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(generated from captions) Tamil Tigers agree to put down

their weapons bringing an end

to Sri Lanka's 26 year war. The to Sri Lanka's 26 year war.

Federal Opposition makes a dent

in Labor's lead in the first opinion poll since the Budget. The recession hits

Australia's skilled workers

with 43,000 joining the

unemployment ranks in the 3

months to March. And St Kilda

silences Essendon's young guns

and remains undefeated after

Round 8 in the AFL.

good morning, it's Monday, 18

May, I'm Joe O'Brien, May, I'm Joe O'Brien, I'm

Virginia Trioli. The Tamil

Tigers declare a cease-fire

raising hopes that Sri Lanka's

26-year Civil War have come to

an end. They are thought to be

trapped in tiny pocket of trapped in tiny pocket of land

to the north. All civilians to the north. All

have been rescued from the area

say the Government. But the

rebels say 3,000 have been

killed and 25,000 others need

medical attention, Sally Sara

has just filed this report from Colombo. The Tamil Tigers Colombo. The Tamil Tigers say

they are laying down their

weapons, Sri Lanka's weapons, Sri Lanka's 26-year

Civil War appears to be all but

over. The Government saying it

delivered a military defeat and

rescued almost 180,000 civilians. The military phase

is over. The LTTE has been

militarily defeated. Now the

biggest hostage rescue

operation in the world has come

to a commission. But international aid groups international aid groups hold

grave fears for the thousands

of civilians in the conflict

zone and nearby camps, United Nations children's zone and nearby camps, the

agency says up to a quarter of

a million people have been

displaced. It's an unimaginable

hell, there couldn't have been

a worse place on the planet to

be. Hundreds of children

killed, many suffering severe

malnutrition. The army taken malnutrition. The army has

taken control of the coast and

says the Tamil Tigers are

cornered in a small patch of

land. After that, only the last

remaining area would be about

800 square metres, and the LTTE

still having their Fortified

bunkers, firing from those

locations. The Sri Lankan

Government rejected allegations

from international observers that civilians may have been

sexually abused in

Government-run camps and

accuses aid workers of

long-standing abuse. There are

a few blue-eyed children in the

camp, so some of the NGOs had a

jolly good time. Have a jolly good time. Have a look

and try to identify them. Sri

Lanka's President Mahinda

Rajapaksa came home from an

overseas visit to deal with the

aftermath of the bitter aftermath of the

fighting in the north. The

challenge facing the Sri Lankan

Government is to turn a

military victory into

military victory into peace.

In the short term it means

addressing the humanitarian

concerns, in the longer,

changing the politics of

northern Sri Lanka. The United Nations believes the Sri Lankan

Government is ill-prepared for

the influx of thousands of

displaced civilian, but the Government promises to build

the shattered north of the

country as soon as it can. In

other news - the first opinion

poll since the Federal Budget

shows the Opposition making

significant inroads against significant inroads against the

Rudd Government. Today's

Neilson poll shows Labor's

two-party preferred vote

dropped by five points to 53%.

The Opposition trails Labor by

only one point in the primary

vote. Kevin Rudd's personal

approval rating fell by 10

points. He still leads Malcolm

Turnbull as preferred Prime

Minister by 64 to 28%. The

recession is startling to hit

skilled workers hard.

skilled workers hard. The

number of unemployed skilled

people jumped by 43,000 in the

March quarter to a total of

134,000. Research by KPMG econ

tech shows demand for trades

have fallen in every category,

the Federal Government predicts

a million Australians will be

unemployed by 2011.

Queensland's independent Queensland's

teachers meet to show support

for the public sector strike.

37,000 teachers will go on

strike for the first time in 10

years over pay and conditions,

the State's Premier Anna Bligh

says parents should try to keep

children at home tomorrow if possible. Burma's pro-Democracy

Leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due

to face charges in a jail house

court today. The Nobel Peace

Prize is winner is accused of

breaching her house arrest. She

was due for release this month

but could be kept in custody

for another five years. Some

believe the Burmese military is

trying to silence the 63-year-old ahead of next year's general

election. Pakistan's army says

it's killed more than 1,000

Taliban militants in the

country's north wet. The

campaign in the Swat Valley has

been running for three weeks, the United Nations Refugee

Agency estimates more than a

million civilians fled the

region. Returning to the

Coalition's jump in the opinion

poll, Ben Worsley joins us from

Canberra. This is rather good

news for Malcolm Turnbull,

coming off the back of a difficult Budget for the Government. It's very

interesting as far as opinion interesting as far as

polless go. For a couple of

reasons, the numbers are large,

and they are comfortably

outside, many of them, outside

the margin for error, and the

Neilson poll follows a Newspoll

showing a similar trend, albeit

to a smaller extent. Numbers

quickly - the primary vote

within 1% of each other, Labor

down three, the Coalition up

six. 44 to ALP to 43 for the

Coalition, two party preferred

vote is where it was at the

Federal election, the gap

closed by 10 points in the

months since the last AC

Neilson poll, 53-47. Kevin

Rudd's performance slumped, I

suppose, from a very high-level

of 74% to 64%, and his

dissatisfaction rating is up

10, to 32%. Malcolm Turnbull's performance, satisfaction

rating hasn't shifted at all.

More people are dissatisfied

according to this poll than

satisfied with his performance,

43 to 47. Kevin Rudd is miles

ahead on the better Prime

Minister stakes, although that

gap has moved nine points in

the time

I think it shows that Kevin

Rudd's honeymoon is fligly

threatened, if not - finally

threatened, if not over,

heading to that direction. He

had high poll numbers, had high poll numbers, dipping

after 6-8 months and surged

again, in his immediate response to the global

financial crisis. Well, now

unemployment is rising, the

focus on the debt and deficit,

thanks to the Coalition and thanks to the Coalition and the

numbers themselves, numbers themselves, is

dominating the political

debate. And perhaps Kevin Rudd

is - has fallen back to Earth. Malcolm Ahmed Fahour in Malcolm Ahmed Fahour in the The Daily Telegraph said if Kevin

Rudd was a meat, he'd be Devon.

