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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This morning a sigh of relief - cleared to play in the World Cup game Socceroos forward Harry Kewell against Croatia. John Howard warned bombings mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir not to discuss the release of Bali in Indonesia next week. takes responsibility Iraq's new al-Qa'ida leader for the deaths of two US marines. to lose their jobs. And 2,500 Telstra employees

service and sales divisions. The telco streamlining customer the national weather. Now for a look at at business and finance. Now for our first look Good morning, Kath Robinson.

Good morning, Bill. a 2-day losing streak Well, US stocks have snapped in May from a 13-month low. as US home construction rebounds I'll have more on that shortly. Jobs cuts at Telstra. is back on track Australia's World Cup campaign

to play after Harry Kewell was cleared against Croatia. in Friday morning's final group match German Referee Markus Merk Kewell had been reported for abusing after the match against Brazil. at training today Harry Kewell was so happy he was falling over with delight. by the FIFA diciplinary committee The case against him thrown out the star player and his team-mates. bringing a huge sigh of relief to four match bans. There was a lot of talk about the news this morning. It was great to have

future at the World Cup Grave fears were held for Kewell's reported him when German Referee Markus Merk for insulting and abusing him. actually transpired But conflicting accounts of what off the hook. appear to have got the Liverpool star There was inconsistent reports. That was sufficient to create doubt. The matter is closed. In a further development in hot water with FIFA officials. it is Merk himself who may be in the heat of the exchange, Newspaper reports have suggested he would not play against Croatia Merk told Kewell

of the Australian star indicating Merk's report may have been pre-meditated. warned North Korea Australia has reportedly would be downgraded diplomatic contacts and food aid

a long-range ballistic missile. if it pushes ahead with plans to test has made it clear Foreign Minister Alexander Downer North Korea's relationship such an act would jeopardise with the international community.

of outrage in East Asia That will cause a substantial degree will be very concerned about it in particular the Japanese to the Security Council and are likely to refer the matter if that happens. missile defence system from test The US has moved its ground-based to operational mode Korea's missile if one is launched. and is considering intercepting North room revolt over his tough new laws PM Howard has played down a party

to be processed offshore. requiring illegal arrivals by boat The unrest within the Coalition a Parliamentary vote seems certain to delay on the controversial measures,

but Mr Howard says that's democracy. who have strong feelings I lead a group of men and women about certain things and if they didn't get passionate on certain occasions, their zest and lust for politics. I would think they have lost

is now likely to be held over The migration amendment legislation Parliamentary winter break. till after the long seeking tougher penalties PM Howard says he won't be warned-off Abu Bakar Bashir. against radical Islamic cleric

not to raise the issue A top Indonesian MP urging the PM in his upcoming trip to Jakarta. and vowing to continue his cause, Back out of jail will be on the PM's agenda Abu Bakar Bashir and his freedom

next week. when he arrives in Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Mr Howard to meet

Bali bombings mastermind's assets and urge him to freeze the and restrict his movements. from the chairman That's despite a call Foreign Affairs Committee of the Indonesian Parliament's to respect the country's legal system to West Papua and immigration. and restrict discussions I raise with foreign heads of state I don't normally take advice on what committees. from chairmen of foreign relations the issue? REPORTER: Will you be raising Oh, yes.

was freed last week The 68-year-old cleric after serving just two years attacks which killed 88 Australians. for giving his blessings to the 2002 the PM become a Muslim. Bashir has suggested Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. and more concerned Voters are becoming more changes to industrial relations. about the Government's controversial released in 'The Australian' According to the latest Newspoll can best handle workplace laws most voters believe the ALP supporting the Government. with just 29% According to Newspoll laws have become a top 10 issue it's also the first time industrial for Australian voters. Health and education topped the poll. of serial killer Ivan Milat. Outrage from the families of victims News Limited Papers say been given a television and toaster they were disgusted to learn he'd for good behaviour at the Golburn Supermax prison in New South Wales. for good behaviour at the Goulburn is serving a life sentence The 60-year-old between 1989 and 1992. for the murder of seven backpackers are claiming responsibility Al-Qa'ida in Iraq two US soldiers. for abducting and beheading last night Their bodies were discovered five days ago. after they were kidnapped and 26-year-old Thomas Tucker 23-year-old Kristian Menchaca had been missing since Friday. a checkpoint south of Baghdad. They were last seen manning

