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A typhoon leaves a trail of

destruction in China and

Taiwan. Landslides flatten

villages in India's north.

Fears Indonesia's most wanted

terrorist may still be alive.

And a power struggle as

Pakistan's Taliban jostle for a

new leader.

Hello. Beverley O'Connor here with ABC News for Australia Network. Typhoon

Morakot has hit China's

south-east, killing at least

one person, and causing

widespread damage. Nearly a

million people have been

evacuated from their homes in

China's eastern coastal

provinces. Hundreds of houses

have been brought down, and

thousands of hectares of

farmland have been flooded. The

typhoon battered China's

south-east coast, with 120

kilometre an hour winds, heavy

rain, and flooding. Airports

were closed and ships ordered

back to harbour, as waves

topped 7m. Hundreds of homes

were destroyed and a million

people forced to flee. Dinghies

took to what were once busy

streets as relief teams moved

in to begin the recovery.

move Forecasters say the storm will

move north and weaken, but the

strong winds will remain for a

few days. Before reaching

China, Typhoon Morakot had

already left a deadly path of

destruction in the Philippines,

and caused the worst flooding

in Taiwan for 50 years. All the

guests and staff at this hotel

had been evacuated, but many

others throughout the affected

areas remain missing.

Nearly 50 people have been

purr reed alive and another 50

are still missing after

landslides flattened three

villages in India's northern

Uttarakand State. Paramilitary

forces have rushed to the scene

to carry out salvage and relief

operations. Thousands of cubic

metres of thick mud cover what

were once villagers in this

district in the mountainous

region that borders Tibet north

and Nepal to the east. The land

slide followed a monsoonal

downpour. The State's Chief

Minister rushed to the area to

inspect the damage. We are

marking and recording the

places prone to land it slides

and which are situateed in

danger zones. Those living in

such areas will be shifted to

safer places. But that's little comfort to the survivors of this disaster, this disaster, whose villages

were not in a designated

landslide zone. Police and

locals now have the grim task

of sifting through the mud and

what is likely to be dozens of

bodies. Our police are carrying

the rescue operation in full

swing. We'll take all possible measures. The Chief Minister

says surviving families will

receive more than $2,000 receive more than $2,000 in

compensation and be moved to

safer villages.

There are growing fears that

this region's most wanted

terrorist may have evaded

Indonesia's police yet again.

They had believed a men killed

in Ken tral Java after a series

of the raids was Noordin

Mohammad Top but Indonesian

police say it may take two

weeks of forensic test to

determine whether it was the

Malaysian born fugitive or not.

Just who is the person in this

body bag being removed from a

Central Java house after yesterday's raid?

Anti-terrorist police were

convinced that the manholed up

inside for 17 hours was none

other than the region's most

wanted terrorist, Noordin

Mohammad Top. They were

determined to get him at all

costs. And then of course, it

ended up presumably when the

body was brought back to

Jakarta, that it wasn't. DNA

test.s on the man's body at this Jakarta police hospital

are expected to soon confirm

that Noordin Top has escape ed

again. But this is how close

police got to him. Police chief Bambang

Bambang Handaso is holding up a

surveillance photo taken just

last Thursday and this is where

Top was when this photo was

taken, the day before in Basaki

house was raided. Police allege

this was not just the command

centre for last month's hotel

bombings but also from where

Noordin Mohammad Top's

terrorist network planed to

mount an attack against

Indonesia's President himself.

More than 100 kg of explosives

were found in the house, along

with a truck bomb police say

Yudhoyono's residential in was intended for Susilo Bambang

Chikiyas, just 7 kilometres

away. Since April 30th, Noordin

Top had held meetings declaring

that the President was a target

because he decided to execute

the Bali bombers. But it

appears the man responsible for

every terrorist attack in

Indonesia since 2002 has

slipped the net once more. It's

going to really add to this

man's legendary status. Not to

mention increasing the

likelihood of more terrorist


In Pakistan, rumours abound

another Taliban leader has been

killed in a succession

struggle. The information comes

only days after the news the

Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud

was killed in a missile strike

but there are now increasing doubts about both incidents

with authorities admitting no

bodies have been found. Dead or

alive? Late last week, news

came that Taliban chief

Baitullah Mehsud had been

killed. Now it's been suggested

that one of his potential

successors has suffered a

similar fate. The Pakistani

government says Harimulla

Mehsud was shot dead during an internal Taliban scuffle to

decide who should take over as

chief but not everyone

agrees. The Taliban are denying

this shootout. They're saying

that there was no fight between

the Taliban commanders and

they're denying that one of the

Mehsud commanders has been killed.

