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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. violence boils over in East Timor Today,

peacekeeping response. prompting an international Australian troops arriving today. goes up in flames in Sydney - A family business 50 employees in limbo. at an Istanbul airport - An even bigger fire in a veil of black smoke. the city covered Brett Finch steals the Origin show, And in sport, Blues stand-in and the game-winning field goal. a try Quick weather check: and good morning to Kath Robinson. Now finance news continues this morning. The sell-off on global markets to land in East Timor Australian forces are preparing

for international peacekeepers. following a call to help restore order The Australian Government agreeing following an escalation in violence and the East Timorese army. between rebel soldiers spirals out of control As the situation has called for foreign help. the government in Dili New Zealand, Malaysia and Portugal East Timor asking Australia, to send soldiers and police. Subject to appropriate conditions between our two governments being agreed we will provide military assistance public order. to re-establish and maintain as preventative measures I view these measures sliding into further instability. to prevent the country from

more than 1,000 military personnel. Our commitment could involve helicopters, We would also have involved and of course infantry. armoured personnel carriers

of Australian military An advance party and Foreign Affairs officials to discuss details of the deployment. is travelling to Dili this morning

will be under Australian command. Our Government says Australian troops Murray McCloskey, Ten News. in Victoria Angry workers at Kraft factories have met overnight,

the latest round of sackings. to hear about to slash a further 325 workers Kraft has announced plans and send their jobs overseas. the food giant retrenched 150 workers It comes just months after at another Melbourne factory. has gutted a family business A suspicious factory fire in Sydney's south-west overnight. is likely to be in the millions, The damage bill 55 employees is now uncertain the future of its were called to this building More than 70 firefighters

just after midnight. in Marigold place in Revesby couldn't be saved. But the gaskets factory It was a rapidly spreading fire construction in the building due largely to the light-weight

Waters family for over 40 years. The business has been in the he's dead now My father started the business, but it's a family business. My Mum and I work in it. The 100 by 30 metre building for more than 50 people. was the workplace Their futures now uncertain. industrial gaskets, The company manufactures to be millions of dollars. the damage bill is expected they heard people near the building Witnesses on the scene say shortly before the blaze started.

said to a security guard A cleaner next door so they didn't find anyone. he saw someone ran off, investigations continue. There's no reports of injuries, ailing transport system The New South Wales Government's a $4 billion boost. will be given will go into debt Reports the Government in next month's month's Budget and other capital works projects. to support train, track a rail link for Sydney's north-west But on the flipside will reportedly be postponed at school crossings also overlooked. and funds for promised traffic lights in Brisbane's major hospital Surgery has been delayed due to a germ outbreak. the drug-resistant bacterium, 18 people are carrying to target patients which is most likely suffering impaired immune systems.

including meningitis and pneumonia. It can lead to a number of illnesses, and Women's Hospital The Royal Brisbane by a Queensland Health task force. is being investigated

at Turkey's largest airport A terminal in a huge fire ball. has been engulfed air and ground operation It took a massive to bring the flames under control - only three people were injured. amazingly in Istanbul just after lunchtime. The major international airport Panic as a terminal burns. It was feared the blaze would spread.

to contain the flames - The first priority held in the cargo area. ignited by explosives and chemicals in thick, black plumes. Soon the city sky was blanketed were reported injured Only three people Some overwhelmed by the smoke. feared the worst. Evacuated passengers ruling out a terror attack. But the government soon reacted at construction work, Instead pointing the finger possibly a welder's spark.

Flights were delayed

throughout the drama. but planes continued to land eventually gained the upper hand. Hundreds of firefighters A full investigation is under way. Amanda McLeay, Ten News. caught fire in southern Afghanistan. A British fighter jet has crashed and land at a military base at the time. The Hercules was was attempting to managed to escape from the plane The pilot and passengers before it burst into flames. No one was hurt. is being investigated. The cause of the crash 100 people have been killed It's feared more than in flash floods in northern Thailand. have been caught up in landslides Many of the missing or trapped in their homes. Water up to 3m deep in the mountainous region has engulfed towns and villages to more than 50,000 homes. and cut power to visit the flood-ravaged region. Thailand's Prime Minister is expected

State of Origin series lead New South Wales has taken a 1-nil at Telstra Stadium last night. after a thrilling game wearing the number 20 jersey He was the fourth choice halfback and given as many hours to prepare still won the game with ease. but Brett Finch of a quick play the ball It was off the back and it went over. and I was lucky to hit it nicely a 17-16 victory. The field goal giving the Blues Finch even scored the opening try of the match. New South Wales leading 14-nil at half-time. In the second half the Maroons fought back, literally.

