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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Making news this Thursday - nearly 60 inmates on the run in Dili East Timor's rebel leader among after a mass jail break-out. called in The Department of Community Service to care for three abandoned children. in Sydney. One found walking near train tracks over a series of stabbings A man to face court in Brisbane

in the city's CBD. coaching shake-up continues. And in sport - the rugby league in favour of Jason Taylor. South Sydney's Shaun McRae sacked how is Wall Street performing? Now let's check the markets and Kath,

Bill,a drop in the price of oil to US GDP. has been offset by an upward revision

IAG at the centre of takeover talk. Australia's biggest general insurer

I'll have more shortly.

in East Timor Australian soldiers based are hunting nearly 60 rebel escapees in the capital Dili. following a mass jailbreak Mari Alkatiri claims It comes as ousted Prime Minister violence and political coup. Australia was behind the recent This is the man East Timor's fragile peace. that threatens to destabilise Alfredo Reinado. Australian-trained rebel leader

prison-break at Dili's main jail It's believed he pioneered the

with 56 other rebels. and he's now on the run of the recent violence Major Reinado fired the first shots on the streets of Dili in May. unleashing chaos refused to give up their weapons. His rebel group Mari Alkatiri stepped down. Until then, Prime Minister

minister for organising death squads Reinado blamed the former prime

to eliminate political opponents. after resigning from his post, But, 2.5 months Mr Alkatiri has hit back denying the allegations. I'm fully confident I have done nothing wrong because I'm fully aware to do with these things. or America was behind the coup. Mari Alkatiri claims either Australia to come down to the city Alfredo Reinado was instructed to start everything with violence.

for Australian soldiers But now, the most important mission

and Federal police in East Timor is to track down the escapees. Hugo Ward, Ten News. Three children the Department of Community Services have been placed in the care of overnight. after being found alone in Sydney a 4-year-old boy, One of the children, near the Guildford Train Station. was discovered at 1:00am more unattended children were found. When police took him back his home,

and sister, just 3. The boy's 8-year-old brother An investigation has been launched. targeting the local drug trade. A win for Sydney police in the city's west Officers searched three homes ecstasy tablets. finding more than 5,000 value of $250,000. The pills have an estimated street over the drug supply. Three men have been charged They'll appear in court this morning.

a two-month investigation. The result ends this morning A Brisbane man will front court charged over two city stabbings. for their response Police are thanking the public identified from surveillance footage. after the alleged attacker was custody around 10:00 last night. The Ashgrove man was taken into for several hours Police questioning the suspect over two separate stabbing incidents before charging him

in Brisbane's CBD this month. on a 33-year-old man The first, an alleged attack in the Queen Street Mall on August 5 of a 24-year-old man followed by another alleged stabbing

in the Myer Centre food court, two days ago. of CCTV footage. The arrest follows the release for their swift response. Police thanking the public

Brisbane Magistrates Court The 28-year-old will front later this morning. Kate Donnison, Ten News. hosting the next soccer World Cup. Sydney reportedly has a shot at Fairfax newspapers say that gripped Australia the city may emulate the soccer fever during this year's cup in Germany as soon as 2010. a bid for the competition in 2018. State premiers had been plotting

by South Africa But sluggish preparations host the event sooner. could see Sydney Conflicting accounts this morning Melbourne terror suspect's wife has of the alleged links a freed

to Jemaah Islamiah. reportedly says Marati Idris's Indonesian family married JI Leader Abu Bakar Bashir. she's a friend of a friend who Not a direct friend.

by Jack Thomas's legal team That differs to the account given in a 2004 bail hearing. quashed, Despite having his conviction the so-called Jihad Jack first terror control order. has been slapped with Australia's Three more men have appeared in court to blow up transatlantic airliners. charged over the alleged plot of conspiracy to murder They're all accused

and of preparing acts of terrorism.