Perhaps people are coming to

not like Devon, leading to the

question, what is Malcolm

Turnbull, if he was a meat, an

acquired taste I would acquired taste I would suggest,

I am not too sure. Malcolm Farr

showing his age, referring to

Devon, something that not many

people eat. Interestingly, if

it doesn't show a great

increase in approval

increase in approval for

Malcolm Turnbull. , it's

interesting to speculate about

whether that matters or not,

when it comes to the policies

mentioned and adopted by the

Opposition, they are coming in

for a bit of strife

particularly according to

Treasury, looking at some of

the figures there. Yes,

particularly handy for the

Government to release Treasury

figures damning the maths supporting Malcolm Turnbull's

Budget in reply speech.

Remember he'll block the health

insurance rebate, and to make

up for the revenue short fall

he wants to increase secret tax

by 3 cent a sigy, the Treasury

papers release today show that

the sigie tax changes will reap

3.6 billion less than the

health insurance rebate changes

over 10 years, blowing a hole,

if the figures are to be

believed in Malcolm Turnbull's

claim to economic credibility

to some extent. There has been

a shift also in the Opposition

interestingly on the alcopops

tax. It does seem now that they

will support the tax that has

been blocked for nearly a been blocked for nearly a year

in the Senate. Malcolm Turnbull

says it's nothing to do with a

threat by Kevin Rudd to perhaps

go to the polls early, using a

double dissolution trigger of the alcopops being defeated

again. He says it's to do again. He says it's to do with

the global economic slowdown

and the need to boost and the need to boost the

Australian Government's

coffers. Good to talk to you Ben, thanks so Ben, thanks so much. Israel's Prime Prime Minister Benyamin

Netanyahu arrives in Washington

ahead of a meeting with the US

President President Barack

Obama. The US President is

expected to urge Benyamin

Netanyahu to support

Palestinian statehood, a

position that Israel's hawkish

Government have been unwilling

to entertain. Ben to entertain. Ben Knight,

Middle East correspondent reports. This is an illegal

outpost, one of hundreds built

on Palestinian land by Israelis

believing god promised it to

them. Camps like this are frequently demolished by

police, this time the settlers

dug themselves in.

TRANSLATION: So far they

haven't succeeded in destroying

this, and with God's help we'll

build tents and soon a

house. Each time the police

drag them out the settlers move

back in, they are radicals, who

don't accept the authority of

their own Government to tell

them where to live. But on a

larger scale, the Israeli

Government itself rejects the

wider world telling it not to

build Jewish suburbs on

Palestinian land and for eight

years Israel has been able to

ignore that pressure thanks to

the support of George W. Bush.

But he and his support are

gone, and the new White House

isn't hiding its agenda. Israel

has to work toward a two-state

solution, you are not going to

like my saying this, but not

build more settlements,

dismantle existing outposts and

allow the Palestinians freedom

of movement based on their

first actions, access to

economic opportunitiy and

increase security

responsibility, this is a show

me deal. Benyamin Netanyahu

would much rather talk about

the Iranian nuclear threat

instead, that will have to share the agenda with

developments like this. This

area outside of Jerusalem is

known as E-1, the place where

Israel's Government plans to

build 3,000 apartments. If that

happens, this will be another

physical wedge between the Palestinians in the West Bank

and East Jerusalem. The place

that Palestinians want as the

capital of their state. Israel

will be made to do something on

the Palestinian issue that is

real, and that is painful for

the Israeli Government. I'm

sure that will happen. I am not

sure that the realistic people

in American administrations

really believe that an overall

end of conflict Israeli Palestinian agreement is

possible this year or next

year. Even so, Benyamin

Netanyahu is in a tough

position. These teenagers know

it and are digging in

it and are digging in further.

TRANSLATION: We know that TRANSLATION: We know that if

we are tough here, we'll we are tough here, we'll make

Benyamin Netanyahu stronger.

It's unlikely that Barack

Obama will see it that way. Now

we take a look at the front

pages of major pages of major newspapers.

Sydney Morning Herald - Labor's counting the cost of counting the cost of the global

financial crisis, as voter

support for the Rudd Government falls. The same opinion falls. The same opinion poll in

'The Age', the paper saying the

Coalition slashed Labor's lead

as voters react to the

as voters react to the Budget

plan to raise the pension age.

Australian - biggest Australian - biggest forestry

investment scheme is swept into administration. The Financial

Review - Australian Tax Office

to target trusts in a crackdown

on tax loop howls. on tax loop howls. The

Canberra Times - new Canberra Times - new employment

survey showing 43,000 survey showing 43,000 workers

lost their job in the March

quarter. The Mercury -

Tasmanian Opposition wants

answers due to the 1.5 million

State deficit. The Courier Mail

- Queensland voter to pay - Queensland voter to pay as

Anna Bligh admits she may break

an election promise on the

popular 8 cent a litre fuel

subsidy. A footy sleaze scandal

is brewing according to is brewing according to the The

Herald Sun - it has Sam the

koala on the front koala on the front page.

