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Police are hot on the trail of one

of the nation's most-wanted men

after another confrontation on a

property in north-western NSW. 6am,

Friday 23rd December. Good morning,

everyone. I am Ron Wilson. And I am Ellie Southwood. Welcome to Ten's

Early News. Also this morning - the

Federal Government agrees to Tony

Abbott's plan to send asylum

seekers to Nauru, but the

Opposition Leader refuses to

support the Malaysia Solution.

In sport, Shaun Marsh proves his

Test. fitness ahead of the Boxing Day

COMMENTATOR: He brings it up with a

6 to get 99 not out. And in finance,

if you can't beat them, join them.

Harvey Norman launches an offshore

internet site to sell GST-free video

video games. A quick check of today's weather

NSW Police are closing in on

accused double murderer Malcolm

Naden. Officers set eyes on the

fugitive when they surrounded a

property in north-western NSW, but

he somehow slipped away.

This is the nation's most-wanted

man as he looks today. It is the

latest image from police who've had

the their closest encounter yet with

the accused double murderer since

he shot at an officer two weeks ago.

Officers went to a house near

Nowendock in NSW after reports of a

break-in. They saw Naden and drew

their weapons, but somehow he

managed to escape. Investigators

say a gun found at the property is

similar to the one used in the

shooting earlier this month. Police

say they are on his tail. And our

efforts through the Christmas

period will continue appropriate to

the circumstances and we hope to

finalise the matter and arrest them

as soon as we can. They had planned

to scale back the search this week,

but the hunt for Naden has been

reinvigorated after this close call.

It is hoped the residents in the

of mind at Christmas. area will finally have some peace

After months of bickering, the

Gillard Government has put a

modified asylum seeker deal on the

table. It is prepared to re-open

the Nauru processing centre if the

Opposition approves Labor's

amendments to the Migration Act.

Once the legislation is passed, the

Government would send 800 asylum

seekers who arrive by boat to

Malaysia in return for accepting

4,000 authorised refugees.

Compliment to the Malaysia

agreement we are happy to engage

with the Government of Nauru to see

if a processing centre can be

developed on Nauru. But Opposition

Leader Tony Abbott is digging in

his heels and says the Malaysia

deal isn't needed if Nauru is

arrested available. Eight men have been

an arrested over the recent sinking of

an asylum seeker boat which claimed

the lives of as many as 200 people.

37 years since Cyclone Tracey

destroyed Darwin and the Top End

has again been told to batten down

the hatches over Christmas. A

tropical Lowe is hovering off the

coast, but that is unlikely to form

into a cyclone on Christmas eve.

Weather models have the system

deepening before turning west,

meanwhile an ex-tropical cyclone

off the coast of Queensland is

whipping up winds. It is expected

to close some beaches and bring

giant seas in the coming days. The

man accused of one of Sydney's most

horrific murders has been refused

bail. Robert Xie allegedly bludgeon

to death a family. In Central Local

Court yesterday Xie's lawyer argued

he had no motive to slaughter his

own relatives. Police insist their

case is strong and claimed to have

incriminating forensic and DNA

evidence. The matter has been

adjourned until March.

A wave of bombings across Baghdad

has killed at least 67 people and

injured dozens more. It is the

worst violence Iraq has seen for

months and follows just days after

the withdrawal of US forces.

Burnt-out cars and debris are scattered across at lest 14

different sites in Baghdad. A

string of coordinated explosions

set everything from neighbourhood

markets to a plation. The blast

killed more than 50 Iraqis and

injured dozens more. Roadside

blasts and car bombs and at least

one suicide bomber. The attack,s

days after the last US forces left

Iraq. "I could not see anything

because of the blast", this woman

(SIRENS WAIL) place." said. "Then the second blast took

There as been no claim of

responsibility, but al-Qaeda, Sunni

insurgents are expected because

most of the carnage tock place in Shi'ite

Shi'ite neighbourhoods. Earlier

this week Al-Mal, iki accused them

of running death squads. Iraq was

brought to the brink of civil war

in 2006. Many Iraqis worried that

civil violence would spark after

the US troops left. There is

concern about a resurgence of al-

Qaeda now the military has gone.

