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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Among this morning's top stories - the opening of the Commonwealth Games Melbourne celebrates at the MCG. with a spectacular ceremony gone wrong in Britain, Australians caught up in a drug trial are critically ill. at least two people Condoleezza Rice arrives in Sydney US Secretary of State with the Prime Minister. for high-level talks resumes in Baghdad And the trial of Saddam Hussein to lock out public spectators. but the judge forced with our first look at finance Now Kath at some of the world's big airlines? and job cuts that United Airlines Reports this morning 100 Australian-based jobs is planning to cut up to and reservation divisions in its ground handling in both Sydney and Melbourne. the positions will be outsourced. It's believed taking its toll on British Airways. And online booking appears to be to the technology with such speed Customers are taking sales agent jobs by August this year. that the airline will cut 400 has got off to a spectacular start. Melbourne's Commonwealth Games and a flying tram Athletic greats, a Yarra River armada a moving opening ceremony. combining to create the MCG burst into life Bathed in blue centre piece. as the Commonwealth Games made its way up the Yarra, As a flotilla arrived from the air. a Melbourne icon A more orthodox entry by the Queen, and Prince Edward. greeted by the Prime Minister and his cartoon-like playmates It was then left to a young boy

to lighten the mood melded with trick artist bikers. as classical arts to enter the stadium England the first or a handful of athletes as teams boasting hundreds paraded to the crowd. to a traditional MCG roar. The home nation arriving the Queen's up-coming celebration. Dame Kiri de Kanawa highlighting and Games great Victorian Governor John Landy the final baton bearer. to give way to the friendly Games. Formalities and fireworks are full of praise Both athletes and spectators for the gala Games opening. of the Yarra, packed Richmond Station Melburnians lined the banks the spirit of the friendly Games. and readily embraced Fireworks lit the skies on a special Melbourne welcome. and athletes reflected to describe the feelings. It's really difficult it was the biggest buzz. When you walk out, carrying the flag was well behaved, Police say the 100,000-strong crowd making just one arrest. of State Condoleezza Rice American Secretary has finally arrived in Sydney with Australia and Japan. for long-delayed talks touched down late last night America's chief diplomat after a two day visit to Indonesia. She was welcomed Dennis Richardson by Australian Ambassador to America and other officials with a heavy security escort. before driving off in convoy and a five-week-old baby In Perth, two-year-old twins after a family tragedy. have been found home alone heard the baby crying The alarm was raised when a neighbour to find the mother dead. and went inside the Perth home died yesterday. It's believed the 37-year-old The infants are now in hospital. The children are OK. The five-week-old is dehydrated at the Princess Margaret Hospital and is being cared for but the children are OK. the cause of the woman's death. A post-mortem will determine in Adelaide overnight A woman was questioned by police after abandoning her newborn baby. The boy was rushed to hospital at Victor Harbour, after being found under a letterbox south of Adelaide. Police doorknocked the area was in urgent need of medical help. fearing the mother The mother was found with their enquiries. and is now assisting police is preparing to dock in WA The diseased cruise ship 'Funchal' for health checks. where authorities plan to board her abandoned the vessel in Adelaide Almost 100 people

struck down a number of passengers. because of a mystery illness that Brian Hatton is seriously ill. and every breath is a struggle. He's got pneumonia, (Coughs) Brian caught the virus the Australian cruiser 'Funchal'. while holidaying on board that nobody died on this trip. I think it is by luck He is not alone. makers on the ship have fallen ill. In recent months countless holiday One passenger is dead. in a critical condition. Two more remain (Coughs) authorities close the ship, Brian is demanding fearing others will die. say South Australian health authorities have been hospitalised just three people and since discharged. a clean bill of health. The ship was given to board the liner in Esperance. WA authorities are preparing Gabrielle Boyle, Ten News. has ended in disaster A medical trial in Britain to three times its normal size. with a man's head swelling after suffering violent reactions Six men are in intensive care during clinical trials. to a new drug they took like an elephant man. His face is bloated out had been tested on humans. It was the first time the drugs The volunteers were being paid medical research company. by an international Saddam Hussein Former Iraqi president at his trial. has finally taken the stand to stop making political speeches But when he refused into closed session. the judge ordered the court Saddam had railed against his trial, and his comrades calling it a comedy against him and talking to Iraqis wreaking the nation. about the sectarian violence until April 5. The trial has been adjourned is threatening legal action Jana Pittman's father as unfair comments made in the media over what he's described about his daughter. for Australia's athletic team, While it could be another distraction the plunge without two big guns. our swimmers are preparing to take the Queen's Baton Grant Hackett running

