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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Frank Coletta.

Kevin Rudd visits number 10 Downing

Street, holding talks with the

British PM. Energy Australia British PM. Energy Australia

issued a please explain after power

was cut to almost 70,000 homes

across Sydney. Pakistan security

forces overpowered gunmen who

stormed the police academy in

Lahore, killing more than eight

people. In financing stocks on Wall

Street plummet as the big American

bankruptcy. car-makers are threatened with

Kevin Rudd has held key talks with

British PM Gordon Brown ahead of

the G20 crisis summit in London.

Both men agreed on the critical

role of China despite role of China despite some

embarrassing shuffle diplomacy by

our PM. Kevin Rudd sees himself,

Gordon Brown and President Obama

forming a sort of trio to yank the

grbs 20 sum td in the direction

they believe is necessary.

Australia has strong friends and

allies who together will shape the

content of this global strategy for

economic recovery. We are seeing an

unprecedented global response to an unprecedented global response to an

unprecedented global crisis. But

there is still more to do over the

next few days. Already the world's

20 biggest economies have spent

$2.5 trillion in coordinated

stimulus. The trick now is to keep

them ready to spend more. Kevin

Rudd is full of praise for the way

in which Gordon Brown is

coordinating the G20 summit. It's

true the British PM's stocks have risen during the financial crisis true the British PM's stocks have

but he still trails his opponents

badly in the polls. Both leaders

agree China is cuels for success

but on the set of a BBC TV show, Mr

Rudd indulged in some shuffle

diplomacy. He wanted to sit next to

the British ambassador. It's the British ambassador. It's a

natural thing to park yourself next

to each other. The BBC didn't agree,

Madam Fu Ying continued to

separate the two buddies. We could

find out if the hbt will hold up the

the Government's stim -- today if

the Government will hold up the

were stimulus package. The $900 bonuses

were due to be paid to millions of

Australians from April. The Tax

Office says it needs a decision by

the end of the week if it's to

deliver the payments on time. A man

has died after being crushed in a

truck rollover in Sydney this

morning. The driver, aged in his

40s, lost control of his rig at

Yagoona shortly after 3 o'clock. West bound traffic on the

West bound traffic on the Hume

Highway is shut down. Fire and

ambulance crews arrived on the

scene within minutes but the woman

who crashed could not be saved. A

high rise apartment was destroyed

in Sydney yesterday. The blast blew

out internal walls on three floors,

and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people hundreds of people from the

29-storey apartment tower as well

as a nearby shopping centre. Two

plumbers working in the apartment

suffered serious burns. Energy

Australia has been hit with a

please explain after a widespread

blackout across Sydney. Power was

cut to more than 70,000 homes while

around 100 sets of traffic lights

went out during peak hour.

Electricity was restored within two

hours. A faulty power cable hours. A faulty power cable is

being blamed for the blackout.

Sydney's escalating bikie war has

prompted the Queensland Government

to fast track tough new laws

outlawing renegade gangs. The

private pain of a very public war.

The mother of Hells Angel bikie Peter Zervas

Peter Zervas unable to cope after

he was gunned down in her driveway

on Sunday, hit with at least six

bullets. Bang, bang, bang, six

shots. Just last week, his brother

was beaten to death at Sydney

Airport. It's an extraordinary

level of violence. The escalateing

law prompted NSW tew dopt new

anti-bikie laws, outlawing criminal anti-bikie laws, outlawing criminal

gangs. South Australia already has

similar legislation. Now Queensland

will follow. At this stage there is

nothing to indicate what we're

seeing in NSW is about to spill

over our border but these laws are

about getting ahead of the problem.

