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Good morning. I'm Luke Waters. This is Ten's Early News. And I'm Jacinta Hocking. this Tuesday morning - poll disaster. Our top stories in the latest newspoll. The Coalition slips even further Labor now leading by 18 points. China's President arrives for APEC. Touchdown - and business leaders in Perth. Today he'll meet mining meets with American forces in Iraq Unexpected visit - President Bush

as he makes his way to Sydney. the tough stance from the NRL And in sport - South Sydney's heavy-hitting forward that's likely to sideline David Fa'alogo. no lead for the local market today? Now for our first look at finance and That's right, Luke. for the Labor Day holiday Wall Street is closed for local stocks yesterday. but it was another positive day

the latest on the Coles takeover. When I come back - world leaders arrives in Australia, As the first of the APEC the Government's re-election hopes

another devastating blow. have suffered Labor's lead over the Coalition. The latest newspoll extending Hu Jintao touched down in Perth, Chinese President arriving for APEC. the first of the world's leaders Alan Carpenter's guest of honour President Hu was WA Premier at a State dinner before heading to the Harbour City. and is set to tour mining sites taxpayer-funded security lockdown Early public reaction to the

for the Government. is causing headaches in today's 'Australian' newspaper But it's the Newspoll the Prime Minister. In two-party terms, its lead over the Coalition Labor has extended

to a whopping 18 points. New York strip club outing And Kevin Rudd's the Opposition Leader's popularity. hasn't damaged will take the view that we - My guess is that the public

not the government, working together - the government and the public amount over the last 11.5 years Australia has achieved an enormous to risk giving any of that up. and they're not sure they want With the campaign launch looming, a regional program Mr Howard has developed domestic political points aimed at scoring topping the agenda. with climate change at Saturday's leaders table But he admits any agreements reached

will be non-binding. Jacqueline Maddock, Ten News. this morning Sydney remains in lockdown arrival tonight. ahead of President George W. Bush's The so-called 'Great Wall of Sydney' is now complete

before the President touches down. with more road closures expected Commuters entering the CBD this morning will face increased security

extra time to get to work. and are being urged to allow The PM has apologised to Sydney-siders

for the disruption APEC is causing. with murder A teenager has been charged of a 36-year-old woman following the death on the Gold Coast overnight. Police were called to the residential address around midnight

the dead woman's body. where they found in Southport's Children Court today. The 16-year-old boy will appear A South Australian boy is recovering by a deadly brown snake. after being bitten was attacked on the abdomen. The 8-year-old and has since been discharged. He was treated in hospital season's about to bite hard Homeowners are being warned the snake dry conditions. because of unseasonally has made a surprise visit to Iraq US President George W. Bush for the APEC summit. while on his way to Sydney In a shock move, of withdrawing troops from Iraq. he's hinted at the possibility President Bush stepped off the plane

this morning, in Iraq's volatile Anbar province his third visit to Iraq. This time he bypassed Baghdad. Bush Administration's frustration A symbolic expression of the gripping the Iraqi capital. with the political stalemate Defence-Secretary Robert Gates before the President arrived just hours General David Petraeus, for a series of meetings with top and top Iraqi officials. Ambassador Ryan Crocker

Nouri al-Maliki, He also met with Prime Minister the Shiite leader hoping that bringing to the heart of a region that's largely Sunni

that the Iraqi PM will illustrate of bridging religious divisions. is capable as an example of recent progress The President has used Anbar

serious economic trouble but the territory still faces who were once here and many say insurgents to other areas of the country. have simply fled After his visit to Iraq will continue on to Australia President Bush for the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit. Susan Roberts, Ten News. In Washington, handed over control of Basra Palace British troops have officially in southern Iraq. The 'Last Post' was played by the Iraqi flag as the British flag was replaced in the city. symbolising an end to UK presence have now moved to a camp All 500 troops from the base

on the outskirts of the city. Iraq's Defence Minister says can maintain control. he's confident his military is storming towards Central America. Hurricane Felix packing winds of up to 260km/h. It's now a category five storm and flooded homes Felix has already brought down trees as it tears through the Caribbean. the amount of damage it could do Forecasters are concerned about

if it continues to gain strength. Breaking centuries of tradition, as the first ever female beef-eater. a British woman has started work after 22 years with the British Army. Moira Cameron was given the top job blue of the Tower of London guards, Apart from wearing the scarlet and protecting the royal jewels. Moira has a more important job -