The Norwegian gunman who killed 77

people has been declared criminally

insane. A panel of experts

confirmed Anders Breivik suffers

from paranoid schizophrenia. That

means after his April trial he will

be sent to a closed psychiatric

ward instead of prison. The right

wing extremist has confessed to the

July massacre, but refuses to plead

guilty, claiming he is waging a war

against Islam. Residents from a

tiny Spanish town must have been

stockpiling four leaf clovers,

rabbits feet and perhaps even

hoseshoes. They have hit the

jackpot winning a share of $970

million in the country's Christmas

lottery. School kids read out the

lucky numbers in a nationally

televised draw. The top prize has

been dubbed "the fat one" and this

holders. year was shared between 1800 ticket

Sport and Shaun Marsh has proved

his fitness ahead of the Boxing Day

Test with a stunning 99 not out to

help Perth down the Melbourne

renegades in the big bash

at competition. The brilliant display

selectors at Etihad Stadium a clear signal to

selectors he is over the back

injury ta sidelined him for six weeks.

COMMENTATOR: That will be it.

That's gone for six and Shaun Marsh

brings it up with a six against a

99 out and the Scorchers get home

in a great game of cricket.

The winning runs came in the final

over with the Scorchers chasing 189.

They had 8 wickets to spare.

arrival Adelaide united has marked the

arrival of new coach John Kosmina

with a 2-all draw against Sydney FC.

The Reds came out firing and scored

after just 8 minutes. Daniel Mullen

headed in a brilliant corner, but a

penalty ended the ledger soon after.

after Adelaide had their own penalty

after the break and were leading

again after the 56th minute.

COMMENTATOR: It is in. 2-2. A

splendid strike by the youngster.

The Reds now winless for six games

in a row.

Tropical Cyclone Fiona will crate

unpredictable winds and plenty of

work for navigators in this year's

Sydney-to-Hobart. The tricky

conditions won't fade Syd Fischer,

though. The 84-year-old has seen it

all over 42 races and dosen plan to

stop any time soon. Most of the

people that I have seen who retire

croak within two or three years. I

am not aiming to do that. It

doesn't look like he is ready to

croak yet, does he? Fischer won the

race in 1992 and claimed line

honours in '88 and '90. He will skipper

skipper the crew on board 52ft

'Ragamuffin'. Ellie, discounts

everywhere in the lead-up to

Christmas this year? Absolutely.

There are bargains to be had. With

just two sleeps to go until

Christmas, the time for buying

gifts is running out. The good news

is that retailers are offering

bargains for kids big and small and

they don even care if you've been

naughty or nice. The weather

outside is frightful, but Christmas

sales are so delightful. Retailers

have cranked up the discounts to

win your dollars and Santa is again

answering lots of requests for

Apples. They are a good price. They

are flying out the door like crazy. By

By Boxing Day they will be all gone.

IPads are so popular, many stores have

have already sole out. As you can

see, I only just got the list, but

we have been very busy. Toys R Us

is busy, too - both instore and

online. We have seen a huge

response and increase, so it has

been great. It is working very well

for us. Everything old is new again.

'Star Wars' and 'Transformers' toys

are in high demand although remote

control Nemos are the best sellers.

Summer fashion sales have been

stunted, apparently, but rain or

shine, cosmetics are always in season. Customers coming through

the doors at the moment. We are

certainly seeing it especially this

week leading into Christmas. We've

had two pre-Christmas rate cuts,

but still retailers predict flat

retail sales meaning retail jobs

are in jeopardy. They will be laying

laying people off or reducing hifts

or not running as many shifts in

the first quarter of next year. A

big Christmas spent will deliver

retailers a happy new year.

Greek residents are heading to

Australia to escape the nation's

economic woes. 2, 500 Greeks have

relocated this year and there are

expressions of interest from

another 40,000. The unemployment

rate in Greece stands at 18% with the

the country in it fifth year of

recession. Taking a look at the

global markets now and it seems

there is a little more Christmas

cheer about. Stocks have bounced

back a little, thanks to improved

jobless figures out of the US and

easing concerns from Europe after

banks snapped up cheap debt. To the

figures and we can't read too much

into any movements because trading

volumes are light. Nevertheless...

A snapshot of the national weather on

on your screen right now.

Still ahead - a special group of

sailors in need of a helping hand.

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Detectives are hot on the trail of

accused murderer Malcolm Naden after another confrontation in

western NSW. Police set up a

parametre around the remote home

near Nowendock following reports of

a break-in. Police drew their

weapons, but Naden managed to

escape. Investigators say a gun

found at the property resembles the

one used in the shooting of a police officer earlier this month.

And our efforts through the

Christmas period will continue

appropriate to the circumstances

and we hope to finalise the matter and

and arrest him as soon as we can.

Police will swarm the area today,

as they attempt to capture one of

the fashion's most-wanted men.

The Gillard Government has chained

it tune and now is.Prepared to

discuss Tony Abbott's demand that

asylum seekers be sent to Nauru.