Eric Grothe and Justin Hodges going toe to toe. I knew if I had swung first it would go against us so when he hit me it was a late reaction. I realised he hit me and I started swinging back. If I had me time again I wouldn't do it but it was in the heat of the moment and I've learnt for next time now. Danny Buderus was controversially penalised. Queensland levelling scores 16 a piece moments later. You know I was absolutely shattered when that penalty was awarded and they scored so I'll be buying Brett free beer for the rest of the time I know him. Might have to move back to Newcastle beds, yeah, certainly will. Rob Canning, Ten News. Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy has conceded

Adam Ramanauskas will not play again. Ramanauskas has been fighting cancer. The coach says the odds of another valiant comeback are stacked against the midfielder. It is very hard for me to make a judgment on health. That will be Ramo's decision and the surgeons decision. The Bombers will tonight appeal Andrew Lovett's three week striking ban and Hawthorn has also opted to appeal skipper Richie Vandenberg's four week suspension. Three jockeys involved in a spectacular fall at Canterbury yesterday have been given the all-clear by doctors. Danny Nikolic's mount Desert Fling in its first start, kicked clear in the straight before snapping a foreleg. Nikolic was treated for cuts and bruises. Mark Lister was released from hospital after complaining of neck pain.

Amazingly Daryl McLellan was able to walk away from the fall. Unfortunately, Desert Fling was put down. More finance and the SFE and ASX merger given the green light? The corporate watchdog says it won't oppose the merger between the two making it the ninth largest bourse in the world. Brokers though are unhappy with the multibillion-dollar merger, saying they believe the tie-up is anti-competitive and will lead to higher trading fees. The deal still requires the Treasurer and shareholder approval. Shares in the both the ASX and SFE rallied on the news. In other merger news - Toll will now move to compulsorily acquire remaining shares in Patrick after snaring 90% of the Stevadoring company. The offer will close today after a 9-month battle in the the $6 billion Weather: Now for a look at what Thursday's newspapers are saying. Sacked workers hold emergency talks in Melbourne overnight, we're following that story when Ten's Early News returns. Have you seen how many different repayments we have each month? Mmm. I just wish there was a simpler way. POP! (Gasps) Uh, hi. I'm a GE Money Genie. I can help, because with a GE Money Personal Loan you can consolidate your debts and take control. You'll have just one simple monthly repayment and no monthly fees. Sound like what you've been wishing for? (Laughs) Yes! Whoo-hoo! FESTIVE MUSIC Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

Today's top stories. East Timor's SOS - after a rebellion by renegade soldiers.

Aussie troops to arrive today. A mercy meeting at Kraft's Melbourne factory - 350 workers facing the axe. The Cole inquiry into alleged wheat bribes hits exporter AWB hard. First-half profits down. And in sport, the MCG undergoes a transformation for the Socceroos' friendly with Greece. Finance and Woolworths has a new boss? 28-year-old retail veteran Michael Luscombe will replace Roger Corbett in the top job at the country's biggest supermarket chain. The 52-year-old currently heads up the supermarkets' division and will become chief operating officer in June. Mr Luscombe began his career at Woolies as a trainee manager in 1978. Investors cheered the appointment, sending shares sharply higher. East Timor has called for help and Australia is responding with a task force of soldiers, ships and aircraft. Escalating violence has forced the government in Dili to appeal for a multi-national military contingent. Subject to appropriate conditions being agreed between our two governments we will provide military assistance

to re-establish and maintain public order. Armed clashes between rebel soldiers and government troops are threatening to spiral out of control without foreign intervention. A suspicious factory fire in south-west Sydney has destroyed a family business and jeopardised the future of its 55 employees. This gaskets factory in Revesby went up in flames just after midnight, more than 70 firefighters called in to tame the blaze. The business has been in the Waters family for over 40 years. A meeting has been held overnight for Kraft workers worried they'll lose their jobs. The US food giant has announced plans to move 325 Victorian jobs overseas. Arriving at work to hear of the mass sackings, Kraft employees were anything but happy little Vegemites. Greeting the news with a mixture of fear for their future and anger it had come to this. We're copping all this thing, what future have we got? I'm close to retirement or whatever so it's OK for me, but I'm sorry for the younger generation if jobs go. Kraft has announced plans to fire 325 Victorian workers, almost a third from the Port Melbourne plant, the remainder from a factory in country Victoria. The jobs will go overseas to the Middle East and Asia. We realised to be sustainable into the future we need to be cost-competitive, we need to build scale and that's the reason we decided to concentrate on our key brands.

