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In this bulletin - Good afternoon.

A breakthrough in the Bali bombings. speaks of his ordeal. A boy mauled by a leopard, And thousands of fans try and break a 31-year hoodoo. turn out to watch the Socceroos in the hunt for those responsible But first, a major breakthrough for the October Bali bombings, in central Java this morning. with three men arrested joins me on the line from Denpasar. Seven News reporter Jessica Adamson about the men? Jessica, what can you tell us The three men are aged 24, 28 and 30 and East Java. and they're all from central they all have links to the bombings Police believe that at Jimbaran Bay and at Kuta that killed several Australians in early October to terror mastermind Azahari Husin. and that they also have links dramatic counter-terrorism raids. They were arrested during some early this morning They were flown from central Java station under heavy guard. and escorted to Bali's police In the presence of their lawyers,

this afternoon they have been medically examined is now under way. and the interrogation process and even months, Police say that will take weeks,

under Indonesia's terror Acts. and they are facing charges How were they caught, Jessica? a series of counter-terrorism raids They were caught during they were very dramatic raids. and police say

in a shoot-out with police. One of the men was involved to detonate a bomb Another tried unsuccessfully strapped to his waist. thank you. Jessica Adamson in Bali, across the country Following yesterday's mass protests Following yesterday's mass protests

unions have taken their concerns the government's workplace changes. to the Senate inquiry investigating raises concerns It comes as a Christian group that the reforms could cost lives. is in Canberra. Seven News reporter Gemma Haines tell the Senate committee? Gemma, what did the ACTU

One of the first thing that is ACTU

president said was more than half a

million Australians said no to

these laws, during yesterday's

demonstrations. She also claimed

that removing penalty rates would

see Mr Parents working weekends and

week nights. Adding to that sh was

the Australian Christian lobby. It

said that not only will the

coalition lose votes at the next

election due to these laws, it said

it could even see an increase in

the rates of suicides among young

children, due to less family time

as as a result of increased working

pressures. This is what Jim Wallace

had to say. are under attack in Australia We already know that the families it's the role of the government and I think

to actually try to preserve that. make healthy societies Healthy families to preserve family life, and so we definitely need not erode it will do, over time. as I believe this legislation

is heading to the APEC summit. And the Prime Minister What's on the agenda?

That's right. The Prime Minister is

in the air we speak bound for Korea.

Terrorism and the region's

preparedness for a bird flu

outbreak is expected to dominate

talks. He will use the opportunity

to set up a bilateral agreement,

for the life of Melbourne man van

knew again. He is due to be hanged

within a matter of weeks and after

being convicted of drug trafficking.

Mr Howard wouldn't tell us exactly

what he intends to say in that

meeting, but he did go out of his

way to suppress that he does not

want to raise the hopes and

expectations of his family ,

friends and supporters. Let's have

a listen to the Prime Minister had

to say at his Kirribilli home before he left for Korea. and we'll continue to try things We have tried everything to the family of this man but I would be cruelly dishonest but I would be cruelly dishonest

who want him spared and to many people there is any real hope to pretend that I think

will change its mind. that the Singaporean Government Gemma Haines in Canberra, thank you. in South Korea And there have been wild scenes as angry farmers clashed with police rice market to free trade agreements. over plans to open up the country's and bamboo sticks, Farmers, armed with steel pipes

attacked riot police. during the running street battles. Both sides were left bloody of the 21 APEC nations, The clashes came as trade leaders including John Howard, in the southern port city of Pusan. arrive for a week of meetings has appeared in court, A 46-year-old truck driver charged over a bomb hoax

transport system to a standstill. which brought Brisbane's didn't enter a plea Rodney Bruce Watson he will deny the charges. but his lawyer says was in court. Seven News reporter Neil Warren Seven News reporter Neil Warren

in the Brisbane Magistrates Court Rebecca, Rodney Watson appeared this morning of making bomb threats. charged with four counts they have a fairly solid case. The police say at three of the phone booths They say his fingerprints match the GPS in his truck and they believe and they believe

at the appropriate times. will link that vehicle to the sites Watson is a delivery driver. The defence say and he has heart problems, he is a depressed man and they applied for bail today, it is the first time basically saying and he is unlikely to reoffend. that he has done anything like this He is maintaining his innocence. He says he has no knowledge of these phone calls we will be going to trial. and he says

when these incidents happened, The court also heard that Monday, was Watson's birthday. The defence says any fears of a possible terrorist threat on Monday probably weren't just the fault of Watson. They say even the Police Commissioner yesterday admitted that maybe they did overreact. The bail application has been adjourned until Monday. Deputy Chief Magistrate Brian Hine is basically worried that Watson may reoffend. He wants a psychological test done before making any decision on whether he will be allowed out on bail. A nine-year-old boy attacked by a leopard at Melbourne Zoo yesterday has told of his ordeal. Andrew Cassidy climbed over a walkway fence during a school trip.

