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Three men convicted of

conspiring to blow up trans-Atlantic planes. Taiwan's

premier resigns over his

handling of Typhoon Morakot. US

troops accused of storming an

Afghan hospital. And more

survivors rescued after the

Philippines ferry disaster.

O'Connor with ABC News for Good morning. Beverley

Australia Network. A British

court has convicted three men

of conspiring to blow up

trans-Atlantic flights with

liquid explosives disguised as

soft drinks. The three British

nationals were found guilty of

plotting to kill thousands of

people with the home-made

bombs. Their arrests in 2006

triggered worldwide changes to

airport security. It was as

simple as it would've been

deadly. Three men, convicted of

a chilling plot to kill as many

people as possible midair. The

method - using drained drink

bottles refilled with hide ep

Jen peroxide. Impossible to

detect by X-ray, and detonated

using batteries and a flash

from throwaway cameras. A test

showed what damage could've

been done if the would-be

bombers had been successful.

The target - at least seven

aircraft leaving British

airports for the US and Canada.

The idea was to blow them up

high over the ocean. In scale

it would've been comparable to

9/11 in terms of loss of life,

economic impact and it might've

had a magnified effect because

it would've raised the possibility of continual large-scale attacks which of

course is the nightmare

scenario. The convicted men

had recorded martyrdom

videos. We'll do it again and

again until people realise,

don't mess with the Muslims.

One man had previously been

found guilty of conspiracy to

murder. Another four suspects

were found not guilty. They

were arrested after the biggest

surveillance operation in

British history. The suspect

were filmed as they bought chemicals. A suitcase with

materials to make detonators

was found hidden in the

woods. This case reaffirms that

we face a real and serious

threat from terrorism. This was

a particularly horrendous

plot. The lasting legacy of

the plot has been much tighter

airport security worldwide,

with restrictions on the amount

of liquids allowed on board now

a permanent feature of air

travel. Taiwan's Prime Minister and

his entire Cabinet have

resigned over the government's

handling of last month's

typhoon. It's been announced

that the Prime Minister will be

replaced by the ruling party Secretary-General. Thousands

of people gathered inside a

stadium close to the

communities worst hit by

Typhoon Morakot. They stood

with their heads bowed to

remember the dead. The typhoon

hit Taiwan on August 8,

powerful winds and torrential

rain killed at least 600

people. Under pressure over his

handling of the disaster,

Taiwan's President told the

crowd his government will immediately improve disaster

prevention measures. The work

that should've been done better

by the government such as

watered and soil conservation,

reconstruction will construct flood prevention and bridge

strict reviews. The President

also thanked countries in the

region for their support and

made special mention of region for their support and

China. We've received 1,000

mobile houses. Donations from

China have ek saided $5

billion. This is the biggest

among all the outside

public criticism that the donations. But as a result of

government's response to the

typhoon was too slow and

inefficient, the premier has

resigned, saying someone had to

take political responsibility.

I'm the top administrator and all of the political

responsibility rests on me shoulders. So I offered my resignation to the President

and he agreed. His successor

will be the Chief Secretary of

Taiwan's ruling party. The

entire Cabinet is likely to

follow suit with a formal

announcement expected later

this week. US troops have been accused

of storming through a hospital

in central Afghanistan breaking

down doors and tying up medical

staff. The damaging allegation against western forces comes

just days after a NATO air

strike in which dozens of

civilians are said to have

died. The US soldiers are

accused of forcing their way

through this central Afghanistan hospital in their search for Taliban

insurgents. They ... um ...

tied the hands of four of our

guards. And also two relatives

to patients who were standing

there with the guards. They then went into the hospital. They searched the whole

hospital. The US military has

confirmed a search did take

place, and has ordered an

inquiry to determine the

seriousness of the matter. This

is in clear violation of

internationally recognised

rules and principles. On the

sanctity and protection of

health facilities and rules of

war. The civilians were killed

after a German ordered NATO air

strike targeting Taliban ir Sur

gents who'd hijacked fuel

tankers. There's a report from

the Afghan side on the table

now saying that 56 people were

killed and 12 people were injured. And it says all of

them were Taliban. But there is

also different information and

that's why an appropriate

investigation must be done.

The French Foreign Minister has

called the air strike a big mistake.