was like a fish out of water. Normally on the eve of competition he's wrapped in cotton wool, ready to go for gold but today the injured champ felt honoured if not a little odd. It's an extremely odd feeling to be honest, and I guess, at this stage, like you said, I'd be sort of you know, keeping off my legs and doing everything right and satying in the village, just lying in bed listening to a CD. Another sidelined titan of the team Ian Thorpe snuck into Melbourne, but without his swim gear. But while Australia's swim squad is almost perfect, the track team is still troubled. One great hopes our athletics fortunes will rise this Games. We're talking since the mid '70s that track and field have been in strife. And I can see them coming out of the doldrums, I really can. And you know, we've got Craig Mottram, we've got the female pole-vaulters, the male pole-vaulters, we've got Bronwyn Thomson, I'm really impressed with in the long jump. Dual Olympic track cycling gold medallist Ryan Bayley admits his build up for the Commonwealth Games has been far from ideal. But after battling injuries, crashes and personal problems since Athens, Baylely says he's now primed to defend the gold he won in Manchester. After Athens I didn't think anyone was a challenge. There's a lot, a lot of talented riders out there and they're going to be very difficult and it just depends on what they bring on the day and you know, if they keep their heads on,

so it's just, sprinting is going to be very difficult in the Commonwealth at the moment. Bayley is favoured to win the sprint and keirin. Star Geelong forward Brad Ottens is making a bold bid to play

in Saturday night's NAB Cup Grand Final in Adelaide. Despite playing just one quarter of football since August, the 26-year-old is keen for selectors to take a punt on him.

Coach Mark Thompson admitting that playing Ottens has its appeal. As a club we just want to get him to play at that intensity and that speed. We don't want to have too many guys in round one without that match practice and the speed of an AFL game. The Crows have their own concerns with Tyson Edwards,

Andrew McLeod and Nathan Bock under injury clouds. To finance news now. Kath, ABC Learning Centres builds its child care operations? As we reported on Tuesday, ABC Learning Centres' shares had been place in a trading hold on rumours it was buying Kids Campus. Well, report today have confirmed the $142 million deal. The off-market takeover will add an additional 85 child care facilities to ABC's current range and a possible 21 down the track. The Kids Campus board is recommending shareholders accept the takeover, unless of course a higher offer is made. Shares in ABC rose 8 cents to $8.10. National weather: Let's see what's making newspaper headlines this Thursday: More on the opening ceremony at the Games when the Ten Early Morning News returns after the break. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this morning - thousands turn out to celebrate the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. An Australian caught up in a drug trial gone wrong in Britain - at least six people are seriously ill. American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, touches down in Australia for high-level talks. And the trial of Saddam Hussein resumes with the judge forced to lock out the public. To business and finance. There's been a small turnaround in consumer sentiment. A return to stable petrol prices and interest rates have spurred confidence with the Westpac-Melbourne Institute index rising by 1.3% in March. The index is now nearly 5% above its average for the second half of 2005.

And that rise in sentiment has seen clothing retailer Miller's issue positive outlook despite posting a first-half net loss of $21.5 million. The result was affected by a $38.4 million loss on the sale of Miller's discount variety business including Go-Lo, Crazy Clark's and Look Sharp concept stores. A big thumbs up for Melbourne's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Some of Australia's greatest athletes, a Yarra River alight, and a flying tram contributed to an emotional first night. The host nation arrived to a traditional MCG roar while Victorian Governor and Games great John Landy was the final baton bearer. Formalities and fireworks opening the way for 'the friendly Games'. And Melbourne's gala ceremony has been lauded by both athletes and spectators. Fireworks and the buzz of entering a packed home stadium a highlight for the masses. The banks of the Yarra were jam-packed and Richmond Station at capacity and Melburnians partied hard. The Queen's Baton passed from legend to hero and everyone loved what they saw. Tell them it's been very good, well organised, marvellous. Fantastic, very exciting I always knew Barrass could walk on water. Despite the presence of royalty and a galaxy of sporting stars, Melbourne's spectacular light show was a winner with the youngsters. Fireworks, yeah! And returning to the village, even the most experienced of athletes was overawed with Melbourne's special welcome. It's really difficult to describe the feelings. When you walk out, carrying the flag it was the biggest buzz. Once you stepped out into the stadium and looked up and thought, "Oh my God, what's going on here?" American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has finally arrived in Sydney for long-delayed talks with Australia and Japan. America's chief diplomat touched down late last night