Adelaide Advertiser - a South

Australian mother's plea to

allow her son to allow her son to die. The

Northern Territory News - a man

was arrested yesterday for

allegedly indecently touching

girls at Darwin 's popular wave

pool. A tough parole regime keeps Western Australian

prisoners behind bars prisoners behind bars reports 'The West 'The West Australian'. The

Daily Telegraph - increase in

illegal brothels across Sydney,

saying State and local governments aren't doing enough

to stop them. If you'd like to stop them. If you'd like to send feedback: send feedback: The West Australian. The Daily Telegraph - increase in illegal brothels across Sydney, saying State and local governments aren't doing enough to stop them. If you'd

like to send feedback: The top

stories on ABC News Breakfast - the Tamil Tigers say they are

ready to surrender ready to surrender their

weapons after conceding defeat

in Sri Lanka's 26-year Civil

War, Sri Lanka's military says

it rescued the last civilians

from the war zone, but there

are concerns for a quarter of a

million refugees who fled the violence. The first opinion poll since the Federal Budget

shows the Opposition trailing

Labor by one point in the

primary vote. Today's Nielsen

poll shows a gap in the

two-party preferred vote has

narrowed, Labor leading the

Coalition by 53-47. More than

43,000 skilled workers have

joined the ranks of the

unemployed during the March

quarter, research conducted by

KPMG shows 134,000 skilled

people are out of work

India's Congress Party has

been returned to office with a

resounding victory over the

Hindu nationalist BJP

Party. It's the coming of the

political age of Rahul Gandhi,

son of a famous dynasty. It was

his mother's photograph

dominating the Congress

campaign, but Rahul Gandhi was

the most visible campaigner for congress. The people for India

know what is good for them, and

they always make the right

choice. Even the man who Rahul

Gandhi may one day replace Gandhi may one day replace was

full of praise for him. -- We

express the faith in the Indian

national congress in the

leadership of Sonia Gandhi, and

this esteemed hard work put in

by the youth leader Rahul

Gandhi. The charismatic

38-year-old bachelor is

credited with bringing many

young voters, as well as

millions of poor villagers to

Congress, and sees himself as a

Democratic reformer among

India's elderly politician,

using blogging and texting to

win over 100 million first-time

voters aged between 18-24. My

job as I see it now is to try

to change the politics of the

country using youngsters. His

father, grandmother and

great-grandfather were great-grandfather were all

Prime Ministers. Leadership is

almost a birth right in a

region where din asties

dominate politics. Have very

good, and India will

improve The hard work by Rahul

Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, and

measures of Congress Minister

like Kapil Sibal added up. The

election where youth was

important claimed one important

scalp. 81-year-old LK scalp. 81-year-old LK Advani

Leader of the Leader of the Opposition

Bharatiya Janata Party told the

BJP to find a younger

leader. He will continue to

guide the party, the party

will, in fact, like him to

continue, which is a desire we expressed. The resounding

victory by Congress means the

party will have more power in

the Coalition it forms to

govern India for the next five

years Boats that overfish and

illegally cast nets are

becoming a serious threat to

Indonesia's marine life One

area is looking to change, an

ecotourism May Be The. Gavin

Fang reports from East

Kalimantan. A noisy welcome for

visitors to the village of

Payung-Payung off the coast Payung-Payung off the coast of

East Kalimantan. These

islanders rely on fishing to

earn a living, but one day they

hope money from tourism could

lead to more jobs away from the sea.

TRANSLATION: Ecotourism is

like a bonus, men go fishing

and the women handle the

ecotourism program. It's hard

to compare profits, to compare profits, because we

are just start, it's definitely

having an impact on the people

here. Despite its white sandy

beaches and crystal clear water

few tourists have yet to make

the journey to this isolated

part of Indonesia, local

villages hope that may change.

So, too, do conservationists.

The waters here are now part of

a marine conservation area, a marine conservation area, and

ecotourism is encouraged to

reduce the impact of fishing on

what many regard as one of the

most important areas in the

world for coral and marine

life. Before the conservation

program almost all the

fishermen here, including

myself used dynamite or cyanide

to pish, we knew it would harm

the core am, but using a bomb

or cyanide is quicker to catch

fish. The fishermen talk about

the toll illegal fishing takes

and blame foreign fishing boats

trawling the waters for

reducing their catch it a tenth

of what it once was, fish

stocks have started to recover

and fishermen say it's because

the reef is protected. With the

money from tourism helping

boost incomes, the people here

have even less incentive to go

back to the bad old ways. Let's

look at the finance figures now - US stocks closed lower:

Mohammed Hanif with us soon

to tell us what's happening -

Vanessa O'Han line with us to

talk about the weather. And

newspapers with Waleed Ally,

with the weekend sport Luke

Waters. First to AFL and St

Kilda reclaimed top ladder

position after holding off

Essendon last night. Essendon last night. The

sailent were well tested by the

young bombers, holding on to

win by 19. Let's take a win by 19. Let's take a look. Saint were well tested by the young bombers, holding on to win by 19. Let's take a look.

A Nathan Merritt field goal

sealing a come from behind win,

Panthers, Cowboys and Sea Eagles recording Eagles recording wins. John

Hayes Bell looks at heritage

round. In the Helan Mountain r

no-one doubts the depth of

feeling - Heritage Round,

no-one doubts the depth of

feeling. Jared Haynes slit feeling. Jared Haynes slit the

Sea Eagles ruck to deliver

opening points to the - split the Sea Eagles ruck to the Sea Eagles ruck to deliver

opening points to the visitors,

in the 13th Jamie Lyon produced

more of the form displayed more of the form displayed last

week in Brisbane, Chris Keating

went off with a fractured jaw

after a head clash with Anthony

Watmough. Manly took full toll

bouncing to an 18-point lead.

Parramatta's trouble worsened,

Hain injured, he stayed on to

taunt, aiming to reduce the

margin to 12, Before the Eagles steadied to continue their long

march up the ladder. The clash

between two clubs to enter the

big league in 1995 was

dominated by North Queensland.

