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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Frank Coletta. this Friday. Taking a look at our top stories there'll be no pull-out from Iraq Rock solid - the PM says to Vietnam. despite the war being compared More media deals - of newspaper publisher Fairfax. Rupert Murdoch buys up a big slice Danger on the horizon - a popular tourist area in Turkey. a tornado tears through And ahead in sport - fined for this Champions Trophy clash West Indies all rounder Chris Gayle with Aussie Michael Clarke. Time for more finance now Corp has bought a stake in Fairfax? and Frank, more on these reports News Yes Kath, the media deals just keep coming has bought a stake in Fairfax. with reports overnight Rupert Murdoch The strategic purchase of 7.5% after the market closed was made several hours and is worth $364 million. to block future takeovers News Corporation could use the stake to launch a bid for the company. or may itself be preparing $4.5 billion deal The acquisition follows this week's CVC Asia Pacific between PBL and private Equity firm on West Australian newspapers. and Channel Seven's raid The US market has been steady. Coles Myer takeover. The end result of the planned Details in about 10 mintues. he's committed to Iraq John Howard says for democracy in the troubled nation. and remains rock solid in his support must not overrun the country. The PM adamant the terrorists

When it comes to Iraq, have never been higher. John Howard believes the stakes in circumstances of defeat If the coalition retreats that will be the greatest triumph anywhere in the world. the terrorists have had

boiling over in parliament. Debate on Iraq again isn't it the plain truth Prime Minister, you should stop digging? that when you're in a hole of the Leader of the Opposition If we had followed the advice butchering people in Iraq. you'd still have Saddam Hussein the full brutality of Saddam Hussein One man who knows is the Iraqi Oil Minister. in Abu Ghraib prison by Saddam Dr Hussain Shahristani was thrown and left to rot for a decade. for Australian troops in Iraq. He's now flagged a release date by the end of 2007 or perhaps 2008 We are planning and equipped Iraq forces to have sufficient trained to take over responsibility.

Our Government not as upbeat. optimistically described The Minister rather on the security front. progress being made Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

US President George W. Bush between the Vietnam war and Iraq. has drawn a parallel during an interview The startling admission came with an American television network. was similar to the Tet offensive Mr Bush agreed the ongoing war in Vietnam. He could be right. level of violence There's certainly a stepped up and we're into an election. was made by a journalist The White House said the comparison and not President Bush.

fiasco continues As Brisbane's freeway

they're feeling the pinch. retailers have revealed of the Riverside Expressway, They say the closure into the business district, the major arterial up to $4 million a day. is costing them is they lose the appointment, Most of those things

they lose the income for good. and sell the kettle tomorrow. It's not like you can go back has begun drawing up plans The Premier to cope with long-term disruptions. before the network will reopen. It's still not known how long It's been shut since Tuesday in an overpass. when workers found a hairline crack playground equipment in public parks Safety surrounding the use of popular is again under question, after the death of a toddler. The girl from North Queensland of equipment was climbing on a common piece when she slipped and fell. was an angel to her family. Little Monica Livingston She just loved to laugh. Um, and being a handful as normal, she was such a beautiful girl. after falling from this pirate ship But the 21-month-old toddler died along the Strand in Townsville. at a popular playground

was still on the rope ladder It's not clear if the little girl or on the platform the soft rubber matting. when she fell onto Monica was playing in the park of at least one home daycarer. under the supervision the park is safe The Townsville City Council says as part of their investigation. but will review it Authorities are investigating an undiagnosed medical condition if the child had that contributed to her death. Brett Clappis, Ten News. on the wheat export market AWB's strangle-hold could soon come to an end. the embattled company The Prime Minister will today urge to relinquish its veto power. Jhn Howard says to help drought-stricken farmers. it should be doing more have long been pushing Federal backbenches their wheat outside the national pool for farmers to be allowed to market for a better price. made concessions AWB says it's already the $5 million marketing fee by agreeing to cut it charges wheat growers. are battling a bush fire More than 100 firefighters in New South Wales' central west. that's threatening homes 500 hectares of land The blaze has already destroyed north-west of Bathurst. in the Mount Rankin area, from their homes, Residents have been evacuated