Three weeks into this investigation, special escort group the metropolitan police's is still bringing suspects to court as ever. and the charges are as serious armoured vehicles The three men in these new in the alleged plot are accused of direct involvement passenger aircraft. to explode several transatlantic have now been charged. In all, 15 people The three in court today

serious allegations. join 8 other men facing the most from north and east London. These men are all

onto aircraft and detonating them. Involving smuggling bomb components Wood in High Wycombe this morning Police were still searching Kings

and this evening, an unprecedented fourth week detectives were asking for to question their last five suspects. who appeared in court today, The three men, were taken to Bell Marsh Prison at the Old Bailey. to await their first appearance is being treated in hospital A British tourist visiting Hong Kong mad cow disease. with a suspected case of is in a critical condition The 23-year-old

after falling ill several months ago. back in April The man sought medical treatment after losing control of his limbs suffering from a mental illness. and appearing as though he was with the disease Eating meat contaminated developing in humans. has been linked to cases Dramatic scenes on the streets of Texas after a man lead police on a high speed chase through six cities.

Police used road spikes and are reported to have even fired shots at the man in an attempt to get the suspect to stop. The hour-long chase brought to an abrupt halt only after the driver of the car crashed into a beer delivery truck. It's not yet clear what sparked the dramatic pursuit. The NRL's coaching shake-up continues with South Sydney's Shaun McRae the second major casualty this week.

He's been sacked in favour of Parramatta's Jason Taylor,

who'll guide the Rabbitohs for the next two seasons. The rise and rise of Jason Taylor - overlooked for the top job at Parramatta, he became caretaker-coach and turned the club's season around. Now he's the big winner. I was always confident I could do a good job if given an opportunity.

I probably didn't think I was going to get one so quickly. Shaun McRae's sacking coming just two days after the axing of Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart. McRae had been assured two months ago that his job was safe. It wasn't a case of we thought Shaun couldn't do the job, it was just a case that we just felt, as head coach, we thought Jason would do a better job. Jason Taylor was originally going to be McRae's assistant coach

at Souths next season. Now McRae's been offered the job of Football Operations Manager

and given seven days to make up his mind. I left him a message today. I didn't get to talk to him. But I did say that I'd be looking forward to working with him if he decides to take that role. Leanne West, Ten News. The names of three AFL players who have twice tested positive to illegal drugs,

will remain confidential. The Victorian Supreme Court ruled it was not in the public interest for them to be identified. The judge rejected the media's argument that the players had been involved in criminal conduct and as a result, should be exposed. The issue and this case put at jeopardy the ongoing policy and it would be a terrible shame if we could not maintain our fight against drugs.

The three players would be named and suspended for up to three months if they test positive a third time. Lleyton Hewitt is through to the second round of the US Open following a confident straight-sets win over Spaniard Albert Montanes. The former world number one showing no signs of a knee injury that has troubled his preparations for the tournament. COMMENTATOR: Excellent movement from Hewitt.

Hewitt is Australia's sole survivor in the men's singles draw after Mark Philippoussis was defeated by world number two Rafael Nadal also in straight sets. Time for another check of finance and Kath, Insurance Australia Group a possible takeover target? The owner of the NRMA has seen its shares surge 6% this week prompting suggestions it may be a takeover target.

The country's biggest general insurer has reportedly hired a market research firm to keep an eye on who is buying up its stock. Yesterday, more than 20 million shares changed hands, double the usual daily average. Last week, the IAG boss suggested it was time for some consolidation in the insurance industry. And Fosters says its not aware of any takeover proposals despite media reports this week suggesting the opposite.

The company was sent a query from the Stock Exchange after its shares rose by nearly 10% on Tuesday. Reports suggested two foreign brewers may have been interested in the Aussie beverage giant but Fosters says it has not been approached.

Let's take a look at the national weather:

Let's see what the newspapers are saying - in the Melbourne 'Age' - major developments in ultrasounds now make it easier for parents to see their baby grow. Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' says more than 2,000 convicted paedophiles and child killers

dare secretly living in New South Wales. In the Adelaide 'Advertiser' - bold predictions from Opposition leader Kim Beazley. He expects Labor to recoup marginal South Australian seats at the next federal election. Three children found abandoned in Sydney's west, one discovered near railway tracks. More when the Early News comes back.

What do you want from your supermarket? There are so many nappies. They know me at the supermarket now. (Laughs) And I've never gone through so much washing powder.

So of their 2,000 specials every week,

the biggest discounts are on the products that really matter.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines - three Sydney children placed in the care of community service workers after being found alone in the wee hours.

