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This program is captioned live. investment in Afghanistan. Australia ups its military the West Australian Pilbara. Cyclone Clare roars through

flights over Sydney. Mounting pressure for shark spotting And the sky's the limit - of cricket. thousands cheer a quick game Good evening. Juanita Phillips with ABC News. military commitment to Afghanistan. Australia is stepping up its

The Defence Minister says and two Chinook helicopters more than 100 soldiers will be deployed within a month. from the Labor party, The decision has won applause as the key centre which regards Afghanistan in the struggle against terrorism. troops in Afghanistan Australia's had 190 special forces since the middle of last year. to more than double. That number is now set

and two Chinook helicopters 110 soldiers will be dispatched next month. based in Townsville, The helicopters, at a cost of $25 million are being upgraded and medical evacuation to provide air support for the special forces troops. for rotary transport capability There is a great need in Afghanistan. for the purpose. The Chinook is the best aircraft also pressing ahead with plans The Government's reconstruction team of 200 - to commit a provincial on the completion of negotiations but that depends with the Dutch Government, to provide security. whose forces have been earmarked at the end of this month, I'll be in the Netherlands talk to the Dutch Government then and I will have an opportunity to about their plans. The enhanced Australian commitment a broad international push is part of to the Taliban. to take up the fight

to boost its forces, too, NATO is preparing for combat. to free up American troops Military analysts deny to cope with the new deployments. the Defence Force will struggle because, essentially, This won't stretch the force, to what's currently in Iraq. it's a different type of force to Australia's involvement in Iraq, Labor may be adamantly opposed is a different story. but Afghanistan

has direct relevance to our region. Security in Afghanistan

It clearly is the location

Asian region have trained. where terrorists from the South-East The Government says will be out of Afghanistan Australian forces by the end of the year. Jim Middleton, ABC News, Canberra. Iraqi officials want to know evaded nine checkpoints how two suicide bombers the country's interior ministry. to strike deep within in the ministry's compound 28 people were killed as nearby, and other dignitaries the US ambassador watched a police day parade. and the parade continued later. The ambassador was unhurt as policemen The bombers were disguised and apparently were not searched. by Iraq's most-wanted man, The terrorist group headed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, what it described as said the attack was to avenge

at the interior ministry. the 'torture' of Sunni Muslims

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Doctors treating Israeli improvement in his condition. say there's a small but significant and has reacted to pain. He's started to breath on his own His responds to pain that we evoke. his right hand and right leg. He started to move minimally

with the initial signs Doctors are pleased retained some brain function which show that Mr Sharon has

after last week's massive stroke. to reduce his anaesthesia They'll continue of a medically induced coma. to ease him out to have had little effect Mr Sharon's condition seems

across the Gaza border. on tit-for-tat missile attacks have fired around 40 rockets Palestinian militants into Israeli territory

over the past 1.5 weeks. The Israeli military has hit back, in northern Gaza. trying to create a buffer zone

Matt Brown Middle East correspondent to a Palestinian launch site. has gained rare access from the Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade These Palestinian militants are these rockets and they're preparing to fire around the Gaza Strip. at Israeli communities living The rockets are crude in Israeli farmland and usually land the small towns in southern Israel. but they do reach into They're occasionally lethal in the community. and they sow terror to Israeli missiles," "They're nothing compared says. this brigade's leader, Abu Adam, "But this is all we have." they can still strike at Israel These militants are anxious to prove has fired dozens of shells because the Israeli military of northern Gaza into the open areas out of range of Israeli towns. in a bid to push the militants back This is a very complex operation at terrorists that is targeted and civilian areas who use civilian infrastructure to fire their rockets from. the shelling will also help The military hopes hearts and minds. in a battle for Palestinian who just want to go about their day The uninvolved Palestinians and live their lives Palestinian terrorist organisations will take action against the and tell them to stop. he has resisted attempts But Abu Adam says to turn the community against him for years. in recent weeks Four of his men have been killed

and he is prepared to lose more. Meanwhile, the Israeli bombing the roads of northern Gaza is slowly choking with craters. are clearly very effective, The Israeli bombs in themselves of destruction on this scale but despite the gradual spread the militants they haven't yet stopped from launching attacks on Israel. Matt Brown, ABC News, Gaza. to be spreading in Turkey - Bird flu appears from the country's remote east to the urbanised west. the World Health Organisation A delegation from the outbreak. has arrived to investigate may be affected. It's believed up to 50 people Three children have died and there are fears the disease may soon spread into Europe.

