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Commandos regain control of

a police academy in Lahore. US

car giants told to prove their

viability or face bankruptcy.

Brown and Rudd back away from a

new G20 stimulus package. And

anti-government protesters step

up the pressure in Thailand.

Good morning. Beverley

O'Connor with ABC News for

Australia Network. The Pakistani government has

praised troops who regained

control of a police academy

which was stormed by

terrorists. The death toll is

still being determined but at

least eight police recruits

were killed, as many as 80

other people are wounded.

Pakistan's Interior Ministry is

blaming the Taliban for the


The relief is clear to see

as Pakistani policemen

celebrate surviving the latest

attack on their country.

Training drills for rest kruts

at this police academy on the

outskirts of Lahore suddenly

turned real on Monday morning

when militants armed with

assault rifles and hand grenades besieged their

barracks. It's been reported

some of the gunmen wore police

uniforms to gain access to the

building A six hour shoot-out

with police and later

paramilitary forces ensued,

only ending when authorities

stormed the building killing

four terrorists and arresting

three others. We were in the parade ground. Many people

entered the ground and they

started firing at us. Then they

ran behind the walls. We hid in

our office and there were 40 or

50 of us together. I don't know

what has happened to them now.

One of the suspects was

reportedly found carrying an

Afghan passport. He can be seen

being beaten by police before

being taken into custody. This

incident has been fully

underscored the enormity of the

threat which is posed by the

terrorist forces. There's

organised terror network active

in Pakistan. Which poses a threat to the peace and

stability in this entire

region. Attacks in Pakistan,

particularly against security

forces, have increased

significantly since the country

joined the so-called war on terror. TRANSLATION: This is

an attack on Pakistan. There

are two choices, to either let

the Taliban take over your

country or to fight it out.

This time the next must come

together and show its unity.

Complaints about its lack of

security multiplied after last

month's attack on the Sri

Lankan cricketers. Six officers

were killed in the ambush and

several players injured. Militants attacks which the US

President calls a cancer on

closer to the border with Pakistan traditionally occur

Afghanistan. The images of this

latest attack, the second on

Lahore within a month, makes it

appear as if the cancer is


The US car giants General

Motors and Chrysler have been

given up to two months to come

up with viability plans or face bankruptcy. President Barack

Obama has been unimpressed with

the restructuring plans put

forward so far. He has issued

the ultimatum, saying American

car makers to need to do more

to justify any further

government bail-outs. It's a

call for radical reform to save

what the President has labelled

an emblem of the American

spirit. We cannot and must not

and we will not let our auto

industry simply vanish.

General Motors has been given

two months to come up with a

restructuring plan or face

bankruptcy. Chrysler will face

a similar fate it doesn't seal

a proposed merger with the

Italian car maker Fiat in the

next 30 years. After careful

analysis we've determined that

neither plan submitted so far

substantial new investments goes far enough to warrant the

that these companies are requesting. A report released

by Mr Obama's auto industry

task force says GM could

survive if it sharply reduces

its costs. The company's chief

executive Rick Wagner has been

forced to resign and the task

force has recommended the rest

of the board be replaced as

well. We have no intention of

running GM. What we are

interested this is giving GM an

opportunity to finally make the

much needed changes that will

let them emerge from this

crisis a stronger and more

competitive company. Chrysler

says it's agreed on the

framework with for an alliance

with Fiat but substantial

hurdles still remain. The two

car makers have been already

handed about $17 billion in

hand-outs and they're looking

for about $20 billion

more. These companies and this

industry must ultimately stand

on their own. US car makers

have cut 400,000 jobs since the

recession began and the

President has warned there are

more to come.

Australia's Prime Minister

counterpart Gordon Brown in Kevin Rudd has met his British

London ahead of this week's G20

summit. But under pressure from

European nations Mr Rudd and Mr

Brown are now backing away from

their push for a second

stimulus to restart the global

economy. Just days ago, Kevin

Rudd and Gordon Brown were

among those calling for a

further stimulus to fight the

global financial crisis, but

now it seems the focus has

turned to what's already been

spent, rather than the need for

more spending. Never before in

modern economic history have

governments of the leading

economies cooperated so closely

on so grave an economic crisis.

