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A tearful homecoming for two

journalists jailed in North

Korea. A security scare in the

wake of Australia's alleged

terror plot. More clashes

involving sacked workers in

South Korea. And - a final

farewell for former Philippines

President Aquino. Good morning. Beverley O'Connor with ABC News for

Australia Network. Australia Network. Two American

reporters who were freed from detention in North Korea have

had an emotional reunion with

their families in Los Angeles.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee were

pardoned after former US

President Bill Clinton held

private talks with the North

Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. Ladies and

gentlemen, please help me

welcoming home Laura ring and

Euna Lee. Months of fear

replaced by overwhelming joy.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee were

arrested in March and sentenced

to 12 years' hard labour in June. Suddenly, we were told

that we were going to a meeting

... (voice breaks) ... We were

taken to a location and taken to a location and ...

when we walked in through the

doors, we saw standing before

us President Bill Clinton. In

his 20-hour visit, Mr Clinton

met with the North Korean

leader Kim Jong Il, and helped

secure the journalists'

freedom. We were shocked. But

we knew instantly in our hearts

we knew instantly in our hearts

that ... the nightmare of our

lives ... was finally coming to

an end. The reporters were

working for the television

network co-founded by Al Gore

when they were arrested for

illegally crossing into North

Korea from China. We want to

welcome Laura and Una home. We

thank President Bill Clinton

for undertaking this mission

and performing it so

skillfully. The White House

maintain s Mr Clinton was on a private humanitarian rescue

mission but one supported by

the government. Not only is

this White House obviously extraordinarily happy but all

Americans should be grateful to

both former President Clinton

and Vice-President Gore for

their extraordinary work. The

government denied reports Mr

Clinton apologised on behalf of

the US for the actions of the two journalists.

The White House has been

quick to distance the

successful Clinton mission, but

the international community's

ongoing dispute over its

nuclear program. Here's North America correspondent Lisa

Millar. America wants North

Korea to come back to the table

to the six-party talks. North

Korea says it will only come

back to the table if it's just

the US and North Korea talking.

So the White House is very

desperate to say, you know,

this was a private mission. We

haven't given you what you were

looking for, this one-on-one

discussion that is what is

North Korea's desperate need at

the moment. Five men have now

been charged with terrorism

offences in the wake of

Tuesday's massive police raids

on homes around the Australian

city of Melbourne. The Prime

Minister has ordered a review

into security at the country's

military bases, following allegations the group was

planning a suicide attack on an

army barracks in Sydney. From

Melbourne to Mogadishu, it's

alleged the accused men are

connected to to Somalia's

Islamist group Al Shebaab which

has been fighting

western-backed government. Two

of the men have been charged

with aiding and abetting

Thousands of westerners have hostilities in Somalia.

been recrew of theed by Al

Shebaab and for that, Somalia's

President has apologised. --

have been recruited. We are

very sorry about Somalis who

insecurity then come back into leave the country because of

the country and recruit people.

They are causing trouble

outside and inside the country

so we are calling on their

parents to be aware of what

their sons are doing. It's

alleged the men were planning

to mount a suicide attack on

Sydney's Holsworthy Army Base.

It's claimed one of the accused

visited the base and described

it as easy to enter. The base

has limited protective fencing

and security is provided by unarmed civilians. The Prime Minister has ordered a

review. One of the terms of

reference for this

investigation will be the

continued suitability of those

sorts of security arrangements

at our bases involving private

security contractors. News of

the police investigation was

leaked to a national newspaper,

which was published in the

early hours of Tuesday morning,

before the raids began. Now,

two separate police

investigations are under way

into the source of the leak. If

it has been done by a Victorian

officer and I say "if", it is a

criminal offence, so it is

incredibly serious. And we

obviously need to do everything

we can to get to the bottom of

it. In court one of the

accused men denied being a terrorist and attacked

Australia's involvement in Iraq

and Afghanistan. All of the men

have been remanded in custody

to face court in October.

Speaking of security issues, a journalist and a photographer

have managed to infiltrate the

Australian Army base at the

centre of that allege ed terror

plot. The pair managed to take

a series of photographs at

Sydney's Holsworthy Army Base

just a day after extensive

police raids foiled the plot.

Reporter Marie Scoutas

explains. It was here at around

2pm yesterday that police were

called. Two journalists were

detained, a journalist and a

photographer, from a Sydney

tabloid newspaper. They were questioned at Liverpool police

station. They haven't been

charged. They've been issued

with a court infringement

attendance notice, basically

means when they appear in

court, they will be charged

with taking photographs of

what's called a fortification.

