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This is Ten's Early News. Hello. I'm Bill Woods. this Tuesday morning - The top stories Federal cabinet of its stake in Telstra could consider delaying the sale plunges to new lows. as the phone giant's share price who drowned in a bath-tub, The mother of a 5-year-old boy,

transatlantic terror plot. 11 people charged over the foiled charged with his murder.

in searches since their arrests. Bomb-making equipment allegedly found ball tampering scandal. And in sport - cricket's bringing the game into disrepute. The Pakistan captain charged with Let's look at the national weather:

markets, good morning Kath Robinson. Now time for our first check of the Bill, good morning. to close in the red today Well, Wall street is expected as stocks fall amid rising oil prices consumer spending. and concerns about slowing with BHP under the spotlight. The Cole Inquiry resumes today

to make a final decision Federal cabinet will meet today in about 10 minutes. I'll have that story

51% stake in Telstra on whether it will sell its remaining before the end of the year. pay shareholders a 28 cent dividend Yesterday the phone giant agreed to for this financial year,

as the share price continues to fall. may be reluctant to sell but the Government

for Mum and Dad shareholders, It was once the dream company more than half their investment. but some have now lost a new record low. The share price has hit

wants to stop the carnage. The Government We'll try and do the right thing of Telstra. by the current shareholders

That may mean delaying the full sale, 51% stake into the Futures Fund, instead putting the Government's

superannuation payments, set up to hold public servants' until the share price improves. for shareholders in Telstra That would be catastrophic from that plan immediately. and he should back away And the head of Telstra says

more pain, instead of sparing shareholders

would actually make it worse. delaying the sale If you're an existing shareholder as many shares out in the market. it is in your best interests to get will discuss the Telstra sale Federal Cabinet in Canberra today. downgraded its earnings guidance It comes a day after Telstra and warned its embattled shareholders next year. they may not even get their dividends Laurel Irving, Ten News. manufacturers Stand downs at Australia's car appear almost a certainty. a compromise Car companies are yet to reach AJAX going. on how to keep vital parts producer In response, have shut down the plant's furnaces. 189 workers stood down last week the message The car industry needs to get we're sick of getting pushed around. its workforce down from tomorrow In turn, Ford will begin standing to keep building its new VE Commodore while Holden only has enough parts until the end of the week. A new poll shows is on target for a fourth term Queensland Premier Peter Beattie to the September 9 election. in the lead-up With the campaign in its second week, regional centres. the leaders are heading for is headed for a fourth term The latest newspoll might show Labor but the Opposition's not convinced. Polls run up and down. I don't get excited by the good ones by the bad ones. and I don't get disappointed Labor is up 4 points to 45% to 38%. The non-Labor parties down 1 point best on the stunt political campaign Peter Beattie is probably one of the in the country to look like a train wreck. and the Liberal campaign is starting ahead on a Two-Party preferred basis Add to that the fact Labor is also

the smoke signals. and the Opposition is sending up for the cavalry They've really called and calling for help from Canberra press secretaries to send down few extra difficulties with campaign. to try and help Bruce Flegg get over With the campaign in its second week, regional centres. the leaders are heading for Kate Donnison, Ten News. A woman will face court today of her 5-year-old son. over the drowning death

the NSW Central Coast late yesterday Police were called to this home on

after reports of an unconscious boy. until an ambulance arrived. They performed CPR to the Gosford Hospital The 5-year-old was rushed

but couldn't be saved. in the family bathtub. It's believed the boy drowned has been charged with his murder. His 37-year-old mother of the Bali bombers A reprieve for three

