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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson.

this Thursday morning - A look at our main stories high alert - Japanese residents to higher ground. two tsunamis and fears of more force Flaky weather - and cold of unseasonal conditions. Australia's east coast feels the hot refuses to reshuffle his front bench Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley as State scandals bite. wows a packed Sydney audience And the piano man in eight years. on his first Australian tour at the markets now Time for our first look and a firmer session for Wall Street? US stocks are up this morning boosted sentiment. as a proposed airline takeover

has hit Japan and Russia overnight. A small tsunami were forced to evacuate their homes Residents as authorities issued a warning of 2m waves hitting the shore. about concerns A massive quake off the Japanese coast several hundred kilometres prompted an immediate warning. a tsunami warning at 8:30pm. Meteorological bureau has issued fearing the worst. People moved to evacuation shelters

waves of 2m or above were coming. Initial concerns were destructive

but could be many times that. Waves are believed to be up to 2m about two hours after the warning A 40cm wave hit Japan of injuries or damage. and there's been no reports what affect the small tsunami has had It's not known under threat. on the isolated Russian islands

The tsunami comes almost two years triggered the devastating waves after a much larger quake more than 200,000 people in Asia. that killed James Wakelin, Ten News. to sunshine and fires - From rain and hail quite know which season it's in. Australia's east coast doesn't Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach sizzled, in the Blue Mountains snow fell while further west

and bushfires raged. of destruction through Brisbane. Cyclonic winds carved a path camera was shaken to its core Channel Ten's tower-mounted sky by winds of up to 110km/h.. the 'G was blanketed in white. In Melbourne, A truck driver has died a passenger train, west of Melbourne. after his semi-trailer collided with

struck about 5:00 yesterday afternoon The semi carrying large boulders was at a level crossing.

on board the Overlander train The 120 passengers between Melbourne and Perth that travels were fortunate not to be hurt. The train, there was a shudder the left-hand side of the train. and people saw debris flying down

didn't have warning lights or bells. The intersection

Kim Beazley has hit back at claims of a wider rot in the ALP. State scandals are indicative forced to defend his colleagues The Labor leader in the latest Newspoll. despite a sharp drop in which we've been articulating I'm pretty happy with the way to this Government. a positive alternative are dealing with major scandals. Labor governments in three States

The worst being New South Wales is facing child sex charges. where a minister also appearing in court His one-time campaign manager

on similar allegations. a constitutional convention The Prime Minister has ruled out on States' rights.

It follows the High Court's ruling are constitutional. that new federal workplace laws other State responsibilities But the PM says he won't override like health and education. embark on some orgy of centralism. This does not mean I'm going to I have no desire to do that. worried about a federal power grab John Howard has urged those to take a deep breath and calm down. flies out for Vietnam today The Prime Minister

of Asia-Pacific leaders. for a meeting George W. Bush in Hanoi tomorrow. The PM to meet with the US President staunch allies when it comes to Iraq, John Howard and George W. Bush are in US domestic politics but a mood change threatens to force a new strategy. to sit down for a private lunch The Prime Minister and President Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam. during the meeting of as fellow political leaders, We'll be talking about, domestic political scene, we'll be talking about the changed we'll talk about Iraq. Mr Howard must accept The Opposition says the West's relationship that the Iraq situation is harming

with the Islamic world. and British governments comprehend Both the United States

that and they're making adjustments.

vigorously deeper in that hole The only fellow out there digging is John Howard. other pressing matters to deal with Mr Howard and Mr Bush have while in Vietnam. broad range of security issues The APEC meeting will focus on a closer to home, nuclear weapons ambitions such as North Korea's

in the region. and the potential for an arms race is already in Vietnam. The Foreign Minister

holding informal talks Alexander Downer from the 21 APEC member nations. with leaders North Korea's nuclear ambitions world free trade talks and plans to resurrect topped the agenda. agreement collapsed four months ago Discussions on a global free trade couldn't agree on terms. because the United States and Europe has stopped off in Moscow, US President George W. Bush in Vietnam. en-route to the APEC summit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was greeted