Sydney's iconic ferries labelled a soft and attractive target for terrorists. Australian soldiers in East Timor hunt nearly 60 rebels on the run after a mass jailbreak. And dramatic pictures of a police woman ran over after making an arrest in Britain. Now let's check in with Kath for another look at the markets.

Well, a drop in the price of oil has been offset by an upward revision to US GDP.

Tax cuts filter through to retail trade.

Aussie spending up big.

More shortly. Three children have been placed in the care of the Department of Community Services after being found alone in Sydney overnight. One of the children, a 4-year-old boy, was discovered at 1:00am near the Guildford Train Station. When police took him back his home, more unattended children were found. The boy's 8-year-old brother and sister, just 3. An investigation has been launched.

A Brisbane man will front court this morning charged over two city stabbings. The Ashgrove man was taken into custody around 10:00 last night. Police questioning the 28-year-old for several hours before charging him over the CBD attacks. His arrest follows the release of CCTV footage. Police are thanking the public for their swift response. Sydney's iconic ferries could be targeted by terrorists

according to an American security specialist. The comments came as ASIO admitted just a handful of terrorists could cause mayhem. They're an Australian tourist icon - the ferries which dot Sydney Harbour every day. But now a worrying warning from a veteran US security expert - Sydney ferries are a soft and attractive target for terrorists.

I could just go down to Circular Quay, get three, four or five guys onto a series of ferries there

and have a horrible catastrophe in front of the Sydney Opera House. And he warns bag searches on public transport need to be introduced

if Australia is to stop a terror strike at home. Why are you not doing them on ferries? Why are you not doing them on buses and light rail? The head of Australia's spy agency ASIO agrees

our nation is just as vulnerable to terrorists as any other. The range of potential targets is limited only by the imagination and the number of extremists willing to pursue their deadly ambitions. And he warns many terrorists are highly educated, always seeking new and better ways of plotting their attacks.

Daniel Sutton, Ten News.

A mass jail break is threatening to destabilise East Timor's fragile peace. Australian soldiers and federal police are hunting 57 escapees including rebel leader Alfredo Reinado. It comes as ousted Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, has accused Australia or America of being behind the recent violence

and political coup.

Three months after resigning, Mr Alkatiri has denied claims

he hired hit men to kill his political opponents. Extraordinary CCTV footage of the moment a motorbike rode over a police woman has been shown to a British court. The rider sentenced to nine years behind bars for the vicious attack. January of this year. A fight builds onto the pavement and the police are called. WPC Liz Parsonage and her colleague were first on the scene.

Monitored by CCTV cameras, they succeeded in separating those involved but during the struggle, WPC Parsonage fell to the ground with the man she was restraining. What happened next shocked everyone present. From nowhere, a motorcycle is ridden straight over the WPC. The court heard it had been used as a weapon to cause serious injury.

This man, the rider, had 85 previous convictions, including assaults on police officers. Jurors rejected his claim that it had been an accident. His attack on the WPC, seen here staggering to her vehicle, had, in the words of the judge, "been intended to take her out" Liz Parsonage suffered lacerations to her head and hand. She believes only her body armour prevented more serious injury. I'm hoping that the message has been sent out loud and clear

that unprovoked assault on police officers, using weapons, and in this case, a motorcycle, will not be tolerated. Wayne Hewitt has never apologised for the attack. A few brief moments that his victim will never forget. The clean-up is under way in the United States after tropical storm Ernesto made land fall in Florida. Residents returned to find very little damage after the storm failed to gather strength as predicted.

In Florida, uprooted trees and water damage was the extent of the devastation. The storm crossed the coast packing winds of just 72km/h and has since been downgraded from a tropical storm to a depression. While Ernesto dissipates, a new system is gaining momentum off the coast of Mexico. Hurricane John has strengthened into a category four storm whipping up seas and dumping rain on popular Mexican holiday resorts

along the Pacific Ocean. Winds of more than 200km/h have been recorded

but the storm is not expected to reach the United States. The names of three AFL players who have twice tested positive to illegal drugs, will remain confidential. The Supreme Court ruled

it was not in the public interest for them to be identified. The judge rejected the media's argument that the players had been involved in criminal conduct and as a result, should be exposed. After taking out an injunction against Fairfax Newspapers from publishing the names, the AFL is relieved by the decision. This issue and this case put at jeopardy the ongoing of the policy, and it would be terrible shame if we couldn't maintain our fight against drugs.

