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and welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning Another Labor stalwart dumped to factional powerbroking. as Julia Gillard calls for an end rock northern India A series of deadly blasts his official visit of the country. as Prime Minister Howard continues exposed to lethal levels of asbestos Emergency service workers during terrorism training. of Ian Thorpe's withdrawal And hot on the heels

pulls out of the Commonwealth Games. another high-profile athlete before we press on. A glimpse at the weather today here's Kath Robinson. Now the first look at finance, Good morning Bill. on Wall Street this morning And there's mixed trading continue to weigh on investors. as interest rate fears but the Nasdaq is off The Dow is higher for the first time in five years after worker productivity dropped from Texas Instruments. and a disappointing sales forecast Still in the US at Enron Andrew Fastow and the former finance director in America's biggest fraud case. has today taken the stand

former chief Jeffrey Skilling The court's heard that Enron's partnerships to inflate earnings. wanted to use off-the-books on how much Aussies are spending. And Bill, more soon the embattled Labor Party continues. Blood-letting within over Simon Crean's preselection, Despite bitter recriminations Labor stalwart Gavan O'Connor

from the Victorian seat of Corio, was last night dumped replaced by a union heavyweight. for 13 years. O'Connor had held that seat by frontbencher Julia Gillard This follows a provocative speech to factional powerbroking. who called for an end Kim Beazley was mobbed by protesters Labor's blueprint on climate change, as he arrived to outline within the Labor Party but it was calls for climate change that really grated. just be cool. Yeah, well just be cool mate, preselection win Simon Crean's landslide to the factional war lords sending a message Martin Pakula for the seat. who had backed union leader It's time to stop mincing words that factionalism in the Labor Party and acknowledge is out of control and destructive. is demanding major changes Julia Gillard to the way Labor does business. to pick the shadow ministry, She wants the leader not have it decided by factions. stacking branches We need to break the nexus between and being rewarded with jobs. issuing the challenge to Mr Beazley. Simon Crean agrees a more inclusive leader - He promised to be is that he hasn't been inclusive. the perception within the Party the former leader isn't holding back. Feeling vindicated, That spells trouble for Mr Beazley the numbers, who, although he still has regain control in the coming months. faces an uphill battle unless he can there's a lot of criticism, There's a lot of bitterness, there's a lot of positioning but at the end of it candidates that are selected. there is a unity behind the Many disagree. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. found stabbed to death yesterday A relative of an elderly couple charged with murder. will front court today A man and woman aged in their 70s belonging to a family member were stabbed at a home south-east of Melbourne. in front of their daughter. It's believed they were killed

and charged last night. A 46-year-old man was arrested

have been told they could die Hundreds of emergency service workers of asbestos. after being exposed to lethal levels

Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' says and rescue units the 250 workers from the urban search to the potentially dangerous product have been repeatedly exposed during terrorist training exercises in Sydney's south-west. held at the Holsworthy Army Barracks has been found in piles of rubble The asbestos in the exercises since 2004. used to resemble collapsed buildings

sectarian violence in northern India. Hindus are the latest victims of

were injured in a spate of bombings. At least 15 people died and scores at the revered Hanuman temple. The first killed 10 worshippers two died and scores were injured Soon after, railway station, and on a train. when bombs detonated at a nearby between Muslims and Hindus The explosions follow bloody clashes in the nearby city of Lucknow. on his trade mission to India, The PM has had a brush with glamour with some Bollywood film stars rubbing shoulders as a business partner. while talking up Australia's value made in Melbourne last year. 'Salaam Namaste' is a Bollywood movie is Australian Tania Zaetta, And one of its stars in India's tearaway film industry. who moved to Mumbai to work The industry is one of many wants to collaborate with India. in which Australia of senior business leaders Mr Howard's delegation happy to have our head of government to a booming but unwieldy economy. as their entre to be involved It is a very exciting time partnership. in the Australian/Indian top 10 economies, and still rising. India is now one of the world's some bragging of his own. Mr Howard doing zero net government debt Australia will have by the end of this financial year. You are allowed to applaud. Mr Howard was guest of honour Chamber of Commerce and Industry. of the Bombay Steve Waugh Although former cricket captain was probably the star attraction Indian guests. for many of the cricket-crazy trade mission to India, Towards the end of his whirlwind that even before his visit here John Howard can rest assured between the two countries two-way trade in the next five years, was set to rise to $20 billion most of it in Australia's favour. In Mumbai Greg Turnbull, Ten News.

