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Good morning. Welcome to Ten's Early

Early News. Today's top stories -

authorities brace for violence as

San the Olympic torch relay starts in

San Francisco. A diplomatic stoush - San Francisco. A diplomatic stoush

- the PM vows to raise his concerns

over Tibet with the Chinese Premier.

In sport - a stunning night of goals

goals in the Asian Champions League.

Right now the markets. The US

trading in the red this morning? It

is. Investors are bracing

themselves ahead of a round of anticipated disappointing earnings.

The IMF warns of a global recession. I'll tell you how Australia I'll tell you how Australia is

likely to be affected shortly. The

Olympic torch relay is due to Olympic torch relay is due to begin

in San Francisco about now. It's

been surrounded by tight security

for some time. Ten's US bureau

chief joins us on the line. Nicole,

what's the atmosphere like there

tense atmosphere here today. today? Good morning. It's a very

Thousands of people have been

lining the route for several hours,

along the water front here in San Francisco. We did expect thousands

to turn out from pro-Tibet support,

but I must say there are probably

more pro-China supporters lining

the route for the relay. We've seen

some of those protesters become

quite aggressive, that's the

pro-China protesters. Although they

haven't been violent towards the

pro demonstrators from Tibet at the

moment, there is concern it could

become that kind of situation as

the torch makes its way across San Francisco. And there's been very

heated discussions, as well, that

we've seen between the two different groups. Both sides

wanting to have their voices heard.

To prevent those tensions boiling

over in to violence, there's been a very strong police presence along

the relay route and it's a route organisers say they're prepared to

cut short if necessary, if cut short if necessary, if there

are similar violent scenes as we've

seen in Paris and London. It's

about 10 kilometres I understand. Pro-Tibet demonstrators are

demanding world leaders boycott the

Games. Obviously that's what's

sparking the controversy? That's

right. There have been many calls

for world leaders and particularly

here in the US for the US President to boycott the opening ceremony of

the Beijing Games in August. We

haven't -- we have heard that

Gordon Brown will reportedly not

attend the ceremony in Beijing but

it's apparently not considered a

boycott. Perhaps there's some other

reason he can't make it. Apparently

he will attend the closing ceremony

and that will be very important for

the UK because London will be the

next city to host the Olympic Games

in 2012. Thank you. Kevin Rudd

meets with the Chinese Premier in

Beijing today as the diplomatic row

over Tibet escalates. The PM

delivered a blunt message to China,

saying there are significant human

rights problems in Tibet and

Australians are concerned about them.

them. Chinese officials reacted

angrily, calling the comments

totally unfounded plfpt Rudd says he won't back down. You he won't back down. You have a

relationship which is capable of

handling disagreement. And putting

views in a straight-forward fashion.

That's what I said I'd be doing and

that's what I will be doing. The

two leaders are also expected to discuss Chinese investment in

Australia, as well as trade and

climate change. The Treasury has defended the rerb's decision --

Treasurer has defended the Reserve

Bank's decision to repeatedly raise

interest rates. Wayne Swan says he

supports it. Low inflation is what

we need in this economy to have

strong sustainable growth without

high inflation and high interest

rates. I'm completely in step with

that approach. The impact of higher

interest rates, however, as driven

consumer sentiment down tites

lowest level in nearly 15 years .

Friends of Peter Edmonds have paid

tribute to the surfer at high tribute to the surfer at

school. Days after the school. Days after the attack,

Peter's schoolmates shared their

grief. Peter's death has been very

upsetting and we're supporting each

other. The high school losing one

of its most popular students. Peter

was a lovely young foalo. Very

polite and respectful. Loved his sport.

sport. Was well-liked by his peers

and by the staff. Peter's parents

and his mate, Brock Curtis-Mathew,

grieved in private. So we're very

proud of Brock. We've spoken to his

family and offered whatever support

we can. Plans are under way to

nominate Brock for a bravery medal.

The beaches remain closed.

Conditions are quite atrocious for

undertaking quite a search for a

shark. We really only know it's a

large shark and very dark in colour.

Members of Peter's long board club

are planning a paddle out on the

weekend. A search has begun for a light plane that went missing

shortly after take-off from shortly after take-off from Sydney.

One man is believed to be on board

the twin-engineed aircraft. It took

off just after 11 last night off just after 11 last night and

was not on the radar shortly after.

