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Soft sell - to influence the cloning debate. the PM denies trying can ward off Alzheimer's. How a glass of juice a day still in there at the US Open. And Andre Agassi's long goodbye - Juanita Phillips with ABC News. Good evening.

on terror charges. 11 Melbourne men are to stand trial

to a terrorist organisation, of knowingly belonging They're accused

funding and support, providing it with connected with a terrorist act. and of possessing material

A Victorian magistrate today ruled the case to go to a higher court. there was enough evidence for are yet to make their submissions. Lawyers for two other men the 13 Melbourne terror suspects. It could have been any other day for for the past six weeks, After sitting in court request to stand up most refused the magistrate's while they were committed. All pleaded not guilty. Ruddock political trophy trial. It's just another Howard and

surveillance since June 2004 The group has been under by the AFP, ASIO and the amount of material gathered and Victoria Police

is immense. was recorded 4,500 hours of covert video footage of telephone intercepts - and there are 30,000 hours

being analysed. much of that is still During the committal, of conversations the court was played a small sample

are central to the case. Australian Federal Police believe was recorded In one, defendant Shoue Hammoud to pack him some clothes telling his wife, Zahra, to take on a camping trip:

the committal Defence lawyers told an inappropriate joke, Mr Hammoud was just making shouldn't have been made but conceded it probably

in the current climate. was made, Two days after that recording at a camping ground at Eden the men were secretly filmed on the NSW South Coast. a team-building exercise. Prosecutors allege the trip was was convicted terrorist Jack Roche, Among those called to give evidence at the house of one of the men who told the court a letter found was similar to one he needed with al-Qaeda to be allowed to train at a camp in Afghanistan. to apply for bail next week. Some of the men are expected of Victoria in December. will appear in the Supreme Court All of those who've been committed

Tamara Oudyn, ABC News, Melbourne. on the defensive over accusations The Prime Minister is a new report on stem cell research that his department paid for

against it. to strengthen the case John Howard says in the interests of transparency the report was released on therapeutic cloning. not to influence the debate his only problem today, And that wasn't Craig McMurtrie reports. as political editor

was on-song... The Eastwood Public School band 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR' PLAYS with some of his own backbench. ..but John Howard wasn't in tune Liberal MP Mal Washer says the release of a report the Prime Minister's Department commissioned by

for extending stem cell research criticising the case smacks of desperation. about this issue. Mal feels strongly I respect that,

but it's a conscience issue feel strongly about it as well. and other people the Lockhart Review, The report questions the ban on therapeutic cloning. which recommended lifting It says Lockhart's expert panel, by the Government, also commissioned rather than proven science. highlighted potential benefits I knew I had to release it freedom of information request in. because there was a what all the fuss is about. I can't understand obtained by the Howard Government, A quick report which it has paid for, and, of course, we all know is very good the Howard Government that it wants to hear. at getting the advice as the Lockhart Review. This isn't of the same status The PM was also under fire section of the Muslim community for continuing to criticise a small for being unwilling to integrate, embrace Australian values, saying migrants have to learn English and treat women as equals.

It makes me laugh,

here in Australia because we have a very big problem to do with domestic violence - not just Muslim women.

by these comments. We are under siege in many ways and I don't withdraw it. I don't retreat, I don't apologise Muslim Reference Group, says Yasser Soliman, who's on the PM's has to be dealt with. extremism across the community his car windows were smashed. Last night, We need to ask questions - over and over again, why are they being singled out on this particular community alone? why the focus no point in pretending otherwise. It has to be said and there's

of the Muslim Reference Group says But the leadership

it's careless and dangerous talk. meeting with John Howard They're calling for an urgent to sort it out.

