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Philippine flood survivors

critical of government relief

efforts. The United States leads international

condemnation of Iran's missile

tests as it offers to engage in

direct walks with Burma. And -

Beijing in lockdown ahead of

National Day celebrations. Good morning. Beverley

O'Connor with ABC News for

Australia Network. The death toll in the Philippines continues to rise in the wake

of the devastating floods, with

at least 240 reported deaths,

and around half a million

displaced. Anger is now

mounting among the survivors

over what they say is an

inadequate response from the government. Tropical Storm

Ketsana struck the country on

Saturday, bringing the region's

worst flooding in over four

decades, and triggering the

deadly landslides. The town of

Kaynta to east of Manila is one

of the worst affected by the

disaster. Shops are closed as

are the roads. Officials are

scrambling to get clean water

to survivors, many of whom are

not happy with the

response. TRANSLATION: For

sure, we will starve if we

don't line up for relief goods. The floods were really deep in

our town. We were the worst

hit. They're not distributing

the rations fairly. There were

allocated funds for relief

goods which must be given to

those in need. It has to be

fair. They should not

discriminate. The mayor says authorities are trying their

best, but admits they're overwhelmed. Yes, definitely,

it's the hardest hit here.

Almost 100% of the town is

underwater. What we need right

now are relief goods for our

constituents affected,

especially in the urban poor

areas. Disaster and welfare

officials are appealing to the

international community for

humanitarian assistance.

They're struggling to reach

many of those affected, and are

also concerned about disease

outbreaks. The flooding forced

a major bridge to collapse in

this small village to the

capital's east. TRANSLATION:

People were passing exactly at

the time this portion

collapsed. They were caught

right there and only two people

survived. Officials estimate

the damage bill at more than

$30 million US - a figure

that's likely to rise along

with the death toll.

The US has described as provocative Iran's decision to

test fire long-range missiles,

which could reach Israel and

American bases in the Gulf. The

Revolutionary Guards launched

the Shahab 3 missiles after

last week's disclosure by

Tehran that it's building a

second uranium enrichment

plant. Ben Knight reports.

These missiles put Iran within

striking distance of Israel,

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

All four countries knew that

this test was coming. But it

hasn't lessened the impact of

seeing the rockets

fly. TRANSLATION: The

medium-range Shahab missiles

have test fired successfully

and the missiles hit their

their pre-determined

targets. These were pre-planned

military exercises. I think - I

would lump any of these into

the provocative nature with

which Iran has acted on the

years. world stage for a number of

These are not yet nuclear

armed missiles. But Israel

especially is convinced that

they soon will be. The dilemma

has passed over to the

Iranians, and it's up to them

to decide whether to stop

voluntarily and willingly their

entire nuclear program and

missile testing, or pay the

price. So far the United

States has been able to stop

Israel from launching a

military strike against Iran.

It's something the Jewish state

has done before, when it

believed Syria and Iraq were

developing nuclear weapons.

This missile test is a message

to Israel and to America's Arab

allies in the Middle East: if

you hit us, we can hit you

back. But some analysts say it

should not be read as a direct

threat. Iran has very few cards

to play here. This is a somewhat somewhat impotent show

of force. A few puny rockets.

This Thursday, Iran will meet

with the five permanent members

of the UN Security Council, as

well as Germany, for talks. So

far, Russia and China have been

resisting the idea of punishing

Iran with sanctions. But that

may be shifting. The question

is how long Israel will wait

for that to succeed before

deciding to go ahead with the

military attack on Iran.

Government ministers from

China, South Korea and Japan

have met to discuss North

Korea's nuclear ambitions. The Foreign Ministers from the

three countries gathered in

Shanghai on Monday. They

discussed North Korea's nuclear

program ahead of a visit to

Pyongyang by China's premier

next week. Wen Jiabao will pay

an official goodwill visit to

North Korea. South Korean media

is reporting his visit may

result in reopened six-party

talks aimed at ridding North

Korea of its nuclear weapons.

As the US offers to engage in

direct talks with Burma, the

military regime is lashing out

at sanctions against the

country. But America says at

this stage the sanctions will

remain in place. Burma's Prime

Minister is the highest ranking

official to appear before the

United Nations General Assembly

in 14 years. TRANSLATION:

Sanctions have been employed as

a political tool against

Myanmar and we consider them unjust. Meanwhile, US assistant Secretary of State

for East Asia and the Pacific

Curt Campbell is repeating

America's offer of direct high

level talks with the

regime. For the first time in

memory the Burmese leadership

has shown an interest in

engaging with the United States

and we intend to explore that

interest. If Burma makes meaningful progress towards

these goals, it will be

possible to improve the

relationship with the United

States in a step by step

process. We recognise that this

will likely be a long and

difficult process and we are

prepared to sustain our efforts

on this front. And he says the

US will consult countries like

Australia about its new Burma

policy.