Police and rescue crews are

searching the coastrind. There could be disruptions -- coastline.

There could be disruptions across

airlines. Unions have voted on a 20

kilogram weight limit for baggage

on all domestic and international

flights and that could be enforced

from today. It's claimed almost a

third of handlers have been injured

in the past year. Workers say

they'll go ahead with the luggage

bans unless Qantas agrees to

improve safety conditions. The

mother of Shannon Matthews remains

behind bars after facing court over

her daughter's disappearance. The

32-year-old is charged with

perverting the course of justice

and child neglect. She's the fourth

member of the family to be arrested

over the disappearance. Karen over the disappearance.

Matthews arrived at court to face

two separate charges. In the public

gallery, were family and friends

and the detectives who led the

investigation in to Shannon Matthews' disexperience. Two Matthews'

charges were read out:

The second charge alledges she

willfully neglected or abandoned

Shannon. When she was denied bail,

some members of the public shouted, "Yes."

"Yes." though, outside, other

friends were in tears. Today, they

watched as Shannon's mum was driven

away in a blue van with blacked out

windows. Australia's entrant in the

Miss World pageant has been

announced overnight. The winner is

20-year-old Katie Richardson, a

university student in NSW. Katie

will compete at the Miss World

contest in Kiev before a global TV contest in Kiev before a global TV

audience of 2 billion.

Michael Voss says he hasn't

decided on his coaching future

Gold despite being linked with the new

Gold Coast team. The former

official approach soon. -- Brisbane Lion is spbting an

expecting an official approach soon. Michael Voss's footy credentials, There's no doubting or the fact that he's one of Queensland's favourite sons, but the big question is, does he want to take on a coaching job that he says he's not even been approached about? I've just come back from South Africa, so all this has sort of just been thrust on me, in many ways. I mean, as soon as I've landed, this is what's happened. He is anticipating a discussion, but is still unsure on his response. Well, I guess, at the end of the day, that's going to be the question that I need to answer - it's "Where would you like to start?" And whether that's putting both feet in and jumping head-first, or is that establishing one of these teams. Do I decide to go coach, or do I need to go to an AFL club first, as an assistant, or other opportunities to be able to go into a senior coach somewhere else. Kevin Sheedy says Voss shouldn't expect a long-term deal straight up. I wouldn't give a senior coach five years. I'd give him three, because, you know, the pieces and get it right. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Rugby league now. Canberra prop

Michael Weyman says he's sorry

about the flurry of punches that earned

earned him a 6-match suspension.

While he accepts his punishment

over the blows that left Daniel

Conn a bloodied mess, there's one

thing he won't cop. No chance was

it a king hit. As I said, I'm brought

brought up the way not to do that

kind of stuff. As far as I'm

concerned, I'm not a king hitter.

Weyman says it's been the worst

week of his football career. To the Asian Champions League and Asian Champions League and the

Melbourne Victory has been beaten

by Gamba Osaka in a 7-goal epic

overnight. Danny Allsop stepped up

in the absence of Archie Thompson

and scored a double. The Japanese

attack was relentless. What a goal!

Brazilian import Bare, who earns

more than the Victory's more than the Victory's entire

salary cap, was also in the action

with countryman Lucas sealing the

win in the final minute of regular

time. It was better news for

Adelaide United, they maintained

their lead on top of Group E with a

2-1 win over Binh Duong. Let's go

to finance now with Kath. The world

economy on the brink of recession?

economy on the brink of recession? The International Monetary The International Monetary Fund

warns the global economy is in a 1

in 4 chance of sliding in to

recession. It may only be a matter

of time with the US credit crisis affecting large parts of Asia and

Western Europe. We expect global

growth will slow to 3.7% in 2008,

half a percentage point lower than our January quarterly update

forecast and well below the 4.9%

seen in 2007. The IMF says Australia

Australia will survive the

recession with steady growth of

more than 3% for the next two more than 3% for the next two years.

The plot thickens. Around 12 luxury

Italian sports cars have been

seized from a car linked to

collapse stockbroker firmOpes Prime.

One of the countries controlled

byOpes Prime directors has been

linked to this. It's now alleged

directors may have used a tax haven

registered company to support share

prices and avoid margin calls. As

reported yesterday, and as expected,

Boeing has announced a fourth delay

to its 787 jetliner project. The

planes are now expected to launch

in the ninety-third quarter of 2009,

14 months behind schedule. The

national weather for Thursday now:

Go figure. Let's take a look at

this morning's newspaper headlines.