Just last January Kraft sacked 151 workers at a Melbourne biscuit factory and moved production to China. The Victorian Opposition angry Kraft has continued to send jobs offshore after receiving more than $400,000 in Government grants. Christopher Still, Ten News. A group of Liberal moderates is threatening to vote against the Government's proposed new bill on asylum seekers and will meet Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone next week. Like Labor, the MPs hold serious reservations about the laws which would deny access to Australian courts for asylum seekers arriving by boat. In March the Government granted 42 Papuan separatists temporary visas.

A new poll has found Labor would win by a landslide in Victoria, if a State election was held today. The survey found Labor would attract 55% of the vote after preferences were distributed. Victorian Premier Steve Bracks' popularity remains high at 59%. State Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu stands at 36%,

just three weeks into the job. A fire has engulfed Turkey's biggest airport, sending a thick cloud of smoke over Istanbul.

It's believed the blaze was started by flying sparks from a welder. It began after lunch and quickly took hold. The main cargo area thick with flames. The initial fear how far it might spread. An aircraft normally used to fight forest fires

drafted in to douse the flames. The fire was held but the smoke still swept across the main passenger terminal. By afternoon the sky above Turkey's largest city was being darkened by smoke. Despite the scale only handful of people treated for breathing difficulties. Even when the fire was at its worst most flights continued. Early suggestions a technical fault to blame. Turkish authorities quick to rule out terrorism. Mayhem and violence in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Four Palestinians were killed during this shoot-out with Israeli forces. The clashes broke out when Israeli troops entered the city to arrest militants. Youths retaliated by pelting rocks at the armoured vehicles. It comes as tension between rival Palestinian forces

has reached crisis point in the region.

Pope Benedict XVI begins a symbolic four-day tour of his predecessor's homeland today. The pontiff paying a visit to Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp. Organisers are hoping his former involvement in Hitler Youth won't cause angst. In the capital Warsaw, churches have prepared a warm welcome. Greeting posters already on sale. New South Wales Blues has held on for a 1 point win in the opening State of Origin match against Queensland at Telstra Stadium. After being rushed into the Blues' team on match eve,

the number 4 choice for half-back, Brett Finch, won the game with a 79th minute long-range field goal. Game two in the three-match series is in 13 days time at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium. Dramas on and off the field for Essendon with coach Kevin Sheedy claiming one of their best will not play again. The Bombers will also join Hawthorn at the appeals board tonight after two players copped heavy suspensions. Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy has conceded the playing days of Adam Ramanauskas are over. The 25-year-old fighting his third bout of cancer. The coach knows the odds of another valiant comeback are stacked against the wingman. It's very hard for me to make a judgement, for an AFL coach. It's the surgeon's decision. And the Bombers are appealing Andrew Lovett's three week ban at the AFL's appeal board tonight, but the man behind the system isn't backing down. And runner Paul Dimattina has been suspended for two weeks and fined $5,000 for interfering with play. Hawthorn have also opted to appeal skipper Richie Vandenberg's four week suspension for striking. Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink has warned Australian fans

not to expect too much ahead of tonight's friendly against Greece. Less than three weeks before the World Cup, Hiddink says valuable match experience is more important than a win. Greece had its first look at the MCG last night and is using the match as the start of its preparations for Euro 2008 after missing out on a World Cup berth. Finance news, the owner of IGA stores looking to improve earnings? Grocery wholesaler Metcash is forecasting better times after restructuring and financing costs for its acquisition of Foodland ate into earnings. Profit including one-off charges dropped 36% to $81 million while net profit gained just 1% to $128 million.

Metcash last year bought Foodland's wholesale distribution business and 60 Action supermarket stores in a deal with Woolworths and there's now speculation it may be about to pounce on struggling chain Franklins. The oil-for-food inquiry has taken its toll on wheat exporter AWB. First-half profit has slumped and the company warns it's still in for a few more rough months.

AWB accused of funneling $300 million to Saddam Hussein.

The Cole inquiry now costing AWB dearly. We have faced many challenges. Profit slumped to $36 million. Legal bills climb. AWB forked out $9.7 million in costs, that figure expected to double. The company is confident it can regroup. Australian troops to arrive in East Timor as soon as today. We have the latest when Ten's Early News continues after this break.