Meanwhile, Australia's peak

union body has joined a

campaign demanding companies

stop their operations in Burma.

The Australian Council of Trade

Unions says it's concerned

Australian-linked companies are

creating revenue for the

military junta, enabling it to

commit human rights abuses.

Low-cost airline Jetstar flies

to Burma four times a week from

Singapore. But the Australian Council of Trade Unions says that's four times too

many. Just the amount of money

alone going into airport fees

and charges will prop up

probably up to a thousand

soldiers every year. That's

more people to oppress the

Burmese people. Jetstar is one

of the better known companies

included in a list of firms

with Australian affiliations

that the union is pressuring to

stop operations in Burma. The

ACTU admits the airline doesn't

make direct payments to the

junta but it says any company

operating there is indirectly

providing funds for the

military regime. More than

100,000 refugees have fled

Burma during almost 50 years of

dictatorship. Some day, just

like many others, I want to go

home. To see my parents again.

And hope to live in peace.

Please help Burma. The United

States, Australia and many

European countries have imposed

sanctions on Burma, and some

Australian companies say

they've suss suspended business

there. Jetstar says this

believes the flights to Burma

are positive because they allow

Burmese to work, stud yid and

visit friends in other countries. And the company says

it's willing to work with any

group with concerns about its

operations, a move the union

has welcomed.

A suicide bomber has rammed

his car into another in

Pakistan's north west, killing

five people. The bomber struck

in the Bannu district close to the Afghan border where

Pakistan's military has been

battling Taliban and al-Qaeda

sphiters. Among the dead was a

tribal leader instrumental in

allowing security forces to

pass through the area. He

appeared to be the target of

the attack. You're watching ABC

News for Australia Network.

Coming up in the bulletin -

crucial global climate talks

under way in Bangkok. And -

rain the main game in the

Champions Trophy match between

India and Australia.

Beijing is in lockdown as

the Chinese capital prepares to

host National Day celebrations

on Thursday. With ethnic

tensions boiling over in some

parts of China, authorities are

taking no chances when it comes

to preventing an indense. China

correspondent Tom Iggulden

reports. These are some of the

troops patrolling the streets

of Beijing during the National

Day celebrations. Practising

how they'll deal with

troublemakers and terrorists,

ahead of this week's security

operation. They're being joined

by hundreds of thousands of

police and community safety

volunteers. Their numbers at

least double the 200,000 who will actually take part in

Thursday's

parade. TRANSLATION: We have three policemen for each patrol

car, each of them is equipped

with two rifles and a pistol.

They can deal with various

emergency situations. The

city's ringed by roadblocks, checking every car that comes

into the capital. But while

patriots flood into Beijing's

main railway station to be part

of the celebrations, others are

getting out. TRANSLATION:

There are too many people here

so I'm getting out to save a

bit of space. We're short of

space so I'm leaving to let

those who'd like to come,

come. Regular parade practise

sessions closed down entire

blocks in the city's central

districts. Privately some

expressed frustration but

publicly, few complained about

the sacrifices they're forced

to make. TRANSLATION: It's

understandable. The radio

reports on it are timely, so we

try to avoid those routes. We

try to be supportive of this

big celebration. It doesn't

impact us too much. The

world's biggest fireworks

display has been planned for

the night of the celebrations.

42,000 will be let off over

just half an hour. Leave's been cancelled for Beijing's

firemen, after the last

official fireworks display

started a blaze that gutted a

major landmark. Officials say

they've thought of everything.

There's even a ban on flying

kites and racing pigeons, two favourite pastimes here.

As China's Communist Party's

60th anniversary approaches a

small village in China's

Eastern Jiangsu province is

being recognised for its

success in turning peasants

into wealthy citizens within

just a generation. The village

owes its prosperity to the

foresight of its leader, who

defied Mao Tse Dung and

developed his own economic

recipe to get ahead. This is

the richest village in China.

