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Welcome to the Ten Early News. Good morning, I'm Bill Woods. Leading the bulletin, in Melbourne overnight, the 28th. yet another gangland killing More protests around the world over those cartoons. as Muslims take to the streets And in sport, Cricketer of the Year gong. Ricky Ponting picks up his second

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He was due to face court today. contender Mark Latham One-time Labor prime ministerial the alleged assault a photographer is to face court for

and theft of his camera. Mr Latham faces three charges

the newspaper photographer after allegedly confronting last month. outside a fast-food outlet grabbed the man's $12,000 camera, Police allege Latham

when the man tried to reclaim it. then threw a punch this morning, New tensions in the Federal Coalition

for its first sitting this year. as Parliament prepares be speaking to the Prime Minister National Leader Mark Vaile says he'll of a senior Liberal senator. about curbing the aggression recently declared Newcomer Nationals Senator Fiona Nash she'll follow the maverick path

Barnaby Joyce. of Queensland colleague And that's apparently got up the nose Bill Heffernan. of NSW Senator and Liberal enforcer Senator Joyce in public last year, Notorious for confronting had a stand-up argument Senator Heffernan's now reportedly at Canberra airport, with Senator Nash into the Coalition line. trying to pull her

not impressed. Nationals leader Mark Vaile

in the joint party room Those issues are best raised and I am sure that all Australians that sort of behaviour wouldn't expect in a public place. would befit a senator with the John Howard. He'll be raising the incident the Prime Minister, put it that way. I will be having a discussion with comes as Coalition relations Senator Heffernan's latest outburst are already extremely tense by Victorian Senator Julian McGauran. over the defection to the Liberals their party room meeting, As the Nationals convened was conspicuously absent Senator McGauran hung in the air. but his controversial departure

Greg Turnbull, Ten News. to stop a major scrub fire Hundreds of firefighters are battling southern New South Wales overnight. that's closed the Hume Highway in just before sunset The fire broke out 8,000 hectares of bush. and swiftly blackened more than remain under threat, Several properties although none have been lost so far. More than 300 crew with 80 trucks and low humidity struggled in high temperatures to contain the flames. A blustery southerly change overnight

into fresh country. again whipped them Paul Thompson is on his way home Notorious Australian paedophile on passport offences. after being arrested in Bali He's been on the run in Indonesia 12 years ago. since escaping from a Perth prison since Friday. Paul Thompson's been behind bars arrested at a hotel in Kuta The notorious WA paedophile on visa violations. he's carrying two travel documents, Indonesian authorities alarmed

Paul Lawrence Spraggs. including papers under the name have been tracking the 55-year-old It's understood police early last month since he arrived in Indonesia for a string of child abuse offences after finishing a jail term

in Perth. he's used a string of other aliases, Bali police claim sparking fears to prey on children in Indonesia. he may have been intending with the press? Do you want to get an interview No, you don't want. to three years jail in 1991 Thompson was sentenced

more than 12 years on the run, but escaped and spent mostly in Bali, down on the island two years ago. before authorities first tracked him Before returning to jail in 2004, of a Perth court, he threw himself on the mercy saying he was a changed man. But there are concerns over claims for a local cricket team Thompson was recently recruiting boys from this Kuta hotel. reporters he just wants a fair go. Today Thompson told Indonesian to rebuild his life in Bali He says he's been trying and wants to go into business. Nick Way, Ten News. of the prophet Muhammad Muslim rage over cartoons has claimed its first victims in separate incidents in Afghanistan. with three people now reported dead is spreading around the world The fury

in Asia and New Zealand. with protests reported

It started off as just a joke, are burning with rage. now parts of the Muslim world The Danes are the targets here - this is their embassy in Lebanon. of the Prophet Mohammed in cartoons They showed images but now no-one is laughing now. In a similar protest in Afghanistan and two wounded. one person has been killed where the violence was more subdued. They even marched in New Zealand, worldwide. The drama has sparked debate or is the media just insulting? Is it freedom of speech their journalistic merits These decisions should be taken on by Australia's news media

to anybody and we should not be kowtowing in this country. when it comes to freedom has exercised that freedom. So far only one Australian newspaper and the Cronulla riots The Bali bombings, 911

among students. have fed a disturbing view in Victoria's Years 10 and 11 Half the teenagers surveyed think Muslims are terrorists. at schools 6 out of 10 learn nothing of Muslims

and 40% don't care. are insisting we listen. Now the fanatics Patrick Burns, Ten News. Ricky Ponting Australian cricket captain has won the 2006 Alan Border Medal.