The White House said than a meeting of friends, the brief visit was no more thanked the Russian leader but Mr Bush in Moscow for letting him refuel Air Force One to South-East Asia. halfway through the 19-hour flight British supermodel Naomi Campbell back in a Manhattan court, has appeared facing assault charges. is accused of throwing a mobile phone The 36-year-old at her housekeeper's head. Ana Scolavino claims over a missing pair of jeans. Campbell flew into a rage of seven years in prison, Despite the maximum sentence community service. Naomi Campbell is likely to face

will resume in January. Her court hearing the ivories in Sydney last night. Billy Joel was busy tickling belted out plenty of old favourites, The six-time Grammy winner at the weekend. in the same vein as he did Melbourne It's Joel's first tour down-under since 1998. The piano man glad to be back in the country where he became successful before posting hits in the US. Poor weather is predicted for today's opening round 2006 was meant to be a dream year for golfer Steven Bowditch, instead his rookie season on the big money US PGA tour became a nightmare, haunted by depression, two week stretches of no sleep and a dramatic drop in playing form. I can't stress how important it is to keep talking to people, get it out of you system. Bowditch speaking out hoping to raise awareness for Beyond Blue, the national depression initiative. Also joining the drive

two-time winner in the States this year, Stuart Appleby. I'll be donating $50,000 up front before the tournament and $200 a birdie for every event I play in Australia this summer. A country boy from Victoria, Appleby knows first hand the devastating effects of depression brought on by drought and isolation.

His own struggle after losing his first wife in 1998 galvanising his cause. I just want to go out and make a lot of birdies for obvious reasons. England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher has defended bringing Marcus Trescothick to Australia for this year's Ashes tour after the opening batsman flew home suffering from depression. Trescothick managed just 10 runs in two appearances, prompting a dramatic dressing room scene at the SCG. It was unpleasant in the changing rooms with him. He was upset to some degree

and the doctor just had to console him for about two hours or so. Alistair Cook likely to move from three to the opener's spot with Paul Collingwood to be elevated to the middle order. Another check of finance news now and a busy session on Wall Street. A big takeover deal in the United States overnight that if successful will create the world's biggest airline. US Airways has offered US$8 billion for bankrupt carrier Delta in a mix of cash and stock. The deal has sent airline stocks on Wall Street higher with consolidation in the competitive industry seen as a good thing. Delta is America's third biggest airline

and US Airways the seventh largest. The merged airline would be known as Delta New. And the estate of disgraced stockbroker Rene Rivkin has been placed in bankruptcy. According to the 'Financial Review', the decision follows claims by the Tax Office Mr Rivkin owes around $30 million in back tax payments. Mr Rivkin's estate has total assets of just over $1 million but liabilities in excess of $39 million, most of those owed to the ATO. His son has reportedly instructed accountants to appoint a bankruptcy trustee.

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Now for a look at Thursday's newspapers: Controversial Muslim cleric Sheik al-Hilali leaves Australia, we'll tell you why when the Early News returns.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Labor leader Kim Beazley denies State scandals are hurting his standing as the New South Wales leadership is plunged into more turmoil. The PM on his way to Vietnam for talks with Asian leaders - trade, regional security and climate change on the agenda. A magnitude 8 earthquake hits Japan, prompting tsunami fears - two small waves have already rolled in. And in sport, golfers on a mission - Steven Bowditch and Stuart Appleby teeing off to fight depression. Time for more finance now and how's Wall Street performing? US stocks are up this morning as a proposed airline takeover boosted sentiment.

Rupert Murdoch lashes out at our tax system, I'll have more shortly. Kim Beazley has hit back at claims State scandals are indicative of a wider rot in the ALP. The Labor leader forced to defend his colleagues despite suffering from the fallout. in the latest Newspoll, Despite a sharp drop

his election bid remains on track. Kim Beazley believes confirming The Federal Opposition Leader he's standing by his frontbench. in which we've been articulating I'm pretty happy with the way to this Government. a positive alternative are dealing with major scandals. Labor governments in three States The worst being New South Wales is facing child sex charges. where a former minister also appearing in court His one-time campaign manager over similar allegations. hinting at yet another scandal. The State's Opposition Leader Will you tell the people of New South Wales if, besides ministers Tripodi and Orkopoulos, any other minister is the subject of an investigation by any law enforcement authority.