The concession comes as Indonesian

police arrest eight people over the Java tragedy.

A sad site - six bodies believed to

be from the boat tragedy off Java,

washed up on Bali beaches. Bodies

are still being recovered, so I

think it is incumbent upon everyone

in the political process to do

everything we possibly can to

resolve the situation. That has

prompted the Gillard Government to now

now give ground to Tony Abbott. As

a compliment to to the Malaysia

agreement, we are happy to engage

with the government of Nauru to see

if a processing centre can be

developed on Nauru. Even before the

offer was made, Tony Abbott

appeared to be standing firm. If

you've got Nauru, you don't need

Malaysia. While the political

impasse remains, it has been

reported that three Indonesian

soldiers have been detained for

their alleged involvement in the

people smuggling operation that has

cost around 200 lives. Despite a

surge in after the collapse of the

Malaysian deal Bob Brown says this

won't stop boat tragedys from

occurring. The worst tragedies in

this country as far as asylum seekers are concerned came after

the Howard Government implemented

the Nauru solution last time.

Music industry stalwart Ian "Molly"

Meldrum has undergone surgery in

the next step to his long road to

recovery. Surgeons inserted plates

and screws to repair his shoulder

and ribs that were injured when he

fell from a ladder a week ago while

putting up Christmas decorations.

Molly also suffered head injuries and

and is yet to have become conscious.

He is in a serious but stable condition.

For the first time in 17 years a

special group of sailors won't be

competing in the Sydney-to-Hobart.

The Sailors with Disabilities has

been forced to pull out because of a a lack of funding.

Sydney-to-Hobart will be without a

special crew, come Boxing Day. To

pull out of the race before it even

starts, I mean we've never done

that before. This is the first time

since 194 David Pesken and his team

can't afford to compete. Something

had to go. It was either kids or

Hobart. The kids are more important.

His charity, Sailors with

Disabilities supports thousands of

children, hoping them to find

freedom on the water, just like

these sailors have. A little bit of

wind coming, guys. No legs, no

sight but no fear or limits.

Ability to participate without

being in the restriction of the mobility

mobility that I have on land.

The most gruelling race on the

world is the perfect calling. They

have to work harder and they get up

earlier and go to bed later and

they push a bit harder, but that is

what they do every day of their

life. For David and his crew not sailing? The Sydney-to-Hobart this

year is all of the motivation they

need to achieve bigger and better

things next year. But they

desperately need a helping hand.

What they need is a major sponsor.

They need it name on their sail and

cause. It is something that the

charity hasn't had for three years.

They are sailing on reserves that

are running out. We do 4,000

children through our programs. You

are investing? That. What better

return on your dollars? One thing is

is clear - these sailors don't have

to leave the mainland on Boxing Day

to be an inspiration.

Quite right. At least 67 people are

dead after a wave of bombings in

the Iraqi capital. The bombs were

detonated at 14 sites across

Baghdad during the morning peak-

hour rush. At le one suicide bombing bombing was among the attacks,

which injured more than 200 people.

Most of the areas target appear to

be Shi'ite neighbourhoods. No-one

has claimed immediate

responsibility for the attacks, but

authorities are pointing the finger

at al-Qaeda. (SIRENS WAIL)

The bloodshed comes just days after

US troops pulled out of the country

after nearly nine years of war.

Four new kins of the jungle are

taking pride of place at a Serbian

zoo. They are among the world's

most endangered animals, but you

are more likely to be couping than

cowering from these additions. Just hours

hours old, the rare white lion cubs

still had their eyes closed, as

they cosyed up alongside their

proud mum shumbafplt it is her

second litter in just five months,

which is good news for the species

which is on the brink of extinction.

A goalkeeper has been booted for

kicking a pitch invader. 19-year-

old Ajax fan who police suspect was

full of Dutch courage ran on to the field

field in the Dutch Cup gape. The

goal keeper of visiting side

Alkmaar Zaanstreek was so enraged

he laid in the boot, kicking the

fan twice. Esteban Alvarado was

red-carded by the referee for

violence. His furious team stormed

be abandoned. off the pitch and the match had to

Shaun Marsh has proved his fitness

ahead of the Boxing Day Test

against India with a stunning 99

not out to help Perth beat

Melbourne in the final over of

their big bash clash at Etihad

Stadium. The impressive knock, a

solid signal to selectors, he is

over the back injury which has kept

him sidelined for six weeks.

Meantime, the Indian cricket team

have arrived in Melbourne. They

will have their first look at the

MCG today. Former greats are

expecting a tight 4- match series.