after a two day visit to Indonesia. She was welcomed by Australian Ambassador to America Dennis Richardson and other officials before driving off in convoy with a heavy security escort. An Australian woman is caught up in a medical trial disaster in England. Her boyfriend's head has swollen to three times it's normal size after a clinical trial.

It's nearly 48 hours since six healthy men were rushed to intensive care. Two are still critical. They suffered violent reactions to a drug in a clinical trial. This woman saw her boyfriend happy and relaxed before the study but then an urgent call to get to the hospital. I walked in and almost fainted. Everyone who knows him knows he's like a stud. Now he's puffed out like the elephant man. He looks 45. They've killed him with one injection. So what errors could have caused this to happen? It could be the product was contaminated. Or it might be human error. One relative claimed she was told some animals in earlier testing died. The trial has been stopped. Experts around the world are being asked to help. The outlook isn't good. Saddam Hussein has finally taken the stand at his trial in Iraq. However, once again his appearance was short-lived, the judge forced to close the court because of more bad behaviour. It's a familiar sight - a defiant Saddam Hussein making a mockery of his trial in Iraq. In what was to be his first formal day of defence the former Iraqi president continued to use the dock as his political platform. After refusing to acknowledge he is no longer head of state, Saddam was ordered to stop making political speeches. The judge forced to close the session, adjourning the trial until early April.

Meanwhile, west of the capital the violence continues.

A fierce firefight between insurgents and American forces left part of this Sunni stronghold in flames.

The Frenchman dubbed Spiderman, thanks to his ability to scale the world's skyscrapers, has struck again. Alain Robert clawed his way to the top of this 122 metre building in the centre of Paris in less than 30 minutes. The 43-year-old has more than 30 climbs under his belt, but says this one was to protest his arrest in America last November. Robert was sentenced to one week in prison after scaling a building in Texas. The AFL has taken out a Supreme Court injunction to prevent 'The Age' newspaper from publishing the name of a player who allegedly failed a test for illicit drugs. The move comes after club skippers voiced concerns over what they're calling a breach of confidentiality. An annual gathering at Telstra Dome saw the 16 club captains united on more than one front. The AFL drug testing policy the main talking point with some skippers questioning its validity after recent confidentiality breaches. It really throws a question mark over further testing. You have to say the players are within their rights to say,

"I don't want to be tested."

The players entrusted the right thing would be done and somewhere along the line it's been breached. So what advantage do we get out of it? You've got to start to think not much at all. It throws the whole system into disarray and now it's debateable whether it goes on at all. West Coast champion Chris Judd voted by his peers. The player most likely to add another Brownlow Medal to his already extraordinary resume. While the captains forecast an Adelaide premiership. I guess if you're going to be good you have to be good at handling expectations so we're pretty comfortable with it. NRL players claim the assault of Benji Marshall at a pub this week is further proof they're often targets when they go out to socialise. Marshall escaped harm after a hotel patron took a number of swings at him. Fellow NRL stars say they're bothered by troublemakers almost every time they go out. I suppose when you're going out with a few of the of the boys like Willie Mason and Sonny Bill you will always get people out there who want to try and start you,

want to get a reaction out of you. Marshall has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the incident.

The 21-year-old says

the scare will force him to re-think the way he leads his social life. Our men's basketball team is keen to grab that elusive international medal after some near misses in the past. With the Superpowers not part of the Commonwealth Games, the Boomers' chances are better. After a string of fourths at the Olympics, the Boomers say they've had enough of being overshadowed by our women. The Boomers' quest for gold tips off against Scotland on Friday night. National weather: Now time for finance with Kath, the RBA bulletin's out today? It is Bill - the bulletin is out later today and should give us in insight into the central bank's thinking regarding the economy and in particular interest rates. So for more on that I'm joined by Donahue D'Souza from CommSec. Donahue, more insight into consumer behaviour today?