Ponting out-pointing Mike Hussy to win the prestigious award twice. to become the first-ever player Australia's cricketers swapped whites for black tie but it was all about history for Ricky Ponting. The skipper becoming the first dual Alan Border medallist

after a brilliant year with the bat. It's voted on by your team-mates, thhe mates you play with. Those other rankings I don't even know how they work and don't even care too much about it either. It was family high-fives for Shane Warne. A record 96 Test scalps in 2005 ensuring the Spin King's position as Test Player of the Year. I'm proud of how I performed on the field considering what I was going through off the field. A four-way tie for the One-Day Player of the Year was quickly culled to three. Andrew Symons ruled ineligible due to a drinking suspension incurred during the ashes series. After the countback the winner would have been Andrew Symonds.

Cheers all round for Mike Hussey. The 30-year-old beating Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist on countback. Changes to the AFL tribunal system for this season after intense lobbying from clubs. Under the new system, prior suspensions will carry less weight and players with good records, apart from a melee or wrestling fine, will also be able to breathe a little easier. A player will receive a $10% loading for each match above one match he's been suspended for the last three years. Meanwhile, St Kilda has been fined $40,000 for failing to lodge details of player payments in time. A gala launch for the first A-League play-offs. Friday will see the first match with the out-of-form Newcastle Jets hosting Central Coast. They're a good side.

They've had a couple of disappointing results for them But they're a good side. They've got some big players in the team and the big players will be standing up come finals time, so we can't take it lightly. Briefly in other sport, Australia's largest-ever track and field team is expected to be named for the Commonwealth Games today while the cycling trials continue in Melbourne. Here's one diver making a big splash. 13-year-old Melissa Wu from Brisbane stunned our established stars with a national title on the 10m platform. She relegated Olympic champ Chantelle Newbury to third. Olympic bronze medallist Loudy Tourky was second. And here's Kath Robinson with finance and business. And a good profit result yesterday from Australand due mostly to the new international accounting standards. But its outlook for property, especially residential, wasn't optimistic. The company doubts whether there'll be any real growth across Australia in the coming year, except in Perth. The Housing Industry Association is forecasting the same with a 4% drop in the number of new home starts this year to an annual rate of 150,000 a year, before an uptick in 2006-2007. And inflation could be back on the agenda for the Reserve Bank board which is meeting today as the TD Securities Melbourne Institute yesterday revealed prices of consumers goods rose by 0.7% in January - the largest monthly increase in almost four years. Contributing to the gains - the cost of petrol, veggies, education, child care and alcohol. Economists now forecasting the central bank to move rates up mid-year. To the markets now: Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day,

The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break.

This program is captioned live. Good morning again, making news. More protests around the world as Muslims take to the streets over those cartoons. Yet another gangland hit on Melbourne streets overnight, victim number 28. And Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting caps a big year winning another Allan Border Medal. Kath Robinson joins us with the first look at finance this morning. America has a new Federal Reserve Chairman with Ben Bernanke officially sworn in overnight by US President George W. Bush. The new chairman has vowed to continue the work of his predecessor Alan Greenspan who retired last week after more than 18 years in the top job. Mr Bernanke has vowed to continue fighting inflation and says he's looking forward to working with the US Congress. Accordingly, it is incumbent on the Federal Reserve to report regularly to work closely with Congress. I look forward to a strong and constructive relationship with members of both the House and the Senate. Melbourne's ugly gangland war has erupted again with the overnight killing of a former lawyer considered by some to be the head of the city's Mafia gang the Carlton Crew. Mario Condello was gunned down outside his home in the upmarket suburb of Brighton. His attacker still on the loose. We will leave no stone unturned to find those responsible for this murder. Having served jail time and narrowly escaping death at the height of Melbourne's underworld war, Condello's is the 28th gangland killing. He was due to appear in court today

on a fresh charge of incitement to commit murder. Former Labor leader Mark Latham is preparing to face court after Sydney police charged him over the alleged assault of a photographer. Last month's altercation allegedly played out in front of Mr Latham's two sons. Once a candidate to be Prime Minister,

now Mark Latham is facing the prospect of a criminal record. Sydney detectives today told the former Labor leader he's been charged over the alleged assault and robbery of a newspaper photographer last month. Mr Latham had taken offence to photos being taken while he was eating at this fast food outlet with his two sons, allegedly grabbing the photographer calling him a paedophile, before police say stealing his camera. When the snapper tried to retrieve his $12,000 camera, Mr Latham allegedly swung a punch before driving away.

