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This morning - after months

of clinging to power, Yemen's President announces he'll give

it up in the Also today, fighting

intensifies on the streets of

Sirte, one of the last

remaining strongholds of former

Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Oil leaking from a stricken

ship off New Zealand's North

Island has stemmed, at least

for now. The Wallabies' World Cup aspirations go on the line in their sudden death quarterfinal against South

Good Africa.

watching ABC News 24. I'm Nick

Grimm. Let's take a look at the

this morning: weather weather around the nation first

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah

Saleh has announced he will

give up power in the coming

days. President Saleh has been

clinging to his position while

the country has been largely

paralysed by nearly nine months

of mass protests against his of mass protests

33-year rule. Opposition and

ruling party representatives have been negotiating have been negotiating a

transition of power deal. speech was broadcast on State transition of power deal. His

reject power and I will leave television. TRANSLATION: I

it in the coming days and leave

it behind but there are men who

will hold power, there are men who have been honest to God,

will take control of the civilian or military, and they

country. In Libya, force of the interim government have continued intense battles in the town of Sirte as continued intense street

they step up the fight to take control of Colonel Gaddafi's

are home town. Commanders say they

are mounting fresh tank and artillery attacks on areas

still held by Gaddafi

brought loyalists. Once again they

brought in the heaviest

weapons. Parts of Sirte are still putting up stubborn

resist yanss. Today -

resistance. Today fighters on the government side stood back the

and waited for the artillery to

do its work. They aimed their

shells and rockets at conference centre and university complex which is

being heavily defended. They

can't take the town before they clear this area of Gaddafi loyalists. This is one loyalists. This

front lines today, it is some

way back from the centre of

not Sirte. Government forces have

not been able to take the town,

they have been held back from

stiff resistance from entrenched pro-Gaddafi forces a

kilometre or two in that

direction. They are firing

rockets in the hope of

softening their resistance fighters forward once before

fighters forward once more.

Some of their weaponry has a home grown quality to it. sorts of people want to play a home grown quality to it. All

part in this battle.

willing to take their adapt ed

family cars right up to the front line. For the remaining

civilians in Sirte, there are

two options - stay and fight or

flee. After days of living under constant under constant bombardment, families are getting out when

they can. "Our houses, even

said this man, still a loyal

Gaddafi supporter. "We were

going out of our minds". Their

bags were searched for any evidence they might evidence they might be

pro-Gaddafi combatants. It is a

frightening experience for

people so cut off, they are

convinced they will be killed,

despite the best efforts to

reassure them and make them

feel a part of the new Libya.

In other parts of Sirte, the

fighting was harder and closer.

has come down to a battle has come down to a battle for

streets and buildings. At least

35 people have been killed and

18 injured after a bus rolled

offence on a high - offence on a high - over on a

highway in northern China. The

bus collided with a car in the

city of Tianjin. An official

said the bus was speeding and passengers were thrown out of

the passengers were thrown out of appears to have stopped leaking appears to have stopped

from a containership grounded

in the Bay of plenty. The

reef on Wednesday and sustained 47,000-tonne 'Rena' struck a

extensive damage. An observation flight over the area has brought some good

stopped news. The oil seems to have

stopped flowing for the time being and the slick is

predominantly a sheen of thinly-spread oil. Salvage

experts from Australia,

Singapore and the Netherlands

have been called in to avert what could become New

disaster. With the weather worst deteriorate this week, Maritime

New Zealand says removing the

oil from the stricken vessel is the top priority. Once you

increase the swell, the up

surge, the lift on the end of

the ship will increase and the

chances of her separating start

to rise. The salvage operation

also includes a plan to remove

cargo containers from the ship

load and possibly re-float the in an attempt to lighten the

vessel. Meanwhile, teams of wildlife checking beaches for oil-affected birds. From tip to

toe, they are covered in toe, they are covered in black,

sticky gun k, matting up sticky gun k, matting up their feathers right down to the skin.

