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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Tonight - in the London attacks. home grown suicide bombers suspected to be sent to Afghanistan. 150 Australian troops about the sale of Telstra. The State's farmers hung up And one-day wonders - for the Ashes defence. Australia now ready Felicity Davey with ABC News. Good evening. four friends from northern England British police believe London bombings. are responsible for last week's naming three of them. The British press have gone further, developments In a day of fast moving the attacks were all British, detectives revealed those behind and were probably suicide bombers. in northern England, They raided houses at Leeds a relative of one suspect. finding explosives and arresting The trail led south, to Luton - to have boarded a train to london. where the bombers are believed in a hire car left at the station. Here, explosives were found personal documents, Later police revealed they'd found of three of the suspects, with the names attacks. at the scene of the London the men's movements And they've been able to retrace on closed-circuit television.

Raphael Epstein reports. From London, ABC Correspondent Just five days after the bombings on six houses, heavily armed police swoop

homes of three young men. including the one of the properties Police blasted their way into in a controlled explosion. And I have to tell you that this investigation is moving at great speed. a large amount of explosives, At one house, detectives found possibly a bomb-making factory. They also arrested a relative of one of the suspects. British of Pakistani origin. It seems the likely bombers are But one newspaper claims from Pakistan. two of them had recently returned a Honda...that's it. He had a little baby and he drove While the houses are still being examined, railway station north of London. raids also centred on Luton of the men drove to the station Investigators believe three to catch a train to London. Two cars were found, one of them contained explosives in a controlled operation. that were destroyed they have security camera footage Police believe in their rucksacks. of all four men armed with bombs We have identified CCTV footage at Kings Cross station showing the four men on that morning, July 7. shortly before 8:30am 20 minutes after the men were spotted at Kings Cross, detonated their cargo it's believed three of them on London's Underground. terrible first for Western Europe - The evidence is pointing to a the first suicide bombings. personal documents We have since found of three of those four men, bearing the names of three of the explosions. close to the seats The documents are credit cards and drivers licences. Police also say missing by his family last Thursday the remains of a man reported at Tavistock Square. were found on the bus long warned Intelligence agencies overseas have that Britain has been too tolerant of dangerous extremists, including many who were convicted al-Qaeda. and suspected of a role within

a public backlash Police are anxious to avoid in a regional city like Leeds, where three of the bombers lived. The work of last Thursday is that of extremists and criminals, or stigmatise any community no-one should smear with these acts. who the bombers are. Police believe they know who recruited and financed them The fear now is of a mastermind and may have prepared others for more attacks. Rafael Epstein, ABC News, London. have mourned Political and diplomatic leaders the London terrorist attacks the victims of at a memorial service in Canberra. attended the service Representatives of all faiths at St Paul's church. as Christians, Muslims, Jews To stand together today of whatever stamp, and people of goodwill and hatred are not the answer who sense deeply that violence to the human question. When families are suffering, they come together with us today and you have come together of freedom-loving peoples as part of that family and never will win. who know that terrorism can't thanked Australians The British High Commissioner for their warmth and compassion. Before reading from the bible, in memory of the victims. the PM lit a candle has announced the details The Prime Minister of troops to Afghanistan. of Australia's new commitment

should be in place by September 150 special forces soldiers for up to a year. and they'll be there The Government has delayed reconstruction team sending in a larger defence until next year. Since 2002, the only Australian soldier a mine clearance expert has been in Afghanistan. from the US and Britain But with pressure and with local election looming of Taliban and al-Qa'ida fighters, and the resurgence are going back. Australia's elite troops commandos and supporting elements. Comprising SAS troops, The PM emphatically denies nearly three years ago. that it was a mistake to pull out for some time Labor says it's been obvious that the job wasn't finished. for a long time argued The Opposition has is "terror central". that Afghanistan What has happened is that we... at the beginning. ..there was a lot of progress made a resurgence. In recent months there has been the Australians to return Afghani officials want with Pakistan. to the dangerous border region control of US forces, They'll be under the operational zone of operation. but will have their own A former SAS commander says opium crop will also be targeted. along with insurgents, a boom on the flow of funds to terrorists We have to cut down throughout the world. to underline the danger John Howard is at pains of their new assignment. There is the possibility that casualties will be suffered. The deployment will cost up to $100 million - that doesn't include a 200-strong reconstruction team which the government has put on hold until next year pending further talks with allies. Nonetheless, Afghanistan's ambassador expects the second group will also be deployed. Taking care of our immediate needs and thinking about long-term needs - that is welcome news. Making the announcement before heading to Washington and London, the PM also made it clear that he doesn't want to send any more troops to Iraq.

