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(generated from captions) as Colonel Gaddafi digs in The allies step up their raids change their minds and Arab countries and withdraw support for the war. So how long will the fighting go on? rescued from the rubble in Japan An elderly woman and her grandson nine days on from the disaster. in flood-hit Queensland. William raises spirits Next stop, Victoria. into the death of the polar bear. The official investigation

# Yeah, yeah, yeah

# I want to see you tonight. # on Monday 21 March, 2011. We're 1-on-1 with the rapper this is Sunrise on Seven. Right across Australia, here's Kochie and Mel. Now, live from Brekky Central, Hello and welcome to a new week.

A sad tart to the week. Losing

A sad tart to the week. Losing Knut. Kerr put.

Let's be a bit kinder. We will have

show. a bigger investigation later in the

Good luck with that. It's sad. He's dead, yeah.

Sharing that compound with three

women who used to attack him. I

there. think there is a bit of skullduggery

A full investigation later on. new album and his Australian tour. Chris Brown has a lot riding on his later in the show. Find out how he's coping Also this morning - texting from behind the wheel. a new campaign to stop drivers

Line It is amazing how many people

do it. A couple of angels said they

are so addcited, one of them locks

her mobile in the boot. Tell us,

have you got a chronic texter in

your family and how dangerous can it be? But we're going to begin Here's Nat. on Colonel Gaddafi. with the overnight air raids

A US-led military mission in Libya a no-fly zone over the country. has effectively imposed Coalition forces are confident most of Libya's air defence systems they've destroyed

after 24 hours of heavy bombing.

has been put into place, Effectively the no-fly zone in the vicinity of Benghazi we have halted him on the march. where he was most recently The coalition will now focus on supply lines cutting Moamar Gaddafi's on rebel fighters in Benghazi. as they try to prevent attacks out of the rubble, Rescuers have pulled two survivors devastating earthquake. nine days after Japan's 16-year-old grandson were found An 80-year-old woman and her in the city of Ishinomaki. in a demolished house the quake hit, trapping them inside. The pair were in the kitchen when to reach the roof of the house The grandson eventually managed a rescue helicopter. where he flagged down The couple survived on yoghurt. Both are recovering in hospital. today, Prince William will visit Victoria disaster zones continues. as his royal tour of the country's a fundraiser in Brisbane last night, The future king attended raising money for Queenslanders. touring the State's disaster zone, Prince William spent two days meeting victims and lifting spirits. could join her Prince Later this year Kate Middleton and New Zealand, on a tour of Australia the Rugby World Cup in September. when William attends

scour the jungles Australian Federal Police will today of Christmas Island still on the run looking for 20 asylum seekers at the detention centre. after a week of violence with riot gear Yesterday more police reinforcements and more are expected today. arrived on the island and says it is in complete control. The AFP is now running the centre And there are reports this morning as many as 1,200 asylum seekers the government will look to relocate as soon as possible. and tributes at Berlin Zoo And mourners have left flowers in memory of polar bear, Knut. in his enclosure. The 4-year-old died yesterday This morning, stood in silence, fans of the celebrity animal shocked at the tragic news. the cause of Knut's death The zoo is currently investigating and will perform an autopsy today. international fame in 2007, The hand-raised polar bear enjoyed 'Vanity Fair' appearing on the cover of alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

A sad tale of a childhood star. We

will have more on that later. In finance news:

In our region on Friday, Japan had

points. another strong rebound, up 244

He has been absent from our screen

on Sunrise for quite a few days.

a Craig James at CommSec will give us

a preview. Craig is one of the

finalists in the Man of the Year

magazine. competition for men's health

Look at that.

Are you photoshoped?

It wasn't photoshoped.

He has cut more than the deficit

How do you get a there, hasn't he?

Craig James? How do you get a six-pack like that,

Chin-ups, push-ups. A lot of body

weight exercise and keeping up with

the children. They are a lot faster

work. than me. You have to do a lot more

You still run 400m for athletics.

Still doing the sprints on the

track. New South Wales championships

in early April.

Have you always done this, been a

fitness freak or is this a recent Have you always done this, been a

mid-life crisis? Yoo probably a bit

of mid-life crisis. It is the fact

that I stacked on the weight,

wanted to take it off. I wasn't that I stacked on the weight, I

happy with T I took the weight off

and got to this sort of stage. I'm

pretty happy.

How much did you take off?

I took off 15 kilos. I was around

85. Now I'm 70 kilos. I'm only 172...

Short.

Yes, I'm short. I'm at an

appropriate weight now.

I look at finance differently. We

don't care about finance, now. Anything important coming up this week?

week. Nothing important coming up this

Apart from Geelong.

We have got the financial stability

review. That's coming out on

Thursday. It only comes out twice a

year. It's going to give a clean

bill of health for Australia's

financial sector.

Buff and smile.

What more can you want and more, so

that's great. Do we vote for you?

Not at this stage. Next weekend, we

have our challenge, our fitness

challenge. I'm in hard training at

the moment, trying to keep up with

the 20 somethings and 30 somethings.

Then it gets down to the top six and

the voting starts.

We will vote.

This weekend, OK Craig, thank you

for that. We're in your corner.

Craig James will be on Australia's greatest athlete soon.

In the NRL, an under-strength Manly Sea Eagles have produced a gutsy performance against the Roosters to claim their first points of the 2011 season. Young playmaker Kieran Foran was the star of the show with both his attacking and defensive game drawing praise.

COMMENTATOR: Foran scores - Foran has scored. Well, he's taken a battering in defence and now he's come up with a try. And the Bulldogs second-half surge saw them come up 9-point winners over Souths. Defending World Cup champions Australia will travel to Ahmedabad today

in preparation for Thursday's blockbuster quarterfinal clash

with India. It's do or die for the Aussies who finished third in group A after a 4-wicket upset by Pakistan.