He says he wants to be a scientist and loves big cats and he just wanted to get a closer look. Andrew put his arm against the enclosure when Kashmar, the Persian leopard, lunged at him. There was a lot of fear, 'cause it was a big thing and it had a big thing, and it's just amazing how it can stretch this paw right out of the cage. Andrew had plastic surgery at the Royal Children's' Hospital to treat deep lacerations to his forearm. After 31 years and numerous failed attempts, the Australian soccer team is again on the verge of winning through to the World Cup finals. A packed Telstra Stadium in Sydney will be cheering the Socceroos to victory but a simple win may not be enough to claim their piece of history. Seven sport reporter Nick Marshall-McCormack joins me now. Nick, how are both teams looking?

Good afternoon. As you say, it is

finally our big chance to break

that 31 year old drought and

finally make the soccer world come.

Last night the Uruguayans had their

final hit-out. The Socceroos today

had an optional training session

which was attended by Mark Viduka

their captain and also to Mark ,

battling an ankle injury. He has

been undergoing sort of treatment

in a high barric treatment. The news

is he will take the side in the

starting team tonight. And that is

good New Zealand for the Socceroos

T game lan tonight is very simple

one for the Socceroos. That is,

attack. They need to score goals

after the 1-0 loss to Uruguay over

in monte video. They need to win by

a margin of two goals. Coach Guus

Hiddink gave us an insight in last

night's prematch news conference. To attack, to attack, to attack. But I think, you have to consider this as a high-level game also in controlling the game. If you go and neglect one of the things of that control then you can be out of the game in a very short time. What has the atmosphere been like ahead of the match?

As we see every year, you see the

fanatics travelling around the

world. It has been no different in

Sydney here today. They have been

starting their pub crawl at 2 pm,

which is quite early, trying to

whet their whistle and vocal chords

for tonight's clash. It should be a big night. Thank you. Germany next year - we'll be there. It's been a very long time between drinks, and being a soccer supporter my whole life I think this is a very important day for Australian soccer.

Sorry I cut you off there. Thanks

very much for that. Enjoy the game tonight:Thanks. Go the Socceroos! Next in Seven's 4.30 News - US soldiers uncover a torture chamber in Iraq. And the popular tough-love strategy of controlled crying for babies now under fire. MAN: Hello, George. Hello, Patrick. You said we could come around and use your broadband. Oh! That was quick. (Plays bagpipes loudly) We're definitely getting broadband at home. Now you can afford broadband in your own home. For eligible customers. For details, call:

(Plays Big Pond theme on bagpipes) This is the 4.30 News. The Iraqi government has begun an investigation

into the alleged abuse of more than 170 prisoners held by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. Many of the detainees, who are Sunnis, were malnourished, with some showing signs of torture. American soldiers came to this building looking for a missing 15-year-old boy. His parents claimed he was illegally imprisoned inside. Instead, they found 168 beaten, bloodied and malnourished Sunni Arab men. The men said they had been kept blindfolded 24 hours a day. The Deputy Interior Minister admitted this was the first time his office had heard torture and abuse there, of the systematic starvation, torture and abuse there, even though his ministry controls the building. REPORTER: Were people being starved to death? "Yes, there were some cases", he responded. But he claimed top Iraqi officials had no idea the building was being used as a secret detention centre for suspected insurgents. US government sources tell NBC News they suspect the Shiite militia, the Badr Brigade, known for its heavy-handed tactics, had taken control of the building and tortured the Sunni detainees. Iraq's Minister of Interior would not allow us inside this facility to take a look at the conditions these prisoners were held in. However, there are photographs that exist showing the various wounds and torture marks of the various prisoners. Iraqi security sources who have seen the photos say they show a man who was little more than skin and bones, others whose bodies are completely covered in welts, and torture devices. Tonight, American troops are on post outside the secret prison. The US military and the Iraqi government have launched an investigation to determine who operated this chamber of horrors. The Pentagon has delayed the military trial of Australian terrorism suspect David Hicks, possibly until June next year. The trial for the 30-year-old was to start on Friday at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But it won't begin until the US Supreme Court

rules on whether military tribunals, created to try war crime suspects,

are legal. Japan has celebrated a remarkable wedding with Princess Sayako becoming the first Japanese royal

to marry a commoner. The princess is giving up her royal title and all its trappings for love.

From palace to apartment - Princess Sayako

took her last drive accompanied by the trappings of state. As she entered a new era, so the debate raged about whether Japan should do the same. She leaves behind her royal money, title and any chance of succession. PACHELBEL'S 'CANON IN D MAJOR' PLAYS APPLAUSE Sayako walked behind her intended, Yoshiki Kuroda, a non-royal. Under Japanese law female royals must relinquish their titles upon marrying out. Sayako is the first emperor's daughter to so. Emperor Akihito, watching his youngest child leave the dynasty, is part of the debate about whether this law should now be changed and whether women should also be allowed to become empress.