In Turkey's far east, home to the predominantly poor Kurdish minority,

there's growing fear of the spread of the virus. Turkey's Health Minister assured locals

the government was committed to fighting the disease. But the minister was mobbed as angry Kurdish townsfolk accused the government of neglect. Residents have been urged to hand over sick birds, as worried European officials keep watch. The number of cases in Turkey is somewhat alarming. Remember, there have only been something like 140 or 150 cases in the whole world since 1997 when this virus appeared and here we're seeing perhaps 14 or 15 of them in Turkey in the last week. Battling the elements, the World Health Organisation says there's no evidence that in the village where three children died, the virus has jumped from human to human.

But avian flu has been reported in 16 of Turkey's 81 provinces. The latest human cases were detected in the capital, Ankara, and north, near the Black Sea.

And it's not hard to see how it's spreading.

In remote villages, poultry and children are never far apart. Villagers want compensation before giving up their birds, a valuable source of eggs and meat for people who have little else. Jane Hutcheon, ABC News.

Cyclone Clare has stormed ashore in the north of Western Australia, but fortunately left no major damage in its wake. The towns of Karratha and Dampier withstood driving rain

and fierce winds, though the weakening cyclone is still expected to cause widespread flooding. Tropical Cyclone Clare crossed the Pilbara Coast in the early hours of the morning, battering the industrial town of Karratha and the Port of Dampier. With winds of up to 195km/h, the category 3 storm brought down trees and powerlines, but both towns escaped major damage.

By staying inside when those damaging destructive winds arrive, people have not experienced injury and buildings have not sustained damage because people have brought in their loose objects and the community's been tidy, so you don't get a lot of debris flying around, which creates most of the damage. Today, Karratha residents were clearing up and wondering when power and communications would be restored. It's still unclear how long it will be before the town's telephones and Internet are working again. Communities in the path of the cyclone have been preparing since Sunday for its arrival. Hours after battering Karratha, it was downgraded to a category 2 cyclone, passing to the west of Pannawonica and continuing inland. The Weather Bureau says the cyclone will continue to weaken

and, over the next 18 to 24 hours, is expected to become a rain-bearing depression. But flooding will be the next problem. If we're looking at totals of around 200mm to 300mm, there will be some road cuts, yes. There's also going to be the possibility of some quite widespread flooding as well, so conditions are going to be pretty treacherous for movement in that region in the next day or two. The Bureau predicts another four cyclones will hit the West Australian coast before the season ends in April. Philippa Meagher, ABC News. With shark alerts clearing two Sydney beaches today, there are more calls for the return of aerial patrols. Despite heightened fears after last weekend's fatal shark attack in Queensland and increased sightings on the NSW coast, the State Government is not convinced the patrols are worth the cost. A normal day at Sydney's Bronte Beach - but just minutes before, a shark alert had swimmers fleeing the water. It was out the back and there was a couple of them, and we were out surfing and the lifeguard... ..the siren went off and the lifeguard was just like, "Get out of the water."

Fastest I've ever seen the beach and the water empty. Presently, Sydney's beaches are protected by surf lifesavers and a series of shark nets,

but with last weekend's fatal attack in Queensland, coupled with increased sightings off major NSW beaches, there are calls for beach patrols - by plane. We definitely need the Australian Air Patrol to continue their surveillance from Stanwell Heights to Pittwater.

South of Sydney, aerial patrols are conducted as far down as Moruya. But in Sydney, Australia's largest city, they were grounded by a lack of funding two years ago. The Opposition says the protective system needs air support.

We're talking about $100,000 funding to ensure aerial patrols of Sydney beaches this summer. Nets were introduced at Sydney's beaches in the 1930s - since then, there's only been one fatal shark attack. The Government says it's time to get some perspective. You are more likely to be killed driving to one of our great beaches than actually swimming in those waters and being taken by a shark. The Government's called for talks to discuss anti-shark measures,

but at this stage, it's questioning, not only the effectiveness of the flights,

but also their cost. Michael Edwards, ABC News. Tributes have been pouring in following the death overnight of one of Australia's most respected Motorcross riders - Andi Caldecott. Caldecott died following an accident in the Paris to Dakar rally, a ride he'd taken up only at the last minute. In his home town in rural South Australia, family and friends are trying to come to terms with the loss. The last images of Andy Caldecott on the Dakar rally - moments later, the 41-year-old died when his bike crashed in the Mauritania desert. While rally officials began assessing what went wrong, news of the crash was relayed overnight back to Australia. Today, family and colleagues of the champion rally rider were paying tribute. He was a very highly skilled rider who always erred on the side of, perhaps... ...he was a litte bit circumspect, but nevertheless, it was a dangerous event. People in his home town of Keith had always followed their hero's every success. Today, his father talked of the pride his son had given to the town and his family, including his pregnant wife and 3-year-daughter.