Here, each family has a

spacious house and at least one car, courtesy of the community

and its businesses. Life here

is communal. The 30,000 residents' lifestyles are paid

for by the village's steel,

iron and textiles enterprises

which have been booming. The

story began in the 60s, when

the young village head, the

party secretary, thought Mao

Tse Dung's communal economic

policies were a death knell for productivity. Risking his party

position he encouraged a unique

blend blend of Communism and

capitalism well before such ideas were

acceptable. TRANSLATION: We

are building a socialism village with Chinese

characteristics. I'm not afraid

of capitalism. What I'm worried

most is that everyone follows

the same model. It is really a

bad idea to follow the same

path rigidly. The village

emerged from Mao Tse Dung's

economically debilitating era

well placed to take on the more

open-minded view of the

market. TRANSLATION: I think I

have a better life as a

villager here than those living

in the big cities. Because

ordinary citizens in the cities

cannot make as much money as we

do in this village. China's

economic development post-Mao

Tse Dung has been build on a

similar opportunistic blend of

come nim and capitalism but in

a country where the gap between

rich and poor is still very

wide, the wealthy little

village here is more like an

island than the norm.

In Bangkok, Environment

Ministers have begun their most

crucial global climate talks

ahead of the Copenhagen negotiations in December.

Hundreds of delegates are

meeting for two weeks in the

Thai capital. They have to

draft a relatively simple

proposal which will form the

basis for any future agreement.

1,500 delegates from almost 200

countries have to boil down a

draft proposal which is still

full of blanks and multiple

wordings. Needs to be made more

precise and needs to indicate

what the main elements of a Copenhagen agreement are going

to be. Delegates are still

wrangling over emissions

targets, and developing nations

are holding out for a pledge of

billions in financial

assistance from the West to

adapt their economies. But

flooding in the Philippines has

lent the meeting extra urgency. The problems we have

seen in the Philippines are a

reminder for the negotiations

that we have here that this is

not just about pages in a

document. Let us move along so

we can reach the ambitious

agreed outcome by Copenhagen.

It is wise. It is necessary.

And if you work hard over the

next few weeks, it is still

doable. Green lobbyists called

for a fair and binding

agreement, with environmental

incentives for poorer

nations. We hope that that will

be something that we agree

here, especially on adaptation

plan on protection to help

developing countries to cope

with the climate change

impact. In December, the

Copenhagen climate change

negotiations will aim to create

a new broad agreement on

emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol which runs out in

2012.

Fiji's interim Prime

Minister, Commodore Frank

Bainimarama, has complained to the United Nations General

Assembly that Fiji is being cut

off from any new peacekeeping

operations. Australia and New

Zealand haven't lobbying the UN

to stop engaging any more

peacekeepers from Fiji. Commodore Bainimarama's

comments indicate they've been

successful. Fiji is a small

nation. Our people pose no

threat to anyone. Least of all

to the big powers of the South

Pacific. Who've delegated to

themselves the right to dictate

to us our future and the way we govern ourselves. They have

used the extensive diplomatic

and financial resources to deny

Fiji to participate in new

peacekeeping operations. Fiji

has been disappointed by what

appears to be a unilateral

decision on the part of the

United Nations to bar our

country from any new

peacekeeping operations. Mr

President, to this day, we have

not been able to receive a

clear and satisfactory reply on

this matter from the United

Nations. And that was

Commodore Frank Bainimarama. A

lawyer for Academy Award

winning film director Roman

Polanski says he will fight his

extradition to the United

States. He was arrested in

Switzerland 30 years after he

was charged in California with

raping a 13-year-old girl. He

had later pleaded guilty and

was sentenced for the offence.

Roman Polanski has lived a very

public life in France since

fleeing US justice 31 years

ago. He feels this case in his

mind is over. Polanski has

continued to make highly

acclaimed movies. He is married

with two children. I've been

... um ... travelling around

the world for 20 years. I don't

have any problems. Thank

you. (APPLAUSE) Today we asked

the Los Angeles district

attorney's office: why arrest

him now? Their answer: why not

now? They say they have tried

many times, a game of cat and

mouse. Twice Polanski planned

to visit Britain which has an

extradition treaty with the

urs. Twice, British police were

asked to arrest him. Twice, for

whatever reason, he just didn't

show up. Polanski assumed he'd

be safe here in Switzerland. He

has visited the country often

and for the past so years has

even owned a house year. So for

Polanski his arrest came as a

complete surprise. But we've

learned last week investigators

in LA noticed on the Zurich

Film Festival's web site

Polanski was to receive an

award Sunday night. They asked

Swiss authorities to arrest him

on arrival. He has wanted to

get this case resolved for a

long time, but on his terms but

it will be on our justice

system terms, not his.

Polanski was accused of

drugging and raping a

13-year-old during a photo

shoot. He cut a deal, pled

guilty to having sex with a

minor, but need, fearing more

jail term. They are serious

charges and he also did time.