Christopher Reeve The widow of Superman actor has died at the age of 44. Although not a smoker, Dana Reeve was diagnosed with lung cancer last August. She won worldwide admiration for the way she never seemed to leave her husband's side after he became a quadriplegic in a horse riding accident. Dana was his constant companion from the time of his accident in 1995 until his death two years ago. In the wake of Ian Thorpe's late scratching, another headline act is out of the Commonwealth Games. England's world marathon champion Paula Radcliffe has been forced out with a foot injury. Meanwhile, Thorpe is resigned to being a spectator in Melbourne unable to shrug off a dose of bronchitis. Fatigued, been drained. Basically for the last 2.5 weeks I've been watching TV. Thorpe's training partner Craig Stevens will now compete in the 400 and 1,500 metre events. Shane Warne admits he might need help dealing with his serial indiscretions. In an interview in the 'Bulletin' magazine The spin king has confirmed he's living in the same house as estranged wife Simone, for the sake of their children. The AFL has given its best indication yet that it will help Carlton out of the financial mire. League boss, Andrew Demetriou, believes it could use the Blues' home base as a back-up venue. The AFL has indicated it will help Carlton find a way out of the financial abyss. League boss Andrew Demetriou claiming the current administration inherited an $11 million mess it could do little about. I'm not sure anyone could have done anything differently. It's also sympathetic to the argument it should chip in with the $1.8 million it costs Carlton to maintain Princess Park as the league needs a fall-back venue. Melbourne has had a change of heart towards the NAB Cup. Coach Neale Daniher admits he's surprised his team has made it so far and says he'll now concentrate on winning the competition. You look at the Western Bulldogs last week, had 10 out of their team and you wonder what sort of game you'd be getting. It's fair dinkum games now, very good preparation. One of rugby league's great players, Wayne Pearce, believes today's senior players can help clean up the game's reputation. The game has been tarnished by the enormous publicity of various off-field incidents. Pearce says the young players need examples to follow. They need mentors and the senior players to guide them and lead them through that initial period where they're thrust as role models and the face of the game. And the Cowboys Carl Webb and Josh Hannay will start 2006 in the Queensland Cup.

Kath now with finance and Australians appear to have closed their wallets?

Yes Bill, now that the post-Christmas sales are over, consumers have definitely curtailed their spending. The February cashcard retail activity index revealed a rise of 0.5% to $17.2 billion. Spending in the usually tough month of February was lower due to fluctuating petrol costs and lower house prices. And better news for Just Group - the owners of Jay Jays, Just Jeans and Portmans - lifting its first-half profit by a 25% to $36 million. Strong Christmas trading and strength in womenswear underpinned the result. The Just Group also announced it will open three Jay Jays' stores in South Africa.

Now national weather for the rest of the day. Coming up on Ten's Early Morning News, another star out of the Commonwealth Games and the painting tipped to fetch $50 million.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. John Howard continuing his tour of India as a series of blasts kill at least 15 people in the country's north. Calls for an end to factional powerbroking as one of the party's stalwarts is dumped from his Victorian seat. 250 police, fire and ambulance workers told they've been exposed to lethal levels of asbestos. And British runner Paula Radcliffe out of the Commonwealth Games after Ian Thorpe abandons his campaign. Finance now and Kath headaches for travellers over next few days? Yes Bill - if you're panning on taking a Qantas flight any time soon get set for disruptions. Maintenance unions have vowed to impose low level industrial action as early as tomorrow after talks with Qantas failed to outline how many jobs will be axed in parts of its review of engineering operations. Up to 2,500 jobs are rumoured to be going abroad, but Qantas is confident the action will have little effect.

