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(generated from captions) This program is not subtitled Tonight - his embattled Defense Secretary. President Bush speaks up for for Darfur's refugees. A coup attempt piles on the misery boosted from the deep. Sydney's dwindling water supplies It means winning or losing. And what's in a word ? Good evening. Joe O'Brien with ABC News. Donald Rumsfeld The US Defense Secretary is facing unprecedented calls from senior military figures of the war in Iraq. to resign over his handling Several retired generals say and arrogant Mr Rumsfeld has been incompetent from his mistakes. and has not learned to issue a statement of support President Bush has been forced for Mr Rumsfeld. in Iraq, As the chief architect of the war a target of criticism, Donald Rumsfeld is used to being such a concerted assault but never has he faced from military figures.

Leaders need to be held accountable, with a flawed war plan. by that I mean we went to war led the first infantry division Retired Major-General John Batiste in Iraq until last year. high-ranking officers, He's one of at least six who now having left the military handling of the war. are openly scathing of Mr Rumsfeld's They're particularly critical of troops committed to the conflict. of the relatively small number ground in this kind of an operation, It takes troops' boots on the where you are building the peace, for self-reliance. where you are setting a country up All the military critics agree

should fall on his sword. Donald Rumsfeld where accountability, We grew up in a culture learning to accept responsibility, admitting your mistakes and learning from them was critical to us. it worries us. When we don't see that happening, he isn't going anywhere Mr Rumsfeld says in times of war is nothing new. and that internal criticism of admirals and generals, Out of thousands and thousands two or three people disagreed, if every time we changed the Secretary of Defense of the US, a merry-go-round around here. it would be like count on the support The Defense Secretary can at least military officer. of America's highest or his judgement People can question my judgement but they should never question the dedication, the patriotism

of Secretary Rumsfeld. and the work ethic to enjoy a powerful backer Mr Rumsfeld also continues in the White House. step today of issuing a statement President Bush took the unusual for the Defense Secretary. declaring his strong support this endorsement, For as long as he enjoys the heaviest of artillery Mr Rumsfeld can withstand can train upon him. his military critics

Michael Rowland, ABC News, Washington.

US Ambassador to Australia The appointment of the next has been further delayed. was named as the President's choice Last month, Robert McCallum to fill the post, for more than 12 months. which has been vacant been put on hold But his nomination has now by the US Senate. because of concerns raised by the Justice Department Mr McCallum is being investigated his influence over claims he improperly used to change the outcome of a court settlement.

over the issue of funding A deepening row is developing Palestinian authority. to the Hamas-led a US and EU ban Russia says it will defy and provide emergency money to the cash-strapped Palestinians. by the United States It follows a new ban except some aid agencies, preventing all American companies, from doing business with Hamas. to exert financial pressure It's the latest attempt on the militant group, which says it will not be cowed. to be filled by Iran, The funding gap is expected which is holding a conference to support Hamas. encouraging all Islamic nations launched a scathing attack, There, the Iranian president rotten branch saying Israel was a dying, in one storm. that would be blown over of dispossessed people in Sudan The crisis involving millions coup in neighbouring Chad. has got even worse with an attempted is behind the attempt The Chad President claims Sudan and has threatened to throw out 200,000 Sudanese refugees. with Sudan He's broken off diplomatic relations in the middle. and the refugees are stuck put on display about 200 rebels, Government forces in Chad to overthrow President Idriss Deby, captured after an attempt after a coup 15 years ago. who came to power himself to have been killed this time, Several hundred people are said rebels and civilians. including government troops, with a mixture of weapons The rebels were armed including some battle-worn relics, and military gamesmanship used in decades of political between Chad and Sudan. upon to say publicly Many of the prisoners were called

conscripted by the rebels, that they were Sudanese, or that they were from Chad, and forced to join the rebels. captured by the Sudanese military said it was a good neighbour Sudan, for its part, with Chad's internal politics. and had never interfered But caught in the middle, yet again, of Sudanese refugees, are hundreds of thousands

driven from the fighting in Darfur - of instigating. which Sudan accuses Chad has threatened And now President Deby of Chad