People dropping in and expressing their condolences. Like I said, I haven't fully come to grips with it yet, but that day will come. The whole town knew and respected the champion rider. The local coffee shop had followed his career from the start. Andy was very well respected, a very modest person, possibly didn't give himself a lot of credit, but the youngsters loved him, they looked up to him. In an interview last year, he spoke of the thrill of racing.

It's just a massive adventure and the chance to try and do the rally and get right through what is just a test for man and machine,

I think that's the real adventure of it and once you get it in your system it seems to make you want to go back. There's no word yet as to when the body of the town's most famous rally rider is returning home. John Kerrison, ABC News, Keith. Recapping our main story - Australia is to send more than 100 soldiers and two Chinook helicopters to boost its military commitment in Afghanistan. And still to come - the 1,600-year-old love story that still resonates today. It hasn't even started yet

but already green groups are sceptical about the value of tomorrow's Asia-Pacific climate summit. Australia and the US are hosting the Sydney conference with Canberra expected to kick in $100 million for new technology to reduce greenhouse gases.

But critics say without solid targets it'll be business as usual

for the world's biggest polluters. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer had to fly to Washington to meet Condoleezza Rice after she cancelled her visit to Australia

for tomorrow's Asia-Pacific climate meeting. Secretary Rice is, of course, disappointed she can't go because of the situation in the Middle East. Even without the US Secretary of State, Sydney is in lockdown. Streets are closed off and high security is in place,

as dignitaries from China, India, Japan, South Korea and the US arrive for the first meeting of this climate group. Unlike Kyoto, the pact will deliver no targets to reduce greenhouse emissions, but rather a commitment to invest in new technology to do the job. This partnership is going to be a great way of starting to take forward plans to address climate change which are practical and are going to achieve real results. Green groups say

that will include burying carbon pollution, rather than promoting renewable energy like solar and wind power. Unless they come up with targets and timetables, unless they massively invest in renewable energy, it's really just business as usual.

A criticism echoed by the Opposition.

That means setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and making sure that we also have dates by which those reductions have to be achieved. Unlike the Kyoto protocol, this pact is inviting big business to play a major part.

Coal-producing companies like Rio Tinto will attend the meeting and the Government hopes they'll contribute to the solution - investing millions of dollars to reduce the pollution they produce. Sarah Clarke, ABC News, Sydney. While most Australian industries are crying out for skilled migrants, it seems there's one sector that's oversupplied. A new report into IT recruitment says universities are taking too many foreign students on the promise of permanent residency at the end of their study. As a result, there's a shortage of jobs and little incentive for local students

to pursue computing careers. In the years following the dot com crash, Australia has allowed more than 30,000 IT workers to come here under the skilled migration program. It hasn't been very successful at all, in fact it's been a miserable failure. According to Mr Kinnaird's report, there's been a chronic oversupply in the IT job market with almost a third of IT graduates finding it hard to get a job. Yet at the same time, the Government has increased the number

of IT-related skilled migrants by 80%.

About half have come to study in Australia with the promise of permanent residency at the end of their course. And skilled migrants now make up 60% of IT students studying in Australian universities.

We need to have a moratorium on granting visas

to overseas students in IT for some time. Hundreds of millions of dollars in overseas student fees may have provided a windfall for universities, however, they're now having to grapple with a 60% fall in the number of Australian students enrolling in IT courses. Many young people imagine that IT is simply something to use and not something to study. Despite the flood of entry-level IT migrants, there are now fears of a skill shortage in the so-called "high end" of the industry

which includes the rollout and maintenance of critical infrastructure. Industry, education and Government leaders are united in the need for urgent action. Philippa McDonald, ABC News. Qantas is back on the Beijing to Sydney run with the first flight touching down in the Chinese capital overnight. The Australian carrier is hoping for second time lucky direct flights attempted in the mid-'90s were found to be unsustainable. But the number of Chinese tourists to visit Australia is expected to grow 5-fold over the next 15 years. Now to the economy - and a surge in imports has seen Australia's trade deficit balloon to well over $2 billion. But Phillip Lasker reports the blow out has been blamed on a statistical quirk. Just when you think Australia has reached some kind of economic nirvana,

along come the trade figures. It was an ugly sight. Australia's trade deficit almost doubled in November to nearly $2.5 billion.