two bodies I can confirm we have found in a coalition forces base. have taken them back in the US, For their families back home of uncertainty. it brought an end to five days

him and that he's coming home. We're relieved that they've found

in which they died But the circumstances even harder to bear. making the grieving process They're telling us all the details. For me, I don't want to hear. they abducted the soldiers Al-Qa'ida in Iraq say personally beheaded them. claiming their new leader Swift revenge for the death of top militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was killed in a US airstrike two weeks ago. Hugo Ward, Ten News. England was on course to avoid playing Germany in the second round. At half-time they lead Sweden 1-0. Earlier, the host finished their group stage undefeated with an easy victory over Ecuador while Poland beat Costa Rica. Germany's first outing in Berlin for this World Cup was greeted by 72,000 fans and stifling heat. That was turned up in only the fourth minute when Bastian Schweinsteiger laid back for Miroslav Klose. The Polish-born forward's cartwheelng performance had the Kaiser smiling before more pain was inflicted on the lack lustre Equadorians. The host in full voice with a third added in second through a sliding Lukas Podolski.

Eliot and Rhett consider Iraq - beleaguered beleaguered and the rat into it than

that she Michael Owen was dented

four-star poll looms record ads if four-star poll looms record ads if at two-to-one victory forced Essendon has called the AFL mean-spirited as the row continues over a $20,000 fine for players wearing yellow cancer awareness armbands. The Bombers will ask the League to reduce the penalty. They wore the bands to support team-mate Adam Ramanauskas. Sometimes the AFL has got to show

that football is more about just rules and precedents. It's about people and it's about passions and that's where I think it's mean-spirited. Meanwhile, Carlton defender Ryan Houlihan has been cleared of a rough conduct charge. NRL chief executive David Gallop has relented and scrapped the July 1 anti-tampering deadline from next season onwards. His decision is likely to please all involved in player signings but not the fans. Open slather negotiations are soon to make their way back into rugby league. The inability to police premature deals being done

at the forefront of the decision. There is obviously tampering happening before 30 June and coupled with that is a lack of preparedness to actually bring forward complaints and real evidence. NRL chief executives supporting the move and not scared of a free-for-all player market scenario.

We're happy as a club to back ourselves to have it open slather. We think that comes to our advantage at different times and we're good enough to back ourselves to keep anyone we want. The big losers could be the fans. Seeing their team's heros sign contracts with other clubs possibly years out from completing their current deal. With the cap the way it is, it's also a big risk to sign a player three years out and I don't expect there would be too much of that happening. Rob Canning, Ten News. Kath's back with finance and Telstra slashing jobs? That's right, Bill. 2,600 jobs will go over the next two years. The cuts are part of the planned 12,000 redundancies announced last November and will include a number of finance, sales and maintenance positions. The job cuts are part of Telstra's bold 5-year restructuring plan as it works to hold onto market share in the competitive telecommunications industry. When you've got four competitors, it's very tough to generate a satisfactory return. Meantime, a new report from the competition watchdog has found mobile phone calls have dropped 13% over the past year while landline phone charges are down more than 1%. Now for a look at the national weather. Let's have a look at Wednesday's newspapers. Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' says while the city has received a drenching from steady rainfall, it's not been felt where it's most needed. In the 'Financial Review' - the fight for Unitab continues. Tattersalls hopes competition authorites reject Tabcorp's $2.1 billion bid. The 'Adelaide Advertiser' says the severe lack of foster parents means vulnerable children, even toddlers, are being transported to agency workers by taxi drivers and hire cars. Queensland police still trying to piece together yesterday's triple murder on the Sunshine Coast. The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Today, digging in his heals. Our PM to voice his disgust at the release of the Bali bombings mastermind despite conflicting advice. AWB embroiled in new cash-for-contracts scandal.

Payments to third parties uncovered. Veteran cricketer Glenn McGrath back training

on the good news his wife Jane has almost recovered cancer. England fans in full voice ahead of their clash with Sweden.

