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Good morning. Welcome to Ten News.

This morning's stories a convicted

murderer e pected to be charged

today over a multimillion dollar

drug ring run from inside a

maximum-security prison.

India puts its major airport ons

high alert after warnings of

possible attacks using hijacked aircraft.

A no decision yet - the Cronulla

board needs more time to decide the

playing future of Greg Bird.

And in business news, the big three

American car makers plead for a

multibillion dollar Government bail-out.

A man is facing court following a

allegations of a drug ring from

inside prison.

It is hard to believe, but this mobile

mobile phone is being passed from

cell to cell with dental floss.

They're wholly dangerous people and

they're a danger out in the

community and they're highly

dangerous if they can organise

crime from inside jail. Police say

$250,000 in ice and cocaine was

shifted between NSW and Victoria

each week. In just over a month, more than 19,000 calls were made.

That's an incredible 460 calls

every day. Yesterday, police

swooped arresting seven men in

simultaneous raids across Sydney

and Melbourne. The the alleged

ring leader, Bassam Hamzy is

serving a 21 year sentence for

murdering a Sydney deepageer murdering a Sydney deepageer

outside a -- teenager outside a nightclub.

nightclub. With the full

co-operation of the corrective

services, the Middle Eastern drug

squad intercepted the mobile phone.

Police seized more than $100,000

cash and a gun. Each of those

people arepsed is expected to be

charged. 29-year-old Hamzy is

facing 15 serious drugs offences.

The Prime Minister spent more than

$600,000 on overseas travel in his

first six months in office. The

first set of Kevin Rudd's travel

records has been released,

revealing $100,000 a month in taxpayer funded trips. The PM

travelled overseas six times oo

visited 16 countries. Mr Rudd also

notched up $180,000 on chofer

driven cars.

Major airports in India are on high

alert after a warning they may be

targeted by terrorists planning a

9/11 style attack. The terror

threat came in an e-mail from the

group that claimed responsibility

for month's terror plot. Meantime,

US Secretary of State Condoleezza

Rice is in Pakistan urging its

Government to work with India to

share intelligence and track down terrorist cells.

A British mother has been found

guilty of kidnapping her own

daughter in a bid to scoop reward

money. The disappearance of

9-year-old Shannon Matthews sparked

one of the biggest searches in UK

history. Her mother and an

accomplice now face jail terms. accomplice now face jail terms.

She convinced a community and a

country that her daurp was missing.

But if reality, 9-year-old Shannon

Matthews was kept drugged and tied

up as part of her mother's plan to

make money. After leaving school,

Shannon was snatched by her

mother's accomplice, Michael done

von. The plan was to -- Donovan.

The plan was for him to keep her

until the reward prize was ?50,000.

To stop her escaping, he kept her

restrained with this elastic strap attached

attached to a roof beam in the loft.

To keep her subdued, he fed her

the drug Temazepam. A drug her mother

mother had been giving the child

for two years. But just as hope of

finding her alive began to fade, a

tip-off from police led police to

the flat. They found them he hidden

in the base of this bed. Michael

Donovan and Karen Matthews made a

nine-year-old girl their victim.

But what man and woman would do

this, and what cost to this, and what cost to Shannon?

One week old Faith One week old Faith Williams who survived an operation to survived an operation to be

separated from her sister has a

50% chance of survival. Her sister,

Hope, died. Doctors believe Faith

will need more surgery.

It's beginning to look a lot like

Christmas in New York thanks to the

lighting of the rocker feller

Christmas tree. The Christmas tree

weighs 8,000 kilo grams and is

covered with energy efficient

lights and is crowned with a crystal star.

NRL club Cronulla has delayed a

decision on whether to sack Greg

Bird after receiving last minute

paperwork from his legal

paperwork from his legal team. paperwork from his legal team.

Four months after an alleged

attack on his girlfriend, Greg Bird

will have to wait another fortnight

to find out whether he has a future

at the club. We have only received

today a 10-page reply to the course

notice issued on November 10 which

has been discussed at length

tonight with Greg and the legal

council. The full board will now

continue its deliberations the. The

next scheduled meeting is December

16. Bird had been expecting a

decision a lot sooner. We think

we've had a fair hearing and now

we're going to wait for the results

of that hearing sometime tomorrow.