The laws should be in place within

months but outlawing the gangs

could take years. Police need proof

of any criminal activity. Pakistan

security forces have regained security forces have regained

control of a police academy in

Lahore that was stormed by armed

militants. The attackers killed

more than six police recruits

before being surrounded. The siege

lasted more than six hours with

four militants killed in the gung

battle. One was set upon by police

as he was captured. Police officers

celebrated on the roof as the siege

finally came to an end. The attack finally came to an end. The attack

comes less than a month after the

Sri Lankan cricket team was

ambushed in Lahore. Well, his Blues

may be flying high but Chris Judd

has been laid low. His preparations

for Round 2 have been interrupted

by a bad case of the flu. His team

is hoping he'll be right for

training tomorrow. Chris Judd

last night became ill over the weekend and

last night missed his slot on

Network Ten's new footy show. His

coach was a last-minute fill-in and

later hosed down speculation the

skipper will be missing against

Brisbane this weekend. Thank

goodness we probably played the

nine days. At the match review

panel, Simon Taylor has copped a

3-week suspension for this knee on 3-week suspension for this knee on

Selwood. You're reported. Withen

early guilty plea, he can escape

with a 2-game ban. Dean Brogan was

given two weeks for rough conduct

on bomber Andrew Lovett. And

Collingwood has backed away from

lodging an official complaint

during -- for the umpiring during

the game. Magpie the game. Magpie officials were

furious during the match. Manly's

premiership defence is in tatters

after they slumped to their

third-straight loss. The club world

champions remain rooted to the foot

of the ladder. We'll get out of it.

We'll get out of it. We're under We'll get out of it. We're under

the radar now. Don't worry about

that. It was a bad night for the

Eagles with Jamie Lyon limping off

in the second half with a knee

injury. The Socceroos are confident

Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano will

play against Uzbekistan tomorrow

night. Scott McDonald is hoping a

starting role will help him find the back of the net the back of the net for Australia

for the first time. You don't like

sitting on the bench at all but

it's one of them ones, you've got

to wait for your moment. McDonald

has scored 38 times for his club

side, Celtic. On to finance now and

the wheels are close to falling off

the US car industry? You're right.

The money had to dry up sooner

rather than later. The White House

has cept a very clear message to the American auto industry the American auto industry - if you

want Government money, you'll have

to remake your company. The Obama

Administration has asked one of the

big three CEOs to step down.

President Obama says General Motors

and Chrysler have a lot of work to

do if they want more taxpayer

dollars. Now's the time to confront

our problems head-on and do what's

necessary to solve them. The White

House already forced GM House already forced GM chairman

Rick Wagoner to restwrien. He had

made some progress -- resign. He

had made some progress but critics

argue he was moving too slowly. The

administration say a change in

leadership will help GM get a fresh

start. It will take new vision and direction. The administration

didn't think Chrysler was big

enough to go it alone, so it

ordered the auto-maker to ordered the auto-maker to finalise

a partnership with Fiat. The White

House hasn't ruled out bankruptcy

for the auto-makers and it's moving

ahead on a plan that would

guarantee car warranties would be

honoured even if one of the big

three says it can no longer pay its

bills. Wall Street has been hit

hard by those worries hard by those worries about the

auto-making industry and also more

bad balance sheets for banks.

The Commonwealth Bank is accused of The Commonwealth Bank is accused of

breaking a props to BankWest staff

after cutting 400 jobs. CBA

acquired BankWest five months ago

and the boss said the Commonwealth

remained committed to BankWest's

Australian network and jobs. CBA

has announced it's cutting 250

Perth-based staff and another 150

across Sydney, Melbourne and

Brisbane, blaming the economic

downturn for that move. downturn for that move. To other business news:

Checking today's newspapers.

Chinese businesswoman Helen Liu

says she's hurt by suggestions she

could be a threat to national

security. Mining kaefpz will be security. Mining kaefpz will be

forced to look to Asia -- companies

will be forced to look to Asia for

loans. And billions of dollars of

Australia's military equipment

can't be used because it's not up

to standard. A war of words erupts

between swimmers Nick D'Arcy and

Simon Cowley. Details when Ten's

Early News returns.

Headlines every quarter hour on

Ten's Early News. Kevin Rudd meets

with the British PM with both

leaders confident of success at

leaders confident of success at

Thursday's grbs 20 crisis summit.

Simon Cowley speak -- G20 crisis

summit. Simon Cowley speaks about

the vicious assault, claiming he

did nothing to provoke Nick D'Arcy.

Manly sink to their third straight

loss, going down to the Panthers.

In finance, it's do or die for the

big American car-makers as stocks

plummet on Wall Street. British PM

Gordon Brown says the upcoming G20

crisis summit is a decisive moment

for the world economy and jobs. He

was speaking after holding talks on

the global recession with Kevin

Rudd at Number 10 Downing Street.