Skipper Ricky Ponting is confident his side can hit top form in front of what will be a very lively crowd. And Chelsea have jumped above Manchester City

in the English Premier League standings after a late David Luiz goal gifted the Blues a 2-0 win over City. Now to James and today's weather.

Grant is off today. After Craig

James, you looking very manually today?

Beretts, there seems to be have

Beretts, there seems to be have been

a misunderstanding today. Over the

weekend, I spent the day dogmanly

things. Yesterday I was playing with

monster trucks and driving tanks

over cars and that type of thing.

The day before that I was with the

dinosaurs with fossils. Anyway,

dinosaurs with fossils. Anyway, so when I read the email it said

landscaping, I rang Jason Hodges

from 'Better Homes and Gardens'. I

have his wheel Barrow and spade out

the front. It Zaidman scaping,

nothing to do with landscaping. It's

to do with waxing and spray tans and

preening and this is my array of

utensils today. Yeah... It's

utensils today. Yeah... It's going to be an interesting morning.

to be an interesting morning. Let's

look at the forecast for the first time. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting.

Be Green and beat rising electricity costs during Beacon Lighting's Energy Saving Sale - now on. A few showers in Brisbane.

A possible late storm in Bundaberg. Showers expected in Southport. Chance of a storm in Cairns. Showers in Townsville.

Light rain in Coffs Harbour. Raining in Dubbo. Morning showers in Broken Hill. Rain developing in Sydney. Raining in Canberra. And some morning rain in Mildura. Some rain in Melbourne. Showers easing in Bendigo. While showers are increasing in Launceston. A shower or two developing in Hobart. Early rain with a few showers at Mount Gambier. A few showers in Adelaide. A light shower or two in Ceduna. Clouds clearing in Alice Springs. Darwin, an afternoon storm expected. A morning drizzle in Albany. Fine in Perth. Chance of a thunderstorm in Broome. Sunny in Exmouth. Fine in Carnarvon.

Mel and Nat, I appreciate how much

work goes in for women in the

mornings. I've seen how much time

you guys have to spend in the hair

and make-up chair. I don't think men

appreciate that. Did that come out badly? Yeah.

It did come out badly.

Kochie and Beretts, you don't get

there anywhere near as early.

We are not as naturally

We are not as naturally beautiful with the boys but we do our

with the boys but we do our best with what we have. See you in half

an hour or not.

That didn't come out right at all.

These look like what you use...

James, keep quiet. We will see you

in half an hour. Coming up - workers at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant make progress.

But can they regain full control, of the reactors? Then coalition forces hit Libya. Where our government stands on the air strikes. And the Prince of Hearts.

How William has helped flood victims put the disaster behind them. A special report from the royal tour, next. VOICEOVER: If somebody like Suze did a car insurance quote with one of our competitors, her premium would be: And with us: Why? We ask more questions about how you use, or don't use, your car. It's smarter and could save you lots. When we need a car, we call Redspot car rentals.

No funny business, just serious car rentals with no hidden extras. We've all watched the devastation in Japan. Now you can do something to help. The Australian Red Cross is running an appeal. You can donate either online or by calling 1800 811 700. Those lucky enough to score a ticket to a charity fundraiser in Brisbane overnight really did dine with royalty. Prince William mingled with guests all to raise money for the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund. Sunrise correspondent Nuala Hafner has joined the royal tour. And she joins us now. Good morning. Nuala, tell us about the dinner.

I would be amazed if Facebook,

Twitter, all the social media

network sites aren't in melt down,

with the photos of the Prince,

Prince-related status updates. It's

quieter here than it was last night.

Hundreds turned out on the outside

to catch a glimpse of the Prince. It

was 285 lucky people who got to go

inside for this cocktail reception. They paid $

They paid $500 a head, raising They paid $500 a head, raising over They paid $500 a head, raising over

$100,000 for the Premier's flood

relief fund. Not only did they get

to mingle with the Prince, they got

to hear him speak. He gave his first

And only public address. He was

running late and that's because

during the day he insisted on

spending as much time as he could

talking to people. He stayed at each

venue, first in Ipswich and he went

to Grantham and he wouldn't be

rushed. He stayed and chatted to

everyone. He was late here, stayed

an hour and was whisked away but not

before shaking the hand of everyone

here who came out to greet him.

Hopefully he is having a sleep-in

this morning. He certainly earnt it.

He has had almost a rock star

reception from flood victims

everywhere he goes?

Absolutely. I count myself

privileged to witness not just

seeing the Prince, but the effect he

has on people. These are people who

have gone through so much, so much

suffering, so much loss and without

fail after meeting them, they are buoyed. I keep saying buoyed. I keep saying "

buoyed. I keep saying "What was it like? buoyed. I keep saying "What was it

like?" They say it was magical. I

would like to know more about the

psychology of it. Having him there,

fix og them

fix og them, giving them attention,

some pom passion does seem to make a genuine difference.

The fact he took his time doing it

means he acknowledges the impact he

is having.

We know he is off to Victoria today.

We will talk more about what's on

his eye ten ri. Thanks, Nuala. Still to come - the search for eight Australians, still unaccounted for, in Japan. Plus, fighting for equality. The man driving gay marriage rights in America turns his attention here. But next, meet Tiger's new girlfriend. This is Sunrise on Seven. MAN: New at Subway restaurants, 100% Australian Wagyu beef... ..crisp, fresh salads... ..tasty cheeses, golden, freshly baked bread, topped with a chunky, home-style tomato relish. The new Wagyu Beef Sub - for a limited time at Subway restaurants. It's the Sub you've been waiting for. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Be green and beat rising electricity costs during Beacon Lighting's Energy Saving Sale - now on.

Knut has died unexpectedly. An

autopsy is scheduled tomorrow to

discover why a world-famous polar bear has died. Just some of the coverage from around the world on the death of Knut, the famous polar bear at the Berlin Zoo. In case you missed the reports, Knut died suddenly on the weekend. There's still no word on why he died. We'll try to find out more when we talk to one of his keepers,

later this Sunrise.