Except for the Milton Orkopoulos case Mr Beazley says the AWB Iraq bribery scandal is far worse than anything any State Labor government has done.

He's also defended his friendship with disgraced former WA premier Brian Burke but is vowing to cut ties until a corruption inquiry is completed. leaves for Vietnam today The Prime Minister Asia-Pacific leaders. to meet with other will have lunch tomorrow John Howard and George W. Bush and the war on terror. to discuss US politics

domestic political scene, We'll be talking about the changed we'll talk about Iraq. also plans to discuss trade, Mr Howard at the APEC summit. regional security and climate change The Treasurer has defended claims are measly. our overseas aid contributions among the lowest of donors A report this week ranked Australia that make up the G-20. from the developed nations Australia is currently giving in aid $3,000 million.

Peter Costello says our foreign donations have increased 81% since 2000. But his brother, Tim, who heads World Vision Australia, says it's not enough. We are way off the mark. Even by 2010 we'll be off the mark and no timetable to get there. Reverend Costello wants the Treasurer to meet U2 frontman Bono to hear what he has to say about aid to poor nations. The Australian cleric who suggested scantily dressed women incite rape has left Sydney on a special mission. to join millions of followers Sheikh Taj al-Hilali on the Muslim calendar. at the holiest event

from his duties Although he is still on leave after his Mecca pilgrimage. where he's headed The controversial Sheik isn't saying

nothing new in November - The Blue Mountains were ablaze - from sunshine to snow. lashed by unseasonal conditions - Australia's east coast across the country overnight. at airports A wild weather trail delayed flights at Sydney's Lakemba Mosque.

irrefutable proof but nearby snow storms was happening with our weather. something decidedly unusual So we see this clash of hot and cold and that's most vivid in October, but sometimes it spills over into November as well. Cyclonic winds carved a path of destruction through Brisbane. Among the early victims - Channel Ten's tower-mounted sky camera.

Wind gusts reached 110km/h, tearing down trees, removing roofs and peppering the city with marble-sized hailstones. Residents returned to find a shell of the family home and a relocated roof. wasn't quite so nasty down south. The November rain and Falls Creek Snow in the Dandenongs for the super-enthusiastic. providing a playground of white The 'G' was blanketed in white, the deadliest delivery of the day, batsmen hardly threatened with an enthusiastic groundsman. reserved for

parts of Japan and Russia overnight. A tsunami warning has been issued for triggered the alert. A major earthquake in the region People were moved to higher ground a 2m tidal wave could hit. as authorities feared

a tsunami warning at 8:30pm. Meteorological bureau has issued about two hours after the warning. A 40cm wave hit of injuries or damage. There are no reports

Arabic television news channel A Jazeera has finally launched its English language station. The Middle East news service will broadcast 24-hour news to more than 80 million homes around the world.

AlJazeera came to prominence when it started accepting and broadcasting videos of Osama bin Laden and other al-Qa'ida leaders. A thriller for fallen King of Pop Michael Jackson. He's been honoured of World Records' in London. at the home of the 'Guinness Book The music icon has been recognised as of All Time, the Most Successful Entertainer to Earn More Than $100 Million the First Entertainer of All Time. and The Highest Paid Entertainer

has arrived back in England England batsman Marcus Trescothick in Australia after spending less than two weeks for the side's defence of the Ashes. from the SCG wicket on Monday Marcus Trescothick's solemn walk has turned out to be the first steps home to England. of an even longer trip about a recovery from depression. Only a week ago, he was talking It's given me a great opportunity

just to recharge the batteries really, Coach Duncan Fletcher noticed a change in the left-hander's behaviour three days ago. He'd made just 10 runs in two innings and was seriously distressed in the dressing rooms. It was unpleasant in the changing rooms with him. He was upset to some degree and the doctor just had to console him for about two hours or so.