He was incars rated for 42

days. Even the victim now in

her 40s wants the charges

against Polanski dropped For

the whole last 20 years, if we

could just put this to rest,

that'd be great. Tonight, Roman

Polanski is vowing to fight

extradition. He doesn't want to

return to California in

handcuffs.

Celebrations have wound up

for one of India's biggest

Hindu festivals, Durga Puja.

The goddess Durga is seen as

the mother of the universe and worshipped for her graciousness, as well as her

power. Devotees offered prayers

for the last time on the 10th

day of the festival, before

dipping the colourfully

decorated idols of the God nez

the river Ganges. In the

Bangladeshi capital Hindu

revellers took to the streets

and daubed themselves with

vermillion as part of the

survivors nmpt head lines today

- survivors of the devastating

flooding in the Philippines

have been critical of the

government's relief efforts as

the death toll rises to 240.

The head of the World Bank

says he is cautious about

granting greater regulatory

power to the US Federal

Reserve. Robert Zoellick has

commended central banks for for their handling of the global

financial crisis, but says the

world is yet to see whether

they can handle the recovery without letting inflation get

out of control. Such There are reasonable questions about how

the banks handled the build-up,

including asset price inflation

and significant failures of supervision. He also cautioned

US authorities not to take the

dollar's dominance for granted,

saying the euro and the Chinese

huan are becoming more popular

to investors. Now a look at the

financial markets. In the

United States overnight, the

Dow and Nasdaq roared back to

snap a three-day losing streak

boosted by a pick-up in merger

and acquisition activity.

Sport now. In cricket the

much anticipated Champions

and Australia has been Trophy match-up between India

abandoned due to rain. The

result has left both sides

needing to win their final

matches to make the semifinals.

With both teams registering losses to Pakistan, defeat

would've meant an early exit

from the tournament. India

appeared to take the initiative

early on, taking out opener

Shane Watson for a duck. But

the Australian top order

responded strongly, with Ricky

Ponting and out-of-form Michael Hussey making quick half centuries. Australia looked to

be heading for a quick total

scoring 234 runs with more than

7 overs remaining before the

heavens opened. Both deems had

to be content with 1 point. The

result has left both sides

needing victory in their final

group matches to guarantee a

spot in the semis. To tennis.

There's been some big upsets in

the early stages of the Pan

Pacific Open. Second seed Venus

Williams was outplayed by an

unseeded Russian in a tough

two-set encounter. The American

went down in straight sets.

Meanwhile Russian fifth seed

Svetlana Kuznetsova fell to

German Andrea Petrovic in three

sets. The French Open champion

claimed the second set but

inconsistency in the third

proved her downfall. In the

English Premier League,

Manchester City has continued

its fine start to the season,

beating West Ham 3-1. A brace

from former West Ham striker

Carlos Tevez has left City 3

points behind league leaders and arch rivals Manchester

United with one game in hand.

Tevez has angled it in! In

Australia's nas rugby league,

Eels star Jarryd Hayne is

delighted he has been allowed

to play in the grand final this

week. It was feared the man

voted best player of the season

may have been suspended after

this incident against the

Bulldogs in the preliminary

final. Parramatta will play the

Melbourne Storm in this

weekend's final N Formula One

the fallout in the Renault

scandal continues. This time,

the father of Nelson Piquet Jr

says his son was pressured into

crashing his car under team

orders during last year's Singapore Grands Prix A

three-time Formula One champion

himself, Nelson Piquet Senior

equated Renault's tactics to a

crime. TRANSLATION: That's a

crime, to manipulate the race result, that's a crime, and

does not fit the sport. He has

also denied that the crash, which allowed Fernando Alonso

to win, was his son's idea.

Let's take a look at how the

weather is shaping up for us for our Tuesday.

Finally, more than 300 men

and women have stomped their

way to a new world record in

New York all in the name of

charity. They defied wet

weather to compete in the inaugural New York City

Stilettos Run in Manhattan.

Each runner ran for 80m on 6

2nd Street in footwear designed

for a cocktail party rather

than anything too athletic. The

318 participants broke the

previous world mark of 279 for

people running in high heels.

Whoo! (Laughs) The things

people do! You're watching ABC

News for Australia Network.

Let's check again our top

stories. Survivors of the

Philippines say the devastating floods in the

government's relief efforts

have been inadequate. The

United States has joined

international condemnation of

Iran's decision to test-fire

long-range missiles. And - as

the US offers to engage in

direct talks with Burma the

ongoing international military regime lashes out at

sanctions. That's the bulletin.

You can always go to our web

site and get the latest in news

and current affairs. I'm Bev O'Connor. Thanks for your

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