The Italian mafia has joined forces

with Dutch and Chinese criminals to

flood Australia with ecstasy pills.

The 'Australian' has more on the

IMF's predictions of a global

recession. NSW Government agencies

have given more than $700,000 in

grants to the Transport Workers

Union, sparking concerns public

funds are being used for Labor

Party donations. Hundreds of

Australians turned out to support

Tibet. Details when we return.

This is Ten's Early News. Kevin

Rudd refuse s to back down over his

stance on Tibet. Emotions boil over as

as thousands pack the route of the

Olympic torch relay in San

Francisco. And in sports news -

Canberra prop Michael Weyman speaks

out about that flurry of punches

that earned him a 6-week break.

Here is Kath for a look at the

markets. Investors are bracing themselves

themselves in the US ahead of a round

round of anticipated disappointing corporate earnings.

Interest rates starting to hit

consumer confidence. Details in

under 10 minutes. Thank you. The

diplomatic stoush between Kevin

Rudd and his Chinese hosts is set

to escalate today. Mr Rudd has

promised to raise his concerns over

human rights abuses in Tibet when

he meets with the Chinese Premier.

Paul is travelling with the PM.

Later this morning the PM will

receive an official ceremonial welcome welcome in Tiananmen Square and

he'll meet the Chinese Premier and

they're set for straight talking.

Yesterday, where the PM wowed the

students by addressing them in

Mandarin and cracking jokes along

the way, he pulled no punches and

said Tibet had significant human rights problems and despite a

protest from the Chinese Government,

he's still calling for negotiations

with the Dalai Lama and he said

later he wouldn't be backing off. I

think this relationship has brought

enough to tolerate disagreement enough to tolerate disagreement and

on these questions I'll be putting

my views forthrightly. China wielded out its most senior

official, the Governor of Tibet,

and his message was Mr Rudd doesn't

know what he's talking about. He

said there is healthy democracy in

Tibet. He said when the Dalai Lama

was in charge, it wasn't a

democracy, it was a theocracy.

Thank you, Paul. The Olympic torch

relay has begun in San Francisco and there's tight security

surrounding the flame, as

authorities try to avoid a repeat

of London and Paris. Hundreds of protesters lined the streets,

waiting for the relay to begin. There have been fiery exchanges

between pro-Tibet and pro-China

activists. So far there are no

reports of any violence. The torch

will make a 10-kilometre journey along San Francisco Bay. along San Francisco Bay. Hundreds

have turned out in Sydney overnight

in support of Tibet. The crowd in support of Tibet. The crowd was addressed by the Dalai Lama's

spokesman who is concerned about

the Canberra torch run. I'm sure

there will be a protest by Tibetan communities and Tibetan communities and Tibetan supporters

but I hope it will be peaceful. The

torch will be in the national

capital on April 24. A man will

face court in Perth today, charged

with the murder of his parents. The

bodies of former police bodies of former police inspector

Robert Silich and his wife Faye

were found early yesterday morning

in their bedroom. Police say both

died from head injuries. Their

42-year-old son was arrested at the scene. Music promoter Glenn

Wheatley will be back in his luxury

mansion next month. The 59-year-old

tax cheat granted home detention

for the final months of his jail

sentence. Next month Glenn Wheatley

will be swapping his jail cell for

a life of luxury. Serving out the

last five months of his sentence at

his Melbourne mansion. He refused

to speak to media. Her husband has

found unlikely support from critics

of soft sentencing. Glenn kwheetly

was an ideal candidate for home detention. The people they have on

home detention at the moment is a

lot to be desired. He'll have to adhere

adhere to 24 conditions, including

wearing an electronic tag. He's wearing an electronic tag. He's not

a violent criminal. He hasn't hurt

anybody physically. He hasn't

killed anyone with a motor vehicle.

Wheatley, the former manager of

John Farnham s the highest-profile

scalp claimed by a

multimillion-dollar probe. The

59-year-old admitted he treated the

Tax Office out of more than $300 --

cheated the Tax Office out of more

than $300,000. Wayne Swan admits to

being instep with Glenn Stevens'

decision to repeatedly lift rates.