It's important to point to the

trillions of dollars worth of

economic stimulus which have

already arisen by from the actions by individual

governments in response to the

wall call at the Washington

summit to act together. Facing

opposition from some European

nations Mr Brown and Mr Rudd

weren't talking about a second

stimulus package but Mr Brown

isn't backing away from the

need for coordinated action. We

can either let the recession

run its course and retreat into

protectionism and isolationism.

That is a do-nothing approach

that will push us further into

recession. Or we can resolve as

a world community to unite, to

act and to fight back. Both Mr

Brown and Mr Rudd are

optimistic that leaders would

agree on ways to fight the

global recession at Thursday's

G20 summit. This is the test we

face and the test we will meet

in London this week. Mr Rudd

also gave his host a big pat on

the back. Prime Minister

Brown's energy and determination to fashion a

global economic outcome here

and prior to this in the

lead-up also to the Washington

summit deserve appropriate

public recognition. Action to

reignite global trade and get

credit flowing normally again

and the need for more resources for the International Monetary

Fund are likely to be on the

summit's agenda. The protest

movement against Thailand's

government is growing, and it's threatening to embarrass the

country's leaders ahead of the

East Asia Summit which they

will host next week. In a

carbon copy of cast year's

protracted campaign by yellow

shirted protesters opponents to

the new administration have

taken to the streets. The

protesters call themselves the

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship. Since

Thursday they've sounded

Government House in Bangkok,

shutting the Prime Minister

Abhisit Vejjajiva out of his

own office. They want still to

stay away permanently accusing

him and his Democrat Party of

stealing Thailand's democracy when they took office in December with the help of defecting members of

Parliament. Those MPs shifted

their loyalties away from the

government backed by the

convicted former Prime Minister

Thaksin Shinawatra. Mr Thaksin

was forced nought a military

coup in 2006. In recent days he

has laid the blame for his

ouster on senior members of the

Privy Council which advises Thailand's Bhumipol Adulyade.

Those allegations have prompted

an angry back plash from

supporters. This man has come

to Bangkok with a large group

of supporters from Thailand's

north east. TRANSLATION: We

came here to demand democracy.

Without democracy, no countries

will trade with Thailand. He

an his friends tend to a tomato

farm in the village of

Barnlalom. Like most of the red

shirt supporters they are spou

but they remain loyal to Mr

Thaksin who provided them with

affordable health care and

loans for their farms. Their

movement section anding. Groups

of several hundred supporters

have al lead in government

buildings in 10 or so provinces

beyond Bangkok and they show no

signs of giving up. The red

shirts are mimicking the antics

of the yellow sharted People's

Alliance for Democracy which

waged a lengthy protest

campaign last year which ended

in December's shutdown of

Bangkok's airports, but this

man says they will not break

the law. "We will follow the

rules, not like the PAD", he

says. Mr Thaksin is a key draw

from these protesters but the

Thai government is hoping to

curb his activities. They're

talking to are the thos in

Dubai in Hong Kong where he was

spent time recently with a view

to extraditing him to serve out

his two-year jail sentence. You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Coming up in

the bulletin - 17 people still

missing after the Jakarta flood

disaster. And finally facing

justice - the Khmer Rouge's

chief torturer in court before

his accusers.

The prominent Indian

political candidate Varun

Gandhi remains behind bars

facing national security and

racial hatred charges. But his

party the BJP, which is the

main opposition to India's

ruling Congress-led coalition,

has described the charges as

baseless. He has been arrested

after being accused of making

anti-Muslim remarks at political rallies this month.

But Varun Gandhi says he has

been framed. I have full faith

in the law, in the judiciary,

and all I want to say is that I

believe in my principles, I am

willing to fight for them.

However, I have full faith in

judiciary and justice will

prevail. But it's this speech

made earlier this month that's

caused the controversy. They

have names such as Kara mullah.

