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Iran's top legislators

confirm election results stand.

Maximum sentence for disgraced

financier Bernard Madoff. A

Khmer Rouge survivor details harrowing accounts of torture.

And a former champion stages a remarkable comeback at Wimbledon.

Good morning. Charles Slade

with ABC News for Australia

Network. Iran's top legislative

body has given the recent

presidential polls the tick of

approval after a partial

recount. The check was conducted under tight security

and the international response

has been underwhelming. The

recount looked like it ticked

all the boxes. But before it

started, the election oversight

body, the guardian council, had

already declared the polls free

of major fraud. And the results

of the recount came as no

surprise. Regarding the final

result of the 10th presidential

election held on June 12, the

guardian council rules out the

complaints and protests and

declares that the election is

valid. The recount was

described as a randomly

selected 10% of the vote. Taken

from three of Iran's 30

provinces. It failed to impress

the US. Obviously they have a

huge credibility gap with their

own people, as to the election

process, and I don't think

that's gonna disappear by any

finding of a limited review of

a relatively small number of ballots. Hillary Clinton was

cool when asked if she would

recognise Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

as Iran's legitimate President. We're gonna take

this a day at a time. The

guardian council offered to

conduct a spot check of the

votes, just four days after the

polls, which the incumbent

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won by a

landslide, amidst widespread

allegations of fraud. Ongoing

clashes between Islamic

militias and the angry

electorate left a handful of

people shot dead. And tight

security persisted for the

announcement of the recount

results. Riot police took to

the streets, and Tehran's

mobile phone network was down.

The general in charge of the

United States Central Command

in the Middle East and central

hair ya has sent a warning to

General David Petraeus told Iran. During a visit to Egypt,

officials that Tehran's

activities in the region are encouraging Arab military

cooperation with the US. I

think we have seen more

cooperation and more interest

in these different programs in

part because of the activities

of Iran, because of its

rhetoric, and because of its

actions. He says Iran has

continued to arm, train, fund

and equip extremist elements in

Iraq, which are triggering

security problems. Orchestrator

of the world's largest

financial fraud Bernard Madoff

has been sentenced to 150 years

in jail, the maximum possible

for his crime. US district

judge Denny Chin says the

sentence serves as a symbolic

that this type of behaviour message to potential copycats

will not be tolerated.

Appearing thin and dishevelled,

Bernard Madoff showed no

emotion as his sentence was

handed down. District judge

Denny Chin labelled Mr Madoff's

crime as evil and kiss missed

lawyers' calls for leniency,

delivering his verdict to the

packed Manhattan courtroom. Mr

Madoff was found guilty on 11

criminal counts , including

securities fraud, mail fraud

and money laundering, in a

20-year-long scheme that milked

thousands of investors out of

billions of dollars. Ee.s his

crime was so haip news that we

have to show the world is not

going to be tolerated --

heinous. I am pleased and

not surprised by the judge's

ruling. I think that 150 years

under the circumstances was warranted. Addressing the

court, Mr Madoff apologised for

what he called a terrible

mistake. But his victims are

far from sympathetic. I get up

and go to work every single day

and I live in fear now that I -

what am I gonna do when I'm

old? I have nothing to fall

back on, no money. The fact

that Bernard Madoff will spend

the rest of his life in jail,

you know, that's a good thing,

right? But it doesn't repair

the damage done. And it doesn't

repair the broken system that

allowed it to happen. The

ponsi scheme paid returns to

investors from their own money

rather than from any actual

profit. Investigators don't

know how much money was stolen

but prosecutors say close to

$200 million US flowed into Mr

Madoff's account. The judge has

ordered Mr Madoff forfeit more

than $170 billion US, leaving

the one-time chairman of the

Nasdaq stock market penniless.

It's not known where Mr Madoff

will serve out his sentence.

One of the few people to

survive the Khmer Rouge's

notorious main jail has given

evidence at Cambodia's war

crimes tribunal. On trial is

the man known as Comrade Duch.

He is accused of overseeing the

torture and externalation of

15,000 prisoners during the

regime's brutal rule. 30 years

ago, Van Nap was brought to

Cambodia's notorious prison. Of

the 15,000 prisoners, he is one

of a handful who

survived. TRANSLATION: Death

was imminent. People died one

after another. At about 10 to

11pm the corpse would be

removed. We ate our meal next

to the dead body. We didn't

care. We were like animals.

