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A crackdown on Iranian

protesters as thousands march

again. Wall Street

again. Wall Street reined in by

Barack Obama's banking reforms.

Pakistan arrests a suspect in

the Sri Lanka cricket team

attack. And the Socceroos fight

back to beat Japan.

Good morning. Charles Slade

with ABC News for Australia

Network. For the fifth day

running, tens of thousands of

protesters have blocked the

streets of Tehran and there

have been dozens of arrests.

have been dozens of arrests.

The protests came as Iran's

mourning for those killed in opposition called for a day of

the clashes with police. The Internet has taken over

covering Iran's massive street demonstrations. Most western

media are now barred from

reporting directly from the

scene, but the government of

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hasn't been

able to stop these images being

posted on social networking

sites. They show thousands of people flooding

people flooding into the streets, many wearing black and

green, the colours of mourning

and the opposition's defiance.

A video played on the Internet

showed militia trying to

intimidate residents in one

neighbourhood. Iran's Foreign

Ministry has released a statement accusing foreign

governments of stirring the

turmoil to a level not seen

since 1979. It insists the controversial election which

controversial election which saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win by landslide is

legitimate. TRANSLATION: This

is a great turning point in the

30-year history of the Islamic revolution. It's very hard for

western countries to tolerate

this, and all their efforts are

aimed at questioning the

authenticity of the election

because Iran's democracy has

challenged their democracy. The

right people of Iran deserve the

right to have their voices

heard and their votes counted.

The outcome of any election should reflect the will of the


Across Europe, Iranian

expatriate s and their

supporters have held their own

protests reflecting what's

happening in Tehran. The

happening in Tehran. The

Iranian people have been saying

they don't want a religious

dictatorship and they full

aware that election of this

regime is a farce. Plit

analysts cast doubt on how long

President Ahmadinejad had hold

onto power. He has made far too

many enemies in the whole range

of political spectrum in Iran.

Even Iran's footballers are

joining in the dissent, ahead

joining in the dissent, ahead

of a World Cup qual qualifying

match between Iran and South

Korea, a number of players wore

green bands around their wrists

an arms. The symbolism was

short lived with the bands

disappearing before half-time.

Almost five months after

inheriting a country with a

floundering economy and rising debt, President Barack Obama has unveiled his plan

has unveiled his plan for

financial reform. He's propose

sweeping new regulations for

banks and other large firms of

the but lobby groups are

already opposing the changes.

Corporate high flyers packing

their bags has become a common

sight since the world's economy

started to crumble. The problem

originated in the US, when

giant financial institutions began to fall. President Obama's made no

Obama's made no secret of the

fact he thinks he inherited a

mess. Now he wants tighter

controls for the economy. We

seek to create a framework in

which markets can function

freely and fairly, without the

fragility in which formal

business cycles suddenly bring

the risk of financial

collapse. To combat what

collapse. To combat what he calls financial irresponsibility on Wall

Street, there will be a new

body. And the US Federal

Reserve will have the ability to oversee the entire

system. If you can pose a great

risk that means you hold a

great responsibility. We'll

require these firms to meet

stronger capital and liquidity

requirements. As my mother

always used to say, you

always used to say, you know,

the road to hell is paved with

good intentions. So we'll have

to see where this road is

going. Many Americans can't

afford another failure, after

the subprime mortgage crisis

saw thousands default on their

home loans. But the policy

could be weakened before it's

made into law, with the US

Chamber of Commerce already

stating its opposition, and the

Republicans offering a rival


Police in Pakistan have

arrested one of seven men

suspected of being behind the

Lahore attack on Sri Lanka's

cricket team. Six police guards

and the driver of a Sri Lankan

team bus were killed in the

attack in March. Police say the

suspect is a member of the banned militant

Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab

organisation. The Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has

President Asif Ali Zardari has

told NATO leaders his

government's war against the

Taliban has only just begun. At

a meeting in Brussels over

Pakistan's security and trade

links, Mr Zardari says failure

is not an option. Ahead of a

landmark summit with European

Union chiefs, Mr Zardari took

the opportunity to reassure

NATO members that his military

offensive against the Taliban

in the Swat Valley will

in the Swat Valley will

continue. My determination to

fight, is there, my people's

determination to fight is

there, and defeat is not an

option for us. The government

is about to step up its battle

with insurgents in South

Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan. It's considered the deepest stronghold of al-Qaeda and other militant