Rescuers in the southern

Philippines have recovered a

woman from the scene more than

24 hours after the passenger

ferry she was on sank. The

Coastguard says 957 people have

now been rescued after the

superferry 9 sank offer the Zamboango peninsula. Nine

people died. As the survivors

arrived back on dry land, they

told of the panic when the

order was given to abandon the

listing superferry 9. Some say

the ferry was listing even

before it sailed from General

Santos City. And the wait

fortress cue craft seemed to

take forever. Although it was

only a few hours for most.

This woman says there was no

alarm. The ship suddenly listed

as its passengers slept and there was annic as people

grabbed life vests. No alarm.

No-one banged on the door to

let us know. I was in there for

off hour. There was obvious

something wrong. I heard

something that sound like an

explosion from the cargo area.

Maybe that's why the ship

tilted even more. Authorities

will sct captain and crew just

what went wrong. The captain is

alive. He is on board the navy

ship 116 at the moment. That,

we have confirmed. And also

we're still verifying the

number and the whereabouts of

the crew. It's hoped the marine

inquiry can begin as soon as possible. We've yet to convene

the inquire reed and our target

is to start by Friday. The

inquiry will try to determine

how a similar incident can be

avoided in the future and try

to determine the liability of

all those involved. Philippine

authorities have experts on

stand-by in case the sunken

ferry starts leaking oil.

Japan's Prime Minister-elect

has promised massive countries

in his countries' greenhouse

gas emissions. Yukio Hatoyama

has pledged to cut 25% of his

country's carbon emissions by

2020. It's more than triple

what the outgoing government

had pledged. One of the world's

most advanced and developed

nations is promising to slice

into its rate of carbon

emissions. Yet there is growing

opposition to the plan from

domestic industries. But the

Prime Minister-elect says he

will keep the election

promise. We aim to cut carbon

gas emissions according to what

scientific studies have told us

is necessary and by 25% from

1990 levels by 2020. It's an

ambitious aim. Mr Hatoyama says

it's necessary if Japan is to

play a greater role in the UN-backed climate talks in

Copenhagen later this year. The

goal is much further reaching

than the outgoing government's

pledge to cut emissions by

8%. This was in our manifest

and was our electoral promise.

It will demonstrate our

political will and we'll use

every tool in the back to

realise this goal. Japan has

the world's second largest

economy and is the fifth

largest industrial emitter.

It's feared the planned cuts

could have a significant impact

on a number of domestic

industries. Specifically, car

makers are worried. But Mr

Hatoyama says the deal depends

on our countries agreeing to

targets at the talks in December. It's crucial all

nations deal with this issue as

a common but differentiated responsibility. Japan has been

under increasing pressure for

tougher climate bomb sees since

emissions rose last year to a

record 16% above its Kyoto

target. Mr Hatoyama's

Democratic Party takes office on 16 September. You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Coming up,

controversy over the visit to

Australia by Vietnam's

Communist Party leader. And the fairytale continues for

America's new teenage star at

the US Open. Fiji's military ruler has

further punished the country's

main daily newspaper. A ban on

all government advertising in

the Fiji Times is expected to

have a significant impact on

the paper's revenue. And Amnesty International is calling on China to act more responsibly in its dealings

with the Fijian regime. The

Amnesty International report

titled 'Fiji Paradise Lost'

claims China's continued

support of the island nation,

including a massive increase in

aid funding and infrastructure

loans, is helping the military-backed government ignore pressure from other members of the international

community. The report's author

says cap amnesty wants China to

begin acting responsibly. Given

China's own human rights

record, China should be more responsible and the

international pressure should

put more pressure on China to

be more responsible in the way

it proves funding to

feeie. China has maintained it

doesn't interfere in the

politics of aid recipient

nations. North Korea has told

its southern neighbour a rise

in dam levels led it to release

flows into South Korea at the

weekend. In the south six

people died when they were

swept away by the resulting

floodwaters which Seoul says

were released without warning.

The north says it will issue

alerts in the future but South

Korea says it's an unpardonable

criminal act. Rescuers have

found the bodies of three of

the missing South Koreans. They

were camping on the banks.

Unjun River when water levels

jumped more than 2m early

Sunday morning. Family members

waiting by the riverside received the grim

news. (Wails) Along with the

campers, rescue workers found

the body of a 4 or 5-year-old

North Korean boy who'd

apparently drifted down-river.