That will be the highlight of the

summer to see how the ageing

batsmen of India go against the young

young rookies. Just one century

away from a record 100 international

international tonnes. The FFA's

finances may be about to take a

massive hit, but Socceroos Jason

Cullina reportedly is seeking

$1.Million in damages for injuries

sustained during Australia's Asian

Cup campaign in January. The claim

has been lodged by if Players Union

on behalf of Cullina. Cullina

February, joined the Newcastle Jets in

February, but broke down again on

the eve of the A-League season and

claiming hasn't played since. They are

claiming it is the FFA's

responsibility to ensure all

appropriate insurance. appropriate players are playing with the

After missing out on the NRL grand final Manly co-captain Jason King

World says he is on track to play in the

World Club Challenge in February.

The Sea Eagles mix their pre-season

training with a series of dragon-

boat races. All talk about premiership-winning

premiership-winning coach Des

Hasler jumping ship now water under (CHEERING) the bridge. the

That was put to bed a long time ago

now. Like I said, we have been

training solid for about five weeks

about now and there hasn't been any talk

about it at all. We are focused on

what is ahead of us. Geoff Toovey

revealed an awesome salute. He will

be aim fogger a repeat of that on

grand final -- aiming for a repeat

of that on grand final day. Ellie

Southwood with us. Harvey Norman

have decide sided if you can't beat

one them, join him. Harvey Norman is

retailers battling the online one of a host of Australian

market. Now it has launched it own

offshore site where consumers can

GST. Harveynormandirectimport.com but computer games and avoid paying

is based in Ireland. It has been

launched to take advantage of the

post-Christmas sales. Console video

games are more than $30 cheaper

than the in-store retail price. A

shipping flee of $3.5 will apply

and no GST is pay ail on orders

under $1,000. Harvey Norman is

considering extending the online

offer to other goods. There has

been a mixed reaction to analysts

and investors to the half a

interest trillion dollars to the low-

interest loans handed out to the

European Central Bank. There were

investors that banks would simply

use the money to improve balance

sheets, rather than taking on

government debt. Some analysts

believe it is a subtle way for the

European bank to ease the pressure

on big learners, just as the

Reserve Bank did at the peak of the

financial crisis in 2008.

Briefly in other business news -

outdoor adventure wear company

Kathmandu has become the latest

retailer to succumb to soft

Christmas sales. Australia's

topnotch credit rating has been

affirmed thanks to a strong

an financial position and low debt and

an appeal has been launched in a

class action against ANZ saying

that the bank imposed unlawful fees.

Time for our weekly check on what

is making news in New South Wales.

Joining us live from New York is Alexis Christoforous. Good morning, Alexis

Alexis. There are signs the job

market is improving? There

certainly is, Ellie. This is

encouraging news for us here in the

US. The overall unemployment rate

we know is now at 8.6%, but on a

weekly basis the numbers are

getting better as well. Fewer

Americans applied for unemployment

benefit last year. In fact, the

number of jobless climbs dropped to

a 3.5-year low. This is now a new

trend. It is the third strait

weekly drop in jobless claims and

it is a sign that the job market

here is slowly improving, Ellie.

Sounds good. There is also a

revised US government forecast on

economic growth. That's right. That

is a bit disappointing. The

Government says the nation's

economy grew more slowly than first

thought this summer. Consumer

spending was not quit as strong as

the government had anticipated and

it looks like that 2% annual rate

of growth will drop down to 1.8%.

Still, that is the best we have

seen all year. Economists are

predicting this quarter will

actually be the best of the year.

We could be looking at 3% annual

growth rate this quarter because of

a big jump in consumer spending and

also a drop in gas prices. Alexis,

fears of another recession appear

to be fading? They do and that is mostly

mostly because of the economic

reports we have been getting

recently like the jobless claim numbers.

numbers. More and more we are

seeing a picture of a US economy

that is continuing to grow, albeit

slowly, but moving? The right

direction. Of course in the new

year t kv yet for all of us is

Europe and whether or not that

economy can sustain the debt crisis

there. If the European economy were

to falter because we are also

interconnecteded, the US and other

ecomonies would probably feel the effects. Alexis Christoforous in New

New York, thank you.

Alright. Let's whip around the weather

weather forecast for you.

Police titan the noose on one of

the nation's most wanted fugitive.

We've got that next. And the best

last-minute bargains for Christmas.

The details when the Early News returns.

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These are our main stories this

morning - police are hot on the

trail of one of the nation's most-

wanted men after another

confrontation at a property in north-western

north-western New South Wales.