It's because the club hasn't had

time to properly study the reply.

The club insist it is will be

taking its time to make its

decision. I can assure you, there

will be no decision tomorrow. With

the case still before the courts, it's understood that the club will

be relying on indiscretions against

the five-eighth. And while the

Bulldogs are likely to have the Bulldogs are likely to have the

backing of the board to have Renai

Matui de-registered, they said that

he should sign with a club strong he should sign with a club strong

on discipline.

After all that controversy, Power

has officially been -- Power power has been officially name the --

Bauer has been officially named Bauer has been officially named

the runner up of the Melbourne Cup.

The chief Steward said that the

English trainer Luca Cumani was

entitled to assume that the vet

knew the local rules. Clearly we

have a situation where the vet was

assigned to look after the

quarantine by Racing Victoria, and

Mr Cumani was entitle today assume

that he was aware of the rules.

Connections will keep the $835,000

prize money.

St Kilda's ie require recruit, Colm

Begley, says he's the luckiest man

in the AFL. He thought his football

career was over after being

discarded by the Brisbane Lions, but St Kilda threw him a lifeline.

I'm always going to improve, and

hopefully this year I can get a

position for himself on the team.

The 22-year-old played 29 games in

three seasons with the Lions.

three seasons with the Lions. I

don't know about a lifeline for the

car industry though. Frank, it is

crunch time for the car makers crunch time for the car makers in the US.

Yes, US auto makers have gone Yes, US auto makers have gone cap

in hand to the Government there

pleading for a $34 building rescue

package. This time instead of

flying to Washington, the CEOs of

Ford, General Motors and Chrysler

drove there in hybrid vehicles. drove there in hybrid vehicles.

They say they need a huge cash injection,

injection, or at least one of them

will go broke before the end of the year.

US stocks have dipped on the back of

sales figures.

About a you are

Angry envestors have launched a

class action after the collapse of Fincorp. Melbourne law firm,

Slater and Gordon will seek up to

$100 million from Sandhurst

Trustees. It's claimed the company

failed to protect investors as failed to protect investors as

Fincorp's financial watchdog. Ultimately, Sandhurst failed to

live up to the trust and confidence

of investors. Up to 8,000 people

lost money. Most of them were

retirees. In other finance news this morning:

The national forecast for Friday,

and hot and sunny in North Queensland. But for Brisbane,

thunderstorms clearing. Sydney thunderstorms clearing. Sydney and

Canberra pushing 30 today for a

maximum. Showers lurking in both

cities. Melbourne also hot, but wet

and winy too. Hobart rain, and

Adelaide sun and 25. Perth, a clearing shower and

clearing shower and 23. Checking this morning's newspaper

headlines. The 'Australian' reports

that the Rudd Government will offer

a softer than expected trading a softer than expected emissions trading scheme amid fears of the impact on employment.

The 'Financial Review' says that the Qantas British Airways merger

may be derailed by BA's efforts to

acquire Iberia. The 'Courier Mail' reports a

Brisbane Islamic school has banned singing the national anthem and

sacked the teacher who asked for it

to be played.

Northern England hit by severe snow

storms. The details when we come back.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. Today, a

notorious killer facing a string

of charges accused of running a

multimillion dollar drug ring from

inside jail.

India's military forces put on high

alert after new terror threats to

airports across the country.

And no decision yet. The Cronulla

board needs more time to decide the

playing future of Greg Bird.

In finance, struggling US car makers

makers go cap in hand to Congress,

pleading for a multibillion dollar bail-out.

But first, a convicted murderer is

expected to be charged today over

a multimillion dollar drug ring run

from Sydney's maximum-security

prison. 29-year-old Abu Hamza

allegedly ran the syndicate using

a mobile phone. Inmates used

dental floss to pass a phone from

cell to cell to traffic drugs there

Melbourne and Sydney. They're

highly dangerous to the community

and they're highly dangerous if

they can organise crime from inside

jail. Seven other men were arrested in raids across Melbourne and Sydney.

The price of groceries is expected

to rise due to a hike in fuel tax

for truck drivers. A bill to

increase registration fees for

truckies has passed in fraed ral

Parliament. Three quarters of heavy

vehicles will rise by up to 10%.

The Opposition says the changes

will see food prices rise in every

supermarket across the country.