It was later handed into police later smashed into pieces. The decision to press charges against Mr Latham was not a request of News Limited. It was Campbelltown police who decided to take the matter to court, An unusal effigy of a former Iranian spiritual leader was the only face greeting on-lookers

at the Latham family home on Sydney's outskirts today. It was quickly removed by a neighbouring relative as media arrived. Federal Parliament resumes today for the first time this year with the Opposition expected to go on the attack over the wheat for weapons scandal. The Government's fending off claims it knew about $300 million in kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein disguised as transport fees. The Government signalling its defence will be to let the royal commission handle the matter. We need to let the Cole Inquiry do its work conclude investigations and then draw its own conclusions

which it will bring back to the Government in terms of what should happen from there. The Government has also agreed to Commissioner Cole's request to widen his terms of reference to include BHP Billiton and Tigris Petroleum. Hundreds of firefighters remain on high alert in southern New South Wales where a scrub fire has closed the Hume Highway.

The blaze erupted late yesterday and strong winds quickly fanned it across 8,000 hectares.

More than 300 crew with 80 trucks are battling to contain the flames after a strong southerly overnight began pushing the threat in a new direction. Although several properties have been threatened, none have been lost.

Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire is facing the world once again, thanks to pioneering surgery. This is her new face, thanks to the team of surgeons who rebuilt it. Isabelle's nose, lips and chin were mauled beyond repair in a dog attack, leaving her unable to talk, eat or drink. Doctors replaced them from a brain dead donor last November and now Isabelle has resumed her normal life. Although she can't yet speak clearly, she can eat and drink normally. Her surgeons are now planning five similar operations. Japan's northern city of Sapporo is celebrating its annual snow festival with a special tribute to Australia. Among the 300 snow and ice sculptures on display in the city's centre is a 12m-high copy of Melbourne's world heritage site the Royal Exhibition Building. It has pride of place among the works which range from palaces to goblins and ghouls and even a larger-than-life family of polar bears. More than two million tourists are expected in the city during the two week festival.

A shock result at the Commonwealth diving trials with two of our biggest names in the sport, Olympic gold and bronze medallists Chantelle Newbury and Loudy Tourky, relegated to the minor placings. Pint-sized Queensland teenager Melissa Wu

out-twisted, tucked and piked Newbury and Tourky in the 10m platform event. At 13 she's our youngest-ever national champ, Tourky took second with Newbury third. I was feeling a bit tired tonight. I was yawning a bit so to win, it was really good. Real exciting. Chantelle's husband Robert booked his place in the team with a national title after finishing second to Japan's Ken Terauchi in the men's 3m springboard. Jeremy Paul and Steven Larkham are ready to return to action for the ACT Brumbies against Super 14 newcomers the Western Force. both players missed the Wallabies' spring tour of Europe. There is always doubt going into a game when you haven't played trials. But I'm pretty confident and optimistic. And no initials for the Waratahs, Sanzar insisting the side wear numbers on their backs against Queensland on Saturday. Checking national weather and for the rest of the day. Here's Kath with finance. Our stock market shrugged off Wall Streets losses yesterday,

underpinned by strength in miners and banks. To find out what's in store today I'm joined by Julia Lee from Commsec. Julia, with the SPI up 6, can we safely predict a strong day on the all-ords?

The things are looking a bit more

The things are looking a bit more difficult to predict it today. BHP

Billton and Rio Tinto should gain

Billton and Rio Tinto should gain on the local market after doing well in

London. It could mean the Australian

share market has run out of puff

today. Housing activity has slowed

around the country. Unlike other

cycles it more like a soft easy

rather than a hard landing. The

Reserve Bank should keep rates

Reserve Bank should keep rates on Reserve Bank should keep rates on hold today. We don't predict they

hold today. We don't predict they

hold today. We don't predict they will be a rise until the second half

will be a rise until the second half of this year.