The ALP's factional bloodletting continues, despite impassioned appeals for unity. Last night, Agriculture spokesman Gavan O'Connor lost preselection for the Victorian seat he's held for 13 years in favour of a union heavyweight. Just hours earlier, frontbencher Julia Gillard had called for an end to the powerbroking she says is like a cancer within the party. In a provocative speech sure to re-ignite leadership tensions, Ms Gillard has demanded major changes to the way Labor does business. It's time to stop mincing words and acknowledge that factionalism in the Labor Party is out of control and destructive. Ms Gillard is still tipped as a potential leader. As many as 250 New South Wales emergency workers have been told they could die after being exposed to lethal levels of asbestos.

Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' says workers from urban search and rescue units have been repeatedly exposed to the potentially deadly product

during terrorist training exercises since 2004. The asbestos has been found in piles of rubble

used to resemble collapsed buildings at the Holsworthy army barracks. Prime Minister John Howard's trade tour of India is having some colourful moments. He met some of the cast and crew of a Bollywood movie

made in Melbourne last year. He also told a business lunch in Mumbai that there's never been a better time for Australia and India to collaborate on trade. It's a very exciting time to be involved in the Australian/Indian partnership. Mr Howard winds up his official visit in the IT centre of Chennai today.

A Perth mother of four is expected to spend several days in hospital after surviving five days at sea in a small dinghy off Thailand. With no food or water, the 57-year-old yachtswoman drifted hundreds of kilometres before being found by fishermen. Sunburnt and exhausted after five torrid days at sea, Perth woman Dominique Courteille still has the energy to send a message to her loved ones in Australia.

To my family, I love you all... and I'm happy to be back with you. The Belgian-born woman was returning to a yacht in Southern Thailand when her dingy was swept off course. For almost a week she drifted helplessly without food and water and was forced to drink her own urine. At the beginning I was very relaxed, because I was sure that my friends, who are good sailors, would find me that way. The experienced yachtswoman was eventually found in Indonesian waters by local fishermen. and is now recovering at a Phuket hospital. Her family amazed at her survival. It's so good to see you. Jacinda Birch, Ten News. At least 15 people have been killed in a series of explosions in northern India. The first bomb ripped apart a Hindu temple in the city of Varanasi, killing 10 and injuring scores more. A second blast hit the city's main railway station a short time later, killing 2 and injuring about 20,

while there were no injuries in another blast on a train. Police also defused two bombs near a restaurant in the city centre. In the wake of Ian Thorpe's withdrawal, another major star is out of Melbourne's Commonwealth Games. English world marathon champion Paula Radcliffe succumbing to injury. Ian Thorpe's dose of bronchitis has left Commonwealth Games officials with a major headache. The 10-time Games gold medallist

reduced from star attraction to spectator for the Melbourne Games. It's been a very trying time, a very difficult time as I realised how this was slipping away from me. The Australian men's swimming team suddenly looking vulnerable without Thorpe or captain Grant Hackett. Obviously it's a shock to everyone in the team. Thorpe's training partner Craig Stevens will now compete in both the 400 and 1,500 metre events. Injury has robbed the Games of another of its world class competitors. English marathon world champion and Commonwealth Games 5,000m defending champion Paul Radcliffe out due to a foot injury. Cameron Baud, Ten News. An iconic Picasso painting has gone on display