Instead of starting their summer holidays, Federal politicians are

returning to Parliament for an

extra day to deal with a backlog of

leplg slayings. But the focus remains on backbencher James

Bidgood. The Labor MP is already facing

facing trouble for taking

photographs of someone threatening

to set himself alight.

There was a truce inside Federal

Parliament ahead of the Christmas

break. If I could begin by

extending my best wishes for

Christmas to Malcolm Turnbull and

his family. I thank you Prime

Minister for your kind remarks.

After that, it was all downhill

with the Opposition calling for

firm action against Labor

backbencher James Bidgood. What

message has it sent to the

community, that a member of

Parliament's first reaction when

he's trying to kill himself is take

a photo and sell it to the media.

What would Jesus do. These images

of Mr Bidgood in a Chris man

seminar have raised more questions

as he linked the financial crisis

to God's judgment. We are in the

end times.

The Prime Minister said a prayer

for Australians who are likely to

join the unemployment queue. It's

going to affect a lot of people who

are going to locals their jobs.

That's the truth and it's an awful thing. India's

army are on high alert after army are on high alert after a

threat in e-mail. They threatened

to hijack one or more planes. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

is in neighbouring Pakistan is in neighbouring Pakistan urging

its Government to improve

intelligence with India and to work

together to destroy terror cells.

There is urgency to getting to the

bottom of it. There is urgency to

bringing the perpetrators to

justice, and there is urgency to

using the information to disrupt

and prevent further attacks.

Meantime, a bomb scare has sent a

wave of panic through western

Mumbai. A bomb detection dog alerted police to a suspect

computer printer hid nona garbage

bin. Police evacuated nearby

buildings and debt owe vaited the

device, but they believe that the

threat was a hoax.

Qantas will resume flights to

Bangkok tomorrow. The airline has

been diverting flights to Singapore

since the main international

airport was taken over by protesters. Now the anti-Government

protesters have left .

Blizzards and heavy snow have

brought northern England to a

standstill. Most minor roads are

shut. Rail services cancelled and

more than 100 schools closed

across the north of the country.

And Scotland. Some people have been

trapped in that I homes, while

billss have been forced to shut down.

Author J.K. Rowling has launched

her first book since ending Harry

Potter's adventures. 'The Tales of

Beadle Bard' is already on sale in Australia

Australia s is expected to trigger

more long queues at book shops around the world.

As the clock stroke midnight, another J.K. Rowling book went on

sale. This one though without the

name of a certain wizard in the

title. It's the eighth book from

the multimillionaire author and the

fans were out in force to be the

first to get their hands on it.

We're waiting all this time and we

finally got it. It was a really

good evening. We kind of grew up with Harry Potter. When we started

reading it, we were eight. So it is

great to grow up with it. And

knowing the origins of it. 'The

Tales of Beadle Bard' are set in

the Harry Potter universe and are

written by the Harry Potter author.

But they're missing one crucial

ingredient, the boy wizard. Instead

is a collection of stories which

apparently helped Harry beat Lord

Vldemort. All profits will be used

to help vulnerable children in

eastern Europe. And it looks like

it could be fund raising magic.

it could be fund raising magic.

The playing future of Cronulla's Greg

Greg Bird remains in doubt after

the club's delayed a decision on

whether to terminate his contract.

It had been expected that he would

be sacked last night four months

after the alleged assault of his

American girlfriend. The full board

will now continue its deliberations.

The next scheduled full board

meeting is December 16. With meeting is December 16. With the

case still before the courts, the

club is believed to be using

previous indiscretions in the case

against him.

This year's AFL draft has unearthed

plenty of young characters. The

crop includes a very lucky Irishman

and a teenager who says his biggest

weakness is kryptonite. Being drafted by the Adelaide Crows was like a fairytale for Rory Sloane - as the Victorian teenager's nickname suggests.

It was 'Goldy Locks' for a while, then it just sort of evolved into 'Golden Child'.