A no-nonsense approach from the NRL from Souths forward David Fa'alogo. following that wild punch He faces a lengthy suspension of the finals series. that will keep him out was held together by four stitches Braith Anasta's bottom lip at last night's Roosters dinner.

by Souths forward David Fa'alogo. The result of this wild punch and just clocked Braith Anasta! COMMENTATOR: He stood up

in whatever way they felt best They've dealt with it face the tribunal and now he's just got to

and it's up to them. He's facing up to seven weeks after being slapped with a grade four striking charge. Sonny Bill Williams could miss the finals too. He'll miss two weeks with an early plea, three if he challenges and loses. It's a pretty important time of the year but they'll go through the process and hopefully he gets off.

The captains all agree Melbourne are the most likely grand finalists but only two of the past eight minor premiers have won the premiership. Any one of these teams in the semifinals can win it from here. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. West Coast will welcome back captain Chris Judd when they take on Port Adelaide in week one of the finals. The Eagles skipper says he is fit and rearing to go after resting his groin injury over the past month.

Really, I just needed to freshen up, and just get rid of some of that inflammation.

Because every time you play a game, you obviously arc it back up again. But the Power's Dean Brogan remains in doubt with a corked knee. Newspaper reports this morning reveal drugs and not injury concerns

were the real reason behind rugby union's reluctance to sign Andrew Johns back in 2004. Meanwhile, the Wallabies' World Cup opener against Japan holds special significance for Chris Latham, the fullback celebrating his 32nd birthday. To get a call from your family and it's a shame you can't celebrate it with them but once again, obviously it's - I'm overwhelmed just to be over here. Prop Guy Shepherdson has been pencilled in at tight head subject to a fitness test. The latest on finance with Jacinta and Wesfarmers look like getting their way? Luke, Wesfarmers still in the headlines and now it's reportedly close to winning the full support of the Coles board as it works to stitch up its $18 billion takeover of the retailer. Independent advisor Grant Samuel and Associates will hand down its report on the Wesfarmers bid either today or tomorrow with a board recommendation likely to follow. Coles provisionally backed the multibillion-dollar takeover offer in June, subject to satisfactory independent analysis. Wesfarmers still needs to win the support of the 300,000 Coles shareholders. A warning this morning

that interest rates could be lifted within months following a bigger-than-expected rise to inflation. According to the latest

TD Securities Melbourne Institute monthly inflation gauge, prices rose by 0.6% in July. That takes the annual rate of inflation to 2.9%, at the top end of the Reserve Bank's 2% to 3% target band. The price of vegetables rose almost 10%, but fuel costs fell. Analysts say with inflation remaining high rates could rise again as soon as November. The RBA meets today but no rise is expected. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at today's newspaper headlines. President Bush pays a surprise visit to Iraq

as he heads to Sydney for the APEC summit. Those details next.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Presidential visit.

George W. Bush drops in on US forces serving in Iraq as he makes his way to Sydney for APEC. The gap widens - Labor makes further gains in the latest Newspoll

leading the Coalition by 18 points. Miraculous survival - the driver of this car manages to walk away unscathed after crashing his car overnight. make an emotional return, 65 years later. Jacinta's back with another look at finance now and it could be a weak start for local stocks? Luke, that's how it's looking at the moment, but there was a good rally at the close. Australian shares rising to a six-week high but with that comes warnings it may be short-term optimism. When I come back - petrol prices in the spotlight.

The American President George W. Bush has paid a surprise visit to Iraq. The whistle stop coming just hours ahead of his arrival in Sydney for the APEC summit. With support for the war waning at home, the US President paid an unexpected visit Iraq

in a trip aimed at boosting troop morale. What you are doing here is making this country safer

and I thank you for your hard work. CROWD CHEERS The visit comes at a crucial time for the President days before a key report is delivered to Congress on how his troop surge is faring. When we begin to draw down troops from Iraq it will be from a position of strength and success, not from a position of fear and failure.

Joined by his Secretary of State and Defence Secretary

Mr Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. No doubt Britain's decision to withdraw more than 500 troops from Basra city would have been on the agenda. It now leaves Basra airport the only base for British soldiers serving in southern Iraq. The President's visit came as he makes his way to Sydney for the APEC summit. Security in the Harbour City has been stepped ahead of his arrival with a 3m-high fence locking down key APEC venues.