this morning. due to face the firing squad Ali Ghufron, and Imam Samudra Amrozi, his older brother, against their executions. have launched last minute appeals Lawyers for the trio, in the 2002 bombings, who've confessed to their roles to convict the men argue anti-terror laws used were applied retrospectively. including 88 Australians. 202 people died in the blasts Nearly two weeks to commit murder after being accused of plotting on an unimaginable scale, suspects have been charged in the UK. almost a dozen airline terror by police overnight The 11 men and women were pinged under new British laws. Eight of the suspects, as many as 10 transatlantic flights, said to be planning to blow up and preparing acts of terrorism. face charges of conspiracy to murder of offences The other three are accused under the Terrorism Act of 2000. 11 other suspects remain in custody. and two others missing Three people are dead the Hungarian capital of Budapest. after a freakish storm slammed hit were enjoying an annual festival More than 1 million people when the hurricane-like storm hit. watching a fireworks display up to 120km/h swept through the city Heavy rains and winds of with very little warning. Two people went missing on the river Danube. after winds capsized their boat when a tree fell on them A father and daughter were killed

treated in hospital for injuries. and an estimated 300 people were Pakistan's captain Inzamam-ul Haq International Cricket Council. faces a show-down with the The sport's governing body into disrepute. has accused him of bringing the game over a cricket ball. This is now much more than just a row It's a protest which could see the Pakistan captain banned from the rest of the tour

and an accusation which Pakistan's most senior cricket official says casts doubt over the integrity over an entire nation. They felt that there had been a slur to the reputation of the Pakistan team, and a slur to Pakistan itself. This was the moment yesterday when umpire Darrell Hair decided that Pakistan had tampered with the match ball and sparked a chain of events which led to the first forfeited match in 129 years of Test cricket. The main culprit in this is Darrell Hair because this is no way of unilaterally just passing a decision of 50 overall ball and say that there are scuff marks and blame a team for ball tampering. For now, Pakistan's tour goes on. They still have five one-day internationals to play

but no-one can claim victory from yesterday's sorry stand-off. Geelong's Cameron Mooney is set to become the first player in AFL history suspended four times in the same season. The Cats have until 11:00 this morning to decide whether they'll challenge Mooney's two game ban for striking Sydney's Amon Buchanan. Essendon looks set to be without midfielder Jason Johnson for its game against Richmond. He's been given a one match suspension for this crude elbow. And Collingwood can breathe easy, Ben Johnson, Scott Burns and Paul Licuria all free to face Carlton on Sunday. The NRL has refused to register a contract between Steve Turner and his current club Melbourne meaning the 21-year-old will be forced to play for the Gold Coast Titans next year or sit out the next three seasons. Before even playing a match the Gold Coast Titans are celebrating a victory.

It's a great result but we've still got a lot of work to do. We've got to get on with the task at hand

and convince Steven Turner that there's no misgivings and we're looking forward to having him here in 2007. Storm CEO Brian Waldron is considering his options, one of which is believed to be legal action against the NRL.

In other news,

St George Illawarra needs more convincing that they've turned the corner. It's tough to say, you know? I guess, I think if we don't perform the way we did this week, next weekend, well then, you know, this week was a bit of a waste of time, so, you know, we'll probably have a better indication after next week. Parramatta players put smiles on faces other than Eels fans, but the club is sick of the innuendo regarding their night life activities. We like to try and go to a pub, you know, every now and then, that not many people are at, so you can relax and have a few beers, and it still happens, so I guess it's just something that's just part and parcel. Rob Canning, Ten News.

Finance news now and Kath, the Cole Inquiry to resume today? Yes, Bill. The inquiry into kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein's regime

resumes in Sydney today with BHP set to come under the spotlight. The Cole Commission will examine an alleged shady deal involving the resources giant and more than $10 billion in debt. Known as the Tigris affair, the deal opens up BHP to the possibility of criminal charges.

Commissioner Terence Coles will hand down his findings on September 29. Fears this morning we could see petrol prices reach $2 a litre by the end of this year. Oil experts say prices will continue to rise until at least the year 2010 prompting some businesses to take drastic measures to attract customers. While there are some people who take pleasure from pain, not many of them are motorists, with soaring petrol prices now a fixture. A Sydney brothel, though, is eager to provide some relief - just take your petrol dockets along and get 20 cents a litre off. We've been inundated with phone calls and we've had several dockets through. One international oil analyst says political instability could lead to a scary $2 a litre by Christmas. I can't rule it out because there are considerable wild cards

in the global situation. Labor says an American Nobel Prize-winning economist finds Iraq is a major factor. Because of the Iraq war,

Australians are now paying 5-10 cents a litre more. John Howard says it's Lebanon and the surge in world demand that's to blame. The fundamental cause of high petrol prices is the high world price of crude oil. And the Blood Bank, desperate for donors to top up its supply, is offering a $50 lucky dip petrol voucher to volunteers.