Paul Bongiorno reports from London.

There's no doubt that Kevin Rudd

and Gordon Brown are soulmates.

They're both labour PMs. These two

have been speaking on the phone and

been talking to Barack Obama. In

fact, our PM was there last week

and in his discussions with the US

President, the three of them have

come to an agrept that they will

tag together, -- agreement that

they will tag together, push the

same line, the need for stimulus,

the need for regulatory reform and

the need to clean up tax

the need to clean up tax havens.

It's a pretty good group for

Australia to belong to, and it will

try to bring the other 17 countries

behind them. There seems to be some

resistance from Brazil and

Argentina. They're very big

emerging economies, of course. But

the talking and the phoning will

continue right up until Thursday

when the summit is held. Paul

Bongiorno travelling with the

Bongiorno travelling with the PM,

reporting from London. Mr Rudd has

been forced to explain a seating

request he made. The PM staff asked

he be seated next to British

Foreign Minister David Milliband,

rather than Madam Fu Ying. It's a

natural thing you wouldn't mind

parking yourself next to each other

as well. Kind of. The BBC didn't

agree and Mr Rudd ended up sitting

agree and Mr Rudd ended up sitting next to the Chinese ambassador

after all. Commonwealth Gold

medallist Simon Cowley has denied

provoking Nick D'Arcy. But admits

he can't remember the attack.

Cowley who has been left with

titanium plates, doubts D'Arcy's

apology. I did nothing to deserve

what Nick D'Arcy did to me. D'Arcy,

who admits he has a problem

who admits he has a problem with

binge drinking, was thrown out of

the Olympic swimming team and

handed a 14-month suspended

sentence after pleading guilty to

the attack. Today's apology was the

best I could do to try to rectify a

terrible situation. I think at this

point in time, it's quite difficult

for me to forgive Nick. I don't

need any sort of friendship or any

need any sort of friendship or any

involvement with Nick D'Arcy.

Cowley is considering civil action.

Post-mortem investigations have led

to a reduction in the death toll

from Victoria's blab Saturday.

Initially it was thought 210 people

died in the blazes but the figure

has been revised down to 173. Seven

weeks after the deadly blazes, an

unexpected finding. The death toll

unexpected finding. The death toll

from the Black Saturday bushfires

has reduced from 210 to 173. The

revised figure comes after

extensive scientific of the remains

were gathered. We knew some things

would be identified as not being

human. It's easy to say the

potential could be one person.

potential could be one person. It

could be months before a final

figure is released. The Victorian

Government defending a clause

enableing it to withdraw the report

from the public for up to 10 days.

The toll reprieve comes as the last

Victorian town destroyed reopened

to the public. But police warn

visitors should continue to take

care if travelling to affected areas There's

There's been a bomb threat

overnight at a home believed to

belong to a Sydney bike a gang

member. A suspicious device was

found at the front of the house but

the bomb squad has declared it safe.

Officers have interviewed Hells

Angels bikie member Peter Zervas,

who who was shot numerous times as

he sat in his car. Police are

trying to track down a man with

shoulder length dark hair, spotted

running from the scene. Security

forces in Pakistan have taken

control of a police academy. Four

militants died in the gun battle.

The Taliban is being blamed for the

attack. Firing from the rooftops,

Pakistani police officers and

commandos celebrate victory, after

a 6-hour stand-off with

a 6-hour stand-off with heavily

armed militants. As the authorities

went from room to room at the

police academy, to ensure the

gunmen had been flushed out, it

emerged at least threne people had

been killed, many of them police

cadets. Nilgtsy police strusled to

wrest -- initially police struggled

to wrest control from the gunmen.

This was the moment when one of the

suspected gunmen was captured. He's

repeatedly kicked as he lies on the

ground. Officials say together four

militants were killed during the

operation and two more were

arrested along with this man. Today's ambush is yet another

reminder of the immense security

challenge facing Pakistan. A wave

of terror recognised by President

Obama as one of the greatest

threats to world stability. Madonna

will have to wait until Friday to

find out if she can adopt a second

child from Malawi. The pop star

spent about an hour in court

yesterday before the hearing was

adjourned. But Madge is threading

son some toes about the way she's

going about -- is treading on toes

about the way she's going about it.