Now, we understand that their

story is that they were trying

to access a golf course on this

property, which is available to

the public , and that when they

came up to a gatehouse, all

they did was show their

driver's licence and they were

waved through. They were in

plain clothes, we're told by

the newspaper. And they were

waved through. The difference being that they didn't play

golf, they took photographs of

the base itself and that's

where they got into trouble.

After weeks of controversy, the

Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer

has arrived in Australia to

attend the Melbourne

International Film Festival. Ms

Kadeer says she hadn't intended

the film and her presence in

Australia to attract such

attention. These pictures have

created a perfect storm. The

decision to screen the Uighur documentary 'The Ten Conditions

Of Love' in Melbourne has

provoked Chinese outrage. This

festival has nothing to do with

politics, so I came here with -

in a very legal way. So I

oppose any kind of

politicisation of this

festival. Documentary's star

Rebiya Kadeer has again accused

China of using her own family

against her. I know for a fact

that the Chinese authorities

have used all means to silence

my voice, and at the last, they

used my own children against

me. The film portrays Ms Kadeer's campaign for

self-determination for China's

ethic Uighur minority. This

week, Chinese State TV showed

footage of Ms Kadeer's children

calling on their mother to stop

their separatist activities. I

know that my children do not

voluntarily go to Chinese TV

stations to say the things they

said. I know that they're under

tremendous pressure and threats and they're suffering so

much. China holds Rebiya Kadeer

responsible for inciting

violence in Xingxiang province

last month, which China says

left close to 200 people dead,

most of them Han Chinese. But

Ms Kadeer says nearly 10,000

Uighurs disappeared in the

violence and she had nothing to

do with the riots. So I'm

opposed to all kinds of

violence and I will peacefully

struggle for the freedom of my

people number the Chinese

government is persuaded.

Rebiya Kadeer says she's

grateful the Australian

Government let her in the

country e despite pressure from

China not to grant her a visa.

She is a guest Melbourne

International Film Festival,

whose web site has been hacked

and phone lines jammed by

Chinese activists in protest

against her visit. But their

actions failed to shut down the screening, which has now screening, which has now sold


Riz rez residents of a

remote farming town in China say people have been trying to

flee. The town was closed off

to prevent the spread of the

highly infectious pneumonic

plague. There every plague. There every been more

clashes between police and

sacked workers at a South Korean factory. Police command

os descended on the factory

from a helicopter, seizing all

but one key building. Police

used all means of attack in an

attempt to end the stand-off.

Protesters at South Korea's

fifth largest automotive

company Sangyong say the yellow

bags being dropped were filled

with tear gas and water.

Commandos stormed the plant where hundreds where hundreds of sacked

workers have occupied the

factory's paint shop for more

than two months. We only hope

that the workmen suspend the unlawful strike as soon as possible and come out from

there complying with the law.

Police say it's a small group

of workers causing the trouble. Currently there is not

much difference between the

workers' side and the company

side. The negotiation is nearly side. The negotiation is nearly

at a conclusion. The problem is

the 150 militants union

members. But some say up to

500 people are still inside the

paint facility. They're in

dispute with management over a

company survival plan. Workers

armed with sticks fought back

as officers stormed the

factory. Others hurled objects.

Reports say about 30 people on

both sides were injured. Police

have been reluctant to launch a

full-blown assault because of

fears flammable materials

inside the paint shop could

cause an inferno. The company

has been in court approved

bankruptcy since February, amid

falling sales and mounting

debt. It plans to sack more

than 2,500 workers, which is

more than a third of its work


And you're watching ABC News for Australia Network. Coming

up - Fijians urged to up - Fijians urged to rise up

against a military

dictatorship. And - an

emotional farewell for former

Philippines President Corazon

Aquino in a Manila cathedral.

NATO has reaffirmed its

commitment to Afghanistan,

vowing to boost security ahead

of this month's presidential

elections. The alliance's new

head has made his first visits

to the war-torn country and

hasn't ruled out the option of

negotiating with the Taliban.

It's been a bittersweet relationship of late. The rising number of civilian

deaths at the hands of international troops have

soured relations between NATO

and Afghanistan. But on his

first visit to the strife-torn

country NATO's new

Secretary-General is seek a new

beginning. I give very high

priority to Afghanistan

actually it will be my highest

priority as Secretary-General.