Are you in step with the decisions

he's taken? Are you in agreement? I'm

I'm completely in step with the

Reserve Bank and its approach to

its inflation targeting regime. The bank

bank has lifted rates eight times

in three years. An al-Qa'ida leader,

believed to be the mastermind behind the London terror attacks,

has reportedly died. Obaidah al

Masri sl also believed to be behind

the failed plan to blow up several

planes headed from the US to

Britain. He was considered

al-Qa'ida's explosives expert. He's

understood to have died from

hepatitis. Suspended Canberra rugby

league prop Michael Weyman has broken his silence over the flurry

of punches against Daniel Conn.

Michael Weyman's owned up to the crime and will do the time, No chance was it a king hit. As I said, I was brought up the way not to do that kind of stuff I'm not a king-hitter. and as far as I'm concerned He says he's sorry, describing his blows on the Gold Coast's Daniel Conn a heat of the moment thing. to think about it, Weyman's got six weeks time he doesn't plan to waste. I think I owe it to myself and my team-mates to really get as fit as I can. Bulldogs coach fronted the cameras for the first time since deciding to call it quits at season's end. I'm not gonna talk about that stuff. If you wanna talk about football, I'm more than happy to. All the other stuff is off limits. The North Queensland Cowboys are talking about this wall at WIN Stadium. They've spoken with St George Illawarra officials about avoiding a repeat of this on Saturday night. They've assured us they wouldn't allow their players to play on it if there was any, um, form of danger to them.

The West Coast Eagles have a

tougher job of beating Sydney this

weekend. Priddis will be out with a

knee injury. It's a floating bone,

tear off a tiny bit of bone. Go in

and suck that out. Ruckman Dean Cox

is battling a foot problem and

remains in doubt. Tiger Woods has

challenged his rivals on the

everybody of the US Masters. The

world number 1 is aiming for a

green jacket number 5 and expects

it will be a difficult weekend at

Augusta but he can't wait to get

started. I love winning. I love

getting out there and mixing up

with the guys here. They're trying

to beat me. I'm trying to beat them.

That's fun. Aussie Adam Scott has

overcome his illness. He'll firm in

the betting now and you can see it

all from 5:45 tomorrow morning,

right here on Ten. Which gives us a

rest. That's for tomorrow. Finance

now with Kath. Consumer jitters at

an all-time high? That's right.

Levels have dwindled to their

lowest levels in almost 15 years. High interest rates and global

economic uncernty has seen economic uncernty has seen the

index plummet 1.3% to 87.4% in

April. The RBI's decision to keep

rates on hold failed to produce a

bounce in confidence with households

households still wary about

spending up big. Renters have

showed the largest drop in

confidence. BHP Billiton has

dismissed reports China is planning

to snap up a large stake in the

mining giant. It's claimed China

wants a 10% slice in the company in

an attempt to thwart a BHP-Rio

merger. Shares soared on the news

and were up $1.51. However, sources

close to BHP and Rio Tinto say the reports

reports are just talk. The forecast around Australia:

The search continues for a missing

light plane, just south of Sydney.

We'll have that next. The CommSec

finance report when the Early News

returns.

This is Ten's Early News.

Authorities brace for violence as

the Olympic torch relay starts in

San Francisco, but so far so San Francisco, but so far so good.

Diplomatic stoush - the PM vows to

raise his concerns over Tibet with

the Chinese Premier. And in sport - a

a stunning night of goals in the

Asian Champions League.

Time now for a market update. Thank

you. Wall Street has closed in the

red as investors fear a disapointing earnings quarter ahead.

A record oil price also weighed on stocks:.

Jobs numbers are out today. We'll

cross to CommSec shortly and find

out if our low unemployment levels

are set to stay. The Olympic torch

relay is officially under way in

San Francisco. It's surrounded by

tight security. Nicole joins us on

the line. We understand the relay's

off to a pleasant enough start?

Good morning. It got under way

about half an hour ago. Despite the

fact there are thousands of

protesters here along the water

front in San Francisco. And from

both sides of the opinion, that's both sides of the opinion, that's pro-China supporters, people who

are very proud about the Olympics

being held in China, then we have the the pro-Tibetan supporters and

despite the fact there have been

some angry words exchanged, so far

no violence surrounding the Olympic

torch, as it makes its way through

the streets of San Francisco. The

torch route is still subject to

change - is that right? Yes. What

we're hearing as we move along the

route, there seems to be some

confusion about its actual journey.

