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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Today - relief in Lebanon. make their way onto war-ships. Stranded Australians

by the weekend. Up to 6,000 more hoped to be rescued Crisis talks - to the Middle East hostilities. the UN calling for an end

More than 300 people now dead. in a police pursuit One person killed and several injured

in Melbourne. And in sport - the Brisbane Lions, maybe forever. Jason Akermanis dropped from weather and for the rest of the day: Now for a look at the national at finance. Now for our first look Good morning Kath Robinson. Bill, good morning. on Intel's forecast Well, US stocks have fallen second quarter loss. and Ford's surprise with tax fraud. Three Gold Coast men charged

I'll have more on that shortly. stranded on the docks in Beirut 200 Australians have finally been moved to safety. They've boarded a Greek warship, in the hot, dangerous port. frustrated and angry after 24 hours The bitter frustration. as hundreds of Australians, Pent-up fury was released when their ferry was double-booked, left stranded faced more bad news. a berth on a Greek ship - They were promised on board, the captain called a halt. but with only 45 Australians They'd run out of time Israel has imposed on the port. before the curfew who are frustrated, You've got people people on edge, people who haven't slept for days, But finally, some good news. on a British warships. Those left were finally found spots to get on this ship, We have waited over 24 hours finally to Australia. to resuce another 6,000 Australians The Government has booked more ships over the weekend. The PM is saying he's doing his best. raise people's expectations. I don't want to unreasonably It is very difficult. it is - to remain patient. We would ask people - hard though asked for help have then refused it. And some Australians who've quite a few of them, When we have contacted they are not prepared to leave they have indicated at such short notice. Laurel Irving, Ten News. Help is on the way for Australians the region. trying desperately to leave from Sydney to Lebanon this morning. 65 Defence Force personnel flew out they face a tough task. Our ambassador says have arrived home Meanwhile, more evacuees including the Armenian dance troupe the region by bus. who were among the first to leave flee Beirut, As tens of thousands of people they leave behind a city in ruins. onslaught is Hezbollah's stronghold Worst affected by the Israeli in the south of the Labanese capital. of Beirut These are the southern suburbs still smoking after more air strikes. 500,000 people live here In normal times, were almost empty. but the battered streets nerve centre. This place is also Hezbollah's and we arrived at their invitation. They give the orders here must have left in a hurry. Civilians who lived here they didn't take in the washing. In this flat, to get out a week ago Israel told them warning they were going to attack. There was more and more damage of south Beirut. as we walked into the heart of Hezbollah's head office, These streets were the site to meet their officials. the place I went many times That's enough, please! MAN: Now, now, everybody come on! He was from Hezbollah. in a place Israel bombs every day. No-one wants to spend too much time still controls the southern suburbs Hezbollah's offices are gone but it and reliable western forces say have not broken its ability to fight. that Israel's bombs and another four injured One person is dead Melbourne's south-east overnight. following a police pursuit in was killed The 17-year-old male passenger with four friends when the car he was travelling in crashed into a power pole. travelling at high speed Police allege they spotted the car and gave chase,

before the collision. abandoning the pursuit a short time hospital with serious injuries Three teenagers were taken to

questioned by police. while the 20-year-old driver is being of an air rifle shooting A man who came forward as a victim at a Melbourne fast-food outlet has been charged over the incident. in the attack. A school girl was almost blinded off his shoulder, Claiming a pellet rebounded considered a hero Stephen Thomas was at first how he chased two men demonstrating to police was shot at. after a young McDonald's worker saw two guys in bushes. Turned around, I turned around and chased them. the street Saw one of them was running up with a rifle, like on his back. for a kilometre. He claimed he tracked the snipers than I was I think they were more scared you know. but I didn't want to catch them, what they've got on them. You just don't know Late this afternoon

by police and charged. he and another man were questioned A firearm also seized. spoke of her ordeal, Earlier, victim Catherine Smith toward the end of her shift. which occurred

It really hurt. I just felt something hit me. I then started to bleed a lot.