An 8-month high, our 44th deficit in a row, making it the longest run of deficits in more than 20 years. Imports jumped 7.2% to a record $17.6 billion, but thankfully, Australia's shopaholics were not solely to blame - imported consumption goods rose 11%. And there was a hefty increase in desirable capital goods from businesses investing in machinery and infrastructure. Thankfully, much of the blow-out was due to a statistical quirk -

teething problems in a new Customs's computer system, which pushed many of October's imports into November. Exports rose a more modest 0.6%, and it's hoped that the trend in exports,

which has flattened out, can begin rising again. But it was the exporters or resource stocks that weighed on Australia's share market today. The All Ordinaries index shed 14 points. Resource stocks were weaker. Companies like Santos said they would resume production in areas affected by Cylcone Clare. Alumina Limited fell after its partner, Alcoa, reported a decline in quarterly profit. And overseas, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed above the 11,000 mark for the first time since 11 September. The gold price has been volatile, but remains strong after some earlier profit-taking. And today's trade numbers did not help the Australian dollar.

It was generally weaker and has fallen below the US$0.75 mark. And that's finance. is a smash hit with the fans. It seems Twenty20 cricket at the Gabba last night 39,000 of them turned up Australia and South Africa - to watch the match between a ground record. In a one-sided affair, batting display tight bowling and a brutal and Andrew Symonds from Damien Martyn out of the contest. blasted the Proteas Here's Rob Cross. It wasn't that long ago the one-day game. cricket purists were deriding interloper Now, they're facing another 50-overs-a-side predecessor, and, like its it's unlikely to go away. take over one-day cricket. It'd be a bit sad to see it sideshow to the start of a series. I think it's very well used as a with a few different things tonight We've experimented

players a bit closer to the audience to try and bring the game and the pretty well. and I think it's worked out The game could hardly have been more one-sided... COMMENTATOR: And that'll be 50! CHEERING With style! ..but, for the fans, the result hardly mattered. of non-stop highlights, It was like watching three hours all with a party atmosphere. The frenetic pace included the lot, rather than Martyn and Symonds even if it was Marto and Roy

the thrills and spills. who were providing CROWD EXULTS Oh, oh, oh, out of the screws! his way to 96 off 56 balls. The Test-discard Martyn blasted With his personal form of finesse, on Australia's total. Symonds put the finishing touches Nathan Bracken's swing

of a successful Proteas' chase. put paid to any dreams was a revelation - Australia's fielding a typical run out, moments before providing to the TV commentators. Ricky Ponting was chatting as his spell goes on. Just another couple of wickets mate. So we'll keep our fingers crossed, to the others And the catching was a warning before the triangular one-day series.

The Australians head to Melbourne for Friday's opener against Sri Lanka. 2-horse race, isn't it? We're starting on the same level playing field as them. We've got talented cricketers, obviously got those as well, you know, we respect Australia's but, you know, why can't we win? With the start of each year

world's dominant tennis player. the question arises for the past eight Grand Slam tournaments, Roger Federer has won five of the since Rod Laver in the 1960s but can he become the first man in one season? to win the four big events The guys on tour, they're so tough, really basically experts, you know, and on every surface, you have so it makes it hard. to start the year off in great style But it would be obviously be nice and win the Aussie Open to do. but that, I know, is very hard preparations step up tomorrow Federer's Australian Open

at the Kooyong Classic. when he plays Tommy Haas in Melbourne for next week's Open. Most of the stars have now arrived Defending champion Serena Williams on centre court this morning had her first hit-out accompanied by a well-credentialled hitting partner, sister Venus.

At the Sydney International, women's second seed Amelie Mauresmo has been beaten by Serbia and Montenegro's Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. And that'll do it. Isn't she a happy girl? had no trouble Top seed Kim Clijsters advancing to the quarterfinals, Chinese qualifier Li Na. with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over in Australia for two years. It was Clijsters' first match New South Wales will play Victoria Twenty20 competition in the final of the domestic

in the match at Bellerive Oval. after thrashing Tasmania Sent in by the home team,

for a solid Blues total. Phil Jacques laid the foundation in the Tasmanian run chase Wickets fell early threatened the target. and the Tigers never is loving Twenty20, It seems everyone including the umpires. the nice maroon. I think it's my colour - the start it was after, Jacques gave NSW smashing 22 off one Hilfenhaus over. His 61 included 7 fours and 3 sixes

and came from just 29 balls. Anderson had every right to be angry - at least with his hairdresser. I'm not sure about the hair. Probably the last time you'll see this for a while, but we'll see how we go. The term 'maiden' - a forbidden word in cricket's shortest form - and Smith went down swinging. CROWD CHEERS wasn't always so neat. Tasmania's fielding Eight catches were put down. of its numerous opportunities. The crowd made the most restrict the Blues to 6/188. A flurry of late wickets helped CROWD CHEERS in the first over. Tasmania lost Di Venuto was also out for a duck. His opening partner, Birt, Anderson with 27 off 14 balls

and Doherty with 33 off 29 made the best of a bad situation. in the 18th over. The home side all out for 119 Alister Nicholson, ABC News.