And unlike the open-ended commitment there, the special forces are being sent to Afghanistan for just a year. John Howard says they have to be back in time to secure the APEC summit in Sydney in 2007.

Craig McMurtrie, ABC News. China's ambassador to Australia has described as a misjudgement the decision to grant a permanent protection visa to former diplomat Chen Yong Lin. Since leaving his diplomatic post in Sydney,

Mr Chen has claimed

that there is a Chinese spy network operating in Australia. Speaking last night at a ceremony to open the Chinese consulate in Brisbane, Madam Fu Ying described Mr Chen's comments as 'kindergarten games'. He has been spreading the allegations and lies. And I hope, I hope the Australian Government

will seriously look into the allegations. But Madam Fu says the decision to grant Mr Chen a protection visa won't damage China's relationship with Australia. A triple train crash in Pakistan may have claimed up to 300 lives. The passenger trains collided at a station in the south of the country. 150 bodies have been recovered and at least 1,000 people have been injured, some of them critically. Railway officials are blaming one of the drivers for misreading a signal. It's believed one of the trains was at a station when another train slammed into it. A number of carriages were catapulted onto a nearby track and a third train ploughed into that wreckage. Pakistan's president has ordered an urgent investigation. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered the country's armed forces to wage a "relentless attack" against the militant group Islamic Jihad.

It's in retaliation for a deadly suicide bombing in which at least three people were killed. It happened at a shopping mall in the city of Netanya and the Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, has already claimed responsibility. Middle East correspondent Matt Brown reports. The blast brought this normally bustling coastal city

to a standstill. A Palestinian a teenager who had just finished high school blew himself up among a group of Israeli teens at a busy intersection. The bodies of two of the victims lay in the road where they fell and dozens were wounded. "It was a huge explosion," this man says - "it's the third time he's been the victim of a suicide bomber." Military helicopters were called in to rush some of the wounded to hospital. The Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the attack. The militants say they were responding to Israeli violations of the cease-fire

that has been in place since early this year.

But the government of Israel warned it will retaliate. With these organisations you don't talk you don't sign agreements,

you fight them. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, known to his people as Abu Mazen, has been trying to get Islamic Jihad to stick to the cease-fire deal.

He expressed his sympathies for the victims of the attack, and he says "it's was also a crime against the Palestinian people "designed to derail Israel's planned withdrawal "from Palestinian territory in the Gaza Strip." But Israelis laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Palestinian president. This effort by the Palestinian authority and Abu Mazen to strike a deal with these terrorist attacks, with these terrorist organisations resulted in such attacks. The blast was not a large one by Israeli standards -

but its effects will be far reaching. This violence after so many months of relative calm will jolt many ordinary Israelis,

and it will make them doubt the value of future negotiations with the Palestinians. Matt Brown, ABC News, Jerusalem. The convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has had a run in with security officers in her Bali jail. Government inspectors were at the prison to check conditions,

but when guards got too close, Corby lashed out. Let go of me! Corby was found guilty last month of smuggling more than 4kg of marijuana into Bali. Her trial is expected to be reopened next week. The State's water police now have the latest counter-terrorism device available to them. The digital sonar scanner is about the size of a gas cylinder and can take pictures below the water's surface to check seawalls, piers and boats. Part of the beauty of Sydney is its harbour but that, of course, needs to be protected as well. We need to make sure we have the capacity to protect, not only our harbour, but the things associated with the harbour - the buildings along side it, the bridges that cross it. The water police recently used it to monitor the hull of the visiting American aircraft carrier, USS 'Kitty Hawk', when it visited Sydney Harbour last week. The scanner is portable and will also be used to help find objects in lakes and rivers. The overwhelming majority of farmers surveyed on the future of Telstra say it should remain in Government hands. They say service in the bush is still not good enough and privatisation won't help. However, the Prime Minister says he will not be deterred and argues that keeping Telstra in public hands could actually make things worse. It was smiles all round as the Prime Minister met Telstra's new boss for the first time today. But farmers are still unhappy about Telstra's services in regional areas. It is not bloody well good enough, and the message needs to go loud and clear to the Government that the bush will not bloody well cop it. The association surveyed 1,100 of its members in 14 federal electorates, and 80% of them don't want Telstra fully privatised. Farmers say a phone that works is a basic human right.