It's like a war zone, isn't it? I hope it never happens again. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. China's President Hu Jin-Tao has touched down in Australia, the first major leader to arrive for the APEC summit this week. The President is in Perth where he'll spend the day touring resource sites. President Hu will then travel to Canberra for a meeting with the Governor-General before heading to Sydney for the summit.

With the federal election campaign launch just a matter of weeks away John Howard's been dealt a fresh blow in the latest opinion polls. On a two-party-preferred,

Labor has extended its lead over the Coalition by 18 points

while Mr Rudd is clearly the preferred prime minister. The Prime Minister was hoping this week's APEC summit would give his public profile a boost, but it appears that's not the case. the Federal Government Labor has slammed for not responding to concerns about equine influenza three years ago.

The Australian Racing Board says it sent several letters to the Agriculture Minister in 2004 expressing concern about changes to quarantine procedures. NSW's ban on horse movements has been renewed for another week and there are concerns this morning the potentially fatal flu may have spread to Tasmania.

The police pay dispute has escalated dramatically with Force Command taking legal action to stop officers applying new work bans. Under the bans, speed and red light camera fines won't be processed. Frustrated by a lack of progress in negotiations

for a 5% pay increase, the Police Union voted to step up its industrial action at a mass meeting of delegates. MAN: Those in favour. Carried unanimously. The new bans which apply from today include police volunteering to work during AFL finals

and Spring Carnival race meetings, as well as the processing of speed and red light camera fines and union boss Paul Mullet is warning of more action if officers have their pay docked. We don't rule anything out up to a police strike. We will also consider marches on Parliament House, lockdowns in police stations, static patrols and no longer protecting the policitians themselves. The Brumby Government has offered a rise of 3.25%. This has come as a surprise because there were negotiations on Friday, and there were negotiations set for this week. The hearing continues. Gareth Boreham, Ten News.

There's still no sign of two South Korean tourists missing on a dangerous stretch of the West Australian coast. The pair told friends on Thursday they were going fishing at Conto's Beach near Margaret River. Their abandoned car was found on Saturday.

Searchers will decide whether to resume their efforts again this morning. A car has crashed into a building in Sydney's west. Police say the vehicle was travelling at high speeds when it crashed into a building in Canterbury overnight. The driver escaped with only minor head injuries. There's been extensive structural damage to the building. A group of World War Two veterans has made an emotional pilgrimage to the notorious Changi prison camp in Singapore. For many in the group

it was the first time they'd been back to the site of their worst nightmares in 65 years. More than 2,000 Australian prisoners of war held by the Japanese at Changi during World War Two

never came home. Some 90,000 people visit the museum dedicated to their sacrifice every year. From fires to floods, Greece can't seem to get a break. As last week's bushfires came under control, villages in the country's north were underwater.

Heavy rain in this holiday town turned the main streets into rivers. Cars can be seen floating past houses. Ironically, this same area was hit hard by bushfires

this time a year ago. The world's largest passenger plane has impressed crowds as it flew over Hong Kong. Locals gathered to watch the Airbus A380 fly low over Victor Harbour. The jumbo jet also swooped in between skyscrapers as part of the opening of an Asian air show. Airbus is hoping to sell 113 of the planes to Chinese companies over the next 20 years.

Steve Irwin fans are pulling out the khaki today to mark the first anniversary of the death of their fallen hero. While there's no official ceremony at Australia Zoo, they're planning an international day instead to celebrate his life. He seemed invincible... (Yells) ..and for so long we all thought he was. On the first anniversary, Away camping,

they say today's a time for private reflection. But they haven't forgotten his devoted fans, planning Steve Irwin Day on November 15 - not to mourn their mate what Steve would no doubt call, "a pretty beaut life".

He also had an incredible ability to reach people and educate them without them even knowing about it.

Steve started out catching crocs at his dad's little reptile park

and left us as an international legend.

It was there that he met Terri. Together they catapulted the little zoo into a worldwide attraction and thrust Steve into icon status. A documentary for Bindi would be Steve's last. Filming off Port Douglas, he was diving with stingrays when one speared him through the chest and the world lost a conservation hero. My whole live revolves around conservation. That is my work, that is my life and I will die doing that.

Emma Dallimore, Ten News. Premiership favourite Geelong may lose key defender Matthew Egan to a broken foot.