It was really painful. I just felt sick. thought it was so close to her eye. I felt honestly sick because I Shaken by the incident has been offered counselling, the 15-year-old but intends on returning to work. with a number of firearms offences. The two men have been charged to police. One with making a false report They've both been bailed next month. and are due to appear in court Allan Raskall, Ten News. to enforce tougher dog ownership laws The NSW Government is under pressure the New South Wales' central west. after the death of a toddler in by three pig-hunting dogs at Warren 4-year-old Tyra Kuehne was set upon on Wednesday night. a few hours later. She died in hospital will be destroyed. Police say the dogs of the State's laws The RSPCA is calling for an overhaul to ensure the tragedy isn't repeated. A Labor MP is proposing sweeping changes to the Federal Government's rent assistance scheme. Craig Emerson says there's a strong case for monies to be paid directly into landlord's accounts. He says this is especially warranted in cases where welfare recipients have repeatedly defaulted on their rent.

Centrelink offers a voluntary direct payment service for rent and some other bills.

But Mr Emerson says it should be compulsory. Jason Akermanis's future at the Brisbane Lions appears over. The club axing the controversial forward for the second time this season after inflammatory comments made in a Melbourne newspaper. From matchwinner one week to sensationally dropped the next, Jason Akermanis appears to have played his last game for Brisbane. This newspaper article in the 'Herald Sun' infuriating the Lions. In it Akermanis claims he is less than a 5% chance to stay at the club next year. The Brownlow medallist sacked from the senior side for the second time this season. It was a unanimous thing. There was not even a dissenting voice The bosses and the senior players that I've spoke to just said, you know - something has to be done and therefore, leave him out of the team. The former giants of the league now in disarray with Mal Michael also at the crossroads. The fullback is lacking motivation and appears set to retire at season's end. And the injured Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy is making a brave attempt to coach against Carlton on Saturday despite undergoing shoulder surgery this week. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. A meeting of NRL chiefs has agreed to scrap the league's current anti-tampering regulations

Under the new system, clubs will have the chance of a final bid for players before they sign elsewhere. But it won't stop all player movement. The fact is, those clubs who develop large numbers of Juniors can't keep them all.

That's how we get an even playing field in our competition. Also on the cards, salary cap relief for players who undertake referee training. The Australian rugby union remains tight-lipped on the top-secret hearing into Wendell Sailor's positive drug test. A committee has reportedly considered evidence this week after Sailor tested positive to cocaine in April this year.

Unfortunately we're not in a position to be able to make any comment on that matter at all. It's not a question of not trying to be transparent or misleading, it's just that we have legal obligations which are very clear and we've got responsibilities to the player. 32-year-old Sailor faces a 2-year ban if found guilty. Finance news and Kath, some tax cheats nabbed in Queensland? The Tax Office has made its first arrests in an international crackdown tax sting. Project Wikenby was set up by the ATO to catch people hiding their assets offshore. Three Gold Coast businessmen have faced court charged with conspiracy to defraud the commonwealth. If you think you have been put into one of these schemes, don't wait for someone to come and find you. It would be very much in your interests to make a disclosure to the Tax Office. If convicted, all three men face a maximum of 10 years jail. And the Opposition has slammed reports the Government is considering a new wave of industrial relations reforms. In a secret document obtained by the ACTU, there are claims the Government is planning to team up with big business to cut the amount of sick leave workers are entitled to and extend the average working week. John Howard hasn't finished with the Australian people yet. If he is re-elected, he is going to revisit this, at least in the time that he has senate control. The Government denies its planning any further reforms to the controversial laws. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: Now for a look at Friday's newspapers - in Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' - universities and hospitals among the city's biggest water users. And AFL star Mark Ricciuto marks a milestone tonight - the Crows player playing in his 300th game. The Adelaide 'Advertiser' has the story. And Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' is covering the death of a 4-year-old girl killed by three hunting dogs. The UN sends a special team into the grief-stricken Middle East. The Ten Early Morning news will return after the break.

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Lebanon's death toll soars beyond 300 as United Nations peace-keepers head into the region. A dance troupe, split up in the conflict, back down under. More arrivals to come. A gatecrasher opens fire on a party in Sydney. A man shot in the groin.

And in sport - Marcus Fraser one of three players leading the Aussie assault at the British Open. Now time for another look at the market, here's Kath. Bill, thank you. Uncertainty about future Fed policy

has extended the US stock markets losses this morning.

Macquarie Bank projects record profits. I'll have more about their AGM later in finance. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for an immediate end to fighting in the Middle East. It comes amid warnings of a mass humanitarian crisis. Southern Beirut. The site of the Hezbollah headquarters and home to thousands of innocent residents now in ruins.