The Cowboys crossed for three

tries in the final nine minutes

to win by 22. 30,000 turned up

for the Rabbitohs and Tigers

return to the SCG, Taniela

Tuiaki's strength giving the

Tigers momentum, by Tigers momentum, by half-time

it was level. Gets four points

for the try and five for the

degree of difficulty at the degree of difficulty at the end

of it. Robbie Farah went in,

his side establishing a

12-point gap. He was knocked

out in a head clash. Souths

found three knockout blows,

Talanoa's acrobatics, Beau Champion's try and Nathan

Merritt's points. The Panthers

wanted to retain a short

unbeaten run, with Luke Walsh

at half-back. Frank Pritchard's

exhilarating run extending the

Panther's half-time lead. Boys

don't worry, I'll do it

myself. Two Anthony Tupou tries

putting the Sharks in touch.

Luke Lewis had the

answers. World No.1 and until

now undisputed Clay court

champion Rafael Nadal has been

upstaged at the Madrid Masters

Artem Fedetskiy claiming the

titles 6-4, 6 - Roger Federer

claiming the sets 6-4. Let claiming the sets 6-4. Let look at the at the Roger Federer claiming the titles 6-4, 6 - Roger Federer claiming the sets 6-4. Let look

at the action. Court Champion Rafael Nadal has been upstaged at the Madrid Masters Roger Federer claiming the titles 6-4, 6 - Roger Federer claiming the sets 6-4. Let look at the action.

Hain Warne's Rajasthan Royals

turn indeed a rusty performance

against Dell . It was a

hat-trick from the Yuvraj Singh

helping the koiges to a helping the koiges to a win

over the Deccan Charges. over the Deccan Charges. - Kings Eleven Punjab to a

Kings Eleven Punjab to a window over the Deccan over the Deccan Charges. Kings Eleven Punjabto a win

over the Deccan Charges. - Kings Eleven Punjab to a window over the Deccan Charges.

Spanish rider Jose Lorenzo

took the checkered flag in the

French MotoGP, the 22-year-old

Yamaha rider coasteded home

ahead of Marco Melandri and Dan

Pedrosa, Spaniard, who finished

their. Aussies faring well,

verm why are in sixth and Casey

Stoner finishing a fifth. Bike

troubles cruelled Valentino

Rossi quest for a 99th career

win. West Brom Albion has been

relegated from the English

prooek going down to Liverpool 2-0. 2-0.Chris Vermulen in sixth and Casey Stoner finishing a fifth. Bike troubles cruelled Valentino Rossi quest for a 99th career win. West Brom Albion has been relegated from the English prooek going down to Liverpool 2-0. to Liverpool 2-0.Premier League going down to Liverpool 2-0.

And it's din or as Sev eena

taking out the women's title.

It's anincredible rivalry

between Rafael Nadal, and Roger

Federer. It must be a massive

boost for Roger Federer going

into the French Open getting

the win on clay. Rafael Nadal

had a bad leg didn't he. He had

a gruelling semifinal, his win

in that went to the three

in that went to the three sets,

it was tiring, and they said he

was fatigued. I checked out the

stats, it's only his second win

on Clay over Rafael Nadal for

sfed, Rafael Nadal's 33 game

winning streak has been broken.

Five straight finals, 20-1 in Five straight finals, 20-1 in a

Clay court final. A lot of

interest in the French Open . I

note Andre Agassi tip thad he

could win a calendar Grand Slam

and get them all. He's on

track, despite the defeat he

can do that. Must have been a

big disappointment for the home

crowd. ABC News Breakfast can

by watched live on by watched live on the web from anywhere:

Now, with a pretty dry Now, with a pretty dry start

to the week, here a Vanessa

O'Hanlon with the weather. Good

morning, it sure it, rain is on

the forecast for the west and

north-east later in the week.

In the meantime we have a large

high sitting over the Bight.

It's influencing most of

today's weather, most of the

south-east can expect a dry day

after a cold and frosty start,

the high moving over to the high moving over to the

Tasman Sea, as a result it's

directing magnificent onshore

winds it the north-east and

eastern seaboard, a few light

showers from about Rak Hampton

to Sydney, heavier over the -

Rockhampton to Sydney, Rockhampton to Sydney, heavier

over the week. Cloud over the week. Cloud sweeping

over the central and eastern

parts of the country parts of the country is

carrying showers, over the east

of South Australia, cloud in

the front of, under the high

the rest of the country is

fairly dry for today. As we go

around and look at the States

for today Queensland - light

rain south of Burketown to

Bowen, showers developing along

the East Coast soouth of

Yeppoon, increasing inland. NSW

- dry for most of the state

apart from isolated showers up

to 5mm on the North Coast and

adjacent ranges. Victoria -

frost for the north-east, fog

patches inland, drizzle clearing near the Gippsland

coast, a fine day. Tasmania

apart from the light

apart from the light drizzle

over the south-west and far

south, a cold but fine day with

light to moderate westerlies,

for South Australia a cloudy

day, apart from isolated light

showers, north-west of

Kingscote to Hawker, in for a

fine day. Western Australia -

isolated showers developing

late this afternoon near the

south-west Cape before extending south of the line

from Bunbury to Albany, north -

patchy morning rain over the

Kimberley, showers over Kimberley, showers over the

Arnhem Land, and North Coast.

Patchy rain over central and southern parts. To tomorrow:

See you in half an hour.