This program is captioned live. Good morning. Welcome back to the Ten Early News.

Leading the bulletin, yet another gangland killing in Melbourne overnight, the 28th. More protests around the world as Muslims take to the streets over those cartoons. And in sport,

Ricky Ponting picks up his second Cricketer of the Year gong. A quick check of today's weather. Kath Robinson joins us with the first look at finance this morning. Our market is poised to open higher today after a strong rebound late yesterday. Police are investigating a suspected gangland killing in Melbourne.

Have had reports of gunfire heralded

Have had reports of gunfire heralded a new era in Melbourne's gangland

a new era in Melbourne's gangland killings. The one-time lawyer

killings. The one-time lawyer found dead in his driveway. Homicide squad

dead in his driveway. Homicide squad detectives cordoned off the scene. We

detectives cordoned off the scene. We will leave no stone unturned to find

the people responsible for this

the people responsible for this latest murder. The family priest called One-time Labor prime ministerial contender Mark Latham is to face court for the alleged assault a photographer and theft of his camera. Mr Latham faces three charges after allegedly confronting the newspaper photographer outside a fast-food outlet last month. Police allege Latham grabbed the man's $12,000 camera, then threw a punch when the man tried to reclaim it. The Latham family has gone to ground. This effigy in their driveway the only face visible to bemused neighbours. New tensions in the Federal Coalition this morning, as Parliament prepares for its first sitting this year. National Leader Mark Vaile says he'll be speaking to the Prime Minister about curbing the aggression of a senior Liberal senator. Newcomer Nationals Senator Fiona Nash recently declared she'll follow the maverick path of Queensland colleague Barnaby Joyce. And that's apparently got up the nose of NSW Senator and Liberal enforcer Bill Heffernan. Notorious for confronting Senator Joyce in public last year, Senator Heffernan's now reportedly had a stand-up argument with Senator Nash at Canberra airport, trying to pull her into the Coalition line. Nationals leader Mark Vaile not impressed. Those issues are best raised in the joint party room and I am sure that all Australians wouldn't expect that sort of behaviour would befit a senator in a public place. He'll be raising the incident with John Howard. I will be having a discussion with the Prime Minister, put it that way. Senator Heffernan's latest outburst comes as Coalition relations are already extremely tense over the defection to the Liberals by Victorian Senator Julian McGauran. As the Nationals convened their party room meeting, Senator McGauran was conspicuously absent but his controversial departure hung in the air. Greg Turnbull, Ten News. Notorious Australian paedophile Paul Thompson is on his way home after being arrested in Bali on passport offences. He's been on the run in Indonesia since escaping from a Perth prison 12 years ago.

Paul Thompson's been behind bars since Friday. The notorious WA paedophile arrested at a hotel in Kuta on visa violations. Indonesian authorities alarmed he's carrying two travel documents, including papers under the name Paul Lawrence Spraggs.

It's understood police have been tracking the 55-year-old since he arrived in Indonesia early last month after finishing a jail term for a string of child abuse offences in Perth. Bali police claim he's used a string of other aliases, sparking fears he may have been intending to prey on children in Indonesia. Do you want to get an interview with the press? No, you don't want. Thompson was sentenced to three years jail in 1991 but escaped and spent more than 12 years on the run, mostly in Bali, before authorities first tracked him down on the island two years ago. Before returning to jail in 2004,

he threw himself on the mercy of a Perth court, saying he was a changed man. But there are concerns over claims Thompson was recently recruiting boys for a local cricket team from this Kuta hotel.

