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(generated from captions) This program is LIVE captioned. This morning, protesters ram a Japanese ship Calls for calm as anti-whaling in our Southern Ocean. WA still on storm alert moves down the coast. as Cyclone Clare In for the long haul. to keep our troops in Iraq. The Government's pledge with Chris Reason. This is Seven's Morning News Good morning. in our Southern Ocean this morning The government is pleading for calm

protest boats and Japanese whalers. after a second collision between pictures of the Farley Mowat Seven News has obtained exclusive Oriental Bluebird sideswiping the Japanese supply ship the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. after it refused demands to leave There was no serious damage of a can opener-like device but the apparent use has been condemned.

Only the day before, the Arctic Sunrise, Greenpeace claims its vessel, was rammed by the whalers. Now the whalers are threatening to patrol the ocean to ask Japanese police aircraft

to protect its fleet. runs the Farley Mowat. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society joins us on the line now. It's captain Paul Watson

Good morning, Paul.

of dirty tricks? How do you answer these claims

There is no dispute about who was

trying to ram who. You were trying

to sideswipe the Oriental blue

bird? Yes, they refused to leave so

we sideswiped them to get our

point across The blade that you

have, it appears to act like a can

opener. Can you tell us about it?

It is design today rip off a - rip

open a hole From one quote you had

in the papers this morning, the

Japanese ship is the death star for

whales and we intend to shut it

down. How far would you go? Three

times we found the fleet and three

times they run. We have prevented

them from killing whales for 15

days. It is a case of finding them

and we chase and they run Would you

go so far as to try to sink that

shape? No, I would not sink a

whaling vessels on high seas. We

have sunk ships but with nobody on

them You have sunk ships before?

Yes, they were illegal vessels and

I was not convicted of any crime.

We are dealing with criminal. They

are criminals in criminal

operations and they are in

violation of laws Ian Campbell says

it would be the worst possible out

come if in one of our activities

you managed to sink a ship or

injure or kill one of the fishermen

on board that Japanese ship. The

weight of public opinion would

swing behind the whalers. Do you

take note of that? We are not going

to kill anybody. If the government

of Australia was doing its job we

wouldn't be here What will you do

in they call in police aircraft? I

guess we will take pictures of them

flying over us. What will they do

from the air? Paul, we appreciate

joining us. your time this morning. Thanks for

Pilbara Coast Residents of Western Australia's the worst of Cyclone Clare. have weathered of the Category 3 storm. Dampier bore the brunt through the town at around midnight. Winds of up to 200km/h tore

were prepared for the worst. Emergency workers hundreds of residents. They had already evacuated in Dampier and Karratha The storm caused a blackout

injury or structural damage so far. but there have been no reports of flood warnings in the region, The weather bureau has issued the winds had on the tide. because of the affect gas and oil production platforms All businesses, into Karratha remain closed. and the main highway Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is considering a plan says the Federal Government to Afghanistan. to send an extra 300 troops His comments follow with Condoleezza Rice a hastily arranged meeting in Washington. had cancelled a trip to Australia The US Secretary of State in the Middle East. to monitor developments It was all smiles for the cameras picture opportunity. in a light-hearted Did it look nice enough for you? LAUGHTER But behind closed doors the latest upsurge in violence. the focus turned to Iraq and

assuring the US Secretary of State Australia's Foreign Minister any time soon. to Secretary Rice I made it perfectly clear

shares America's and Britain's view that Australia in Iraq in a responsible way that we should reduce our forces and only at at time are able to maintain control. when the Iraqi security forces

in Iraq Australia has nearly 900 troops teams in the country's south. protecting Japanese reconstruction they're a target for insurgents. Opposition Leader Kim Beazley claims While our troops are there

to all the ne'er-do-wells we are acting like a magnet in the Middle East. isn't the answer. Mr Downer says pulling out

to just walk out of Iraq now If we were all we would leave the country and the terrorists. in the hands of the insurgents On another front

planning to send more troops the Federal Government is reportedly Afghanistan. to that other war-torn region - that Australia Mr Downer won't confirm reports 300 more Special Forces troops is set to send two helicopters and to Afghanistan the idea is under consideration. but says One of the plans participating with the Netherlands that we're looking at is Australia in Afghanistan. in a provincial reconstruction team efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan Joining us to discuss our military

the Australia Defence Association. is Neil James from Good morning, Neil. are a magnet to terrorists. Kim Beazley says our troops

We had Vale say he is confirming

those troops are going to

Afghanistan, at least 110. Do the

numbers surprise you there? Not at

all. The contingent over there

require reinforcement. There is

nothing strange about that Kim

Beazley says on the issue of Iraq,

our troops are a magnet to

terrorists and that we should talk

seriously about getting them out. Do

you agree He is partially right and

partially wrong. We call on both

parties to talk about the

operational contingent. They don't

understand domestic politics and if

they have a go at the Australians

that we withdraw. In the great

scheme of things they agree but

skwaubling over the timing Do you

mean Mr Beazley's comments could be

endangering the troops? They

weren't the silly ones that his

bread SESor made on the same issue.