The club now considering sending the 24-year-old in for season-ending surgery. A 'moon boot' helped nurse the pain for Matthew Egan, but scans have dealt the Cat devastating news - his right foot is broken and may require surgery. We'll do everything we can to make the right decision for him. It's also important in the long term that we do the right thing as well. We have the finals to consider - but we also have to consider the long-term health of a young player.

The Kangaroos will also be a man down for Sunday's qualifying final. The club will decide this morning whether to challenge a 3-match ban handed down to Kasey Green for his high hit. Even so, Dean Laidley says his underrated side is up to the Geelong challenge.

I've certainly asked the players and the whole staff

to prepare like they've never prepared before. The Swans will be boosted for Saturday night's elimination blockbuster against the Pies, with the return of Barry Hall, Tadgh Kennelly and Amon Buchanan. And another big name back is Chris Judd, after a week's rest. Really, I just needed to freshen up, give the groin a bit of time to heal

and just get rid of some of that inflammation because every time you play a game, you obviously arc it back up again. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. American Andy Roddick is having an easy run through the US Open draw. The number five seed is through to the quarterfinals after facing an ill Tomas Berdych. Roddick took the first set in a tie-breaker.

Berdych lasted only a game in the second, Roddick's second retiree of the tournament. The American's luck may be about to change though. He's likely to face Roger Federer in the quarters. The NRL has come down hard on Souths forward David Fa'alogo following that wild punch that floored the Roosters Braith Anasta. He's been slapped with a grade four striking charge and that could mean a seven-week suspension. Judiciary issues for the Bulldogs too. Sonny Bill Williams could miss up to three weeks for this. Time for finance and strong gains for a construction company yesterday?

Record gains, Luke. Shares in Leighton Holdings shot up by more than 6% yesterday

after the company confirmed it had bought a stake in a Middle Eastern engineering company. Leighton paid $870 million for the 45% stake in the Al-Habtoor which is based in Dubai and employs more than 25,000 people. The new company will be known as al-Habtoor Leighton and will now start tendering for more than $4 billion worth of work. Shares ended up $2.86 at $46.70. Coles and Woolworths will today give evidence

at the government's inquiry into petrol pricing. The evidence will follow claims made yesterday by motoring body the NRMA. It says it has evidence petrol companies are profiteering at the expense of motorists. Alan Evans says prices started falling once the Treasurer announced the government would start investigating the industry, despite crude oil prices climbing. The NRMA wants the ACCC to recommend petrol be regulated.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Another disastrous blow for the Coalition in the latest newspoll. That's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Our top stories this Tuesday morning - poll disaster.

The Coalition slips even further in the latest Newspoll. Labor now leading by 18 points. Touchdown - China's President arrives for APEC. Today he'll meet mining and business leaders in Perth. Unexpected visit - President Bush meets with American forces in Iraq as he makes his way to Sydney. And in sport - the tough stance from the NRL that's likely to sideline South Sydney's heavy-hitting forward

David Fa'alogo. Time for another check of the markets and it could be a slow start for the local market today? Luke, lots of optimism yesterday but it could be short-lived. but not everyone is expecting it to last.

When I come back - we'll check in with CommSec to see what's ahead today. As the first of the APEC world leaders arrives in Australia, the Government's re-election hopes have suffered another devastating blow. The latest Newspoll extending Labor's lead over the Coalition.

Chinese President Hu Jintao touched down in Perth, the first of the world's leaders arriving for APEC. President Hu was WA Premier Alan Carpenter's guest of honour at a state dinner and is set to tour mining sites before heading to the Harbour City. Early public reaction to the taxpayer-funded security lockdown is causing headaches for the Government. But it's the Newspoll in today's 'Australian' newspaper that will pain the Prime Minister. In two-party terms, Labor has extended its lead over the Coalition to a whopping 18 points. And Kevin Rudd's New York strip club outing hasn't damaged the Opposition Leader's popularity. My guess is that the public will take the view that we - not the government,

the government and the public working together - Australia has achieved an enormous amount over the last 11.5 years and they're not sure they want to risk giving any of that up. With the campaign launch looming, Mr Howard has developed a regional program aimed at scoring domestic political points with climate change topping the agenda. But he admits any agreements reached at Saturday's leaders table will be non-binding. Jacqueline Maddock, Ten News. Sydney remains in lockdown this morning ahead of President George W. Bush's arrival tonight. The so-called 'Great Wall of Sydney' is now complete with more road closures expected before the President touches down. Commuters entering the CBD this morning will face increased security and are being urged to allow extra time to get to work. The PM has apologised to Sydneysiders A teenager has been charged with murder following the death of a 36-year-old woman on the Gold Coast overnight. Police were called to the residential address around midnight where they found the dead woman's body. The 16-year-old boy will appear in Southport's Children Court today. There's little hope of finding two Korean tourists alive, missing on a treacherous stretch of the West Australian coast. It's believed they could have been swept off rocks when they went fishing.

