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Live. One day on - thousands

Square in the wake of the begin a clean-up of Tahrir

overthrow of former president

Hosni Mubarak. Reaffirming

ally s, the Egyptian army says

it remains committed to all its international

Also today - former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf

refusing to comply with an assassination of Benazir

Bhutto. Nothing can happen legally

legally against me. At home,

end the Prime Minister will try to

end the stand-off over health

Territories reform with States and reform with States and

Good morning, you are

watching ABC News 24. I'm Nick

Grimm. First, a look at the

weather around the capitals -

It has been one day Hosni Mubarak's resignation.

The Egyptian army has reassured

the nation's allies saying it remains committed to international remains committed to its international treaties

including its peace accord with

Israel. of the Armed Forces has set no Israel. The Supreme Council

Square, hundreds of people have

launched a massive clean-up

announced the curfew will be effort and State television has

shortened by four hours. ABC correspondent Ben Knight is in Cairo. It is getting towards

without Hosni Mubarak. the end of the first day

you can tell this is a without Hosni Mubarak. Already

different city. Just from own point of view, we have been different city. Just from our

able for the first time in

years, in fact, to be able to

walk freely around the streets

with a large camera and film.

Even a month ago, this would

have been inconceivable. Stood

for the first time I saw for the first time I saw a

bumper sticker that said 'January 25, I was there'. It

is that sense of pride we have expected to see a lot of people at the Square who were

savouring the moment or

sleeping off the celebrations.

The most were as one. Putting gloves on, surgical masks, bringing buckets, shovels and buckets, shovels and brooms to

clean up the Square. For clean up the Square. For them

said so. This is them this was a symbolic act.

rebuilding their country . They commenced rebuilding their

country from day one. There is enormous optimism here. military has promised it is enormous optimism here. The

going to carry through on going to carry through on its

commitments to take Egypt to democratic elections and lift the emergency law. It hasn't

happened yet and it is the end

of the day. Bit do believe going to commitments. There are

army has defended the country who are sceptical, because the

through two Presidents. through two Presidents. They

think it will be difficult for the institution which is heavily involved in business to let go and subject itself to

the whims of a democratically elected Parliament or President. It has a lot

lose. A lot of people think it is too much for the army risk and this is going to place. The people in risk and this is going to take

place. The people in the Square had monument to the martyrs of the

revolution - hundreds of who died during the worst the violence. They are establishing themselves, they

are establishing the

revolution. They signed is only the end bring. The will see what tomorrow will

barriers started dismantling the

in Cairo but large groups of

activists are warning they

won't leave until the armed

forces agree to hand over

control of the country

Egypt was dancing to a new

tune today. Sounds

freedom. Everyone in Square is dressed colours of the new nation. Square is dressed in the bright

Thousands of people drifted

through the through the Square. Each keen

to savour the moment. brought their broom. to savour the moment. Many

volunteer core volunteer core of cleaners

sweeping away the old. We are cleaning Egypt and re-constructing Egypt for re-constructing Egypt for a new phase. freedom. I buy a flag for Egypt. This is the time. I love this flag time. I love this flag now. The new generation is

with pride. It was the youthful aspirations of an Internet community, some who paid with their them, this is only the beginning. Those children, I mean, the young people of Egypt

and my daughter and my son as well, they are shaping the

future of Egypt. If Egypt a Constitution, have a shift

for freedom, every country all

around will apply to what's

happening here. There is now a

huge opportunity for Egypt no clearly defined process no clearly defined process of what happens next. There also huge expectation what happens next. There is

these demonstrators, well, that ageing General's moving slowly to populist demand, to populist demand, the commanders of the soldiers commanders of the soldiers were commanders

less enthused by political

reform. The army too is waking

to a new Egypt, but in what direction will they take it? community has spent a tense few

weeks watching events unfold in

Cairo. Many are celebrating

Hosni Mubarak's decision to

step down. But as Danny More

Morgan reports, some app hencie about the future. The end of Hosni Mubarak's reign has been

met with jubilation in Australia. Protest rallies

became celebrations. Today planned in capital cities

am happy. The community has am became celebrations. Today I

been glued to screens of all

kinds watching events unfold.