Everyone talks about when we are

going to withdraw the troops and

why needs to remember that the

people they are fighting watch

satellite TV too and they might

suddenly take it in their heads

that have an attack on the troop

it's and attack them I am tracking

some of the comments that you made

about our troops. You warned that

the ADF is stretched too thin and

maybe maybe 300 troops will be sent

to Afghanistan. Can they cope with

it? They, they with getting stressed

We are getting away with the nature

of the contingent in Afghanistan

and other places are different

types of capability. If they were

the same capability at once we

would have a problem because we

don't maintain them in threes but

in two it's and ones We appreciate your time this morning. Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott has been killed in a crash during the Dakar Rally in West Africa. Race organisers say the South Australian fell off his bike halfway through the 600km stage in Mauritania. It's believed he injured his neck and died instantly. Just last week, Caldecott won the third stage of the rally in Morocco. The 41-year-old was a late call-up to the race. Two Australian men, questioned over the murder of a British backpacker in Thailand, have been allowed to fly home. The body of 22-year-old Katherine Horton was found floating in the sea off Koh Samui last week. She had been raped and beaten to death. DNA tests cleared the two men from Surfers Paradise of the attack. Police say further DNA tests identified two Thai fishermen, who've now been charged with her rape and murder. World Health authorities are battling to stop the spread of bird flu in Turkey. 15 cases of the human form of the virus have been confirmed in towns and villages across the country sparking fears the deadly strain may sweep through Europe. Alarmed by the rapid rise in patients suffering from bird flu international experts in the disease have arrived in Turkey in force and they're taking every precaution. With every fresh human case of the disease comes the risk of a viral mutation and a deadly pandemic. More than a dozen people have been infected by the virulent H5N1 virus in six separate outbreaks several hundred miles apart. There is concern that more than a week after the first death

the authorities have still failed to cull poultry in the affected areas. Many villages keep ducks and chickens inside their houses over winter but WHO believes this is a prime route of infection and wants all domestic fowl killed, healthy or not, to prevent further human cases. Local people have been asked to give up their birds to speed up the slaughter. The fresh outbreak reported in the Black Sea region and the three cases in the capital Ankara over the weekend have yet to be verified by the WHO. It says there is no evidence that the virus has mutated into a pandemic strain. Those infected so far have had direct contact with dead poultry. But the Agriculture Ministry says the H5N1 has been spread by wild birds to 15 regions. With such a dangerous virus now so widespread further human cases seem inevitable. Israeli's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is showing improvemnt after being brought out of a medically induced coma. The 77-year-old is now breathing on his own and has reportedly moved his right hand and leg indicating brain activity. For the first time the man heading the team of surgeons operating on Ariel Sharon has spoken publicly about their efforts to save his life. Professor Felix Umansky led three emergency brain operations. They have begun to bring the Israeli Prime Minister out of his sedative-inducted coma but say it's still too early to assess the damage caused. Ariel Sharon has though begun to start breathing on his own. We just at the beginning of a long way that he needs to undergo. We need to be very cautious when talking about the prognosis but we are going to do everything we can to help him to pull through this situation. Ariel Sharon may be incapacitated but the business of the country goes on. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sanctioning campaigning sanctioning campaigning in Arab east Jerusalem for the forthcoming Palestinian elections, a conciliatory move, the first real decision made without Mr Sharon at the helm of government. Less than 10 miles from the hospital where Ariel Sharon is being cared for is Abu-Gosh. It's an Arab village taken by Israel in the 1948 war. Yet, a model of the kind of Israeli-Arab relations whoever takes power next will try to build on. Creating Israeli and Palestinian states that can live side by side would be the ultimate achievement.

Next in Seven News, a record day on the finance markets and the tens of thousands who have joined the journey to Mecca. (Crowd chants) Viva! Viva! Viva! (Shouts) Viva the four airbags! (Crowds shouts) Viva the four airbags! (Crowd shouts) Viva the fuel economy! VOICEOVER: The new Holden Viva range offers a revolutionary new level of features from $17,990 plus dealer delivery and government charges. (Shouts) Viva the 22 storage spaces! (Crowd cheers) Viva! Viva!

Two men wearing balaclavas and armed with shot guns have robbed the Grand Hotel in Victoria's Dandenong. Staff were the only ones there at the time. No-one was seriously injured. Police are also searching for two men after a stabbing incident in Footscray last night. The 53-year-old man is in a stable condition despite receiving wounds to his back and legs. An American teenager who travelled to Iraq without telling his parents has apologised for all the trouble he caused.