As dawn broke dozens of people continued the search for the missing tourists 24-year-old Jongcheal Kim and 26-year-old Jonghyuk An. The swell has dropped off. The visibility is good. But unfortunately the weather reports we're getting

don't look too good for the future. A plane, a boat, six jetskis and surf lifesavers have joined the hunt for the missing South Koreans. But police believe it's unlikely there'll be found alive

if they were swept into the water. Our main concern and our worst fears is that they have entered the water. We don't rule anything in or out. We're following a number of lines of inquiry.

The pair were last seen on Wednesday

but they did tell friends on Thursday morning they were going fishing. They vehicle was still at the Merchant Rock carpark around 20km south of Margaret River on Saturday. Their bank accounts have not been touched.

There's also been no activity on their mobile phones.

We always hold out hope. the longer the search goes the more difficult it may be to locate them. Family members are planning to fly from Korea. Matt Moran, Ten News. Licensing tests for boaties may be tightened even further after the fatal collision which claimed four lives on Brisbane's Moreton Bay. It was revealed a 16-year-old was at the wheel of his parent's 7m boat when the incident occurred. He was correctly licensed and his lawyers say he wasn't at fault. The Queensland Government will look at restricting the size of boats minors can drive. Two trucks have collided on the Pacific Highway, south of Brisbane. A semi-trailer carrying furniture smashed into a bumper truck early this morning. The two trucks were destroyed after the semi-trailer caught fire. Both drivers escaped serious injury and one lane will remain closed for some time. The US President George W. Bush has made an unexpected visit to Iraq. Mr Bush delivered a morale boosting speech to troops at a US air base in the Anbar province. The President was joined by senior members of his government for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He'll arrive in Sydney for the APEC conference tonight. British troops have officially handed over control of Basra Palace in southern Iraq. The 'Last Post' was played as the British flag was replaced by the Iraqi flag

symbolising an end to UK presence in the city. All 500 troops from the base have now moved to a camp on the outskirts of the city. Iraq's Defence Minister says he's confident his military can maintain control. Hurricane Felix is storming towards Central America. It's now a category five storm packing winds of up to 260km/h. Felix has already brought down trees and flooded homes as it tears through the Caribbean. the amount of damage it could do Forecasters are concerned about if it continues to gain strength.

A no-nonsense approach from the NRL following that wild punch from Souths forward David Fa'alogo. He faces a lengthy suspension

that will keep him out of the finals series. Braith Anasta's bottom lip was held together by four stitches at last night's Roosters dinner. The result of this wild punch by Souths forward David Fa'alogo. COMMENTATOR: He stood up and just clocked Braith Anasta! They've dealt with it in whatever way they felt best and now he's just got to face the tribunal and it's up to them. out of the game He's facing up to seven weeks after being slapped with a grade four striking charge. Sonny Bill Williams could miss the finals too. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! He'll miss two weeks with an early plea, It's a pretty important time of the year but they'll go through the process and hopefully he gets off. The captains all agree Melbourne are the most likely grand finalists but only two of the past eight minor premiers have won the premiership.

I think it's anyone's game now. Any one of these teams in the semifinals can win it from here. Paul Cochrane, Ten News. Chris Judd when they take on Port Adelaide in week one of the finals. The Eagles skipper says he is fit and rearing to go after resting his groin injury over the past month. Really, I just needed to freshen up, give the groin a bit of time to heal and just get rid of some of that inflammation. Because every time you play a game, you obviously arc it back up again. But the Power's Dean Brogan remains in doubt with a corked knee. Newspaper reports this morning reveal drugs and not injury concerns were the real reason behind rugby union's reluctance to sign Andrew Johns back in 2004. World Cup opener against Japan Meanwhile, the Wallabies' holds special significance for Chris Latham, the fullback celebrating his 32nd birthday. To get a call from your family and it's a shame you can't celebrate it with them but once again, obviously it's - I'm overwhelmed just to be over here. has been pencilled in at tight head Prop Guy Shepherdson subject to a fitness test. Finance news with Jacinta and some important numbers out today? That's right, Luke. The market will be keeping a close eye on the national accounts figures due out later this morning. The figures are expected to show the economy slowed slightly in the second quarter with growth of between 0.3% and 0.5 %. That's well down on the 1.6% recorded in the first quarter. At that rate the economy will grow by more than 3% on an annualized basis. It's good news for mortgage holders with slower growth taking the pressure off interest rates.