for the first time in more than 40 years. It's a famous painting of his mistress, entitled 'Dora Marr With Cat', which has been in a private American collection. It's certainly a witness, an homage if you like of Picasso to his mistress. The painting was completed in 1941. It will go to auction in May and is expected to fetch at least $50 million. Melbourne has had a change of heart towards the AFL's pre-season competition. Coach Neale Daniher admits he's surprised his team has made it to Friday night's NAB Cup semi against Adelaide, but says the Demons will now concentrate on fielding their best team in a bid to win the competition. You look at the Western Bulldogs last week, had 10 out of their team and you wonder what sort of game you'd be getting. It's fair dinkum games now, very good preparation. Crow Jason Torney will miss the match with a strained thigh. Misbehaviour off the field has dented the reputations of rugby union and AFL players in recent weeks, giving rugby league a rest as it sets up for this weekend's opening round of matches. Former Test player Wayne Pearce believes senior players have the responsibility to keep their peers in check.

Rugby league is rarely without scandal. A high-profile game that turns sportsmen into superstars. What a lot of players don't get

is the fact that they're high-profile, they're role models.

Along with that comes additional expectation, and they've got to be disciplined. University lecturer Tilda Khoshaba

is studying the behaviour of players. She believes the unruly behaviour is just a slice of society, accentuated by the limelight. I look at rugby league players and footballers in general as basically living in a 'Big Brother' house - everything they do is viewed, everything they do is scrutinized. The engines are revving for the Eels main sponsor

but the knee of Nathan Hindmarsh has stalled. I don't think the strength will ever be quite as good as it could be.

I know the pace has definitely dropped off a bit. In other news, the Cowboy's Carl Webb and Josh Hannay will start the season

in the Queensland Cup. Australia's men's sprint team is struggling with illness ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Patrick Johnson is suffering a virus after running in appalling conditions in Brisbane last weekend

while Matt Shirvington has not yet flown to Melbourne due to a severe sinus infection. Neither is likely to be fit for tomorrow night's warm-up meet at Melbourne's Olympic Park. National weather for today. Now finance news and Kath the price of oil and gold continues to fall? Yes Bill, commodity prices are continuing to retreat, both gold and oil lower again today.

For more I'm joined by Juliana Roadley from CommSec. Good morning Juliana, oil prices off again today, that's ahead of an important OPEC meeting?

Opec is happy to leave an output

Opec is happy to leave an output unchanged. They are aware of the pressure

unchanged. They are aware of the pressure in refineries. There is pressure in refineries. There is a

pressure in refineries. There is a pressure in refineries. There is a instability in Nigeria. Gold has

instability in Nigeria. Gold has taken a tumble. Demand for gold is

taken a tumble. Demand for gold is

taken a tumble. Demand for gold is taken a tumble. Demand for gold is strong. He is coming out of the

strong. He is coming out of the price. Interest rate unchanged at 5.5

5.5. It may move higher in the

future. That there Still ahead in Ten's Early News - Labor's faction fighting claims another scalp. And a boost for 'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown in his London court battle.

This program is captioned live. Good morning and welcome to Ten's Early News.

Another Labor stalwart dumped as Julia Gillard calls for an end to factional powerbroking. A series of deadly blasts rock northern India his official visit of the country. as Prime Minister Howard continues exposed to lethal levels of asbestos Emergency service workers during terrorism training. of Ian Thorpe's withdrawal And hot on the heels pulls out of the Commonwealth Games. another high-profile athlete

before we press on. A glimpse at the weather today here's Kath Robinson. Now finance, Changes at the top for BHP Billiton scoring a new numbers man. with the mining giant will replace Chris Lynch Alex Vanselow as chief financial officer president of Carbon Steel materials. following his appointment to could see their earnings take a hit The news comes BHP and Rio Tinto to block iron ore shipments with China threatening

and force a cap on prices.