They claim rural services are not up to scratch now and a privatised Telstra can't be trusted to continue to deliver services. Despite the Government spending more than $1 billion in recent years improving services to ready Telstra for sale, many farmers continue to report landline and mobile drop-outs and lengthy repair times. This is a system that's in absolute decline, it's an absolute basket case and something needs to be done. Telstra says it has out-performed all the targets set by the Communications Authority. The service performance, in my 40 years today, is significantly better than any other year in my 40 years of service and if I was a farmer I'd be happy with that. The Prime Minister says majority Government ownership

will work against Telstra's ability to provide acceptable services. Eventually, the absurdity of that arrangement has to begin to affect services. The Government says new laws will ensure Telstra services the bush properly when it's sold. Adrian Raschella, ABC News. The Roads and Traffic Authority has rejected suggestions that Sydney's M5 motorway has dangerous pollution levels. A draft report of an audit documents several concerns, including an incident where maintenance staff were affected by excess carbon monoxide. But the Roads and Traffic Authority, which owns the tunnel, is adamant that it's safe. And I can say that no motorist and no resident has been exposed to levels of CO, NO2 or other chemicals above limits that's been set in the conditions. The Department of Infrastructure, which oversees air quality, said in a statement today it did not consider that pollution levels around the tunnels' entrances and exits have been, or are, unsafe. It expects to release the finalised audit report before the end of this year. Hundreds of smash repairers took to the streets of Sydney today, saying their livelihoods are at stake. Their target was NRMA Insurance, which today launched an online smash repair quoting system. They marched through Sydney with one clear message - the NRMA's new online quoting system is the final nail in the coffin for the smash repair industry. How long can small business sit back and let these massive corporations crush them? Under the new service, a photo of each damaged vehicle will be shown on a website. Repairers who've signed up to the scheme will be able to tender. The Motor Traders Association says that'll drive down prices and eventually push operators under. What about the unemployment? How many of you have had to lay off staff? I know heaps. Unfortunately, what you were seeing downstairs is the repairers who didn't get chosen. The NRMA says more than three quarters of smash repairers it approached signed up. But the MTA says that doesn't include the 10 biggest body repair shops in Sydney. The few that the NRMA NRMA Insurance have got signed up, are the B grade and C grade team - people that the NRMA wouldn't give work to two or threes years ago.

And it's claimed a similar scheme in the US has left consumers worse off. Because of what they are doing, 70% of all repairs are shoddy and poor quality. I totally reject that. That is a scare tactic being used to prop up uncompetitive repairers. The NRMA says it's not anticipating significant premium rises. Jane Margetts, ABC News, Sydney. To finance now, and consumer sentiment has fallen sharply as a result of the London bombings and the Government's industrial relations agenda. Alan Kohler has the details. The July survey of consumer sentiment was taken before, during and after the London bombings, so there's no doubt that had a major impact. Analysts also say that the proposed changes to IR laws also helped spook consumers, along with high petrol prices and the falling currency. All up, consumer sentiment fell 5.5% to leave the index 10% below the same time last year.

Today's second lot of economic data relate back to May - lending figures, which show an increase of nearly 8.5%.

Loans for renovations and personal loans, including credit cards, both fell but commercial finance jumped 16%. And finally the latest data on private wealth has been published by the Federal Treasury. We're now altogether worth a bit less than $5.4 million million or $265,000 each. That's 30 per cent more than in 2003, and that's the greatest 2-year increase in wealth since they started counting 45 years ago. And look at this very interesting graph. Per capita wealth we know about - up from about 65,000 to 265,000 since March 1987. Now here's the line for average per capita debt. It's increased 5.5 times from $3,600 to over $20,000.