What do you want froym your supermarket? I love the taste when it's really fresh. Like you get from the market. Like you get from the farmer. So they're introducing a new 'farmer to you' system, where the crate that the farmer packs... OK, mate! ..is delivered to your Coles store. And less handling means better quality. This program is captioned live. This is Ten's Early News. Today, violence boils over in East Timor prompting an international peacekeeping response. Australian troops arriving today. A family business goes up in flames in Sydney - 50 employees in limbo. An even bigger fire at an Istanbul airport - the city covered in a veil of black smoke. And in sport, Blues stand-in Brett Finch steals the Origin show, a try and the game-winning field goal. Quick weather check: Finance, Westpoint boss making extraordinary demands. Norm Carey has called on the Federal Court to give him an allowance of $4,000 a month to pay for his opulent lifestyle. The former Westpoint boss has pleaded with the court to release the funds so that his children can keep going to private school and he can keeps his luxury cars clean. It's also been revealed Norm Carey has a weekly food bill of $528 and a $25,000 annual housekeeping bill. Australian forces are preparing to land in East Timor following a call for international peacekeepers. As the situation spirals out of control the government in Dili has called for foreign help. East Timor asking Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Portugal to send soldiers and police. Subject to appropriate conditions being agreed between our two governments we will provide military assistance to re-establish and maintain public order. I view these measures as preventative measures to prevent the country from sliding into further instability. Our commitment could involve more than 1,000 military personnel.

We would also have involved helicopters, armoured personnel carriers and of course infantry. An advance party of Australian military and Foreign Affairs officials is travelling to Dili this morning to discuss details of the deployment. Our Government says Australian troops will be under Australian command.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Angry workers at Kraft factories in Victoria have met overnight, to hear about the latest round of sackings. Kraft has announced plans to slash a further 325 workers and send their jobs overseas. It comes just months after the food giant retrenched 150 workers at another Melbourne factory. A radical student action group has been criticised for encouraging children to miss school and attend a protest over the Federal Government's Work Choices legislation. The resistance movement wants students to disobey parents and teachers and turn out for the national event on June 1st. This is a blatant attempt by a radical fringe group to exploit young people. I think it's outrageous. The group has also asked students to set up protest stores at school and make announcements at assemblies. A suspicious factory fire has gutted a family business in Sydney's south-west overnight. More than 70 firefighters were called to this building in Marigold place in Revesby just after midnight. But the gaskets factory couldn't be saved. It was a rapidly spreading fire due largely to the light-weight construction in the building The business has been in the Waters family for over 40 years. My father started the business, he's dead now but it's a family business. My Mum and I work in it. The 100 by 30 metre building was the workplace for more than 50 people. Their futures now uncertain. The company manufactures industrial gaskets, the damage bill is expected to be millions of dollars. Witnesses on the scene say they heard people near the building shortly before the blaze started. A cleaner next door said to a security guard he saw someone ran off, so they didn't find anyone. There's no reports of injuries, investigations continue. Gemma Riordan, Ten News. A new poll has found Labor would win by a landslide in Victoria, if a State election was held today. The survey found Labor would attract 55% of the vote after preferences were distributed. Victorian Premier Steve Bracks' popularity remains high at 59%. State Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu stands at 36%, just three weeks into the job. The New South Wales Government's ailing transport system will be given a $4 billion boost. Reports the Government will go into debt in next month's month's Budget to support train, track and other capital works projects. But on the flipside a rail link for Sydney's north-west will reportedly be postponed and funds for promised traffic lights at school crossings also overlooked. A terminal at Turkey's largest airport

has been engulfed in a huge fire ball. It took a massive air and ground operation to bring the flames under control - The major international airport in Istanbul just after lunchtime. Panic as a terminal burns. It was feared the blaze would spread. The first priority to contain the flames - ignited by explosives and chemicals held in the cargo area. Soon the city sky was blanketed in thick, black plumes. Only three people were reported injured Some overwhelmed by the smoke. Evacuated passengers feared the worst. But the government soon reacted ruling out a terror attack. Instead pointing the finger at construction work, possibly a welder's spark.

Flights were delayed

but planes continued to land throughout the drama. Hundreds of firefighters eventually gained the upper hand.

A full investigation is under way. Amanda McLeay, Ten News. It's feared more than 100 people have been killed in flash floods in northern Thailand. Many of the missing have been caught up in landslides or trapped in their homes. Water up to 3m deep has engulfed towns and villages in the mountainous region and cut power to more than 50,000 homes.