the embattled Labor Party continues. Blood-letting within over Simon Crean's preselection, Despite bitter recriminations Labor stalwart Gavan O'Connor from the Victorian seat of Corio, was last night dumped replaced by a union heavyweight. for 13 years. O'Connor had held that seat by frontbencher Julia Gillard This follows a provocative speech to factional powerbroking. who called for an end Kim Beazley was mobbed by protesters Labor's blueprint on climate change, as he arrived to outline within the Labor Party but it was calls for climate change that really grated. just be cool. Yeah, well just be cool mate, preselection win Simon Crean's landslide to the factional war lords sending a message

Martin Pakula for the seat. who had backed union leader It's time to stop mincing words that factionalism in the Labor Party and acknowledge is out of control and destructive. is demanding major changes Julia Gillard to the way Labor does business. to pick the shadow ministry, She wants the leader not have it decided by factions. stacking branches We need to break the nexus between and being rewarded with jobs.

issuing the challenge to Mr Beazley. Simon Crean agrees a more inclusive leader - He promised to be is that he hasn't been inclusive. the perception within the Party the former leader isn't holding back. Feeling vindicated, That spells trouble for Mr Beazley the numbers, who, although he still has regain control in the coming months. faces an uphill battle unless he can there's a lot of criticism, There's a lot of bitterness, there's a lot of positioning but at the end of it candidates that are selected. there is a unity behind the Many disagree. Leonie Mellor, Ten News. found stabbed to death yesterday A relative of an elderly couple charged with murder. will front court today A man and woman aged in their 70s belonging to a family member were stabbed at a home south-east of Melbourne. in front of their daughter. It's believed they were killed and charged last night. A 46-year-old man was arrested the discovery of a body Police are investigating in the ashes of a factory fire near Wollongong south of Sydney. at the Warrawong carpet warehouse Firefighters found the man's body around 9:30 last night. from local area command Currently investigators police homicide and arson agencies are being assisted by specialist from state crime command.

A crime scene has been established. Hindus are the latest victims of sectarian violence in northern India. were injured in a spate of bombings. At least 21 people died and scores

at the revered Hanuman temple. The first killed 10 worshippers two died and scores were injured Soon after, railway station, and on a train. when bombs detonated at a nearby between Muslims and Hindus The explosions follow bloody clashes in the nearby city of Lucknow. on his trade mission to India, The PM has had a brush with glamour with some Bollywood film stars rubbing shoulders as a business partner. while talking up Australia's value made in Melbourne last year. 'Salaam Namaste' is a Bollywood movie is Australian Tania Zaetta, And one of its stars The industry is one of many wants to collaborate with India. in which Australia of senior business leaders Mr Howard's delegation happy to have our head of government to a booming but unwieldy economy. as their entre

to be involved It is a very exciting time partnership. in the Australian/Indian top 10 economies, and still rising. India is now one of the world's some bragging of his own. Mr Howard doing zero net government debt Australia will have by the end of this financial year. You are allowed to applaud. Mr Howard was guest of honour Chamber of Commerce and Industry. of the Bombay Steve Waugh Although former cricket captain was probably the star attraction

Indian guests. for many of the cricket-crazy trade mission to India, Towards the end of his whirlwind that even before his visit here John Howard can rest assured between the two countries two-way trade in the next five years, was set to rise to $20 billion most of it in Australia's favour. In Mumbai Greg Turnbull, Ten News. have been told they could die Hundreds of emergency service workers of asbestos. after being exposed to lethal levels Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' says and rescue units the 250 workers from the urban search to the potentially dangerous product have been repeatedly exposed during terrorist training exercises

in Sydney's south-west. held at the Holsworthy Army Barracks has been found in piles of rubble The asbestos in the exercises since 2004. used to resemble collapsed buildings Paula Radcliffe England's world marathon champion with a foot injury. has been forced out being a spectator in Melbourne Meanwhile, Thorpe is resigned to a dose of bronchitis. unable to shrug off Fatigued, been drained. I've been watching TV. Basically for the last 2.5 weeks Craig Stevens Thorpe's training partner the 400 and 1,500 metre events. will now compete in author in his court case in London. A boost for the 'Da Vinci Code' One of the men for the blockbuster novel claiming Dan Brown copied his ideas has admitted exaggerating his case. the author of the best seller, Dan Brown, 'The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail', is accused of plagiarising from which was published in 1982. Mr Brown is expected to take the stand at London's High Court later this week. Coach Neale Daniher admits he's surprised his team has made it to Friday night's NAB Cup semi against Adelaide, but says the Demons will now concentrate