Fast bowling legend Jeff Thompson expressed his sympathies for the opener, highest run-scorer Trescothick was England's and the only batsman in the squad in last year's Ashes series in an Australian Test tour. to have played a 3-dayer against South Australia. England heading to Adelaide for

from three to the opener's spot, Alistair Cook likely to move to the middle order. with Paul Collingwood to be elevated

of the Australian Golf Open for today's opening round The grey skies predicted

pale in comparison to the gloom Steven Bowditch. that's followed professional player out about his battle with depression. The 23-year-old yesterday speaking by leading player Stuart Appleby He's been joined in the bid to raise awareness and funds for Beyond Blue, the national depression initiative. I'll be donating $50,000 up front before the tournament and $2,000 a birdie for every event I play in Australia this summer. Play is scheduled to begin at 7:40 this morning. A stunning comeback by Adelaide continued the misery for NBL cellar dwellers, West Sydney, who crashed to their sixth straight loss last night. The Razorbacks led by as much as 19 in the game, mounted a 27-point turnaround. before the 36ers

Import guard Willie Farley led all scorers with 33.

for 20 of his own in the 8-point win. Veteran Lanard Copeland chipped in comments from the News Corp boss? Finance news now and some fiesty Australia's high tax regime Rupert Murdoch has labelled damaging to business

across the country are a disgrace. and thinks broadband services

The comments came

place of his media empire, Adelaide, as Mr Murdoch returned to the birth

to meet with shareholders to spend more where he called on the Government internet services. on improving high-speed advertising markets will remain He also told shareholders for most of this year and would affect earnings at the newspaper divisions. It appears rising interest rates and high petrol prices are having a distinct impact on Australian consumers. Confidence has fallen to its second lowest level since the global recession

that followed the September 11 terrorist attacks. Westpac's consumer sentiment index dropped nearly 10% over the month of October and could fall again 0.25% rate increase. following last month's

With consumer spending less

early next year is off the cards. it may mean another rate rise

a bit of a breather at the moment, While consumers are taking Perth's red hot property market from strength to strength. just keeps going soared 46% over the past year Prices in the Golden West thanks to the ongoing mining boom. Darwin prices were the next best performer, to the end of September. up more than 17% in the 12 months Prices rose in all capital cities

a poultry 1% rise over the year but Sydney recorded in the last three months. and just 0.2% Last week's rate rise is expected to put the brakes on any further gains.

National weather: Japan hit by two tsunamis, forcing residents to higher ground. The details when the Early News returns.

A look at our main stories this Thursday morning - high alert - two tsunamis and fears of more

force Japanese residents to higher ground. Flaky weather - Australia's east coast feels the hot and cold of unseasonal conditions. Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley refuses to reshuffle his frontbench as State scandals bite. wows a packed Sydney audience And the piano man

in eight years. on his first Australian tour

at the markets now Time for a look US stocks are up this morning boosted sentiment. as a proposed airline takeover

has hit Japan and Russia overnight. A small tsunami were forced to evacuate their homes Residents as authorities issued a warning of 2m waves hitting the shore. about concerns

A massive quake off the Japanese coast several hundred kilometres prompted an immediate warning.

a tsunami warning at 8:30pm. Meteorological agency has issued fearing the worst. People moved to evacuation shelters waves of 2m or above were coming. Initial concerns were destructive

about two hours after the warning A 40cm wave hit Japan and there's been no reports of injuries or damage. It's not known what affect the small tsunami has had on the isolated Russian islands under threat. The tsunami comes almost two years after a much larger quake triggered the devastating waves that killed more than 200,000 people in Asia.

James Wakelin, Ten News. From rain and hail to sunshine and fires - Australia's east coast doesn't quite know which season it's in. Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach sizzled, while further west in the Blue Mountains snow fell and bushfires raged. Cyclonic winds carved a path of destruction through Brisbane. Channel Ten's tower-mounted sky camera was shaken to its core

by winds of up to 110km/h.. In Melbourne, the 'G was blanketed in white. The Australian cleric who suggested scantily dressed women incite rape has left Sydney on a special mission. Sheikh Taj al-Hilali to join millions of followers at the holiest event on the Muslim calendar.