Mehsud also reportedly called a

news service to dispel the

rumours. There are now also

claims that Baitullah Mehsud in

fact survived a US air strike

in South Waziristan. The US

admits it's not entirely

certain it hit its mark. We any

so. We ... we ... put it in the

90% category if you want. The

Taliban says its chief is

gravely ill, but rumours of his

death are freightly

exaggerated. On the streets of

the capital, confusion

reigns. Some people are saying

he's alive. Others say he's

dead. We're totally confused.

We have no idea what's

happening. There are reports

that Baitullah Mehsud is dead,

but they are not being verified

there is no correct

information. Some say doubts

will continue if no bodies are

produced. But with both deaths produced. But with both deaths

allegedly occurring in Taliban

heartland in South Waziristan,

this could be difficult. Three Australian soldiers

were wounded in Afghanistan

over the weekend in a series of

blasts from improvised

explosives devices or IEDs. The

Taliban has been stepping up

its attacks in the lead-up to

the presidential election. ABC

correspondent Sally Sara is

embedded with Australian troops

in the Middle East, who are on

their way to Afghanistan. their way to Afghanistan. She

filed this report.

They start training at dawn,

before the Middle Eastern

desert heats up to 45 degrees.

These Australian troops are

only two days away from

Afghanistan. After many months

of preparation, they're ready

to take on the Taliban. We

don't give these bastards an

edge. If they want to kill us, they're going to fight for it they're going to fight for it

all the way. Because they'd

like nothing more than for

every one of us to be dead.

That'd make their day. For many

of these soldiers this is their

last chance to practise these

drills before they touch down

in Afghanistan. Warrant Officer

Alex Mol watches over the

soldiers with a mixture of

pride and anxiety. His own son

is already serving on the front line in Afghanistan. I

line in Afghanistan. I have a

son who's out on the ground

fighting at the moment. So when

we have an incident occur, that

always hits home. The sons of

other families are on their

way, too. Private Patrick

Gilmore from Adelaide will be

going into combat for the first

time. He's been in the army

less than two years. He'

nervous about what's ahead but

confident his training will get

him through. You know you see

the things that can happen. You

try to not think about it too

much because it will affect

your job. I mean, there's

always going to be risks. But

it's what you signed up for. So

I mean, try not to think about

it too much. I'm not really too

worried. The troops receive a

final first aid lesson before

they fly out. The No. 1 danger

for these soldiers will be

improvised explosives devices

or IEDs. The blasts have

already claimed Australian

casualties. The troops going

into Afghanistan at an

extremely dangerous and

sensitive time. It's now only

10 days to go until the

presidential election. And now,

more than ever before, there's

a vital link between security

and democracy. Many of these young soldiers will be putting

their lives on the line as coalition

coalition forces step up the fight against the Taliban.

In Iraq, an Australian and a

British security guard are dead

after an apparent argument in

the Green Zone. 37-year-old

Queenslander Darren Hoare and

Briton Paul McGuigan were shot.

The men worked for the private

security company Armor Group.

Iraqi authorities have charged

a British co-worker with their

deaths. The Iraqi military is saying

saying the incident began as an

argument. You're watching ABC

News for Australia Network.

Coming up - more bodies

recovered after a helicopter

and small plane collide over

the Hudson River. And -

Australia levels the Ashes

series with an emphatic win in

the fourth Test at Headingley.

The US says it's prepared to

hold direct talks with North

Korea over its nuclear weapons,

but only if it returns to the

six-party process. North

America correspondent Lisa Millar reports that North Korea

has so far resisted coming back

to the negotiating table. The

former US President Bill

Clinton's surprise meeting with

Kim Jong Il has raised

expectations North Korea might

resume disarmament talks. The resume disarmament talks. The

US national security adviser

Jim Jones says the isolated

country has indicated it wants

to improve relations with the

US. North Koreans have

indicated that they would like

a new relation, a better

relation with the United

States. They've always

advocated for bilateral

engagement. We have put on the

table in the context of the

talks, we would be happy to do

that if in fact they would

rejoin the talks. General

Jones confirmed Bill Clinton

told the reclusive leader

during their meeting that he

had to abandon his ambitions to build nuclear weapons.

Indian authorities are

questioning the crew of a North

Korean ship that was stop and

boarded after a six-hour chase

by the Indian Coastguard. The ship with 39 crew

ship with 39 crew was detained

off the Andaman and Nicobar

islands. India's naval chief

says nothing suspicious was

found in the ship's cargo of

sugar during an initial

inspection. Authorities say the

crew are not cooperateing with

their investigation. Burmese

across the world have marked 29

1st anniversary of the massacre

of 3,000 pro-democracy

supporters by the country's

military regime. The military regime. The

commemoration has led to

renewed calls for the immediate

and unconditional release of

the Opposition Leader Kyoto. -

Aung San Suu Kyi. Protest is

forbidden in Burma. When it

occurs it's brutally put down.