SHOUTING The head of the 200-year-old Chrysanthemum Throne knows that no male heirs have been born in over 40 years. SHOUTING If females are not allowed to inherit the throne the dynasty could die out. Attention is focused on three-year-old Princess Aiko daughter of Akihito's eldest son Prince Naruhito. He has no sons and if the laws are changed then Aiko could be the first empress in more than two centuries. A Bill may go through the Japanese parliament next year. Sayako is now taking cooking lessons and learning how to drive. She says she doesn't have a clue what will happen now in her non-royal life. The public support change but it's too late for her. Sayonara royal privileges. Sayonara Princess Sayako. For years, some parents have used the tough-love approach of letting a baby cry itself to sleep. But now, the paediatrician who invented the technique is softening his stance amid claims the process may have long-term emotional implications for a child. Susan Guzman says her baby, 7.5-week-old Amanda, sleeps just fine during the day, it's night-time that drives them both to distraction. It's very confusing. We try everything, every method, just hoping to find one thing that helps her to sleep through the night. Like thousands of parents,

Guzman also tried the famous, or infamous, method - depending on whom you ask - invented more than 20 years ago by Dr Richard Ferber. The idea - for babies six months of age and older - is to put her in her crib and let her cry. Check on her if you must, but otherwise leave her be in order to teach her to sleep alone through the night. BABY CRIES Ferber's system is so widespread,

his name has become a verb and part of the popular culture. Now remember, Greg, we're Ferberizing him, so unless it's an emergency, under no circumstances should you pick him up or coddle him in any way when he cries. But Ferberizing has lots of critics who maintain that leaving a child to cry can cause insecurity and other emotional problems. So it will come as a surprise to a lot of parents that Dr Ferber himself has decided to clarify his theory. Different problems call for different solutions. And the same problem can be solved different ways. Ferber will explain in a revised edition of his book that if you rock your baby to sleep, you don't have to stop cold turkey. That it isn't even appropriate to do so if your child has night terrors. In other words, Ferber will echo the many paediatricians who tell parents there is no magic solution to getting a child to sleep. You have to feel that what you're doing works best for you. And with just 39 sleeps until Christmas Day Santa is now taking orders in Germany. Each year the village of Himmelpfort, near Berlin,

opens a post office which receives hundreds of thousands of letters for Santa. A team of little helpers answers each of them. Two German children sent the first letters in the village 21 years ago. They were answered by a post office employee who didn't want to send them back undelivered. Next in Seven's 4.30 News we will take a look at the financial markets, check tomorrow's weather, and see what is making headlines around the country.

You're watching Seven's 4.30 News. Time to check the financial markets with Westpac global chief economist Bill Evans. Hello, Bill. What happened today?

Good news the market were on edge

today fearing a blow-out in wages.

However the number came in right on

market expectations, at 1%, when we

delve into the detail we notice

that there was a downward trend in

most of those wage sectors,

construction, retail, manufacturing,

leisure. So that is definitely

taking pressure off the interest

rate outlook. Our shape market

responded well to that outlook.

Indeed virtually all the strength

in the share market today is in the

finances. The banks have done

particularly well. Virgin Airlines

paid their first dividend and had a

good boost. Telstra opened lower.

Made up that lower opening but

still failed to kick on. The Aussie

dollar was weaker.

Going forward, the next big focus

will once again be on US da tafplt

looking for the US inflation

numbers tonight. However, I

certainly don't expect to see

anything concerning there. Thanks,

Rebecca. Thanks, Bill. Now let's take a look at what the weather has in store for tomorrow. David Brown has the details. David. Thanks, Rebecca, and good afternoon.

We have an east coast low . Most of

those showers will contract up

towards the north-east corner

tomorrow as that low continues to

move further out to sea. Pressure

is rising in the east. Have a look

at this. the high is moving in. In

fact they will bring fine weather

to most of eastern Australia

tomorrow. Trough starting to build

here. Heading towards South

Australia of course. That will

bring unsettled weather. The thing

to note, hot northerly airstream

now developing over South Australia.

That means temperatures into the 30s. That's the latest weather. More at 6.00. Rebecca. Thanks, David. Seven News coming up in your capital city at 6.00, and these are some of the stories making headlines. In Queensland, a wild storm has torn roofs off houses at Gympie near the Sunshine Coast. Trees and powerlines were brought down. 14,000 homes were blacked out. The storm also passed over South-East Queensland's dams but didn't drop enough rain to raise water levels. A Sydney woman, seriously injured in Monday's bus crash in the city's north, has spoken for the first time about her terrifying ordeal. Linda Duke Linda Duke spoke exclusively to Seven News about the moment an out-of-control bus crushed her car. In Melbourne, there's anger over the Bracks government's introduction of a new tax that will hit home-buyers.

The charge, on new housing developments on the city's edge, could cost up to $8,000 a block. In Adelaide, a ban has been lifted on protesters using the steps of Parliament House tomorrow to demonstrate during the visit of US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The father of Adelaide terror suspect David Hicks wants to get even closer to Mr Rumsfeld to discuss his son's case. And a tense stand-off in Perth after a woman was reportedly seen brandishing a shotgun in a suburban street. Police surrounded the area. The woman later emerged waving a hammer. The authorities moved in with guns drawn and subdued the woman. They allegedly found two rifles inside her home. We'll have those stories and more in State editions of Seven News at 6.00. But that's all from the 4.30 News team for today. I'm Rebecca Maddern. I look forward to your company tomorrow. Captioned by Seven Network Email - Unions have vowed

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