will begin this morning. a water bombing operation in Turkey Astonishing scenes for some tourists spiralling toward a popular beach. when a series of tornados started and thunder wasn't enough But even twisters, dark clouds holiday-makers from their spot to drag these hardened English in the sand. The extraordinary weather front in the surrounding area. caused flash flooding came at a cost The West Indies win over Australia fined 30% of his match fee with all-rounder Chris Gayle

with Australia's Michael Clarke. following a fiery altercation of any wrong doing. Clarke was cleared

touched down in Jaipur Michael Clarke and his team-mates for their next challenge - a must-win clash with England on Saturday. Despite yesterday's loss to the West Indies, the Aussies expected to name an unchanged team. Chris Gayle fined for this dose of Carribean compassion. COMMENTATOR: Whoa, there's a bit happening. Gayle played schoolyard bully with Clarke as the Windies stared down the barrel of defeat. There was banter but I get on with Chris really well and after the game we were fine so out on the field he wanted to get me out and I was doing everything to get Australia home. The mind games had the desired effect. Within an over, a horrible mix-up ended Adam Gilchrist's stay and a 101-run fifth wicket stand. It turned the tide the West Indies way. This really is the big break that the West Indians have been waiting for. All in a day's play as far as Clarke's concerned.

But his skipper, who's own card has been heavily marked by match referees in recent seasons, was less than impressed. Ricky Ponting adamant Gayle breached the spirit of cricket laws by infringing on Clarke's personal space. You would think that with other things that have happened in previous games and around the world, that that one would be looked at as well. They were brushing shoulders walking down the wicket. I wouldn't have thought that's acceptable in this game. But the Australians left to answer their critics. We're in a great position. Trent Higgs, Ten News. Controversial Irish jockey Kieren Fallon says Yeats will become the best international horse to race in Australia

when he runs in November's Melbourne Cup. Fallon has arrived in Melbourne

to begin preparations for the nation's richest horse race and was full of praise when asked about his mount's chances. REPORTER: Do you think he's the horse that can win the Melbourne Cup? I'd say that he's by far the best horse that's come down here over the years. Yeats is outright favourite for the race on November 7. More finance news now and Frank, no deal for Coles Myer? It will be interesting to see

if the Coles Myer share price takes another hit today when the market opens. A decision by the company's board to reject the latest takeover bid saw shares plunge almost 9%, or $1.30, to $13.20. The KKR-led syndicate had come back with an offer of $15.25 per Coles Myer share, which values the company at $18.2 billion, compared to its earlier $17.3 billion offer of $14.50 a share. Another major media deal this morning

with suggestions News Corporation buying into long time rival Fairfax. But just what it plans to do with the stake remains to be seen. The Government's controversial changes to media laws

only passed through the House of Representatives this week. Analysts were predicting a flurry of takeover activity and that's exactly what they're getting. This morning, reports Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns the Australian newspaper, has bought a 7.5% stake in rival Fairfax for $360 million. It's a strategic stake for News and means it could be preparing to launch an all-out takeover for the publisher of popular broadsheets the 'Sydney Morning Herald' and 'Melbourne Age'. Holding a large number of shares also means it has the power to block takeovers if a third party enters the fray. This comes as Southern Cross Broadcasting says it's held it's own takeover talks. The competition watchdog's not concerned. We keep a constant eye on every industry where competition concerns may arise. I have to say to you there are no transactions that on their face value give us any cause for concerns at the moment in relation to the media. It follows a week of major deals. PBL, selling half of its media assets to a private equity group worth $4.5 billion. Channel Seven boss Kerry Stokes jumping in too buying 14.9% of West Australian News and the changes don't even become law until next year. Emma Dallimore, Ten News. Let's take a look at the national weather: US President George W. Bush likens the conflict in Iraq