Figures show a consumer sentiment

has risen for the past three months.

The focus now on credit card

statistics. A record high eight in

December. Credit card purchases up

modestly. Consumers taking out less

cash. A manufacturing report in the

US State fears. Moment so go the US

released it page book. OK, Dave, we give up. Where are you hiding all the Continental Cup-a-Soup? Same place as usual, ma'am. Right behind you. Oh, but this isn't Continental. Oh, it is Continental. It's different. Yeah, bit of a new look. Talking of which, Mum, you'll be late for the hairdressers. (Gasps) Oh! Something you need never worry about, Dave. The new look Continental Cup-a-Soup range is now easy to find. Just look for the 'C'. This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among this morning's top stories - Melbourne celebrates the opening of the Commonwealth Games with a spectacular ceremony at the MCG. Australians caught up in a drug trial gone wrong in Britain, at least two people are critically ill. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Sydney for high-level talks with the Prime Minister. And the trial of Saddam Hussein resumes in Baghdad but the judge forced to lock out public spectators. Now Kath with finance. In some disappointing news for video game fanatics with Sony pushing back the release of its latest offering. The Play Station 3's release will be delayed because some of the parts aren't ready. It now looks like the game console will hit the stores in November. The delay is a blow for Sony, which is competing with Microsoft's X-Box 360 due in stores next week. And that's the latest in business and finance, Bill. Melbourne's Commonwealth Games has got off to a spectacular start. Athletic greats, a Yarra River armada and a flying tram combining to create a moving opening ceremony. Bathed in blue the MCG burst into life

as the Commonwealth Games centre piece. As a flotilla made its way up the Yarra, a Melbourne icon arrived from the air. A more orthodox entry by the Queen, greeted by the Prime Minister and Prince Edward. It was then left to a young boy and his cartoon-like playmates

to lighten the mood as classical arts melded with trick artist bikers.

England the first to enter the stadium as teams boasting hundreds or a handful of athletes paraded to the crowd. The home nation arriving to a traditional MCG roar. Dame Kiri de Kanawa highlighting the Queen's up-coming celebration. Victorian Governor John Landy and Games great the final baton bearer. Formalities and fireworks to give way to the friendly Games. Both athletes and spectators are full of praise for the gala Games opening. of the Yarra, packed Richmond Station and readily embraced the spirit of the friendly Games. Fireworks lit the skies and athletes reflected on a special Melbourne welcome. It's really difficult to describe the feelings. When you walk out, carrying the flag it was the biggest buzz. Police say the 100,000-strong crowd was well behaved, making just one arrest. American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has finally arrived in Sydney America's chief diplomat touched down late last night after a two day visit to Indonesia. She was welcomed by Australian Ambassador to America Dennis Richardson and other officials before driving off in convoy with a heavy security escort. The diseased cruise ship 'Funchal' is preparing to dock in WA

where authorities plan to board her for health checks. Almost 100 people abandoned the vessel in Adelaide Brian Hatton is seriously ill. He's got pneumonia, and every breath is a struggle. (Coughs) Brian caught the virus while holidaying on board the Australian cruiser 'Funchal'. I think it is by luck that nobody died on this trip. He is not alone. In recent months countless holiday makers on the ship have fallen ill. One passenger is dead. Two more remain in a critical condition. (Coughs)

Brian is demanding authorities close the ship,

fearing others will die. South Australian health authorities say just three people have been hospitalised and since discharged. The ship was given a clean bill of health. WA authorities are preparing to board the liner in Esperance. Gabrielle Boyle, Ten News.

In Perth, two-year-old twins and a five-week-old baby have been found home alone after a family tragedy. The alarm was raised when a neighbour heard the baby crying and went inside the Perth home to find the mother dead.

It's believed the 37-year-old died yesterday. The infants are now in hospital. The children are OK. The five-week-old is dehydrated and is being cared for at the Princess Margaret Hospital but the children are OK. A post-mortem will determine the cause of the woman's death. A medical trial in Britain has ended in disaster with a man's head swelling to three times its normal size.