MAN: It's enough please!

Still, the fighting continues for a ninth day. Hezbollah guerillas and Israel troops clashing inside the border of northern Lebanon with casualties also in Gaza. Over 340 people are now dead. More than 500,000 homeless. The United Nations has stepped in to quell the fighting saying Hezbollah's actions have held an entire nation hostage. The captured Israeli soldiers must be handed over to the legitimate Lebanese authorities with the view of repatriation to Israel in a ceasefire. Kofi Annan has also condemned Israel's excessive use of force

saying his top priority is to prevent more civilian deaths. United Nations peace-keepers now rolling into the region. Kellie Morgan, Ten News. Finally, progress is being made in helping Australians flee the Lebanon war zone. Days of delays and bungles left hundreds stranded in Beirut's port tired, frustrated and angry. But they've now been found spots on British and Greek warships. We have waited over 24 hours to get on this ship, finally to Australia. The Government's booked more ships and another 6,000 Australians are likely to be moved out over the weekend. And to help with the evacuations - an Australian Defence contingent flew out to the trouble spot this morning. Aussies leaving to help Aussies. 65 defence personnel flew out from Sydney early this morning bound for Beruit and Cyprus. Our ambassador in the region warns they'll be working under extreme conditions. Some will remain in Cyprus. Some will be on the ground in Lebanon. This young Armenian dance group was part of the first bus convoy to leave Beruit. I felt the bombs and saw buildings gone. We felt the vibration.

It was really scary. They say the day they left was the most violent.

A bomb went off near the bus. Dancer Rose Arabian even kept a piece of schrapnel as a momento.

We were crying on the plane and then laughing and cheering. And amid criticism of the Government, this from those relieved to be home.

I really want to thank the Government, the consulate and the embassy.

Thank you very much. They're scenes being repeated in Melbourne this morning where more families are being reunited. Max Futcher, Ten News. Pope Benedict has called on the faithful to rally for a ceasefire.

The pontiff has listed Sunday as a Christian day of prayer. He says he's terribly concerned about the situation in particular the growing humanitarian crisis. Police are searching for a gatecrasher who opened fire on a party in Sydney. They say the man stormed an apartment on Parramatta's busiest road around 10:00 last night. He fired several shots. One party-goer hit in the groin. He was taken to Westmead Hospital and is in a stable condition. There were no other report of injuries. 000 operators are concerned their social club money is being used to fund a controversial rewards system. The 'Daily Telegraph' earlier this week reported of movie tickets and chocolate being offered to operators who wind up emergency calls in under three minutes.

The Public Service Association has reportedly asked managers to explain who is paying for the gifts.

Some members have objected to funding the rewards system. The High Court has given a woman the go-ahead to pursue a civil trial over claims she was gang raped in the late '70s. The 51-year-old is suing former atsic The 51-year-old is suing former ATSIC chairman Geoff Clark for psychological damage. She's won the right to claim in a Civil Court that the Indigenous leader twice led a pack in 1971 which repeatedly rape her. Geoff Clark has denied the allegation.

It's a busy leaderboard after round one of the British Open where an Irishman is in the lead.

Graeme McDowell is one shot ahead.

Tiger Woods eagled the last to be a serious threat and there are three Aussies - Marcus Fraser, Mark Hensby and Adam Scott among a stack of players finishing at 4-under.

Of the record 23 Australian players - Fraser, a relative unknown, made an early impression. While Tiger was back to his best, the same couldn't be said for his playing partner Nick Faldo who shot a five over 77. Leader Graeme McDowell made six birdies for the day. The NRL is dumping its ineffective anti-tampering measures for a new plan,

giving clubs the final right to negotiate with players

who've received other offers. The June 30 anti-tampering deadline is history. The NRL now working on an alternative. We'll look at it over the next few months. We don't believe it's urgent. The date's past for this year and it'll technically still be there till it's removed by the board. Under the new system, clubs will have greater powers to keep their talented players from signing elsewhere.