Media outlets threatened to name three players

after they twice tested positive to substances outside of competition. Despite the court ruling, Carlton coach Denis Pagan says no club should be caught out if the un-named players are in the end-of-season trade market. The three players would be named and suspended for up to three months if they tested positive a third time. It doesn't matter whether you've been in trouble or not. I think everyone does their homework,

and everybody knows the consequences of getting it wrong. And Essendon has emerged as the frontrunner to sign estranged Lion Jason Akermanis - he met with the Bombers yesterday afternoon. Ian Cohen, Ten News. The Blackburn Rovers have turned down a bid for Socceroo defender Lucas Neill by Premier League heavyweights Liverpool. The Anfield club made a $5 million bid for Neill and have just 24 hours to improve the offer

with the transfer window closing later tonight. Neill has told his club Blackburn that he won't be signing a new contract with them and with his current deal set to expire in a year's time, they are keen to cash in. Lleyton Hewitt has breezed through to the second round of the US Open with a straight-sets win over Albert Montanes. It wasn't all good news for the Aussies with Mark Phillippousis ousted by Spaniard Rafael Nadal

but Hewitt completed his rain-delayed match in style. With improved conditions gracing the Big Apple, Hewitt was happy to assist organisers clear the day 2 backlog, claiming the first set 7-5 before wiping Montanes off the court in the second. COMMENTATOR: Aggressive hitting from Hewitt. The 2001 champion showing no signs of a knee injury that had hampered preparations in the lead-up to the Grand Slam.

Excellent movement from Hewitt. The former world number one requiring just over two hours of court time wrapping up the match confidently in straight sets. Oh, terrific hands from both players but it's Lleyton Hewitt that has the final say. Wildcard Mark Philippoussis was throwing everything against world number two Rafael Nadal in their first-ever encounter.

Well done. But the 20-year-old Spaniard was spectacular from all over the court claiming the first set in just 28 minutes and despite Philippoussis showing some of the form that took him to the 1998 final... That's the shot. ..he couldn't stop the French Open winner from advancing to the second round impressively in straight sets. Oh, quite incredible.

Andrew Brown, Ten News. Finance news and Kath, retail spending surprises on the upside? Yes, Bill. There's been a jump in retail sales

with Australians spending up big thanks to tax cuts. But the sales boom is likely to put even more pressure on interest rates. Rising loan repayments and high petrol prices haven't dampened consumer spending. Retail trade figures for July were up 0.6% to just over $18 billion.

Tax cuts kicking in at the beginning of the month fuelling spending by cashed-up consumers. The big bucks in the month went to department stores and that's classic. When you get a big lump of tax cuts people head out and buy the more luxury goods the department stores sell - they're the ones doing well. The retail activity has increased speculation that interest rates will rise later this year.

You couldn't say for sure we're going to have another interest rate rise. I think if you asked the Reserve Bank today, they would say yes. Mortgage repayments and high petrol prices ate away most of the $9 billion in tax cuts introduced in July - but not enough to dampen consumer activity. The average family is still ahead, that's why they're still spending. Some observers likening our shopping habits to a form of worship.

Consumerism is now our unofficial national religion, with ever larger shopping centres being built so we can worship seven days a week. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Let's take a look at the national weather:

The man dubbed Brisbane's serial stabber arrested overnight. The details after this short break.

Come on, kids. Time to get ready. And this woman is suffering from three-thirtyitis. Symptoms include lapses in concentration, and, er...

Whoops-a-daisy. Cure three-thirtyitis with a nourishing Continental Cup-a-Soup. (Kids laugh)

Australia's favourite soup in a cup. Just look for the C.

This program is captioned live. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Making news this Thursday - East Timor's rebel leader among nearly 60 inmates on the run in Dili after a mass jail break-out. The Department of Community Service called in to care for three abandoned children. One found walking near train tracks in Sydney. A man to face court in Brisbane over a series of stabbings

in the city's CBD. And in sport - the rugby league coaching shake-up continues. South Sydney's Shaun McRae sacked in favour of Jason Taylor. Let's take a look at the national weather:

Now let's check the markets with Kath. Bill, a drop in the price of oil has been offset by an upward revision to US GDP.