Australia too singing to the return of Harry Kewell. Now with another look at the day's finance news, here's Kath. Thanks, Bill. Well, a bounce in US housing has snapped a 2-day losing streak on the DOW. Macquarie eyes off a Hong Kong telecom. More shortly. PM Howard has scoffed at advice from Indonesia to stop seeking tougher penalties for radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir. Mr Howard will discuss the matter in Jakarta despite warnings not to from the Indonesian parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. I don't normally take advice on what I raise with foreign heads of state from chairmen of foreign relations committees. REPORTER: Will you be raising the issue? Oh, yes. Mr Howard has condemned the release of the man regarded as the spiritual leader of the people behind the Bali bombings.

A Senate Committee is calling for non-sniffable petrol to be made available to all Indigenous communities across Central Australia. The report has found money and lives will be saved if the product known as Opal is rolled out and if a longer term plan for dealing with the crisis is devised. We definitely not looking back for this problem we cannot go all the way until we'll be level, like I said, with all Australians.

The Committee says the rollout would only cost about $8 million each year. Queensland police are still trying to piece together the events

leading up to a murder-suicide in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. A teenage boy and his sister are being counselled after raising the alarm. Stephen Kirton and his wife Suzanna were found dead on the Witta property early yesterday. Their teenage children awaking to an horrific scene. The 17-year-old son talks about mum and dad sitting by the fire having a chat when he went to bed.

He's woken up this morning to find them dead in the car. After calling police, 17-year-old Ben walked 300m to his grandmother's house finding the 60-year-old also dead. All three had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. Look, at this stage we think the husband has shot the wife and shot the mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself. It's believed the couple had been estranged. Mrs Kirton moving out of the family home to live with her mother. Police confirming they'd been called to the property recently on a routine matter. Detectives will continue interviewing family and friends today. Kate Donnison, Ten News. A study has found children who suffer from hyperactivity may respond better to fish oils than stimulant drugs used to treat the disorder. The University of South Australia tested omega-3 fish oil on 132 ADHD children over a period of 15 to 30 weeks. At the end of the 30 week period, almost half the children had reduced symptoms of ADHD. This research follows similar studies from Britain showing fish oils in children's diets can improve their educational achievement. Heartbreak for two US families whose sons went missing in Iraq. Military officials discovered the soldiers' desecrated bodies after a massive three day search. US Correspondent Rahni Sadler has more. Rahni, the US military is refusing to confirm reports the men had been tortured? two-to-one victory forced upThis is

exactly the outcome the exactly the outcome the military did

not want. They head 8000 not want. They head not want. They head 8000 offices looking for them. There was a tip-off

from a civilian. Best gear for

passengers landing in Chicago this morning? A hundred and 30 passengers

were on. Its front were on. Its front landing gear

refused to come down. The pilot did refused to come down. The pilot did a

good job lending the plane. Good news for cricketer Glenn McGrath.

His wife, Jane, has almost recovered from her third bout of breast cancer. The veteran bowler is back training and could return to the Australian side aiming to regain the Ashes from England this summer. Australia's best-known bride-to-be has celebrated her 39th birthday with family. Nicole Kidman enjoyed a special dinner at her parents home with her sister Antonia, and fiance Keith Urban. Friends of the couple are expected to start arriving in the country from today ahead of the weekend ceremony. Nicole's former husband, Tom Cruise, is currently in Japan promoting the third and final instalment of 'Mission Impossible'. Cruise has their children with him and is rumoured to be bringing them over to Sydney for the wedding. It's the news Australian football fans have been waiting to hear. Socceroo Harry Kewell has been cleared of professional misconduct and will be free to play Croatia on Friday morning.

Kewell was charged over this confrontation with German referee Markus Merk after losing to Brazil 2-0. But the governing body, FIFA, threw out the case because of inconsistent reports about the incident from match officials. The news welcomed back home. The good news is Harry Kewell is going to be able to play and that is fantastic. In a further development, the referee himself may be in hot water with reports his actions may have been pre-meditated. England is holding on to it's 1-0 half-time lead against Sweden. But it was a tragic start for England losing Michael Owen in the first minute to injury. slotted one in from longe range. But in the 33rd minute Joe Cole slotted one in from long range. The loser of the match take on Germany in the second round who earlier in the night thrashed Ecuador 3-0. In rugby league - Canberra hooker Simon Woolford will today sign a 2-year deal with St George Illawarra. Meanwhile, a blow for Melbourne Storm flyer Billy Slater in his bid to play in the third State of Origin. Slater was hoping to replace the injured Karmichael Hunt as the Maroons' fullback

but he's been told to play for premier league side North Sydney this weekend. And another Origin II setback

And another Origin III setback for the Roosters Brett Finch.