Also in a bid to bridge the gap between players and officials, the League endorsed limited salary cap relief for current players who undertake referee training. Adding extra muscle to the league-leading storm,

the return of Michael Crocker from a 9-match suspension. He's been named 18th man for the clash with the Sharks who are certain they'll run into the Melbourne hard man at Olympic Park. I have no doubt he'll play. I reckon he'll play. And looks may decieve at the Dragons. Mark Gasnier relegated to spectating duties against the Raiders with a calf injury. Anthony Goodridge, Ten News. Controversial Brisbane Lions forward Jason Akermanis

headlines the list of big names who will be missing from action this weekend. The triple premiership player has been axed for the second time this year because of disciplinary reasons. West Coast Eagles midfielder Ben Cousins failed to make the trip to Melbourne and has been ruled out of the game against Collingwood. He has a rib injury

while the Magpies have dropped goal-sneak Leon Davis in favour of Brodie Holland. Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Chris Munce is reportedly stuck in China almost a month after he was implicated in a betting scandal.

The Australian newspaper reports the 37-year-old

has had his application for the return of his confiscated passport rejected.

He'd been forced to surrender it to authorities despite the Independent Commission Against Corruption clearing him of any involvement in the multimillion-dollar racket. Munce's lawyers aren't commenting. Time for more finance and competition intensifies in the retail sector? Yes, Bill. Having missed out of snaring some of the Myer department stores, David Jones is instead opening up three brand new stores. Located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane,

the new outlets will help DJs go head-to-head with the revitalized Myer chain, that was taken over earlier this year in a deal worth more than $1 billion. Chief executive Mark McInnes says the developments will bring the number of stores nationally to 37 and deliver attractive returns for shareholders. David Jones is forecasting full-year profit growth this year of around 5%. Diversification appears to be paying off for Macquarie Bank. The company says profit this year will again be a record breaker. But the millionaires factory has again been forced to defend the huge salaries it pays its executives. Airports, toll roads and radio stations are just some of the $150 billion worth of assets Macquarie Bank owns and manages. It's a diverse portfolio and it's paying dividends for the investment bank. Looking at the medium term, we continue to be well placed. We'll continue to roll out our successful business strategy. Profit over the first quarter rose and the bank is expecting earnings over the full year to beat last year's record $916 million result. As the bank marks its 14th consecutive year of record profits, it's again coming under fire for the mammoth pay packets its top executives pocket each year.

If we're going to continue to attract and retain the best people, we have to pay competitive salaries. The bank's top executives shared in $143 million last year. Chief executive Allan Moss alone took home $21.2 million, making him the country's highest paid CEO. Matthew Taylor, Ten News.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day:

A man killed in a police pursuit in Melbourne. The Ten Early Morning news will return after the break.

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Today - relief in Lebanon. Stranded Australians make their way onto war ships. Up to 6,000 more hoped to be rescued by the weekend. Crisis talks -

the UN calling for an end to the Middle East hostilities. More than 300 people now dead. One person killed and several injured in a police pursuit in Melbourne.

And in sport - Jason Akermanis dropped from the Brisbane Lions, maybe forever. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: And now Kath Robinson with some more finance. Bill, thank you.

I'll have more on finance shortly. 200 Australians stranded on the docks in Beirut have finally been moved to safety. They've boarded a Greek warship, frustrated and angry after 24 hours in the hot, dangerous port. The bitter frustration. Pent-up fury was released as hundreds of Australians, left stranded when their ferry was double-booked,

faced more bad news. They were promised a berth on a Greek ship - but with only 45 Australians on board, the captain called a halt. They'd run out of time before the curfew Israel has imposed on the port.

You've got people who are frustrated,

people who haven't slept for days, people on edge, But finally, some good news.

Those left were finally found spots on a British warships. We have waited over 24 hours to get on this ship, finally to Australia. The Government has booked more ships to resuce another 6,000 Australians

over the weekend. The PM is saying he's doing his best. I don't want to unreasonably raise people's expectations. It is very difficult.

We would ask people - hard though it is - to remain patient. And some Australians who've asked for help have then refused it. When we have contacted quite a few of them, they have indicated they are not prepared to leave at such short notice. Laurel Irving, Ten News. Help is on the way for Australians the region. trying desperately to leave 65 Defence Force personnel flew out from Sydney to Lebanon this morning. Our ambassador says they face a tough task. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for an immediate end to fighting in the Middle East. It comes amid warnings of a mass humanitarian crisis. Southern Beirut. The home of the Hezbollah headquarters and home to thousands of innocent residents now in ruins. MAN: It's enough please! Still, the fighting continues for a ninth day. Hezbollah guerillas and Israel troops clashing inside the border of northern Lebanon with casualties also in Gaza. Over 340 people are now dead. More than 500,000 homeless. The United Nations has stepped in to quell the fighting saying Hezbollah's actions have held an entire nation hostage. The captured Israeli soldiers must be handed over

to the legitimate Lebanese authorities with the view of repatriation to Israel in a ceasefire. Kofi Annan has also condemned Israel's excessive use of force saying his top priority is to prevent more civilian deaths. United Nations peace-keepers now rolling into the region. Kellie Morgan, Ten News.