Paul Bongiorno, Ten News.

Let's look at the national weather:

Let's see what's making headlines in the newspapers - the Adelaide 'Advertiser' says local businesswoman Annie Rodgers has died after falling from her Gold Coast unit. And in the 'Financial Review' - as Microsoft prepares to unveil its latest version of Windows

to the corporate world, it has just one problem. No-one seems interested in the $6 billion program. In Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' - an 11-year-old boy suspended from school after being found with pornographic images on his mobile phone. At least 50 people killed in a train crash in Egypt. We'll bring you the details when the Early News returns.

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

11 terror suspects charged over the foiled transatlantic airliner plot. 11 others still in UK custody. Telco trouble - Telstra's plummeting share price prompts cabinet talks on a future sell-off. An anxious wait for thousands of Australian car workers sweating on a rescue package for component manufacturer Ajax Fasteners.

And Egypt's worst train crash in four years claims the lives of at least 51 people. Many more injured. Kath's back with another check of the markets and how did Wall Street start the week? Bill, it's started on a weak note as oil prices rise and concerns about slowing consumer spending weigh on investors. The Coles boards meets today.

The Coles board meets today. They'll no doubt discuss the $16 billion take over bid. I'll have more shortly. British police have arrested 11 people over the plot to blow up transatlantic airliners. In an investigation which spans the globe, the UK counter-terror squad say they've found bomb-making equipment, martyrdom videos and incriminating audio recordings. It was, one official warned, a terrorism plot bigger than 9/11. Senior police officers talked of an attempt to commit mass murder on an unimaginable scale by destroying transatlantic aircraft. Today, those allegations reached a new level. At a formal press conference, no questions allowed, the crown prosecution service announced that 11 people had been charged, Eight faced charges of conspiracy to murder One, a 17-year-old, is charged with possession of articles used for terrorists including suicide notes and wills. Two, one of them a woman, are charged with failing to disclose evidence

that might have prevented terrorism.

Since 10 August, we have found bomb-making equipment. There are chemicals including hydrogen peroxide, electrical components, documents and other items. We have watched

as a huge volume of evidence has been removed from houses, cars

and woodland and still the enormous search goes on. This was the High Wycombe wood this afternoon, the place where police found a suitcase of what appeared to be bomb components. Officers on the ground have warned they could be here for another six weeks. Relatives of the 88 Australians killed in the Bali night club bombings expect those responsible for the attack to face justice within days. They say Indonesia is merely delaying the inevitable

by pushing back today's planned execution. Amrozi, his brother, Ali Ghufron and Imam Samudra,

have launched fresh appeals against their convictions. I think that it will happen in the next few days, that these guys will be executed and it really doesn't make any difference to me at all. The men have all confessed to the 2002 attacks. The full sale of Telstra may today be put on hold as the share price tumbles to new lows. The price of shares is now lower than it's ever been prompting the Government to re-think its plans to sell off its 51% share. We'll try and do the right thing by the current shareholders of Telstra. Federal Cabinet will discuss what to do today but the phone giant's decision to pay a 28 cent dividend this financial year

could have some impact on the Government's decision. Thousands of Australian car workers are anxiously waiting to hear this morning if they'll be stood down. Negotiations on a rescue package for component manufacturer Ajax have stalled but negotiations continued overnight. With the car industry on the brink, troubled component manufacturer Ajax Fasteners has begun shutting down its furnaces. The vital parts needed for Ford, Toyota

and in particular the new Holden Commodore VE now at least a week away from production. The car industry needs to get the message that we're sick of getting pushed around. The 189 Ajax workers were stood down last week as negotiations on the company's future stalled. And despite talks again overnight, there's no indication any agreement has been reached. We will continue meeting with those parties as long as it takes to reach the right outcome. We're not giving up hope. In a bid to keep production going, Holden is flying in parts from parent company GMH but they'll only last until the end of the week.

