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Hopes fade for an Air France

plane missing over the

Atlantic. Tensions on the

Korean Peninsula threatening to

boil over. General Motors files

for bankruptcy protection in

America. And the US turns to

China to reverse the global downturn.

Good morning. Charles Slade

with ABC News for Australia

Network. French and Brazilian

search and rescue planes have

scrambled into the skies above

the Atlantic. They're hunting for an Air France plane

carrying 216 passengers and 12

crew members. The Airbus A-330

was flying from Rio de Janeiro

to Paris when it hit bad

weather, and there's speck

place it was hit by lightning.

Europe correspondent Philip

Williams reports.

Arriving at Charles de

Gaulle airport, the faces of

friends and relatives told a

story of deep anxiety. They

were quickly taken to a hastily

set-up crisis centre. Your

attention please. People

waiting for the Air France

Flight 447 coming from Rio,

please proceed to the Air

France information desk. When

the plane left Rio de Janeiro

there was nothing unusual

reported. It tracked up the

Brazilian coast and left

Brazilian radar range at 2.48.

But at 3.14 an automatic

message was sent that there

were electrical faults. The

speculation - plane had been

hit by a violent storm, common

to the area. TRANSLATION:

Around 7 Paris time, it was

clear that the plane was in

deep trouble. And we contacted

the military authorities to

find out what could be done to

find the aircraft. As the

hours passed, hope faded. There

was no place the plane could

have safely landed. French and

Brazilian aircraft were

scrambled to join the search.

The problem was where. Air

France even asked the US

military to use its spy

satellites to help. The French

President warned things looked bad. TRANSLATION: The chances

of finding survivors are at the

moment very slim. We have no precise details about what

happened. It's a catastrophe

that Air France has never

encountered. With the

passengers from many different

countries, officials were

reluctant to release details.

They want to get it right.

Desperate friends and relatives

must now wait and pray that, somehow, their loved ones survived.

Tension on the Korean

Peninsula is threatening to

boil over, with reports

Pyongyang is planning to test-fire another long-range missile that's capable of

reaching the United States.

South Korean media is reporting

the Communist state has shifted

a Taepodong-2 to the west coast

in preparation for the launch.

North Korea's recent aggression

will top the agenda when

leaders of South East Asian

nations meet in Singapore next

month. Pyongyang appears to be

testing its relations in the

Asia Pacific region to the

limit. We have seen some signs

that there is - that they may

be doing something with another Taepodong-2 missile. South

Korean media is reporting the

Communist State has relocated a Taepodong-2 missile to the west

coast in preparations for a test-fire. South Korea claims the missile is similar to the

one Pyongyang tested two months

ago, which Pyongyang insisted

was a satellite launch. Adding

to the south's discomfort are reports North Korea has banned

ship it is passing along its

west coast until the end of

July. Speculation is mounting

North Korea could fire the

rocket within the next two

weeks, and time it to coincide

with the meeting of South

Korea's President Lee and

President Obama in Washington. TRANSLATION: Our

military forces are fully

prepared on the tactical level

for early intervention in the

face of any kind of

provocation. South Korea's

increasingly hard stance is

being mirrored by its regional

neighbours. We think that the six-party nations should really

resume their talks, and as far

as we are concerned, we have

the ASEAN regional forum. We'll

do what we can to make sure the

talks resume. We regret very

much that North Korea have not

respect the agreement or the

three-party talks and respect

the UN's Security Council

resolution. Asian leaders say

they plan to use an upcoming

meetings of delegates from

South East Asia to find a way

of reopening the six-party

talks which aim to denuclearise

North Korea. General Motors has

filed for bankruptcy

protection. But the US

Government has stepped in to

save what Barack Obama has

described as an iconic American

company. The move will see GM

shed tens of thousands of jobs

around the world. For a century, General Motors was the

world's biggest car maker. In

1978, it employed 850,000

people worldwide, and was for

many years America's biggest

private employer. But for the

past five years, it hasn't

turned a profit, despite

continuing high sales. And it's

asked for help. The GM that

many of you knew, the GM that,

in fact, had let too many of

you down, is history. GM's

work force is set to shrink to

200,000 worldwide, and the

number of plants in the US will

drop from 47 to 31. US

taxpayers have propped up the

company with $20 billion.