In an interview for a pre-draft profile piece, the midfielder listed his greatest weakness as Kryptonite. I can honestly not remember saying that - I don't know how that came out. All I said was, "I don't want to expose my weaknesses to my enemies." Another player who makes for an entertaining interview is St Kilda's new Irishman, Colm Begley. Do you have a translator as well? (REPORTERS LAUGH)

Subtitles, please. After 29 games in three seasons with the Brisbane Lions, the 22-year-old wasn't ready to give up on his AFL dream. He got a second chance with the final pick, in a draft he couldn't bear to watch. I was staying in a house with a few of the boys and they were watching it on a laptop, and I was upstairs and all I heard was,

"Oh, when the Saints," started going outside, so I thought it should be good news.

Former US Open champ Geoff Ogilvy

is looming large after day one of

the PGA championship at Coolum.

Australia's top rankled golfer is

five off the pace and thinks

there's still better to come. The

first nine holes were pretty solid.

I played a bit rough on the last

few holes. Not very tidy. Little

known Tim Wilkinson and Peter

Wilson lead the tournament at

6-under, and you can see the 6-under, and you can see the second

round on Ten HD. Coverage starts at 1:30.

Ricky Ponting has rubbished claims that his wrist injury that his wrist injury is career-threatening. Ponting has

been given a positive prognosis

from his surgeon and he says that

he has plenty of good years left at

the top level. I certainly done

think that I'm anywhere near the

end of the career or near the end

of my can't traincy. Shane Tait is

confident of playing for the Red

Backs next Wednesday, despite

Backs next Wednesday, despite

picking up a hamstring injury. Let's talk finance now.

With Qantas, a tug of war is

brewing with British Airways to

choose which of Qantas or Iberia it

wants to merge with. British

Airways say it is could merge with

both, but Qantas says the Federal Government will not allow a three-way partnership. The

Australian carrier is demanding that

BA not hold any talks with Iberia

at the same time as its own negotiations.

Babcock and Brown are expected to

Babcock and Brown are expected to

talk to the same companies helping them through the difficulty.

They're looking for an injection

from the banks to tide it over for

a year. However, the banks expect a

big share of the company in return.

Time for a check of what's making news.

Joining us live from New York is

Alexis Christoforous. The heads of

the big three car makers are

pleading for a bail-out? They are

back at it again. That's right. The

big three CEOs arrived at Capitol

Hill today in their greenest cars

to plead their case. They're asking

for even more money now. A $34 billion

billion lifeline. Initially they

were asking for $25 billion. Wall

Street expects Congress to agree, but

but law makers are still very

split, and you can bet this idea is not not very popular with the public.

In fact, much of America is more

concerned now with the housing

market, and earlier today, Ben

Bernake said that the Government

needs to help home owners to stop

the record wave of foreclosures

that we're seeing here. How has

Wall Street reacted then? You know,

Wall Street is really taking a lot

of body blows. We've got bad news today on retail sales. They

plunged the most in 40 years, so

clearly consumers are holding back.

More job cuts, thousands of people

from AT and T and Credit Suisse.

But the good news is that Wall

Street is taking the bad news in

stride, and right now, we only have

the DOW down about 10 points. And

one trader I spoke to said that

that could signal a bottom here,

when we keep getting the bad news

but the market doesn't fall apart

each and every time. OK, Alexis Christoforous in New

York there, thank you very much.

Briefly in other news:

Here's the forecast as we head into

Here's the forecast as we head into the weekend. Today, the weekend. Today, thunderstorms clearing and 32 for clearing and 32 for Brisbane.

Sydney a possible shower and 29.

Canberra also 29 with showers.

Melbourne goes one better along

with some wind and rain. Hobart 23

and wet. Adelaide 25 and dry. Perth

23 with a shower. Now 23 with a shower. Now tomorrow,

late thunder and 33 for Brisbane. A

late shower and 28 for Sydney.

Canberra 28 also with a storm

possible. Melbourne 24 with a late

shower. Hobart showers again and 21.

Adelaide might even see a shower

tomorrow but it is Perth's turn to

be sunny.

A woman convicted of kidnapping her

own daughter. That's coming up.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. Today - a

convicted murderer expected to be

chargeled over a multimillion

dollar drug ring run from inside prison.

India puts its major airports on

high alert after warnings high alert after warnings of possible attacks using hijacked aircraft.

And no decision yet. The Cronulla

Board needs more time to decide the

playing future of Greg Bird.

And in business news - the big

three US car makers plead for a multibillion dollar Government bail-out.