NATO's commitment comes as

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

indicated that he's determined to negotiate with the Taliban

and other militant groups to

achieve peace. If I win, then

my first priority will be

solidifying and speeding up the

peace process, with the Taliban

and with the army and all the

groups who are not part of

al-Qaeda. NATO concedes it

won't rule out that option. If

it takes talks with a number of

groups within the Afghan

society, I'm ready to do that.

But recent events have shown

the Taliban is not willing to

cooperate. On Tuesday, the

group launched one of its

biggest attacks to date, firing

at least nine rockets into

Kabul. The Taliban has

repeatedly condemned the

elections as a US orchestrate

ed sham and vowed to disrupt

the lead-up to the polls but

international troops have

poured in in their house to

ensure that won't happen. NATO

and ISAF is here to protect

your elections and ensure the

best possible security. Some

three dozen candidates are contesting Afghanistan's second direct presidential polls on

August 20. Successful elections

are seen as crucial to

Afghanistan's stability in the

immediate future.

Pakistani officials say the

wife of a Taliban leader has

been killed in an American

drone attack. The air strike

hit the house of the man's

father-in-law in the South

Waziristan tribal area near the

Afghan border. Relatives say he

wasn't home and isn't harmed.

The outgoing chairman of the

Pacific Islands Forum has urged

Fijians to rise up against the country's

country's military

dictatorship. The premier of

Nuie made the scment during his

address to the opening session

of the leaders' meeting in

Cairns. The incoming chair, Australia's Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd, also denounced Fiji's regime.

An Indigenous Australian

welcome opened proceedings at the Pacific Islands Forum

leaders' meeting. Fiji is not

represented. It's been

suspended from the forum. The

outgoing chairman, the premier

of Nuie, said the forum could

not accept Commodore Frank

Bainimarama's refusal to allow

Fiji to have elections until

2014. Perhaps citizens of Fiji

must now rise to challenge the

undemocratic rule of the

military regime and restore

democracy for the sake of the

future of their children. The

incoming chairman, Australia's

Prime Minister, says Australia

wants a peaceful solution. But

he was highly critical of recent developments in

Fiji. The fact that in recent

times, we have seen the arrest

of ministers of religion in

Fiji is not the Pacific way.

The people of Fiji deserve

better. Amongst observers at

the forum is the European

Union's Director-General for

development cooperation, who

says Fiji will continue to face

international action. We are

taking the measure,

implementing our measures which

implies that Fiji has already

an important amount of sugar

and we keep losing it. The

forum leaders were urged to

take action on climate change. The situation for small

island states is quite

worrisome. For them and for us,

choices such as resettlement

must be seriously considered.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

opened the formal meeting,

nominating what he wanted this

forum to be remembered

for. There are two major

challenges that we want to

wrestle with in our deliberations. One is the

challenge of the global

economic crisis. The second of

course is how do we build

momentum for a good global

outcome on climate change?

Australia and New Zealand were

hoping that this meeting would

endorse the start of

negotiations on a closer

economic relations agreement

Pacer Plus. Some island leaders

aren't happy saying Fiji must

be included in any economic

agreement. That and other

contentious issues will be

thrashed out when the leaders

meet behind closed doors

without officials at their


The President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in

for a second term. Officials

say there was no disturbance of

the peace during the ceremony, but witnesses report that at

least 10 people were detained.

The President used his

inauguration speech to appeal

for national unity, and to

denounce what he called foreign

interference in Iran's affairs.

He swore to God, the Koran and

the Iranian nation that he

would protect the country's

constitution and its official

religion. He promised to make

Iran's foreign policy stronger,

but much of his speech was

aimed at warning his western

enemies. TRANSLATION: Nobody

in Iran is waiting for your

congratulations. The Iranian

nation does not give importance

neither to your frowns and threats, nor to our

congratulations and smiles.

Top officials and clerics

attended the ceremony but it

was boycotted by some prominent politicians. Iran's opposition says President Ahmadinejad

stole the vote in the June 12 presidential election - a claim

he rejects. TRANSLATION:

Opponents tried to create a

dusty and hazy atmosphere. They

created doubts and tried to

picture a dark future. But our

smart people turned out in

elections by seeking assistance

from God. Despite his words of

defiance, Iran analysts say

there's an internal power

struggle among the country's

clerical establishment. On

Monday Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini avoided

the kisses and close embrace

that accompanied his

endorsement four years

ago. That moment of pause, of

confusion, of hesitation, will

probably symbolise what their

relationship will be in the

next four years. That troubled

relationship could see the

Ayatollah losing ground to the

President's hardline faction.

US Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton has strongly criticised

Kenya's political leaders for

failing to stamp out corruption

and uphold human rights. Africa correspondent Andrew Geoghegan

reports. Hillary Clinton has

blamed weak Kenyan institutions

for allowing ethnic violence to

spiral out of control. In the

weeks following Kenya's

disputed elections in late

2007, around 1300 people were

killed, as ethnic hatred

spread. The absence of strong

and effective democratic

institutions has permitted

ongoing corruption, impunity,

politically motivated violence,

human rights abuses and a lack of respect for

of respect for the rule of law.

These conditions helped fuel

the post-election violence, and

they are continuing to hold

Kenya back. The US Secretary

of State pressed the country's

leaders to bring those

responsible for the violence to

justice, saying she's

disappointed that little or no

action has been taken. Several

senior government members have

been accused of helping

instigate the violence.

However, Cabinet rejected the

need for a tribunal to try the


The former Philippines President Corazon Aquino has

been farewelled at a funeral in

the Manila Cathedral. 100,000

people lined the streets as her

body made its final journey

throughout the capital. More

than 1 ,000 dignitaries came to say goodbye to a President. Thank you for President. Thank you for teaching us how to live and guy

for others. After dies of

lying in state at the

cathedral, priests perform the

last rites for Corazon Aquino,

calling her a mother of the

nation. She was the only true

queen our people have ever had.

And she was queen because we

few she truly held our hearts

in the gentleness and greatness

of her own. No matter how great

the sacrifices of my parents, I

can honestly say to all of you

that for my family, the

Filipinos are worth it.

Corazon Aquino is remembered as

a champion of Philippine

democracy. In 1986, the dictatorship of Ferdinand

Marcos was toppled by her

people power movement. And outside outside the cathedral, the

people waited. As the heavens

opened, more than 100,000

Filipinos lined the streets in honour of the former

President. We are here to show

our support, our belief in

her. This is history. We want

to be a part of the history

taking place on this day. The

last journey of Corazon Aquino

wound through the crowded

streets. Many wore yellow and

made the L sign for laban, Ms

Aquino's campaign slogan, meaning fight. The crowd

stretched for more than 2

kilometres are kilometres as

the coffin made its way to

Manila memorial park. You're

watching ABC News for Australia

Network. Our top story - an emotional reunion for two

American journalists jailed in

North Korea. They've now been

reunited with their families in

Los Angeles after former

President Bill Clinton secured

their release.

The biggest retail bank in

Britain, Lloyds Banking Group,

has reported an $8 billion loss

for the first after of the

year. Europe correspondent Emma

Alberici reports. Lloyds was

doing relatively well before doing relatively well before

can rescued its rival HBOS last

year. HBOS is now being blamed

for 80% of the bank's $27

billion worth of bad debts, a

record in British banking

history. Lloyds reported a loss

of $8 billion compared with a

profit of 6 billion for the

same six month period last

year. Shares in the bank rose

10% as management predicted

that the worst was over. That

seemed to be confirmed by

mortgage lender Halifax, which announced that announced that house prices in

the three months to July were

up close to 1%, the first time

prices have climbed since

October 2007.

Let's have a quick look at

how the business markets fared. To sport. Australian cricketer Brett Lee has

declared he is ready to play in

tomorrow night's fourth Ashes

Test after bowling at full pace

at training. Lee has been

sidelined for the first three

Tests after tearing a rib Tests after tearing a rib

muscle in the pree Ashes tour

match. Australia trails 1-0 in

the series and all-rounder Shane Watson says the fourth

Test is a must-win match for

the tourists. Gotta be at our best there is no doubt about

that. We have to be playing at

our best for the next two

matches for us to be able to

achieve the things we want to achieve. I think the intensity

is there, the pressure is there

because we know what we've

gotta do. And I think us as a group and me group and me personally I'm

really looking forward to the

challenges. All-rounder Andrew

Flintoff is in some doubt for

England after failing to train

on Wednesday. Now, let's have a

check of the regional weather

forecast for Thursday.

You've opinion watching ABC News for Australia Network .

Before we g let's check again

our top stories. Two American

reporters freed from detention

in north Korea have been

reunited with their families. A

security scare at the

Australian Army base at the

centre of an alleged terrorist

plot. There've been more clashes between police and

sacked workers at a South

Korean factory. That's the

bulletin for now. You can

always go to the web site to

get the latest news and current

affairs from the region. I'm

Bev O'Connor. Thanks for your


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