Duch is the first Khmer Rouge

to be tried by the long-delayed

Genocide Tribunal. Many see the

tribunal as the last chance to

find justice for the Khmer

Rouge victims. Up to 2 million

people died under the regime

from 1975 to

1979. TRANSLATION: What I want

is something that's intangible.

I want justice for those who

died. That's my only hope for

what is achieved by this

tribunal. Van Nap says he only

survived the prison because he

was an artist. Put to work

creating pictures that

glorified the regime. The

pictures he paints today tell a

different story. It's hoped

four other Khmer Rouge leaders

will face trial within the next

two years.

Afghanistan's President karz

card karz has accused Afghan --

Hamid Karzai has accused Afghan

guards working for the US coalition of killing a provincial police chief during

a gun battle in Kandahar. In a harshly worded statement,

President Karzai demanded that

coalition forces hand over the

guards responsible but gorchlor

of Kandahar says the guards

involved have already been

arrested by Afghan authorities.

There was some kind of verbal

dispute, like some words were

exchanged, so eventually the

shooting took place and we got

six killed, six injured. The

President's accusations come as

thousands of US troops are

deployed across southern

Afghanistan ahead of the

presidential election. The

deadline for United States

troops to withdraw from Iraqi

cities is approaching its final

hours. All but a few American

troops will have left the main

townships by Thursday leaving

Iraq's own security forces the

ever-challenging task of

keeping the peace. Since the

2005 invasion, Iraq has been

under the watchful gaze of

international forces. Now the

country is finally on the eve

of its new independence. All

but a few US troop also remain

in the country's major cities

following Tuesday's withdrawal.

Iraq that's newly trained

security forces will then

assume control. And it's

thought the absence of an

international presence will

help promote security in an

otherwise dangerously insecure

country. We think that the

security situation will be

better if practically those

troops withdraw, but the most

important point that we think

about is how much the Iraqi troops will control the

situation independently. The

Iraqi capital has been plagued

by an upsurge of violence in

recent weeks. But local

lawmakers are confident the

handover will help restore

order, rather than leave the

country vulnerable to militants

activity. It's a responsibility

of the government to compensate

fully on the ground, in the

field of the operations, on the

withdrawal of American forces.

The June 30 withdrawal is a day

many Iraqis feared would never

come. For Iraqi Prime Minister

Nouri al-Maliki, the stakes are

high. His Shi'ite-led

government must prove it can

maintain peace and security

ahead of scheduled elections in

January. Mr Al-Maliki has

called the US withdrawal a

great victory, and declared Tuesday a national holiday to

be marked with celebrations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki

Moon will visit Burma this week

to urge its leaders to press

hey head with democratic

reforms. His visit comes as

lawyers for the it tained

Burmese Opposition Leader Aung

San Suu Kyi have failed to get

the High Court to reinstate two

key witnesses in her trial. The

court's ruling means only two

defence witnesses will be

called when the trial resumes

later this week. She faces up

to five years in prison if

found guilty of violating the

conditions of her house arrest.

You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Coming up in

the bulletin - police in Papua New Guinea defend their

response to a string of

murders. And former world No. 1

Lleyton Hewitt reaches the

quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

A crash between two

passenger trains in central

China has left three people

dead and 60 injured. Several

carriages derailed when the

accident happened outside the

railway station in Hunan

province. The injured were

taken to hospital for

treatment. Large cranes were

brought in to move the derailed

carriages. The railway ministry

and local government are

investigating the cause of the

crash. The Australian

Government is expecting more

asylum seekers to try to make

their way to the country as

security in the region

deteriorates. The Australian

Navy intercepted another boat

of asylum seekers at the

weekend, the 16th to be stopped

this year. Australia says it's

doing everything it can to stop

the boat setting sail but

instability in Pakistan and Sri

Lanka is causing people to


The politics of asylum is

never far from the headlines in

Australia. We have to keep working hard at combatting the

people smugglers. I think that

if the government hadn't sent

confusing signals, we wouldn't

have the flow of boats that

we've suddenly got. The weekend apprehension of another

boat carrying asylum seekers

has reig reig nilthed the long

running debate. The 22m hif

long boat is the 16th to be

intercepted this year. It was

carrying nearly 200 passengers,

believed to be mostly Tamil men

from Sri Lanka. The Australian

Government says it's a direct

result of turmoil in the

region. What we've seen with

the violence in Pakistan and

the Afghans fleeing the safety

that they'd found in Pakistan,

an obviously the turmoil in Sri

Lanka, a lot of people moving

through South East Asia, a lot

of people seeking safe haven.