A quick check of the weather and a

more detailed report later:.

A convicted murderer is expected to

be charged today over a

multimillion dollar drug ring run

from inside prison. Seven other men

allegedly involved in the

syndicate have been arrested in

raids across Sydney and Melbourne.

It's hard to believe, but this smuggled mobile phone is being

passed from cell to cell passed from cell to cell with

dental floss. The manoeuvre part of

a drug traffic fbg syndicate among a drug traffic fbg syndicate among maximum-security inmates. They're

wholly dangerous people, and

they're a danger out in the community and they're highly

dangerous if they can organise

crime from inside jail. Police say $250,000 in ice and cocaine was

shifted between NSW and Victoria

each week. In just over a month,

more than 19,000 calls were made.

That's an incredible 460 calls

every day. Yesterday, police

swooped arresting seven men in simultaneous raids across Sydney

and Melbourne. The alleged ring

leader, Abu Hamza, is serving a

21-year jail sentence for murdering

a teenager outside a Sydney

nightclub. Detectives say even in maximum-security, he was building a

drug empire. With the full co-operation of the co-operation of the corrective

services at the highest level, the

Middle Eastern Organised Crime

Squad intercepted the mobile Squad intercepted the mobile phone.

Police have seized more than 1,000

pills. $100,000 cash and a gun.

Further raids will be conducted

today. Each of those arrested is

expected to be charged.

29-year-old Abu Hamza is facing 15

serious drug offences. -- Abu Hamza

is facing -- Bassam Hamzy is

facing drug offences.

The first set of Kevin Rudd's

records has been released

revealing $100,000 a month in

taxpayer funded trips. The PM travelled

travelled overseas six times and

visited 16 countries. He also

notched up $180,000 on chauffeur

driven cars.

Meantime, the PM has sounded

another warning about the economy.

He indicated that 2009 will

present some harsh realities for

Australia as the global financial

crisis tightens its grip. It's

going to affect a lot of people who

lose their jobs. That's the truth

and it's an awful thing. Mr Rudd

has urged politicians to remember their personal responsibilities to

their communities during the downturn.

Major airports across India are on

high alert after a warning they may

be the target of terrorists planning

a 9/11-style attack. The terror

threat came in an e-mail from the group that claimed responsibility

for last week's Mumbai attack. The

plot involves hijacking one or more

planes. And US Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice is in Pakistan

urging its Government to work with

India to share intelligence and

track down terrorist cells.

A British mother has been found

guilty of kidnapping her own

daughter in a bid to scoop reward

money. The disappearance of 9-year-old Shannon Matthews sparked

one of the biggest searches in UK

history. Her mother, Karen, and an

accomplice now face lengthy jail terms.

She convinced a community and a country her daughter was missing.

But in reality, 9-year-old Shannon

Matthews was kept drugged and tied

up as part of her mother's plan to

make money. After loveing school,

Shannon was snatched by her

mother's accomplice, Michael Donovan. The plan was for him to

keep her hidden until the reward for

her safe return reach ?50,000. She

would spend the next three weeks

here at his flat. To stop the

school girl escaping, he kept her

restrained with this elastic strap attached

attached to a roof beam in the loft.

To keep her subdued, he fed her

the drug Tamezepan. A drug her

mother had already been giving the

child for two years. But just as

hope of finding Shannon alive began

to fade, a tip-off from a neighbour

led police to Donovan's flat. When

they broke down the door, they

found Donovan and Shannon Matthews

hidden in the base of this bed.

Michael Donovan and Karen Matthews

made a 9-year-old girl their victim.

But what man, what mother could do

this? And at what cost to Shannon?

Blizzards and heavy snow have

brought northern England to a

standstill. Most minor roads are

shut, rail services cancelled and

100 schools closed in the north of the country and Scotland. Some

people have been trapped in their homes while businesses have been

forced to shut down.

NRL club, Cronulla, has delayed a decision

decision on whether to sack Greg

Bird after receiving some last minute

minute paper work from his legal team. team. Four months after an alleged

attack on his girlfriend, Greg Bird

will have to wait another fortnight

to find out whether he has a future

at the club. We have only received

today a ten-page reply to the club's

club's notice issued on November

12 which has been discussed at

length tonight with Greg and his

legal counsel. The full board will now continue its deliberations. now continue its deliberations. The

next scheduled full board meeting

is December 16. Bird had been

expecting a decision a lot sooner.