But that's been swamped by the increase in wealth. Net wealth - or the difference between the two lines - has increased from less than $10,000 to nearly $250,000. No wonder consumer sentiment has been high. The local sharemarket edged higher today, thanks to rises by resources stocks like BHP Billiton and Oil Search, but retailers were up and down - Harvey Norman up, Coles Myer down. Oil went back above US$61 a barrel and the dollar went up a little bit and is now trading at just under 75.5. NASA has declared the space shuttle ready to fly, despite a last-minute embarrassment.

If the weather co-operates, the 'Discovery' will blast off tomorrow with Australian-born astronaut Andy Thomas on board. It's the first mission since the 'Columbia' tragedy 2.5 years ago. North America correspondent, Mark Simkin reports. NASA knows what happened, but not why. As the shuttle sat on the launch pad, a piece of plastic inexplicably fell from a window and hit the tail, damaging some tiles. Everything we do out here has risk, and anytime we have any work going on you take a chance of having something like this happen. Not embarrassed in the sense that I just think it's just one of those things that happen. It's an eerie echo of what happened to the last shuttle 2.5 years ago. As the 'Columbia' took off, a piece of foam cracked some tiles. NASA dismissed the damage, but it proved devastating. The shuttle disintegrated as it re-entered the atmosphere. Billions of dollars have been spent redesigning the 'Discovery' so it's not damaged by debris.

Hundreds of cameras and a boom-mounted laser will check for problems. The astronauts have been trained in repair techniques. Our vehicle's ready, the team's ready, I think our nation's ready, and, with some luck, our weather will be ready so we can begin our historic mission of returning the shuttle to flight. The 'Discovery' will take seven astronauts to the space station, which is in desperate need of supplies. The commander is Eileen Collins, a mother of two who's scared of roller-coasters. One of the astronauts is an Australian, Andy Thomas. It's humbling to be here and it's a great sense of privilege. NASA says it's reduced the risks, but it's not willing to declare the shuttle safe. Space flight is incredibly risky - there have been two catastrophic failures in 113 shuttle missions and, according to one calculation, if commercial airliners had a similar accident rate, there'd be more than 500 plane crashes a day. Officials insist the biggest threat to tomorrow's launch is the weather. Mark Simkin, ABC News. The Australian cricketers have delivered a psychological blow

to England with the Test series looming. Adam Gilchrist scored a century and England's batting was again tested

as Australia won the third and final one-day match with more than 15 overs to spare. Here's Peter Wilkins. This punishing Australian display hit a peak with a smorgasbord of stroke play from Adam Gilchrist. He thrashed the bowling for his 11th one-day century. His 121 off just 101 balls supported by cameos from Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn. After the feast came an uncharacteristic beef.

We've had stories made up about us, We've had handbags put on our hands, we've had all sorts of things. We've had people laughing at us. You know, it's good character to realise that all that's irrelevant. The tone had been set by Glenn McGrath who might have bowled five maiden overs with a wicket had Jason Gillespie not faltered. Despite fielding lapses and a catch that sadly wasn't, Australia had England under the thumb at 6/93. Gillespie's spirits rising with three wickets. A feisty 74 from Kevin Pietersen and a half century from substitute Vikram Solanki presented a total of 228. One which held no fear for the rejuvenated Australians, winning the series, 2-1.

A ruthless individual and team performance saw six-time winner Lance Armstrong reclaim the yellow jersey

on the 10th stage of the Tour de France. A sea of Armstrong team colours dictated the 192km stage, swallowing up breakaways and setting up their leader to strut his stuff on a soul-destroying 22km climb to the finish. COMMENTATOR: This has been a systemmatic destruction of the field of the Tour de France. Contenders were left gasping,

as Armstrong cranked up the pressure in a steadily thinning lead group. We are looking at Superman. Close to the summit, only three companions remained. While settling for second behind fighting Spaniard Aejandro Valverde, the damage had been done. Armstrong's lead is 38 seconds over Michael Rasmussen, but tour hopefuls Jan Ullrich and Alexander Vinokourov lost several minutes to the champion. It's disconcerting - fine weather in Scotland has the main contenders for this week's British Open thinking low scores, despite a tougher St Andrew's course. That is, unless it turns nasty. The rough areas are so much more thick and dense

than they ever have been, so it will be a test if the wind blows. There was a unique honour for Jack Nicklaus who'll play his last competitive rounds at the venue

of two of his three Open successes.