skin. They have ingested it started to get anaemic which is

part of the toxic effect of the

oil. The New Zealand navy ilong

with 500 defence personnel are

on standby for shoreline

clean-up work. I don't want

wrecked with oil. Authorities this beautiful beach to be

say it is too early to estimate cost of the clean-up and the

salvage. Both sides of federal

politics are being called on to

abandon offshore processing for

asylum seekers. As Matthew asylum seekers. As Matthew Lane

reports, an open letter has been sent to federal Parliament signed by a number asylum institutions and Australians. Among the institutions and prominent

signatories is former Prime

Minister Malcolm Fraser and former Australian of the Year former Australian of the

Patrick McGorry. The letter

accuses both sides of politics

of using the asylum seeker

voters who reason o the extreme debate to score points

margins of politics. Director of the Edmund Rice Centre, Phil Glendinning, says there has

been an absence of awe thennic

lierp on the issue. The letter suggests the leaders look back

to how Australia managed the refugee s that arrived after the Vietnam War. It calls for

the government to improve its

onshore processing system. An

Australian teenager accused of

buying marijuana in Bali has

spent his fifth day in custody. Police have finished their

re-examination of the case but

they still have between 15 and

25 days to decide if they will lay charges. Australia's

Ambassador to Indonesia saw the

boy yesterday and the family has

has asked the media to respect

their privacy. His lawyer

the system should treat him as a minor who needs treatment for drug dependancy. A man has been refused bail

and will appear in court today charged with the murder of his wife in Sydney's wife in Sydney's south. Emergency services were called

to a house in Hurstville

yesterday after reports of

domestic dispute. Police found

the body of the 48-year-old

woman with fatal stab woman with fatal stab wounds. Police are yet to release the Police are yet to release the

names of gunman or involved in a murder-suicide northern Tasmania yesterday. northern Tasmania yesterday. A

man in his 40s shot a woman in

the chest and shot dead another

man outside a Watkinson man outside a Watkinson Street

home in Devonport. He then killed

killed himself. Police found

two men dead and one woman shot

in the chest outside a

Watkinson Street home in

Devonport yesterday morning.

Police say one of the men, aged

in his 40s, shot the couple

before killing himself. Police

Gunton says two other women and

a 7-year-old girl were a 7-year-old girl were inside the home during but weren't injured. The family

were not known to police, there

was no history of domestic violence involving these

people. The ABC understands the

gunman was the ex-partner of

one of the uninjured women and

had arrived at the home with a

rifle. The woman called their friends, the couple who were

shot, to help die fuse the

situation - - defuse the

situation. Police are preparing

a report for the coroner. A

shift of correspondence from

mailboxes to in-boxes has left

the US postal service on

brink of bankruptcy. The

organisation is considering a

range of solutions to keep it

open, including cutting a third of its work force, closing post offices and scrapping Saturday deliveries. North America correspondent Lisa correspondent Lisa Millar

reports. Rain, hail or

reports. Rain, hail or shine,

six days a week, the mail is delivered in America. But the

postal service is in debt postal service is in debt and

it has just a month to pay

billions into an billions into an employee retirement fund. Certainly the

postal service could find itself in a position where it is is unable to pay its bills.

More people are going online,

so many that the postal service

is running TV ads to try to is running TV ads to try to woo them back to snail mail. Give

your customers the added

feeling of security feeling of security a printed statement or receipt provides. With half a million

staff, the US postal service is the second largest employer in

the US after Walmart and that's

too big, according to Republicans. Because it simply

makes little sense to makes little sense to have

workers in excess of what you need to need to deliver good quality service. Some have suggested

more than 200,000 jobs should

go. This is where Americans first

first started seeing the change, the familiar blue

boxes began disappearing, but

post offices themselves are at risk. Hundreds have risk. Hundreds have already closed and thousands more could

follow. The commission that oversees the postal service is worried about the impact. Which would drastically reduce the