Washington now owns a 60% stake

in the company. The Canadian

government and the United Auto

Workers Union have also taken

shares. It's not the first time

the company's nearly gone

broke. But the US President

says it's worth saving. In the

midst of a deep recession and

financial crisis, the collapse

of these companies would have

been devastating for countless

Americans, and done enormous

damage to our economy, beyond

the auto industry. The company

says a restructure, including

offloading overseas interests

Saab and Hummer, will help put

the firm back on the road to recovery. One of the good

things, they announced that our

plant's on stand-by. I guess

that's better than our plant

closing. But then we look at

the word stand-by, what does

that really mean? Mean while

another of America's big three

car makers Chrysler is hoping

to avoid bankruptcy through the

sale of most of its assets to

Italy's Fiat.

Holden Australia insists its

parent company's bankruptcy

will have no effect on its

Australian operations. The head

of General Motors Holden Mark

Royce says all the work has

been done at its Australian

operations to ensure it filths

with the company's future strategy. And General Motors

may have filed for bankruptcy in the United States and

Europe, but in China, it's a

very different story. The

company is actually opening new

factories and employing more

workers, on the back of

strengthening sales. Since the

beginning of the year, China's

overtaken the US as the world's

biggest car market. A

relatively healthy Chinese

economy is one reason why sales

have held up during the global recession; another's the

market's lack of dependence on credit.

In a country where just 2 %

of people own their own car,

most new car sales are to

first-time buyers. If you're

looking for evidence of China's

booming car market, look no

further than here. This is one

of the world's biggest driving

schools, up to 300 students

graduate from here every

day. TRANSLATION: In Beijing

the number of drivers is

increasing at the speed of

400,000 per year. GM's opening

new state-of-the-art factories

like this one in the northern

Chinese city of Shenyang to

help keep up with the the 50%

rise in sales it expects in

China this year. We think

there's a few more percentage

points to be gained. There's

some segments of the market we

don't compete in yet. But the

real winners in the growing

Chinese car market are local

makers like BYD whose small,

cheap cars are more popular

than GM's bigger more expensive

models. GM could soon be

competing with Chinese brands

overseas, too. Analysts say the

booming domestic market

provides an ideal platform for

Chinese-made cars to compete in

the global market.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy

Geithner has told China its

role is crucial to reversing

the global economic downturn.

In Beijing for a two-day

official visits, he hopes to

reassure China that its massive

US bond holdings are safe.

Despite concerns about

Washington's rising debt. The

world's financial system may be

starting to heal. But the US Treasury Secretary says a point

effort with the world's third

largest economy to implement

major economic reforms is

crucial to the global recovery. Some of the most important of those changes will

have to come in China and in the United States. How

successful we are in Washington

and in Beijing will be

critically important to the

economic fortunes of the rest

of the world. China is one of

America's most important

trading partners. Timothy Geithner's maiden visit to

Beijing aims to deepen

cooperation between the two

countries. The world's going

through an exceptionally

challenging period now and I

think that the world has a huge

stake in our two countries

working closely together to lay

a foundation for recovery and

also to put in place the kind

of reforms that allow for a

stronger, more balanced,

sustainable recovery in the

future. He wants China to

strengthen its social safety

net in areas such as pensions

and health care so locals would

feel more confident about

spending more. He stressed the importance of China

transforming from an

export-driven economy into one

driven more by domestic

consumption. One of the main

purposes of the vis sit to

reassure China that its massive

US bond holdings are safe

despite Beijing's concerns

about Washington's rising debt. TRANSLATION: For you and

I and our respective teams, the

forthcoming economic dialogue

of the China/US strategic and

economic dialogues is the foremost subject on our

minds. Mr Geithner is due to

meet the Chinese President Hu

Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao

on Tuesday. You're watching ABC

News for Australia Network.

Coming up in the bulletin -

Roger Federer just keeps his

hopes alive at the French Open.

And - sudden fame takes a heavy

toll on the British Internet

singing sensation Susan Boyle. The United States Government

has been warned off taking

advice about Pacific foreign

policy from Australia and New Zealand. The criticism has been

made by a high-profile US

Congressman from American

Samoa, who's in Fiji as part of

a UN conference on

counter-terrorism. From Suva,

senior correspondent Jeff

Waters reports. The South

Pacific may be relatively

tranquil, but in the 21st

century the spectre of global

terrorism clouds even the most

remote places. You know

terrorism is a universal

problem and it could impact any

country at any time. Officials

from across the Pacific have

gathered here in Suva for a special United Nations sponsored meeting on

counter-terrorism to coordinate

a regional response to do

everything from border

protection to extradition

treaties. What we're trying to

do is ensure that the countries

in the region are well prepared

in terms of the laws, in terms

of defensive mechanisms to be

able to repel any such

incursion. While these Pacific

diplomat were talking about

terrorism inside their meeting,

outside they couldn't help but

squus some very public American

criticism of Australia and New

Zealand's policies toward Fiji.