South Korea has demanded an apology. We strongly urge the

north not to make it happen

again. Asking them to notify us

in advance when they expect to

release water. It's not the

first time the north has

released dam flows unannounced

but it is the first time there

have been casualties. The

deaths come as international

altitudes to North Korea once

again turn frosty. The US envoy Stephen Bosworth says

discussions between the US and

North Korea won't be held in

any form unless it's at

six-party talks aimed at

ridding Pyongyang of its

nuclear weapons. He speaking in

Tokyo and his audience was

receptive. Any diplomatic

tactics by North Korea

shouldn't be trusted unless

North Korea engages in the does

neek leerisation process. In

response North Korea says it

will strengthen its military

capacity in every way, showing

the US is showing extreme

hostility and accusing

Washington of having a sinister

agenda for a second Korean War.

The north has recently

announced it's in the final

stages of a second method for

making nuclear bombs. Six-party

talks could be a long way off. Australia's Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd has thanked the

Vietnamese government for its

help in recovering the remains

of two Australian servicemen.

Kevin Rudd held an official

dinner for the head of

Vietnam's Communist party.

General Secretary Nong Duc Mahn

is in Australia on a four-day

visit. The two leaders have

agreed to work together to

fight terrorism and people

smuggling. But the Vietnamese

leader's visit is stirring

passions within the country's

refugee community. Vietnamese

refugees say it's completely

inappropriate that he has been

treated like a head of state.

It's an honour usually reserved

for heads of government. But

the General Secretary of

Vietnam's Communist Party

received a full ceremonial

welcome hadn't ace arrival in Canberra --

on his arrival in Canberra.

Nong Duc Mahn and other high

level officials are in

Australia for four days of

bilateral talks. Australia's

Vietnamese community is

outraged. And hundreds

descended on Parliament House

to make sure the government

knew it. Freedom! The

protesters are furious that the

Australian Government is

welcoming the Communist party

leader like a head of state.

They say he's a criminal and a

human rights abuser. The

government and I'm sure the

Prime Minister has the freedom

to do anything he wants to but

we elect him to protect human

rights for everyone. But it appears the protesters' voices

have gone unheard in the

corridors of power. This is the

room where our Cabinet

meets. We'll have the opportunity to discuss the

measures for the furtherance of

our electoral ties. The

delegation will also be feted

at a formal parliamentary

dinner during their visit. The

ABC is pushing for closer

cooperation between

international and Chinese state

broadcasters. The broadcaster

was one of the first foreign

news organisations to set up a

bureau in Beijing as our China

correspondent reports. China's

thrust onto the world economic

stage is giving rise to serious

cultural ambitions too. The country's national broad

casters are trying to modernise

and expand into the global

media industry. Now the ABC's

hoping to get in on the act,

sending a delegation of senior

executives to Beijing to meet

government and media officials. We're talking with

them about animations series

they can do in partnership with

us, which we can show in

Australia, China and elsewhere

around the world. The be a has

also been lobbying the Chinese

Government to allow it to

broadcast its international service, Australia Network n China. China is the biggest market there is. If Australia

is going to be serious about

using broadcasting for soft

diplomacy e we want to be in

China and tell the Australian

story. The ABC has already

been telling China's story to

Australians for decades N 1973

it was the first western news

broadcast er to establish a permanent bureau in

Beijing. There is no petrol

pollution ... Former correspondents gathered at a

party to remind the Chinese

side of the ABC's presence in

the capital. If the Chinese

when I was here mentioned the

word capitalism, 20 years in a

prison labour camp, to this

year when the world comes

beging to China, to save

capitalism and China agrees.

From the ABC's coverage of the

1989 Tiananmen Square protests

to today's economic and

diplomatic tensions, China's

often been uncomfortable with

the Australian media's presence

here. A potential sticking

point in negotiations about

cooperation between national broadcasters. They appreciate

it as an independent public

broadcaster you have to report

the story as you find T they

just want a fair go, as

politicians in Canberra want a

fair go. And I think that's

reasonable. The Chinese

Government has given no

indication it will grant broad

casting rights to the ABC. In

fact it's accusing the

broadcaster of having an

anti-China bias. But senior

managers from the ABC say they

will keep coming back to

Beijing anyway.

You're watching ABC News. In

the headlines - a British court

has convicted thee men of

conspiring to blow up trans-Atlantic flights using

liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks. Let's check the business

markets. In the United States overnight, Wall Street was

closed for a public holiday.