16-year-old Farris Hassan says he was inspired to go to Iraq after watching news about the war-torn region. He wanted to volunteer with the Red Cross but admits he didn't plan his trip properly. could have been better and I made a lot of bad decisions along the way, one of which was thinking of getting to Baghdad with a taxi from Kuwait City. It is the first time Hassan has spoken publicly since returning to the US. An estimated 2.5 million Muslims have gathered in Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Dressed in traditional robes and leather sandals, the worshippers arrived in the Holy City after a 13km trek, retracing the journey of the Prophet Mohammed. Crowds will travel from the Grand Mosque to Mount Arafat until the end of the month. New Orleans college students are returning to the city this week for the first time since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city but rather than hitting the books students are being taken on bus tours around the worst-affect areas for a lesson in life.

If the recovery in New Orleans is

to be measured in steps. I am so

glad to be back Then these young

men and women are taking some of

the biggest and most important.

Student as tue lane, Loyola and

dill ard university spent last

semester scattered on campuses

across the country but they came

back in the city. I am excited to

be back in New Orleans The clean up

continues at tue lane and classes

are held at the under or liens

Hilton. As they come back they are

learning their most important

lesson are not on campus. I want

them to understand that they are

not live anything a bubble. The

city is extremely damaged and

fighting to come back Orientation

includes a hands on tour of some of

the hardest areas of the city And

very emotional. Was surprised how

much damage there was This is a college experience unlike any

before. This is a special place, a

special community and we are

finally coming together If

students hole the key to the future

there are many here who are

beginning to believe that New Orleans will make it back. Researchers in Japan have discovered a link between tomatoes and the prevention of lung disease. Scientists tested mice that had been exposed to cigarette smoke. It was found the mice that had tomato juice mixed with their drinking water didn't get emphysema. It's believed a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes is the key. To business and finance news now

and joining us is David Halliday from Macquarie Financial Services. Good morning, David. Gold has reached a 20-year high, what will this mean for local miners?

It is in fact a 25-year high . It

has been a phenomenal rise for

bueyon prices. It was we low $500

before Christmas so it has risen

10%. It has been positive. If you

look at new crest which is

Australia's largest goldminer it

was somewhere between $22 and $21.

It has been a 25% rise on the back

of that strong gold price. It is

certainly positive times for

Australian gold stocks The Dow

closed about 11,000 The first time

in four and a half years but it

comes on the back of two flat years.

It is playing catch up footy. If

you compare it with other markets,

Australian markets have risen and

the US has lagged. There are a

number of reasons. The most

important one probably the fact

that it appears the interest rate

rises that we saw for most of last

year in the US are coming to an

end. Maybe one or two more rises

and it has given them confidence

Quickly, on the back of all of that

how has the local market opened

today? It opened a bit weaker. We

are down about four points but we

saw record highs almost every day.

We are seeing some profit taking

coming in. The energy is slightly

weaker and the banks are pretty

flat. Just a little bit of profit

taking. Just slightly lower at the

open. Thanks for your time today.

If last night's first match is anything to go by then Australian audiences are in love with Twenty20 cricket. Over 38,000 people witnessed Australia's 95-run victory at the Gabba with Damien Martyn's innings between the two sides. proving the difference between the two sides. It was lights, camera and plenty of action as Australia's batsmen tore apart South Africa in front of a ground-record crowd at the Gabba. COMMENTATOR: That's a six! That's a big six. Hooley dooley, is it a six! Test discard Damien Martyn finished just four runs shy of the first ever Twenty20 100 in an innings that included seven fours and two sixes

off just 56 balls. but he did have some luck along the way thanks to Graeme Smith and the captain was quick to see the funny side. I've been doing too many weights.

My chest got too big. Hit me straight in the chest. But it wasn't just Martyn who lit up the 38,000 strong crowd. Hometown hero Andrew Symonds was also just as deadly with his blade. He's hit it high and it's long. The Aussies ended their 20 overs at 3/209, but if the Gabba crowd thought that was impressive, enter Nathan Bracken. Got him! Gone, gone, gone. Boeta Dipppenaar. The New South Welshman grabbed two wickets in his second over and should have had a third but Martyn decided to return the favour to Smith. Oh, he's dropped it. I don't believe it. Ricky Ponting lead from the front with his radar-like fielding as he Proteas crashed to be all out for 114. Australia's only woman at the Medibank Sydney International has been knocked out of the tournament. 21-year-old Samantha Stosur was beaten in three sets by Czech Nicole Vaidisova.

It wasn't a happy return to Sydney for last year's finalist who dropped three service games in the deciding set. World No.2 Kim Clijsters headlines today's action. Clijsters is first up on centre court followed by Ana Ivanovic against Amelie Mauresmo. All the action here on Seven right after the news. Stay with us here on Seven's Morning News. I'll be back with all the weather details right after this break. Taking a look at the weather. That's Seven's Morning News to now. We will keep you up to date throughout the day and in our bulletin at 6.00. We leave you with the giant cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, docking in Melbourne this morning. It's 2.5 times bigger than the Titanic. I'm Chris Reason.

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