The Federal Government grows to

Tony Abbott's plan to send asylum

seekers to Nauru, but the

Opposition Leader refuses to

support the Malaysia Solution.

In sport, Shaun Marsh proves his

fitness ahead of the Boxing Day

Test.

COMMENTATOR: That has gone for 6

and Shaun Marsh brings it up for a

6 with the 99 not out and the

Scorchers get home in a great game

of cricket. And in finance, if you

can't beat them, join them - Harvey

Norman launches an offshore

internet site to sell GST-free video

video games. NSW Police are closing

in on accused double murderer Malcolm

Malcolm Naden. Officers set eyes on

the fugitive when they our rounded

a property in north-west NSW but somehow he slipped away.

This is the nation's most-wanted man

man as he looks today. It is the

latest image from police who've had

their closest encounter yet with

the accused double murderer since

he shot at an officer two weeks ago.

Officers wept to a house in

Nowendock in NSW after reports of a

break-in. They saw Naden and drew

their weapons, but somehow he

managed to escape. Investigators

say a gun found at the property is

similar to the ones youed in the

shooting earlier this month. --

used in the shooting earlier this

month. Police say they are on his

tail. Our efforts during the

Christmas period will continue appropriate

appropriate to the circumstances

and we hope to finalise the matter

and arrest him as soon as we can.

They had planned to scale back the

search this week, but the hunt for

Naden has been reinvigorated after

this close call. It is hoped the

residents in the area will finally

have some peace of mind at Christmas.

After months of bickering, the

Gillard Government has put a

modified asylum seekers deal on the

table. It is prepared to re-open

the Nauru processing centre if the

Opposition approves Labor's

amendments to the Migration Act.

Once the legislation is passed, the

Government would send 800 asylum

seekers, who argh Roy by boat to

Malaysia, in return for accepting

4,000 authorised refugees. As a

compliment to the Malaysia

agreement we are happy to engage

with the government of Nauru to see

if a processing centre can be

developed on Nauru. But Opposition

Leader Tony Abbott is digging in

his heels and says the Malaysia

deal isn't needed if Nauru is

available. Ate men have been

arrested over the recent sinking of

an asylum seeker boat, which

claimed the lives of as many as 200

people. The man accused of one of

Sydney's most horrific mass murders

has been refused bail. In Central

Local Court yesterday Robert Xie's

lawyer argued he had no motive to

slaughter his own relative. Police

insist their case is strong and

claim to have incriminating

forensic and DNA evidence. The

matter has been adjourned until March.

37 years since Cyclone Tracey

destroyed Darwin and the Top End

has again been told to batten down

the hatches over Christmas. A tropical

tropical low is hovering off the coast,

coast, but that is unlikely to form

into a cyclone on Christmas eve.

Weather models have the system

deepening before turning west alone

the Top End. Meanwhile, an ex- tropical

tropical cyclone off the coast of

Queensland is whipping up gale

force wins. It is expected to bring

giant seas and close some beachs in

the coming days. Sydney Airport has

grappled with capacity issues for

decades, but now a government task

force may have come up with a

solution. News Limited reports the

Neapean district has been

identified as a prime location for

a runway and passenger terminal. The

The Western Sydney site is said to

be preferred over other

alternatives, such as the Central

Coast or expanding facilities at an

Air Force base. The task force also

ruled out the long-proposed

badgeries correct site as an option.

Neighbours reported a break-in at

Ed Cowan's parents' home in

Sydney's eastern suburbs. It is

alleged the intruder barricaded

himself inside and threatened self-

harm. The man was subdued with

capsicum spray and arrested. I am

quit beside myself, really.

Especially having a disabled wife

who will return home shortly and

find her bedroom trashed.

Fortunately, the Cowans were not

home at the time of the break-in. A

wave of bomb, across Baghdad has

killed at least 67 people and

injured dozens more. It is the

worst violence that Iraq has seen

for months and follows just days

after the withdrawal of US forces.

Burnt-out cars and debris are scattered across 14 different bomb

sites in Baghdad. A string of coordinated explosions set

everything from neighbourhood everything from neighbourhood

markets to a plation. The blast

killed more than 50 Iraqis and

injured dozens more. Roadside

blasts, car bombs and at least one

suicide bomber. The attack comes

days after the last US forces left

Iraq. "I could not see anything

because of the blast", this woman

said. "Then the second police took police." (SIRENS WAIL)

There as been no claim of

responsibility but al-Qaeda Sunni

people are expected. Iraq Shi'ite Prime

Prime Minister earlier this week

ordered the arrest of the nation's

Sunni Vice President accusing him

of running death squads. Sunni

Shi'ite clashes brought Iraq to the

brink of civil war in 2006. Many

Iraqis are worried that sectarian

violence would spark after American

troops left. US fishes have expressed concerns about a

resurgence of al-Qaeda now that the

military has gone.