The Blues halfback has been moved to hooker for round 16. Australian horse Takeover Target has won England's prestigious Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Joe Janiak-trained 7-year-old, who was bought for just $1,000 three years ago, started at 7 to 1. Ridden by Sydney jockey Jay Ford, the sprinter snatched victory in a photo finish. On Saturday, Takeover Target will attempt to equal the achievement of another Australian sprinter, Choisir who won the King's Stand and Golden Jubilee double in 2003. Finance news and Kath, another day another possible acquisition for Macquarie? There's speculation Macquarie Bank is planning to buy the core assets of Hong Kong's biggest phone company. Earlier this week PCCW shares were suspended and it revealed it had received an expression of interest from an independent party. Newspaper reports yesterday suggested Macquarie was that party

but a company spokesperson refused to comment. PCCW has enjoyed a long history with Australia. It was the company at the centre of Telstra's disastrous foray into Asia. The AWB has been embroiled in another scandal with claims it's paid $12 million into Indonesian bank accounts. The payments were reportedly made to third parties rather than put into the bank accounts of companies purchasing wheat.

Meantime, the wheat exporter will not have to hand over secret documents to the commissioner of the oil-for-food inquiry. New powers granted to Commissioner Cole have been put on ice until another appeal is heard in the Federal Court. Now for a look at the national weather.

Harry Kewell scores a get-out-of-jail free card allowed to play in Friday's crucial World Cup match. We'll have an update when Ten's Early News comes back.

This Thursday's Powerball jackpot is $9 million. $9 million Powerball jackpot. You could: This morning a sigh of relief - Socceroos forward Harry Kewell cleared to play in the World Cup game against Croatia. John Howard warned not to discuss the release of Bali bombings mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia next week. Iraq's new al-Qa'ida leader takes responsibility for the deaths of two US marines. And 2,500 Telstra employees to lose their jobs.

The telco streamlining customer service and sales divisions.

Kath's back and how are the markets travelling this morning? Pretty well, Bill. With US stocks snapping a 2-day losing streak as US home construction rebounds in May from a 13-month low.

Australia's World Cup campaign is back on track after Harry Kewell was cleared to play in Friday morning's final group match against Croatia. Kewell had been reported for abusing German Referee Markus Merk after the match against Brazil. Harry Kewell was so happy at training today he was falling over with delight. The case against him thrown out by the FIFA diciplinary committee bringing a huge sigh of relief to the star player and his team-mates. There was a lot of talk about four match bans. It was great to have the news this morning. Grave fears were held for Kewell's future at the World Cup when German Referee Markus Merk reported him for insulting and abusing him. But conflicting accounts of what actually transpired appear to have got the Liverpool star off the hook. There was inconsistent reports. That was sufficient to create doubt. The matter is now closed. In a further development it is Merk himself who may be in hot water with FIFA officials. Newspaper reports have suggested in the heat of the exchange, Merk told Kewell he would not play against Croatia indicating Merk's report of the Australian star may have been pre-meditated.

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match against Croatia Warhol to

special significance. Mark Viduka special significance. Mark Viduka is

from Croatia. I am Croatian and have

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been brought up that way and have

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while. There will be plenty of emotions.

PM Howard says he won't be warned off seeking tougher penalties against radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir. A top Indonesian MP urging the PM not to raise the issue in his upcoming trip to Jakarta. Back out of jail and vowing to continue his cause, Abu Bakar Bashir and his freedom will be on the PM's agenda when he arrives in Indonesia next week. Mr Howard to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and urge him to freeze the Bali bombings mastermind's assets and restrict his movements. That's despite a call from the chairman

of the Indonesian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee to respect the country's legal system and restrict discussions to West Papua and immigration. I don't normally take advice on what I raise with foreign heads of state from chairmen of foreign relations committees. REPORTER: Will you be raising the issue? Oh, yes. The 68-year-old cleric was freed last week after serving just two years for giving his blessings to the 2002 attacks which killed 88 Australians. Bashir has suggested the PM become a Muslim. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. Outrage from the families of victims of serial killer Ivan Milat. News Limited Papers say they were disgusted to learn he'd been given a television and toaster for good behaviour at the Goulburn Supermax prison in New South Wales. The 60-year-old is serving a life sentence for the murder of seven backpackers between 1989 and 1992. Queensland police are still trying to piece together the events leading up to a double murder suicide.