Being an American, particularly to come in on Scottish currency, is something that, obviously I never dream of. I'm very flattered, and very honoured by it. Australia's Joel Parkinson has produced the ride of the day in the first round of the World Championship event in South Africa. Parkinson reveled in the 1.5m waves, advancing straight to the third round. Championship leader Kelly Slater also impressed, recording the second highest score of the day in his heat. They're attracting tourists in ever increasing numbers to Australia's north-west. And now whale sharks are coming under even more scientific scrutiny. Researchers are set to learn a lot more about the huge marine creatures, with the introduction of a satellite tracking system. The transmitters were attached to the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef off the West Australian coast. The Australian Institute of Marine Science says the tracking system will enable researchers to monitor the creatures more accurately. Position, depth and water temperature are all recorded for up to 18 months. We want to know if these animals are essentially like camels, moving from oasis to oasis out in the ocean waters. So far the results are promising. Scientists say the sharks are a lot more active than was first thought, with some diving up to one kilometre beneath the ocean surface. The research team is also concerned this ecotourist attraction could be targeted by Asian fishing boats. The important point is that we have to see if the tags can stay on the sharks long enough

to know if those sharks are heading into waters where they may be in danger. The endangered grey nurse shark

is the focus of a similar tagging program on the Gold Coast which aims to manage critical habitat sites. The shark lives mostly in shallow coastal waters, making it prone to interaction with humans. A lot of these sharks carry jewellery - which is hooks and lines and sinkers from all these encounters with fisherman - and they go through a very slow dying process. So we've got to try to control that. Experts believe fewer than 500 remain in the wild. Martin Cuddihy, ABC News. A controversial British play about the lead-up to the Iraq war,

is about to make its Australian debut. Local actors play all the real life politicans, including President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. Playing the key role of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is Aboriginal actor Leah Purcell. This was the moment of truth for the Queensland actor. After six weeks of rehearsing the lines, voice and mannerisms of Condoleezza Rice, Leah Purcell now had to look the part. Feeling very Condy. This was the first rehearsal on stage

for the sixteen actors in David Hare's chronicle of the diplomatic manoeuvres leading up to the war in Iraq. All the main players were there. Like most Americans, I listened with some skepticism... Portraying real people who are always on the TV news has been a surreal experience for the actors. Being a black woman, being one of THE most powerfulist women in the world, there is all of that, but when I become her character I believe in what she believes in at this time. You have to. The play takes its title from a remark by the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, played by Russell Dykstra.

We've had riots and problems and looting... stuff happens! But how accurate is the rest of the play, that suggests the decision to invade Iraq happened long before the September 11 attacks? The most exciting side of the play

is the dramatisation of meetings and conversations that happened behind closed doors. So they're imagined, but what the satisfying thing about the play is that it's looking at a history we know very well. Blending truth with artistic licence, 'Stuff Happens' comes to Australia on the heals of sell-out seasons in London and Los Angeles. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. Time for the weather. And Mike Bailey it was a couple of degrees warmer today. Yes, the sunshine came back to Sydney, Felicity. Good evening. Still some showers about the NE late today, but the clouds that gave Sydney just a few millimetres overnight, mostly cleared.

That helped temperatures go from 9 to 18 degrees, a top that's 1 above average and 5 up on yesterday's high. 14.5 degrees on the coast in Sydney. Down to -3 at Thredbo was the lowest last night. Widespread cloud across NSW has started to clear. It will be rather cool with winds continuing from the west and a further change expected on Friday.

There will be showers on the western slopes of the ranges. And that's ABC News for this Wednesday. I'm Felicity Davey. I'll be back with news updates and 'Lateline' tonight is at 10:30. We'll leave you now with pictures from Monaco where Prince Albert II has been officially proclaimed ruler of the postage-stamp-sized principality in succession to his late father Rainier. Have a good evening. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.