In a widely published newspaper

column, veteran Democrat

Congress man says the United

States is losing influence in

the Pacific because of bad

advice it's getting from Australia and New Zealand,

including what he calls

heavy-handed, nasty allegations

about Fiji's military

government. His critique is enjoying a great deal of

support. It wouldn't be just

how its domestic or foreign

policy is anchors. Meanwhile a

new public emergency regulation

comes into force in Fiji this

week, banning most businesses

from trading after 6pm.

Meanwhile, another bomb

attack in north-west Pakistan

has killed one person and

injured 18 years. The blast

went off at a busy bus terminal

in Kohat , the latest in a

string of attacks by Taliban

militants in retaliation for

the army offensive in the Swat

Valley. The Taliban has also

reportedly kidnapped up to 400

students from a military-run

college in North Waziristan.

Protesters in India's eastern

State of Bihar have burnt

trains because of an alleged

scheduling change. The

demonstrators torched train

bogeys near the station at

Khusrupur. They're angry about

an alleged railways department

decision for intercity express

trains to by-pass the stop. The

Railways Minister, Mamata

Banerjee, has denied issuing

the order, and will

investigate. 20 years on from

the Tiananmen Square massacre that coloured the perception of

China to the outside world,

millions of Chinese don't know

what all the fuss is about. The

generation born since Tiananmen

can find no trace of the events

of June 4, 1989 in history

books or Chinese web sites.

They care more about living

well and are happy to leave

politics to the men in suits.

While his parents consider him

special , Feng is perhaps a

typical Chinese university

student. He was born on the day

the Chinese leadership ordered

tanks and troops to clear

Tiananmen Square of thousands

of student protesters who were

calling for reform and

democracy. But he knows or cares little about what

happened. TRANSLATION: My

father told me that students

had some kind of activity to

petition the government that

year, which led to some

conflict. But I'm not sure

about the details because there

is nothing on the Internet

either. In China, Tiananmen is

taboo. It's almost as if the

deaths of hundreds in the

bloody crackdown did not

happen. It's hard to tell

whether today's young people

are being shallow or

shrewd. TRANSLATION: Maybe

their parents worked so hard to

give them so much, so now

they've become numb, only

concerned about lifestyle and

what to eat tomorrow, etc. So

what we have now is individualism, materialism and

hedonism. There are almost 200

million post-1980s young people

in China, offspring of the

one-child policy. Aged between

20 and 30, they are web-savvy,

world lir and

fashion-conscious. --

worldly. When Chinese youth

raise their voices in protest,

they are more likely to defend

China's image, as they did

during the lead-up to the

Olympic Games last year. They

try to present China in a way

that they think that is the way

China is, rather than the kind

of older generations' person

seps or foreigners' perception

of China. China hopes the

spoils of capitalism provide

enough distractions to keep

their young people from digging into their nation's buried past.

The Chinese mining company

building the big Ramu nickel

mine in Papua New Guinea says

it will ask for Australian help

to sort out problems with its

work force and landowners. An

industrial accident on the

nickel refinery construction

site last month sparked a riot

that resulted in millions of

dollars' worth of damage to

company property. And preceded

a wave of looting of Chinese

businesses in various parts of

PNG. Pacific correspondent Sean

Dorney reports. The refinery

construction site on the coast

of the Madang province was the

scene of a serious accident in

which a tractor driven by a

Chinese worker rolled backwards

over a Papua New Guinean

employee. My nephew was

available. They didn't have any

medical or safety evacuation

procedures in place. He was

picked up on on a tipper truck,

taken down to the container and

left there for four hours. A

meeting called by the governor

of the Madang province was told

that fighting broke out between

Papua New Guineans and Chinese,

which developed into a riot, destroying company buildings, equipment and material worth

about $5 million. The

Vice-President of the China Metallurgical Group

Corporation's Madang operation

admitted fault lay with the

company. We will improve the

safety maintenance outside. We

will also talk to the management. We will introduce

maybe some consultation from

Australia to support us to

improve the safety manage

minute onsite. The Madang

nickel project has been plagued by communication problems. The

government has invited them

into the area, but without any

liaison to have the cross-cultural understanding

with Chinese and pal New Guineans to be able to work

together. It is the first

major mining project in the Madang province which is

perhaps better known for its

tourism potential. It's one of

the most pleasant places for

tourists to visit in Papua New

Guinea but it's throwing up

multiple challenges for China's

major international mining investment.