This is the top story This is the top story on ABC

News Breakfast - the Tamil

Tigers have declared a

ceasefire raising hopes ceasefire raising hopes that

Sri Lanka's 26-year Civil War

has finally come to an end. The

rebels are thought to be

trapped in a tinny pocket of

land indeed north. The Sri

Lankan Government says all civilians have been rescued

from the area, but the Rebels

say 3,000 have been killed and

25,000 others need desperate

medical attention, south Asia correspondent Sally Sara

reports from Colombo. The Tamil

Tigers say they are laying down

their weapons, Sri Lanka's

26-year Civil War appears to be

all but over, the Government

delivering a military defeat to

the rebels, rescuing 180,000 civilians. The military phase

is over, the LTTE has been

militarily defeated. Now the

biggest hostage rescue

operation in the world has come

to a conclusion. But international aid groups hold

grave fears for the thousands

of civilians in the conflict

zone and nearby camp, zone and nearby camp, the

United Nations children's

agency says up to a quarter of

a million people have been displaced. It's displaced. It's been

unimaginable hell, there

couldn't have been a worse

place on the planet to be than

the small stretch of the small stretch of beech over

the last weeks, hundreds of

children killed, many suffering

severe malnutrition. The army

has taken control of coast

saying the Tamil Tigers are

cornered in a small patch of

land. After that only the last

remaining area believed to be

about 800 square metres and the

LTTE still having their fortified bunkers and fortified bunkers and firing

from those locations. The Sri

Lankan Government rejected

allegations from international

observers that civilians observers that civilians may

have been sexually abused in Government-run camp, accusing

aid workers of long-standing

abuse. There are a few

blue-eyed children so you know

some. NGOs had a jolly good

time. When you go up look and

identify them. Sri Lanka's

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

came home from an overseas

visit to deal with the

aftermath of the fighting in

the north. The big challenge is

to turn a military victory into

a sustainable peace, in the

short term that means

addressing the humanitarian

concerns, in the longer - it's

about changing the politics of

northern Sri Lanka. The United

Nations believes the Sri Lankan

Government is ill-prepared for

the influx of thousands of

displaced civilians, the

Government is promising to

rebuild the north of the

country as soon as it can. In

other news - the first opinion poll since the Federal Budget

shows the Opposition making inroads against the Rudd

Government. And today's Nielsen

Pol shows that Labor's two

party preferred vote dropped by

five points to 53%, while the

Opposition trails labour by one

point in the primary point in the primary vote.

Kevin Rudd's personal approval

rateding fell by 10 points, but

he leads Malcolm Turnbull as

preferred Prime Minister by

64-28%. The recession is

starting to hit skilled workers

hard. The number of unemployed

skilled people jumping by

43,000 in the March quarter to

a total of 134,000. Research

by KPMG shows demand for trades

have fallen in every category, the Federal Government the Federal Government predicts

close to a million Australians

will be unemployed by 2011. US

President Barack Obama has been

heckled as he addressed

students at America's largest

Catholic university, Ain

abortion protesters hurled

abuse as Barack Obama accepted

an honourary degree. Protesters

angry by his stance against

abortion and decision to

reverse a ban on stem cell

research. Burma's pro-Democracy

Leader Aung San Suu Kyi will

protest her innocence in a jail

house court. She's accused of

breaching house arrest and

faces five years in custody. faces five years in

Aung San Suu Kyi was due to be

released this month, the Burmese military accused of trying to silence the 63-year-old ahead of next

year's election. year's election. Israel'spm

Benyamin Netanyahu arrives in the United States to meet the United States to meet with

President Obama, the US

President urged urging him to

support Palestinian statehood.

The Israeli leader is more

concerned with the push for

nuclear weapons. West

Australians have overwhelmingly

rejected a proposal to

implement daylight saving, WA

completed a 3-year trial of the

change, despite a well-funded

campaign in support of the move campaign in support of the

it was defeated in a referendum

at the weekend. For more I'm

joined by reporter Andrew O'Connor in the Perth O'Connor in the Perth Newsroom.

I am not sure if you are

willing to reveal which way you

voted. It was rejected by a big

mark jirn, why don't people

like it. You'd reckon Western

Australia would be the ideal

place, like Queensland it has a

lovely climate, love ly beeches

and outdoor lifestyle. In those

circumstances you would imagine

that West Australians are up

for it. Like Queensland it's a

devisive issue and proved no

less devisive on the weekend.

The yes case mounted a strong

argument in favour of the argument in favour of the life

some time benefits argue some time benefits argue ing

there was business advantages

in keeping the business

community in sync with the East

Coast over the summer months Coast over the summer months to

there was a two hour not three

hour time difference. The no

case was dispirit mounting broader arguments, everything

from the fact it was harder to

get kids to sleep and farmers

would have to work livestock

during the middle of the day.

An argument that gained

traction with people against it

was the so-called dark

mornings, was because they ran

the trial up to the last Sunday

in March, if you did anything

outside, whether it was the

beach, driving to work, you

were doing it in the dark, that

was something people felt

unappealing. Is there

likelihood there'll be another

referendum soon? I think

there's almost no chance of it

being revived any time soon,

not for years and probably not

for decades, even the most

ardent supporters of the

campaign were saying that this

probably puts the final nail in

the coffin of daylight saving,

the issue will be dead and

buried for a generation, it was

expected to be close run,

because the campaign from the

yes group was well funded and

targeted, it was expected to be

a close vote. It was anything

but, it was the biggest no vote but, it was the biggest no

in the history of Western

Australia, the split 66-44

against n some country areas it

ran at 80% against. Colin

Barnett said no more referendum

on this issue during his time

in office and he thinks it

shouldn't be revisited for 20

years. I voted no, considering

that when we go to daylight

saving and you guys go forward

that means I get to come in at

2:00 in the morning, that's

something I'm looking forward

to. So are we. Thank you for

that. He's passed you have self-preservation for the

State's good, it's a wonderful

thing. The old tradition of the

circus in many instances has

gone the way of the do do, one

circus withstanding the test of

time is a French Canadian

troupe called Cirque du

Soleil, The late eshow is an

avant-garde twist on Chinese

acrobatics, and borrowed the

expertise of young but seasoned

performance. Full house on a

week night. Thousands have

turned up to catch a sneak

preview of one of the world's

most internationally renowned circus troups.