by June to throw out 200,000 refugees if the international community doesn't step in. Robert Zoellick, The US Deputy Secretary of State, in Washington has had urgent talks Alpha Oumar Konare. with the head of the African Union, Given the events in Chad, was recently, where I know the President on what we can try to do I want to get his perspective to the government, to stop any danger to move forward but also urge the government political process. with an inclusive The African Union chief said that, whatever it takes, the events in Chad must not be allowed to make the situation in Sudan any worse. Geoff Sims, ABC News. Two trains have collided in Indonesia's Central java province, killing at least 13 people. Rescue workers say dozens were injured when a passenger train from Jakarta ran into another train on the same line. The crash happened about 50km from the capital. More than 1,000 passengers were on the trains. Pope Benedict has led thousands of pilgrims and tourists in a torch-lit procession in Rome to mark Good Friday. The 78-year-old carried a wooden crucifix to the Colosseum for the "Way of the Cross" ritual. It re-enacts the suffering of Jesus during his final hours and crucifixion. During the ceremony, Pope Benedict urged people to strive to impose limits on evil in the world. Climate change is a greater risk to the world than international terrorism - that's the view of Britain's chief scientist Sir David King, who says there'll be grave consequences if the world does not act immediately. He says even by the most optimistic forecasts,

average temperatures will rise by at least 3 degrees Celsius. Melting ice caps, rising sea levels and food shortages

are just some of the problems he foresees, unless emissions are dramatically reduced. There's been a tragic start to Easter in Queensland with two 3-year-old boys drowning in separate incidents. They were both at family gatherings on opposite sides of Brisbane. Good Friday is a day Nathan Reid's family will never forget.

His disappearance during a family picnic at Forest Lake yesterday afternoon prompted a massive air and land search. His mother was comforted by friends as police and SES volunteers scoured the area. There are areas out there that are excluded. Torches in hand, police briefed dozens of neighbours who offered to help. Just to say to all the public and everybody here - thank you for all their help and everybody searching.

Water police concentrated on the murky lake using thermal imaging equipment. And not far from where the toddler had disappeared, their worst fears were confirmed. After an exhaustive search this evening by our water police and many supporters and volunteers, unfortunately the news is that a little boy has been located in the lake and he is deceased. Forensic police returned this morning to gather further evidence from the area where Nathan was last seen. Those who saw him were brought back to retrace some of his final movements. Locals paid tribute to the boy and his family. A small gesture just to pour out our love to the people that, you know, they've lost their, their little one. The police investigation into the boy's death is closed, with the incident ruled a tragic accident.

All the evidence will now be handed to the coroner for further consideration. Another Brisbane family is also mourning the loss of a 3-year-old boy who drowned on a property last night at Kurwongbah, north of Brisbane. Investigations have shown that the child has apparently fallen through a cover, an access cover, into a underground water tank. His father and ambulance paramedics to tried in vain to revive him. A post-mortem will be conducted next week. Kristina Harazim, ABC News.

Refugee advocates have continued their weekend protests against the Federal Government's immigration policies. Around 80 people marched outside Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre which is now empty. The detainees have been moved to other centres including the nearby Holsworthy army camp. Two inmates from Holsworthy are in a stable condition after being taken to Liverpool Hospital this afternoon. The Immigration Department won't comment on a claim that one of the men swallowed a disposable razor blade. A woman with a broken leg and hypothermia has been winched out of the Blue Mountains after spending a night in the bush. The 31-year-old was pulled out of Claustral Canyon near Mt Tomah this morning. She'd become trapped after falling while abseiling in a group of 11 late yesterday. A rescue attempt had to be called off because of fading light and the rough terrain. Other canyoners, police and paramedics spent the night with her until she could be moved and winched out after first light today. When it comes to saving water every drop counts. And the State Government says a world engineering first has opened the way for an extra 40 billion litres of water to be accessed every year from the deepest reaches of Warragamba Dam. In the planning stage for months, a team of international saturation divers, known as aquanauts, has worked around the clock for the past two weeks to remove a 17-tonne block of concrete from the dam. Part of the Government's $119 million deep water access program, the dangerous work was completed ahead of schedule last night. It's dangerous, but they are extremely well organised

and I think it's because it's so dangerous, they plan meticulously. Working in freezing conditions at a depth of 85 metres, the divers cut a 2-metre hole through a section of the dam wall to allow water at the bottom of the dam to be pumped into the Warragamba pipeline. Whilst it's been complex,

it's in fact delivering ahead of schedule and delivering more water than we originally estimated. The Premier says the initiative will add around 8%

to the current dam storage

and the process is now being repeated at other dams. There's also work going on at Avon and Nepean