Thank you for your notes of

condolence yesterday that you sent through. I was stunned.

Everyone knows Knut has bone a big

part of our coverage over the years.

Happy birthday Knut. Kochie's

favourite animal in Berlin zoo's

famous polar bear has just turned 4.

I've been troubled by Knut and the

attention he got from an early age.

He was orphaned as a tiny baby. His

twin died and he was left to be

reared by a keeper, who tragically

died a few years ago. He has had a

lot of tragedy in his young life.

Then they put him back in the cage

of his mother who abandoned him and

two other women.

Hen pecked.

There have been reports he was

attacked by some of those other bears.

No, there hasn't.

In the past. Allegedly.

But aged, pour, they live until

their 40s. Debby the polar bear in

their 40s. Debby the polar bear in Canada is 40.

He collapsed and Pell into the poll.

Australian autopsy will get to the

bottom of that.

That is one of the most viewed

That is one of the most viewed items on the net, Knut's passing. Also making news, Prince William's tour of Australia and New Zealand. He's been greeted by big, adoring crowds everywhere he's gone. He received the same warm welcome last time he was here too. And it's left many wondering where is all the support for cutting ties with the monarchy? Is there really support for a republic?

It's a good question.

I wonder if it would be different if

this was Prince

this was Prince Charles. Is it

because it's Prince William, tall, gorgeous looking.

He is the right guy here at the

right time. It bought people

together in a fantastic way.

Just because he is visiting, doesn't

mean people won't support a

Republic. They are two different things:

It's not as if we will be ignored.

Canada is a Republic and they still get visits. Coming up - Coalition forces hit Libya. But have innocent citizens been caught up in the assault? Then later - xclusive!

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VOICEOVER: Kleenex Cottonelle Long Roll is much longer so it lasts for ages. And, of course, it's lab-tested. (BARKS) For less roll changes. News time now. Here's Nat. Libya has asked for an immediate ceasefire as coalition forces effectively impose a no-fly zone over the country. It comes after 24 hours of US and British-led military strikes with commanders hailing the first stage of the operation a success. Certainly the goals of the campaigning right now are limited and aren't about seeing him go its about supporting the United Nations resolution. Moamar Gaddafi is now asking for a symbolic march of all Libyans to Benghazi. Rescuers have pulled two survivors out of the rubble nine days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. An 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson were found in a demolished house in the city of Ishinomaki. The pair were in the kitchen when the quake hit, trapping them inside. The grandson eventually managed to reach the roof of the house where he flagged down a rescue helicopter. It comes as engineers are still racing

to avert a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima facility where power has finally been restored. Kate Middleton could be joining Prince William on another royal tour of Australia later this year. The future king helped raise money for Queensland flood victims at a gala event in Brisbane last night. Royal aides are reportedly planning for a visit from soon-to-be newlyweds in September and October after William attends the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Prince William will meet with Victorian flood victims when he tours the state today. The Gillard government is rejecting calls from the Opposition

to delay the Carbon Tax until October's planned tax forum. The government has flagged tax cuts for low and middle income earners and pension increases to offset the tax. Treasurer Wayne Swan says there's no need to wait until the tax forum. The government has priorities it must implement. The carbon tax is one. The Opposition has rubbished the government's planned compensation. What the government's talking about is a tax bribe, not a tax cut. The carbon tax debate is expected to dominate proceedings when federal parliament resumes today. Consumer group Choice says there's little difference between home-brand milk and the more expensive brands when it comes to taste. As the big supermarkets wage a price-cutting war Choice put full-cream and low-fat milks to the test. It found when it came to full-cream there was no discernible difference although its taste testers did notice slight variations with low-fat milks. It says that's because reduced-fat milks are more highly processed. Choice says, for consumers, price rather than taste is the only difference. The winners of the Governor-Generals' annual bravery awards have been announced. Nine people have been singled out for the bravery medal. Among two posthumous winners is New South Wales father Jeffrey Richmond. The 50-year-died while trying to rescue his two teenage sons after they became caught in a rip at Mollymook Beach in December 2008. The awards, which are now in their 36th year, recognise those who put their lives on the line for others. In finance news: Time for sport. This is Sunrise sport report brought to you by Swisse. Tired? Stressed? You'll feel better on Swisse. Souths coach John Lang says he's likely to be the one in the firing line with his stable of stars unable to bag a win from their last two hit-outs. In the end, it's my job to get them playing well so other people might be angry with me. Yesterday the Rabbitohs went down against a lively Bulldogs outfit, 28-19. It's do or die for the Aussies who have until Thursday to regain their form with the bat before they take on India in a knockout World Cup semifinal.

Overnight India managed an 80-run win over the West Indies, giving the co-hosts the chance to take on reigning champions Australia who suffered their first loss in 35 matches over the weekend, going down to Pakistan. V8 superstar Jamie Whincup is leading the championship by 144 points heading into this weekend's Australian Grand Prix. He put his rivals on notice yesterday, claiming his sixth Clipsal 500 win in treacherous Adelaide conditions. Now to James and today's weather.

You are looking relaxed and

refreshed and revitalised, so soon.

We are calling this manscaping

Monday. I was duped into dogman

scaping. I thought I was about to

have a massage, it's not that. I'm

doing the first stage of the tour

with you for cycling. I'm going to

wax up today. Oh!

We are going to wax these legs.

That's 30 years of hair growing

there. That's 30 years of hair growing

there. I'm quite proud and fond of

that. Leoniy is going to clean thaup.

Are you ready to go?

Do guys come in here and get their legs waxed?

Cyclists do. Most guys have their

neck, back and shoulders done.

It's warm.

It's OK. Hold on.

" It's OK. Hold on. "Hold on"

"Hold on", thank you very much.

Oh, oh, does that hurt?

It's... OK. It's... It's OK

initially and it comes on like a

sting. Yeah! That's quite smooth. It

wasn't as bad...

As expected. That's OK, we have got

a lot more to do yet. Let's do some more.