on fielding their best team in a bid to win the competition. Crow Jason Torney will miss the match with a strained thigh. Former Test player Wayne Pearce believes senior players have the responsibility to keep their peers in check. Rugby league is rarely without scandal. A high-profile game that turns sportsmen into superstars. What a lot of players don't get is the fact that they're high-profile, they're role models. University lecturer Tilda Khoshaba is studying the behaviour of players. She believes the unruly behaviour is just a slice of society, accentuated by the limelight. I look at rugby league players and footballers in general as basically living in a 'Big Brother' house - everything they do is viewed, everything they do is scrutinized. The engines are revving for the Eels main sponsor but the knee of Nathan Hindmarsh has stalled. I don't think the strength will ever be quite as good as it could be. I know the pace has definitely dropped off a bit. In other news, the Cowboy's Carl Webb and Josh Hannay will start the season in the Queensland Cup. NSW rugby union flanker Rocky Elsom will have to wait up to two days for the result of his appeal against a 4-match suspension. A Sanzar appeals committee last night reserved its decision on the punching incident during a Super 14 match against the Bulls in South Africa.

Elsom pleased with the hearing he received. I think I was genuinely happy to put everything across and put my feelings about how disappointed I am and how embarrassed I am about the whole incident.

And Wallaby Mat Rogers will be the Waratah's starting five-eighth this weekend, despite just 30 minutes of game time since the death of his father. Kath now with finance. A blow for Telstra yesterday with its plans for servicing the bush rejected by the Communications Minister Helen Coonan. The Minister says Telstra's proposal doesn't contain enough information outlining its strategy. Senator Coonan has given Telstra until the end of April to improve the proposal. And a better outlook for phone company Hutchison, it's reported a $547 million loss for 2005. Now that may sound bad - but it's an improvement on the previous year

when it lost $690 million. The company says it's well placed for future growth with many consumers looking to make the switch to 3G phones.

Now national weather for the rest of the day.

Looking at headlines in today's papers:

Coming up on Ten's Early Morning News, miraculous survival of an Australian sailor. And Shane Warne admits he needs help for off-field behaviour.

BUT FIRST, POLICE SAY ITS TOO EARLY TO TELL, IF A MAN FOUND DEAD IN A NARRABUNDAH HOME WAS MURDERED. THE BODY OF THE MAN, IN HIS 70S, WAS FOUND YESTERDAY

MORNING IN A WILDE STREET HOUSE. POLICE BELIEVE THE MAN MAY'VE BEEN DEAD FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

MEANWHILE, THE DAMAGE BILL FROM A FIRE AT A NICHOLLS HOME IS EXPECTED TO TOP 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE FIRE STARTED AT ABOUT NOON YESTERDAY IN THE COCKATOO CLOSE HOUSE. A MAN WAS PULLED TO SAFETY, FOUND IN THE GARAGE, SUFFERING FROM SMOKE INHALATION. CANBERRA IS CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT HOLDING AN OPEN DAY AT THIS YEAR, WITH ACTION ON SATURDAY. BELCONNEN AND TUGGERANONG

THE ACTION WORKSHOPS, BUS YOU'LL BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT OFFICE. WASH, SHEDS AND DEPOT COACH, CARRIE GRAF, SAYS TO SPORT, AND CAPITALS' HER NEXT CHALLENGE. SHE CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE ON TEAM, AND GIVEN A SHE HAS RE-SIGNED WITH THE