to the Vietnam war. The details when the Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - ripe for the picking. Newscorp reportedly snags a s take Newscorp reportedly snags a stake in Fairfax in the third key media deal this week. The war in Iraq likened to the bloody Vietnam battle but the PM stands firm refusing to withdraw troops. Qantas says its decision to shift jobs off-shore won't jeopardise security. And girls, girls, girls - we meet the new Miss Indy, ahead of the champ car showdown. More now on this reported raid on Fairfax by News Corp - here's Frank. Yes Kath, the media deals just keep coming with reports overnight Rupert Murdoch has bought a stake in Fairfax. The strategic purchase of 7.5% was made several hours after the market closed and is worth $364 million. News Corporation could use the stake to block future takeovers or may itself be preparing to launch a bid for the company. The acquisition follows this week's $4.5 billion deal between PBL and private Equity firm CVC Asia Pacific and Channel Seven's raid on West Australian newspapers. It began with a bang but is ending with a whimper. Kath, some woes at Woodside. I'll have the details later in the bulletin. A stark admission from US President George W. Bush. He says the violence in Iraq is now so bad, it could be compared with the Vietnam war. Of all the war memorials crowding the centre of Washington, none is more poignant than the black wall remembering Vietnam. This war produced haunting images that have become emblems of military misadventure. What about the war in Iraq? It may be lurching from bad to worse, but so far, charged comparisons with Vietnam have been avoided, until now. This was the Tet offence in 1968, military terms, indecisive. In political terms, the point in which the American public tipped against the war. So could this week's violence in Iraq be the same? One leading commentator thought so and guess who seemed to agree?

He could be right. There's certainly a stepped up level of violence and we're heading into an election. The Prime Minister believes the stakes are high in Iraq and he remains committed to bringing democracy to the troubled nation.

John Howard pointing out just how important victory is and why he won't cut and run. If the coalition retreats in circumstances of defeat, that will be the greatest triumph the terrorists have had anywhere in the world. The Iraqi Government hopes Australian troops can come home by the end of next year. An internal police review has found officers were ill-prepared for last year's Cronulla race riots.

The draft assessment, released amid growing public pressure, suggested the risk assessment carried out in the lead up to the December 11 attacks was flawed and it was a wonder police weren't killed. 270,000 text messages were sent in the days before the riots broke out, according to the police report, although they weren't aware. New South Wale Police Commissioner Ken Maroney has given officers cited in the the report three days to respond. Singapore Airlines is taking full responsibility

for the bolt that smashed through the roof of a Sydney house this week. It's asked its insurers to contact resident Angelo Margiotta who heard the 10cm metal bolt hit his ceiling cavity. Airline staff discovered the piece missing from the wing of one of its Boeing 747s after its arrival in Singapore. The airline says it's treating the incident very seriously. Two shoppers have been injured after a car ploughed into a grocery store in the United States. Surveillance cameras caught the moment an elderly driver crashed through the window and drove 10 metres into the precinct sending shoppers running for their lives. Two women were hit by the car as it smashed through a checkout. It's believed 86-year-old Margaret Dobbins was trying to park when she lost control of the car.

The champ cars hit the Indy track for the first time this year today. Ten reporter Andrew Leahy is on the Gold Coast and joins us live.

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lobby a big day for the Champ cars today. West Indies all-rounder Chris Gayle has been fined 30% of his match fee following a fiery altercation with Australia's Michael Clarke in their opening round Champions Trophy match. Clarke himself was cleared of any wrong-doing at a hearing before an ICC disciplinary tribunal. Gayle not so lucky after being reported for behaviour contrary to the spirit of cricket. There was banter but I get on with Chris really well and after the game we were fine, but out on the field he wanted to get me out and I was doing everything to get Australia home. Australia must beat England on Saturday to have any chance of progressing further in the tournament. Adelaide United coach John Kosmina is philosophical about his four-match ban from the sidelines for violent conduct.