Let's do that afterwards, shall we?

It's going to get worse. Let's go to the maps. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Be green and beat rising electricity costs during Beacon Lighting's Energy Saving Sale - on now. A low and trough will generate rain and storms in the south-east, heaviest in western Victoria. Brisk southerly winds will develop in South Australia

in the wake of the low but only bring showers to the south. Troughs in the west and north will cause showers and storms in WA, the Northern Territory and Queensland. A few showers in Brisbane. Afternoon showers expected on Tuesday. Mostly fine on Wednesday. Rain developing in Sydney. Few showers tomorrow and mostly sunny for the rest of the week. Raining in Canberra. Partly cloudy on Wednesday. With possible showers Thursday and Friday. Some rain in Melbourne. With showers continuing for the rest of the week. A shower or two developing in Hobart. Rain tomorrow with showers easing later in the week. A few showers in Adelaide with more of the same expected towards the end of the week.

Fine in Perth. Mostly sunny tomorrow. Fine on Wednesday and Thursday. Sunny on Friday. Showers and an afternoon storm in Darwin with showers continuing for the rest of the week. Thunderstorms expected on Friday.

Upper thigh, the bit I'm most excited about.

Oh! Oh!

It's not as good.

We are feeling your pain.

The knee, the back of the knee is

not very good. Thanks. Can we have a

little break, a leg break. Beretts,

apparently cyclists do that to stop

the hairs - if you have an accident,

is that right?

A lot of things. When you are

getting your legs massaged every

day, hair is a problem.

Have you considered the lesser known

problem of in growns. These

apparently are great for in growns.

What are these called? Exfoliating

gloves. It stops the in grown.

Cyclists, they risk life and limb

but do they think about their in

growns, that's the question. We have growns, that's the question. We have

growns, that's the question.

We have learnt so much. That's painful.

What is that omatic thing that you

can use, Kylie and Larry do a leg shaper.

Bought one for leg. Epilady.

Laser is quite big, though.

How did that gift go when you gave

it to Lib? She asked for it.

Joke of the Day comes from Jackie.

Jesus was walking along when he came

upon a group of people surrounding a

lady of ill-repute. It was obvious

the crowd was preparing to stone

her. He made his

her. He made his famous statement " her. He made his famous statement

"Let the first person who has no sin cast the first stone"

cast the first stone". The crowd was

shamed. One by one they began to

turn away. All of a sudden, a lovely

little lady made her way front of

the crowd, bent down, picked up a

pebble and threw it at the woman and Jesus said "

Jesus said "I late it when you do that, mum"

that, mum". No sin. It was a Virgin

birth. Jackie, I thought that was a

funny joke. A joke book is coming

your way.

Is that our Jackie? A bit more work.

She doesn't need a Tivo, she would

rather a joke book. The Sunrise Team has been in training for the Nissan BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series.

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The lucky winner will receive a Flame Red Nissan Dualis ST Manual with a total prize value of $28,299. To enter, ring 1902 55 77 07 Or send an SMS to 19 777 077 with your full name and state. Still to come - what killed Knut? The official investigation into the polar bear's death. But next, the largest international military intervention since Iraq. And the man driving gay marriage change in America. Now he's in Australia. (KICKS BALL) (WHISTLE BLOWS) 20! Super-excite your Saturday with Lotto's $20 Million Superdraw on March 26. Grab your ticket in store today. The beauty of Ski D'lite is you never have to think about it. It's delicious, low-fat, has real fruit, and now even three live cultures that are good for you. After all, you've got plenty to think about, like... Are they wearing enough layers? Should your family be bigger? Should your car be bigger? Should you get them a pet? Well, at least they're eating right. Ski. Simply good yoghurt. Fresh from Prince William's visit last night that's Brisbane through the Jetstar Skycam. 29 degrees and some showers today. Libya's embattled regime claims innocent civilians have been killed and injured

by Coalition airstrikes. It's released images of ordinary Libyans in hospital. But there's been no way to verify the claims. The United States, Britain and France have launched missiles from the air and sea. I am deeply aware of the risks of any military action no matter what limits we place on it. I want the American people to know that the use of force is not a choice I make lightly but we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy. The UN has backed the international military intervention, the biggest since Iraq. Sunrise Foreign Editor Dr Keith Suter joins me now. Good morning. The Arab League has now condemned the 'bombardment of civilians'. Initially they were in support of

this action and have done a backflip.

They have indeed. We are not clear

why they have made the change. They

have got what they were asking for a

few days ago. They were critical

few days ago. They were critical of Colonel Gaddafi's attempt toss

punish his own people for rebeg

against him. The international

Coalition has carried out raids

against his Defence Forces and now

suddenly the Arab League have

suddenly the Arab League have said no, we are now critical of this. We

have to find out today what is on

their mind. Yesterday's operation went

went extremely well, people were

supportive but things have started

to unravel overnight. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said this is the first phase. How long is it going to last?

This isn't another Iraq, is it,

about to happen?

Absolutely not. This is into Absolutely not. This is

Absolutely not. This is not another

Iraq. There is no use of Ground

Force. Their mandate is clear. The

forces are going in, simply to

protect the people who are being

embattled by Colonel Gaddafi. It's

the responsibility to protect.

That's the phrase everybody is

using, so the United Nations is

saying we have a responsibility to

protect the civilians being attacked

by Colonel Gaddafi. That's all. It's

not a re-run of Iraq 2003 at all. Of

course, the big thing is in 2003,

the attack on Iraq was probably

illegal. This time it has got full

UN is being backing.

This is a bit like Julia Gillard

bringing in the army to hang on

power and getting rid of an

election. Gaddafi is killing his own

people in opposition to him?

That is it. The operation is to

protect those people. They have got

no mandate to continue the

no mandate to continue the bombing.

That's for the Libyan people to sort

out. Line Keep us up to date. Here's Mel. Same-sex marriage is now recognised in many countries around the world including the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Spain and South Africa. It's also legal in five American states. But not in Australia.