to access similar levels of water. All part of the plan to guarantee Sydney's future water needs. But an independent report on Sydney Water's performance has raised questions over the utility's record on water conservation. And the Opposition says the latest initiative is just a drop in the ocean. in relation to recycling, Sydney Water's failing in relation to the amount of sewerage that's going out into the oceans. Water that could've been used on our parklands is going into our oceans. It again demonstrates the rhetoric - the gap between Labor's rhetoric and reality. There's room for further improvement

and that's what we're working towards. While the capacity of Warragamba is nudging 45%, Sydney's water crisis is far from over. The Premier says there'll be no change in Sydney's water restrictions until at least October, when they come under review. Matthew Eaton, ABC News. The former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mamdouh Habib has produced a home movie he claims shows how he was tortured in secret military prisons. Mr Habib says he hopes the video will draw attention to the mistreatment of hundreds of other detainees in jails

in Pakistan and Egypt. Mamdouh Habib's family wants other Australians to know what he endured during three years he was imprisoned without being charged. They all helped produce a home movie like no other. And it took us quite a long time to actually go through it and do the movie. Because obviously it was very stressful for my husband and for the kids. Mr Habib plays the role of torturers in underground jails in Egypt, Pakistan and Cuba. His son, Ahmed, assumes the role of his father. I was honoured to do it because he was my dad and we have to put a stop to it. If we don't stand up, who's going to stand up? Mr Habib was detained in Pakistan in October 2001, just weeks after the September 11 attacks, accused of taking part in terrorism activities. For three years he was shunted to jails in four countries before being released by the Americans without a charge being laid. I been the worst torture in the beginning and that's why I got my body is been dead body and I got my brain is gone from the drugs, from the electric shocks. When I go to Guantanamo Bay I was dead person. His concern now is for others still incarcerated like fellow Australian David Hicks and a young Canadian teenager he befriended in Guantanamo Bay. I'm doing this for the other people and my family support that. The film was shown by peace activists in Sydney today who want to expose the rise in torture of political prisoners around the world. Anne Maria Nicholson, ABC News.

Young Australians between 10- and 15-years-old are spending more than a quarter of their waking hours in front of a screen. The alarming figures come from a survey of more than 1,000 youngsters in South Australia. The researchers hope their study will shock parents into action.

Excessive screen time has already been associated with a range of psycho-social disturbances and obesity in children, but just how big is the problem? Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 school children on their use of television, video games, computers and arcade games. Boys need to watch and play games - to entertain themselves. Very few met the national health guideline of less than two hours of quality programming a day - on average they watched almost four hours a day. The average Australian child of this age, 10-15 years, spends a little bit more than a quarter of their waking hours in front of the television, but in the case of the extreme screenies, 10% of boys fall into that category, it can be up to 50% of their waking hours, which they spend in front of the screen. While girls and boys watched about the same amount of television, the boys were the worst offenders when it came to video games. The study also broke down when the children were doing most of their viewing. There's a very typical pattern that kids come home, that they have something to eat, they chill out for a bit and then they either switch on the television or a video game or they go outside and play, so it seems to be a critical decision point. That's when parents need to intervene. You can watch a little bit, but not too much. The researchers say putting an 8pm curfew on all screen use would also make a big difference, reducing overall watching time by about 25%,

but as far as the best way to get the kids to turn off the screens goes, well, that would have to be the subject of a whole other study. Deborah Rice, ABC News. Despite the arrival of a deadly strain of bird flu in Britain, tens of thousands of birds there are getting a new lease of life. It's part of a campaign to end the suffering of battery hens by giving them a more comfortable retirement. Until now,

the entire universe of these battery hens has been a wire cage. I would say each bird has about that much space - it's a pretty miserable existence really. But for these lucky chooks, it's Independence Day. They don't have the personality that perhaps some other farm animal have,

in the public perception, but actually it couldn't be further from the truth.

This is the life of a battery hen - after 12 months when they start to produce brittle egg shells, the chickens are slaughtered for pie filling and a new batch comes aboard. These are the lucky few. Still able to lay eggs, within hours they're heading to new homes. Thank you, that's very kind. Surprisingly, it's all done with the co-operation of the battery farmer. Most farmers expect people like us to turn up at night in balaclavas

and to take the hens without being invited. In a country where the animal rights movement is extremely vibrant, not everyone agrees with this subtle approach. Rescuing and re-homing chickens is one thing, making friends with the farmer, quite another. Jane Howarth says as a gesture of goodwill, she sometimes pays the farmers or gives them a small gift. Animal rights activists disagree with the approach. We don't think you should pay any money for them, because it's financially propping up an exploitative industry based on suffering.