OFF-SEASON RECRUITING MANAGEMENT ROLE IN THE PLAYERS AND DOING P-R. SUPER-14 TEAMS ARE IN AND, ALL FOUR AUSSIE TALKS WITH THE BRUMBIES' CANBERRA TODAY, HOLDING CONTRACT AT THE END OF THIS MATT GITEAU, WHO COMES OFF

SEASON. WESTERN FORCE, ALL THE REDS, WARATAHS AND OVER COMING DAYS TODAY, BECOMING FINE IF MORE SUNSHINE FOR CANBERRA SYDNEY, BUT SHOWERS FOR YOU'RE PLANNING A TRIP TO BRISBANE. WOLLONGONG AND 27, WITH PARTLY CLOUDY FOR SAME TEMPERATURE TODAY, SUNSHINE FOR ORANGE AND THE WODONGA, FINE AND 31 CLEAR SKIES FOR BATEMANS BATHURST, FINE AND 29, WITH BAY AND 26 AND 32 TODAY, A LITTLE MUDGEE AND PARKES, SUNNY

CLOUDY FOR NOWRA AND 27 SOME POSSIBLE STRONG WINDS, THE SOUTH COAST CAN EXPECT This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. continuing his tour of India John Howard 15 people in the country's north. as a series of blasts kill at least to factional powerbroking Calls for an end

is dumped from his Victorian seat. as one of the party's stalwarts and ambulance workers told 250 police, fire to lethal levels of asbestos. they've been exposed out of the Commonwealth Games And British runner Paula Radcliffe abandons his campaign. after Ian Thorpe bloodletting continues, The ALP's factional for unity. despite impassioned appeals Gavan O'Connor Last night, agriculture spokesman seat he's held for 13 years lost preselection for the Victorian in favour of a union heavyweight. frontbencher Julia Gillard Just hours earlier, to the powerbroking had called for an end within the party. she says is like a cancer reignite leadership tensions, In a provocative speech sure to

to the way Labor does business. Ms Gillard has demanded major changes It's time to stop mincing words

that factionalism in the Labor Party and acknowledge is out of control and destructive. as a potential leader. Ms Gillard is still tipped At least 21 people have been killed in northern India. in a series of explosions worshippers at a Hindu temple. The deadliest bomb targeting went off at a temple The first explosion at dusk. in one of India's holiest cities

crowded with praying Hindus. A time when the shrine is typically rushed to the scene, As emergency crews what caused the blast, authorities tried to determine on high alert. placing cities across India This man says, "It's chaos." dozens of people bathed in blood." "We have carried away their loved ones inside the temple Angry locals tried to reach but authorities held them back.

at a nearby railway station, And there were similar scenes one of the city's main stops two blasts rocking was due to arrive. moments before a train Another bomb failed to go off. device metres from civilians. Authorities defusing the deadly a weekend of sectarian violence, The blasts follow could spark more. it's feared the latest attacks

trade tour of India Prime Minister John Howard's is having some colourful moments. of a Bollywood movie He met some of the cast and crew made in Melbourne last year.

a business lunch in Mumbai He also told that there's never been a better time to collaborate on trade. for Australia and India to be involved It's a very exciting time partnership. in the Australian/Indian in the IT centre of Chennai today. Mr Howard winds up his official visit New South Wales emergency workers As many as 250 have been told they could die to lethal levels of asbestos. after being exposed Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' says from urban search and rescue units workers to the potentially deadly product have been repeatedly exposed since 2004. during terrorist training exercises has been found in piles of rubble The asbestos at the Holsworthy army barracks. used to resemble collapsed buildings to spend several days in hospital A Perth mother of four is expected in a small dinghy off Thailand. after surviving five days at sea With no food or water, the 57-year-old yachtswoman drifted hundreds of kilometres before being found by fishermen. after five torrid days at sea, Sunburnt and exhausted still has the energy Perth woman Dominique Courteille in Australia. to send a message to her loved ones To my family, I love you all... and I'm happy to be back with you. to a yacht in Southern Thailand The Belgian-born woman was returning when her dingy was swept off course. helplessly without food and water For almost a week she drifted to drink her own urine. and was forced At the beginning I was very relaxed, who are good sailors, because I was sure that my friends, would find me that way. eventually found in Indonesian waters The experienced yachtswoman was