This circus came a long way

from its roots as street

performers. Skipping rope is no

longer what it used to be, if

you thought umbrellas were just

for a rainy day, think again.

TRANSLATION: My umbrella act

involves using the tip of my

toes whereas in the past people

would use the soles of their

feet, my teacher and I did

research in to how to improve

the presentation and decided to

use ballet, because it's

beautiful. What lies beyond the

make-up and spotlight are a

team of young, dedicated

artists, many headhunted from

China to be a cart of the east

meets west production.

TRANSLATION: They came to pick

up some artists and went

through many acrobatic troups

before deciding on ours, I was

fortunate to be part of that

troupe at that point and time,

that's how I came to be part that's how I came to be part of

this. That was 10 years ago.

Few have stayed with the group

for as long as Shuai Xi, now at

the age of 27, he has a the age of 27, he has

starring role in the act that

is the production's namesake,

and rehearsing constantly

despite knowing the routine by

heart. His passion for

acrobatics is clear and shared by by many.

TRANSLATION: It has a lot to

do with my family, my father

performs Peking opera, maybe

it's hereditary, I fell in love

with acrobatics after my father

took me to see an acrobatic

performance. Doing 10 shows a

week for six days is very

demanding on both the artists

and the people who take care of

them. Tempers flair and any

injuries sustained are usually

from overuse. These are

well-rehearsed performesers,

even then those beyond the

scenes are always on guard. I

watch the show every day, two

shows a day, we are out there,

if something does happen, we

are the ones that run on stage

to help them out. I try to

really watch it intently every

day, and remember that it is

very difficult, very dangerous

and there's no tricks in this

show, it's what you see is what show, it's what you see is

it is really. In exchange for

glamour the crew have to live

life on the road, moving from

city to city, sometimes leaving

after just a month in

town. While there are attempts

to replicate creature comforts, nothing beats nothing beats home.

TRANSLATION: We lead the same

life every day, it's life every day, it's inevitable

sometimes we feel tired and

bored, it all depends on how

you adapt to life. To us it's

also about travelling the world

and it's a different

experience. Yet when I asked

the artists about life beyond

the circus and beyond

acrobatics I draw a blank.

Performing stunts is all they

know, and as far as they are

concerned, that's all that

matters for now. Huey Fern Tay

with that report. The red

carpet at the can film fest ral

is rolled out for the great and

grammerous, this year's event

is given a dose of

real. Contenders include films

about domestic abuse and life

on a housing estate. Snow in

the summer, in the south of France, Cannes Festival week

full of strangeness, excess to

the point of vul garty, osten

tashous wealth bobbing along

nicely. The glamorous setting

couldn't be in more conprofit

to what people queue to see.

Two fims in the top two

categories have provoked more

than a few magnificent eyes and

standing ovations What is going

on. What's the first thing that

comes to your mind. The story

of an abused teenager in Harlem

sees the singer Mariah Carey in

a small role. I was willing to

do what he wanted with the no

make-up and the putting dark

stuff under my eyes and trying

prosthetic noses, all the stuff

he wanted to do to take us away he wanted to do to take us

from the Mariah Carey celebrity

whatever. Was you up in the

room. The film is intense and

difficult to watch. There difficult to watch. There is,

at its hark a warning about the lives of African

Americans. Here is the bottom

line - if you are not from the

project and if you are not from

poverty, as an African-American, you are a

generation away from it. Everybody - and anybody that's

going to say that is a liar.

What's your problem. There is

grimness on a British council

estate too. Andrea Arnold Fish Tank in serious

Tank in serious projection for

the top prize. Light relief is

in short supply, this period

piece about the Poewe et John

Keats heavy on emotional

intensity, the director one of

three vying for the top

prize. I can do the maths,

everyone else can. There's more

women in the world than men.

No, three out of 20 is not

enough. For all the extremes of

contrast and emotion Cannes

stands out, it's here where

some of the greatest story

tellers on screens have reputations made or broken.

And we should mention that

there's been pretty positive

feedback to the Australian film

Sampson and delie la, it's not

up for a major prize, but

another one, it's a gritty

portrayal of life in an

Aboriginal community in Central

Australia. It had a great

response in Australia when it

opd on a few cinema opd on a few cinema screens

comparetive to big films. You

are watching ABC News Breakfast

- Tamil Tigers say they - Tamil Tigers say they are

ready to surrender weapons

after conceding defeat in Sri

Lanka's 26-year Civil War, Sri

Lanka's military rescued the

last civilians from the war

zone, there are concerns for a

quarter of a million refugees

who fled the violence. The

first opinion poll since first opinion poll since the

Federal Budget shows the

Opposition trailing labour by

one point in the primary vote,

today's Neilson Pol shows the

gap narrowed, Labor leading the

Coalition 53-47. More than

43,000 skilled workers joined

the ranks of unemployed,

research conduct by KPMG shows

that 134,000 skilled people are now out of now out of work.