groups. The Pakistani President is also seeking

is also seeking financial help

from the international

community, but he's not simply

begging for aid. I intend to

ask for what I need and what I

need is trade, not aid. I'm

looking for MOUs, not IOUs and

I intend to get them. So far

the fighting in Pakistan's

north west has displaced more

than 2 million people. The

United States is leading the

way in helping, committing

way in helping, committing 110

million dollars in immediate

humanitarian aid. Under tight

security, the American

Ambassador has made a surprise

visit to a makeshift camp,

handing over much needed school

supplies. We recognise the

enormous sacrifices of people

living in areas like this, and

we continue to pray that they

will soon be able to turn to their homes and their

livelihoods. The EU has offered

a further $100

a further $100 million US to

help Mr Zardari tackle both the

militants and the economic crisis.

North Korea is threatening a

thousand-fold military strike

against the United States and

its al highs if it's provoked.

It's the latest threat by

Pyongyang as tensions in the

region continue to escalate.

South Korea says it's keeping a

close watch and is preparing

for the possibility of

for the possibility of another

nuclear test. At the same time,

delegates to the International

Atomic Energy Agency have condemned Pyongyang for last

month's atomic test. At a

closed-door meeting in Vienna,

delegates to the UN's atomic watchdog sharply rebuked North

Korea for its nuclear test in

May. IAEA member states,

including the US, China, Japan

and Argentina, say the May 25

test and earlier missile tests

were sear yours, unacceptable

and provocative. But China's

delegate warned the international community to respect Pyongyang's sovereignty. President Hu

Jintao is in Russia where he

laid a wreath at the tomb of

the Unknown Soldier before

meeting Russian President

Dmitry Medvedev. The two

leaders issue a joint statement

urging North Korea

urging North Korea to return to

six-party disarmament talks.

For South Korea's part there is

deep and persistent suspicion

at the prospect of another

nuclear test. The Defence

Ministry says it's keeping a

close eye on its neighbour. TRANSLATION: There

are three sites that could be

used to launch missile. We are

closely watching North Korea.

Pyongyang has kept up its

rhetoric, warning of a

thousand-fold military

retaliation against America and

its allies if provoked. The

warning came just hours after

US President Barack Obama

promised to aggressively

enforce new UN sanctions on the

North Korean regime.

You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Coming up -

the race to host the 2016

Olympic Games. And - on the

campaign trail with the

Indonesian President as he consolidates his massive lead

in the polls.

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim,

facing trial next month, says

the country's opposition party

will survive without him if he

is convicted of sodomy charges.

The prominent politician

maintains the case against him

is politically motivated. As he

prepares to face court once

more, Anwar Ibrahim remains

defiant. If the intention is to

convict me by hook or by crook, then it's

then it's going to be messy but

I'm not going to take it hands

down. This is the second time

Anwar Ibrahim has faced what he

calls politically motivated

sodomy charges, after being

jailed and barred from office

for corruption and sodomy 11

years ago. And he claims he

will face essentially the came

judicial system that wrongly

convicted him the first time. I would

would concede that in the last

few years, there have been

cases where judges have taken

some surprisingly more

independent decisions. But

these are the fringe of the

judicial fraternity and not the norm. The Leader of the

Opposition alliance is accused

of sodomising a former aide. He says if

says if he's sent back to

prison, the opposition front is

prepared, and will remain united. The Malaysian

government maintains he will

get a fair trial. But if found

guilty, the man regarded as

having the best chance of

ousting the government that's

ruled Malaysia for five decades

could be jailed for 20 years.

A senior Indonesian banker related by marriage to President Susilo Bambang

Yudhoyono is behind bars. The

former Central Bank Deputy

Governor Aulia Pohan was

sentenced to 457 years for

embezzling nearly $9 million of

the bank's money. Aulia Pohan's

daughter is married to Susilo

Bambang Yudhoyono's son. The

head judge, Kresna Menon, also

sentenced three other former bank

bank officials. The sentence

could benefit President

Yudhoyono, who's keen to end

Indonesia's image as a corrupt

nation. With just a few weeks

until the presidential

elections in Indonesia, the

contenders have been

crisscrossing the country

looking for votes and with a

big lead in the polls incumbent

President Susilo Bambang

Yudhoyono is taking few chances

on the campaign trail. But as

Indonesia correspondent Gavin Fang

Fang reports, the voters don't

seem to mind.