The controversial Sheik isn't saying where he's headed after his Mecca pilgrimage. Although he is still on leave from his duties at Sydney's Lakemba Mosque. Kim Beazley has hit back at claims State scandals are indicative of a wider rot in the ALP. The Labor leader forced to defend his colleagues despite a sharp drop in the latest Newspoll.

I'm pretty happy with the way in which we've been articulating a positive alternative to this Government. Labor governments in three States are dealing with major scandals. The worst being New South Wales where a minister is facing child sex charges. His one-time campaign manager also appearing in court on similar allegations. The Prime Minister flies out for Vietnam today

for a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders.

The PM to meet with the US President George W. Bush in Hanoi tomorrow. John Howard and George W. Bush are staunch allies when it comes to Iraq, but a mood change in US domestic politics threatens to force a new strategy. The Prime Minister and President to sit down for a private lunch during the meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam. We'll be talking about the changed domestic political scene,

we'll talk about Iraq.

The Opposition says Mr Howard must accept that the Iraq situation is harming the West's relationship with the Islamic world. Both the United States and British governments comprehend that and they're making adjustments. The only fellow out there digging vigorously deeper in that hole is John Howard. Mr Howard and Mr Bush have other pressing matters to deal with while in Vietnam. The APEC meeting will focus on a broad range of security issues

closer to home, such as North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions and the potential for an arms race in the region. The meeting will also focus on climate change, but with trade high on the agenda at APEC, US President George W. Bush has stopped off in Moscow, en-route to the APEC summit in Vietnam. He was greeted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House said the brief visit was no more than a meeting of friends,

but Mr Bush thanked the Russian leader for letting him refuel Air Force One in Moscow halfway through the 19-hour flight to South-East Asia. British supermodel Naomi Campbell has appeared back in a Manhattan court, facing assault charges. The 36-year-old is accused of throwing a mobile phone at her housekeeper's head. Ana Scolavino claims

Campbell flew into a rage over a missing pair of jeans.

Despite the maximum sentence of seven years in prison, Naomi Campbell is likely to face community service. Her court hearing will resume in January. Billy Joel was busy tickling the ivories in Sydney last night. The six-time Grammy winner belted out plenty of old favourites, in the same vein as he did Melbourne at the weekend.

It's Joel's first tour down-under since 1998.

The piano man glad to be back in the country where he became successful before posting hits in the US.

England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher has defended bringing Marcus Trescothick to Australia for this year's Ashes tour

after the opening batsman flew home suffering from depression. Trescothick managed just 10 runs in two appearances, prompting a dramatic dressing room scene at the SCG. It was unpleasant in the changing rooms with him. He was upset to some degree and the doctor just had to console him for about two hours or so. Alistair Cook likely to move from three to the opener's spot

with Paul Collingwood to be elevated to the middle order. The grey skies predicted for today's opening round of the Australian Golf Open pale in comparison to the gloom that's followed professional player Steven Bowditch. The 23-year-old yesterday speaking out about his battle with depression. He's been joined by leading player Stuart Appleby in the bid to raise awareness and funds for Beyond Blue, the national depression initiative. I'll be donating $50,000 up front before the tournament and $2,000 a birdie for every event I play in Australia this summer. Play is scheduled to begin at 7:40 this morning. AFL, and the pressure's already on for new St Kilda coach Ross Lyon. The former Sydney assistant officially taking charge of the Saints

at the start of preseason training.

Footy is back in just three months. Ross Lyon facing a mountain of work to get the team ready. It has not been a perfect scenario. There are definitely situations

where I would love to have more time to start preparing from Round 11. The reality is I have come in on a short time frame. Ross Lyon already earmarking a change of roles for injury prone big man, Justin Koschitzke.

Jason Akermanis has been told to keep his mouth shut. After last week, aiming yet another spray at the Brisbane Lions. I think for Jason's sake he has just got to move on. He is not doing himself any favours at all really. Melbourne also kicked off its pre-season in icy conditions. Sydney Premiership star Paul Williams still getting used to life as an assistant coach. Holden is planning to shed 200 jobs from a Melbourne manufacturing plant by Christmas. Dwindling sales of 4-cylinder engines exported to Korea blamed for the restructure.