A woman will face a western New South Wales court today charged with the murder of a baby. The 22-year-old was arrested late yesterday

after an extensive police investigation. The baby was murdered in Dubbo in 2004. One person is dead and another four injured following a police pursuit in Melbourne's south-east overnight. The 17-year-old male passenger was killed when the car he was travelling in with four friends crashed into a power pole. Police allege they spotted the car travelling at high speed and gave chase, abandoning the pursuit a short time before the collision. Three teenagers were taken to hospital with serious injuries while the 20-year-old driver is being questioned by police. A bizarre twist in the inquiry into the shooting of a schoolgirl working at a McDonald's drive-through. A man who initially came forward as a victim of the attack has himself been charged. Stephen Thomas faced court last night with another man. and breaching firearm laws. The injured worker has been offered counseling. The 15-year-old plans to return to work. The race for Governor of Nevada is heating up with a spicy new contender.

Former porn star Mimi Damayo says she's a strong candidate who should be taken seriously.

High-end of a single mother who High-end of a single mother who he hence concerns and that this

hence concerns and that this state.

Come on weekend put habit of

It's not appropriate when I'm a former porn star. This is not a publicity stunt. She says she is serious as the other front-runners.

Jason Akermanis's future at the Brisbane Lions appears over. The club axing the controversial forward for the second time this season after inflammatory comments made in a Melbourne newspaper. A meeting of NRL chiefs has agreed From matchwinner one week to sensationally dropped the next, Jason Akermanis appears to have played his last game for Brisbane. This newspaper article in the 'Herald Sun' infuriating the Lions. In it Akermanis claims

he is less than a 5% chance to stay at the club next year. The Brownlow medallist sacked from the senior side for the second time this season. It was a unanimous thing. There was not even a dissenting voice. The bosses and the senior players that I've spoke to just said, you know - something has to be done

and therefore, leave him out of the team. The former giants of the league now in disarray with Mal Michael also at the crossroads. The fullback is lacking motivation and appears set to retire at season's end. And the injured Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy is making a brave attempt to coach against Carlton on Saturday despite undergoing shoulder surgery this week. Kelli Underwood, Ten News. A meeting of NRL chiefs has agreed to scrap the league's current anti-tampering regulations Under the new system, clubs will have the chance of a final bid for players before they sign elsewhere. But it won't stop all player movement. The fact is, those clubs who develop large numbers of juniors

can't keep them all. That's how we get an even playing field in our competition. Also on the cards, salary cap relief for players who undertake referee training. The Australian Rugby Union remains tight-lipped on the top-secret hearing into Wendell Sailor's positive drug test.

A committee has reportedly considered evidence this week after Sailor tested positive to cocaine in April this year.

Unfortunately we're not in a position to be able to make any comment on that matter at all. It's not a question of not trying to be transparent or misleading, it's just that we have legal obligations which are very clear and we've got responsibilities to the player. 32-year-old Sailor faces a 2-year ban if found guilty.

At the Tour de France American cyclist Floyd Landis has staged an amazing comeback. on the final day in the Alps. Not even a puncture could stop him. as he attacked the peloton to finish a huge five minutes ahead of his rivals. Spainiard Oscar Pereiro has retained the race leader's yellow jersey.

Australian cyclist Cadel Evans is still in fifth despite finishing tenth. To finance now - and Kath's back with a wrap up of yesterday's company announcements. Yes, Bill. It was a very busy day with lots of corporate news for investors to digest.

And Woodside Petroleum saw its shares slump yesterday after the company reported a 1.4% drop in second quarter production.

Shares lost 4% despite sales rising to a record.

And latest figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reveal And latest figures Affairs and Trade reveal Australia's resource sector is doing better than ever before. Last year iron ore exports shot up to a record with China, Japan and the Netherlands the strongest markets.