The Norwegian gunman who killed 77

people has been declared criminally

insane. A panel of experts

confirmed Anders Breivik suffers

from paranoid schizophrenia. That means

means after his April trial he will

be sent to a closed psychiatric

ward instead of prison. The right

wing extremist has confessed to the

July massacre, but refuses to plead

guilty, claiming he is waging a war against

against Islam. Residents from a

tiny Spanish town must have been

stockpiling four leaf clovers,

rabbit feet and even some hoseshoes.

They have hit the jackpot winning a

share of $930 million in the

country's Christmas lottery. School

children read out the lucky numbers

in a nationally tell voiced draw.

The top prize has been dubbed "the

fat one" and this year was shared between 1,800 ticket holders.

Shaun Marsh has proved his fitness

ahead of the Boxing Day Test with a

stunning 99 not out to help Perth down

down the Melbourne renegades in the

big bash competition. The brilliant

display at Etihad Stadium a clear

signal to selectors that he is over

the back injury that sidelined him

for six weeks.

COMMENTATOR: That will be it.

That's gone for 6 and Shaun Marsh

brings it up with a 6 against 99

not out and the Scorchers get home

in a great game of cricket. Chasing

189, Margaret River belted 99 off

52 deliveries to guide the

Scorchers to a last over-wicket win.

Adelaide-ined has marked the

arrival of new coach John Kosmina

with a 2-all draw against Sydney FC.

The Reds came out firing, scoring

after just 8 minutes. Daniel Mullen

headed in a brilliant corner, but a

penalty to the home side evened the

ledger soon after. Adelaide with

their own penalty after the break

to again led by one until the 56th minute.

COMMENTATOR: It is in. 2-2.

Petrecas. A splendid spriek by the

youngster. The Reds are now winless

for six games in a row. Tropical

Cyclone Fiona will create

unpredictable winds and plenty of

work for navigators in this year's

Sydney-to-Hobart. The tricky

conditions won't phase Syd Fischer,

though. The 84-year-old has seen it

all before over 42 races and

doesn't plan to stop any time soon.

Most of the people that I have seen

that retire croak within two or

three years and I am not aiming to

do that. A great old salt, isn't

he? Fischer won in 19 82 and

received line honours two years

later. He will skipper the 52ft

'Ragamuffin'. Ellie is back with us.

Sales everywhere pre-Christmas,

amazing. Absolutely, Ron. If people

still have shopping to do, the

upside to the car park nightmares

is there are bargains to be had.

With two sleeps to go until

Christmas the time for buying gifts

is running out, but the good news

is that retailers are offering

bargains for kids big or small and

they don't even care if you' been

naughty or nice. The weather

outside is frightful, but Christmas

sales are so delightful. Retailers

have cranked up the discounts to

win your dollars and Santa is again answering

answering lots of requests for

Apples. They are a good price but

they are flying out the door like

crazy. By Boxing Day I think they

will be all gone. IPads are so

popular, many stores have already

sold out. As you can see, I only

just got the list. We have been

very busy. Toys R Us are busy, too,

both instore and online. We've seen

a huge response and increase. It

has been great. It is working

really well for us. Everything old

is new again. 'Star Wars' and

TRANSLATION: Toys are in hot demand,

although inflatable --

'Transformers' are toys are in hot

demand. Cosmetics are always in

season. Customers are coming

through the doors at the moment. We

are seeing it especially this week

leading into Christmas. We've had

two pre-Christmas rate cuts, but

still experts predict flat retail

sales putting jobs in jeopardy.

They will not run as many shifts in

the first quarter of next year or

put people off. People are hoping

this will be a happy New Year for

retailers. Greek residents are

heading to Australia to escape the

nation's economic woes. 2, 500

Greeks have relocated this year and

there are expressions of interest

from another 40,000. The

unemployment rate in Greece stands

at 18% with the country in its

fifth year of recession. Taking a

look at the global markets now. It

Christmas cheer about. Stocks seems there is a little more

bounced back a little, thanks to

improved jobless figures out of the

US and easing concerns about Europe.

We can't read too much into any

movement was the figures because trading

trading involvement is very light.