Ford says

it may have to start standing its workforce down without pay

from tomorrow. Workers at Ajax now losing hope that a compromise can be reached. I've got a family to support and we have nothing. We need money. I don't know how much longer we're going to last.

James Wakelin, Ten News. One of Egypt's worst rail disasters has claimed the lives of 51 people and seriously injured 138 others. A passenger train was travelling from the Nile Delta to Cairo yesterday afternoon when it barrelled into a railway station, slamming into another train. It's believed the crash occurred because the driver failed to heed a stop signal.

No Australians were caught up in the accident.

The man accused of killing American child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has spent his first night in a high security prison in the US.

John Mark Karr arrived in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon where he'll have an extradition hearing before being transferred to Colorado in a couple of days. The 41-year-old teacher voluntarily returned to the US and sparked outrage when he sipped champagne on his business class flight from Thailand. He now faces charges in connection with the 1996 killing. Geelong has until 11:00 this morning to decide if it will challenge Cameron Mooney's two match ban for striking. The Match Review Panel handing Mooney his fourth suspension of the year. Geelong are yet to decide if they will fight yet another Cameron Mooney indiscretion,

but if they don't the 2-week ban for this strike on Sydney's Amon Buchanan has ended the big Cat's season. COMMENTATOR: The pictures say the same story we see too often, really, from Cam Mooney. The careless punch another in a long line of undisciplined acts. Unless cleared, Mooney will become the first man in League history to be suspended four times in one season. Essendon's Jason Johnson has been given a one-match suspension

for this crude elbow. And there you go - that's why Sam went down. Relief at Melbourne with Jared Rivers cleared of any structural damage to his knee, and troubled Sydney forward Nick Davis is back in favour after booting seven goals in the reserves. I think Nick's done everything right by not only himself, by the team, and he's been pretty close over the past couple of weeks and his form in the reserves is very good so, yeah, he'll be a big chance to play this week. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Axed Brisbane Bronco Neville Costigan will today meet with future Canberra coach Neil Henry in Townsville. Costigan was attending court on a drink-driving charge yesterday which saw him sacked from the 5-time premiers. But its believed he'll find a home at the Raiders. All up, we think he'll be here for the next three years - everything going well, three years.

The Cowboys have pulled out of the running for Costigan's signature. George Gregan and John Howard have a lot in common. They've both led the country and have to put up with people asking when they're going to retire. Last night they teamed up for dinner, so the PM could congratulate George on becoming our most capped captain and player. It's a great thing to do, to play rugby for your country. It's a great honour and it's somehting that you've always dreamt of doing as a kid and I've been fortunate enough to do it for the last 14 years. Gregan hopes to lead the Wallabies at next year's World Cup. Time for another check of finance and Kath, crunch time for Coles Myer? Yes, Bill. The board of Coles Myer board will today hold its monthly meeting, the attention squarely on the impending $16 billion takeover from a group of private equity firms. The retailer will be looking at possible defences to thwart the KKR lead bid. Meantime, the Australian Stock Exchange is reportedly investigating Coles over the sudden rise in its share prices, before it made public the takeover approach. Shares rose almost $1 in five days, yesterday closing at $13.40, down five cents.