I'll have more finance news shortly.

Australian soldiers based in East Timor are hunting nearly 60 rebel escapees following a mass jailbreak in the capital Dili. It comes as ousted Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri claims Australia was behind the recent violence and political coup. This is the man

that threatens to destabilise East Timor's fragile peace. Australian-trained rebel leader Alfredo Reinado.

It's believed he pioneered the prison-break at Dili's main jail

and he's now on the run with 56 other rebels. Major Reinado fired the first shots of the recent violence unleashing chaos on the streets of Dili in May. His rebel group refused to give up their weapons. Until then, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri stepped down. Reinado blamed the former prime minister for organising death squads to eliminate political opponents.

But, 2.5 months after resigning from his post, Mr Alkatiri has hit back denying the allegations. I'm fully aware I have done nothing to do with these things. Mari Alkatiri claims either Australia or America was behind the coup. Alfredo Reinado was instructed to come down to the city to start everything with violence.

But now, the most important mission for Australian soldiers and Federal police in East Timor is to track down the escapees. Hugo Ward, Ten News. Three children have been placed in the care of the Department of Community Services after being found alone in Sydney overnight. One of the children, a 4-year-old boy, was discovered at 1:00am near the Guildford train station. When police took him back his home, more unattended children were found.

The boy's 8-year-old brother and sister, just 3. An investigation has been launched.

Police say a man who called them about the murder of a baby girl in Adelaide, may hold the key to solving the case. Detectives say the man contacted them last Sunday and are asking him to call again.

7-month-old Crystal Peters died earlier this month. Among her injuries, a fractured skull and a broken arm.

Her mother and father claim she died from a seizure. A Brisbane man will front court this morning

charged over two city stabbings. Police are thanking the public for their response after the alleged attacker was identified from surveillance footage. The Ashgrove man was taken into custody around 10:00 last night. Police questioning the suspect for several hours before charging him over two separate stabbing incidents

in Brisbane's CBD this month. The first, an alleged attack on a 33-year-old man

in the Queen Street Mall on August 5 followed by another alleged stabbing of a 24-year-old man in the Myer Centre food court, two days ago. The arrest follows the release of CCTV footage. Police thanking the public for their swift response.

The 28-year-old will front Brisbane Magistrates Court later this morning. Kate Donnison, Ten News. A Sydney doctor, facing a possible 10-year jail term for performing an illegal abortion, has withdrawn from practising. Dr Suman Sood, who was last week convicted on two counts of procuring the miscarriage, has withdrawn her name from the NSW Register of Medical Practitioners.

The withdrawal is effective today. The 56-year-old doctor has apologised for any inconvenience caused to patients. The clean-up is under way in the United States after tropical storm Ernesto made land fall in Florida.

Residents returned to find very little damage after the storm failed to gather strength as predicted. In Florida, uprooted trees and water damage was the extent of the devastation.

The storm crossed the coast packing winds of just 72km/h

and has since been downgraded from a tropical storm to a depression. The names of three AFL players who have twice tested positive to illegal drugs, will remain confidential. The Supreme Court ruled it was not in the public interest for them to be identified.

The judge rejected the media's argument that the players had been involved in criminal conduct and as a result, should be exposed. After taking out an injunction against Fairfax Newspapers from publishing the names, the AFL is relieved by the decision. This issue and this case put at jeopardy the ongoing of the policy, and it would be terrible shame

if we couldn't maintain our fight against drugs. Media outlets threatened to name three players after they twice tested positive to substances outside of competition. Despite the court ruling, Carlton coach Denis Pagan says no club should be caught out if the un-named players are in the end-of-season trade market. The three players would be named and suspended for up to three months if they tested positive a third time. It doesn't matter whether you've been in trouble or not.

I think everyone does their homework, and everybody knows the consequences of getting it wrong. And Essendon has emerged as the frontrunner to sign estranged Lion Jason Akermanis - he met with the Bombers yesterday afternoon. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Sacked South Sydney coach Shaun McRae is expected to front the media at Rabbitohs training today. The man who was to be McRae's assistant next year, Parramatta's Jason Taylor, has been appointed head coach for the next two seasons.