A 1,600-year-old love story of Cornwall from the ancient kingdom for this year's Sydney Festival. has been brought back to life 'Tristan and Yseult' The tragic story of staged over the next three weeks. is one of 50 productions being

They've come to Australia from the remote Cornwall coast -

members of the Knee-High Theatre Company have turned British theatre on its head, attracting national audiences to the ruined castle where it first staged 'Tristan and Yseult'. That kind of means vigour and rigour and robustness that the work has got a certain which is to do with the outdoors makes it very kind of accessible. and that, in turn, of romance and betrayal The ancient folk tale Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. was said to have inspired

in the 21st century. where it's absolutely about now, We're setting it in a world and relationships the about the impossibility of love in a violent way. and it's told in a tender way, a cast of unloved characters, The modern take includes

a nerdish chorus of lovespotters. It's very pro-love

but it doesn't shy away from what it's like not to find love, what it's like to be unloved. and the pain of not being loved. The pain of love the tale is now truly up-to-date. The actors say Slap-bang. Absolutely it's amazing 'cause it's ancient, it's a really ancient sort of aural-tradition story that's been around forever.

'Tristan and Yseult' will have an extended season

as part of the Theatre Company B's program. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News. Time for the weather now for New South Wales. and a very muggy summer's day that was 3 above the average. In Sydney today it hit 29 degrees,

Up to 33 in the west at Penrith. the temperature is 28 degrees, Right now in Sydney

and the pressure is falling. 5 above average Around New South Wales today - were isolated falls in the Hunter in the north-east there and on the north-west slopes, on the mid North Coast with scattered light falls and northern tablelands. In the south-east in the coastal districts there were some areas of haze where winds were fresh at times.

the overnight low of 7 degrees. Charlotte Pass had Inland - maxima were well above average, the State today with a top of 44. Pooncarie was the hottest place in In the 24 hours to 9:00 this morning the top rainfall was 140mm at Byron Bay. In the 6 hours to 3:00 this afternoon the best was 18mm at Murwillumbah. In the capital cities today - Hobart and Darwin were overcast, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide were cloudy, Perth mostly sunny, Canberra fine.

The satellite picture shows Cyclone Clare dumping plenty of rain in Western Australia. There's jetstream cloud crossing the south and thick cloud pushed across Queensland. On the synoptic chart - a trough extends from the Northern Territory right down to the south-east of the continent and Clare is expected to be downgraded to a low tonight over Western Australia. Rain tomorrow - much of Queensland, the east coast, Victoria and Tasmania are expecting showers and storms.

The heavy rain from what's left of Clare will extend as far south as Perth from the Pilbara. In the capital cities tomorrow - Brisbane - showers, Canberra - showers and a possible storm, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart - rain clearing, Perth - late rain, Darwin - an afternoon storm. Around New South Wales tomorrow - in the north-east

the northern rivers is expecting isolated showers but in other parts of the north they should come later in the day

with possible storms. In the south-east a hot day with increasing cloud, a few showers developing mainly in the afternoon

along with isolated thunderstorms. Freshening NW winds on the tablelands. Inland - a very high fire danger, isolated showers and storms contracting east during the day, moderate northerly winds with a southerly change. In Sydney tomorrow - warm to hot and humid with northerly winds

ahead of cooler southerly change in the afternoon. The chance of showers and an afternoon thunderstorm,

a top of 34 in the city, 36 in the west. NW to NE winds should get up to 20 knots ahead of a southerly change up to 30 knots late afternoon. And in Sydney over the next four days - showers right through to Saturday and cooling down after tomorrow.

And before we go a recap of tonight's top stories - the Federal Government is boosting its military presence in Afghanistan with two Chinook helicopters and more than 100 soldiers. Labor has supported the move. Bird flu appears to be spreading in Turkey with more than 50 people thought to be affected. There are fears the disease may soon spread into Europe. And the Western Australian towns of Karratha and Dampier

have escaped major damage after being hit by Cyclone Clare with winds of up to 200 km/h. And that's ABC News for this Tuesday. I'm Juanita Phillips. I'll be back with updates during the evening and the 'Late News' is along at 10:30. Goodnight. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

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