where I couldn't even lift a

lift a pen, I couldn't move my

arm from here to here. For about 3

about 3 months I was flat out

on a couch, I could barely

move. I felt that bad that I thought I don't know if I can

survive this. Linda Bloom

refused medication and adopted Professor Professor Jelinek's diet and

life style program after

reading his book and reading his book and attending

a retreat. She says the

over symptoms slowly disappeared

over 12 months and her health

improved to the point where improved to the point where she

felt well enough to have a

child. 7 years after diagnosis Linda Bloom had an MRI scan which she says which

in the lesions on her brain which

which indicate they found that the first

lesion that I'd had from the first episode had completely disappeared and disappeared and that the lesion was barely detectable to the naked eye. So that was amazing. Lesions do come and

go and people do feel well for quite a long period of time

with MS. It could with MS. It could be explained by the nature of the

illness. MS Australia also

recommends many of the lifestyle interventions promoted by Professor seen as but warns they shouldn't be

seen as a cure. It's a seen as a cure. It's a lot

easier to deal with when you

realise there's a heap of stuff realise there's a heap of stuff

that you can do and suddenly it's not so scary. Relapse free for a decade, Professor Jelinek

has now stopped taking MS drugs

but given the wildly variable

the illness it's not known how and unpredict able nature of

each individual each individual will respond

and he advises patients to

incorporate both mainstream

these people when they first treatments. I look at some of

come to retreats and in many

ways they feel like they're years broken people and to see people broken people and to see relatively unaffected by relatively unaffected by the

illness, as a doctor you couldn't wish for anything

Good morning, let's take a look at the satellite image. A trough will

continue to north-east NSW. We've low pressure system that's spreading heavy rain through central Western continue over the weekend

week the low moves further inland. A the low moves further inland.

showers to the south-east and week trough will bring some

over the weekend we'll see more showers with over the weekend we'll see some more showers with a cold front and a Queensland patchy rain

south-west with developing in the far

temperatures, isolated shower an storms about the rest of the

State. In NSW showers about the

east will be heavy at times in the north-east, rain in isolated thunderstorms developing over and mountain districts. For

the rain in the north-west to Tasmania today we can expect

the rain in the north-west to

extend across the State this morning with isolated South thunderstorms, 20 in Hobart. few showers in the south-east South Australia, you've got a

and in the west, a mostly clear

and dry day for the north. For WA, we'll see the odd shower in the south-west WA, we'll see the odd light

otherwise a dry strong winds will continue for Perth but heavy rain and

the central west strong winds will continue from

In the Northern Territory,

It must be one of the strangest music ever awarded. One Australia's top harpists is

about to head to Antarctica perform and record music.

Alice Giles will take a harp on

a long voyage south cracking ice base. Over howling winds and base. Over howling winds and

cracking ice will soon flow the dull set Tones of harp dull set Tones of harp music. Alice Giles performs in European concert in rural Yass in rural Yass near Canberra but she has long felt a connection

with Antarctica. It was always

part of my childhood to hear about

explorer Cecil Madigan who accompanied Mawson on the first

pex expedition in 1911. Ms Giles has been awarded an Australian Antarctic Australian Antarctic division arts scholarship. In February she'll travel to Antarctica with play music. It's an unusual way

to honour her ancestor but Ms

Giles says that's part of the Giles says that's part of the attraction. Antarctica is an

extreme place an there's also

something very appealing about

the harp and how that interacts with the natural environment. She plans to spend

8 days at Mawson base and will perform for those living and

working there. She will play music heard in the Antarctic

during that first expedition including well the 100-year-old song book mentioned in her grand father's

diaries and she will also play pieces composed especially pieces composed especially for the journey by Australian

composers. Wu I will record sounds of penguins and

ice and glaciers and whatever,

lit be a bit of an adventure

because I won't know what the

conditions will be. Ms Giles

will bring a sturdy miniature

harp that she hopes to outside stake taking advantage

of the notorious wind. When

that goes through the harp it can make a beautiful sound this harp is resistant to the

cold so it won't matter but I

don't know how my fingers don't know how my fingers will

be resistant to the cold. Ms Giles

Giles will document the journey

on her blog. Beautiful. Do

stay with us on ABC News 24, I will have more of the day's news in just a few minutes

including the latest on the release on bail of release on bail of WikiLeaks founder Julian

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Live. This morning - Julian

Assange freed on bail after Assange freed on bail after an appeal by Swedish prosecutors appeal by Swedish prosecutors

was rejected in London's High

Court. 30 confirmed dead and

dozens still missing in dozens still missing in the Christmas Island boat Christmas Island boat disaster. US US President Barack Obama says the US is making significant

progress in Afghanistan. We

are going to remain relentless

in disrupting and dismantling that terrorist

organisation. And England in the box the box seat going into day two

of the Ashes Test in Perth. Good morning. You're watching

ABC News 24. I'm Jane

Hutcheon. A quick check of