She's a bully. She's using her

profile to try to manipulate the

procedures. Afterwards, Madonna

took her other adopted son to a day

care centre that was built with

money from her charity. Rugby

league and Penrith has survived a

late surge from Manly to hand the

Sea Eagles their third straight

loss of the season. It was cacostly

game with Jamie Lyon leaving with a

knee injury. Manly were looking for

history to repeat itself. Their

first win came in Round 3 last year.

And early signs looked good against

the Panthers. It took 20 minutes

but the Eagles drew first blood.

It stayed that way until half-time.

Then, the heavens opened, and Manly

suffered a setback. Jamie Lyon

leaving the field with a medial ligament strain.

But with stkpwibs minutes gone, the

Panthers -- 56 minutes gone, the

Panthers got on the board. Manly

tired and Penrith took full

advantage. Comment comment the

Panthers have the lead! Manly

finding energy for one more try.

But Orford couldn't convert,

leaving it 12-10 Penrith. Hasler

left to ponder the Eagles's third

straight loss of the season.

Hawthorn will decide this morning

whether to appeal a 3-match

suspension handed to Simon Taylor.

An early guilty plea would see him

miss just two matches for this knee

on Joel Selwood. You're reported!

Port Adelaide big man Dean Brogan

copped a 2-match ban for rough play

against Andrew Lovett. He can serve

one week with an early plea. Former

Olympic swimmer Michael Klim has

taken part in one of Europe's

toughest endurance events. He

joined more than six,000

competitors in germane's 2009

Strongman Run. An 18-kilometre test

of lung-busting endurance. It was

very relaxed. Not too competitive.

Everyone helping each other. Maybe

a little too relaxed, Klim finished

in 769th place, 50 minutes slower

than the winner. A week is a long

time in finance because stocks on

Wall Street have tumbled overnight

on fears about the future of the

auto industry. Juliana Roadley

joins us now. General Motors and

Chrysler are ipvery serious

trouble? Yes. We've all been very

keenly awaiting the outcome of this

situation. The Obama Government

coming out and saying, "No more aid.

They've given them time to come out

with a new recovery plan that will

work. Obama has orded that Rick

Wagoner to reswroin and he did.

Obama said -- resign and he did. He

did confirm if you buy a General

Motors or a Chrysler car, your

warrenfy and repairs will be safe

but it hasn't helped the shares. GM

down by 27%. The Dow off by 300

points. The Nasdaq down by 54. What

are you expecting today? We slumped

by around 1.7%. All the gains out

the door. We're looking to open

around 74 point this morning. It's

going to be hard to see any gains

when the oil price is off by 7% to

below $49 US a barrel. The gold

price off $7. And base metals lower

as well. Thank you. Thank you. New

home sales rose in February.

They're now up 8% in the past three months.

months. Macquarie Group has bought

8% in a bid to spot the airport

link project being scrapped.

After the break, the Chinese

businesswoman at the centre of the

spying allegations speaks publicly

for the first type about the whole

controversy. Details -- time about

the whole controversy.

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Headlines on the quarter hour. PMs

Kevin Rudd and Gordon Brown hold

key talks in London, preparing for

Thursday's grbs 20 crisis summit.

Queensland set -- G20 crisis summit.

Queensland set to crack down on

bikie gangs. Pakistan security

forces overpower gunmen who stormed

a police academy in Lahore. Stocks

on Wall Street plummet as the big

US car-makers are threatened with bankruptcy.

Kevin Rudd has held key talks with

British PM Gordon Brown. Both men

agred on the critical role of China

despite some embarrassing shuffle

diplomacy by our PM. Kevin Rudd

sees himself, Obama and Gordon as a

group. Australia has strong friends

and allies who together will shape

the content of this global strategy

for economic recovery. We are

seeing an unprecedented global

response to an unprecedented global

response to an unprecedented global

crisis. But there is still more to

do over the next few days. Already

the world's 20 biggest economies

have spent $2.5 trillion in

coordinated stimulus. The trick now

is to keep them ready to spend more.