The Socceroos assistant coach also accepts he'll have to undergo counselling following his confrontation with Melbourne captain Kevin Muscat last weekend. I live by different addages sometimes and at times like this I've got one from a famous philosopher called Nieztche 'that which does not kill me, makes me stronger'. Kosmina has not revealed the nature of his counselling

but it's expected to involve anger management. To rugby league - and Kangaroos winger Matt King has warned Melbourne fans to expect fireworks when Australia meets New Zealand in Saturday night's second test at the Telstra Dome. King found himself right in the middle of all the action during last weekend's brutal Tri-Nations win over the Kiwis. The fierce trans-Tasman rivalry expected to continue. It was a bit of an old-school Test match, I think, which everyone loved. Might be a bit of a them for the series, I reckon. I'm not going to say there will be a fight, but I dare say there will be a few big shots. The Aussies changed their colours for charity at yesterday's training. Frank's back now with another check of finance and Qantas shares rise yesterday despite some unwelcome news? Yes Kath, Woodside shares took a hit yesterday after the company warned it may miss production targets for this year. Qantas is denying the security of its passengers will be at risk under plans to relocate 340 IT jobs to India. The union claims passport information will be vulnerable to the widespread identity fraud trade. Three-quarters of the airline's IT support services jobs are taking a permanent trip overseas. The decision has angered union who believes sensitive passenger information

will also be sent offshore. Significant work is done in these areas on sensitive information on passenger information, passport information

and we've got grave concerns for the Australian public. The union referring to a recent investigative report on English television which indicated there was a trade in people's identities in India. But Qantas chief Geoff Dixon claims comprehensive data security controls are in place

adding the expertise and efficiencies in the booming country cannot be matched in Australia. The job cuts, combined with a reduction in the fuel surcharge introduced in March, giving the airline reason to upgrade its annual profit expectations to at least $480 million. The developments welcomed on the market with Qantas shares rising 21 cents to $4.13, it's best closing level in eight months. Kellie Morgan, Ten News. Let's take a look at the national weather:

News Corp the latest to stitch up a media deal. The details when the Early News comes back.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Taking a look at our top stories this Friday. Rock solid - the PM says there'll be no pull-out from Iraq despite the war being compared to Vietnam. More media deals - Rupert Murdoch reportedly buys up a slice of newspaper publisher Fairfax. Danger on the horizon - a tornado tears through a popular tourist area in Turkey. And ahead in sport - West Indies all rounder Chris Gayle fined for this Champions Trophy clash with Aussie Michael Clarke. Let's take a look at the national weather: Time for more finance now and Frank, more on these reports News Corp has bought a stake in Fairfax? Yes Kath, the media deals just keep coming with reports overnight Rupert Murdoch has bought a stake in Fairfax. The strategic purchase of 7.5%

was made several hours after the market closed and is worth $364 million. News Corporation could use the stake to block future takeovers or may itself be preparing to launch a bid for the company. The acquisition follows this week's $4.5 billion deal between PBL and private Equity firm CVC Asia Pacific and Channel Seven's raid on West Australian newspapers. The US market has been steady. More finance news shortly. John Howard says he's committed to Iraq and remains rock solid in his support for democracy in the troubled nation. The PM adamant the terrorists must not overrun the country. When it comes to Iraq, John Howard believes the stakes have never been higher.