Shipments to China rose a whopping 127% to more than $4 billion while exports to Japan surged 47%. Coal shipments were also particularly strong nearly doubling to place like the Netherlands. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day:

Let's see what's making headlines in today's newspapers - In 'The Australian' - Swiss drug company Roche spends thousands of dollars wooing Australian doctors. Ministers from a Hobart Anglican Church say they're trying harder to relate to younger members. That story in the 'Hobart Mercury'. And in Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' - thousands of children caught up in the violence in the Middle East. The Ten Early Morning news will return after the break.

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RAIN FALLING RIGHT ACROSS THE REGION UNTIL THURSDAY. (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.)

Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - Lebanon's death toll soars beyond 300

as United Nations peace-keepers head into the region. A dance troupe, split up in the conflict, back down under. And in sport - Marcus Fraser one of three players leading the Aussie assault at the British Open. As tens of thousands of people flee Beirut, they leave behind a city in ruins. Worst affected by the Israeli onslaught is Hezbollah's stronghold in the south of the Labanese capital. These are the southern suburbs of Beirut still smoking after more air strikes. In normal times, 500,000 people live here but the battered streets were almost empty.

This place is also Hezbollah's nerve centre.

They give the orders here and we arrived at their invitation. Civilians who lived here must have left in a hurry. In this flat, they didn't take in the washing. Israel told them to get out a week ago warning they were going to attack. There was more and more damage as we walked into the heart of south Beirut. These streets were the site of Hezbollah's offices, the place I went many times to meet their officials. MAN: Now, now, everybody come on! That's enough, please!

He was from Hezbollah. No-one wants to spend too much time in a place Israel bombs every day.

Hezbollah's offices are gone but it still controls the southern suburbs and reliable western forces say that Israel's bombs have not broken its ability to fight.

And in news just in - Hezbollah's leader says two Israeli soldiers seized last week will not be released without a prisoner swap through indirect negotiations. Finally, progress is being made in helping Australians flee the Lebanon war zone. Days of delays and bungles left hundreds stranded in Beirut's port tired, frustrated and angry. But they've now been found spots on British and Greek warships. to get on this ship, finally to Australia. The Government's booked more ships and another 6,000 Australians are likely to be moved out over the weekend. And to help with the evacuations - an Australian Defence contingent flew out to the trouble spot this morning.

Aussies leaving to help Aussies. 65 defence personnel flew out from Sydney early this morning bound for Beruit and Cyprus. Our ambassador in the region warns they'll be working under extreme conditions. Some will remain in Cyprus. Some will be on the ground in Lebanon. This young Armenian dance group was part of the first bus convoy to leave Beruit. I felt the bombs and saw buildings gone. We felt the vibration. It was really scary. They say the day they left was the most violent. A bomb went off near the bus. Dancer Rose Arabian even kept a piece of schrapnel as a momento. We were crying on the plane and then laughing and cheering. And amid criticism of the Government, this from those relieved to be home.

I really want to thank the Government, the consulate and the embassy. Thank you very much. They're scenes being repeated in Melbourne this morning where more families are being reunited. Max Futcher, Ten News. Pope Benedict has called on the faithful to rally for a ceasefire. The pontiff has listed Sunday as a Christian day of prayer. He says he's terribly concerned about the situation humanitarian crisis. in particular the growing The NSW Government is under pressure to enforce tougher dog ownership laws after the death of a toddler in the New South Wales' central west. 4-year-old Tyra Kuehne was set upon by three pig-hunting dogs at Warren on Wednesday night. She died in hospital a few hours later.

Police say the dogs will be destroyed. The RSPCA is calling for an overhaul of the State's laws to ensure the tragedy isn't repeated. Police are searching for a gatecrasher who opened fire on a party in Sydney. They say the man stormed an apartment on Parramatta's busiest road around 10:00 last night. He fired several shots. One party-goer hit in the groin. He was taken to Westmead Hospital and is in a stable condition. There were no other report of injuries. A man who came forward as a victim of an air rifle shooting at a Melbourne fast-food outlet has been charged over the incident.

A school girl was almost blinded in the attack. Claiming a pellet rebounded off his shoulder, Stephen Thomas was at first considered a hero demonstrating to police how he chased two men after a young McDonald's worker was shot at. Turned around, saw two guys in bushes. I turned around and chased them. Saw one of them was running up the street with a rifle, like on his back. He claimed he tracked the snipers for a kilometre. I think they were more scared than I was

but I didn't want to catch them, you know. You just don't know what they've got on them. Late this afternoon he and another man were questioned by police and charged. A firearm also seized. Earlier, victim Catherine Smith spoke of her ordeal,

which occurred toward the end of her shift.