Joining us now with more is Craig James from CommSec. Craig, those national accounts numbers out today.

We are expecting growth slightly

above the average the mention. It

is still going to be a soft outcome.

It is a lordly all of about 1%

growth. The only area of growth in

the June quarter was the gems of

Business ending. We also saw a

negative contribution from

negative contribution from exports and inventories.

and inventories. Baser metal prices

were lower up - a lot over light.

Energy stocks may do OK. There is

the watching the Hurricanes Felix so it

so it does not destroy the so it does not destroy the oil

sector. Blower is going to say that

this is the end of the road. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

Now for a look at today's newspaper headlines.

Industrial action threatens to cripple Victoria's police service, that story when the Early News returns. GOOD MORNING

TWO NEW TRAIL BIKES ARE SET TO HELP POLICE IN THE MONARO POLICE COMMAND - MORE ON THAT SOON A-C-T POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF TWENTY-NINE IPODS FROM AN A-N-U COMPUTER STORE ON SATURDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY THIEVES BROKE INTO THE STORE JUST AFTER 2 A-M, GAINING ENTRY THROUGH DOUBLE-GLAZED WINDOWS. ITS THE SECOND TIME THE STORE'S BEEN ROBBED IN THE LAST MONTH AND POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO TRIED TO STEAL A

DONATION BOX FROM A DRIVER REVIVER STATION ON THE MONARO HIGHWAY. POLICE SAY THE MAN DROPPED THE TIN, CONTAINING AROUND 500 DOLLARS WORTH OF CHANGE, BEFORE FLEEING IN A WAITING STATION WAGON POLICING IN THE MONARO COMMAND HAS BEEN BOOSTED, WITH THE PROVISION OF TWO NEW TRAIL BIKES. THE BIKES WILL ASSIST LOCAL OFFICERS IN COMBATTING ILLEGAL TRAIL RIDING.. THEY SHOULD ALSO ENBLE FASTER RESPONSE TIMES TO ENBLE FASTER RESPONSE TIMES TO EMERGENCIES IN RUGGED RESPONSE TIMES TO EMERGENCIES IN RUGGED TERRAIN THE BELCONNEN MAGPIES ARE CONFIDENT HEADING INTO NEXT WEEKEND'S CANBERRA A-F-L FINALS, DESPITE SUNDAY'S THIRTY POINT LOSS.. THE MAGPIES TRAILED BY A GOAL OR LESS AT A NUMBER OF POINTS IN THE GAME, AGAINST A SWANS' SIDE WHO HASN'T LOST A PRELIM MATCH IN THREE SEASONS. THEY PLAY AGAIN AT MANUKA ON SATURDAY FOR A SPOT IN THE GRAND FINAL NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER.. A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE SOUTHERN TASMAN SEA, CREATING A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT

ACT BY AROUND THURSDAY. THURSDAY. A FEW SHOWERS IF YOU'RE HEADED TO SYDNEY AND JUST 16 DEGREES .. // FINE IN MELBOURNE AND CANBERRA .. DEVELOPING UP IN BRISSY

COOLER AND A FEW SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG TOPS OF 15 .. SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG TOPS OF 15 .. WARMER AND 17 IN

WAGGA .. ORANGE FINE AND

HEADED FOR 11 .. BOWRAL SHOWERS AND 10 TODAY .. GOULBURN FINE WITH FRESH AND 10 TODAY .. GOULBURN FINE WITH FRESH WINDS ..

MAINLY FINE AND 15 IN MUDGEE .. FINE AND 19 THE IN MUDGEE .. FINE AND 19 THE TOP IN PARKES LOOKING AHEAD AND A BIT OF CLOUD TOMORROW BUT FINE AND AND A BIT OF CLOUD TOMORROW BUT FINE AND A TOP OF 13 .. // MOSTLY FINE AND GETTING SLIGHTLY WARMER TOWARD THE OF THE WEEK, A TOP OF 15 ON OF 15 ON FRIDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE) GOOD MORNING THE ILLAWARRA RATES AMONGST THE NOISEST AREAS IN THE STATE - MORE ON THAT SOON

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Presidential visit. George W. Bush drops in on US forces serving in Iraq as he makes his way to Sydney for APEC. The gap widens - Labor makes further gains in the latest Newspoll leading the Coalition by 18 points.