If the coalition retreats in circumstances of defeat that will be the greatest triumph the terrorists have had anywhere in the world. Debate on Iraq again boiling over in parliament. Prime Minister, isn't it the plain truth that when you're in a hole you should stop digging? If we had followed the advice of the Leader of the Opposition you'd still have Saddam Hussein butchering people in Iraq. One man who knows the full brutality of Saddam Hussein is the Iraqi Oil Minister. Dr Hussain Shahristani was thrown in Abu Ghraib prison by Saddam and left to rot for a decade. He's now flagged a release date for Australian troops in Iraq. We are planning by the end of 2007 or perhaps 2008 to have sufficient trained and equipped Iraq forces to take over responsibility. Our Government not as upbeat. The Minister rather optimistically described progress being made on the security front.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News. US President George W. Bush has drawn a parallel between the Vietnam war and Iraq. The startling admission came during an interview with an American television network. Mr Bush agreed the ongoing war was similar to the Tet offensive in Vietnam. He could be right. There's certainly a stepped up level of violence and we're heading into an election. The White House said the comparison was made by a journalist and not President Bush. Safety surrounding the use of popular playground equipment in public parks is again under question, after the death of a toddler. Little Monica Livingston was an angel to her family. She just loved to laugh. Um, and being a handful as normal, she was such a beautiful girl. But the 21-month-old toddler died after falling from this pirate ship at a popular playground along the Strand in Townsville. It's not clear if the little girl was still on the rope ladder or on the platform when she fell onto the soft rubber matting. Monica was playing in the park under the supervision of at least one home daycarer. The Townsville City Council says the park is safe but will review it as part of their investigation. Authorities are investigating if the child had an undiagnosed medical condition that contributed to her death. Brett Clappis, Ten News. Serious offenders will be monitored long after they've served their time in New South Wales, under radical new laws. The legislation, passed in parliament overnight,

will see some parolees electronically tracked to ensure they don't breach their release conditions. Previously, serious offenders, including murderers, could only be monitored for up to three years. An extension of supervision was only available upon application to the State Parole Authority. North Korea says war will be a natural progression

if the United States continues to threaten the rogue state. Speaking to a US television network in Pyongyang, a North Korean general outlined the countries intentions. He said President Bush wants us to kneel down, we cannot agree on that. If it continues I think it will be natural to go to war.

Over the border, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

and her counterparts from South Korea and Japan are showing a united front against the communist state. Astonishing scenes for some tourists in Turkey

when a series of tornados started spiralling toward a popular beach. But even twisters, dark clouds and thunder wasn't enough to drag these hardened English holiday-makers from their spot in the sand. The extraordinary weather front caused flash flooding in the surrounding area. The West Indies win over Australia came at a cost with all-rounder Chris Gayle fined 30% of his match fee following a fiery altercation with Australia's Michael Clarke. Clarke was cleared of any wrong doing. Michael Clarke and his team-mates touched down in Jaipur for their next challenge - a must-win clash with England on Saturday. Despite yesterday's loss to the West Indies, the Aussies expected to name an unchanged team. Chris Gayle fined for this dose of Carribean compassion. COMMENTATOR: Whoa, there's a bit happening. Gayle played schoolyard bully with Clarke as the Windies stared down the barrel of defeat. There was banter but I get on with Chris really well and after the game we were fine so out on the field he wanted to get me out and I was doing everything to get Australia home. The mind games had the desired effect.

Within an over, a horrible mix-up ended Adam Gilchrist's stay and a 101-run fifth wicket stand. It turned the tide the West Indies way. This really is the big break that the West Indians have been waiting for. All in a day's play as far as Clarke's concerned. But his skipper, who's own card has been heavily marked by match referees in recent seasons, was less than impressed. Ricky Ponting adamant Gayle breached the spirit of cricket laws by infringing on Clarke's personal space. You would think that with other things that have happened in previous games and around the world, that that one would be looked at as well. They were brushing shoulders walking down the wicket. I wouldn't have thought that's acceptable in this game. their critics. But the Australians left to answer to win the game. We're in a great position