For a look at the national

papers, we are joined by Monash

University lecturer Waleed

Ally. The polls are big news in

the age and Sydney Morning

Herald, but in The Australian,

very interesting development, I

guess, in domestic politics to,

do with the way that the Greens

might be knacking upon the ALP,

to do with the by-election

to do with the by-election in

Fremantle , where the Greens

took a seat off Labor. And ALP

strategists are becoming

concerned that support for the

Greens in some of the inner

city seats at the Federal level

is reaching a critical stage,

where the ALP may have to fight

for those seats that have been

very, very safe. It's been

approaching that over the last

10-15 year. Yes, and the

argument, I guess, is given

what's happened in Fremantle,

that this may be a concern,

placing the ALP in a difficult

position, because the

traditional battleground has

been in the suburbs, been in the suburbs, where they

are trying to take seats off

the Conservative side of

politics, that presupposes a

certain policy orientation

that's going to attract those

voters, at the same time they

are lose ing on the left. It's

not helped by the demise of the

Democrats, meaning the Greens

obviously... Are getting all

the inner sit latte lefties. That's had been

interesting cartoon on the

front cage of the Australian,

it looks like Lindsey

Tanner. It would be. Saying we

are losing the inner city

organic low carbon solar panel

latte sipping general public. I

have a feeling there may be

premature panic stations going

on. State politics is different

to Federal politics, when you

have it coming down to - it's

easy to vote for the Greens

when you think of yourself

directing preferences in a

two-party situation. When you

start voting for a party that's

threatening to take a seat,

that may mean the global that may mean the global result

of the election is the opposite

of what you'd prefer, I think

the vote might just soften a

little bit for the Greens in

that circumstance. Throwing the

ETS into it mix of things now

is interesting as well, in

terms of Labor trying to keep

those voters behind it as well

as attracting as you say the

Liberal leaning voters in the

areas. That's the problem. The

Greens are seeing that they

can't lose. Either the Labor

Party doesn't move closer to

the Greens position,

strengthening their vote in the

seats or it does, in which case

they emphasise they are a

political force. Going back to

the Tampa election, this scarce

the hell out of someone the hell out of someone like

Lindsey Tanner, who went close

to losing the seat of

Melbourne. It was a high or

low-watermark. The top low-watermark. The top story,

of course, is the Tamil Tigers

apparently agreeing to lay down

arms, it's almost impossible arms, it's almost impossible to believe the Civil War might

come to an end. This is on the

front page of the age, and in

the Sydney Morning Herald, it's

everywhere. It's a massive

story, this has been a Civil

War that's been going for 26

years, as you say, it's not the

kind of Civil War that you

would have predicted would have

come to an end, if it does, it's a fairly brutal way it's a fairly brutal way to

quash it. That's at the quash it. That's at the bottom

of the front page of the age

there. You'd have to there. You'd have to think that

there are going to be elements

of the Tamils who are going to

immediately into the community

and are going to continue the

fight no matter what This is my

hunch. My - just my gut feeling

when it comes to insurgency or separatist violence,

particularly where terrorism is

involved, there are huge

identity roots involved in

this, you can't undo them this, you can't undo them by

crushing them militarily, you

may crush a particular militant

movement. Ultimately there are

feels of grave injustice that

need to be dealt with, if a

Government can't deal with that

quickly, you may find the Tamil

Tigers disappear or the

militant movement disappears

for five-10 years, but the next

generation animates those

grievances. We have seen signs

of this in northern Ireland,

which is a less extreme

situation than this. Before

moving to the next topic, how

much faith do you have in the

Government there, that they'll

realistically deal with the

independent aspirations of the

town I am not terribly

confident, and one thing making

me lack in confidence is this

quote in from the President quote in from the

Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

describing that this was an

unprecedented humanitarian

operation. That is what has

caused the sug cess. When you have the international -

success, when you have the Red

Cross saying it's an

unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe I am not catastrophe I am not sure how

in touch with reality on the

ground the Government is ground the Government is and

the identity politics driving

that. I think we could see this

flare-up. I hope I'm wrong,

that's the nature of this

conflict. In the region, I

guess happier news, guess happier news, the Sydney

Morning Herald runs an interesting opinion piece by John Lee from Independent John Lee from the Centre for

Independent Studies, talking

about the Indian election and

the significance of it, it

makes an interesting point that

it Heralds a shift in India's

development, an evolution

becoming outward looking,

comfortable with America, given

that they were on the opposite

War side of America during the Cold

War years.

Fill us in on the Fill us in on the result. The

Congress has been elected,

which is a progressive side of

politics, they tweeted the politics, they tweeted the BJP,

I suppose you would - defeated

the BJP. The movement has been

a strong movement within India,

they govern several states and

so on, and it's fairly

isolationist type of thing that

has wreaked a lot of has wreaked a lot of finals

against non-Hindu members of

the Indian population, it's

more of a Cosmopolitan turn, to

openness in the politics of

India suggesting Mathieuation India suggesting

of the country, aided by the

fact that it's growing in the

global scene, you tend not to

retreat into isolation politics

when you feel the power growing

in a global sense. For

Australia it's interesting, it

provides some kind of new

strategic dimension into the

managing of the relationship

with China, a point that John

Lee makes in this article,

which is well mamed. The other

element which is - maid. The

other element, controversial is

the civilian nuclear

arrangements with the United

States, basically legitimised

India's nuclear program, it's

not a signatory to the non-proliferation

treaty Doesn't matter if you

behave like a nice Democratic

country with election, and country with election, and the

economy is fine. That made

India feeling good meaning it

can turn this way politically

rather than retreat to the

hardline elements in their

midst. And a continuation of

the Gandhi dynasty. The

Sun. This was an alarming

story, psychologists warn of a

new kind of addiction, which is

gaming addiction. The ages of

people who play games, average

age is 30, we are not just

talking about a group of

teenagers, but a lot of people getting addicted to their

various games on the Internet

or gaming consoles. We are not

talking about game, but

computer games Yes. In some

extreme cases it costs jobs,

marriages, and some

psychologists are saying it may

need to be treated as a mental

illness. I think Pacman is a

mental illness. Less you

win. We've seen stories on kids

playing these games for hours

and hours upon end. Yes. It's

interesting the story quotes

university from Stanford

university, their studies, in

the US saying this computer

gaming induces feeling of

addiction and reward similar to

other forms of addiction. Read

a book. Kids these days. Thanks

so much. A reminder, you can watch all of ABC News Breakfast

streamed live every morning:

with Sport here is Luke

Patton, AFL, St Kilda on - Luke

Waters, St Kilda on top. AFL

ladder on percentage after a

challenge from Essendon. The

Saints start well, Hays, Gram

and Koschitzke prominent early,

the young bombers showed why

they claimed unexpected scalps,

including Hawthorn last week,

this year refusing to go away.