We think we've had a fair hearing

and now we're going to wait for the results of that hearing sometime

tomorrow. It's because the club

hasn't had time to properly study

the show cause reply. The club

insists it will be taking its time to

to make a decision. There will be a

lot more deliberations and there

will be no decision tomorrow I can

assure you. With the case still

before the courts, it's understood

the club will be relying on other

indiscretions in the case. While

the Bulldogs are likely to have the

backing of the NRL in their bid to

have Rene Matui de-registered, the

Club's Association says that they

should instead of looking at

signing him with a club strong on discipline.

After a week of controversy, Bauer

has officially been declared the official Melbourne Cup runner up.

Racing Victoria officials blamed

their own vet for administering

shock wave therapy to the horse five

five days before the race. They

said that the English trainer Luca

Cumani was entitled to assume that

the vet knew the local the vet knew the local rules.

Clearly we have a situation where Clearly we have a situation where a

vet was assigned to look after the

quarantine by Racing Victoria, and

Mr Cumani was entitled to assume

that he was aware of the rules.

Connections are keeping pt $835,000

prize money.

St Kilda's Irish recruit, Colm

Begley, says he's the luckiest man Begley, says he's the luckiest man

in the AFL. He thought his football

career was over after being

discarded by the Brisbane Lions but

St Kilda threw him a lifeline with

a final pick in the draft. I'm

always looking to improve and

hopefully if I can improve, it will

be a big year for me. The 22-year-old played 29 games in

three seasons with the Lions.

Now let's talk about finance with

Frank and crunch time for the US

car giants.

US auto makers have gone cap in

hand to the Government pleading for

a $34 billion rescue package. This

time know, instead of flying to

Washington in the private jets, the

CEOs of Ford, General Motors and

Chrysler drove there in hybrid

vehicles. They say they need a huge

cash injection or at least one of

them will go broke before the end of the of the year.

US stocks have dipped after a 2-day

rally. The Dow Jones off about 30

points and the NASDAQ falling 13.

Angry investors launched a class

action after losing more than $200

million in the collapse of Fincorp.

Melbourne law firm Slater and

Gordon will seek up to $100 million

from Sandhurst Trustees, an arm of

the Bendigo Bank. It's claimed that

they failed to protect investors as

Fincorp's financial watchdog.

Ultimately, they failed to live up

to the trust and confidence of the

investors. Up to 8,000 people lost

money. Most of them were retirees.

In other finance news this morning:

Now, the national picture for

Friday. Hot and supy in North

Queensland. But for Brisbane,

thunderstorms clearing. Sydney and Canberra

Canberra pushing 30 today, but

showers are lurking in both cities.

Melbourne also hot but wet and

windy too. Hobart rain. Adelaide

sun and 25. Perth a clearing shower

and 23.

Checking today's newspaper front

pages. The 'Sydney Morning Herald'

leads with the smashing of a people

smuggling racket operating out of Indonesia. The 'Financial Review' reports the

worst car sales in more than 20

years and plunging home sales years and plunging home sales are

fuelling calls for even more interest rate cuts.

The herald sun says the Brumby The herald sun says the Brumby Government has declared war on

out-of-control young people. The

Premier says they lack respect and

they fuel crime.

And still ahead on the Efrly News.

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This program is captioned live.

Today a notorious killer facing a string

string of charges accused of

running a multimillion dollar drug

ring from inside jail.

India puts its major airports on

high alert after warnings of

possible attacks using hijacked aircraft.

And no decision yet. The Cronulla

board needs more time to decide the

playing future of Greg Bird.

In finance, struggling US car

makers go cap in hand to Congress pleading for a multimillion dollar bail-out.