Kevin Rudd is full of praise for

the way in which Gordon Brown is

coordinating the G20 sum. It's true

the British PM's stocks have risen

during the financial crisis but he

still trails his opponents badly in

the polls. Both leaders agree China

is crucial for success. But on the

set of BBC TV show, Mr Rudd wanted

to sit beside his very good friend,

the British Foreign Minister,

rather than next to China's

ambassador. It's kind of a natural

thing you wouldn't mind parking

yourself next to each other as well.

The BBC didn't agree. Madam Fu Ying

continued to separate the two

buddies. The Chinese businesswoman

at the centre of the Defence

Department spying allegations has

spoken publicly for the first time.

Helen Liu has told News Limited

she's a loyal Australian and is

shocked by claims she could be a

threat to national security. The

48-year-old says she's a good

citizen and has been hurt by her

treatment. We could find out as

early as today if the High Court

will hold up the Government

stimulus bonus payments. A NSW law

lecturer has gone to the High Court,

arguing the payments aren't supported by Commonwealth tax law

and are therefore invalid. The $900

bonuses were due to be paid to

millions of Australians by April.

The Tax Office says it needs a

The Tax Office says it needs a

decision by the end of this week if

it's to deliver the payments on

time. Sydney's escalateling bikie

war has prompted the Queensland

Government to fast-track new laws.

The private pain of a very public

war.

The mother of Hells Angel bikie

Peter Zervas unable to cope after

he was gunned down in her driveway

on Sunday, hit with at least six

bullets. Bang, bang, bang, bang.

Six times. Just last week, his

brother, Anthony Zervas, was beaten

extraordinary. to death at Sydney Airport. It's

extraordinary. South Australia

already has similar legislation to

outlaw gangs as NSW. Now Queensland

will follow. At this stage there is

nothing to indicate what we're

seeing in NSW is about to spill

over our border but these laws are

about getting ahead of the problem.

The laws should be in place within

months but outlawing the gangs

of could take years. Police need proof

of any criminal activity. Pakistan

security forces have regained

control of a police academy in

Lahore that was stormed by armed

militants. The attackers killed

more than six police recruits

before being surrounded. The siege

lasted more than six hours with

four militants killed in the gun

battle. Three others were arrested

and one was set upon by police.

Police officers celebrated on the

roof as the siege finally came to

an end. The attack comes less than

a month after the Sri Lankan

cricket team was ambushed in Lahore.

In sport this morning, his Blues

may be flying high but Chris Judd

has been laid low. His preparations

for Round 2 have been interrupted

by a bad case of the flu. His team

is hoping he'll be right for

training tomorrow. Chris Judd

became ill over the weekend and

last night missed his slot on

Network Ten's new footy show. His

coach was a last-minute fill-in and

later hosed down speculation he'll

be missing. He had a little scare

there. It's fine. At the match

review panel, Hawthorn's Simon

Taylor has copped a 3-week suspens

for this knee on Selwood. With an

early guilty plea, he kes cape with

a 2-game ban. Dean Brogan was given

two weeks for rough conduct on

Andrew Lovett. Collingwood has

backed away from lodging an official complaint about the

Adelaide umpiring during its 4-point loss to

Adelaide on Sunday. Magpie

officials were furious immediately

after the match, despite

after the match, despite the fact

the Crows only received four more

freekicks. Manly's NRL premiership

defence is in tatters after the Sea

Eagles slumped to their third

straight loss. The club world

champions remain rooted to the foot

of the ladder, alongside Canberra.

We'll get out of it. We'll get out We'll get out of it. We'll get out

of it. We're under the radar now.

It was a bad night for the Eagles

with Jamie Lyon limping off with a

knee injury in the second half.

It's hoped Shaun McChi will be

woken from a medically induced coma

in Durban today after he was hit by

an armoured car. His parent and

girlfriend are on their way to

The South Africa to be by his bedside.

The team has decided to stay in

Durban. The players are looking

forward to receiving some good news

during the week. The 26-year-old

suffered multiple injuries,

including a broken neck and a

compound fracture of his neck

following the incident. Time for

more finance now with Frank. Time

certainly seems to be running out

for those big American for those big American car-makers?

Yes. The White House has sent a

very clear message to the American

auto industry, if you want

Government money, you'll have to

remake your company and the Obama

Administration has asked one of the

big three CEOs to step down.

