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(generated from captions) Street anger over a court ban

on Nawaz Sharif. Weapons

surrendered to end an army

mutiny in Bangladesh and nine

die as a Turkish plane

crash-lands in Amsterdam. Good morning. Younis Khan with ABC

News for Australia Network.

Indian police have officially

filed a charge of waging war

against the only surviving

gunman reested during last

year's Mumbai terrorist attack.

If convict said, the Pakistani

national could face the death

penalty. 165 people were killed

and more than 300 injured in

the 60-hour assault last

November. It's the most serious

charge under the country's

legal code. Pakistani national

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab will

stand accused of wager war

against India. Today Mohammed

Ajmal Amir Qasab was not before

the court for security reasons,

however, we sought the

permission from the court to

serve the charges on him. The

21-year-old man is described as

the lone surviving gunman from

the Mumbai attack and faces 11

other charges ranging from

murderer and terrorism to

entering a railway station

without a ticket. If convicted

he could face the death

penalty. The offences were

outlined in a massive document

presented to a Mumbai court.

The charge sheet is running to

more than 11,000 page scz we

would like to complete this

within the period of 3 to 6

months. Two suspected members

of the Islamist militant group

Lashkar-e-Toiba have also been

charged. Both Indian nationals,

they've been accused of

providing logistical support to

the attackers. In the

Lashkar-e-Toiba hierarchy, it

is part of the investigation.

The charge sheet was filed as

new footage emerged from within

the lobby of India' Trident

Hotel. It shows one of the

attackers appearing to fire his

gun. The document includes

accounts given by more than 100

witnesses and evidence provided

by FBI agents who help would

the investigation. The case is

due back in court on March 9.

Pakistan is facing further

political turmoil after the

Supreme Court upheld a ban on

the former Prime Minister Nawaz

Sharif and his brother Shahbaz

from holding electoral office.

Angry street protests erupted

as news of the verdict spread.

The Sharif supporters claim the Pakistani President Asif Ali

Zardari was behind the court's

ruling. The Supreme Court's

verdict has caused outrage

among the Sharif brothers

followers with demonstrations

in towns and cities in the pun

jab and in the capital

Islamabad. They're angry that

Nawaz Sharif has been banned

from political office on the

strength of a previous criminal

conviction while his brother

has been ousted from his role

as the pun Jab's Chief Minister

because of alleged electoral

regularities. The people on the

street claim the court's ruling

was influenced by the President

in an aim to neutralise his

rival. We feel that the love

for our leadership, Nawaz

Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif is

there in the hearts of people

and as long as the people are

with us and the public is with

us we have no problems and we

are not really upset. These are kangaroo courts which have

given the decision. Nawaz

Sharif only returned from exile

last year seeking to contest

elections but was disqualified

because of terrorism and

hijacking charges hanging over

him, linked to the coup in 1999

when he was overthrown. The

Supreme Court's verdict comes

after the former Prime Minister

announced his support for a

rally next month when lawyers

will demand the reinstatement

of judges sacked by the former

President, mufr. People of Pakistan should stand up

against the in justice, the

masses should rise up to put

the country on the right track

of law, justice and restoration

of judiciary. News of the

Supreme Court verdict prompted

a fall on the Pakistani stark

of more than 4% and invests

solding amid fears the country

is heading into another period

of political uncertainty. At

least 5 people were killed and

more than 100 held hostage

during a mutiny by soldiers in

Bangladesh. Upset over a pay

claim. The trouble spilled out

of the Dhaka headquarters of

Bangladesh's border security

force before it was surrounded

by loyal troops and police. A

late report says the mutineers

have begun handing in their

weapons. Smoke billowed from

headquarters of the Bangladesh

border guards and intermittent

gunfire rang out as

rank-and-file soldiers took up

arms against their superiors.

The streets were soon deserted and hundreds of troops and

police officers were called in

to surround the compound. About 2000 soldiers are normally stationed at the headquarters

but it is not known how many

rises. This man was caught up soldiers appeals for a pay who senior officials dismissed pay dispute turned to violence joined the mutiny. An ongoing

indication of trouble from the crash is unknown, with no Amsterdam. The cause of the near Schiphol airport in Turkish airlines plane crashed 84 others are injured after a time. Nine people have died and immediate threat of a coup this there appears to be no coups and counter coups but history of political violence, 1971, Bangladesh has had a independence from Pakistan in needed. Since winning action in case action is border and take appropriate watch the situation along the fully alert and vigilant and We have asked our men to remain force was put on high alert. paramilitary border security India, the country's took place. In neighbouring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mutineers and the country's negotiations between the The siege lasted for hours as doctor said it was," he says. might be a bullet and the was unbearable. I thought it something hit my arm, the pain down the street when I felt in the fighting. "I was walking

pilots who were waiting to land

when the aircraft crashed. Just

a few hundred metres from the

runway of Amsterdam's Schiphol

airport, the Turkish Airlines

plane suddenly plunged into a

muddy field. The pilot had

given no indication anything

was wrong when he spoke with

the control tower just before

the crash.