But first, a convicted murderer is

expect the to be charged today

over a multimillion dollar drug

ring run from Sydney's

maximum-security prison. Bassam

Hamzy allegedly ran the syndicate

using a mobile phone. Inmates

used dental floss to pass the phone from

drugs from Sydney to Melbourne. from cell to cell in order to pass

drugs from Sydney to Melbourne. They're wholly dangerous people and

they're a danger out in the

community and they're highly

dangerous if they can organise

crime from inside jail. Seven other

men were arrested in raids across

Melbourne and Sydney. Instead

Instead of starting their summer

holidays, Federal politicians are

returning to Parliament for an

extra day to deal with the backlog

of legislation. But the focus

remains on backbencher James

Bidgood. The Labor MP is already facing criticism for taking Bidgood. The Labor MP is already

photos of a protester threatening

to set himself alight. Now he to set himself alight. Now he says

the global financial crisis is an

act of God. inside Federal Parliament There was a truce

ahead of the Christmas break. my best wishes for Christmas If I could begin by extending Lucy, and their family. to Malcolm Turnbull and his wife,

for your kind remarks. I thank you, Prime Minister, After that, it was all downhill, for firm action with the Opposition calling James Bidgood. against Labor backbencher to the community And what message does it send first reaction that a member of Parliament's to kill himself when a person is trying

to the media? is to take a photo and sell it

in a situation like this? What would Jesus do at a Christian seminar These images of Mr Bidgood have raised even more questions,

financial crisis to God's judgment. as he linked the global We are in the end times. Even the Prime Minister said a prayer for those Australians who are likely to join the unemployment queue in 2009. It's going to affect a lot of people who lose their jobs. That's the truth, and it's an awful thing. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

The price of groceries is expected

to rise due to a hike in fuel tax

for truck drivers. A bill to increase registration fees for increase registration fees for truckies has passed Federal

Parliament overnight. Fees for

almost three quarters of all heavy

vehicles will rise by up to 10%.

The Opposition says the changes

will see food prices rise in every

supermarket across the country.

India's airports are on high alert

after warnings of an airborne

terror attack. The militant group

behind last week's Mumbai terror

attacks has threatened to hijack planes. US Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice is in neighbouring

Pakistan urging its Government to

improve the exchange of

intelligence with India and work

together to destroy terror cells.

There is urgency to getting to the

bottom of it. There is urgency to

bringing the perpetrators to

justice, and there is urgency to

using the information to disrupt

and prevent further

and prevent further attacks.

Meantime, a bomb scare has sent a

wave of panic through western

Mumbai. A bomb detection dog

alerted police to a suspect

computer printer I had hidden in a

garbage bin. Police evacuated

nearby buildings and detonated the

device as a precaution, but believe

it was a hoax.

Qantas will resume flights to

Bangkok tomorrow. The airline has

been diverting flights to Singapore

since the main international

airport was taken over by protesters. Now the anti-Government

protesters have left and Qantas's

London to bong cock to Sydney

services will resume tomorrow night.

-- Bangkok to Sydney services will

resume tomorrow.

9-year-old Shannon mats'

disappearance sparked one of the

biggest searches in UK history. Her

mother and an accomplice kidnapped

her and tied her to a roof beam and subdued

subdued her with drugs. They

planned to fake her rescue when the

reward reached more than $50,000.

The playing future of The playing future of Cronulla's

Greg Bird remains in doubt after

the club's board delayed making a

decision on the future of the

contract. It was four months of the

alleged assault of his American

girlfriend. The full board will now continue continue its deliberations. The

next scheduled full board meeting

is December 16. With the case still

before the courts, the club is also

believed to be using previous indiscretions in its case against

him. Noim This year's AFL draft has

unearthed plenty of young colourful characters as usual. The characters as usual. The crop

includes a lucky Irishman, and a

teen aedgeer who says his biggest weakness is kryptonite.

Being drafted by the Adelaide Crows

was like a fairytale for Rory Sloane - as the Victorian teenager's nickname suggests. It was 'Goldy Locks' for a while, then it just sort of evolved into 'Golden Child'. In an interview for a pre-draft profile piece, the midfielder listed his greatest weakness as Kryptonite. I can honestly not remember saying that - I don't know how that came out. All I said was, "I don't want to expose my weaknesses to my enemies." Another player who makes for an entertaining interview is St Kilda's new Irishman, Colm Begley. Do you have a translator as well? (REPORTERS LAUGH) Subtitles, please. After 29 games in three seasons the 22-year-old wasn't ready to give up on his AFL dream. He got a second chance with the final pick, in a draft he couldn't bear to watch. I was staying in a house with a few of the boys and they were watching it on a laptop, and I was upstairs and all I heard was, "Oh, when the Saints," started going outside, so I thought it should be good news. Nathan Templeton for Sports Tonight.