If you see them in the night

you would get scared. Mr

Gandhi is seeking a

parliamentary seat in this

region in the forth coming

elections and thousands of

supporters in the state have

clashed with police, making

matters worse. After he

surrendered there were law and

order problems following which

there was a baton charge and

some use of force. The police

have added rioting and public

order offences to the charge of

inciting religious hatred. If

convicted Mr Gandhi could face

up to three years in jail and

see his political ambitions

damaged irreparable. The ruling

party has promoted Mr Gandhi's

party of promoting anti-Muslim

sentiment among India's overwhelmingly Hindu

population. The BJP Party has

so far declined to comment

officially but Varun Gandhi's

mother aBJP MP, is backing her

son's claim that he is the

victim of a political


30 years after the Khmer

Rouge was overthrown in

Cambodia, the man regarded as

the regime's chief torturer has

gone on trial. The former

prison director known as

Comrade Duch is accused of

crimes against humanity,

torture and premeditated

murder. Kaing Guek Eav or

Comrade Duch has been in

custody for 10 years. It's 30

years since the crimes that he

stands accused of. But he's

said to be ready to tell his

story. TRANSLATION: When I

entered the revolution I used

my own name, known as Kaing

Guek Eav, alias Duch. Duch is

my name during the revolution.

The 66-year-old former head of

the largest Khmer Rouge torture

centre, S21, is accused of

crimes against humanity, war

crimes, torture and

premeditated murder. He faces

life in prison if convicted.

But it's unlikely to be

anything like the life those in

prison had to endure. It's now

a macabre tourist attraction

and educational site for young Cambodians trying to understand

their past. Sometimes before

when my father told my I never

believe him. I just say that he

just made a story to tell me.

But now I believe. Duch denies

committing murder and torture

personally, but has admitted

heading the prison and ordering

others to kill and harm. His

lawyers say he is ready to

explain what happened.

TRANSLATION: He is evidently

a little stressed on the eve of

this process, but at the same

time, after 10 years of

detention, 10 years of prison,

at last the day is coming when

he can respond in public to the

questions that justice poses.

This is the first of five key

trials expected to get under

way in the incomes two years.

But with millions dead and many

more still breathing the

question is how many more Khmer

Rouge leaders will need to be

brought before the court to achieve the national healing

that many Cambodians are

looking for, or whether that

goal can ever be reached.

The death toll from

Indonesia's flood disaster

remains at 98 but local

officials say at least another

17 people are still missing.

Thousands of homes were swamped

by a huge wave after a dam near

the capital Jakarta gave way.

The names of those that lost

their lives in Friday's Jakarta

dam disaster. Soon, authorities

might need another board. Where

the floodwaters smashed through

there is now a thick sludge of

mud and rubble. The chaps of

finding anyone else alive seems

at best remote. While the

recovery evident goes on,

authorities are now turning to

the task of caring for the more

than 1600 people whose homes

were destroyed. We have lots of

supplies of medicine and food

and clothing, so personally if

people want to help, I suggest

they donate money to help the

people who lost everything.

Indonesians have responded with

kindness for the victims.

Alongside the Red Cross many volunteer groups have been

lending a hand. TRANSLATION:

We heard about this disaster and wanted to help those who

suffer. We've provided a field

kitchen to cook some food to be

distributed to the victims. And have also been part of the

search and rescue operation.

Some residents have come back

to pick through the rubble and

the question many now want

answered is how this disaster

was allowed to happen. This

whole area was once rice

Paddies and spillway for the

nearby dam. Then it was sold

for housing - a decision that's

proved deadly. I hope that the

government will relocate us to

another place because the

residents don't want to leave

here any more. The head of the

office that maintains the dam

has offered to resign amid

claims cracks began appearing

in the levee wall last year but

nothing was done. One Jakarta

based NGO claims there are six

other dams in the city that

have a poor maintenance record.

Police now are investigating

whether anyone should be

charged with negligence over Friday's disaster.

A human rights lawyer is pushing for six former Bush

administration officials to

face court accused of

sanctioning the torture of

terrorist suspects. The case

has been brought before Spain's

investigative judge who sent it

to prosecutors to see if the

charges merit a full

investigation. This is related

to Spain and if not the case,

it's anyway related to the

principle of universal jurisdiction which applied in

Spain and also in America. The

American officials named in the

case including the former

Attorney-General and the under

secretary of defence. They're

accused of giving legal cover

to the torture of Guantanamo

Bay inmates by claiming the US

President could ignore the

Geneva Convention. Tension

between North and South Korea

is rising ahead of a

controversial planned launch of

what the North insists is a satellite and the south

believes is a missile some time

in early April. Protesters have

taken to the streets of Seoul

burning their Communist

neighbour's flag while the

North has designed a South

Korea worker on the border.