Then came word from other

nearby aircraft that something

was terribly wrong.

Witnesses say the Boeing

737-800 appeared to fall out of

the sky, hitting the ground

tail-first. The aircraft split

into three pieces

into three pieces but did not

catch fire. Despite the damage,

more than 100 of the 134 people

on board survived but many have

life-threatening injuries. 25

passengers are really severe

and 24 passengers have light

injuries. Anxious relatives are being flown in

being flown in from Turkey and

ferried to a crisis centre as

they await word on who had made

it out alive. This man's

nephew was among the injured.

His arm was badly broken, he

says. Among the dead were all

three members of the cockpit

flight crew. The pilot was a former member of the air force and described as

and described as very experienced. There are still

three crew members in the

cabin. I'm sorry to say they

are dead and we leave them

there because we have to

investigate the cockpit before

we take the cockpit

apart. Turkish Airlines says

visibility at the time of the

crash was good and the plane

had undergone a thorough

maintenance check just two months ago. The

months ago. The black box

flight recorder has been

recovered and may provide

further clues to what went

wrong. Indonesia's top Human

Rights Commission claims there

have been significant rights

violations in the hands Oling

a massive mud flow disaster. A

report by the commission says

both the Government and the

company many blame for the disaster have failed to look after the victims. The commission will now try to bring the

bring the case before the

courts. Indonesia correspondent

Gavin Fang reports. It's a

disaster that just keeps on

getting worse. For more than

three years, mud has been

spewing from the ground in east

Java. Thousands of people have

been displaced and 13 villages lost. Now Indonesia's Human

Rights Commission says

Rights Commission says the

Government is not being serious

enough about stopping the mud

or looking after the victims.

TRANSLATION: The Government

must immediately resolve this.

The Government has a duty, a

responsibility to respect,

protect and uphold human right

as stated in the law. Mining

company Lapindo which was

drilling at the site where drilling at the site where the

mud flow started is blamed by

many for causing the disaster.

Oirts owned by a Government

Minister who is also

Indonesia's richest man. In its

report, the commission said

there had been significant

human rights violations and it

would now try to bring those

before the courts.

TRANSLATION: There are 15 types

of human rights violation of human rights violation s

from the right to life and

safety to the right to housing,

food and prosperity. Lapindo

claims the mud flow is a

natural disaster and has never

accepted responsibility. It has

agreed to pay some victims

compensation, many are still

waiting for the money. The

Human Rights Commission says Lapindo has been more concerned about

about preserving its image than

helping the victims. Red

shirted supporters of ousted

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin

Shinawatra have besieged

Government officers in Bangkok, demanding Thailand's parliament

be dissolved. The street

campaign is aimed at

embarrassing Prime Minister

Abhisit Vejjajiva on the eve of

a summit of 10 southeast a summit of 10 southeast Asian

leaders this weekend. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit

Vejjajiva evaded

anti-Government protesters

camped outside his office,

slipping into work through a

side entrance under heavy

police protection. Hundreds of

supporters of ousted Premier

Thaksin Shinawatra remain camped outside Government

House. The demonstration

appears to be aimed at

embarrassing the Government on embarrassing the Government on

the eve of an ASEAN summit. If

they want to negotiate with us

then we will negotiate with

them but they don't want to

negotiate with us. The red

shirts say they'll stay at

least three days. They're

demanding the dissolution of

parliament, fresh elections and

the resonation of the Foreign

Minister because of his links Minister because of his links to anti-Thaksin group the

people's alliance for

democracy. This protester says

he wants the Prime Minister to

stand down. "It's not right the way they formed the

Government," he says, "It's un democratic." Abhisit Vejjajiva

has refused to call an election

while his Government struggles

to revive the economy. And

you're watching ABC News for

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new evidence of a possible link

between cancer and alcohol in

women. And muted celebrations -

the financial crisis cuts back

the cheer at Mongol ia.