Production workers have been offered voluntary redundancies. The company is confidant all 200 packages will be snapped-up by workers. Mitsubishi won't close its operations in Australia.

That's the assurance given to Australian Government ministers from Mitsubishi bosses in Japan. Mitsubishi's future has fed the automotive rumour mill for almost seven years.

Sick of ongoing speculation, the Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and SA Deputy Premier Kevin Foley flew to Toyko last night for talks with the company president. Finally, for workers, some certainty for the future. No reports are being considered to discuss the closure of the plant in Adelaide. Last month, Mitsubishi was forced to deny reports

that it had secret plans to shut its Adelaide operation which employs 1,600 workers.

The leaked report, dubbed 'The Phoenix Project', outlined contingencies for closure but the meeting quashed that speculation. It's always worth the trip to clear away rumour and innuendo and speculation. Workers in Mitsubishi in SA have had a very difficult time. Even automotive analysts are growing tired of the continuing talk of closure. It's a problem for them because in the end, you can just literally talk the car off the market. While its sales of the 380 are down, it is not all gloom. The company is now preparing to export up to 20,000 380s in kit form for assembly in Malaysia. Emley Rice, Ten News.

National weather:

Now for a look at Thursday's newspapers:

The Early News returns.

Labor leader Kim Beazley denies State scandals are hurting his standing

as the New South Wales leadership is plunged into more turmoil. The PM on his way to Vietnam for talks with Asian leaders - trade, regional security and climate change on the agenda. A magnitude 8 earthquake hits Japan, prompting tsunami fears - two small waves have already rolled in. And in sport, golfers on a mission - Steven Bowditch and Stuart Appleby teeing off to fight depression. Kim Beazley has hit back at claims

State scandals are indicative of a wider rot in the ALP. The Labor leader forced to defend his colleagues despite suffering from the fallout. Despite a sharp drop in the latest Newspoll, Kim Beazley believes his election bid remains on track. The Federal Opposition Leader confirming he's standing by his frontbench. I'm pretty happy with the way in which we've been articulating a positive alternative to this Government.

Labor governments in three States are dealing with major scandals. The worst being New South Wales where a former minister is facing child sex charges. His one-time campaign manager also appearing in court over similar allegations. The State's Opposition Leader hinting at yet another scandal. Will you tell the people of New South Wales if, besides ministers Tripodi and Orkopoulos, any other minister is the subject of an investigation by any law enforcement authority. Mr Beazley says the AWB Iraq bribery scandal is far worse than anything any State Labor government has done. He's also defended his friendship with disgraced former WA premier Brian Burke

but is vowing to cut ties until a corruption inquiry is completed. The Prime Minister leaves for Vietnam today to meet with other Asia-Pacific leaders. John Howard and George W. Bush will have lunch tomorrow to discuss US politics and the war on terror. We'll be talking about the changed domestic political scene, we'll talk about Iraq.

Mr Howard also plans to discuss trade, regional security and climate change at the APEC summit.

A truck driver has died after his semi-trailer collided with a passenger train, west of Melbourne. The semi carrying large boulders was struck about 5:00 yesterday afternoon at a level crossing. The 120 passengers on board the Overlander train that travels between Melbourne and Perth were fortunate not to be hurt. The train, there was a judder A wild weather trail delayed flights at airports across the country overnight.

Australia's east coast lashed by unseasonal conditions -

from sunshine to snow. The Blue Mountains were ablaze - nothing new in November -

but nearby snow storms irrefutable proof something decidedly unusual was happening with our weather.

So we see this clash of hot and cold and that's most vivid in October, but sometimes it spills over into November as well. Cyclonic winds carved a path of destruction through Brisbane.

Among the early victims -

Channel Ten's tower-mounted sky camera. Wind gusts reached 110km/h, tearing down trees, removing roofs and peppering the city with marble-sized hailstones. Residents returned to find a shell of the family home and a relocated roof.