level of service provided and

would, in particular, hurt rural bracing for a fight. The postal service is a $70 billion

business. And you have those

who want part of that that

revenue, and that is the

biggest problem. They have been chipping away at the postal service for years. For a service for years. For a nation

weary of bail-outs, it can't

count on a cheque in the mail

to save it. It is to save it. It is often described as Australia's

forgotten conflict but 60 years

on from the Korean War, the

Australian government wants to put that Affairs Minister will lead an official delegation to official delegation to Korea

later this month to commemorate United Nations Day. Veterans

say the trip will say the trip will finally give

them some closure. More than

17,000 Australians served in

the Korean war but it has long been overshadowed by

Vietnam. This is part of our

Australian military story and

we need to make sure we need to make sure the Australian community understands. The Korean War was

the first conflict fought by a

UN coalition force and later this month a group of

to Korea to mark United Nations

Day. We should understand the contribution

contribution and sacrifice contribution

which was made by which was made by Australian

defence personnel. It is hoped

the trip will

interest in the war and interest in the war and also

give some closure to the veterans. Former pilot Milton

Cottee will be thinking of the

mates he lost. I will be close

to them and give homage to the losses that we suffered. While

it may have slipped from the public consciousness, the public consciousness, the war continues to fascinate historians who say there are still from Korea. Most from Korea. Most important thing is keep your diplomatic options open, don't try and

push things conclusions military force. Professor

O'Neill says, despite its detractors the UN is still important and will only become

more powerful. When President Bush decided to invade Iraq without any blessing from the

United Nations, he got into an awful lot of diplomatic trouble. While North and South

Korea remain bitterly divided,

historians say the in vain and shouldn't be

forgotten. A sentiment echoed by those who served. Time

doesn't dampen it very much.

Some memories simply can't be erased. Four Australian cyclist s are

ride - psyche cyclists are

riding from London to Melbourne to tackle child trafficking. ride of their lives. Their

bikes have carried them through

large swathes of Europe. On the way, they are

of child trafficking. The best

thing about Pakistan, India,

when we tell people about the cause, they get it straight away and sympathetic to away and sympathetic to us. At a shelter for rescued girls,

one individual story brings the enormity of the problem to

life. At this particular place, I just assumed she was a child

of one of the other kids, but she had been trafficked. To

hear the stories, they cut

deep inside. This lady runs

this home and has rescued hundreds of girls over the

years. All the children here, they are from different difficult situations. E some

of them from the brothels and they were forced into sex

slavery and some of them slavery and some of them from

the community. Many of the trafficked girls end up trafficked girls end up in red

light districts like this

in central del hi. Few are

rescued or escape. When they

are too old, most end up destitute

destitute with no hope of returning home. Human trafficking is world's third largest criminal industry behind drugs and armed. It is a hidden

hidden trade. But the UN estimates millions of girls and boys are sold into prostitution, bonded

labour or forced marriage.

Poverty drives much of the trade. Being excluded from education, coming from education, coming from a very

vulnerable family, not having

access to services. 17-year-old

Ana was rescued six months ago and says gender discrimination

allows the industry to

thrive. TRANSLATION: The main themselves. It is a message themselves. It is a message the

four cyclists carry with them

as they continue their journey into Australia into Australia through Asia. Sport with Tulsen

Tollett. There has been a

couple of unexpected results at

the Rugby World Cup last

night. There has been. We are hoping

hoping for Australia to win

today. France will face Wales in the first in the first semi-final. That

was after both countries beat their more

Les Blues led 16-nil and held

off a fight back.