Beijing police say three

people set themselves on fire

in the centre of had Chinese capital in

capital in an attempt to voice

personal grievances. Some

reports say the three were

Tibetans but authorities say

the protest had nothing to do

with the Tibetan new year. The

Xinhua news agency reported the

trio started the blaze in their

car at a busy intersection on a

luxury shopping street. A

witness says a man was pulled

from the car and his apparently

limp body was later seen laid

out on the street. Meanwhile, out on the street. Meanwhile,

Tibetan new year celebrations

are continuing in China but

it's not a very happy occasion. Many Tibetans are either

boycotting the event or under

arrest to prevents them from demonstrating. Beijing has

organised a series of events

aimed at presenting a picture

of harmony in the troubled

province. China correspondent

Tom Iggulden reports. All the

pomp and ceremony of an pomp and ceremony of an ancient

tradition but this is merely an

imitation of the real thing.

It's being held in Beijing,

thousands of kilometres away

from luharza, with journalists

and tourists shut out from the

real Tibet, this new year's

ceremony is the only one China

will let the world see. In

other provinces there's no mood

for celebration. There is for celebration. There is not

much of a new year atmosphere

this year because a lot of

Tibetans are in jail and also

because of last year's ri ots

so I feel people will not be so

interested in celebrating the

Tibetan new year. It's a

silent protest to last year's

brutal put-down of Chinese rule

in Tibet. The Dalai Lama in Tibet. The Dalai Lama said

because of the huge suffering

which it Tibetan people are

undergoing, it is very

appropriate to not engage in

any celebratory activities. But

in Beijing the focus is on the

50th anniversary of what the

Government has just designated

as Serf Liberation Day, or the

day that the Dalai Lama was

exiled to India. This

exhibition shows old pictures

of Tibetan poverty mixed with

propaganda presenting China's

occupation of the province as

welcomed by tintens. While

they're handing out free

tickets to this exhibition

commemorating the so-called

peaceful liberation of Tibet.

At a Government-organised press

conference, academics say the

trouble in Tibet is caused by

everything from unemployment to

anti-Chinese foreign influences, anything but

genuine dissatisfaction with

Chinese rule.

TRANSLATION: Even 'til now the

Government has been really

generous and merciful to the

rioters. As far as I know,

no-one has been executed so

far. The academics defended a

ban in Tibet for public support

for the Dalai Lama in this

way. It's like in Germany, can

you advocate for Hitler? I'm

not sure but it is normal to

ban people advocating for

Hitler in Germany. This is a

new approach to Tibet, even for

China. North Korea has again

angered its regional neighbours

by claiming to have made brisk

headway in its plans to send a

satellite into orbit. South

crexo other Asian nations fear

the satellite is a cover for

testing a long range missile.

Pyongyang says it only intends

to launch a satellite into

orbit but speculation about

another motesive making

headline fews in Seoul.

Speculation is rife the launch

is being used as a cover to

test-fire a long range missile

and south Koreans are growing

cautious. It has to end as

just a threat, if it doesn't I

believe there has to be a

prompt attack if necessary. "I

think the threat is going to

aggravate things for a while,"

this man says," and we have to

be at full power so this does

not get any bigger." The mood

is a lot calmer on the North

Korean-Chinese border. "I think North Korea are just showing

off the development of their

country qua, this man says,

"Any country needs to develop.

For us in China, I don't think

we will be threatened. The

friendship between China and

North Korea is forever." Just

how long North Korea's fast

diminishing friendship with the

United States lasticise less

certain. Just last week, visiting Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton warned Pyongyang against Pyongyang against provocative

actions, saying a rocket test

would be very unhelpful.

Scientists say glaciers in

Antarctica are melting than

previously thought. They say

the warming of the continent is

far more widespread than

previous research suggested and

are warning of an unprecedented

rise in sea levels. This team near near the South Pole battered by

winds and temperatures of minus

50 but this is science looking

for clues, moving and

monitoring across virtually

uncharted land. This is what

the polar year was about,

getting evidence. Drill into

the snow and you bring out a

frozen record of a thousand

years of temperature. years of temperature. The

assessment is thorough. Do you

do a lot of your work in here?

Yes. But work like this is

behind the report is & its conclusions. Here in the top

part of it you see... The

temperatures here on the ground

and in the sea are rising and

glacier melt is speeding up.