Six men are in intensive care after suffering violent reactions to a new drug they took during clinical trials. His face is bloated out like an elephant man. It was the first time the drugs had been tested on humans. The volunteers were being paid by an international medical research company. Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has finally taken the stand at his trial. But when he refused to stop making political speeches the judge ordered the court into closed session. Saddam had railed against his trial, calling it a comedy against him and his comrades and talking to Iraqis about the sectarian violence wreaking the nation. The trial has been adjourned until April 5. Mass evacuations are under way in Greece and Turkey after a river burst its bank,

flooding more than 80,000 hectares. Rescue workers are scouring six villages, which have been submerged. It's feared some locals may be trapped in their homes. Hundreds of livestock, including cattle, sheep and pigs have already drowned in the floodwaters.

It has been raining several days in

Hollway. The rain has caused a Hollway. The rain has caused a damn

it to burst locals say it looked like

a tidal wave of. It was away to

homes. One person killed. Seven

injured. One the Australian stranded.

A young Melbourne Tourist. He is in a

hotel. He's fine. But he can't get hotel. He's fine. But he can't get it

out. The waters have washed away the highway. Jana Pittman's father is threatening legal action over what he's described as unfair comments made in the media about his daughter. Grant Hackett running the Queen's Baton was like a fish out of water. Normally on the eve of competition he's wrapped in cotton wool, ready to go for gold but today the injured champ felt honoured if not a little odd. It's an extremely odd feeling to be honest, and I guess, at this stage, like you said,

I'd be sort of you know, keeping off my legs and doing everything right and staying in the village, just lying in bed listening to a CD. Another sidelined titan of the team Ian Thorpe snuck into Melbourne, but without his swim gear. Are you disappointed not to be competing in the Games? I'm not saying. I'm here to support the team now. But while Australia's swim squad is almost perfect, the track team is still troubled. One great hopes our athletics fortunes will rise this Games. We're talking since the mid '70s that track and field have been in strife. And I can see them coming out of the doldrums, I really can. And you know, we've got Craig Mottram, we've got the female pole-vaulters, the male pole-vaulters, we've got Bronwyn Thomson, I'm really impressed with in the long jump. Despite a less than spectacular lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, the Kookaburras remain confident they are the team to beat. Key playmaker Travis Brooks says the Athens champions intend to keep their opponents guessing. It's just a matter of keeping ourselves unpredictable.

The Kookaburras campaign starts on Friday when they take on Scotland. Star Geelong forward Brad Ottens is making a bold bid to play in Saturday night's NAB Cup Grand Final in Adelaide. Despite playing just one quarter of football since August, the 26-year-old is keen for selectors to take a punt on him. Coach Mark Thompson admitting that playing Ottens has its appeal. As a club

we just want to get him to play at that intensity and that speed. We don't want to have too many guys in round one without that match practice and the speed of an AFL game. The Crows have their own concerns with Tyson Edwards, Andrew McLeod and Nathan Bock under injury clouds.

To finance news now. The heat seems to be coming out the mineral resources boom with export earnings from minerals rising 7.7% to $22 billion over the December quarter. According to an ABARE report export prices for minerals had only risen by 2.6%

in the December quarter - compared with rises of 21% and 7% respectively in the June and September quarters. Commodities with the largest rises in export earnings over the quarter were copper and iron ore.

National weather: Let's see what's making newspaper headlines this Thursday:

Stay with us for more on that drug mishap in Britain. WEAKENING. GOOD MORNING,

COMING UP, SOME WELCOMED MONEY FOR LOCAL HEALTH SERVICE AND, THE RAIDERS LOOK FOR A STRONG START AT HOME, WHILE THE BRUMBIES HEAD OVERSEAS BUT FIRST, 13 ACTAS ATHLETES HAVE JOINED SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S BEST, MARCHING IN LAST NIGHT'S COMMONWEALTH GAMES OPENING CEREMONY IN MELBOURNE. THE LOCALS WILL COMPETE IN SIX DIFFERENT EVENTS, WITH

ANOTHER 41 CANBERRA-BASED ATHLETES ALSO READY TO DO BATTLE FOR A MEDAL.

HEALTH MINISTER SIMON CORBELL IS PLEASED WITH A FUNDING BOOST FOR THE SOUTHERN HEALTH CARE AREA, SAYING IT'LL REDUCE THE PRESSURE ON LOCAL HOSPITALS. ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF A-C-T HOSPITAL PATIENTS COME FROM ACROSS THE BORDER. AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY IS DOING ITS BIT TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT, WITH STAFF AND STUDENTS RECYCLING ONE-HUNDRED AND 94-MOBILE PHONES AND PRODUCTS IN A MOBILE MUSTER.