ABC News, Canberra. Craig McMurtrie, by East Timor The PM has rejected claims are to blame that Australian soldiers for a mass jail escape in Dili. two days ago, 57 prisoners escaped from the jail and so far, none have been caught. is Major Alfredo Reinado, Among them the recent security crisis in Dili. who was blamed for sparking Jose Ramos Horta says East Timor's Prime Minister, protection his government asked for, if the jail had been given the the escape wouldn't have happened. That's really just a puzzle - our repeated request why, in spite of to be outside the prison, for static forces this was not done. that these people escaped, Well, I'm very concerned but I'm quite certain has done the right thing. that the Australian Defence Force Security is still fragile in Dili. four people were shot This afternoon, for internally displaced people. at a camp United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in Syria tonight,

seeking support for the Lebanon cease-fire from one of Hezbollah's key backers. It's the most delicate part of Mr Annan's mission, given Syria's sworn opposition to Israel. In Lebanon, meanwhile, the focus has turned to rebuilding, with international donors pledging more than $1 billion. For decades, parts of their own country have effectively been off limits to the Lebanese military. Now the army is moving into territory which, in the past, has been dominated by Hezbollah, or occupied by Israel. With the new military reality taking shape on the ground, donor nations were meeting in Stockholm to work out how to pay for the rebuilding of Lebanon. The meeting had soon surpassed its targets, winning promises of more than $1.2 billion. I mean, we have fully covered the Lebanese Government's short-term appeal for early recovering. The money will be used to rebuild roads, bridges and homes

destroyed in the month-long conflict. But reconciliation will be much harder to win. Truly, that they inflicted heavy losses on us but at least, Israel did not behave as an army, it behaved as a killing machine. Lebanon is demanding Israeli troops withdraw from the parts of the country they still occupy. And the Prime Minister says the reconstruction effort will be severely undermined if Israel doesn't lift its sea, air and land blockade. Israelis, too, have unfinished business. Tens of thousands of people rallied in Tel Aviv demanding the release of the two Israeli soldiers still being held by Hezbollah. It was the trigger for the war, but exactly 50 days after they were captured in a cross-border raid, the soldiers remain in captivity. Matt Brown, ABC News, Jerusalem. Iran has again ignored a UN deadline to suspend its nuclear program. The US is now demanding that the Security Council impose sanctions against the country. George W Bush says the Iranian regime is a grave threat to the world

and that there must be consequences. Washington correspondent Mark Simkin reports. As the deadline approached, Iran's President declared he would not be bullied. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told thousands of screaming supporters that they have a right to nuclear energy. "Our enemies are trying to stir up differences between our people "with their dirty conspiracies," he declares. "They are wrong. "The Iranian nation is united." In the United States, the American President is talking tough, too, accusing Iran of breaching human rights, helping terrorists, and building a bomb. This summer's crisis in Lebanon has made it clearer than ever that the world now faces a grave threat from the radical regime in Iran. Iran had until today to suspend its nuclear program. The UN nuclear watchdog says Tehran has defied the deadline, and is still enriching small amounts of uranium. We will continue to work closely with our allies to find a diplomatic solution, but there must be consequences for Iran's defiance and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. The UN Security Council will now consider what those consequences will be.

The United States is pushing for sanctions. There is simply no explanation for the range of Iranian behaviour which we have seen over the years other than that they are pursuing a weapon's capability. Russia and China are reluctant to support sanctions so it is likely to be weeks before the Security Council decides

how or even if Iran will be punished. Mark Simkin, ABC News, Washington. The Defence Minister has paid a secret visit to Australian troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his six days in the Middle East, Brendan Nelson dropped in on men and women

serving with all three forces throughout the two countries. In Afghanistan, Dr Nelson met the reconstruction force which has recently arrived in the country's south, as well as SAS soldiers who are due to return home in September, and he thanked the Chinook helicopter detachment in Kandahar.

It's been known for a long period time

that Afghanistan is the crossroads to Asia, but what happens in Afghanistan and its future will have everything to do with the kind of world our kids are going to live in. In Iraq, the Defence Minister flew over the Persian Gulf to visit sailors on board HMAS 'Warramunga', who are protecting Iraqi oil platforms. He's due back over the weekend. More than 180 sailors are back home in Sydney after a 6-month tour of duty in the Persian Gulf. HMAS 'Ballarat' helped protect Iraq's offshore oil platforms

and intercepted ships carrying out illegal activities. Now back home,

crew members are keen to get on with their lives. Six months, we're getting married at the end of the year, it's going to be so exciting, he planned the whole wedding on his own. So fantastic... (kisses) so happy to be home.

The 'Ballarat' has been replaced by the 'Warramunga'. Police went to a remote island off the Victorian coast today to investigate the slaughter of dozens of protected fur seals. Two commercial fishermen have been questioned over the mass killing, which happened in a marine park near Wilsons Promontory. And while the police are yet to lay any charges the fishing industry itself is now under scrutiny with moves to tighten up penalties for Fisheries offences.