But free-range farms are a luxury most producers can't afford.

It's all down to making a profit, we can't do it for nothing. The Welfare Trust found homes for more than 11,000 hens last year, but the spread of bird flu could stop future rescues. If it spreads all flocks will be ordered indoors. But for now, life in the battery was yesterday's nightmare. After all, there's food to be found in these hills. Jane Hutcheon, ABC News, Devon. Tonight's top story - US President George W. Bush has assured Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of his "full support" in the wake of criticism by retired generals. And still to come - a 16-week suspension handed out by the Super-14 judiciary. The Brisbane Broncos and the Roosters have been hit with more injuries after last night's clash in Sydney. The Broncos defeated the mistake-riddled Roosters, while tonight the Dragons lead the Sea Eagles. Injuries plagued both teams with a dozen front-line troops sidelined and more casualties to come in a less-than-memorable Good Friday clash. Amos Roberts' fifth-minute crossing was the attacking highlight for Ricky Stuart's Roosters. COMMENTATOR: Roberts scores try number 24 in the new colours. Broncos prop Petero Civoniceva continued his strong form, with a performance that almost certainly guaranteed his retention for next month's trans-Tasman Test.

Desperate defence ensured Brisbane went to the break with its nose in front 8-6. While the game was there for the taking, the Roosters self-destructed with a host of errors. It was the Broncos' youth brigade that capitalised. Sam Thaiday's go-forward game was rewarded with a timely try. He has scored a deserved try. Junior Kiwi Greg Eastwood showed his class and iced the 24-6 win for a Brisbane side that, on its own admission,

is playing well below its best. In this afternoon's match - the Sea Eagles and Dragons put on a high-quality display with Manly first on the scoring sheet. Dragons half-back Matthew Head celebrated his return to the NRL from a knee reconstruction, setting up a try for a juggling Matt Cooper. And he scores under the black dots. Sea Eagles winger Michael Robertson took the aerial route to the try-line with this spectacular effort that gave Manly a 14-12 half-time lead. Have you seen anything more spectacular this season? Cooper matched him for finishing skill standing up his opposite to give the Dragons the lead in a seesawing game. Ian Eckersley, ABC News. And the final score in that game -

St George Illawarra hung on to beat Manly 26-24. The Auckland Blues centre Rua Tipoki has been suspended for 16 weeks for striking Western Force flyhalf James Hilgendorf in last night's Super-14 game. It's the longest suspension handed down to a New Zealand player since the competition began. The incident occurred in the seventh minute of the game

with No. 12 Tipoki striking the ball carrier Hilgendorf. The Western Force player suffered a fractured eye socket, a laceration over the eyebrow and concussion. The SANZAR panel took into account the fact that Tipoki had fronted the judiciary twice before on striking charges. Hilgendorf is expected to take at least a month to recover. The Brumbies have trained in enemy territory on the eve of their much-anticipated clash against New South Wales. It's been billed as a selection trial for the Wallabies. More importantly, it's for five competition points in the Super-14 and it's crucial, with probably the Crusaders the only team that's guaranteed a spot in the finals at this stage. The Crusaders maintained their unbeaten record this season with a 53 points to 17 thumping of South African team, the Cheetahs. COMMENTATOR: ...fires it back - and in fact he gave it to McDonald.

The Cheetahs also conceded 53 points against the Brumbies last week. Duncan Huntsdale, ABC News. It's official - Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink will join Russia after this year's World Cup. The well-credentialled Dutchman has signed a 2-year deal worth more than $3 million a year. The former South Korea and Holland mentor will become Russia's first foreign coach. This is such a huge country. When I compare it to Holland with 16 million people. Here live 150 million people around - that must be huge potential. Football Federation Australia maintains Hiddink won't be distracted by his new role in the lead-up to the World Cup. Hawthorn has caused a major upset, beating Geelong at home by more than 50 points. The Hawks led at every change and came home with a flurry, outscoring the Cats six goals to one in the final term. If Hawthorn had any fears about taking on the Premiership favourites at their fortress,

there was no evidence of it in the opening term. Zac Dawson was given the job on Kent Kingsley and Shane Crawford was busy getting touches in the middle, but his best effort was in front of goal. COMMENTATOR: Crawford snaps it back! Likes it, clever! Campbell Brown celebrated his return after serving a 4-week suspension with two first-quarter goals... Don't worry about the top of the square, that ball is gone! the Hawks became the first side to win a quarter at Kardinia Park this season. Brad Ottens flew, but Geelong had trouble finishing off in the second until Steve Johnson made up for some earlier mistakes 11 minutes into the term.