Australia's biggest retailer Woolworths, is basking in a record billion-dollar profit. It was the final results briefing for CEO Roger Corbett who's bowing out after nearly half a century at the nation's biggest retailer. It's the first time Woolworths has cracked the magical billion-dollar mark - strong food, liquor and petrol sales delivering the country's biggest retailer a cash bonanza. Full-year earnings rose 24% buoyed by an aggressive series of acquisitions in the food and liquor markets totalling $4 billion in the past two years alone. Woolworths will perform well because of our range of staple businesses. The company says its reliance on those businesses puts it in a good position to handle any slow down in consumer spending, brought on by higher interest rates and petrol prices. I think given that situation Woolworths will probably perform better

our emphasis on consumer needs in food and Big W. It was the last results briefing for Roger Corbett who steps down after 8 years as CEO and 46 as an employee of Woolworths. It's been a spectacular journey. Mr Corbett will officially hand over the reigns next month but will remain on as a consultant. Matthew Taylor, Ten News.

Let's look at the national weather: The Government to decide if it will go ahead with T3 later today. That story when the Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. The top stories this Tuesday morning - Federal cabinet could consider delaying the sale of its stake in Telstra as the phone giant's share price plunges to new lows.

The mother of a 5-year-old boy, who drowned in a bath-tub, charged with his murder. 11 people charged over the foiled transatlantic terror plot. Bomb-making equipment allegedly found in searches since their arrests. And in sport - cricket's ball tampering scandal.

The Pakistan captain charged with bringing the game into disrepute. Let's look at the national weather:

Now time for a check of the markets with Kath Robinson. Well, Wall street is expected to close in the red today as stocks fall amid rising oil prices and concerns about slowing consumer spending.

I'll have more finance news shortly. Federal Cabinet will meet today to make a final decision on whether it will sell its remaining 51% stake in Telstra before the end of the year. Yesterday the phone giant agreed to pay shareholders a 28 cent dividend for this financial year, but the Government may be reluctant to sell

as the share price continues to fall. It was once the dream company for Mum and Dad shareholders, but some have now lost more than half their investment. The share price has hit a new record low. The Government wants to stop the carnage. We'll try and do the right thing by the current shareholders of Telstra. That may mean delaying the full sale, instead putting the Government's 51% stake into the Futures Fund, set up to hold public servants' superannuation payments,

until the share price improves.

That would be catastrophic for shareholders in Telstra and he should back away from that plan immediately. And the head of Telstra says instead of sparing shareholders more pain,

delaying the sale would actually make it worse. If you're an existing shareholder it is in your best interests to get as many shares out in the market. Federal Cabinet will discuss the Telstra sale in Canberra today. It comes a day after Telstra downgraded its earnings guidance and warned its embattled shareholders they may not even get their dividends next year. Laurel Irving, Ten News. Stand downs at Australia's car manufacturers appear almost a certainty.

Car companies are yet to reach a compromise on how to keep vital parts producer AJAX going. In response, 189 workers stood down last week have shut down the plant's furnaces. The car industry needs to get the message

we're sick of getting pushed around. In turn, Ford will begin standing its workforce down from tomorrow while Holden only has enough parts to keep building its new VE Commodore until the end of the week. A new poll shows Queensland Premier Peter Beattie is on target for a fourth term in the lead-up to the September 9 election. With the campaign in its second week, the leaders are heading for regional centres. The latest newspoll might show Labor is headed for a fourth term but the Opposition's not convinced. Polls run up and down. I don't get excited by the good ones and I don't get disappointed by the bad ones. Labor is up 4 points to 45% The non-Labor parties down 1 point to 38%.

Peter Beattie is probably one of the best on the stunt political campaign in the country and the Liberal campaign is starting to look like a train wreck. Add to that the fact Labor is also ahead on a Two-Party preferred basis and the Opposition is sending up the smoke signals. They've really called for the cavalry and calling for help from Canberra to send down few extra press secretaries to try and help Bruce Flegg get over difficulties with campaign. With the campaign in its second week, the leaders are heading for regional centres. Kate Donnison, Ten News. A woman will face court today over the drowning death of her 5-year-old son. Police were called to this home on the NSW Central Coast late yesterday after reports of an unconscious boy.

They performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. The 5-year-old was rushed to the Gosford Hospital but couldn't be saved. It's believed the boy drowned in the family bathtub. His 37-year-old mother has been charged with his murder. A video's been released showing what's said to be an Australian training camp for terrorists. Police say the surveillance tape reveals a group of men preparing for an attack. The video has been played at the hearing of 13 men charged

with being members of a terrorist group. Defence lawyers have told a Melbourne court

the men were just on a fishing trip. Nearly two weeks after being accused of plotting to commit murder on an unimaginable scale, almost a dozen airline terror suspects have been charged in the UK. The 11 men and women were pinged by police overnight under new British laws.

Eight of the suspects, said to be planning to blow up as many as 10 transatlantic flights, face charges of conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism. The other three are accused of offences under the Terrorism Act of 2000. 11 other suspects remain in custody. The man accused of killing American child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has spent his first night in a high security prison in the US. John Mark Karr arrived in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon where he'll have an extradition hearing before being transferred to Colorado in a couple of days. The 41-year-old teacher voluntarily returned to the US and sparked outrage when he sipped champagne on his business class flight from Thailand. He now faces charges in connection with the 1996 killing.

Pakistan's captain Inzamam Ul-Haq faces a show-down with the International Cricket Council. The sport's governing body has accused him of bringing the game into disrepute. This is now much more than just a row over a cricket ball. It's a protest which could see the Pakistan captain banned from the rest of the tour and an accusation which Pakistan's most senior cricket official says casts doubt over the integrity over an entire nation.

They felt that there had been a slur to the reputation of the Pakistan team,

and a slur to Pakistan itself.

This was the moment yesterday when umpire Darrell Hair decided that Pakistan had tampered with the match ball and sparked a chain of events which led to the first forfeited match in 129 years of Test cricket. The main culprit in this is Darrell Hair because this is no way of unilaterally just passing a decision of 50 overall ball and say that there are scuff marks and blame a team for ball tampering. For now, Pakistan's tour goes on. They still have five one-day internationals to play but no-one can claim victory from yesterday's sorry stand-off.

Geelong's Cameron Mooney is set to become the first player in AFL history suspended four times in the same season. The Cats have until 11:00 this morning to decide whether they'll challenge Mooney's two game ban for striking Sydney's Amon Buchanan. Essendon looks set to be without midfielder Jason Johnson

for its game against Richmond. He's been given a one match suspension for this crude elbow. And Collingwood can breathe easy, Ben Johnson, Scott Burns and Paul Licuria all free to face Carlton on Sunday. The NRL has refused to register a contract between Steve Turner and his current club Melbourne meaning the 21-year-old will be forced to play for the Gold Coast Titans next year or sit out the next three seasons. Before even playing a match the Gold Coast Titans are celebrating a victory. It's a great result but we've still got a lot of work to do.

We've got to get on with the task at hand and convince Steven Turner that there's no misgivings and we're looking forward to having him here in 2007. Storm CEO Brian Waldron is considering his options,

one of which is believed to be legal action against the NRL. In other news, St George Illawarra needs more convincing that they've turned the corner. It's tough to say, you know? I guess, I think if we don't perform the way we did this week, next weekend, well then, you know, this week was a bit of a waste of time, so, you know, we'll probably have a better indication after next week. Parramatta players put smiles on faces other than Eels fans, but the club is sick of the innuendo regarding their night life activities. We like to try and go to a pub, you know, every now and then, that not many people are at,

so you can relax and have a few beers, and it still happens, so I guess it's just something that's just part and parcel.

Rob Canning, Ten News.

Not a good result at all for the country's largest steel maker with full-year profit down 66% to $338 million. The company has blamed the rising costs of zinc and iron ore and general volatility across the industry for the slump in earnings. In another surprise to shareholders, chief executive Kirby Adams says he'll retire in October next year. The search is now on for a successor

with former Chief Financial officer Brain Kruger among the top contenders. Now let's take a brief look at some of the other stories making business news.

And in the wake of Telstra's profit downgrade yesterday Standard and Poors says the phone giant's long-term A-credit rating was under threat. The ratings agency also adds the 28 cent dividend also announced yesterday is unsustainable and if maintained over 2006 would be significantly in excess of net profit. Let's look at the national weather:

We'll bring you more news when the Early News returns.