A strong wind made landing a helicopter on the rock island tricky, if not risky, but the police wanted to take pictures of the remaining dead seals. Most have been washed away or eaten by great whites. The officers were greeted by the three resolute university students, who've continued camping, despite witnessing the incident. I think all Australians who care about Australian wildlife will be horrified by the wanton destruction of these animals.

We'll bring the full force of the law down on the people who perpetrated this. Two professional fishermen have been interviewed by detectives. The investigators are yet to determine what the men will be charged with or under which authority. We'll probably have a lot of enquiries to make and liaising with different government departments including the Department of Sustainability and the Fisheries and Wildlife officers, and as a group we're probably working together to try and find out the most appropriate offences that we can. Local cray fishermen from the same port have been left lamenting the negative press. We're out there every day with the seals, we see them, they come along the boat, we give them an occasional feed. We happened yesterday was just two stupid guys that just did the wrong thing. They were in a marine park where no-one can fish either cray fishermen or shark boats, the shark boats have to be outside three miles. Rob Craike has been a fisherman for 30 years

and insists the industry has cleaned itself up. Basically all this issue is, two clowns that came past in a boat and decided to amuse themselves for half an hour or whatever, taking target practice at seals. Some shark fishermen are unhappy about seals chewing through their nets, but not fur seals breeding in a marine park. Paul Kennedy, ABC News, Wilsons Promontory.

Just three glasses of fruit or vegetable juice a week could be the key to avoiding Alzheimer's disease. In the most comprehensive study of its kind American researchers have found that a chemical in juice might help stop the memory deteriorating. 100 years after it was first identified by a German doctor, there's still no cure for Alzheimer's disease. The risk can be reduced by mental and physical exercise as well as healthy eating, but they don't guarantee prevention. Now new research shows that fruit and vegetable juice might offer the most powerful protection yet. It's a tantalising lead. Until studies like these are subjected to a randomised control trial, we can't really tell. American researchers followed 1,800 Japanese people living in the United States over a 10-year period. They found the risk of getting Alzheimer's was 76% lower for those who drank fruit and vegetable juice more than three times a week. Oh, that would be handy for me. That would be handy for you? If it's not too late already. Do you drink any fruit or veggie juice? Ah, usually orange juice. Will you start drinking more now? Yes. For sure. Others need more convincing. How can you prove that? For how long a period? I don't know. I'm still here. I'm still here. Researchers believe chemicals called polyphenals in juice provide the protection and those with a high risk of Alzheimer's benefited the most. But experts warn the value of juice shouldn't be overestimated.

It's too small a sample to say yes, we must definitely all start drinking three or more glasses of fruit/vegetable juice a week. Further research is also needed to identify which juices are the most beneficial. Rebecca Barrett, ABC News. Tonight's top story - a Melbourne magistrate has found that 11 men accused of terrorism offences should stand trial. And still to come - new plans to steer Sydney motorists towards electronic tolls.

The family of an elderly Aboriginal man found dead near a remote Northern Territory community says institutionalised racism is to blame for his death.

The 78-year-old was dropped off alone by a chartered hospital aircraft at the Kalkaringi community's remote airstrip. There was no-one to pick him up. His body was discovered more than a week later. Almost two weeks ago, the elderly man - who can't be identified for cultural reasons - was flown to Kalkaringi

after receiving medical treatment in Katherine, and was never seen alive again.

Despite a massive air and land search, it was eight days before the 78-year-old's body was discovered in bushland 800m from the airstrip. His family says he should never have been allowed to fly home alone because he was almost blind from cataracts,

could barely walk and spoke almost no English. Why, in 2006, do we have where people can just fly away and leave a blind, elderly man at 78 years of age - no water, no-one in sight -

and leave him at an isolated airstrip?