Today Thompson told Indonesian reporters he just wants a fair go. He says he's been trying to rebuild his life in Bali and wants to go into business. Nick Way, Ten News. Riot police have used tear gas to end a revolt by distraught relatives of victims of the Egyptian ferry sinking. Their anger boiled over after waiting three days and still not getting word on the fate of relatives. They ransacked the offices of the ferry's shipping company, burning furniture and records. Hundreds of coffins are still arriving in the port

where the grieving crowds are slowly dwindling as hope of more survivors fades. The only person charged in relation to the September 11 attacks has faced court in Washington. French citizen Zacarius Moussaoui fronted the Virginia courthouse where the jury is currently being selected for his trial. But the hearing wasn't without drama, Moussaoui labelling the trial nothing more than a circus. He also refused to work with his lawyers, saying he is al-Qa'ida and that his legal team does not represent him. Jury selection is expected to take the next month. The trial should get under way on March 6. Moussaoui was arrested prior to the attacks on New York and Washington while training to fly a Boeing 747. Muslim rage over cartoons of the prophet Muhammad has claimed its first victims with three people now reported dead in separate incidents in Afghanistan. It started off as just a joke, now parts of the Muslim world are burning with rage. The Danes are the targets here - this is their embassy in Lebanon. They showed images of the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons but now no-one is laughing now. In a similar protest in Afghanistan one person has been killed and two wounded. They even marched in New Zealand, where the violence was more subdued. The drama has sparked debate worldwide. Is it freedom of speech or is the media just insulting? These decisions should be taken on their journalistic merits by Australia's news media and we should not be kowtowing to anybody when it comes to freedom in this country. So far only one Australian newspaper has exercised that freedom. The Bali bombings, 911 and the Cronulla riots

have fed a disturbing view among students. Half the teenagers surveyed in Victoria's Years 10 and 11 think Muslims are terrorists. 6 out of 10 learn nothing of Muslims at schools and 40% don't care. Now the fanatics are insisting we listen. Patrick Burns, Ten News. Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has won the 2006 Alan Border Medal. Ponting out-pointing Mike Hussey to become the first-ever player to win the prestigious award twice. Australia's cricketers swapped whites for black tie but it was all about history for Ricky Ponting. The skipper becoming the first dual Alan Border medallist after a brilliant year with the bat. It's voted on by your team-mates, the mates you play with. Those other rankings I don't even know how they work and don't even care too much about it either. It was family high-fives for Shane Warne. A record 96 Test scalps in 2005 ensuring the Spin King's position as Test Player of the Year. I'm proud of how I performed on the field considering what I was going through off the field. A four-way tie for the One-Day Player of the Year was quickly culled to three. Andrew Symons ruled ineligible due to a drinking suspension incurred during the Ashes series. After the countback the winner would have been Andrew Symonds. Cheers all round for Mike Hussey. The 30-year-old beating Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist on countback. Changes to the AFL tribunal system for this season

after intense lobbying from clubs. Under the new system, prior suspensions will carry less weight and players with good records, apart from a melee or wrestling fine, will also be able to breathe a little easier. A player will receive a 10% loading for each match above one match he's been suspended for the last three years. Meanwhile, St Kilda has been fined $40,000 for failing to lodge details of player payments in time.

A gala launch for the first A-League play-offs. Friday will see the first match with the out-of-form Newcastle Jets hosting Central Coast. But they're a good side. They've got some big players in the team and the big players will be standing up come finals time, so we can't take it lightly. Sydney travels to Adelaide on Sunday for the first leg of the major semifinal. Briefly in other sport, Australia's largest-ever track and field team is expected to be named for the Commonwealth Games today while the cycling trials continue in Melbourne. Here's one diver making a big splash. 13-year-old Melissa Wu from Brisbane stunned our established stars with a national title on the 10m platform. She relegated Olympic champ Chantelle Newbury to third. Olympic bronze medallist Loudy Tourky was second. And here's Kath Robinson with finance and business. Virgin Blue executives are set for a fiery showdown at today's AGM in Brisbane. Staff of the discount airliner are expected to demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages at the annual shareholder meeting. Virgin Blue has been in talks with the TWU over a claims it failed to pay ground workers a shift penalty over four years.