And the Prime MInister has just reinforced her opposition

to the concept. For our culture, for our heritage, the marriage act and marriage being between a man and a woman has a special status. But gay and lesbian couples are determined to change the law. And Greens' Senator Bob Brown has introduced a private members bill to parliament to legalise same sex marriage. International gay rights advocate Boris Dittrich is in Australia to meet with some of our leaders to discuss the issue. Boris, you helped change the law 10 years ago in the Netherlands. Is it time for Australia to change its laws?

I would say so. There are 10 other

countries that followed suit after

the Netherlands and they all had the

same arguments, like what has been

said here, it has always been

between a man and a woman but people

like to have the freedom of choice

and like to be treated equally. In

those countries handling equality

has taken place and there hasn't Ben

a revolution. People understand it's

important that, gays, lesbian, are

treated equally like other people. This is a very divisive issue. How do you balance those concerns with such major social change?

Actually, people in Australia could

look to the countries where same-sex

marriage has been introduced. They

see two men or two women, when they

get married, they get recognition

from the state that their

partnership, their relationship is

as valid as other people and people

understand that. They don't want to

make a distinction between a certain

kind of people just because they

have a different sexual orientation.

The issue of civil unions has come

up. Why does it need to be civil

unions rather than marriage?

Why would you treat people

differently because they have a

different sexual or yencation. If

you have three or four children, you

want them all to be treated equally.

If your son is gay or your daughter

is lesbian, why should she have

lesser rights than the other children.

You are here to talk about the

issue. The conversation has been had

a lot in Australia and we will

continue to to do so for a long

time. Here's Kochie. After the break, this morning's news, sport and weather. Then - alive! The elderly woman and her grandson rescued nine days on from Japan's devastating earthquake. A live update from our reporter on the ground. And the Prince William effect. How he's helped flood victims forget their heartache. Join the royal tour, next. Every year, around about...now, the government announces increases to the cost of health insurance. This affects health funds differently, and the only way to know what's going on is to review your health fund against other funds. Not the one with the moustache. (GENTLE PIANO MELODY) MAN: Mates? Yeah, I've got a few. Lost a few over the years too. There's one friend, though - you know that guy you can always rely on? He doesn't judge me or ask for anything in return. He's a real mate. Sure, he's a bit rough around the edges, but when it comes down to it, I love him. I love him for just being...him. The Sunrise Showbiz Report brought to you by 'New Idea'. For all the latest celebrity news and more. Showbiz editor Nelson Aspen joins us now. And Lindsay Lohan is warming up to the idea of jail time.

What is going to happen?

She has serious decisions to make,

yet she has been partying all

yet she has been partying all week with her energy drink consipicuously

in hand to prove she is staying

sober. But she was reportedly

offered this plea deal with where if

she agrees and goes along with

everything, she would get three

months in jail, which as you

months in jail, which as you know

from Los Angeles overcrowding, could

be whittled down to a matter of... Hours.

Two weeks or thereabouts. She does

not think she is guilty and wants to

fight it. If she fights it and

loses, which is looking more and

more likely, she could spend a year

or more in jail. She needs to buckle

down with her lawyers, with those

parents of hers and figure out

whether to take the plea deal. Moving on, and is it friends again for Courtney Cox and David Arquette? The couple announced their separation late last year after 11 years.

I think after 10 years when that

magic number comes up in Hollywood,

California community property after

10 years you, you want it to be

amicable, want it to keep it

friendly. They have said they are

friends, they remain committed to

friendly. They have said they are

the wellbeing of their daughter.

They were spotted out in mall

They were spotted out in mall Pugh this weekend, the two of them.

Tongues are wagging there could be a

reconciliation, or maybe they wanted

to get together and talk about the kid.

It's good that it's nice. Thank you.

We will see you later Now, still to come on Sunrise this morning -

The allies step up their raids as Colonel Gaddafi digs in and Arab countries change their minds and withdraw support for the war. So how long will the fighting go on? An elderly woman and her grandson rescued from the rubble in Japan nine days on from the disaster. William raises spirits in flood-hit Queensland.

Next stop, Victoria. The official investigation into the death of the polar bear. # Yeah, yeah, yeah # I want to see you tonight. # We're 1-on-1 with the rapper on Monday 21 March, 2011.

Right across Australia, this is Sunrise on Seven. Now, live from Brekky Central, here's Kochie and Mel. Good morning. O

Good luck waking up on this Monday morning. You'll see Chris Brown this hour on Sunrise.

Causing controversy on the soapbox. But right now, more on the overnight air raids on Colonel Gaddafi. Nat has the latest from the newsroom. The Libyan government has asked for an immediate ceasefire after the US-led mission successfully imposed a no-fly zone. The request comes after a day of heavy bombing. British jets were heading off to patrol the no-fly zone.

Defence officials say they are

entirely comfortable with the

mission's success. The Libyan Air

Force has been neutralised as one

senior RAF officer put it, there is

a threat, but not one that concerns

me. Last night, 112 Tomahawk

missiles were launched from US and

UK navy vessels hitting key air

defences in Tripoli and Misrata. Outside Ben

Outside Benghazi, ammunition was

exploding today after the air attack

on government trucks. Colonel

Gaddafi has called it terrorism and

his officials say civilians have

been among dozens killed. The bigger

question is where will it all end.

What will represent mission

accomplished. The rebels say that's

matter for the politicians. There's a new sense of hope for Japan's weary rescue crews after two survivors were pulled from the rubble after nine days. An 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson were found in a demolished house in the city of Ishinomaki. The pair were in the kitchen when the quake hit. The grandson eventually managed to reach the roof of the house and flag down a rescue helicopter. Prince William will lift spirits when he visits Victoria today. Last night he attended a $500-a-head function in Brisbane to raise money for Queensland's disaster victims.