The runner-up in the UK television contest 'Britain's

Got Talent' has been admitted

to a psychiatric hospital in

London. 48-year-old Susan Boyle

is now said to be suffering

from exhaustion and stress.

SONG: # I dreamed a dream

# In time gone by # In the

seven weeks since she first

appeared on this British talent

quest, Susan Boyle has gone

from small-screen star to

smaller-screen superstar,

thanks to the Internet, more

than 150 million people have now heard her sing.

Her success on the show made

headlines around the world.

Fans couldn't get enough of

this modern-day parable. A

Scottish spinster who has

learning difficulties, lives

alone with her cat and admits

she's never been kissed now

facing the prospect of fame and

fortune. But the story had an

unexpected twist. The winner

... of 'Britain's Got Talent'

2009 ... is ... Diversity! Susan Boyle looked relieved

after being told she'd come

second in the show's final. But

soon after this appearance, she

was admitted to a mental health

clinic, after reports that she

was acting strangely. She's not

trained in the media. She's

been in the middle of this storm. It's a very difficult

thing to do. One of the judges

talked to the American media

about Susan Boyle's state of

mind. First of all let me

reassure everyone she's fine. I

spoke to Susan for half an hour

yesterday. And she's just

emotionally and physically

exhausted. She has had no sleep

for a week, not been eating. I

think she has found the whole

pressure of becoming this

global phenomenon increasingly

difficult to deal with. She

may have been the runner-up,

but most people expect that

Susan Boyle will still make

millions from her singing

career. A recording contract, a

book deal, there's even talk of

a movie based on the story of

her life. You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Recapping

the top story in this bulletin

- authorities hold out little

hope for the 228 passengers and

crew on an Air France plane,

thought to have crashed into

the Atlantic.

Now to all the business

figures. In the United States,

the Dow and Nasdaq shot higher

as a bullish mood on recovery

from recession overshadowed the

impact of GM's decision to file

for bankruptcy.

Now to sport. World No. 2 Roger Federer has scraped

through to the last eight of

the French Open after a

five-set win over German Tommy

Haas. Federer fought back from

two sets to luv down to secure

his quarterfinal place. The day

after his arch rival Rafael

Nadal was bundled out, Roger

Federer appeared to be heading down the same path.

The Swiss world No. 2 found

himself two sets behind and

facing break point. Then the

real Federer arrived.

He won eight consecutive

games and the next three sets

for a 6-7, 5-7, 64, 6-0, 6-2 victory. In a situation like

this, you're just trying to

come through yourself, and it's

hard enough, you know, to stay

positive when you're down two

sets to luv and a break point,

so it was a great battle for

me, and I'm thrilled to be

through and given another

chance here. Gael Monfies will

be the next man trying to stop

Federer, after he defeated a

typically bad tempered Andy

Roddick. Monfies is the last

French hope at Roland Garros

after ninth seed Jo-Wilfried

Tsonga was beaten in five sets

by the fifth seed. In the

women's draw unseeded Romanian

Sorana Cirstea has upset fifth

seed Jelena Jankovic in a

three-set thriller. Australian

Samantha Stosur also continued

her brilliant run, defeating

Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano

6-1, 6-2. Came out and played a

good game to serve it out. Very

happy that I went from having

those opportunities and not

getting them, but thought I

still did the right thing and

was able to serve out a good game. Stosur's joined in the

quarterfinal s by second seed

Serena Williams and seventh

seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. In

football AC Milan has official

ly announced Leonardo as its new coach.

Now to the regional weather

forecast for the next 24 hours.

You're watching ABC News for

Australia Network. Before we

go, let's take another look at

the headlines. Authorities fear

the worst as a search continues

for an Air France plane missing

over the Atlantic. Tensions

simmer on the Korean Peninsula

as Pyongyang reportedly

considers another long-range

missile test. And the US

Government steps in as General

Motors files for bankruptcy

protection. 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.

Goodbye for now.

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