SOME PARTS CAN EVEN BE MADE INTO JEWELLERY. TO SPORT, AND RAIDERS' CENTRE DAVID HOWELL, SAYS HE CAN NOW CONCENTRATE ON HIS FOOTY, AFTER RE-SIGNING WITH THE CLUB FOR ANOTHER TWO SEASONS. HE SAYS THE TEAM IS LOOKING FOR A SOLID START, PLAYING

THEIR FIRST HOME GAME AGAINST THE NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS ON SUNDAY.

AND, THE BRUMBIES HOPE TO MAINTAIN THEIR UNBEATEN RECORD, WHEN THEY FACE THE BLUES IN AUCKLAND THIS WEEKEND, LEAVING FOR NEW ZEALAND TODAY.

CANBERRA SHOWERS, WITH LATE RAIN FOR THOSE HEADING TO SYDNEY, BUT IF YOU'RE GOING WEST, THERE'S FINE WEATHER IN PERTH DUBBO, A LITTLE CLOUDY TODAY AND 33, WITH SOME LATE RAIN FOR WOLLONGONG AND BEGA, WITH THE RAIN CLEARING IN WAGGA A RAINY DAY FOR BATHURST AND 27, BATEMANS BAY AND PERISHER, PATCHY RAIN MUDGEE, RAIN TODAY AS WELL, WITH SOME WET WEATHER FOR COOMA AND AND THREDBO THE WET WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO CLEAR, WITH THE WEEKEND Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making news this morning - thousands turn out to celebrate the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. An Australian caught up in a drug trial gone wrong in Britain - at least six people are seriously ill. American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, touches down in Australia for high-level talks. And the trial of Saddam Hussein resumes with the judge forced to lock out the public. A big thumbs up for Melbourne's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Some of Australia's greatest athletes, a Yarra River alight, and a flying tram contributed to an emotional first night. The host nation arrived to a traditional MCG roar while Victorian Governor and Games great John Landy

was the final baton bearer. Formalities and fireworks opening the way for 'the friendly Games'. And Melbourne's gala ceremony has been lauded by both athletes and spectators. Fireworks and the buzz of entering a packed home stadium a highlight for the masses. The banks of the Yarra were jam-packed and Richmond Station at capacity and Melburnians partied hard. The Queen's Baton passed from legend to hero and everyone loved what they saw. Tell them it's been very good, well organised, marvellous. Fantastic, very exciting I always knew Barrass could walk on water. Despite the presence of royalty and a galaxy of sporting stars, Melbourne's spectacular light show was a winner with the youngsters. Fireworks, yeah! And returning to the village, even the most experienced of athletes was overawed with Melbourne's special welcome. It's really difficult to describe the feelings. When you walk out, carrying the flag it was the biggest buzz. Once you stepped out into the stadium and looked up and thought, "Oh my God, what's going on here?" American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has finally arrived in Sydney

for long-delayed talks with Australia and Japan. America's chief diplomat touched down late last night after a two day visit to Indonesia. She was welcomed by Australian Ambassador to America Dennis Richardson and other officials before driving off in convoy with a heavy security escort. A 60-year-old man who gave his dying defacto a deadly overdose of sleeping pills, has walked free from court hoping his case will re-ignite the euthanasia debate. Terence Turton received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to attempted murder. His partner Debbie Johnson was in the final stages of Huntington's disease when given the pills. Seeing her with this disease - she even said herself she didn't want to live - seeing her deteriorate, she told me she didn't want to live many times. Turton had already served a year in jail. An Australian woman is caught up in a medical trial disaster in England. Her boyfriend's head has swollen to three times its normal size after a clinical trial. It's nearly 48 hours since six healthy men were rushed to intensive care. Two are still critical. They suffered violent reactions to a drug in a clinical trial. This woman saw her boyfriend happy and relaxed before the study but then an urgent call to get to the hospital. I walked in and almost fainted.

Everyone who knows him knows he's like a stud. Now he's puffed out like the elephant man. He looks 45. They've killed him with one injection. So what errors could have caused this to happen? It could be the product was contaminated. Or it might be human error. One relative claimed she was told some animals in earlier testing died. The trial has been stopped. Experts around the world are being asked to help. The outlook isn't good. Palestinian militants have released the last four hostages kidnapped yesterday during a violent uprising. The two French journalists

as well as a media representative from South Korea

and a Canadian aid worker were taken to a Palestinian security agency in Gaza City.