The November rain wasn't quite so nasty down south. Snow in the Dandenongs and Falls Creek for the super-enthusiastic. providing a playground of white The 'G was blanketed in white, the deadliest delivery of the day, batsmen hardly threatened with an enthusiastic groundsman. reserved for Luke Waters, Ten News.

has pledged to find the militia men Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad. behind yesterday's mass kidnapping where up to 100 people were seized He visited the government building by an armed gang. have been released, It's understood around 70 hostages to search for about 20 people but police say they're continuing

who are being held captive. arrested over the abductions. Six senior police officers have been

Queen Elizabeth has formally opened Britain's Parliament. In an ancient tradition,

she arrived in Westminster in a horse-drawn carriage, before making a speech before Parliament. At the heart of my government's programme will be further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities and to address the threat of terrorism

Her address lays out the government's political agenda for the year.

A thriller for fallen King of Pop Michael Jackson. He's been honoured of World Records' in London. at the home of the 'Guinness Book The music icon has been recognised as of All Time, the Most Successful Entertainer

to Earn More Than $100 Million the First Entertainer of All Time. and The Highest Paid Entertainer has thrown the switch to vaudeville Former Prime Minister Paul Keating flash before his eyes. to see his life He turned up to a play from the top of Australian politics. about his rise and fall among those watching Cate Blanchett and Andrew Denton clock-collecting boy the story of the Zenja-suited,

from Sydney's Bankstown.

England batsman Marcus Trescothick has arrived back in England after spending less than two weeks in Australia for the side's defence of the Ashes.

Marcus Trescothick's solemn walk from the SCG wicket on Monday has turned out to be the first steps of an even longer trip home to England. Only a week ago, he was talking about a recovery from depression.

Just recovering from the illness and making sure everything's going alright and I just can't wait to get back into the cricket. a tour of India in February. The illness saw him cut short It's a serious problem. I never said it was a minor problem. Coach Duncan Fletcher behaviour three days ago. noticed a change in the left-hander's He'd made just 10 runs in two innings in the dressing rooms. and was seriously distressed He was upset to some degree

him for about two hours or so. and the doctor just had to console highest run-scorer Trescothick was England's and the only batsman in the squad in last year's Ashes series in an Australian Test tour. to have played a 3-dayer against South Australia. England heading to Adelaide for from three to the opener's spot, Alistair Cook likely to move with Paul Collingwood to be elevated to the middle order.

Poor weather is predicted for today's opening round of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney, but there's one golfer in the field who's weathered a storm just to return to the course.) 2006 was meant to be a dream year for golfer Steven Bowditch, instead his rookie season on the big money US PGA tour became a nightmare, haunted by depression, two week stretches of no sleep and a dramatic drop in playing form.

to keep talking to people, I can't stress how important it is get it out of you system. Bowditch speaking out for Beyond Blue, hoping to raise awareness the national depression initiative. Also joining the drive in the States this year, two-time winner Stuart Appleby. I'll be donating $50,000 up front before the tournament and $2,000 a birdie

for every event I play in Australia this summer. A country boy from Victoria, Appleby knows first hand the devastating effects of depression brought on by drought and isolation. His own struggle after losing his first wife in 1998 galvanising his cause. I just want to go out and make a lot of birdies for obvious reasons.

Coles Myer says it's on track to achieve its full year profit targets and will reduce its workforce by more than 500 by the year's end. The comments came as the nation's number two retailer reported a modest 3% rise in sales for the first quarter. Revenue rose to $8.5 billion with food and liquor sales up just 6%

achieved by rival Woolworths. lagging the 9% itself from any possible takeover, In a bid to cut costs and protect by around one-quarter. Coles is reducing its workforce

of the morning's top stories. A quick recap

stirred up by a massive earthquake. Two tsunamis hit Japan,

There are no reports of injury. to another From one wild weather phenomenon lashed by bushfires, hail and snow. and Australia's east coast has been refuses to change his frontbench And Labor's Kim Beazley plunger deeper into crisis. as the States That's it for Ten Early News.

I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. Good morning. And I'm Kath Robinson.

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