Geoff Ogilvy is looming large after

day one of the Australian PGA championship

championship at Coolum. Australia's

top ranked golfer is one shot off

the pace at 5-under and thinks there's still better to come

heading into the weekend. My first

nine holes were pretty solid. I

played pretty rough on the last few

holes. Not very tidy. Little known

Tim Wilkinson and Peter Wilson lead.

And you can see the second round on

Ten HD. Coverage starts at 1:306789

Australian cricket captain Ricky

Ponting has rubbished claims that

his wrist injury is career

threatening. I certainly don't feel

that I'm anywhere near the end of

my career and I don't feel that I'm

near the end of captaincy either.

Shane Tait is confident of playing

for the Red Backs next Wednesday,

despite picking up a hamstring injury.

Let's start with British Airways

being under growing pressure from Qantas

Qantas and Spanish carrier, Iberia

to choose just which airline it

wants to deal with. BA says it

could merge with both airlines in

order to create a global carrier.

But Qantas insists that the Federal

Government will not allow a

three-way partnership. The

Australian carrier is demanding that

BA not hold any talks with Iberia

at the same time as its own

negotiations are taking place. Babcock

Babcock and Brown is likely to end

up in the hands of the very same

banks that are helping the company

through its financial difficulty.

B and B will receive $150 million

injection from its banks to tide it

over for a year. However, the banks

are expecting a big share of the

company in return for that.

Looking at some more financial

news this morning and news this morning and residential

housing approveAls continue to

fall, but it appears the bottom

might be in sight for early next year. Shares in Billabong have

plummeted due to the slowing demand

in the US.

Angry investors have launch add

class action after losing $20

million in the collapse of Fincorp,

and as forecast earlier in the week, Macquarie Group has wielded the axe

on staff right across the board.

Let's check in with Commsec, and

the big US car makers have fronted Congress with cap in hand

requesting a multimillion dollar

bail-out. And with details, Juliana

Roadley joins us. Just how badly do

the car makers need these funds?

For all three, it is the difference

between surviving or going

belly-up. Today they're trying to

undo the damage they caused at the

last hearing when they arrived and

they didn't know exactly how much

money they needed. Today, the three

of them combined with asking for

$34 billion. You have to remember

that 8% of all jobs in the US are

entwined in some way to the auto

industry, and it accounts for 10%

of the GDP. So it is really, really

important that they get a deal done.

Yes, they all turned up in the

hybrids. What can we expect on the

local market today? Only a slight

gain of nine points. We did get a gain of nine points. We did get a

boost after the big rate cuts in

Europe. We saw the Bank of England

cutting rates from 1% to 2%. That's

now at a 57-year low. US markets

really unchanged. The DOW down 80

points and the NASDAQ down 20, but falls

falls in oil and base metal prices

so that could hurt our miners.

That's all in finance, and the

Qantas one will create a lot Qantas one will create a lot of interest.

It's beginning to look a lot like

Christmas in New York thanks to the

lighting of the Rockefeller tree.

Thousands travelled from across the

state for the event. The tree

weighs 8,000 kilo grams and is

covered with 30,000 energy

efficient lights and is crowned

with a crystal star.

Here's the weather forecast as we

approach the weekend. Today,

thunderstorms clearing and 32 for

Brisbane. Sydney, a possible shower

and 29. Canberra also 29 with

showers. Melbourne goes one better than

than that and it will have wind and

rain to boot. Hobart 23 and wet.

Adelaide 25 and dry. Perth 23 with a shower.

Now tomorrow, late thunder and 33

for Brisbane. A late shower for Sydney.

Sydney. Canberra 28 with a storm

possible there. Melbourne 24 with a late

late shower Hobart shower and 21. Adelaide might see a shower

tomorrow, but it is Perth's turn to

have a little sun. Recapping this

morning's headlines.

An convicted murderer expected to

be charged over a multimillion

dollar drug ring.

India puts ilts major airports on

high alert after warnings of

possible attacks using hijacked aircraft. Moil And still no

decision from the Cronulla board.

It needs more time to decide the playing

playing future of Greg Bird. That's

it for the Early News. Bye for now.

Have a great weekend.

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