But the airline is claiming it in fact overpaid its workers up to $400,000. The risk is that staff who own shares in the company will block a resolution at today's meeting that recommends a rise in the remuneration pool for Virgin directors by 33%. And bad news for anyone looking for employment with the latest ANZ job ads falling by 0.9%. The decline follows a drop of 1.5% in December, suggesting the labour market has lost momentum. The best place to find work - Western Australia. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break. Taking a look at what's making news around the nation. The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break. This program is captioned live. Good morning again, making news. More protests around the world as Muslims take to the streets over those cartoons. Yet another gangland hit on Melbourne streets overnight, victim number 28. And Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting caps a big year winning another Allan Border Medal. Melbourne's ugly gangland war has erupted again with the overnight killing of a former lawyer considered by some to be the head of the city's Mafia gang the Carlton Crew. Mario Condello was gunned down outside his home in the upmarket suburb of Brighton. His attacker still on the loose. We will leave no stone unturned to find those responsible for this murder. Having served jail time and narrowly escaping death at the height of Melbourne's underworld war, Condello's is the 28th gangland killing. He was due to appear in court today on a fresh charge of incitement to commit murder. Federal Parliament resumes today for the first time this year with the Opposition expected to go on the attack over the wheat for weapons scandal. The Government's fending off claims it knew about $300 million in kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein disguised as transport fees. The Government signalling its defence will be to let the royal commission handle the matter. We need to let the Cole Inquiry do its work, conclude investigations and then draw its own conclusions which it will bring back to the Government in terms of what should happen from there. The Government has also agreed to Commissioner Cole's request to widen his terms of reference to include BHP Billiton and Tigris Petroleum. Former Labor leader Mark Latham is preparing to face court after Sydney police charged him over the alleged assault of a photographer. Last month's altercation allegedly played out in front of Mr Latham's two sons. Sydney detectives today told the former Labor leader he's been charged over the alleged assault and robbery

of a newspaper photographer last month. Mr Latham had taken offence to photos being taken

while he was eating at this fast food outlet with his two sons, allegedly grabbing the photographer calling him a paedophile,

before police say stealing his camera. When the snapper tried to retrieve his $12,000 camera, Mr Latham allegedly swung a punch before driving away. It was later handed into police later smashed into pieces. It was Campbelltown police who decided to take the matter to court, but the 'Daily Telegraph' will still pursue Mr Latham for compensation for the damaged camera. An unusal effigy of a former Iranian spiritual leader was the only face greeting on-lookers at the Latham family home on Sydney's outskirts today. Hundreds of firefighters remain on high alert in southern New South Wales where a scrub fire has closed the Hume Highway. The blaze erupted late yesterday and strong winds quickly fanned it across 8,000 hectares.

More than 300 crew with 80 trucks are battling to contain the flames after a strong southerly overnight began pushing the threat in a new direction. Although several properties have been threatened, none have been lost. A shock result at the Commonwealth diving trials with two of our biggest names in the sport, Olympic gold and bronze medallists Chantelle Newbury and Loudy Tourky, relegated to the minor placings. Pint-sized Queensland teenager Melissa Wu out-twisted, tucked and piked Newbury and Tourky in the 10m platform event. At 13 she's our youngest-ever national champ, Tourky took second with Newbury third. I was feeling a bit tired tonight. I was yawning a bit so to win, it was really good. Really exciting. Chantelle's husband Robert booked his place in the team with a national title after finishing second to Japan's Ken Terauchi in the men's 3m springboard. Jeremy Paul and Steven Larkham are ready to return to action for the ACT Brumbies against Super 14 newcomers the Western Force. both players missed the Wallabies' spring tour of Europe. There is always doubt going into a game when you haven't played trials. But I'm pretty confident and optimistic. And no initials for the Waratahs, Sanzar insisting the side wear numbers on their backs against Queensland on Saturday. And India's master batsman Sachin Tendulkar continues to set records, he scored his 14,000th one-day run while notching up his 39th century. It didn't help the Indians, beaten by Pakistan in game one of their series. Kath with finance. A final recap of the markets:

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day:

Japan's northern city of Sapporo is celebrating its annual snow festival with a special tribute to Australia. Among the 300 snow and ice sculptures on display in the city's centre is a 12m-high copy of Melbourne's world heritage site

the Royal Exhibition Building.

It has pride of place among the works which range from palaces to goblins and ghouls and even a larger-than-life family of polar bears. More than two million tourists are expected in the city during the two week festival. Now a look at some events coming up today: Just before we go a quick look at the morning's top stories. Melbourne awakes to news of yet another gang-related murder. Number 28 by some counts

with gangland identity Mario Condello gunned down at his home. More protests around the world over those Danish cartoons with deaths and injuries reported. And tensions rise in the Federal Coalition as a Liberal senator verbals a National colleague. And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. Don't forget '9am With David and Kim', the morning news starts at 11:00am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au