1988 is perhaps more tragic

than most. More than 3,000

people, many of then students,

were murdered by the military regime to regime to end what's become

known as the 88/88 uprising.

Prayers in one of the thousands

of Buddhist temples that dot

mur da was the only way some National League for Democracy supporters had to remember

8/8/88. This peaceful protest

in Tokyo was loud. There's more

than 1,000 people marching on

the Burmese embassy. Their

message was clear: they were

demanding the immediate and

unconditional release of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu

Kyi. Whether or not she is

released, we have to struggle

to get democracy in our

country. But this is our

determination. We will fight

for democracy until the end.

Aung San Suu Kyi is being held

in a prison in Rangoon on a

charge of violating the

conditions of her house arrest.

Her trial has been long

delayed, and at last report, a

decision is expected some time

this week . A small but vocal

crowd of Burmese democracy

supporters took to the streets

in Bangkok to commemorate

8/8/88. Their demands were the

same - the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all

political prisoners. I was a

student in 199 --

1988. I have been fighting for

democracy all these years. I am

joining many communities as I

just want to see democracy in

Myanmar. Even with elections

scheduled for next year the

military regime shows no signs

of relaxing its grip on

political life in Burma. Authorities

Authorities in Tonga will

attempt to determine whether

any criminal charges should be

laid following the ferry

disaster that claimed an

estimated 93 lives. But that

could be hampered by the

difficulty of locating the

sunken vessel.

Church services across Tonga

were packed on Sunday as the

nation remembered those dead and missing from Wednesday's

ferry disaster. There were 149

people on board the Princess

Ashika when it sank off Tonga

and I divers are continuing to

try to locate the sunken vessel

if deep waters off the South

Pacific nation. We have to also

be realistic that we may not

locate the sunken vessel.

Australian and New Zealand navy

divers are helping in the

search, but the varying depth

of the ocean floor is making

finding the wreckage

difficult. There are reports of

36m at one point. And up to

110m at another point. Which is

of concern for us, because our

equipment really only will go

down to about 100m. Police

are investigating whether

anyone could be held criminally

liable for the accident. The

vessel was owned by the Tongan

State and there have been

claims it was too old to be

used as a passenger ferry. The

investigation that will be

carried out or the court of

inquiry will endeavour to

establish whether or not there

was any negligence, whether or

not this relates to officialdom

or whether it relates to

operators or not, this will be

determined by the court of

inquiry. Many relatives of the

missing are holding a vigil in

a makeshift shelter outside the

shipping office. We want to see

our family members who were

lost in the boat. That's why

we're still here. 54 survivors

were rescued, but so far, only

two bodies have been found.

Divers have recovered seven

bodies from New York's Hudson

River following a crash between

a helicopter and small plane.

All nine people aboard the two

aircraft were killed. The

remains of the helicopter were

pulled from the Hudson River

today and divers also continued

the grim task of recovering

bodies from the water. It was

treacherous work. The river

bottom is very murky and it's

hard for the divers to see in

front of them. And they are

trying to almost operate in the

dark. From witness reports, it

appears it was the Piper plane

shown here that ran into the

Liberty Thor helicopter. The Liberty Thor helicopter. The

safety board will be looking at

the operations in this air

space we do know it's very

congested. We fwho that there

are a lot of different types of

operations. We're now learning

more about the identities of

those who lost their lives . On the helicopter for what was to

be a 12-minute tour of the Big

Apple was the pilot and five

tourists from Italy. A husband

and wife. Their 16-year-old son. Also, son. Also, another teenage boy

and his father, who was

celebrating his wedding


His wife afraid to fly,

state onshore. At the controls

of the Piper, the pilot and

owner. On his board, his

brother Daniel and Daniel's

15-year-old son Doug, whose

friends today remembered hip on

YouTube. Today we took to the

air over the Hudson. There were

few aircraft out as the police few aircraft out as the police

and Coastguard continued their

search for wreckage. Some now

question whether pilots flying

below 1100 feet here on their

own, no traffic control, can

truly stay safe by looking out

for each other. We have an

aeroplane that you can't see

down in a helicopter you can't

see up and they're in the same

air space and that can be a

real problem and clearly that's

a factor . The European Union a factor . The European Union

in particular France and

Britain have condemned the

second mass trial in Iran of political detainees charged

with provoking unrest after

Iran's disputed presidential

election in June. A French

woman and two Iranians working

for the British and French

embassies are on trial as well

as dozens of others accused of trying to overflow the

country's leadership. --

overflow. The international overflow. The international

condemnation comes after a

French woman was charged with

espionage. The official news

agency reported that Ms Rice, a

teaching assistant, confessed

her mistakes and has sought

clemency. But the European

Union described the actions as

a show trial, and said she and

the embassy employees should be

released immediately. Friends

of the woman say she is

of the woman say she is

innocent. You can't even say

she participated. She just observed the demonstration.