You should be a little worried

because it's unprecedented in

temperature change at least in the last several the last several thousand

years, since the end of the last ice age. Some of the

things are positive. From here

they monitor the hole in the

ozone layer that sits above the

Antarctic. They say regulations

controlling CFCs have made a

difference. We have some

success stories and the CFCs

and the ozone depletion is

one. This report is not

predicting dramatic change but predicting dramatic change but

it is a warning when you're

here this place feels so far

and so different from the rest

of the world but the science

seems to be suggesting that

here, like everywhere else, it

is starting to get warm. For

years now we've been told a

glass or two a day of alcohol,

particularly red wine with

dinner, can be good for your

health but it might be time to

put the cork back in the

bottle. A new study has found bottle. A new study has found

as little as one alcoholic

drink a day significant ly

increases women's risk of

getting cancer. For years,

doctors have stuck to the same

script - moderate drinking, one

or two glasses a day, is OK,

possibly even good for you. But

for women at least, that

prognosis is changing. Even

low to moderate levels of

alcohol consumption may

significantly increase their risk of risk of developing subsequent

cancer. A study from Oxford

University of more than 1

million females found low to

moderate drinking could account

for 13% of their breast, liver,

rectal and osoph gealal

cancers. Women who consumed

three to six drinks a week had

a 2% greater risk of cancer, 7

to 14 drinks increase s the

risk by 5% and 15 or more drinks saw the drinks saw the danger increase

by 15%. The type of alcohol

didn't matter, the risk was the

same. This study reinforces

the point that there is no safe

level of alcohol consumption

where cancer risk is

concerned. Alcohol can cause

direct damage to cells. It can

also increase oestrogen levels

which we know increase risk of

breast cancer. What about the

much-touted health benefits of alcohol? The alcohol? The idea that red

wine is good for your heart? When you make lifestyle

decisions, you've got to weigh

up the risks and benefits and

cancer isn't the only

thing. Health authorities in

Australia are currently

reviewing recommendations for safe drinking levels for both

men and women. The findings of

this study means those levels

are likely to be lower. While

this study only looked at

women, the others say it's

likely that low to moderate

alcohol consumption could

increase the cancer risk in men

too. A sobering thought. While

the Western world reels in

spending during the global

downturn, spare a thought for

those in poorer countries. Mongolia's most popular

celebration is taking place this week but the economic

crisis is forcing many families to celebrate

to celebrate more modestly than

ever before. From Ulaanbaatar,

Anna Walker reports. Families

across the country have been

bizalty preparing for the 3-day

holiday that includes a lot of

food and a series of intricate

traditions. It's a time when

winter passes and spring is reborn.

TRANSLATION: Last year was very

good for my family. Now we are good for my family. Now we are

making 100 pastries. So this

year will be good also. The

eldest family member is the

centre of attention for the

day, with relatives and friends

giving money and celebrating as

if it will be their last

celebration but for some this

year's festivities have been

clouded by the economic

slow-down. It's had a major impact on this

impact on this poor country

where the average monthly wage

is around $200. Despite a sharp

rise in food prices, the

Government has urged Mongolians

to buy local produce and budget

carefully for the next year.

TRANSLATION: The xk crisis has

definitely affected Mongolian

families. We won't be able to

buy as many gifts as we did

last year. These university students students who live in the

country's capital, Ulaanbaatar,

are making thousands of mutton

dumplings, a hearty meal in a

harsh land where temperatures

at this time of the year drop

to as low as minus 40.

Mongolians eat as many of these

as they can squeeze in during

the festival in the hope they

won't go hungry the following year.

TRANSLATION: A typical TRANSLATION: A typical family

makes 1,000 to 2000 of the

dumplings usually 10 days

before the holiday. The

economic situation has hit

Mongolia hard, with the

Government forced to ask its

powerful neighbours China and

Russia for billions of dollars

in assistance but over the next

few days, all worries will be

put aside as this naturally

positive and fiercely patriotic

nation celebrates its nation celebrates its oldest

holiday. Let's now have a look

at the business figures.

Now let's

have a look at the weather

forecast for the rest of the


You've been watching ABC News for Australia Network. Let's

take another look at our top take another look at our top

stories - a charge of waging

war filed against the only

surviving gunman arrested

during the Mumbai terrorist

attack. Street protests erupt

after Pakistan's Supreme Court

up holds a political ban on

Nawaz Sharif. And 11 killed and

80 injured when a Turkish

Airlines plane crashes on

approach to Schiphol airport.

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For more on the market action

I'm joined by Chris Weston from

IG Markets. Good morning,

Chris. It appears the gains on

Wall Street have been very

short-lived. Yeah, exactly

right. We saw the Dow post a

loss of about 80 points but we