Thailand's Prime Minister is expected to visit the flood-ravaged region. A driver has survived an horrific crash thanks to her seatbelt. Emily Bowness was on her way to a rock concert when a stolen car rammed her four-wheel drive causing it to roll more than 10 times. Incredibly, she escaped with a broken thumb, cracked ribs and a gash on the back of her head. See these marks? Seatbelt marks. It saved my life for sure. There's no way I would have survived without it for sure. Police are still searching for the driver of the stolen car who caused the dramatic crash. New South Wales has taken a 1-nil State of Origin series lead after a thrilling game at Telstra Stadium last night. He was the fourth choice halfback wearing the number 20 jersey and given as many hours to prepare

but Brett Finch still won the game with ease. It was off the back of a quick play the ball and I was lucky to hit it nicely and it went over. The field goal giving the Blues a 17-16 victory. Finch even scored the opening try of the match. New South Wales leading 14-nil at half-time. In the second half the Maroons fought back, literally. Eric Grothe and Justin Hodges going toe to toe. I knew if I had swung first it would go against us so when he hit me it was a late reaction. I realised he hit me and I started swinging back. If I had me time again I wouldn't do it but it was in the heat of the moment and I've learnt for next time now. Danny Buderus was controversially penalised.

I got kicked in the head.

Queensland levelling scores 16 a piece moments later. You know I was absolutely shattered when that penalty was awarded and they scored so I'll be buying Brett free beer for the rest of the time I know him. Might have to move back to Newcastle yeah, certainly will. Rob Canning, Ten News. Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy has conceded Adam Ramanauskas will not play again. Ramanauskas has been fighting cancer. The coach says the odds of another valiant comeback are stacked against the midfielder. It is very hard for me to make a judgment on health. That will be Ramo's decision and the surgeon's decision.

The Bombers will tonight appeal Andrew Lovett's three week striking ban and Hawthorn has also opted to appeal skipper Richie Vandenberg's four week suspension. Three jockeys involved in a spectacular fall at Canterbury yesterday have been given the all-clear by doctors. Danny Nikolic's mount Desert Fling in its first start, kicked clear in the straight before snapping a foreleg.

Nikolic was treated for cuts and bruises. Mark Lister was released from hospital after complaining of neck pain. Amazingly Daryl McLellan was able to walk away from the fall. Unfortunately, Desert Fling was put down. Finance, it appears no-one wants Telstra shares. The head of the new future fund is now warning the Government not to dump its $30 billion-worth of Telstra shares

in the investment vehicle. Bill Felix abruptly left on Tuesday

after discussions with Trujillo offsider Dan Burns. Weather: Now for a look at what Thursday's newspapers are saying. Ten's Early News returns. THAT LOW OFF THE SOUTH COAST CONTINUES TO MOVE ABOUT, BRINGING COOLER WEATHER, AND RAIN. THE BUREAU SAYS THINGS SHOULD CHANGE, BY SUNDAY. IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL THIS MORNING, EARLY FOG AND FROST PATCHES, WHICH SHOULD CLEAR TO A FINE AND MOSTLY SUNNY DAY, WITH LIGHT WINDS, AND 16 DEGREES. SHOWERS IN WOLLONGONG, 19 DEGREES. RAIN FOR BEGA TOO, HEADED FOR A TOP OF 18. 14, WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE, SOUTHWEST WINDS IN ORANGE. A SHOWER OR TOO, IN BATEMANS BAY, AND GOULBURN. FROST CLEARING IN BATHURST. IT'LL BE 15 IN BOWRAL. 13 IN COOMA. A WET DAY, AND 18 DEGREES, IN NOWRA. THERE'S A COASTAL WATERS WIND WARNING, FOR THE SOUTH COAST THIS MORNING, WITH A LOW OF ULLADULLA HEADING SOUTH. THERE'S ALSO A STRONG WIND WARNING FOR THE REGION, FROM BROKEN BAY TO GABO ISLAND, WITH S/SW WINDS GUSTING TO MORE THAN 33 KNOTS. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Today's top stories. East Timor's SOS - after a rebellion by renegade soldiers. Aussie troops to arrive today. A mercy meeting at Kraft's Melbourne factory - 350 workers facing the axe. The Cole inquiry into alleged wheat bribes hits exporter AWB hard. First-half profits down. And in sport, the MCG undergoes a transformation for the Socceroos' friendly with Greece. East Timor has called for help and Australia is responding with a task force

of soldiers, ships and aircraft. Escalating violence has forced the government in Dili

to appeal for a multi-national military contingent. Subject to appropriate conditions being agreed between our two governments we will provide military assistance