President Obama says GM and

Chrysler have a lot of work to do

if they want more taxpayer dollars..

problems Now's the time to confront our

problems head-on and do what's

necessary to solve them. The White

House already forced Rick Wagoner

to resign. He had made some

progress in fixing the auto-maeker

but critics argue he was moving too

slowly. It's a recognition that

will take new vision and new

direction . The administration

enough to didn't think Chrysler was big

enough to go it alone so it ordered

the auto-maker to finalise an

agreement with Fiat. If they do, the Government could make another

investment in Chrysler. The White

House hasn't ruled out bankruptcy

and it's moving ahead on a plan

that would guarantee car warranties

would be honoured even if one of

the big three says it can no longer

pay its bills. Proof that last

week's resurgence was not enough to

call an end to the crisis. Wall

worries. Street has been hit hard by those

Now the Commonwealth Bank is

accused of breaking a promise to

BankWest staff are cutting 400 jobs.

The boss said the Commonwealth

remained committed to Bank pft

West's Australian network and jobs

but CBA has announced it's cutting

250 Perth-based staff and another

150 across Sydney, Melbourne and

Brisbane and blaming the economic

downturn for that move. Briefly in

other business news, the banks will decide whether to throw:

Check of the newspapers this

morning. A the crippling power

outage that brought Sydney's CBD to

its knees yesterday. Oz Minerals

will revise a deal. Bec and Lleyton

Hewitt have rejected claims their

marriage is on the rocks. We'll

devastating blackout across Sydney. have more on yesterday's

NELSON... GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA PRISON, HAS STARTED TAKING BUT FIRST, THE A-C-T'S NEW INMATES. PRISONERS, STARTED MOVING MORE THAN 20 LOW SECURITY MACONOCHIE CENTRE INTO THE ALEXANDER DAYS, AFTER IT WAS YESTERDAY, TWO HUNDRED OFFICIALLY OPENED. WILL BE MOVED INTO THE NEW PRISON STAFF SAY, INMATES AND SYMONSTON, OVER THE FACILITY FROM BELCONNEN, COMING WEEKS. SAYS, CANBERRA'S ON TRACK, THE BUREAU OF METEROLOGY IN MORE THAN A DECADE. TO HAVE ITS DRIEST MARCH, IN THE CAPITAL, AS THE WATER LEVELS, HAVE DROPPED YEAR, HOVERS AROUND 27 AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THIS THAN TWO DEGREES, ABOVE THE DEGREES... WHICH IS MORE AVERAGE. CAPITAL FOR MARCH, HAS BEEN AVERAGE RAINFALL IN THE SO FAR THIS MONTH, WE'VE MORE THAN 50 MILLS... BUT MILLIMETRES. RECEVIED LESS THAN TEN EMERGENCY SERVICES AGENCY, MEANWHILE, THE A-C-T OF THE TERRITORY'S OFFICIAL HAS ANNOUNCED AN EXTENSION, BUSHFIRE DANGER PERIOD. EXTENDED, UNTIL AT LEAST THE FIRE SEASON, IS BEING HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS THE 15TH OF APRIL, AFTER SUMMER ENDED LAST MONTH. ACROSS THE REGION, SINCE REVIEW THE DANGER PERIOD THE E-S-A SAYS, IT WILL MADE NEXT MONTH. AGAIN, BEFORE A DECISION IS THE FULL EXTENT OF SHAWN AND THE BRUMBIES WON'T KNOW LATER IN THE WEEK, WHEN HE MACKAY'S INJURIES, UNTIL

WAKES UP FROM A COMA. WAS HIT BY A CAR WHILE THE 26 YEAR OLD FORWARD, GETTING INTO A TAXI IN DURBAN ON THE WEEKEND. HE'S BEEN PLACED IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA.

NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM IS STRENGTHENING OVER THE SOUTHERN TASMAN SEA BRINGING SCATTERED SHOWERS TO THE REGION THIS WEEK. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - MOSTLY CLOUDY IN CANBERRA TODAY - SHOWERS FOR SYDNEY - MORNING FOG, BUT A SUNNY SYDNEY - MORNING FOG, BUT A SUNNY AFTERNOON FOR MELBOURNE ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH CHECKING WHAT TO EXPECT WALES - A POSSIBLE SHOWER FOR DUBBO 25 THE TOP - A TOP - A POSSIBLE STORM FOR ORANGE WITH 20 BATHURST COULD GET A THUNDERSTORM 22 THE

EXPECTED TOP - WET WITH 19 DEGREES IN BOWRAL WET WITH 19 DEGREES IN BOWRAL A POSSIBLE STORM FOR MUDGEE 23 DEGREES THE EXPECTED TOP - MOSTLY CLOUDY AND 22 FOR COOMA LOOKING AHEAD - WE CAN EXPECT SHOWERS IN THE CAPITAL OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS

TOMORROW AND THURSDAY - WE'RE HEADING FOR A TOP OF 22 DEGREES AND IT SHOULD REACH 23 ON FRIDAY

Headlines every 15 minutes. Kevin

Rudd visits number 10 Downing

Street, holding talks with the British

British PM. Energy Australia

issued a please explain after power

was cut to more than 70,000 homes

across Sydney. And in sport, NRL

premiers Manly sink to their third

straight loss, going down to the

Panthers. In finance, it's do or

die for the big US car-makers as

stocks plummet on Wall Street.

Kevin Rudd has met with British PM

Gordon Brown in London to discuss

the upcoming G20 crisis summit. In

a joint news conference, the two

leaders said Thursday's summit

would be the first real test.

Australia has strong friends and

allies who together will shape the

content of this global strategy for

economic recovery. We are seeing an

unprecedented glol response to an

unprecedented global crisis but

there is still nor to do over the

next few days. Australia and the UK

have also agreed to develop a

closer security relationship.

Meantime, Mr Rudd has been forced

to explain a seating request he

made during an interview on British

television. The PM staff asked he

be seated next to his friend David

Milliband rather than China's

ambassador to Britain, Madam Fu

Ying. It's kind of a natural thing

you wouldn't mind parbing yourself

next to each other as well. The BBC

didn't agree and the Chinese

ambassador ended up between the two

buddies. The High Court will decide

whether the stimulus bonus will go

ahead. The High Court has begun

hearing from Bryan Pape arguing

stimulus money is a gift skpun

lawful. There's many ways to do it

and I said the court today the way

the Commonwealth approached it is

the hard way. The Tax Office has

warned it must have a decision warned it must have a decision this

week if it's to start paying the

bonuses. Simon Cowley has denied

provoking Nick D'Arcy into a

vicious assault but admits he can't

remember the attack. Cowley, who

has been left with titanium plates

holding his face together, doubts

D'Arcy's apology. I definitely did

nothing to deserve what

D'Arcyderous did to me. D'Arcy, who admits

admits he has a problem with binge

drinking, was thrown out of the

Olympic swimming team and handed a

14-month suspended sentence after

pleading guilty to the attack.

Today's apology was the best I

could do to try to rectify a

terrible situation. At this point

in time it's difficult for me to

forgive Nick. I don't need any sort

of friendship or of friendship or any involvement

with Nick D'Arcy. Cowley is

considering civil action. A faulty

air conditioning unit is being

blamed for a massive gas explosion

which destroyed a high rise

apartment in Sydney. The blast blew

out internal walls on three floors

and forced thevacuation of hundreds

of people from the 29-storey

apartment tower, as well as from a

nearby shopping centre. Two

plumbers suffered serious burns.

Energy Australia has been hit with

a please explain after power was

cut to more than 70,000. The

electricity was restored wip two

hours. A faulty power cable is

being blamed for the blackout. Post-mortem investigations have led

to a reduction in the death toll

from Victoria's Black Saturday.

Initially it was thought 210 people

died in the blazes but that figure

has been revised down to 173. Seven

weeks after the deadly blazes, an

unexpected finding. The death toll

has reduced from 210 to 173. The

revised figure comes after

extensive scientific testing of the

remains gathered from the various fire zones.

fire zones. We knew some things

would be identified as not being

human and there's always the

opportunity to say when you've gut

a number of sets of remains that

the potential of that could be one

person. It could be months before a

final figure is released as the

Royal Commission continues. The

Victorian Government defending a

clause enableing it to withhold the

report from the public for up to 10

days. The last Victorian town

destried in last month's fires

reopened to -- destroyed in last

month's fires reopened to the

public. There's been a bomb threat

overnight at a hole believed to

belong to a Sydney bikie -- home

believed to belong to a Sydney

bikie gang member. The police bomb

squad has declared it safe. Meantime, officers have interviewed

Hells Angels member Peter Zervas

who was shot numerous times as he

sat in his car in the driveway of a

Lakemba unit. Airports across the

country were disrupted for up to

four hours yesterday when workers

staged a simultaneous strike. Local

and international services were

delayed because luggage couldn't be

loaded. Some domestic flights

departed without baggage at all.