We're getting our share. But

even so the minister says the

the latest arrival is disappointing and the

government will redouble its

efforts against people

smuggling. The latest group of asylum seekers will be housed

at the controversial

immigration detext centre on

Christmas Island. Its 1,200-bed

capacity is already more than

half full. Barely six months

after it was opened. But the

government has dismissed concerns that it might soon run

out of space to house potential

refugees. We have the capacity

to deal request this boatload

and further arrivals. But none

of the contingency plans

include processing asylum

claims on the Australian mainland.

A US judge has granted Michael Jackson's mother

temporary guardianship of his

three children, Prince Michael Paris Michael and Prince

Michael II. Katherine Jackson

is also seeking control of his

estate. The pop star 's family

says it's awaiting the results

of a second private autopsy

before holding a funeral. As

Ben Worsley reports the black

entertainment awards in LA

turned into a Jackson tribute


From those he inspired, the

biggest tribute yet to Michael

Jackson. The compere famous for channelling Ray Charles tried

his hand as the King of Pop. No

need to be sad. We want to

celebrate this black man. Some

were sad, though. None more

than his sister. To you,

Michael is an icon. To us,

Michael is family. And he will

forever live in all of our

hearts. Also there was Joe

Jackson, finally making public

his private doubts about his

son's death. Central to the

speculation is Jackson's

doctor, Conrad Murray, who was

there when he died. Who was

there, who discovered him? Did

the doctor give him a shot? Dr

Murray says he didn't. And an

autopsy has cleared him. Not in

any way a suspect in the death

of Mr Jackson. But he is a

witness. Regardless, the

Jackson family's ordered a

second autopsy. A rejection of

claims Jackson was abusing prescription drus appears at

odds with the growing evidence. He was probably

seeing several doctors who were

given him narcotics. The

battle over Michael Jackson's

estate is only just starting,

and that includes his three

children. Debbie Rowe is

Jackson's former wife and

mother of his first two

children. Or so we thought.

SONG: # The kid is not my son

# She's reportedly told an

English newspaper he's not

their father. The Jackson

family is not going to go away

too easily on this. Jackson's

death has launched him back

into the charts. His album of

No. 1s is back pat No. 1 in Britain and he's currently the

most downloaded artist in the

world. The black entertainers

of today have some new and old


Another two Australians have

died after testing positive to

swine flu. The men were aged 50

and 85 and both died in

hospital. Health authorities

say the 50-year-old was being

treated for cancer while the

older man also had a number of

underlying medical conditions.

Around Australia, seven people

with swine flu have now died,

five of them have died down in

the State of Victoria. This is

very much a typical seasonal

flu. It's actually a little

milder than the typical winter

flu. Every year round

Australia, there will be two to

3,000 Australians who die

because of seasonal influenza.

So far, more than 1,500 Victorians have tested positive

to the virus, among more than

4,000 cases across Australia.

Doctors say there will be many

more who only have mild cases

and haven't been tested.

Australian cancer researchers

have chosen the Trojan Horse,

the classic story from Greek

mythology, to describe their

lates novel procedure. They

hope it will eventually destroy

tumours that have developed a

resistance to chemotherapy

drugs. Meet Coco, a canine who

could prove to be much more

than man's best friend. She and

her doggy mates were riddled

with tumors and on their last

legs. But many have now gone

into remission, thanks to a new

cancer treatment. We've got

spectacular results in these

animals and this gives us hope

that in the human situation,

we'll get safety and

efficacy. We know that

currently, there is nothing

that could have saved those

dogs. Just seeing the results

where these tumours, these

totally resistant tumours, were

plummeting, for us, it was like

a dream come true. So how did

this dream become reality?