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This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - 11 terror suspects charged over the foiled transatlantic airliner plot. 11 others still in UK custody. Telco trouble -

Telstra's plummeting share price prompts cabinet talks on a future sell-off. An anxious wait for thousands of Australian car workers sweating on a rescue package for component manufacturer Ajax Fasteners. And Egypt's worst train crash in four years claims the lives of at least 51 people. Many more injured. British police have arrested 11 people over the plot to blow up transatlantic airliners.

In an investigation which spans the globe, the UK counter-terror squad say they've found bomb-making equipment, martyrdom videos and incriminating audio recordings. It was, one official warned, a terrorism plot bigger than 9/11. Senior police officers talked of an attempt to commit mass murder on an unimaginable scale by destroying transatlantic aircraft. Today, those allegations reached a new level.

At a formal press conference, no questions allowed, the crown prosecution service announced that 11 people had been charged, Eight faced charges of conspiracy to murder One, a 17-year-old, is charged with possession of articles used for terrorists including suicide notes and wills.

Two, one of them a woman, are charged with failing to disclose evidence that might have prevented terrorism.

Since 10 August, we have found bomb-making equipment. There are chemicals including hydrogen peroxide,

electrical components, documents and other items. We have watched as a huge volume of evidence has been removed from houses, cars and woodland and still the enormous search goes on. This was the High Wycombe wood this afternoon, the place where police found a suitcase

of what appeared to be bomb components. Officers on the ground have warned they could be here for another six weeks. Relatives of the 88 Australians killed in the Bali night club bombings expect those responsible for the attack to face justice within days. They say Indonesia is merely delaying the inevitable by pushing back today's planned execution. Amrozi, his brother, Ali Ghufron and Imam Samudra, have launched fresh appeals against their convictions. I think that it will happen in the next few days, that these guys will be executed and it really doesn't make any difference to me at all. The men have all confessed to the 2002 attacks. A clear indication this morning on the Queensland election A Newspoll showing Peter Beattie's Labor Party well ahead. Labor is up 4-points to 45%

to 38%. the non-Labor parties down 1 point best on the stunt political campaign Peter Beattie is probably one of the in the country to look like at train wreck. and the Liberal campaign is starting With the campaign in its second week,

regional centres. the leaders are heading for may today be put on hold The full sale of Telstra

to new lows. as the share price tumbles is now lower than it's ever been The price of shares its plans to sell off its 51% share. prompting the Government to re-think We'll try and do the right thing of Telstra. by the current shareholders what to do today Federal Cabinet will discuss a 28 cent dividend but the phone giant's decision to pay this financial year on the Government's decision. could have some impact Thousands of Australian car workers morning if they'll be stood down. are anxiously waiting to hear this for component manufacturer Ajax Negotiations on a rescue package have stalled but negotiations continued overnight. With the car industry on the brink, Ajax Fasteners troubled component manufacturer has begun shutting down its furnaces. Toyota The vital parts needed for Ford, Holden Commodore VE and in particular the new from production. now at least a week away the message The car industry needs to get pushed around. that we're sick of getting were stood down last week The 189 Ajax workers future stalled. as negotiations on the company's And despite talks again overnight, has been reached. there's no indication any agreement with those parties We will continue meeting the right outcome. as long as it takes to reach We're not giving up hope.