by local fishermen. at a Phuket hospital. and is now recovering Her family amazed at her survival. It's so good to see you. Jacinda Birch, Ten News. Superman actor, Christopher, Dana Reeve, the wife of the late has lost her battle with lung cancer. Dana was the woman of her husband that never appeared to leave the side

a horse riding accident in 1996. who was left a quadriplegic after of the Christopher Reeve Foundation She served as the chairwoman herself. and was an accomplished stage actor

Dana Reeve was 44. Radcliffe succumbing to injury. English world marathon champion Paula Ian Thorpe's dose of bronchitis with a major headache. has left Commonwealth Games officials The 10-time Games gold medallist

spectator for the Melbourne Games. reduced from star attraction to a very difficult time It's been a very trying time,

as I realised how this was slipping away from me.

The Australian men's swimming team suddenly looking vulnerable without Thorpe or captain Grant Hackett. Obviously it's a shock to everyone in the team. Thorpe's training partner Craig Stevens will now compete in both the 400 and 1,500 metre events. Injury has robbed the Games of another of its world class competitors. English marathon world champion and Commonwealth Games 5,000m defending champion Paul Radcliffe out due to a foot injury.

Cameron Baud, Ten News. Shane Warne admits he might need help dealing with his serial indiscretions. In an interview in the 'Bulletin' magazine he says: The spin king has confirmed he's living in the same house as estranged wife Simone, for the sake of their children. The AFL has given its best indication yet that it will help Carlton out of the financial mire. League boss, Andrew Demetriou, believes it could use the Blues' home base as a back-up venue. The AFL has indicated it will help Carlton find a way out of the financial abyss. League boss Andrew Demetriou claiming the current administration inherited an $11 million mess it could do little about. I'm not sure anyone could have done anything differently. It's also sympathetic to the argument it should chip in with the $1.8 million it costs Carlton

to maintain Princess Park as the league needs a fall-back venue. Melbourne has had a change of heart towards the NAB Cup. Coach Neale Daniher admits he's surprised his team has made it so far and says he'll now concentrate on winning the competition. You look at the Western Bulldogs last week, had 10 out of their team and you wonder what sort of game you'd be getting. It's fair dinkum games now, very good preparation. Australia's men's sprint team is struggling with illness

ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Patrick Johnson is suffering a virus after running in appalling conditions in Brisbane last weekend while Matt Shirvington has not yet flown to Melbourne due to a severe sinus infection. Neither is likely to be fit for tomorrow night's warm-up meet at Melbourne's Olympic Park. A quick look at the markets:

And we'll try and track down the winner for tomorrow's bulletin. Now before I go. A revamp for one of the best known icons in the world. The McDonald's golden arches are having a facelift in Israel where the famous red background is being replaced by a blue one, to signify the chains which are kosher. You must make very clear difference between kosher and non-kosher restaurants. Israel is the only country where you can buy a kosher 'Big Mac' and milkshakes and cheeseburgers are not on the menu. National weather for today. Looking ahead:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. A series of deadly bomb blasts in northern India kill at least 20 people as the Prime Minister wraps up his visit to the country. 250 emergency service workers told they've been exposed to potentially lethal levels of asbestos in Sydney's south-west. And another high-profile athlete pulls out of the Commonwealth Games - women's marathon champion Paula Radcliffe following Ian Thorpe's lead. And that's all for this edition of Ten's Early News. The morning news is on at 11:00 and we'll wrap up all the day's top stories in our news hour at 5pm.

Have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au