SONG: # You don't know what

it's like # After a long day

on the campaign trail,

Indonesia's President unwinds

with some favourite songs. It's

a rare glimpse of the

music-loving leader, freed from

the protocols of office. And

his at times staid political

persona. Hours earlier, 3,000

hand-picked party members had

given the President a raucous

welcome at a rally in southern

Sumatra. We have many

achievements, is that right?

Stability in politics, right?

Elimination of corruption,

right? The economy is growing, right?

right? Indonesia is being

appreciated more in the world,

right? And we want that to


At a lunch stop voters crowd

around the restaurant for a

chance to meet the President.

Despite his massive lead in the

polls, President Yudhoyono has

been taking his message to

voters right across the

country. But it's a tightly

controlled campaign, where few

voters have a chance to really

question their leader. But the

President's spokesman denies

it's an effort to shield him

from any critics. With this

kind of campaigning, politics

is something that is, you know,

interesting. It's smart. It's elegant.

elegant. And peace.. People are

not afraid of politics any more. Politics is something

that you can be proud of. The

President's campaign message is

ability stability and continuing the policies of the

past five years. Critics say

the campaign is boring. But the

people the President meets

don't seem to mind and on election day, want to be the

ones who count.

The United States has expand

the its watch list of countries

suspected of not doing enough

to combat human traffic. More

than four dozen nations are on

notice and may face sanctions

unless their records improve.

It's a list that continues to

grow. Trafficking has a broad

global impact as well. 52

countries and territories are

now on the books. That's 12

more than last year. The report

estimates at least 12 million

adults and children are victims

of forced labour. In Iran

children are forced into sexual

slavery, while Iranian girls

are trafficked into Pakistan

and numerous other countries.

In Syria, women are trafficked from south

from south and South East Asia

and are forced to work as

domestic servants. The

3230-page document in part part claims the global financial

crisis for increasing the

worldwide trade. It also

predicts the economic crisis

will push more businesses

underground to avoid taxes and

unionised labour and that, it

says, will increase the use of

forced, cheap and child

forced, cheap and child labour

by catch strapped multinational

companies. It weakens

legitimate economies, fuels

violence, threatens public

health and safety and shreds

the social fabric that's

necessary for progress. The

new countries identified with human trafficking problems

include Pakistan, the

Philippines, Cambodia and

Bangladesh. But 17 nations already on the list

already on the list are now

subject to sanctions for not

doing enough to combat the

illegal trade. They include

traditional US foes like Iran,

Burma and North Korea. One of

the things we see with the

Korean pop place in that part

of China is that no-one seems

to want to protect that

population. But African

countries Nigeria and Mauritius

were praised for making strong

efforts to combat trafficking.

On a lighter note, it seems

intoxicatingage comes from an

ancient xrop in the Pacific but

while there is no alcohol in

kava the popular ceremonial and

recreational drink can produce symptoms similar to

drunkenness. But now, an

Australian study shows kava can relieve depression. The

research has appeared in the

latest edition of the journal Psycho pharmacology.

Kava is hugely important in

a number of Pacific island

cultures. Last year's Pacific

festival of arts began with a

deeply traditional kava

ceremony. The benefits of kava

have now been shown in a

chromed Queensland university

study to include easing anxiety

and lifting depression. The

results are actually quite

astounding. We had highly

significant results on reducing

participants' anxiety and what

we did find which has never

been shown before is that kava

reduced people's depression

level. A number of Pacific island countries began

exporting kava but that came to

a virtual halt when tests in

Europe indicateed that the way

the kava pills were being made

led to concerns about liver

damage. It now appears that

production process included

material other than the peeled

root stock of the kava

plant. This is not the way it's

used traditionally. In this

particular trial, we used a

traditional water soluble

extract and got brilliant

results. The team that conducted the Queensland

university study is advocating

the establishment of a regional

kava quality control mechanism to ensure that the quality of

the kava to be exported meets

standards that would ensure it

was safe. The withdrawal of

kava by certain markets have

had a devastating effect on

Pacific island economy, and we

would like to look at ways to

actually get those bans

overturned. He says that the

university is now looking for

support to conduct an even

bigger trial to trust kava's depression-relieving properties

against standard

anti-depressant medications.