off a fight back. Wales

continued its run as the dark horse to make horse to make it for the first

time to the final four since

1987. The Wallabies are gearing

up for their quarterfinal against South Africa. against South Africa. That's

followed by Argentina taking on New Zealand. Plenty New Zealand. Plenty of Australian fans have Australian fans have descended on New Zealand to support the Wallabieses who had their final captains captains run yesterday and captains run yesterday and are prepared to take on prepared to take on the defending have or haven't got World Cup

experience, I think the group we

we have got has got the goods

to win this game tomorrow night

and that's what we are focused

on. The Wallabies will be back to near full strength for the match. Go the Wallabies. match. Go the Wallabies. The A-League season has kicked off

amidst plenty of fan fare and drama. An injury-time strike

gave the Newcastle Jets a

first-up win. Brisbane won the

grand final rematch and

and Sydney FC ended in a stalemate. 40,000 fans turned out to see the Harry Kewell

Brett Emerton encounter. What a wonderful save. Brett Emerton

is denied his moment of glory. Kewell showed some

typical touches of class

couldn't find the back of the

net. Mark Bridge was sent off

on the 73rd minute for this hit

in a game where spite and fight replaced replaced rasle dazzle. The victory peppered Liam Reddie. I

thought we created more chances

than they did. It is disappointing, you want to get

off to a good start especially

in front of a great crowd like

this. Before the game Melbourne this. Before the game started, Melbourne were favourites and

they were at home, to come away with with a draw is good result. The

Roar dominated at Lang Park but couldn't find the finishing touch. Matt Ryan's reflexes ensured the mariner s

stayed level. Ryan was simply

unbeatable. Golden opportunity

here for James Myer and this brilliant young goal keeper

comes up with another fantastic save. His golden run inevitably ended, though, as Mitch

Nicholls hit the sweet spot.

The season kicked off with a

bang in Newcastle. The game was headed towards a two-all but Byun Sung-Hwan

but Byun Sung-Hwan gave the Jets an injury-time winner. Moving to motor sport. Four

Four time champion Greg Murphy

has claimed pole position for today's Bathurst 1000. It was a dramatic top 10 shoot-out dramatic top 10 shoot-out and

Murphy was the sixth driver

out. Just as he finished his

lap, the rain poured down. That gave the remaining drivers,

including Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander, absolutely no hope of time. Well done Greg Murphy. Eight Eight years since the lap of

the gods, he has done it

gun. And Sebastian Vettel has snatched pole position for

today's Japanese Formula One

Grand Prix from Jenson Button

and Lewis Hamilton. Mark Webber

will start from sixth. Vettel

needs one point to wrap up the

championship. We were able to get

get every single bit out of get every single bit out of the car in qualifying which was crucial. There is much between Jenson and myself, it was a tough qualifying but I enjoyed

it a lot. Black Caviar has

extend ed her unbeaten run to

14 races with victory in

Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield .

In the $200,000 Group 2 race she equalled the career best winning streak of the winning

Phar Lap. What a champion. 14

straight and she is straight and she is up there with the greatest ever. Black Caviar won it by 4.5. 3-year-old colt hell hell prevailed in a thrilling finish

to the day's major Group 1 race, the Caulfield Guineas. There was There was action in both the

NBL and WNBL last night. Shawn Redhage returned to

court competively for the first time since a hip injury at

same venue on January and same venue on January and was best on court for Perth with 26

points. Rarfd and - Rafael Nadal Nadal and Andy Murray will meet

at the Japan Open. England's

Lee Slattery leads by Lee Slattery leads by two strokes from Brett Rumford after the third round of Madrid Masters. Rumford carded

a four under round of 68 for the day to be 12 under overall.

Tulsen Tollett with sport. Tulsen Tollett with sport. A landmark deal was announced

this week to hand a former

cattle station back to traditional owners to run as a

nature reserve. The Federal Government and environment

groups have spent on the Northern Territory

property. It is hoped the deal

will create more jobs will create more jobs and training for Indigenous

This is Fish River Station, a

180,000 hectare property on the

banks of the Daly River, about 150km south of Darwin. It is

home to a host of rare home to a host of rare and threatened animals. This is

rightly described as a real jewel this one. You have got

your pig nosed the place in Australia where they live. There are species really hard to

The northern quoll, they have them here. Then you have magnificent finch, a beautiful

bird that has habitat here as

well. It is one of those

properties that's very highly

diverse and, therefore, we

thought very important to go into the national into the national reserve

system. There is little

evidence today that Fish River

was once a pastoral property.