The union blames Qantas for cutting

pay. More than six police recruits

and four militants died in the gun

battle in Pakistan. The Taliban is

being blamed for the attack. Firing

from the rooftops, Pakistani police

officers and commandos celebrate

victory after a 6-hour stand-off

with heavily arped militants. As

the authorities went from room to

room at the police academy, to

ensure the gunman had been flushed

out, it emerged at least 13 people

have been killed. Initially police

struggled to wrest control from the

gunmen. Eyewitnesses claimed up to

25 men wearing backpacks had

stormed into the academy. This was

the moment when one of the

suspected gunmen was captured. As

he lies on the ground, he's

repeatedly kicked. Officials say

another four militants were killed

during the operation and two more

were arrested along with this man.

Today's ambuse is another reminder

of the immense challenge facing

Pakistan. One of the greatest

threats to world stability.

Rugby league and Penrith has

surviefbged a late surge from Manly --

-- survived a late surge from

Manly. It was a costly game for

last year's champions with Jamie

Lyon leaving the field with a knee

injury. Manly were looking for

history to repeat itself. Their

first win came in Round 3 last year

and early signs looked good against

the Panthers. He gets hammered! It

took 20 minutes but the Eagles drew first

first blood. Here is Bailey. He's

monstered his way across. It stays

that way until half-time, then the

heavens opened and Manly suffered

setback. The rain didn't slow some

down. But with 56 minutes gone, the

Panthers finally got on the board.

Manly tired and Penrith took full

advantage. He dives from dummy half.

What do you know, the Panthers have

the lead. It wasn't over. Manly

finding energy for one more try.

But Orford couldn't convert,

leaving it 12-10 Penrith. Hasler

left to ponder the Eagles

third-straight loss of the season.

Roosters pair Willie Mason and Nate

Myles have been dropped against

Parramatta for breaking the booze

ban. They voluntarily owned up for

drinking on Sunday against the

club's guidelines. We're

disappointed but they were both at

their own home having a beer

watching the footy. They'll be back

next week. Mason and Myles will

play for Newtown in the NSW Cup.

Hawthorn will decide whether to fight a suspension.

You're reported for putting your

knee into his head. Dean Brogan

copped a 2-match ban for rough play against Andrew Lovett.

Stocks on Wall Street have tumbled

overnight on fears about the future

of the auto stkrai. With the of the auto stkrai. With the

details, Juliana Roadley joins us

now from CommSec. GM and Chrysler

are in trouble? Wres. We've all

been waiting on the outcome from

this investigation and it doesn't

look that great. The Obama

Government coming out and saying

there's no more cash to be handed

out. They have given GM60 days and

Chrysler 30 days to come out with

this. And Rick Wagoner has resigned.

Obama saying bankruptcy protection

could speed up a recovery. He

confirmed if you go out and buy a

GM or Chrysler car, your repairs

and warranty will be safe. It

hasn't helped the shares. GM down

to $2.60. The Dow is a bit better

at 200 qaef points lower and the

Nasdaq -- 287 points lower. What

are you expecting with the market

today? It will be hard for a

turnaround. The oil price tumbling

by 7.5% to below cl 49 a barrel.

That won't -- $49 a barrel. That

won't help the energy sector. It

will be hard for the miners. Thank

you. Thanks. Briefly, new home

sales..

The Dow is off more than 3.5%. 200

skibs points. We can't avoid some

of it -- 66 points. We can't avoid

some of it today. That's true.

Let's recap the day's main news.

Kevin Rudd visits Number 10 Downing

Street. Pakistan security forces

overpower gunmen who stormed a

police academy in Lahore, killing

at least eight people. NRL Premiers

Manly sink to their third straight

loss, going down to the Panthers.

That's it for Ten's Early News. See

day. you tomorrow morning. Have a great

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