Miraculous survival - the driver of this car manages to walk away unscathed after crashing his car overnight. And Aussie diggers held at Singapore's notorious Changi Prison make an emotional return, 65 years later. Now our last look at the markets, how are things looking for today? A strong day on the local market. Australian shares rising to a six-week high

but with that comes warnings it may be a short-term lift.

More when I come back. The American President George W. Bush has paid a surprise visit to Iraq. The whistle stop coming just hours ahead of his arrival in Sydney

for the APEC summit. With support for the war waning at home, the US President paid an unexpected visit to Iraq in a trip aimed at boosting troop morale. What you are doing here is making this country safer and I thank you for your hard work. CROWD CHEERS The visit comes at a crucial time for the President days before a key report is delivered to Congress on how his troop surge is faring.

When we begin to draw down troops from Iraq it will be from a position of strength and success, not from a position of fear and failure.

Joined by his Secretary of State and Defence Secretary Mr Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. No doubt Britain's decision to withdraw more than 500 troops from Basra city would have been on the agenda. It now leaves Basra airport

the only base for British soldiers serving in southern Iraq. The President's visit came as he makes his way to Sydney for the APEC summit. Security in the Harbour City has been stepped up ahead of his arrival with a 3m-high fence locking down key APEC venues. It's like a war zone, isn't it? I hope it never happens again. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. China's President Hu Jin-Tao has touched down in Australia, the first major leader to arrive for the APEC summit this week. The President is in Perth where he'll spend the day touring resource sites. President Hu will then travel for a meeting with the Governor-General before heading to Sydney for the summit. With the federal election campaign launch just a matter of weeks away John Howard's been dealt a fresh blow in the latest opinion polls. On a two-party-preferred, Labor has extended its lead over the Coalition by 18 points while Mr Rudd is clearly the preferred prime minister.

The Prime Minister was hoping this week's APEC summit would give his public profile a boost, but it appears that's not the case. The police pay dispute has escalated dramatically with Force Command taking legal action to stop officers applying new work bans. Under the bans, speed and red light camera fines won't be processed. Frustrated by a lack of progress in negotiations

for a 5% pay increase, the Police Union voted to step up its industrial action at a mass meeting of delegates. MAN: Those in favour. Carried unanimously. The new bans which apply from today include police volunteering to work during AFL finals and Spring Carnival race meetings, as well as the processing of speed and red light camera fines and union boss Paul Mullet is warning of more action

if officers have their pay docked. up to a police strike. We will also consider marches on Parliament House, lockdowns in police stations, static patrols and no longer protecting the politicians themselves. The Brumby Government has offered a rise of 3.25%. This has come as a surprise because there were negotiations on Friday, and there were negotiations set for this week. The hearing continues. Gareth Boreham, Ten News. A car has crashed into a building in Sydney's west. Police say the vehicle was travelling at high speeds when it crashed into a building in Canterbury overnight. The driver escaped with only minor head injuries. There's been extensive structural damage to the building. There's been a major lolly spill in Sydney's west overnight.

to find kilos of lollies scattered along the road. It took them a few hours to clean up the sugary road. A group of World War Two veterans has made an emotional pilgrimage to the notorious Changi prison camp in Singapore. For many in the group it was the first time they'd been back to the site

of their worst nightmares in 65 years. More than 2,000 Australian prisoners of war held by the Japanese at Changi during World War Two never came home. Some 90,000 people visit the museum dedicated to their sacrifice every year. From fires to floods, Greece can't seem to get a break. As last week's bushfires came under control, villages in the country's north were underwater. Heavy rain in this holiday town turned the main streets into rivers. Cars can be seen floating past houses.

Ironically, this same area was hit hard by bushfires this time a year ago. Nelson Mandela has arrived in Paris for a three day visit. The former South African president was met at the airport by French leader Nicholas Sarkozy. He needed his cane and wife to help him off the plane and to the awaiting car. Mandela flew from Monaco where he took part in an auction hosted by Prince Albert.