It was part of the It was part of the tip Tipperary Group of cattle

stations. Fish River has been

run as part of a larger group of properties and never really

developed as a high production

part of that group of properties. It fits quite well

with moving more into the conservation stage. The Federal Government, the Nature

Conservancy and the Pew

Environmental Group have bought

the station for $13 million. The Indigenous Land Corporation will eventually hand the nature

reserve over to traditional land to be managed for conservation conservation has been bought to give Aboriginal people the

freehold title. It just all

adds up. You've got the people

who have been responsible for

good management of the land good management of the land in their ancestors forever, now in

a situation of having both the

jobs that are performing the

management and the ownership

structure. That's it. Indigenous rangers have the job of managing the land. They

are taking stock of weeds and eradicating

eradicating thousands of eradicating thousands of feral animals. Pigs, buffalo, we do

have a number of cattle

have a number of cattle species out there that need to be

decreased as well. This country

has always been preserved by

the groups that come here and

fish and hunt and hopefully it

will stay this way for a long, long time. Six rangers have

been put to work. It is been put to work. It is hoped more jobs more jobs will follow. Hopefully bring a lot of the young people that of the young people that have

ventured away into town looking after their own country. Fish River Station is the River Station is the latest Northern Territory Northern Territory pastoral property to go green. A property to go green. A decade ago, Birds Australia ago, Birds Newhaven Station in central Australia for conservation.

Earlier this year, RM Williams took over Henbury Station to

set up a carbon farm. While the pastoral industry is happy

cattle will no longer be run at

Fish River, it is worried about any moves to de-stock any moves to de-stock more productive properties. We have

to be careful we don't

eliminate the mass we eliminate the mass we have developed through regional parts of parts of the Northern Territory

which employ people by removing

livestock from that system. This is truly is a special occasion. But for the traditional

traditional owners of Fish

River Station, the deal does

mean jobs and training opportunities. Slaughtering

buffalo from the property is providing an immediate providing an immediate source

of income. In the future,

carbon credits may be sold removing feral animals and

reduce ing the risk of wild

fires with controlled burns. As

they go through of they go through the eradication of the ferals program they're

involved with at the moment,

that of itself will cause more

carbon to be stored in the carbon to be stored in the soil

as a whole lot of the

undergrowth starts to come

back. Add to that better fire management. We are in

discussion with Inpex in regards to the carbon

abatement, particularly offset

scheme which the NLC does Conoco Phillips for the West

Arnhem Fish River Station is used for

carbon farming, ecotourism or

other ventures, the fate of this land is this land is in the hands of

its Indigenous owners. I'd like

to see the younger to see the younger generation

come forward and realising how

important it is to look after

this piece of land, because it

is a nice r spot, it is a nice place. Let's Let's take a look at

Saturday's satellite image. A

weak front will spread weak front will spread cooler

winds and a few showers into

south-east Australia . south-east Australia . Isolated

showers will continue across

southern parts of SA and WA. A

low over the tropics will

trigger isolated thunderstorms

in the Northern Territory.

Taking a closer look around the

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These are today's top stories - Yemen's President, Ali

Abdullah Saleh, has announced

he will give up power in he will give up power in the coming days. In a coming days. In a speech

broadcast on State television,

he said he rejects power and coming will be leaving it in the days

ahead. He has been clinging to

his position while the country

has been largely paralysed by nearly

nearly nine months of mass rule. An Australian teenager

accused of possessing marijuana

in Bali is spending his fifth

day in police custody. Police have finished their

re-examination of the

They have between 15 and 25

days to decide if they will lay

charges. His lawyer says Indonesia's justice system

should view him as a minor who

needs treatment for a drug

problem. Maritime New Zealand

says oil appears to have