to re-establish and maintain public order. Armed clashes between rebel soldiers and government troops are threatening to spiral out of control without foreign intervention. A suspicious factory fire in south-west Sydney has destroyed a family business

and jeopardised the future of its 55 employees. This gaskets factory in Revesby

went up in flames just after midnight, more than 70 firefighters called in to tame the blaze. The business has been in the Waters family for over 40 years. Investigations continue into the cause of the fire. A meeting has been held overnight for Kraft workers worried they'll lose their jobs. The US food giant has announced plans to move 325 Victorian jobs overseas. Arriving at work to hear of the mass sackings, Kraft employees were anything but happy little Vegemites. We're copping all this thing, what future have we got? I'm close to retirement or whatever so it's OK for me, but I'm sorry for the younger generation if jobs go. Kraft has announced plans to fire 325 Victorian workers, almost a third from the Port Melbourne plant, the remainder from a factory in country Victoria. The jobs will go overseas to the Middle East and Asia. We realised to be sustainable into the future we need to be cost-competitive, we need to build scale and that's the reason we decided to concentrate on our key brands. Just last January Kraft sacked 151 workers at a Melbourne biscuit factory and moved production to China. The Victorian Opposition angry Kraft has continued to send jobs offshore after receiving more than $400,000 in Government grants. Christopher Still, Ten News. A group of Liberal moderates

is threatening to vote against the Government's proposed new bill on asylum seekers and will meet Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone next week.

Like Labor, the MPs hold serious reservations about the laws which would deny access to Australian courts

for asylum seekers arriving by boat. In March the Government granted 42 Papuan separatists temporary visas.

Surgery has been delayed in Brisbane's major hospital due to a germ outbreak. 18 people are carrying the drug-resistant bacterium, which is most likely to target patients suffering impaired immune systems. It can lead to a number of illnesses, including meningitis and pneumonia. The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital is being investigated by a Queensland Health task force. A fire has engulfed Turkey's biggest airport, sending a thick cloud of smoke over Istanbul. It's believed the blaze was started by flying sparks from a welder. It began after lunch and quickly took hold. The main cargo area thick with flames.

The initial fear how far it might spread. An aircraft normally used to fight forest fires drafted in to douse the flames. The fire was held

but the smoke still swept across the main passenger terminal.

By afternoon the sky above Turkey's largest city was being darkened by smoke. Despite the scale only handful of people treated for breathing difficulties. Even when the fire was at its worst most flights continued.

Early suggestions a technical fault to blame. Turkish authorities quick to rule out terrorism. A British fighter jet has crashed and caught fire in southern Afghanistan. The Hercules was attempting to land at a military base at the time. The pilot and passengers managed to escape from the plane before it burst into flames.

No one was hurt. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

Deep concerns over the spread of bird flu. The World Health Organisation says the deaths of eight Indonesians is the most significant development yet in the spread of the disease. We have a team down there and they can't find an animal source of this infection. New South Wales Blues has held on for a 1 point win in the opening State of Origin match against Queensland at Telstra Stadium. After being rushed into the Blues' team on match eve, the number 4 choice for half-back, Brett Finch, won the game with a 79th minute long-range field goal. It was off the back of a quick play the ball and I was lucky to hit it nicely and it went over. is in 13 days time Game two in the three-match series

at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink has warned Australian fans not to expect too much ahead of tonight's friendly against Greece. Less than three weeks before the World Cup, Hiddink says valuable match experience is more important than a win. Greece had its first look at the MCG last night and is using the match as the start of its preparations for Euro 2008

after missing out on a World Cup berth. Finance, Cole inquiry might be extended. The oil-for-food inquiry is due to wind up next month but could be extended to hear more evidence. That news came as AWB reported a first-half profit down by more half.

AWB accused of funnelling $300 million to Saddam Hussein. The Cole inquiry now costing AWB dearly. We have faced many challenges.

Profit slumped to $46 million. Legal bills climb. AWB forked out $9.7 million in costs, that figure expected to double. The company is confident it can regroup. We will do this by strengthening core business and diversifying.

AWB will be in the spotlight a little longer. The Cole inquiry to be extended.

Weather check:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. And Australian troops join international peacekeepers

in East Timor today to tackle an upsurge in violence. Police unwilling to rule out arson as the cause of an expensive factory blaze in Sydney. And an even bigger fire roars through the cargo area of a Turkish airport. And that's it for Ten Early News this morning.

The morning news starts at 11:00am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. I'm Kath Robinson, have a great day.

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