The route has been cut short by a

few kilometres over the past day

and organisers confirmed that they

might have to cancel the torch

relay, or shorten it, so we don't

see a repeat of what was seen in

Paris and London, and that was Paris and London, and that was the

torch being put on to a bus torch being put on to a bus because

of the violence surrounding it. So

far noisy but peaceful. Thank you,

Nicole. Kevin Rudd meets with the

Chinese Premier in Beijing today as

the diplomatic row over Tibet

evilates. The PM delivered a blunt

message to China, saying there are

significant human rights significant human rights problems

in Tibet and Australians are

concerned about them. Chinese concerned about them. Chinese

officials called the comments

totally unfounded. Mr Rudd says he

won't back down. You have a

relationship which is capable of

handling disagreement. And putting views

views in a straight-forward fashion.

That's what I said I'd be doing in

my remarks earlier today and that's

what I will be doing. The two leaders are expected to discuss

Chinese investment in Australia, as

well as trade and climate change.

The Treasurer has defended the Reserve Bank's decision to

repeatedly raise interest rates.

The RBA has lifted rates eight

times in three years, but Wayne

Swan says he supports that. Low

inflation is what we need in this

economy to have strong sustainable

growth without high inflation and

high interest rates and I'm completely in step with that

approach. The impact of high

interest rates has driven consumer

sentiment down. It's at its lowest

in nearly 15 years. Friends of

surfer Peter Edmonds have paid

tribute to the young shark attack

victim at his high school. He's been

been remembered as a fun-loving

mate, who was well-liked. Peter's

schoolmates shared their grief. Peter's death has been very

upsetting and we're all working

together to support one another.

The high school losing one of its

most popular students. Peter was a

lovely young fellow. Very polite,

very respectful and loved his sport.

Was well-liked by his peers and the

staff. Peter's parents and his mate,

Brock Curtis-Mathew, who bravely

tried to save Peter, grieved in

private. We're very proud of Brock and have offered whatever support

we can. Plans are under way to

nominate Brock for a bravery medal.

The beaches remain closed and

torrential rain is ruling out the

possibility of finding the killer

shark. Conditions are atrocious for

undertaking quite a search and we

only know it's a large shark and

very dark in colour. Members of

Peter's long board club are planning

planning a memorial paddle out this weekend. The search continues for

this light plane that went missing

shortly after take-off from shortly after take-off from Sydney.

One man is believed to be on One man is believed to be on board this aircraft. It's twin-engineed

plane. It was being used to

transport freight. It took off from

Sydney Airport just after 11 last

night and disappeared from the

radar shortly after. Police and rescue crews are searching the

coastline. The biggest review of Australian aviation in history will

be launched today. It's the first

step from the Federal Government to

introduce a national aviation

policy. The review will look at

security, pilot shortages, airport development development and aircraft noise. The

move has been welcomed by the

aviation industry which contributes

nearly $7 billion to the economy.

In the US, elderly residents have

been rescueed from a burning building. Firefighters battled

intense smoke and flames at the

senior citizens complex, using

ladders to help the residents ladders to help the residents

escape. Several have been treated

at the scene for smoke inhalation and chest pains. Australia's

entrant in the Miss World pageant

has been announced overnight. The

winner is 20-year-old Katie

Richardson, a university student in

NSW. Katie will compete at the Miss

World contest in Kiev in the Ukraine

Ukraine in September, before a

global TV audience of 2 billion.

Michael Voss says he hasn't

decided on his coaching future

despite links with the new Gold

Coast team. The former Brisbane

Lion is expecting an official approach soon.

There's no doubting Michael Voss's footy credentials, or the fact that he's one of Queensland's favourite sons, but the big question is, does he want to take on a coaching job that he says he's not even been approached about? I've just come back from South Africa, so all this has sort of just been thrust on me, in many ways. I mean, as soon as I've landed, this is what's happened. He is anticipating a discussion, but is still unsure on his response. Well, I guess, at the end of the day, that's going to be the question that I need to answer - it's "Where would you like to start?"