The more experienced Saint led

by Nick Riewoldt took the match

by 19. St Kilda and Geelong the

only two undefeated teams in

the AFL. Heritage Round in the

NRL saw the Panthers, Cowboys

and Sea Eagles record solid win

insist their respective

matches, the highlight was a

come from behind win from the

Rabbitohs trailing West Tigers

24-12, 20 minutes remaining,

great comeback there, the

Bunnies looked gone for all money, Craig Wing and Beau

Champion revised them and iced

when Nathan Merritt slotteded a

field goal from an acute angle

handing Souths a 23-22

win. Football - despite

starting well, West Brom Albion starting well, West Brom

have been relegated from the

English Premier League going

down to Liverpool 2-0. Sloppy

defence cost West Brom Albion

the first goal in the 28th minute. Stephen Gerrard able to

dispossess a defender and find

the back of the net. The 2-0

win giving Liverpool the

highest ever EPL points total

ending West Brom Albion's EPL hopes for the time

being. That's it in sport. It

was good to see action in the

NRL Heritage Round, and a bit

of onfield talk rather than

off-field, that was a fantastic

win to the Bunnies. Good to see

the bunnies getting up. Here Vanessa O'Hanlon, with the the bunnies getting up. Here is

weather and people in Perth

expecting a change through

today. Finally, later in the

week temperatures dropping to

the teens. With a cold front

moving in Wednesday the

south-west expecting heavy rain

falls, first the large high

pressure system sitting in the

big, it is influencing most of

the today's - Bight, it is

influencing most of the weather

today and it needs to move on,

moving over the Tasman Sea

directing magnificent onshore

winds over the east causing winds over the east

light showers from Rak Hampton

to Sydney, heavier around the

middle of the week, the

south-east expecting a dry day

after a cold and frosty start,

a massive cloud sweeping from

the North of the WA through the

central and eastern parts of

the country, carrying light

showers, a few over South

Australia, with cloud in a

trough, under a high the trough, under a high the rest

of the country dry. Queensland

- light rain south of Burketown

to Bowen showers along the East

Coast south of Yeppoon

increasing inland. NSW - dry

for most of the state apart

from isolated showers of up to

5mm on the North Coast and

yaisent ranges, Victoria -

frost and fog patches inland,

drizzle clearing near the

Gippsland coast, a fine day.

Tasmania - light drizzle over

the south-western and far

south, a fine but cold day,

light to moderate westerlies. light to moderate

South Australia - cloudy,

isolated light showers

north-west of Kingscote to

Hawker n for a fine Hawker n for a fine day.

Western Australia - isolated

showers developing this

afternoon near the south-west

Capers, extending south of a

line from Bunbury to Albany,

North - patchy rain. Territory

- showers over Arnhem Land - showers over Arnhem Land and the north coast. Tomorrow:

Thanks so much. Still ahead

on ABC News Breakfast - we'll

have more on the job losses

amongst skilled workers. We'll

be joined by Kim Quick from the

recruitment firm Clarius Group,

stay with us, that's coming up shortly.

Tamil Tigers agree to put

down weapons bringing an end down weapons bringing an end to

Sri Lanka's 26-year war.

Sri Lanka's 26-year war. The

Federal Opposition makes a dent

in Labor's lead in the first

opinion poll since the Budget.

The recession hits Australia's

skilled workers, with 43,000

joining the unemployment joining the unemployment ranks

in the three months to in the three months to March.

St Kilda silences Essendon's

young guns and young guns and remains

undefeated after Round 8 in the AFL.

This Program is Captioned Live.

Good morning, it's Monday,

18 May, I'm Joe O'Brien, 18 May, I'm Joe O'Brien, I'm

Virginia Trioli, the top story

on ABC News Breakfast, on ABC News Breakfast, the

Tamil Tigers declare a

ceasefire raising hopes ceasefire raising hopes that

Sri Lanka's 26 year Civil War

has finally come to an end. The

rebels are thought to be

trapped in a tiny pocket of

land in the North. The Sri

Lankan Government says all

civilians have been rescued

from the area, but the Rebels

say 3,000 have been killed, and

25,000 others need desperate

medical attention. Sally Sara

files this report from Colombo. The Tamil Tigers are

laying down weapons, Sri

Lanka's 26 year Civil War all

but over. The Government says

it delivered a military it delivered a military defeat

to the rebels, and rescued

almost 180,000 civilians. The

military phase is over. The

LTTE has been militarily

defeated. Now the biggest

hostage rescue operation in the

world has come to a conclusion. International conclusion. International aid

groups hold grave fears for the

thousands of civilians in the

conflict zone and nearby camps,

the United Nations children's

agency says up to a quarter of

a million people have been displaced. It's an unimaginable

hell, there couldn't be a worse

place on the planet to be place on the planet to be than that small stretch of that small stretch of beech

over the past weeks. Hundreds

of children have been killed,

many suffering severe

malnutrition. The army has

tak