Trent Croad responded straight away and Hawthorn's pressure was unrelenting. The Cats just weren't able to shake the Hawks off and at half-time, they still had their noses in front. It was early in the second half last week

when Geelong took control against the Kangaroos, but the Hawks were brilliant in the stoppages and late in the term they opened up a handy lead... Hawks by 16 points! ..Luke Hodge extending the margin to 22 points. Finish off with a goal, and he does. Geelong needed a spark, instead it was Rick Ladson who pumped up his team with the all-important first goal of the term. This'll be a big goal! Hodge put Hawthorn further in front as it all began to unravel for the Cats. The Hawks racked up the percentage, finishing 52-point winners. Only three weeks ago, they were wooden spoon contenders. Angela Pippos, ABC News, Melbourne. The John Hawkes-trained Headturner has won the $2 million AJC Derby at Randwick. Top weight De Beers led into the straight before the favourite took control. COMMENTATOR: He goes after De Beers, it's Headturner on the outside, he goes up and hits the lead, he should have won the VRC Derby, he's going to win the AJC Derby, Headturner racing away for Beadman. Jockey Darren Beadman and trainer John Hawkes combined to repeat their Derby win from a decade ago with the great Octagonal. De Beers finished second with Testafiable in third. Ben Kersten has added to Australia's medal tally at the World Track Cycling Championships in France. Kersten took the silver in the 1km time trial behind the defending champion, Great Britain's Chris Hoy. Kersten won the event at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Unfortunately I started dreaming of gold after the Commonwealth Games - if I hadn't had that then this would be a pretty good moment right now, it still is, I just need a little while to get over it. Australia failed to reach the finals in the men's kierin and the women's sprint. And now to Australia's biggest war of words. The country's best scrabble players are locked in a tight tussle for the title of national champion. Players from across the country and overseas are in Brisbane, battling to come out on top. What's got eight letters, and scores 14 points? Scrabble of course, but if you only get that score for those letters

then you probably don't belong here at the National Scrabble Championships. Three days of etymological extremism where S-E-Z beats S-A-Y-S and 'doh' trumps 'do'.

And if you thinks your opponent is reading from a different dictionary why not challenge their word and let the computer sort it out. COMPUTER PRINTS Every player in the top tier plays 21 matches. The one with the most wins by Monday afternoon is the champion.

Among those loading their racks, and racking their brains, the defending national champion, Naween Fernando and the man with the biggest target on his back, current Australian number one Andrew Fischer. I probably do. I mean the thing is with Scrabble, every game is a lottery, kind of, in what you pick

but you hopefully have the ammunition to overcome the bad racks and come through it anyway. Most people start playing because of a love of words but to succeed requires more than that. The game also involves a lot of strategy and calculation so logical, mathematical-type sort of skills are also very important. And gender, fitness or age rarely matter. Just ask 13-year-old Grant Breadsell from the South-East Queensland town of Dalby. He's barely been playing Scrabble for 18 months, but is already beating people who've been turning the tiles for half a century. I think that's a common thing that people do. Just 'cause I'm young they think they've got me, but I can use that to my advantage, so that's a bonus. Scrabble is also taking off online. But beware - while email and intranet are acceptable,

Internet officially has a capital 'I' so even if you're on it, you can't use the word. David Curnow, ABC News, Brisbane. Now, let's take a look at the weather. And Mike Bailey is making a special weekend appearance - he's out at the Royal Easter Show. What have you been up to, Mike? Like tens of thousands of others, I've been enjoying the fun of the fair. But because of the biting winds tonight, I've taken shelter in the ABC stand. Stars are going through their paces with various TV shows including the weather. As for the weather - not quite blue ribbon, but blue skies over Sydney today. A change has finally made its way to the north of NSW today. The change arrived earlier in southern NSW. Light rain overnight, then back to clear skies today

with temperatures close to the average.

Around the nation - Melbourne was the wettest of the capitals. The reason for the cold outbreak over NSW is cloud moving through with cold air that has been whipped up due to a surface low. Rain in the next 24 hours will fall in the north- and south-east. Strong wind warning is current for coastal waters. Winds will gradually ease for NSW - chance of a shower around the north-east corner and southern tablelands. Inland should be dry. Further outlook - fine until the end of the holiday weekend.