And whether that's putting both feet in and jumping head-first, or is that establishing one of these teams. Do I decide to go coach, or do I need to go to an AFL club first, as an assistant, or other opportunities to be able to go into a senior coach somewhere else. Kevin Sheedy says Voss shouldn't expect a long-term deal straight up. I wouldn't give a senior coach five years. I'd give him three, because, you know, he should be able to pick up the pieces and get it right.

Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Canberra rugby league prop Michael

Weyman says he's sorry about the

flurry of punches that earned him flurry of punches that earned him a 6-match suspension. While he accepts that punishment over the

blows that left Daniel Conn a

bloodied mess, there is one thing

he won't accept. No chance was it a

king hit. As I said, I'm brought up

the way not to do that kind of

stuff. As far as I'm concerned, I'm

not a king hitter. Weyman says it's

ben the worst week of his football career. Asian Champions League

football now - the Melbourne

Victory has been beaten by Gamba

Osaka in a 7-goal epic at Telstra

Dome overnight. Danny Allsop

stepped up in the absence of Archie

Thompson. He scored a couple. But

the Japanese attack was relentless.

Comment comment what a goal! What

about that! Brazilian import about that! Brazilian import Bare,

who earns more than the Victory's

entire salary cap, was also in entire salary cap, was also in the

action. It was better news for

Adelaide United. They kept their

lead on top of Group E, 2-win, over

Binh Duong. -- 2-1, over Binh Duong.

A private sector report released

yesterday has shown consumer

sentiment has dwindled to a 15-year

low. I'm joined live now by

Juliette. Consumers are jittery,

thanks to higher interest rates and the

the iminants talk of a recession in

the US. That's clearly impacting

the mood. We're certainly more

upbeat than our US counterparts,

thanks to our strong economy and

high dollar, which is making things

like imported goods and overseas

travel cheaper. Jobs numbers are

out today. What's expected? We're

expecting an extra 20,000 jobs were

created in March, showing

unemployment remains near

33-year low of around 4%. There's

been a lot of economic data out

this week. These jobs numbers are

the main focus and the real deal

and we're expecting it shows and we're expecting it shows the

jobs market remains very tight.

What can we expect from our market

today? Unfortunately, the futures

pointing to a drop around half a

percent on open. That's despite

higher comoddity prices across the higher comoddity prices across the

board, including a record high

crude oil price. Hopefully we'll

see support from resource and

energy stocks. Stocks which have an

adverse reaction to that high crude oil

oil price, airline and transport,

could suffer a bit. Thank you.

Thanks. The national weather for Thursday:

Now, for a look at the newspaper

headlines. George Bush overcome by

emotion, while presenting the Medal

of Honour to an American serviceman

killed in Iraq. The investigation

in to the collapse ofOpes Prime has widened with allegations directers used

used a tax-haven registered company

to support company share prices.

The 'Daily Telegraph' is leading

with an exclusive interview with

Dawn Fraser. She says she will

boycott the Beijing Games because

she believes China discriminates

against the disabled. A Perth man

charged with murdering his parents. Good morning, i'm Lachlan Kennedy Last year's Labor candidate for the Federal seat of Hume hasn't given up making it to Canberra. DAVID GRANT says the region's only Liberal Party stronghold is winnable for the A-L-P, and he intends to prove it by seeking prove it by seeking pre-selection for the next election in almost three years time. Grant and Labor achieved a swing of almost nine per cent against current M-P Alby Schultz last November,

making the seat a marginal one. An art exhibition drawing attention to eating drawing attention to eating disorders has been launched in Canberra. The SCALING THE HEIGHTS TO FREEDOM exhibition ... will showcase the experiences of eating disorders and body try and steer others away away from such conditions. Shadow Health Minister Jacqui Burke hopes the exhibit will help raise the need for greater care services, for both sufferers and their families. The exhibit will begin a tour of Canberra in Civic later today New South Wales workplace inspectors are visiting Braidwood and Bungendore later today. They'll be checking local businesses to offer advice and ensure local employers are meeting regulations on pay and conditions. conditions. The A-C-T Government has again come under fire for allegedly failing to stand up to their Federal counterparts. The Opposition claims the A-C-T government has been silent over the possibility of the Defence Force Academy being closed down, taking many jobs and residents out of the Capital. The Opposition's calling on the government to stand up Commonwealth Departments... confirmed to be facing job and budget cuts TO SPORT The Brumbies have made three changes to their