Here is how the weather is shaping

today. up in your part of the country for

Now a look at some of our

international news websites. 'The

Daily Telegraph' UK has research from the Yale University this

reveals it is possible to learn new

skills and ideals while you are

dreaming. Similar to the Hollywood

blockbuster 'Inception'. The

'Telegraph' in the UK predicts

property trends for 2012 and

apparently it is goodbye to the

bachelor pad and it suggests that

landlords will get richer and

children will stay at home longer.

And they certainly do. The women

are setting to lock deluxe in a tux.

The 'Gulf' news says the girls

borrowing from the boys is bang on.

If you like that kind of thing.

Still ahead, a look at a special

group of sailors in need of a

helping hand. And Harvey Norman

hits back with GST-free computer

News returns. games. All of that when the Early

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Detectives are hot on the trail of accused murderer Malcolm Naden

after another confrontation in

western NSW. Police set up a

parametre around a remote home in

Nowendock, following reports of a

break-in. Police drew their weapons,

but Naden managed to escape.

Investigators say a gun found at

the property resembles the one used

in the shooting of a police officer

earlier this month. And our efforts

through the Christmas period will

continue appropriate to the

circumstances and we hope to

finalise the matter and arrest him

as soon as we can. Police will

swarm the area today, as they

attempt to capture one of the

nation's most warranted men. The

Gillard Government has done an

about face and is now prepared to

discuss Tony Abbott's demand that

asylum seekers be sent to Nauru.

The concession comes as Indonesian

police arrest eight people over the

Java tragedy.

A sad sight - six bodies believed

to be from the boat tragedy off

Java, washed up on Bali beaches.

The bodies are still being

recovered, so I think it is

incumbent upon everyone in the

political process to do everything

na we possibly can to resolve the

situation. That has prompted the

Gillard Government to now give

ground to Tony Abbott. As a compliment to the Malaysia

agreement we are happy to engage

with the government of Nauru to see

if a processing centre can be

developed on Nauru. But even before

the offer was made, Tony Abbott

appeared to be standing firm. If

you've got Nauru, you don't need Malaysia. While the political

impasse remains, it is reported

that three Indonesian soldiers

remain for the boat tragedy that

has cost around 200 lives. After a

collapse of the Malaysian deal

Greens leader Bob Brown insists

that Nauru will not stop boat

tragedies occurring. The worst case

occurred after the Howard

solution last time. Government implemented the Nauru

A 17-year-old boy has become one of

the youngest Victorians to be

sentenced to murder. The teenager,

who cannot be named, will serve at

least eight years behind bars for

fatally stabbing Indian student

Nitin Garg last year, as the 21-

year-old walked to work. The

killing sparked angry protests in

New Delhi. One Indian newspaper

depicted Victoria police as the Ku

Klux Klan when investigators

suggested it was not a racist

attack. In sentencing, the judge

said that Garg was stabbed in a

phone. botched attempt to steal his mobile

Music industry stalwart Ian "Molly"

Meldrum has undergone surgery in

the next step of his long road to

recovery. Surgeons imserted splits

and screws to repair his shoulder

and ribs, which were injured when

he fell from a ladder a week ago

while putting up Christmas

decorations. Molly also suffered

head injuries and is yet to regain

consciousness, but the operation is

believed to have gone well. The 65-

year-old remains heavily sedated in

a serious but stable condition.

For the first time in 17 years, a

competing? The Sydney-to-Hobart special group of sailor also not be

Yacht Race. The sailors -- Sailors

forced with Disabilities crew have been

forced to pull out because of a

lack of funding.

Sydney-to-Hobart will be without a

special crew come Boxing Day. To

pull out of the race before it even

starts, I mean we have never done

that before. This is the first time

since 1994 David Pescud and his

team can't afford to compete.

Something had to go. It was either

kids or Hobart this year. We

decided the kids were more

important. His charity Sailors with

Disabilities supports thousands of

children, helping them to find

freedom on the water just like

these sailors have. A little bit of

wind coming, guys. No legs, no

sight, but no fear or limits.

Ability to participate without

being in the restrictions of the

mobility I have on land. The most

gruelling sailing race in the world

is a perfect calling. They have to work

work a bit harder and they get up a

bit earlier and they go to bed a

bit later and they push a bit

harder, but that is what they do

every day of their life. For David

and his crew, not sailing in the

Sydney-to-Hobart this year is all of

of the motivation they need to

achieve bigger and better things next

next year, but they desperately

need a helping hand. What they need

is a major sponsor to put its name

on their sail and cause. It is something

something that the charity hasn't

had now for three years. They are

sailing on reserves that are

running out. We do 4,000 children

through our programs. You are

investing in that. What better

return on your dollars? One thing

is clear - these sailors don't have

to leave the mainland on Boxing Day to be an inspiration.