First scientists had to stop cancer cells becoming resistant

to chemotherapy. The cells were injected with particles so

small, they couldn't be seen by

the naked eye. Our tiny little

nano cell that can work like a

Trojan Horse. It it can carry

different types of drugs. It

switches off proteins that

cause drug resistance, then a

second attack infuses the cell

with cancer drugs. Earlier

trials involving mice pointed

scientists in the right

direction. In the mouse

experiments, where we have

implanted different types of

human cancers in all those

experiments we get 100%

survival in these mice, when we

do this new treatment. Doctors

will recruit 20 patients with

advanced cancer to see if the

new approach is safe. They're

hoping it will also be

effective after the good

results they've seen in animal

trials. But the approach is so

novel, it could be several

years before it's routinely

used in the treatment of cancer

paeshts. --

patients. Police in Port

Moresby have defended their

response to three murders in

one of the city's most

notorious neighbourhoods.

Bulldozers were used to destroy

homes and businesses after

three people were killed in the

Five Mile Settlement last week.

Residents say they've been

unfairly targeted but police

are unrepentant and say more

needs to be done to regulate

the city's fast-growing

squatter settlements.

People at Five Mile Settlement are still counting

the cost of Friday's demolition

job. I lost my fridges, my

bedding, the house itself and

the store. After three people were murdered here last

Wednesday, police escorted two

bulldozers into settlement and

started razing homes, stores

and banana gardens. Residents

say that's not all they were

doing. Policemen came here and

removed beer and other cargo.

They also took speakers, a

radio and a television. But

police say the buildings were

illegally built and they were

being used to sell alcohol

without liquor licences. Police

used the same tactics last year

on another settlement after a

prominent businessman was

murdered during a car jacking.

Those settlers had just won a

lawsuit against the police. But

the police say they have to

take drastic action because

they've been left to deal with

the city's expanding squatter

settlements. We've seen a lot

of people being killed at that place the last how many years

the settlement has been there.

Every year we are at least

losing one or two lives there.

Meanwhile police say they've

arrested six suspects over the

Five Mile murders.

You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Recapping

the top story in this bulletin

- Iran's top legislative body

confirms the country's election

result will stand.

Now let's look at all the

business figures. Starting in

the United States.

A look at some sport now.

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt has

staged a remarkable comeback to

reach the quarterfinals at

Wimbledon. The former champion

recovered from an injury and

two sets down to set up a clash

with America's Andy Roddick.

And Britain's Andy Murray has

also reached the tournament's

last eight. The 2002 champion

didn't drop a set during the

first week of the

Championships, but found

himself with plenty of work to do midway through his fourth-round match against

Czech Radek Stepanek. Hewitt

conceded the opening two sets before making his charge, which

was briefly halted by a rain

delay. With the roof closed the

Australian soon picked up where

he left off, only to run into

another hurdle, this time a

calf strain. But with some

typical determination and some

vocal support from the

sidelines, the 27-year-old

prevailed. It was tough 'cause

I was trying to block out my

leg more than anything and

focus on snot looking at the

big picture, trying to get back

and win in five sets. E moths

of a different kind were

running high earlier in the

day. Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, who

hasn't reached a quarter time

since her 2008 French Open

triumph was forced to make another early exit after

suffering a thigh injury. Her

opponent Venus Williams will

now face a Polish opponent in

the quarterfinals. Day # was

much easier going for the men's

No. 1 seed, despite the rising

temperature the Swiss remained

as cool as ever, taking care of

Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-4, 7-6, 7-6.

Now a look at the regional

weather forecast for the next

24 hours.

Now, a bit of inspiration.

At 88, most of us would be

thinking of putting up our feet

and relaxing. But Japan's

oldest professional pianist has

celebrated her 88th birthday

with a powerful concert,

showing no signs of slowing

down after more than 80 years

at the keyboard. She was 6

when she took up the piano and

turned professional in her

teens. 60 years on, she's lost none of the dynamism that's made her a favourite with

Japanese audiences.

And she's lost none of her

enthusiasm, either. Saying she

finds new musical discoveries a

joy in her daily practice. Her

music makes me happy. Watching

someone the same age gives such

a strong performance gives me a

burst of energy. It's a view

shared by the pianist herself,

who has no plans to retire any

time soon.

Fantastic ! You're watching

ABC News for Australia Network.

Before we go, let's just take

another quick look at the

headlines. Iran's top

legislative body says the

country's election was free of

irregularities. A massive

sentence for Bernard Madoff for

Wall Street's biggest and most

brazen fraud. And a survivor of

a notorious Khmer Rouge prison

reveals harrowing account

accounts of torture. And that's

all for this bulletin. For more

information on news and current

affairs from the region, visit

our web site. I'm Charles

Slade. Thank you very much for

watching and goodbye for now.

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