starting line up for tomorrow's match against the Blues in Auckland. Saia Fiangaa returns to hooker, Julian Salvi replaces injured number eight Stephen Hoiles, and fullback Mark Gerrard returns from a hamstring strain NOW TO THE WEATHER Cloud on the coast, ranges and western slopes is bringing some scattered showers, while a weak weak trough is crossing the west of the state the state Nationally... a shower or two for Sydney... a sunny day for Adelaide ... fine for Melbourne ... mostly sunny in Canberra Looking locally... there's the chance of a shower there's the chance of a shower around Wollongong today ... it should be fine and mostly sunny in Wagga ... 24 in Bega Partly cloudy for Batemans Bay ... similar conditions in Bathurst ... 22 the top in Goulburn It could be wet around Nowra ... a little bit of cloud about for Cooma

Looking ahead: Today and tomorrow should be mostly fine and sunny... but unstable wet weather is set to return from Saturday through to Monday, with overnight temps telling us another Winter is at our door step. (that's the latest from Southern Cross Ten ... stay with us for all your national and local news ahead: Today and tomorrow should be mostly fine and

This is Ten's Early News. Kevin

Rudd refusing to back down over

his blunt message on Tibet as his blunt message on Tibet as the diplomatic row intensifys.

Emotions boiling as thousands pack the route of the Olympic torch

relay. That's in San Francisco. And in sport - Canberra prop Michael

Weyman speaks out about the flurry

of punches that earned him a 6-week

break. Let's look at the markets.

Hopefully it's not that serious?

Pretty bloody but not that bloody.

Wall Street has closed in the red

as investors fear a disapointing earnings quarter.

Australia to take a leaf out of

Canada's book, slashing home loan

rates. Don't get too excited. It's

just an idea. The diplomatic stoush

behind Kevin Rudd and his Chinese

hosts is set to escalate today. Mr Rudd has promised to raise his

concerns over human rights abuses

in Tibet when he meets with the

Chinese Premier. Paul is travelling

with the PM. Later this morning the PM will receive a ceremonial

welcome. Yesterday, the PM wowed

the students by addressing them in

Mandarin and cracking jokes along

the way. He pulled no punches. He

said Tibet had significant human rights problems and despite a

protest from the Chinese Government,

he's still calling for negotiations

with the Dalai Lama. At a news

conference later, he said he

wouldn't be backing off. I think

this relationship has brought

enough to tolerate disagreement and

I'll be putting my views

forthrightly. China wheeled out its

most senior official, the Governor

of Tibet, and he said Mr Rudd

doesn't know what he's talking

about. He says there's healthy

democracy in Tibet, unlike

previously. He's referring to when

the Dalai Lama was in charge, went the Dalai Lama was in charge, it

went a democracy, it was a

theocracy. Back to you. Protesters

are lining the streets of San Francisco as the Olympic torch

relay makes its way through the

city. Tight security surrounds the

flame. Authorities trying to avoid

a repeat of those protests in a repeat of those protests in

London and Paris. Police have

barricaded the streets. There have

been some fiery exchanges between

pro-Tibet and pro-China activists.

So far, there are no reports of any

violence. The torch will mick violence. The torch will mick a 10-kilometre journey along San

Francisco Bay. Hundreds have turned

out in Sydney to support Tibet. The

crowd was addressed by the Dalai Lama's spokesman, who's concerned about

about the Canberra torch run. I'm

sure there will be protests by the

Tibetan communities and Tibetan

supporters. But I hope it will be

peaceful. The torch will be in the

national capital on April national capital on April 24.

Search crews have found some debris

believed to be from a light plane

which went missing in which went missing in Sydney

overnight. The twin-engine carbo

plane disappeared from the radar

shortly after take-off. Rescue

crews have found debris in water

south-east of Sydney. They've found

boxes and bags which are believed

to be from that aircraft. It's

believed the pilot was the only man

on board. A man will face court

today, charged with the murder of

his parents. Robert Silich and his

wife Faye were found early in their

bedroom yesterday morning dead. Their 42-year-old son was arrested at

at the scene. Glenn Wheatley will

be back in his luxury mansion next

month. He was graned home detention

for the final months of -- granted

home detention for the final months

of his sentence. Next month Wheatley of his sentence. Next month Glenn

Wheatley will be serving out the

last five months of his sentence at

his Melbourne mansion. His wife

refused to speak to the media. However, her husband has found

unlikely support from critics of

soft sentencing. Glenn Wheatley was

an ideal candidate for home

detention. The people they've got on home detention at the on home detention at the moment

leave a lot to be desired. The

disgraced former rock star who was

convicted of tax fraud, will have

to adhere to 24 conditions,

including wearing an electronic tag.