On behalf of the Queen, the Prince of Wales and other members of my family I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to all in Australia who have lost family members and friends in these terrible natural disasters. Later this year Kate Middleton could join her prince on a tour of Australia and New Zealand when William attends the Rugby World Cup in September. And rapper Wyclef Jean is recovering after being shot. The former Fugees rapper was hit in the hand while campaigning for Haiti's upcoming presidential elections. It's believed Jean and fellow rapper Busta Rhymes

came under fire as they drove through the capital, Port-au-Prince. In finance news:

Time for sport. In the NRL, an under-strength Manly Sea Eagles have produced a gutsy performance against the Roosters to claim their first points of the 2011 season. Young playmaker Kieran Foran was the star of the show with both his attacking and defensive game drawing praise. COMMENTATOR: Foran scores. Foran has scored. Well, he's taken a battering in defence and now he's come up with a try. And the Bulldogs second-half surge saw them come up 9-point winners over Souths. Defending World Cup champions Australia will travel to Ahmedabad today in preparation for Thursday's blockbuster quarterfinal clash with India. It's do or die for the Aussies who finished third in group A after a 4-wicket upset by Pakistan.

Skipper Ricky Ponting is confident his side can hit top form in front of what will be a very lively crowd. And Chelsea has jumped above Manchester City in the English Premier League standings after a late David Luiz goal gifted the Blues a 2-0 win over City. Now to the weather and you look very relaxed, James.

Hello, that's not James.

That is Alana. This is my favourite

part of getting a hair cut.

Unfortunately, this is not going to

last for too long. We will move on

next door and get styling tips. This

is nicer than getting the legs

WikiLeaks waxed. Let's look at the forecast. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting. Be green and beat rising electricity costs during Beacon Lighting's Energy Saving Sale - on now. A few showers in Brisbane. A possible late storm in Bundaberg. Showers expected in Southport. Chance of a storm in Cairns. Showers in Townsville. Light rain in Coffs Harbour. Raining in Dubbo.

Morning showers in Broken Hill. Rain developing in Sydney. Raining in Canberra. And some morning rain in Mildura. Some rain in Melbourne. Showers easing in Bendigo.

in Launceston.

Early rain with a few showers at Mount Gambier. A few showers in Adelaide. A light shower or two in Ceduna.

Clouds clearing in Alice Springs. Darwin, an afternoon storm expected. A morning drizzle in Albany. Fine in Perth. Chance of a thunderstorm in Broome.

Sunny in Exmouth. Fine in Carnarvon.

Hair straight nears used to be for

girls. But these days Russell Brand

is using them. Short Stack use hair

straight nears all the time. You

have to hang out all the stations

using the young guys have the hair

straighteners. Maybe through the

fringe or back of the head. We are

working on a creation. I will show

you what the finished product will look like.

Can't see what the attraction is. But see you soon. Coalition air strikes continue on Libya despite opposition from Arab nations who've now withdrawn their support for the war.

And Colonel Gaddafi is digging in, warning of more bloodshed and calling for an immediate ceasefire. NBC's Jim Maceda is in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Jim, are the attacks causing civilian casualties?

We can now report the first volley

of shots in this international

military intervention in Libya.

Moments ago a French fighter jet

fired on a Libyan military vehicle

in Benghazi. There had been, of

course, the warning from the French

President, Nicolas Sarkozy that

French planes were flying over

Benghazi and that would prevent any

military tank or vehicle from

killing civilians inside Benghazi.

This morning, Gaddafi's forces

pushed and punched through the

defences set up by the rebels in the

south-western part and approach to

Benghazi, despite all of the

declarations made by Gaddafi's

government there would be no more

military operations after yesterday,

Friday. That there would be a

ceasefire immediately T turned out

today would be an extremely deadly

day because of the attacks by

proceed Gaddafi forces. Hospital

sources saying at least 26

individuals were killed, at least 40

were wounded in today's fighting.

Colonel Gaddafi obviously trying to

son coal date his gains in that

rebel capital before the no-fly zone

had been set up. At this time,

forces now seen to have pulled

forces now seen to have pulled back to the outskirts of Benghazi but

it's not clear whether that was in

reaction to this no-fly zone or

whether it was the usual tactic used

by pro-Gaddafi forces to punch in

and retreat, only to go forward

again and engage the rebels. French

planes, as we said, are now in

place. The question is how will

Moamar Gaddafi react to what is

Moamar Gaddafi react to what is a

new chapter in this developing

situation. Back to you. Jim Maceda there in Libya. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is in our Canberra studio. He's standing by with the Gillard Government's response to the airstrikes. But first, here's Mel. Now to Japan and a miracle story of survival. An elderly woman and her grandson have been pulled from the rubble of their house, nine days on from the disaster. Seven News reporter Nick McCallum is in Tokyo.

Good morning, Nick. How was the pair discovered?

Isn't this fin Tasmania particular

news, Mel. 80-year-old Sumi and

16-year-old Gin were in the kitchen

of their home when the earthquake

struck. As far as we can work out,

the house collapsed around them the house collapsed around them but they the house collapsed around them but

they were still able to have access

to their fridge and get food that.

Is how they survived. Yesterday,

begin was able to make it up to to

the roof of his house, he waved at

helicopters. Both have low

temperatures, which I presume

temperatures, which I presume means they have had ex Porsche our because

it's been very cold but both are

conscious and in hospital. Both are

finally going to be OK.

I know the search is continuing,

although the window is closing for

survivors to be found. Tell me that

doesn't mean they are calling off

the search at this point by any means?

No, they certainly haven't called

off the search. This has given new

hope, I think, to searchers in that area. The 76 Australians, mainly

Queenslanders and news Welsh men

searching in the tsunami-affected

areas are heading home. That is because they were always going to be

there for a very short, intense

period of time. It's not because of

the radiation scare. They have also

agreed to leave a lot of their

equipment, their tents and also the

medicine actually on site so the

Japanese can continuousing them.