The four westerners were among nine captured yesterday, including two Australians

who were released about two hours after being taken hostage. They were not injured. Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic is to be buried in his hometown in Serbia. Thousands braved bitter cold to see Milosevic's remains returned from Holland where he died last weekend while in custody at the War Crimes Commission.

Serb officials have refused a state funeral, although many are still paying homage to him in public. He's expected to be buried on Saturday. Saddam Hussein has finally taken the stand at his trial in Iraq.

However, once again his appearance was short-lived, the judge forced to close the court because of more bad behaviour. It's a familiar sight - a defiant Saddam Hussein making a mockery of his trial in Iraq. In what was to be his first formal day of defence the former Iraqi president continued to use the dock as his political platform. After refusing to acknowledge he is no longer head of state, Saddam was ordered to stop making political speeches. The judge forced to close the session, adjourning the trial until early April. Meanwhile, west of the capital the violence continues. A fierce firefight between insurgents and American forces left part of this Sunni stronghold in flames.

The AFL has taken out a Supreme Court injunction to prevent 'The Age' newspaper from publishing the name of a player who allegedly failed a test for illicit drugs. The move comes after club skippers voiced concerns over what they're calling a breach of confidentiality. An annual gathering at Telstra Dome

saw the 16 club captains united on more than one front. The AFL drug testing policy the main talking point saw the 16 club captains united on more than one front. The AFL drug testing policy the main talking point with some skippers questioning its validity after recent confidentiality breaches. It really throws a question mark over further testing. You have to say the players are within their rights to say, "I don't want to be tested." The players entrusted the right thing would be done and somewhere along the line it's been breached.

So what advantage do we get out of it? You've got to start to think not much at all. It throws the whole system into disarray and now it's debateable whether it goes on at all.

West Coast champion Chris Judd voted by his peers the player most likely to add another Brownlow Medal to his already extraordinary resume. While the captains forecast an Adelaide premiership. I guess if you're going to be good you have to be good at handling expectations so we're pretty comfortable with it. NRL players claim the assault of Benji Marshall at a pub this week

is further proof they're often targets when they go out to socialise. Marshall escaped harm after a hotel patron took a number of swings at him. Fellow NRL stars say they're bothered by troublemakers almost every time they go out.

I suppose when you're going out with a few of the boys like Willie Mason and Sonny Bill you will always get people out there who want to try and start you, want to get a reaction out of you. Marshall has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the incident.

The 21-year-old says the scare will force him to re-think the way he leads his social life. Dual Olympic track cycling gold medallist Ryan Bayley admits his build up for the Commonwealth Games has been far from ideal.

But after battling injuries, crashes and personal problems since Athens,

Baylely says he's now primed to defend the gold he won in Manchester. After Athens I didn't think anyone was a challenge. There's a lot, a lot of talented riders out there and they're going to be very difficult

and it just depends on what they bring on the day and you know, if they keep their heads on, so it's just, sprinting is going to be very difficult in the Commonwealth at the moment. Bayley is favoured to win the sprint and keirin. And now a final check of the markets before we go. Before I go some stats on the Commonwealth Games. They're expected to inject over $3 billion into the Victorian economy.

40,000 international and 50,000 domestic tourists will visit Melbourne during the Games and 29% of Aussie exporters say they believe the sporting festival will help them obtain business in the future. So Bill - a worthwhile event not just for athletes.

Hair designers and colourists from across Japan have converged on Tokyo for this year's annual Hair Colouring Exhibition. And they say black is back. Designers took to the catwalks with the themes this year ranging from street chic to erotic cool. Nearly 80% of Japanese women dye their hair and the most popular colour is still blonde.

National weather: Looking ahead: A quick recap of the morning's top stories. And the Victorian capital celebrates as the Queen opens the Commonwealth Games at a spectacular ceremony at the MCG. Australians caught up in a drug trial gone wrong in Britain, two people are critically ill. And US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice touches down in Sydney for high-level talks. And that's it for Ten's Early News this morning. I'm Bill Woods. And I'm Kath Robinson, bye for now. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au