They have praised the courage

and restraint shown by

demonstrators in quair Cairo.

That was the only way to kang the regime. I think today for

the first time I feel proud I

am Egyptian. Osama Hammad am Egyptian. Osama Hammad was

able to contact his wife who is

on holidays in Cairo to share

the moment. Screaming and

singing and celebrating. It is

magnificent. But, in churches questions about the future. I

think the people like the

military but, again, also you

never know who is going to come up and up and assume authority. Hopefully, hopefully, there

will be instigation of a democracy, well they're democracy, well they're hoping. You never know what's going to

happen. For the moment, though,

there is optimism life in Egypt

will be better. Finally I guess the tyranny that has been

going on for the last 30-odd

years has come to an end change. It is a sentiment shared by many. Anti-government rallies in Algeria which have been

inspired by events in Egypt have been broken up. Riot police in Algiers dispursed

thousands of people who defied

a government government demand

that the President stand down. Algeria Algeria has called for greater freedom and better living

standards. In Yemen, a pro-democracy march of some

2,000 people inspired by the

Egyptian uprising has also been broken up by police and

government supporters.

Protesters had gathered in the

main square of the capital city Sana'a to call for the resignation of President Ali

Abdullah Saleh after 30 years

of corrupt rule. Witnesses say

police including plain clothes agents

protesters away from the main

square with clubs and

improvised weapons. Hundreds of protesters tried to reach

the embassy but security forces

pushed them back. President Mubarak's departure has raised questions about the

stability of Yemen. Former

Pakistan president Pervez

Musharraf has refused to comply

with an arrest warrant issue ed by a court over the

assassination of put assassination of put Benazir

Bhutto. His is in self-imposed exile in

London and will not appear

another the trial. Prosecutors say the former president knew about Taliban plans to target Ms Bhutto but didn't pass that information on to the relevant authorities. Mr Musharraf denies the

allegations, saying they are politically motivated. There are elements who are opposed are elements who are opposed to

me, political elements, and

they are the ones who engineer these cases and launch cases in the ju dishry. I am the ju dishry. I am prepared

to face that for the sake of

Pakistan. I know since what Pakistan. I know since what I did has all the legal backing

and legal cover, I am very

confident that nothing can happen.

Palestinian chief negotiator

Saeb Erekat who led peace talks with Israel resigned. Mr Cat

Erekat promised to quit if it

was revealed leaked memos came from his office. Al Jazeera

leaked 1600 confidential documents detailing negotiating positions. Palestinian leader

Mahmoud Abbas has yet to accept the resignation. A Russian Opposition Leader

and a dozen activists have been

detained by police during protest in Moscow. During a blizzard and temperature, several hundred protesters rally ed against corruption, rising prices what they call the Kremlin stifling of democracy. stifling of democracy. The

protest was headed by Sergei

Udaltsov of the anti-Kremlin

Left Front group. Riot Left Front group. Riot police

started arresting people after

there were chants of 'Enough of

tensions are rising over the

latest scandal involving the country's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Demonstrations

will be held today in 257 cities across Italy and the globe, including New York and

London, in defence of the digty

nyty of Italy's women.

Protesters are demanding the

resignation of the PM who is

embroiled in a sex scandal.

Berlusconi is meeting with the president to talk about his

trial. The judge is delivering delivering a ruling next week. Back week. Back home, the Prime

Minister will meet with and Territory and Territory leaders in Canberra this afternoon to discuss the Federal Government's revised Government's revised national

health reform plan. Lobby

groups say they hope groups say they hope there will be more action and less politics. Australia's ageing population is

and Federal governments are

trying to find the money to pay for for it. The Federal Government

is prepared to contribute is prepared to contribute half of the costs of growth in public

has made government's

as she tries to secure a scrapped parts of the health deal struck by her pred State and Territory will State and Territory will split funding rockets - responsibilities

up a third of the GST revenue. The Prime Minister is $16 billion over the

decade. Tony Abbott called it the Singapore fell during world war

I. All collegiate discussions conducted professionally as were these discussions. I think people are of a says she is confident says she is confident an agreement will be agreement will be reached. I think this is a new way think this is a new way of financing a ate States eap Territories last year. this is now an opportunity this is now an opportunity for

us to be able to stwriek strike a deal nationally. But Queensland's Labor Premier Anna

Bligh won't guarantee she will sign

sign today, saying sign today, saying she might not more time State won't be worse off. The Federal Government this plan offers as much money as Mr Rudd's proposal.