A teenage boy and his sister are being counselled after raising the alarm yesterday. Police believe the children's father gunned down his wife and mother-in law, then turned the weapon on himself. All three had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. Meantime, Brisbane woman Pam Fitzpatrick is still fighting for her life after a drive-by shooting in Thailand. Her father Kevin flying to Bangkok to be by her side. Two American soldiers who've been missing in Iraq since Friday have been found dead. A statement posted on an Islamic website, which is impossible to verify,

claims the new leader in Iraq personally carried out the killings. The BBC's Andrew North is in Baghdad. emotions. Enter the that claim was

made on a website that is often used

to buy al-Qa'ida to make an

announcement. The two men were in

their hands of al-Qa'ida. their hands of al-Qa'ida. The

Americans as saying about the

statement that they can't validate

it. They're taking it seriously. If

al-Qa'ida or maybe maximising the

propaganda value particularly propaganda value particularly of

their supporters. They their supporters. They claimed their

new leader personally carried out the

persecution. Is showing their he is the new man in England was on course to avoid playing Germany in the second round. At half-time they lead Sweden 1-0.

Earlier, the host finished their group stage undefeated with an easy victory over Ecuador while Poland beat Costa Rica.

Essendon has called the AFL mean-spirited as the row continues over a $20,000 fine for players wearing yellow cancer awareness armbands. The Bombers will ask the League to reduce the penalty. They wore the bands to support team-mate Adam Ramanauskas. Sometimes the AFL has got to show that football is more about just rules and precedents. It's about people and it's about passions and that's where I think it's mean-spirited. Meanwhile, Carlton defender Ryan Houlihan has been cleared of a rough conduct charge. NRL chief executive David Gallop has relented and scrapped the July 1 anti-tampering deadline

from next season onwards. His decision is likely to please all involved in player signings but not the fans. Open slather negotiations are soon to make their way back into rugby league. The inability to police premature deals being done at the forefront of the decision. There is obviously tampering happening before 30 June and coupled with that is a lack of preparedness to actually bring forward complaints and real evidence. NRL chief executives supporting the move and not scared of a free-for-all player market scenario. We're happy as a club to back ourselves to have it open slather. We think that comes to our advantage at different times and we're good enough to back ourselves to keep anyone we want. The big losers could be the fans. Seeing their team's heros sign contracts with other clubs possibly years out from completing their current deal. With the cap the way it is, it's also a big risk to sign a player three years out and I don't expect there would be too much of that happening. Rob Canning, Ten News. Kath's back with finance and Telstra slashing jobs? That's right, Bill. 2,600 jobs will go over the next two years. The cuts are part of the planned 12,000 redundancies announced last November and will include a number of finance, sales and maintenance positions. The job cuts are part of Telstra's bold 5-year restructuring plan as it works to hold onto market share in the competitive telecommunications industry.

When you've got four operators,

it's very tough to generate a satisfactory return.

Meantime, a new report from the competition watchdog has found mobile phone calls have dropped 13% over the past year while landline phone charges are down more than 1%. Now for a look at the national weather. Stay with Ten's Early News. Cricketer Glenn McGrath's wife on track for a breast cancer recovery. ON THE SATELLITE, THAT HIGH REMAINS OVER THE TASMAN SEA, FORCING A RIDGE OVER THE COAST, WITH PATCHY RAIN DEVELOPING.

IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL, YET ANOTHER CRISP START TO THE DAY, MODERATE WINDS, WARMING TO 13 DEGREES. SHOWERS IN SYDNEY. FINE IN MELBOURNE. A MILD DAY, WITH THE ODD SHOWER, IN WOLLONGONG. SIMILAR STORY IN BEGA. MORNING FOG IN ORANGE, BEFORE A FAIRLY DRIZZLY AFTERNOON. 13 THE TOP IN BOWRAL, AND GOULBURN. A SHOWER OR TWO FOR THE BAY. MOSTLY FINE IN BATHURST. 17 AND SHOWERS IN NOWRA. MOSTLY FINE AND 16 IN MUDGEE. WARMING TO 11 THIS ARVO, IN COOMA. TO THE OUTLOOK NOW, FOR CANBERRA AND SOURROUNDS: A SHOWER OR TWO TOMORROW, A LITTLE HEAVIER ON FRIDAY. CLEARING TO A MOSTLY SUNNY WEEKEND, AND A WINDY START TO NEXT WEEK.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Today, digging in his heals. Our PM to voice his disgust at the release of the Bali bombings mastermind despite conflicting advice. AWB embroiled in new cash-for-contracts scandal. Payments to third parties uncovered. Veteran cricketer Glenn McGrath back training on the good news his wife Jane has almost recovered cancer. England fans in full voice ahead of their clash with Sweden. Australia too singing to the return of Harry Kewell. PM Howard has scoffed at advice from Indonesia to stop seeking tougher penalties for radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir. Mr Howard will discuss the matter in Jakarta despite warnings not to from the Indonesian parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. I don't normally take advice on what I raise with foreign heads of state from chairmen of foreign relations committees. REPORTER: Will you be raising the issue?

Oh, yes. Mr Howard has condemned the release of the man regarded as the spiritual leader of the people behind the Bali bombings.

Australia has reportedly warned North Korea diplomatic contacts and food aid would be downgraded if it pushes ahead with plans to test a long-range ballistic missile. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has made it clear such an act would jeopardise North Korea's relationship with the international community. That will cause a substantial degree of outrage in East Asia in particular the Japanese will be very concerned about it and are likely to refer the matter to the Security Council if that happens. The US has moved its ground-based missile defence system from test to operational mode and is considering intercepting North Korea's missile if one is launched.

Queensland police are still trying to piece together the events leading up to a murder-suicide in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. A teenage boy and his sister are being counselled after raising the alarm. Stephen Kirton and his wife Suzanna were found dead on the Witta property early yesterday. Their teenage children awaking to an horrific scene.

The 17-year-old son talks about mum and dad sitting by the fire having a chat when he went to bed. He's woken up this morning to find them dead in the car. After calling police, 17-year-old Ben walked 300m to his grandmother's house finding the 60-year-old also dead. All three had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. Look, at this stage we think the husband has shot the wife and shot the mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself. It's believed the couple had been estranged. Mrs Kirton moving out of the family home to live with her mother. Detectives will continue interviewing family and friends today. Kate Donnison, Ten News. The head of the recovery efforts in Far North Queensland says the Cyclone Larry taskforce should stay until March next year. General Peter Cosgrove says three months on, repairing homes is still a major issue, with an extra 300 trades people needed. General Cosgrove says an extension date is a matter for the State Government. Good news for cricketer Glenn McGrath.

His wife, Jane, has almost recovered from her third bout of breast cancer. The veteran bowler is back training and could return to the Australian side aiming to regain the Ashes from England this summer. Aussie rockers the Living End were the big winners at last night's Jack Awards in Sydney. The group taking out four of the 12 industry categories on offer. Sarah Blasko received the gong for Best Female Performer, Faker - Best Newcomers.

Grinspoon and Wolfmother entertained the crowd. It's the news Australian football fans have been waiting to hear. England was on course to avoid playing Germany in the second round.

Germany's first outing in Berlin for this World Cup was greeted by 72,000 fans and stifling heat. That was turned up in only the fourth minute when Bastian Schweinsteiger laid back for Miroslav Klose. The Polish-born forward's cartwheelng performance

had the Kaiser smiling before more pain was inflicted on the lack lustre Equadorians. The host in full voice with a third added in second through a sliding Lukas Podolski. the new man in charge. There are