It was not a case of whether we thought Shaun couldn't do the job, it was more a case of we felt that as head coach, Jason would do a better job. McRae's sacking coming just two days after the axing of Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart. Lleyton Hewitt is through to the second round of the US Open following a confident straight-sets win over Spaniard Albert Montanes. The former world number one showing no signs of a knee injury

that has troubled his preparations for the tournament. COMMENTATOR: Excellent movement from Hewitt. Hewitt is Australia's sole survivor in the men's singles draw after Mark Philippoussis was defeated by world number two Rafael Nadal also in straight sets. Time for another check of finance. The Tax Office is now turning its sights on big corporations that shift profits to offshore tax havens.

The ATO says it will use sophisticated data-matching technology to scrutinize financial statements, tax returns and publicly available company information to find out if money is being sent offshore. The Tax Commissioner says in the past five years, it's managed to recover around $1.3 billion in lost tax. Now let's take a brief look at some of the other top business stories.

And failed Westpoint boss Norm Carey

will receive $4,000 a week to cover his living expenses while he faces a Federal Court hearing into the property developers collapse.

Let's take a look at the national weather:

Let's see what the newspapers are saying -

Rachel Miller joins us live from Thredbo.

Wet weather is forecast. Let's see what the newspapers are saying -

More coming up when the Early News returns.

FOR POLICE, WILL SEE LONGER TOUGHER ANTI-GANG POWERS PRISON SENTENCES SET FOR OFFENDERS. THE LEGISLATION TO INCLUDE SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT RIOTERS,

LIKE THOSE SEEN IN CRONULLA. THREE NEW OFFENCES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ACT - FOR GANG MEMBERS WHO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST POLICE OR DESTROY PROPERTY. RIOTERS IN AREAS LIKE GOULBURN AND BREDBO, CAN NOW FACE UP TO FIVE YEARS JAIL.

A NEW PROGRAM - DESIGNED TO HELP THE A-C-T'S DISABLED POPULATION - IS BEING LAUNCHED TODAY - BYMINISTER KATY (GALL-A-HER) GALLAGHER. 'LOCAL AREA COORDINATION' WILL FOCUS ON PROVIDING

INFORMATION AND SERVICES, TO DISABLED RESIDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT'S BEING JOINTLY RUN BY BELCONNEN AND WODEN COMMUNITY SERVICES, AND WILL ALSO COVER GUNGAHLIN. AND ANIMAL WELFARE IS SET TO IMPROVE IN GOULBURN AND THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS, WITH THE CATTLE COUNCIL HOLDING A ROUND TABLE MEETING WITH THE R-S-P-C-A. IT'S THE FIRST TIME THE TWO ORGANISATIONS HAVE MET - ONE OF THE GOALS TO LIFT THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY'S IMAGE.

WHILE BOTH SIDES ADMIT TO HOLDING DIFFERENT VIEWS ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE, COUNCIL PRESIDENT BILL BRAY ADMITS, IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS GAINING PUBLIC TRUST.

TO SPORTS NEWS NOW, AND THE CANBERRA RAIDERS HAVE SIGNED SACKED BRONCOS FORWARD NEVILLE COSTIGAN ON A THREE-YEAR-DEAL. IT'S A BOOST FOR THE GREEN MACHINE, THE SIDE TO LOSE SIX STAR PLAYERS AT THE END OF THE SEASON. NOW TO THE VERY LATEST LOCAL WEATHER INFORMATION.

ON THE SATELLITE, MILDER CONDITIONS THIS MORNING,

ALTHOUGH THAT HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE IS STILL OVER THE REGION. LOOKING AROUND THE COUNTRY THIS MORNING, AND A SUNNY DAY IN CANBERRA, EXPECTING A TOP OF 20 DEGREES.... AFTER DROPPING TO 3 OVERNIGHT. A SUNNY AFTERNOON, WITH NORTH EASTERLY WINDS, AND 22 DEGREES IN WOLLONGONG. 21 THE TOP IN DUBBO .... A LITTLE COOLER IN ORANGE. 18 THE TOP IN BOWRAL AND GOULBURN.. ONE WARMER IN BATHURST. A BEAUTIFUL ONE IN BATEMANS BAY. HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IS 23 - THAT'S IN PARKES TODAY.