Researchers in Australia have

discovered a new way to hearing loss and it is

to sniff at. They have found

nasal stem cells may be able to

halt hearing problems halt hearing problems in children. The humble human

nose comes in all shapes and

sizes and now may have sizes and now may have a new use. Australian scientists are trum pelting - trumpeting the effectiveness of nasal effectiveness of nasal stem less. The stem cells to access and abundant. They can turn can turn into different types of cells. stem cells harvested from an

into the cochlear and help preserve its functioning. The

animals that received animals that received the stem cells showed improved There was not complete hearing. Hearing loss is inherited and can be detect inherited and can be detect ed in infancy or The scientists believe lead to the quality Hearing loss is not deafness. It deafness. It has deafness. It has implications for language development, psychosocial and the potential psychosocial and the potential

for mental health issues down

the track. Trials were run on mice because they have similar hearing to humans. Researchers

found a particular strain of

mice that mimicked the pat yern

of childhood hearing loss.

Despite the positive findings of

of the research, it has taken six years to get to six years to get to this point

and the scientists and the scientists believe it

will take at least a decade before trials can be conducted

on children. Time for sport

with Tulsen Tollett. Rugby

league is back on the screen.

We are back in the rugby league

league season just about.

Last night was the beginning of

it. The NRL All Stars have avenged last year's loss with a

28 to 12 win on the Gold Coast.

The NRL All Stars scored five

tries to score in front of a

cloud of more than 25,000.

There were tries There were tries from Brett Morris, Paul Gallen, Shaun

Kenny Dowell and Akuila Uate as

they sought to put the match

away early. Ben Barba put the Indigenous team on the

scoreboard but the best try was

left to last for the NRL side with Josh Dugan running on to a neatly-timed Feleti Mateo pass to secure the win for the NRL All Collingwood was won its opening two games at the pre-season cup in Melbourne.

The night started with Carlton taking on Richmond with the

Tigers setting the early pace

but they couldn't nail the

tupts for maximum points and

the Blues struck back to time when they took to the pitch, racing out to an early

lead with Chris Dawes grabbing three goals on the way three goals on 43-point win. Then they 43-point win. Then they downed Carlton by

new looking every bit the player he

is known to

The Blues

by 18 points in the first match

of the night out there. In the A-League, Melbourne Heart hasn't been able to give John

Aloisi fairytale farewell. They drew with a 1-all deadlock in the shirt off to boot. His A-League goal of the season why he became the first Australian

player to play in the top three

games. Aloisi and from the crowd in Melbourne to end careers. It has been an emotional week when I reelised

we weren't going

finals. I come to terms it

was going to be my last game of football as a Today I think I had a tear in my eye the whole day. my eye the whole day. I have never never felt like that before. It was a good night to finish

it on and I was happy that I

could score too. Brisbane Roar has beaten Sydney FC the W League grand final. the W League grand final. The visitor surprised the reigning

premiers when they took the lead in lead in the ninth minute. Sydney replied with a clever goal match winner came from Lisa De Vanna midway through the

De Vanna was given

card for her excursion into

stands but that mattered little

to Brisbane as it held on to beat the minor premiers to win

the title for the second In the English Premier maintained its lead at the top

after a Wayne Rooney wonder goal goal saw them to victory over City. It was Manchester United continued their dominance over

City after Nani scored opener from The visitors responded

rewarded to David Silva. This was about Wayne Rooney goal described by him as his best ever. I wish I that. Robin van Persie made it 10 goals with a double for the

Gunners. 10 goals with a double for the

Gunners. That keeps them United who are at the top United who are at the points clear. Liverpool's Raul

Morelles scored for Morelles scored for the Merseysiders Merseysiders but Wigan struck

back late on to take a share of

the points. It doesn't matter for them because Wigan still

remain in the relegation zone.