Now to sport. In tennis the

impressive run of local teenager Melanie Oudin has

continued at the US Open. She's

through to the last eight after

beating the 13th seed Nadia

Petrova. The American's

surprising run at the

tournament has had an element

of predictability. The third

straight match, Melanie Oudin

went down a set and again she

fought back to win, making her

opponent Nadia Petrova the

fourth Russian she has knocked

out. On the men's side, Robin

Soderling moved through to the

quarterfinals. He was leading

two sets to one against Nikolay

Davydenko when the Russian

retired because of a thigh

strain. Roger Federer

progressed to the quarters

also. In cricket, already up

2-0 in the one-day series the

one one-day squad has been

given another boost. Captain

Ricky Ponting has returned to

England to rejoin the team. But

before he left Australia, the

34-year-old announced he's

retiring from international

Twenty20 cricket. The decision

I have made is all to do with

my longevity in the game. As I

said when I came back from

England I'm really passionate

and committed to being the best

player I can be for Australia

for as long as possible.

Ponting will continue to play

domestic Twenty20 matches an

also line up for the Kolkata

Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. In Australian

rules, AFL players have voted

Geelong's Gary Ablett the

competition's most valuable

player for the third straight


After winning the backing of

the IOC executive rugby sevens

son the brink of becoming an Olympic sport. Such a move

would be greeted with joy in

the Pacific, where the likes of

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga would

have their eyes on a medal. But

even though rugby is hardly

known there, China, too, will

have its eyes on the prize.

Next month the International

Olympic Committee will

officially decide whether to

include rugby in the schedule

for the 2016 Games. The sport

has been run on little funding

in China for nearly two

decades. But all that could

change. From the coaches and

players' perspective if rugby

sevens can become an Olympic

sport it should have an

enormous effect on its

popularity and development. For

now the China agriculture

university is the heart and

soul of China ghees rugby,

providing a $70,000 grant for

the sport's development each

year. It's estimated there are

only about 300 players in the country. People don't understand rugby. In China,

people watch more American

Football, and know less about rugby. My family and friends

are not clear about rugby. But

if sport is included in the

Olympics it will most likely

attract government funding and

become part of China's national

Games, played oufr four years.

Women would also become

involved. Everyone thinks it's

weird for women to play rugby

because it requires a tough and

muscular body. People are like,

wow, why have you made yourself

so big? How ugly! But it's also

healthy, which is beautiful.

Nowadays, people are becoming

more open, so they will slowly

get used to the sport. The IOC

executive board has already

voted in favour of the sport's

inclusion at the 2016 Games.

Meaning the final vote of the

entire IOC membership next

month should be little more

than a formality.

Now a look at how the weather

is shaping up for us forest of day. --

for us for the rest of the day.

A public holiday has been

declared in Samoa to mark the switch from driving on the

right to driving on the left.

Shops have been banned from

selling alcohol to try to

reduce the number of accidents.

But many Samoans fear that the

changeover is going to cause

chaos. In this village just

outside Apia, there are plenty

of signs all is not well. Right

across the nine islands which

make up Samoa, there are a lot

of unhappy people. To respond

briefly - the timing is right

for us. It was the country's

Prime Minister who came up with

the idea of switching sides. He

wants Samoans living in

Australia and New Zealand to be

able to send over China

right-hand drive cars. He says

it should take locals about

three minutes to get their

heads around the change. And I

drove in the middle of London where the cars crisscross all

the time, and it took me only 3

minutes and I knew how to

manoeuvre. Bus drivers have

been told to cut new doors to

passengers won't be let out in

the middle of the road. Most

owners have refused saying it's

too expensive and their

vehicles will become structurally unsound. We don't

know what to do. We have no

hope, no assets and big loans.

Many locals say they won't be

venturing out and will keep

their children indoors. Four

government ministers have just

left the country saying they

had urgent business. They've

told the local paper that the

timing was just a coincidence. Quite a move!

You've been watching ABC News

for Australia Network. Another

look at our top stories - three

men convicted in Britain of

conspiring to blow up trans-Atlantic flights with

liquid explosives . Taiwan's

Prime Minister resigns over its

government's handling of

Typhoon Morakot. And rescuers

have pulled a woman passenger

from the sea 30 hours after the

sinking of a Philippines ferry.

That's the bulletin for now.

You can always go to our web

site and get all the latest in

news and current affairs. I'm

Bev O'Connor. Look forward to

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