THE MERCURY HEADED FOR 22 IN NOWRA. THE SIX-DAY OUTLOOK NOW, FOR CANBERRA AND SURROUNDS.... AND A BIT OF CLOUD ABOUT TO END THE WORKING WEEK. SCATTERED SHOWERS ACROSS THE REGION ON SATURDAY, QUICKLY CLEARING ON SUNDAY.

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

three Sydney children placed in the care of community service workers after being found alone in the early hours. Sydney's iconic ferries

labelled a soft and attractive target for terrorists. Australian soldiers in East Timor hunt nearly 60 rebels on the run after a mass jailbreak. And dramatic pictures of a police woman run over after making an arrest

in Britain. The Department of Community Services has taken three young children into its care after they were found abandoned overnight. One was wandering the streets in the wee hours. At a time most children would be asleep in bed, police were collecting the 4-year-old boy from the Guildford train station. He'd been wandering the area alone. They took him home on scant details. Finding his 8-year-old brother and 3-year-old sister

also on their own inside the western Sydney unit complex.

The Department of Community Services called in to assist. It's now investigating who abandoned them and why. The discovery comes a day after the grandfather of murdered 1-year-old Robbie Gillett

made this passionate plea for his killer to come forward.

We hope, whoever is responsible for Robbie's cruel death is caught and feels the full force of the law. The Sydney child was known to DOCS and reportedly on a high priority care list. Veronica Buck, Ten News. Queensland opposition leader Lawrence Springborg will take a break from the campaign trail after the death of his father-in-law.

He's flown from Cairns to Brisbane to console his wife Linda. An abandoned orphanage has gone up in flames in central Victoria.

Half of the Heritage-listed building was destroyed in the blaze. The damage bill expected to run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Firefighters worked for 1.5 hours to bring the fire under control and believe it may have been deliberately lit. At one stage, a nearby school was threatened.

A Brisbane man will front court this morning charged over two city stabbings. The Ashgrove man was taken into custody around 10:00 last night. Police questioning the 28-year-old for several hours

before charging him over the CBD attacks. His arrest follows the release of CCTV footage. Police are thanking the public for their swift response. Sydney's iconic ferries could be targeted by terrorists according to an American security specialist. The comments came as ASIO admitted just a handful of terrorists could cause mayhem. They're an Australian tourist icon -

the ferries which dot Sydney Harbour every day. But now a worrying warning from a veteran US security expert - Sydney ferries are a soft and attractive target for terrorists.

I could just go down to Circular Quay, get three, four or five guys onto a series of ferries there and have a horrible catastrophe in front of the Sydney Opera House. And he warns bag searches on public transport need to be introduced

if Australia is to stop a terror strike at home. on ferries? Why are you not doing them on buses and light rail? The head of Australia's spy agency ASIO agrees

our nation is just as vulnerable to terrorists as any other. The range of potential targets is limited only by the imagination and the number of extremists willing to pursue their deadly ambitions.

And he warns many terrorists are highly educated, always seeking new and better ways of plotting their attacks. Daniel Sutton, Ten News. A mass jail break is threatening to destabilise East Timor's fragile peace. Australian soldiers and federal police are hunting 57 escapees including rebel leader Alfredo Reinado. It comes as ousted Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, has accused Australia or America of being behind the recent violence and political coup. Three months after resigning, Mr Alkatiri has denied claims he hired hit-men to kill his political opponents. Extraordinary CCTV footage of the moment a motorbike rode over a police woman has been shown to a British court. The rider sentenced to nine years behind bars for the vicious attack. January of this year. A fight spills onto the pavement and the police are called.

WPC Liz Parsonage and her colleague were first on the scene. Monitored by CCTV cameras, they succeeded in separating those involved but during the struggle, WPC Parsonage fell to the ground with the man she was restraining. What happened next shocked everyone present.