It's never too late to

learn, as law students at a

university in India recently

found, when joined by one

mature-age classmate. While

surprised at first, they're now

delighted to be sharing their

desk with an octogenerian. This

woman passed her final school

exams in 1948. And dreamed of

becoming a lawyer. But marriage

and life intervened. Now at 81

years of age, she's back at

university, and pursuing her

dream. I always thought of

studying law but my records

were misplaced but university

authorities found them and now

I'm really happy, I can pursue

law. This long-time social

worker is providing inspiration

for students decades

younger. TRANSLATION: She's

even inspired students skipping classes to

classes to start attending

college more often. Some of

those students are still

getting used to the idea. It

felt a bit strange initially

but slowly we got to know her

and became friends. She always

helps a lot. Her bachelor

degree followed by law studies

will take the woman closer to

her 90s by the time she

graduates but she says she is never too old to learn

something new.

A potentially dangerous gas

leak has forced NASA to again

delay the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle

was scheduled to fly to the

International Space Station,

but the mission has now been

put off until next month. A

hydrogen gas leak appeared in

the same place as a leak on

Saturday which was the one that

caused the initial delay. It

leaked again when we tanked up,

and so we're going to step back

and figure out what the problem

is, and go fix it, and then

we'll fly as soon as we're

ready to see if we go do

that. Endeavour is due to

deliver the third and final

segment of Japan's space

station laboratory along with a

large quantity of food for the

six Ock pants. You're watching ABC News for Australia Network.

Recapping the top stories in

this bulletin - another huge

rally in Tehran as protesters

demonstrate against the

re-election of President

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And -

President Obama unveils what he

calls the most sweeping

overhaul of America's financial

regulations since the Great Depression.

Now a look at some sport.

Australia has come from behind

to beat Japan and finish top of

its Asian World Cup qualifying

group. It was local hero Tim

Cahill who netted two

second-half goals to clinch a

2-1 victory. The majority of

the 70,000 fans that braved the

MCG on a cold Melbourne night

wouldn't have expected the

match to have such little

bearing on Australia's World

Cup ambitions. Not even the

most confident supporters

could've predicted Australia's

near faultless Asian campaign

culminating in the clash against Japan with only the

right to advance as the top

ranked Asian team to play for.

Nevertheless Pim Verbeek

promised a great show and Mile

Sterjovski did his best to

upkeep that promise in the

first few minutes. He was a

fraction away from getting a goal there. Japan had the

sting from the loss in Germany

three years ago to add to their

motivations as they set about

pressuring an unsettled

Australian defence. If the

Socceroos' back four was

slightly ashamed by that mix-up

they would've been even more

embarrassed when Tanaka was

left open in the box 10 minutes


The first goal against

Australia in this final round

of World Cup qualification.

Would you believe if? The first

goal conceded in their Asian

campaign stung the Socceroos

into action after the break. It

was Australia's hero from the

same match in Germany three

years ago that headed the team


You try writing an Australian

football story that doesn't

have Tim Cahill in there

somewhere! With 20 minutes

remaining the Socceroos could

sense victory. And it was

Cahill again who got himself to

the right place at the right


It's to be Cahill again! He

punches the corner flag. He

could be in Kaiser slaughten.

With the right to call itself

the top team assured the race now begins for players to secure their positions in it.

And the race to host the

2016 Olympic Games has entered

its final stretch and Tokyo

believes its biggest rival

could be Barack Obama. The four

cities competing for the Games

have made their final

presentations to members of the international Olympic

committee. Tokyo sup against

Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and the

US President's home town of

Chicago. The biggest rival for

Japan would be Chicago, the

city's been gaining momentum since Obama became President,

but I would like to ask America

how many times do you want to

host the Olympics? The US has

hosted the Games eight times.

Japan three times. And the IOC

will vote for the winning city

on October 2.

weather forecast Now a look at the regional

weather forecast for the next

24 hours.

You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Sorry we

couldn't bring you the business

figures but we had a technical

hitch. Before we go, let's take

another look at the main

headlines. Another day of mass

rallies in Tehran as the

government cracks down on protesters. Barack Obama

outlines his vision to overhaul the US

the US financial regulation

system. And the Socceroos

finish top of their Asian World Cup qualifying group.

That's all for this bulletin. For more information

on news and current affairs

from the region, visit our web

site. I'm Charles Slade. Thank

you very much for watching.

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