At least 67 people are dead after a

wave of bombings in the Iraqi

capital. The bombs were detonated

at 14 sites across Baghdad during

the morning peak-hour rush. At

least one suicide bombing was among

the attacks which injured nearly

200 people. Most of the areas

targeted appear to be Shi'ite

neighbourhoods. No-one claimed

immediate responsibility for the

attacks, but authorities are

pointing the finger at al-Qaeda.

The bloodshed comes just days after

US troops pulled out of the country

after nearly nine years of war.

Four new kins of the jungle are

taking pride of place at a Serbian

zoo. They are among the world's

most dangerous animals, but you are

more likely to be couping than

cowering from these new additions.

Just hours old, the rare white lion

cubs still have their eyes closed,

as they cosyed up alongside their

proud mum Shumba. It is her second

litter in just five months, which

is good news for the species which

is on the brink of extinction. A

goalkeeper has been booted for

kicking a pitch invader. A 19-year-

old ayax fan who police suspect was

full of Dutch courage ran on to the

field in the Dutch Cup game. The

goalkeeper of the visiting side

Alkmaar Zaanstreek was so even raudgeed

raudgeed he laid in the boot,

kicking the fan twice. Esteban

Alvarado was red-carded by the

referee for violence. His furious

team-mates stormed off the pitch

and the match had to be abandoned.

Shaun Marsh has proved his fitness

ahead of the Boxing Day Test

against India with a stunning 99

not out to help Perth bet Melbourne

in the final over of their big bash

clash at Etihad Stadium. The

impressive knock was a solid signal

to selectors that he is over the

back injury that has kept him

sidelined for six weeks. Meantime,

the Indian cricket team has arrived

in Australia. That will be one of

the highlights of the summer, to

see how the ageing batsmen of India

go against the young quicks. The

popular Sachin Tendulkar is on the

brink of history. He is one century away

away from the record of 100

international tonnes. The FFA's

finances may be able to take a

massive hit with Socceroos Jason

Cullina reportedly seeking $1.7

million in damages for injuries

sustained during Australia's Asian

Cup campaign in January. The claim

has been lodged by the Players

Union on behalf of Cullina. Cullina joined

joined the Newcastle Jets in

February, but broke down again on

the eve of the A-League season and

hasn't played since. They are

claiming it is the FFA's responsibility to ensure all

players are playing with the

appropriate insurance. After

missing out on the NRL grand final,

Manly co-captain Jason King says he

is on track to play in the SBS

World News Australia in February.

The Sea Eagles mixed their pre-

season training with a series of

dragon-boat races. All talk of

former coach Des Hasler jumping

ship now water under the bridge.

That was put to bed a long time ago

now. Like I said we have been

training solid for about five weeks

now. There hasn't been any talk

about it at all. We are focused on

what is ahead of us. New coach

Geoff Toovey received an awesome

salute. Ellie Southwood back with

us. Gerry Harvey has been batting

on about this for ages now.

Internet sales are beating the GST

and he is doing something about it.

It seems he is, Ron. Harvey Norman

is one of a host of Australian

retailers battling the online

market. But now the company has

launched its own offshore site

where consumers can but computer

games and avoid paying GST

harveynormandirectimport.com is

based in Ireland. It has been

launched to take advantage of the

post-Christmas sales and will sell

console video games $30 cheaper

than the in-store retail price. A

shipping fee of $3.95 will apply

and no GST is payable under orders of

of $1,000. Harvey Norman are

considering extending the online

offer to other goods. There has

been a mixed reaction from analysts

and investors to the half a

trillion dollars worth of low-

interest loans handed out by the

European Central Bank. There were

investor concerns the banks would

simply use the money to improve

balance sheets, rather than taking

on government debt. Some analysts

believe it is the subtle way for the

the European bank to ease the

financial pressure on big lenders,

just as the US Federal Reserve did

at the peak of the financial crisis

in 2008. Briefly in other business

news, outdoor adventure wear

company Kathmandu has become the

latest retailer to succumb to the

soft Christmas sale. There is low

public debt and a strong financial

position and an appeal has been

lodged in the class action against

ANG over claims the bank imposed

unlawful fees. That is the finance

news, Ron. Ellie, thank you very

much. A check of the weather before we go.

And that is it for this morning's

Early News. We won't be here on

Boxing Day Monday. We will be back

Brit-eyed and bushie-tailed next

week. I am Ron Wilson. You have a

wonderful Christmas. And I am Ellie

Southwood. Have a festive season. Goodbye. Supertext

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