Protesters are demanding the

the North abandon its plans to

launch a

satellite. TRANSLATION: If

North Korea fires a missile the

UN and the international

community will end and

overthrow North Korean Kim Jong-il's dictating government and free the North Korean

people. The satellite launch

has been widely denounced by

the South and several western

countries, including the United States. They've accused the

North of using the launch to

test long range missiles.

Satellite images of the launch

pad have been released showing

a rocket but analysts say it's

unclear if it's a long range

ballistic missile but --

are taking no chances. And

Seoul has confirmed Pyongyang

has detained a South Korean

worker on the border for allegedly denouncing the

North's political system but

the South Korean unification

ministry says it's not unusual

if one of its citizens has

violated rules in the Kaesong

district. TRANSLATION: The industrial

person is investigated, the

contents of violation are

reported to the South and

depending on the level of

violation, a warning, fine or

deportation to South Korea

could happen, according to the

agreement. The North says it

will launch its satellite

between April 4 and 8.

The Philippines Government

says it can't meet a demand by

militants holding three Red

Cross workers hostage in a

southern island. Militants

captured the aid workers in

January. They've threatened to

behead one of the trio today unless government troops pull

out of five towns in the

island's south west. The

government says there is not

enough time to meet the

demand. We hope that this

behaving will not be

undertaken. We hope that the

deadline will be reconsidered.

Troops have begun moving away

from the rebels' main stronghold but the government

says it needs more more time to

complete the withdrawal. The

local Defence Force has stepped

in to distribute 43 million

condoms to help stop the spread

of the AIDS virus in Papua New

Guinea. 2% of the Perth Glory

population is believed to be

infected with the AIDS virus.

But millions of con dolls have

expired because the National

AIDS Council doesn't have the

resources to distribute them

but the Defence Force has

provided storage space for 4 #

million condoms. Commodore

Peter Ilou says it's a noble

cause. The condoms have been bought with the help of Australian aid money.

Superstar Madonna has made an

appearance in a Malawi

courtroom to make her formal

bid to adopt a second child

from the country. 4-year-old

Mercy James would be a sister

for the boy she adopted from

Malawi in 2006. But once again,

some charities are questioning

whether removing a child from

their home community is really

in their best interests. Madonna, one of the most famous

women on the planet. And one of

the richest. Mercy, an

impoverished 4-year-old African

girl whose mother died soon

after her birth. If Madonna has

her way, then Mercy will soon

be living with her. Once again,

she's being accused of using

her wealth and fame to

circumvent the country's

adoption laws. This man was

brought up in care homes, and

is now a child care campaigner.

He believes taking an infant

away from its country of birth

is wrong. You're taking a child

away from its culture.

Everybody knows that it's important to have an

understanding of where you've

come from. And I think when you

make big moves like that on

children, you end up them

losing their identity. But

just how different would

Mercy's life be if she remained

in Malawi? Well, she'd be

unlikely to reach 50. The

average life expect fancy in

the country is just 49.

Statistically, she'd have a 1

in 10 chance of contracting

HIV. 91,000 children died from

AIDS in Malawi in 2007. And her

annual income about be in the

region of $160. The film

director Inga Hanson adopted a

boy from Haiti. She is

convinced his future will be

far better here. He was in an

orphanage. He was - he didn't

have a family we knew about .

There was no way we could possibly find out whether we

had a birth family. He was in a

country where 25% of the

children are chronically malnourisheded. Mercy will

standard of living with certainly have a better

Madonna. Whether it's the right

thing for her well-being in the

long term will continue to be

News for Australia Network. Our debated. You're watching ABC

top story in this bulletin -

the Pakistani government has

praised troops who regained

control of a police academy

after it was stormed by


Let's now check our

financial markets. In the

United States overnight, news

of the government's tougher

stance on General Motors and Chrysler sparked a slide on

Wall Street. That move and

falls in the financial sector caused losses across Europe.

Now let's look at how the

weather is shaping up for your


You've been watching ABC

News for Australia Network.

Let's check our top stories

once again. Pakistani commandos

have regained control of a

police academy in Lahore after

a terror siege during which

eight people died. US car

giants General Motors and

Chrysler are being given two

months to prove their

viability. And growing anti-government protests

threaten to embarrass

Thailand's leaders as they prepare to host the East Asia

Summit. That's the bulletin for

now. For more news and current

affairs from the region, you

can go to our web site. I'm Bev

O'Connor. Thanks for watching.

Bye-bye for now.

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