From nowhere, a motorcycle is ridden straight over the WPC. The court heard it had been used as a weapon to cause serious injury. This man, the rider, had 85 previous convictions, including assaults on police officers. Jurors rejected his claim that it had been an accident. His attack on the WPC, seen here staggering to her vehicle, had, in the words of the judge, "been intended to take her out".

Liz Parsonage suffered lacerations to her head and hand. She believes only her body armour prevented more serious injury. I'm hoping that the message has been sent out loud and clear that unprovoked assault on police officers, using weapons, and in this case, a motorcycle, will not be tolerated. Wayne Hewitt has never apologised for the attack. A few brief moments that his victim will never forget. Dramatic scenes on the streets of Texas

after a man lead police on a high speed chase through six cities. Police used road spikes and are reported to have even fired shots at the man in an attempt to get the suspect to stop. The hour-long chase brought to an abrupt halt only after the driver of the car crashed into a beer delivery truck. It's not yet clear what sparked the dramatic pursuit.

The NRL's coaching shake-up continues with South Sydney's Shaun McRae the second major casualty this week. He's been sacked in favour of Parramatta's Jason Taylor, who'll guide the Rabbitohs for the next two seasons. The rise and rise of Jason Taylor - overlooked for the top job at Parramatta, he became caretaker-coach and turned the club's season around. Now he's the big winner. I was always confident I could do a good job if given an opportunity. I probably didn't think I was going to get one so quickly. Shaun McRae's sacking coming just two days after the axing of Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart. McRae had been assured two months ago that his job was safe. It wasn't a case of we thought Shaun couldn't do the job,

it was just a case that we just felt, as head coach, we thought Jason would do a better job. Jason Taylor was originally going to be McRae's assistant coach I left him a message today.

I didn't get to talk to him. But I did say that I'd be looking forward to working with him if he decides to take that role. Leanne West, Ten News. It been reported controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair It wasn't all good news for the Aussies with Mark Phillippousis ousted by Spaniard Rafael Nadal but Hewitt completed his rain-delayed match in style. With improved conditions gracing the Big Apple, Hewitt was happy to assist organisers clear the day 2 backlog, COMMENTATOR: Aggressive hitting from Hewitt. The 2001 champion showing no signs of a knee injury that had hampered preparations in the lead-up to the Grand Slam. Excellent movement from Hewitt. The former world number one requiring just over two hours of court time wrapping up the match confidently in straight sets. Oh, terrific hands from both players but it's Lleyton Hewitt that has the final say. Wildcard Mark Philippoussis was throwing everything against world number two Rafael Nadal in their first-ever encounter. Well done. But the 20-year-old Spaniard was spectacular from all over the court claiming the first set in just 28 minutes and despite Philippoussis showing some of the form that took him to the 1998 final... That's the shot. ..he couldn't stop the French Open winner from advancing to the second round impressively in straight sets. Oh, quite incredible.

Andrew Brown, Ten News. It's been reported controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair could be considered for a new role as a coach for first-class umpires

in England next year. Hair had hoped to umpire first-class county matches himself before setting off crickets latest ball-tampering saga. And in other cricket news -

up to 1,300 fans who bought Ashes tickets on internet auction sites could find themselves turned away at the gates. Cricket Australia cancelling all tickets bought that way.

Finance news with Kath. Yellowcake from Australia's newest uranium facility could end up being sold to China. Canadian firm UraniumOne has approved $50 million to develop Honeymoon in South Australia's far north. It will be Australia's fourth uranium mine, exporting 400 tonnes of uranium oxide annually. We have two contracts in place for 40% of our production offtake. The company is in negotiations to supply China as well although it's ruled out exporting to India.

If you're one of those people who loves to soak their food in tomato sauce, then this is a case of 'wish you were here'. 40,000 revellers converged on this tiny Spanish town for the annual tomato-pelting festival. The aim of the ritual is to hurl as many tomatoes as you can anywhere.

100,000kg were used in this year's festival which started back in the 1940s when a group of youths began throwing their lunch at each other.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories - East Timor's rebel leader among nearly 60 inmates on the run in Dili after a mass jail break-out. The Department of Community Service called in to care for three abandoned children.

One found walking near train tracks in Syndey.

A man to face court in Brisbane over a series of stabbings in the city's CBD. That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Bill Woods. 'Bye for now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au