In a bid to keep production going, from parent company GMH Holden is flying in parts of the week. but they'll only last until the end Ford says its workforce down without pay it may have to start standing from tomorrow. that a compromise can be reached. Workers at Ajax now losing hope

and we have nothing. I've got a family to support We need money. we're going to last. I don't know how much longer

James Wakelin, Ten News. Scores of Adelaide children, carrying large girders, whose school bus was hit by a truck will be offered counseling. Witnesses say the 45 students of steel were lucky to escape the truck's load on impact. which pierced a window of the bus injuries, three of them in hospital. Six students were treated for minor has been set upon by gangsters An Australian police officer

in the East Timorese capital, Dili. over the attack 25 people have been detained for minor wounds. which saw the officer treated is meantime set to double. Our overseas police commitment 'The Australian' newspaper suggests

for an extra 430 positions cabinet will today approve funding in regional hot-spots. and an anti-riot squad to be worth $500 million. The commitment is said has claimed the lives of 51 people One of Egypt's worst rail disasters and seriously injured 138 others. from the Nile Delta to Cairo A passenger train was travelling yesterday afternoon station, slamming into another train. when it barrelled into a railway It's believed the crash occurred a stop signal. because the driver failed to heed in the accident. No Australians were caught up another deadly derailment. And in Spain - passenger train came off the tracks Authorities investigating how this

killing six people and injuring 60. from the north-west Spain The train was heading toward the French border. The accident came comes just a month in a train crash in Valencia - after 43 people were killed the country's worst subway disaster. in the United States wounding four. A gunman has opened fire on police apartment complex near Dallas, Texas, The officers were called to this on reports of a broken window. by bullets and went to investigate. They determined it had been shattered Upon entering the unit, has been fired from, where they believed the shots prompting a stand-off. the gunman appeared, Shots were later fired. is in a serious condition. One of the four injured officers centre of the ball tampering scandal The Australian cricket umpire at the in England has come under fire.

Pakistan captain Inzamam Ul-Haq Darrell Hair was involved in charging into disrepute. with bringing the game it's binding. The umpire's decision is final,

has called Hair a mini-Hitler Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan should take him to court. and says the team

there have been some umpires, Unfortunately, and Darrell Hair is one of them, who love to sort of stand out, who love the limelight, stamp their authority on the field. an independent inquiry Pakistan bosses want in any matches handled by Hair. and say they won't play Axed Brisbane Bronco Neville Costigan coach Neil Henry in Townsville. will today meet with future Canberra on a drink-driving charge yesterday Costigan was attending court from the 5-time premiers. which saw him sacked at the Raiders. But it's believed he'll find a home for the next three years - All up, we think he'll be here everything going well, three years. running for Costigan's signature. The Cowboys have pulled out of the have a lot in common. George Gregan and John Howard They've both led the country when they're going to retire. and have to put up with people asking Last night they teamed up for dinner, so the PM could congratulate George and player. on becoming our most capped captain to play rugby for your country. It's a great thing to do,

It's a great honour always dreamt of doing as a kid and it's somehting that you've to do it for the last 14 years. and I've been fortunate enough

at next year's World Cup. Gregan hopes to lead the Wallabies with Kath? Time for another check of finance

will today hold its monthly meeting, The board of Coles Myer board the impending $16 billion takeover the attention squarely on from a group of private equity firms. It's the first time

billion-dollar mark - Woolworths has cracked the magical strong food, liquor and petrol sales retailer a cash bonanza. delivering the country's biggest Full-year earnings rose 24% buoyed by an aggressive series of acquisitions in the food and liquor markets

totalling $4 billion in the past two years alone. Woolworths will perform well because of our range of staple businesses. The company says

its reliance on those businesses puts it in a good position to handle any slow down in consumer spending, brought on by higher interest rates and petrol prices. I think given that situation Woolworths will probably perform better our emphasis on consumer needs in food and Big W.

It was the last results briefing for Roger Corbett who steps down after 8 years as CEO and 46 as an employee of Woolworths. It's been a spectacular journey. Mr Corbett will officially hand over the reigns next month but will remain on as a consultant. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. It's started on a weak note as oil prices rise and concerns about slowing consumer spending weigh on investors. Let's look at the national weather: Let's take a look at the day ahead.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories - Cabinet will consider delaying the sale of Telstra with shares at their lowest price in nine years. Car companies push to keep vital parts producer AJAX going. Scores of jobs on the line. And UK police charge 11 people

over this month's alleged foiled plot to blow up transatlantic flights. That's it for Ten's Early News. I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning.

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