In domestic cricket, Victoria

lead by 45 runs heading into day three of its Sheffield

Shield match against Tasmania

in Hobart. The visitors got their second innings off to a

good start. Boosted by Ed

Cowan's century the Tigers

posted a first innings posted a first innings total of

266. WA is 9/324 in its second

second innings heading into the

fourth and final day of their

match against SA in Perth. The Warrors lead by 377. Chinese tai pay's Yani Tseng

holds a three-streak lead

heading into the final day on the Gold Coast. Karrie Webb and fellow Australian Sarah Jane Smith the best of the

Australians on 11 under. Tseng

got off to a solid start and never looked back as never looked back as she

continued to post birdies. Tseng gave herself every Tseng gave herself every

opportunity to shoot a low

score. Stacy Lewis is best

placed to strike lying three

shots off the pace while Karrie

Webb has more to do if she has

any hope of retaining a that looks lost. If Tseng

continues in the same vein, she

will move to the top of the women's ranking. At the Dubai

desert classic, Tiger Woods is

a stroke off the lead. To

rugby union and the second rugby union and the second week

of the six nations has seen two

games played overnight with England and Wales winning in

their respective matches. England

England thrashed the Italians

59-13 with Chris Ashton scoring

four tries at Twickenham, the

since 1914. Wales beat

Scotland 24-6. The weekend is rounded off with Ireland hosting France. There were

matches in both the matches in both the NBL and WNBL last night. In the WNBL last night. In the NBL, the Wildcats couldn't make it two wins on the road falling to

the Hawks in NSW. .

The reigning V8 super car

champion James Courtney has won the the second race of the season

opene. From Thai skaters to

skiers from the Middle East,

the Asian winter games is not

your average top flight

competition. Seventh edition

has wrapped up in Kazakhstan. Some warm weather countries are

making big strides on the making big strides on the ice.

Ice hockey players from the

gulf, alpine skiers from

Jordan. When it comes to the unexpected, the Asian

games are hard to beat. This year's version in Kazakhstan year's version in Kazakhstan draw more than 1,000 athletes, draw more than 1,000 athletes,

many from countries that had never seen snow. people, they are asking how

these countries are coming to this winter this winter game and they have

a hot climate. It is a question

these games have faced from the

beginning. Back then, no-one

could have imagined China and South Korea would become speed South Korea would become speed skating power Lucas Ng from Singapore has been watching. Together with

his Chinese coach, his goal is Olympic glory. We maybe have the good opportunity

to win medals. I decided to

start on short track as a

career. There are more than

just unlikely competitors hire.

Some of the sports provide

seemingly odd combinations as well. For instance, you get if you froze a you get if you froze a football

pitch, put two teams of 11 chase a ball?

world of Bandy. But this world of Bandy. But this is

no more strange than no more strange than alpine

skiing was, only a few decades ago northern Asian countries. The

body behind these games says

Asia's winter sports success

will ex - extend to will ex - extend to the

mountains as well. I believe

so. The countries participated but I believe the next 10 years you will see one of the outstanding skiers will join a will join a whole generation of Asian winter sports star Asian winter sports star who got their start at Asia's winter games.

A cloud band across the south in a trough is causing patchy rain and thunder over the interior. Cloud forming over

north-eastern NSW near a wind

change causing rain to develop. Thick Thick cloud developing in

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News - Egypt's military authorities have reaffirmed authorities have reaffirmed the country's commitment to country's commitment to all its international international treaties, implicitly confirming the country's peace treaty Israel. The military vowed to

oversee a peaceful transition

to civilian rule. Thousands

of Egyptians have begun a clean up of Tahrir Square, although

people are still celebrating the resignation of Hosni the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. The Palestinian

chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat,

who led several rounds of peace

talks with Israel has resigned.

It comes after secret files

were leaked suggesting the

Palestinians were ready to make

big concessions despite big concessions despite public claims to the contrary. A court in

arrest warrant for the former

president Pervez Musharraf president Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of Benazir