Breaking centuries of tradition, a British woman has started work as the first ever female beef-eater. Moira Cameron was given the top job after 22 years with the British Army. Apart from wearing the scarlet and blue of the Tower of London guards, Moira has a more important job - protecting the royal jewels. Premiership favourite Geelong

may lose key defender Matthew Egan to a broken foot. The club now considering sending the 24-year-old in for season-ending surgery. A 'moon boot' helped nurse the pain for Matthew Egan, but scans have dealt the Cat devastating news - his right foot is broken and may require surgery.

We'll do everything we can to make the right decision for him. It's also important in the long term that we do the right thing as well. We have the finals to consider -

but we also have to consider the long-term health of a young player. The Kangaroos will also be a man down for Sunday's qualifying final. The club will decide this morning whether to challenge a 3-match ban handed down to Kasey Green for his high hit. Even so, Dean Laidley says his underrated side is up to the Geelong challenge. I've certainly asked the players and the whole staff to prepare like they've never prepared before. The Swans will be boosted for Saturday night's elimination blockbuster against the Pies, with the return of Barry Hall, Tadgh Kennelly and Amon Buchanan. is Chris Judd, after a week's rest. And another big name back

Really, I just needed to freshen up, give the groin a bit of time to heal and just get rid of some of that inflammation because every time you play a game, you obviously arc it back up again. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. American Andy Roddick is having an easy run through the US Open draw. The number five seed is through to the quarterfinals after facing an ill Tomas Berdych. Roddick took the first set in a tie-breaker. RODDICK: Yeah! COMMENTATOR: You can hear the reaction from Roddick.

Berdych lasted only a game in the second, Roddick's second retiree of the tournament.

The American's luck may be about to change though. He's likely to face Roger Federer in the quarters. The NRL has come down hard on Souths forward David Fa'alogo following that wild punch that floored the Roosters Braith Anasta. He's been slapped

and that could mean a seven-week suspension. They've dealt with it whatever way they felt is best and now he's just gotta face the tribunal and now it's up to them. Judiciary issues for the Bulldogs too. Sonny Bill Williams could miss up to three weeks for this. Time for finance and strong gains for a construction company yesterday?

Yes, Luke. Health provider Health-Scope looks like it will have some competition in its bid to win control of Symbion. Primary Healthcare yesterday confirmed

it was considering teaming up with private equity to launch a rival $3.5 billion bid. Reports yesterday suggested

Primary was in talks with Pacific Equity Partners about a new offer that would rival worth as much as $4.56 a share. Primary is Symbion's biggest with 19.9 % of the share register.

And Europe's biggest telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom has also confirmed it wants to be part of a consortium that will build Australia's broadband network. The company's Asian division is understood to have approached financial backers but is yet to reveal just who it intends to work with to build the infrastructure. Telekom's decision to enter the bidding process brings to three the number of consortiums interested in the project.

They include Telstra and the Optus-led G-Nine group of companies. And that's the day's finance news. Steve Irwin fans are pulling out the khaki today to mark the first anniversary of the death of their fallen hero. While there's no official ceremony at Australia Zoo, they're planning an international day instead to celebrate his life.

He seemed invincible... (Yells) ..and for so long we all thought he was. On the first anniversary, no official word from the Irwins. Away camping, they say today's a time for private reflection. But they haven't forgotten his devoted fans, planning Steve Irwin Day on November 15 - not to mourn their mate but to celebrate what Steve would no doubt call,

"a pretty beaut life".

He also had an incredible ability to reach people and educate them without them even knowing about it. Steve started out catching crocs at his dad's little reptile park and left us as an international legend. It was there that he met Terri. Together they catapulted the little zoo into a worldwide attraction and thrust Steve into icon status. A documentary for Bindi would be Steve's last. Filming off Port Douglas, he was diving with stingrays when one speared him through the chest and the world lost a conservation hero. My whole live revolves around conservation. That is my work, that is my life and I will die doing that. Emma Dallimore, Ten News. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories - poll disaster. in the latest Newspoll. Labor now leading by 18 points. Touchdown - China's President arrives in Perth ahead of the APEC summit. Today he'll meet mining executives. And unexpected visit - President Bush drops into Iraq on his way to Sydney

to meet with American forces.

That's it for Ten Early News. Don't forget 9am With David and Kim, the morning news starts at 11:00 and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Luke Waters, 'bye for now. And I'm Jacinta Hocking. Good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au