Ms Crawshaw-Guy blames institutionalised racism in the Health Department for her uncle's death. It's about the attitudes and the behaviour and the stereotypical beliefs that people hold that ends up not having any personal care and these tragedies do happen. The elderly man's niece is demanding an apology from the Chief Minister, Clare Martin,

saying as Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Ms Martin should also take some responsibility. The carriage of health in that area is the Katherine West Health Board and I believe that they are investigating what happened and that's the position from the CEO of the health board

and we, of course, will work with them. Health Department has launched an internal investigation into the incident. The family are calling for a coronial inquiry. Michael Park, ABC News. A performer at the Adelaide Royal Show has been seriously injured after she was shot out of a cannon but missed her soft landing. Stephanie Smith - otherwise known as 'Lady Cannonball' - was propelled into the air at 80km/h. But the stunt didn't go to plan. (Crowd chants) Three, two, one! BANG WOMAN SCREAMS Boy: Oh my god! (Crowd gasps) She hit the corner of it and then just went flying off.

I think she hurt her neck or back or something like that. She wasn't getting up, that's for sure. Ms Smith was taken by ambulance to Royal Adelaide Hospital. It's suspected that she has spinal injuries. The first class to graduate since a sex scandal broke at Goulburn Police Academy went on parade today. While the allegations of sexual misconduct were made

about previous teachers and students, the new probationary constables were reminded of the high expectations of them. Seek out and maintain a passion for truth and decency. The Police Minister denied the shine had been taken off their graduation day. I do not think any less of any of them because of the antics of people several years ago. These are good students here, they're good instructors and they'll do us all proud. 229 men and 87 women will be joining the police ranks.

They'll start work at more than 50 metropolitan and regional stations on Monday. Drivers who normally pay cash to use the Sydney Harbour Tunnel might soon find their stash of coins of little use. The State Government is creating more E-tag only lanes. The aim is to phase out cash tolls within six months. To finance now - and the local share market fell in quiet trading today. Alan Kohler has the details. The share market has been dull for nearly four months now, and today was no exception - down 0.66%, with the banks and most of the resource stocks off a little. Telstra also fell a couple of cents, while Foster's continued to climb in response to takeover rumours, which are not true - yet. The Australian share market was positively lively though compared to Wall Street last night - bring out the defibrillators. On commodity markets, oil, gold and copper all rose over night and the wheat price is also on the move at the moment - it's up 15% in a couple of weeks and now it's well above US$4.00 a bushel.

Today's economic news is the current account deficit - it fell in the June quarter to $13.3 billion, or 5.5% of the GDP, but as the graph shows, it's a mere blip in the context of where Australia's external account is at. For nearly 35 years, the current account deficit has been stubbornly in the red and showing no signs of turning black, and that's despite the fact that we have a terms-of-trade boom going on. On the latest figure on the ratio of export prices to import prices, out today, shows an increase of 2.3% to the highest level in 32 years. So why has the current account been in the red for about 32 years? Here's why -

foreign debt has increased nearly $10 billion to a little less than $500 billion or half a trillion, the interest on which is about $110 million a day.

But despite all this, the Australian dollar rose today, except against the rampaging New Zealand currency, which has risen 6% against the Aussie dollar in a month. I'll be back on Sunday morning at 10am with 'Inside Business', until then that's finance. Back now to our story. E-tags are catching on among Sydney motorists,

but the State Government wants to give drivers another push. From the end of next week, all four lanes of the Harbour Tunnel will be able to receive payment electronically. And there'll be a carrot for casual drivers to sign up. We will be offering a $30 toll credit for new account holders who take out an E-tag from the RTA. 75% of tunnel travellers are using the new system. And while there are no plans to make E-tags compulsory on the Harbour Bridge, the RTA wants the tunnel cashless in six months. If we can reach 90% of drivers using E-tags in the tunnel, then we will seriously go electronic. a cashless Harbour Tunnel The Government says leaving the new Lane Cove Tunnel will speed up traffic when it opens later this year. to comment on what it will cost But the Minister's refusing until after the State election. to delay road closures at Lane Cove in speculating. I don't think there is any value to make political mileage Peter Debnam is still hoping

to the Lane Cove Tunnel operators, on the issue of compensation the campaign trail today, and he was out on of his leadership. marking the first anniversary and low voter recognition, But with continuing poor polling he faces a difficult road ahead. to every single electorate I just have to get out as many people as possible. and make sure I'm meeting