German then England Fens were

German then England Fens were

separated. Worse was to come. What

caught column was lost to a knee

injury ends stretchered off. Shortly

after the resumption Sweden found a

reply. Polland Finn finished with reply. Polland Finn finished with a 21

21 win. It's the news Australian football fans have been waiting to hear. Socceroo Harry Kewell has been cleared of professional misconduct

and will be free to play Croatia on Friday morning. Kewell was charged over this confrontation with German referee Markus Merk after losing to Brazil 2-0. But the governing body, FIFA, threw out the case because of inconsistent reports about the incident from match officials. The news welcomed back home. The good news is Harry Kewell is going to be able to play and that is fantastic. In a further development,

the referee himself may be in hot water

with reports his actions may have been pre-meditated. Essendon is still grappling with the AFL over its $20,000 fine for wearing yellow cancer awareness armbands against Melbourne last Sunday. The Bombers say it's a mean-spirited penalty and will ask the League to reduce it. Essendon's decision to wear yellow armbands in support of Adam Ramanauskas has come at a cost

and the Bombers are not happy. Sometimes the AFL has got to show that football is more about just rules and precedents. It's about people and it's about passions and that's where I think it's mean-spirited. Adelaide star Andrew McLeod has avoided the need for surgery to drain fluid from his foot. Specialists confident the condition is improving and coupled with some rest over the mid-season break, should allow him to play out the season.

I have got no doubt that it will probably need surgery at the end of the season. And ahead of their big clash against the Swans, Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse says his team must beat a top side to be considred genuine premiership contenders. To be taken seriously we need to win games against top clubs. Sydney are a top club. And Carlton defender Ryan Houlahan is free to play against the Kangaroos beating his Round 11 rough conduct charge at the tribunal tonight. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

In rugby league - Canberra hooker Simon Woolford will today sign a 2-year deal with St George Illawarra. Meanwhile, a blow for Melbourne Storm flyer Billy Slater in his bid to play in the third State of Origin.

Slater was hoping to replace the injured Karmichael Hunt

as the Maroons' fullback but he's been told to play for premier league side North Sydney this weekend. And another Origin III setback for the Roosters Brett Finch.

The Blues halfback has been moved to hooker for round 16. Australian horse Takeover Target has won England's prestigious Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Joe Janiak-trained 7-year-old, who was bought for just $1,000 three years ago, started at 7 to 1. Ridden by Sydney jockey Jay Ford, the sprinter snatched victory in a photo finish. On Saturday, Takeover Target will attempt to equal the achievement of another Australian sprinter, Choisir On Saturday, Takeover Target will attempt to equal the achievement of another Australian sprinter, Choisir

who won the King's Stand and Golden Jubilee double in 2003. Kath, a final look at finance. AWB embroiled in another scandal? Yes Bill.

There are claims it's paid $12 million into Indonesian bank accounts. New powers granted to Commissioner Cole have been put on ice until another appeal is heard in the Federal Court.

Airbus may lose as much as $5 billion as a result of delays delivering its super jumbo A380 jets.

One buyer has already threatened to cancel its order for 10 of the huge planes while others including Qantas are calling for compensation. It's the second delay in six months and is putting pressure on the Airbus Chief Executive to stand down. Shares in EADS, the parent company of Airbus, plunged 26%

A final recap of the markets:

We know Australians love being seen and heard when they're overseas,

but this is taking it a bit too far. At this shop front in Shanghai a group of Aussie performers have set up house.

The very public appearance will apparently teach Chinese people about how foreigners live. Our communicaton is going to have to be very non-verbal and through these written means The actors want those passing by to share special moments with them and will also dance and do skits for those who stop for a while. Now for a look at the national weather.

And news just in - a Sydney man has been charged with attempted murder. after he savagely attacked a man with a pair of scissors. The 24 year-old was arrested yesterday.

The 22 year-old victim is recovering in hospital. Let's have a look at stories we'll be chasing - The Health Minister is expected to launch the Australia's 2006 six health report in Canberra. More details are likely to emerge about the death of Private Jake Kovco.

That inquiry continues in Sydney. Still in Sydney, and brewery workers are expected to return to work after striking for better pay and work conditions.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories - Kewell cleared - star forward back in the Socceroos line-up for Friday's game with Croatia. John Howard says he won't be warned-off voicing his anger at the release of the Bali bmbings mastermind. And two American soldiers who've been missing in Iraq since Friday have been found dead. Al-Qa'ida claiming responsibility. And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. I'm Bill Woods. And I'm Kath Robinson. Have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au

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