I just felt something hit me. It really hurt. I then started to bleed a lot. It was really painful. I just felt sick. I felt honestly sick because I thought it was so close to her eye. Shaken by the incident the 15-year-old has been offered counselling, but intends on returning to work. The two men have been charged with a number of firearms offences. One with making a false report to police. They've both been bailed and are due to appear in court next month. Allan Raskall, Ten News.

A man is in a serious condition in hospital.

The attack occurred 1:00 this morning. 000 operators are concerned their social club money is being used to fund a controversial rewards system. The 'Daily Telegraph' earlier this week reported of movie tickets and chocolate being offered to operators who wind up emergency calls in under three minutes. The Public Service Association has reportedly asked managers to explain who is paying for the gifts. Some members have objected to funding the rewards system. It's a busy leaderboard after round one of the British Open where an Irishman is in the lead. Graeme McDowell is one shot ahead.

Tiger Woods eagled the last to be a serious threat and there are three Aussies - Marcus Fraser, Mark Hensby and Adam Scott among a stack of players finishing at 4-under. Of the record 23 Australian players - Fraser, a relative unknown, made an early impression. While Tiger was back to his best, the same couldn't be said for his playing partner Nick Faldo

who shot a five over 77. Leader Graeme McDowell made six birdies for the day. Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Chris Munce is reportedly stuck in China almost a month after he was implicated in a betting scandal. The Australian newspaper reports the 37-year-old has had his application for the return of his confiscated passport rejected. He'd been forced to surrender it to authorities despite the Independent Commission Against Corruption clearing him of any involvement in the multimillion-dollar racket. Munce's lawyers aren't commenting. The NRL is dumping its ineffective anti-tampering measures

for a new plan, giving clubs the final right to negotiate with players who've received other offers. The June 30 anti-tampering deadline is history. The NRL now working on an alternative.

We'll look at it over the next few months. We don't believe it's urgent. The date's past for this year and it'll technically still be there until it's removed by the board. Under the new system, clubs will have greater powers to keep their talented players from signing elsewhere. Also in a bid to bridge the gap between players and officials, the league endorsed limited salary cap relief for current players who undertake referee training. Adding extra muscle to the league-leading storm, the return of Michael Crocker from a 9-match suspension. He's been named 18th man for the clash with the Sharks who are certain they'll run into the Melbourne hard man at Olympic Park. I have no doubt he'll play. I reckon he'll play. And looks may decieve at the Dragons.

Mark Gasnier relegated to spectating duties against the Raiders with a calf injury. Anthony Goodridge, Ten News.

Former French captain Zinedine Zidane has been banned for three games for head-butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final. Zidane's arrival at the FIFA hearing caused a media scrum. Because Zidane has retired from the game the ban is somewhat ineffective, but the 34-year-old has agreed to do three days of community service and pay an $8,000 fine. His head-butt victim Materazzi has received a $5,000 fine and a two-match ban after he admitted insulting the Frenchman, although FIFA was keen to stress Zidane was not racially abused. Kath's back with a final look at finance. Diversification appears to be paying off for Macquarie Bank. The company says profit this year will again be a record breaker. But the millionaires factory has again been forced to defend the huge salaries it pays its executives.

Airports, toll roads and radio stations are just some of the $150 billion worth of assets Macquarie Bank owns and manages. It's a diverse portfolio and it's paying dividends for the investment bank. Looking at the medium term, we continue to be well placed. We'll continue to roll out our successful business strategy. Profit over the first quarter rose and the bank is expecting earnings over the full year to beat last year's record $916 million result. As the bank marks its 14th consecutive year of record profits, it's again coming under fire for the mammoth pay packets its top executives pocket each year. If we're going to continue to attract and retain the best people, we have to pay competitive salaries. The bank's top executives shared in $143 million last year. Chief executive Allan Moss alone took home $21.2 million, making him the country's highest paid CEO. Matthew Taylor, Ten News. A quick recap of the markets:

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day:

And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. I'm Bill Woods. 'Bye for now. And I'm Kath Robinson. Have a great weekend.

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