He's not a violent criminal, hasn't

hurt anybody physically or killed

anyone with a motor vehicle.

Wheatley, the former manager of

John Farnham s the highest-protyle

scalp -- profile scalp caught by a new probe.

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan is

sure to hit a nerve with homebuyers

who are struggling to pay the

higher interest rates. He admits to

being in step with Glenn Stevens'

decision to repeatedly lift rates.

Are you in step with the decisions

he's taken? I'm completely in step with the Reserve Bank and with the Reserve Bank and its

approach to its inflation targeting

regime. The bank has lifted rates

eight times in three years. There

could be disruptions at airports

across the country today with

Qantas workers threatening to ban

heavy luggage. Unions have voted heavy luggage. Unions have voted on

a 20 kilogram weight limit for

baggage on all domestic and

international flights. This could

be enforced from today. It's

claimed almost a third of handlers have

have been injured in the past year.

Workers say they'll go ahead with

the luggage bans unless Qantas

agrees to improve safety conditions.

Most Australian households are yet

to make the switch to digital

television and a new survey has

found a quarter of people aren't

even remotely interested in making

the change. Research by the national broadcasting regulator

shows 2 in 5 households are

watching free-to-air digital

television. 25% of TV sets in

Australia now have digital technology.

Suspended Canberra rugby league

prop Michael Weyman has broken his

silence over that flurry of punches against Daniel Conn. Michael Weyman's owned up to the crime and will do the time, but there's one thing he won't cop. No chance was it a king hit. As I said, I was brought up the way not to do that kind of stuff and as far as I'm concerned I'm not a king-hitter. He says he's sorry, describing his blows on the Gold Coast's Daniel Conn a heat of the moment thing. Weyman's got six weeks to think about it, time he doesn't plan to waste. It's probably been the hardest week of my football career. I think I owe it to myself and my team-mates to really get as fit as I can. Bulldogs coach fronted the cameras for the first time since deciding to call it quits at season's end. I'm not gonna talk about that stuff. If you wanna talk about football, I'm more than happy to. All the other stuff is off limits. The North Queensland Cowboys are talking

about this wall at WIN Stadium. They've spoken with St George Illawarra officials about avoiding a repeat of this on Saturday night. They've assured us they wouldn't allow their players to play on it if there was any, um, form of danger to them. Leanne West, Ten News.

The West Coast eagles have an even

tougher job beating Sydney at

Homebush this weekend. Matt Priddis

has been ruled out with a has been ruled out with a knee

injury. He had surgery yesterday.

It's a floating bone, they tear off

a bit of tone which you have to go

in and suck out. Ruckman Dean Cox

is battling a foot problem and

remains in doubt G. news for

Manchester United fans this morning.

They're through to the semifinals

of the Champions League with a 1-0

win over Roma. Setting up a

showdown with Barcelona who edged

past German side Schalke. Excellent

cross, equally well-defended. Or is

it? Barcelona take the lead. It was

the only goal but the only one they

needed. They progress 2-0 on

aggregate. Let's talk finance now.

A cheaper way to home loans maybe?

That's the claim. A finance

industry group says home loans

could be slashed by as much as 1.5%

if the Government guarantees

mortgage-backed bonds. A similar

scheme has helped drive down scheme has helped drive down rates

in Canada and now the Australian

Securitisation Forum is urging the

Government to consider it here. It

eases funding costs which will help

lower rates. Woodside Petroleum has

suggested that Australia could

triple its liquefied gas output in

the next five years. There's been

dismissed predictions of 8 to 11LNG protests because there isn't enough

labour. To the finance diary now.

That's it today. The most important

thing is the jobs dita numbers out

around 11:30. Big news that. The

forecast around Australia today:

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

live coverage of the US Masters

Golf will start tomorrow morning

and we'll see it across the weekend

and on Monday. The Early News will

return next Tuesday. Goodbye for

now. Have a great day.

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