It's normal to go and see what

happens in the street on your doorstep. The British

Embassy's chief political

analyst detailed how embassy

staff had forwarded claims of

vote rigging to London. The

re-election of Ahmadinejad was a really shocking outcome to

the British Embassy and stunned

the British.diplomats. At

least 26 people have been

killed and hundreds arrested in

post-election violence.

The parents of one of the

Bali Nine have helped launch a

national campaign to outlaw the

death penalty. The petition

calls for Parliament to

prohibit the use of capital

punishment against Australian citizens at home

citizens at home and overseas.

It also calls for a change to

allow all Australians serving a custodial sentence in a foreign

country to be returned to

Australia. Lee and Christine

Rush say such a law could help

their son Scott a convicted

drug smuggler is in a Bali jail

and may face a firing squad. He

committed a crime and he needs

to be punished. But he doesn't deserve

deserve a bullet. It's

expected the petition will be presented to Parliament a

little later on this year. Rio

Tinto has declined to comment

on Chinese allegations that

it's been spying in China for

the past six years. In a

dramatic twist in the Stern Hu

affair, China's state security watchdog says information found

on seized Rio Tinto computers

supports the allegations. They

also claim is cost Chinese

steel companies $122 billion.

Stephen Mac lonl reports from

Beijing. China's state security watchdog says information found

on seized Rio Tinto computers

shows that the mining giant has

been spying here for six years. A report by the national

administration for the

protection of state secrets

says Stern Hu and the other

detained Rio staff won over and

bought off executives from the

senior ranks of Chinese steel companies. Obtaining

information by deceit.

According to Rio Tinto, its

staff have done nothing wrong,

but the strong language by this

body, which will advise the

courts on the Rio detainees,

appears to suggest they're looking at being found guilty.

You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. In the

headlines - Typhoon Morakot has

hit China's south-east, killing

at least one person and causing

widespread damage. Let's check financial

markets now. Around the region,

in New Zealand the market has

opened half a per cent


Now to sports news.

Australia has bounced back to

square the ooh one Test apiece,

beating England by an innings

and 80 runs in the fourth Test

at Headingley. It took just

over a session on Day 3 to wrap

up the match. England was

dismissed for 263 just after

lunch. Australia started Day 3

where it had finished on Day 2.

But some stubborn lower order

resistance delayed the

Australians' celebrations.

Stuart Broad and Graham Swan

added 108 runs off just 75

balls for the eighth wicket,

before Broad chanced his arm

once too often. Mitchell

Johnson took the last two

wickets to finish 5 for the

innings and a welcome return to

form. I'm just really

ultra-proud of the way we've

responded in a big game. I said

before the game there's just

been a real feeling of

excitement around our group and

I just felt a really good performance is around the

corner. As a group of 11

players we gotta take it on the

chin and say that was far below

where we think we should be

playing at. The series moves

on to a fifth an deciding match

at the Oval, with Australia

needing a win or a draw to

retain the ooh. In the subcontinent, Pakistan rounded

out its one-day series against

Sri Lanka with a strong win.

Trailing 3-1 in the five-match

series, Pakistan made 279 offer

its 50 overs. The home side was

no match. All out for 147 in

the 35th over. The World Bad

min tan Championships in India

have been dealt a blow, with

the English team withdrawing

after a threat against the

tournament was reported in the

local media. The threat

allegedly came from the

Pakistan-based militant group

Lashkar-e-Toiba. We are not revealing our security

measures. We are following that

plan that was set up months ago and implementing that plan

because that's the plan that will make this tournament

secure. None of the other 44

teams in the Championships have


Now let's look at how the regional weather is looking for us as we start the working


You've been watching ABC

News for Australia Network.

Let's check again our top

stories. Typhoon Morakot has

hit China's south-east, killing

at least one person and causing

widespread damage. There are

growing fears that the region's

most wanted terrorists may have evaded

evaded Indonesia's police yet

again. And unconfirmed reports

of a fatal shoot-out between

rival leadership contenders for

Pakistan's Taliban. And that's

all for this bulletin. For more

news and current agairs from

the region, you can go to our

web site. I'm Bev O'Connor.

Thanks for your company. See you soon.

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