As you say, this would have been a

much-needed positive boost.

much-needed positive boost. Talking of the radiation scare, how are

things going at the reactors?

Once again, good news. Officials

described described yesterday as the

best day they have had since the

earthquake. They have laid two power

cables to two reactors. They hope to

reconnect power today. We were

reconnect power today. We were down at a Japanese market last night as

that news was breaking. You could

tell it had up

tell it had uplifted a whole lot of

people on the streets, a whole lot

of people in Tokyo were talking

about this happening and they

believe finally, and they hope

finally, they are starting to turn

the correspond other this radiation scare.

Absolutely. The next step will

Absolutely. The next step will be talking about the food

contamination. Milk 30 kilometres

away, spinach contaminate world

radiation. But we will talk to you

later on. Thanks for that update. And you can help people in Japan. The Australian Red Cross is running an appeal. You can donate either online or by calling 1800 811 700. Let's hear from the government on those two trouble spots. I'm joined by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd. First to Japan, there are still hundreds of Aussies there. Some want to come home but can't afford it.

Have a listen to what ex-pat Cathy Fisher had to say to our reporter Nick McCallum. So the Australian Government has been calling me, even today, and telling me to go home but that's not really much of a help right now, to just tell me to leave.

I should point out, Kathy has lived

in Japan for 30 years. How can the

government help in these sorts of cases?

Thanks shall Kochie, I continue hear

everything Mrs Fisher was saying but

I'm broadly aware of the case. First

and foremost is the question of seat

availability in getting out of

Japan. As of today, there are

several hundred seats on commercial

flights available out of Japan to

Australia. Secondly, if a person

cannot afford to buy the ticket,

then we, the Australian Government,

are providing consular loans to

cover the cost of the ticket and we

have very, shall I say, flexible

repayment arrangements for that.

Thirdly, if a person can't get hold

of their passport or it's been not

used for a long time and out of

date, if you are in an affected area

from this earthquake and tsunami, we

have made arrangements to provide

emergency passports and discretion

for our local officers to provide fee waivers for the provision of

those passports.

That's good. So there is a lot of

support for people, they just have

to go and ask. Moving into Libya, do you support the air strikes, even if they've harmed civilians?

I notice very carefully a

I notice very carefully a statement from the American joint chief of

staff, admiral Mike Mullen, who we

in Australia know very well. Mike

Mullen said he had no information

before him that civilian casualties

had result from air strikes. I think

it's realistic to assume, however,

that that ongoing risk exists. The

targeting strategy employed by the

Americans, French and British will

be the absolute best possible.

be the absolute best possible. We should also be sceptical about everything which

everything which Gaddafi says publicly about this matter.

There is a propaganda war going on as well. Are you concerned about the Arab League withdrawing support?

Has this been a blow for the

offensive. Initially they supported

it and now seem to have done a

complete backflip?

I've seen this debate about what

I've seen this debate about what the is being of the Arab League said.

is being of the Arab League said. I saw him when I was in Cairo a week

or so ago and I've been on the phone

to him. There is a genuine

uncertainty about what he said. One

news report this morning has said

that he has been misquoted and

misrepresented and that they are not

his views. Furthermore, we now have

a statement out of British officials

saying that Muir a has been the

subject of miss translation. Knowing

how strongly he felt about this,

when I've been in contact with him,

I would be surprised if his views

have been represented completely

accurately. Let's give it a few more

hours to establish the exact truth

of what has been said.

Kevin Rudd, thanks for joining us.

Thanks for having us on the program, Kochie. Queenslanders have fallen in love with Prince William and today it's Victoria's turn to be charmed by the young royal. Correspondent Nuala Hafner has been following his every move and she joins us now from the Brisbane Convention Centre where Wills attended a charity event last night.

Nuala, tell us about the reception Prince William's received?

Absolutely, Mel. Across the board

yesterday in Ipswich, Grantham,

Toowoomba and back to this reception

cocktail party and thousands came

out to catch a glimpse of the

Prince, he has been putting smiles

on people's faces wherever he went.

It's what they are calling It's what they are calling the Prince William effect. Everyone was glad to see him here today it has lifted morale. It gives them a bit of a lift to get on with things. Thousands still recovering from the floods lined-up to meet the young prince. And he made an unforgettable impression. Look-a-like Trevor Taylor knows how excited people get to meet the second-in-line to the throne.

Usually they grab my attention by yelling at me or poking me, touching me and going, "Hey, hey, hey" "You know you look like.." and I'm like, "..Yes, Prince William." I can usually guess the sentance after 10 years of being told I look like him. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale says this royal visit was just what people needed. It's fantastic from an Ipswich point of view that we can overcome the problems we have enountered and some of the depression and the anxiety. In Grantham the Prince requested privacy to meet with the families who'd lost loved ones in the floods.

This is a very big deal. This was

their emergency evacuation centre

during the floods. Now it's where

they are crowding in two meet the

Prince in this very wet weather. Derelle was stuck alone in her house when the flash flood hit. She was screaming out to me the whole time, "Help me"

but I couldn't help her. But today she received some royal comfort with what could have been the longest hug of the Prince's tour.

How do you rate him as a hugger? Yes, I love him! She said "

She said "I'll give you another hug" You know what? I love him too. .

For getting who he is and his royal

title, obviously a lovely guy and a

genuine human, which is really nice.

Tell us about his agenda today. He

is head to go Victoria?

That's right, flood-affected

That's right, flood-affected regions in the north, Kerang, Murrabit, I've

been there, the people are

fantastic. They are still doing it

tough. Today they will have a reason

to smile and as the mayor said,

forget their troubles just for a day.

Another day of hugs. Now here's Beretts. Thanks, Mel. Ricky Ponting is again in the headlines. This time the skipper refused to walk off the pitch, despite being caught out against Pakistan. For more it's over to The Wilsons, Jim and Bec. Should Ricky have walked? I Should Ricky have walked?

I always think he should have

walked. He admitted he Nicked it.