Mr Debnam's team some fresh blood next March. is now likely to be battling The Premier has confirmed fast-tracked. he wants Labor pre-selections of strong community candidates I am aware of a number and ability to the Caucus. who would add significant quality are said to be vulnerable Up to four Labor backbenchers

in a pre-election spring-clean. David Spicer, ABC News, Sydney. for the family of Sophie Delezio, It's been a difficult few years received some good news. but today her father Father of the Year. He's been named Australia's for burns victims Ron Delezio set up a charity after his daughter was injured. She suffered burns into her pre-school in 2003. when a car ploughed she was hit by another car Four months ago and again critically injured.

being treated for her injuries The 5-year-old is still she's recovering quickly. but her father says a showman Andre Agassi has always been their money's worth and he's certainly giving the crowd the US Open. at his farewell tournament - Agassi is back for another encore and into the third round to beat Marcos Baghdatis. after taking almost four hours Here's Peter Wilkins. a second-round match It was supposed to be worthy of a final. but turned into a contest for at least one more match, Looking to prolong his career turned back the clock unseeded Andre Agassi to take a two-sets-to-love lead. COMMENTATOR: Ah, it's goodnight. Marcos Baghdatis, fought back But the Australian Open finalist, to level the match at two sets all. Can you believe it! the end Agassi appeared to be contemplating

more effort for the partisan crowd. but the veteran American raised one

Oh, my gosh! started to cramp up. At 4-all the 21-year-old Cypriot Oh, no. Agassi took the final set 7-5.

Andre Agassi has survived! He's done it!

and what a time to feel it. I felt so good today This just means the world to me. not only for this tournament, I wanna wish Andre good luck for his life. to this sport. I mean, he gave so much Lleyton Hewitt's comfortable win Agassi's epic overshadowed Jan Hernych. over the Czech Republic's in the singles He's the last remaining Australian lost to Russian Elena Likhovtseva. after Nicole Pratt

on his contract With the ink still drying with English club Sunderland, shots at Sydney FC management. Dwight Yorke has taken some parting highest-profile player The A-league's to the English championship club confirmed his transfer Manchester United team-mate where he'll play under his former Roy Keane. But the 34-year-old striker insists in Australia for much less money he'd happily have stayed had Sydney made an offer. a rocket scientist - It wouldn't have taken if they'd offered me a new deal and made me think for a moment that they really wanted to keep me. In a stinging attack, his situation's been handled Yorke took aim at the way by the A-league champions though he stopped short of saying

as a promotional tool. he'd simply been used about $500,000 from the transfer Cash-strapped Sydney receives another high-profile player and it believes it can attract for less than it paid Yorke.

We're very happy with it. to invest in the future And it allows us now the stars that we've got, to make sure that and tomorrow - the stars of today the Carneys, that the Milligans, the Brosques, are going to be well looked after another marquee player. and that we can also secure The novelty does wear off and if they get get someone else in

it'd be fantastic. with the stature as Dwight Yorke that Jason Culina Arnold remains confident will be released from his Dutch club Wednesday's match in Kuwait. to join the Socceroos in next

most recognised paintings It's one of the world's and two years from an Oslo museum, after 'The Scream' was stolen it's been found. Edvard Munch's signature work series, 'Madonna', and another painting in the same have both been recovered by police any details although they're not giving about how they found them. on display yet The works haven't been put back they're in good condition. but authorities say

were convicted in May Three people involved in the theft

who grabbed the paintings but the masked gunmen are still free. from the Munch Museum Judging by today's weather, sprung Mike Bailey? spring has definitely Good evening. Thanks, Juanita.

over when spring really begins, Yes, in the continuing debate

you'd at least have to say down rather firmly the elements this time have come of the first day of the month. on the side with rather warm conditions September's begun in most districts, are expected tomorrow. and higher temperatures Sydney's range was 13 to 23 degrees. Both figures 3 above average. It reached 27 in the west today. Around the State - Cloud increasing in the south. As for rain: centres around the nation. Perth was the wettest of the main in the early part of tomorrow. Cloud is heading into NSW The falls will not be heavy. NSW - mostly fine, warm except for the southern part of the State.

Sydney - fine and mostly sunny day. Mild for Father's Day. Thanks, Mike. Before we go, another look at tonight's main stories - 11 men have been ordered to stand trial for allegedly belonging to a Melbourne terror cell. Prime Minister John Howard denies the Government's latest stem cell report was "bought" to skew the debate against therapeutic cloning.

And a new study says fruit and vegetable juice is an effective weapon against Alzheimer's disease. And that's ABC News for this Friday.

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