There was no question whether he had

done it. He knew it he was out. I

know he's not a Walker, Jim

know he's not a Walker, Jim but at the same time, in the spirit of the

game, if you know as a batsman, you

have got to go.

He is the captain.

There was more timber than the wood

chopping. Give us a breather. You

know what, Brad Haddin remonstrating

and said how dare you to unis Kahn,

if I was the Pakistanies, I would

have gone straight upstairs. If the

skipper isn't going to walk, and he

has never walked in has life,

has never walked in has life, but Brad Haddin, the pushing and

shoving, they are under the pump. We

face India in a semifinal. We are up against it.

This is a team really under

pressure. Ponting has got to go.

Got to go. Absolutely.

You have the Steve Smith incident.

Smashed TV.

He said he has never seen the ball

better. Let me say you have seen the

ball better because you used to

score runs. He is not even holding

his weight and carrying the

his weight and carrying the burden as a batsman. Number up for the

Australian captain. Jimmy?

I think Michael Clarke, especially

now that Clark is back in form, I

think he has to captain Australia -

look at the crew laughing - they

have been huge supporters of Michael

Clarke. He should be captain of Australia.

That's for another day.

That is a wig call.

He shouldn't be captain of Australia.

He hasn't made more than 36 in a

year one-day cricket, Ricky is

struggling for form.

Is Michael Clarke's score enough?

He isn't a leader. I told you it was

for another day. We could talk about

if for half an hour. Moving on, and a sweet victory for Jamie Whincup at the Clipsal 500.

He wants the title back this year

and going about it the right way.

This is a great event. I thought

This is a great event. I thought one of the other great stories, well

done to Jamie Whincup but one of the

great stories in sport, a guy that

is battling stomach cancer goes and

win on Saturday, that is Jason

Richards. One of the feel-good yarns.

The V8s are a feel good story.

Adelaide is not known for huge

sporting. Each one of these drivers

are approachable, they are friendly,

income-abouts. You can't go past the

V8s in terms of a rising sport that

new it hard to work on its image and

marketability. Jamie Whincup is a

living, breathing example of how it's going.

Well done, Bec.

I love watching it.

You were there at the weekend. Is

this second to Bathurst now?

It's a huge event. Having a chat to

Jason Richards, he is a super

person. Have a great week. Fair dinkum.

Can we take it back,

Can we take it back,. Jeez they

jibber, don't they? Just ahead - stepping up the campaign to stop drivers texting from behind the wheel. Also, a sad goodbye to our favourite polar bear. So what really happened to Knut? And a world exclusive! Your first look at Chris Brown's new video clip.

I'm excited. It's going to be crazy. One-on-one with the star, in 15 minutes, on Sunrise. closer to creating our own Hello again. We could be a step

laws. The senate will today release their report from an inquiry into the Green's bill on territory

rights. It could see the Commonwealth's power to veto

local laws diluted. Both the chief minister and oppositon

leader spoke at the inquiry last week. But the

liberals are still refusing to back the bill..instead calling

for a wider review of the self government act.

A local police officer has been honoured for his bravery

during an armed attack in woden last year.

Sergeant Dale Cooper will get a bravery award after he

confronted a man weilding a machete in a coffee shop last

year. He was off duty at the time and says he was just doing what he's

trained to do. Tharwa bridge will be closed from today..it's so restoration

work can be finished. And our Brumbies are keen to get back on the

field today after a bye at the weekend. The face the

Waratahs at home this weekend. VOICEOVER: Annette teaches Lauren that money can become anything, so long as she saves hers, instead of spending it all on castles... ..and unicorns.

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Low fares are just part of the story. Now to the sudden death of Knut. The 4-year-old polar bear collapsed in his enclosure at Berlin Zoo. Vets are hoping a post-mortem later today will reveal what went wrong. Heiner Klos is the bear curator at the Zoo.

He joins us on the phone. Good morning. Are you any closer to knowing what caused Knut's death?

Unfortunately, we have the same

information as before. We know

nothing more about the cause of

death. We

death. We will wait for the coroner's report tomorrow.

Any suspicous circumstances, in your mind?

No, unfortunately we have no

No, unfortunately we have no idea what happened because animal shows

normal behaviour all the day. He

played with a female and he has a

good appetite. There was nothing to

see, nothing to expect what happened. There has been some suggestion Knut was depressed and not getting along with other polar bears in his enclosure.

No, I don't believe this is the

reason for the sudden death for this

polar bear. Of course, he was a

youngster and the old females are a

bit stronger than him but he has

learned a lot of normal behaviour of

polar bears in the last year. We

could observe that he has also

learned to work and live with the

females from day-to-day, better and better.

He has been the centre of attention

ever since he was born. His fame was

extraordinary. What is the mood in

the zoo amongst the staff in the zoo

and also friends of the zoo?

Of course, it was a big shock for

all the people working in the zoo.

We all love him and we take care in

the best way for all our animals.

But he was a very, very special one.

We observed very big emotions in our

visitors on Saturday and today the

same, visitors brought flowers to

the zoo and also a situation in the zoo.

He was loved around the world. Our

warmest wishes to everybody and

thank you for joining us this morning.

If I may be so bold, Melissa, is to

suggest that maybe a special tribute

edition of 'The Zoo' could be

thought about.

I think Knut could deserve such...

Can we leave it with you?

I will go to Berlin as soon as

possible. Coming up - our Chris Brown exclusive. Plus, be the first in the world to see his new music video. Right now though it's news time. Here's Nat with the 7:30 news. Libya has called for an immediate ceasefire after a day of heavy bombing. Overnight, coalition forces announced they'd successfully imposed a no-fly zone over the country despite reports of civilian casualties

but Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd says he's sceptical about these reports.

The targeting strategy employed by

the Americans, by the French and

British will be the absolute best

possible and we should also be very

sceptical about anything which

Gaddafi says publicly on this matter. Air strikes are currently continuing over Libya. Just when rescue crews in Japan thought all hope was lost, two pe