Trent Higgs, Ten News. Kieren Fallon says Controversial Irish jockey international horse Yeats will become the best to race in Australia Melbourne Cup. when he runs in November's Fallon has arrived in Melbourne nation's richest horse race to begin preparations for the about his mount's chances. and was full of praise when asked the horse REPORTER: Do you think he's that can win the Melbourne Cup? the best horse I'd say that he's by far that's come down here over the years. Yeats is outright favourite for the race on November 7. More finance news now with Frank. Adelaide United coach John Kosmina is philosophical about his four-match ban from the sidelines for violent conduct. The Socceroos assistant coach also accepts he'll have to undergo counselling following his confrontation with Melbourne captain Kevin Muscat last weekend. I live by different addages sometimes and at times like this I've got one from a famous philosopher called Nieztche makes me stronger'. 'that which does not kill me, of his counselling Kosmina has not revealed the nature anger management. but it's expected to involve More finance news now with Frank. More woes for Sony. The electronics giant profit guidance forced to revise down its full-year of laptop batteries. after a mass recall at $890 million Profit is expected to come in down nearly 40% on earlier forecasts. At the same time, a further 10 million batteries the company has been forced to recall and explode. as fears mount they could overheat the English Football Association Construction group Multiplex and have reached a deal settling their long-running dispute over London's Wembley stadium. The details haven't been disclosed but it's believed Multiplex will receive $87 million on top of the original payments to take into account design changes ordered by the association. Multiplex says the stadium will be ready for the next FA Cup Final. And Airbus has been crunching the numbers and says it will now need to sell 420 of its super jumbos just to break even. Previous estimates put the number at 270 but recent production delays and cost blowouts have seen that figure nearly double. has been pushed back two years. Delivery of the jets

the national weather: Let's take a look at More news coming up after the break.

THE WESTERN BIGHT, AND THAT THERE'S A FRONT COMING FROM AND SOUTH EAST OF THE STATE WILL MOVE THROUGH THE WEST TODAY.

TODAY, MAYBE SOME LIGHT A FEW SHOWERS DEVELOPING ... LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE RAIN IN SYDNEY AND CANBERRA IN MELBOURNE. SETTLING IN FOR THE WEEKEND DUBBO TODAY, 29 IN HEATING UP TO 30 DEGREES IN LATE SHOWER IN BEGA - 26 WOLLONGONG AND CHANCE OF A WAGGA. THE HIGH.... CLOUDY IN IN OTHER PARTS LIKE PLENTY OF RAIN ON THE WAY OF 27 THERE. BATHURST AND BOWRAL - A TOP PARKES - QUITE A BIT COOLER CHASING 28 IN MUDGEE, 29 IN AROUND THE MID TEENS. IN THE ALPINE REGION, THE WEEKEND, AND THERE'LL LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD TO EAST ON SATURDAY, COOL IN BE A FEW SHOWERS IN THE NORTHEAST WINDS ON SUNDAY. THE EAST, WITH SOUTHEAST TO (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - ripe for the picking. in Fairfax Newscorp reportedly snags a stake this week. in the third key media deal to the bloody Vietnam battle The war in Iraq likened refusing to withdraw troops. but the PM stands firm to shift jobs off-shore Qantas says its decision won't jeopardise security. And girls, girls, girls - Finance news with Frank. Another major media deal this morning

buying into long-time rival Fairfax. with suggestions News Corporation with the stake remains to be seen. But just what it plans to do changes to media laws The Government's controversial House of Representatives this week. only passed through the of takeover activity Analysts were predicting a flurry what they're getting. and that's exactly This morning, News Corporation, reports Rupert Murdoch's which owns the Australian newspaper, Fairfax for $360 million. has bought a 7.5% stake in rival It's a strategic stake for News to launch an all-out takeover and means it could be preparing broadsheets for the publisher of popular and 'Melbourne Age'. the 'Sydney Morning Herald' Holding a large number of shares to block takeovers also means it has the power if a third party enters the fray. This comes as Southern Cross Broadcasting says it's held it's own takeover talks. not concerned. The competition watchdog's on every industry We keep a constant eye may arise. where competition concerns I have to say to you that on their face value there are no transactions the moment in relation to the media. give us any cause for concerns at It follows a week of major deals. to a private equity group PBL, selling half of its media assets worth $4.5 billion. jumping in too Channel Seven boss Kerry Stokes buying 14.9% of West Australian News until next year. and the changes don't even become law Emma Dallimore, Ten News. More finance news shortly.

from US President George W. Bush. A stark admission is now so bad, He says the violence in Iraq with the Vietnam war. it could be compared Of all the war memorials crowding the centre of Washington, none is more poignant than the black wall remembering Vietnam. This war produced haunting images that have become emblems of military misadventure. What about the war in Iraq? It may be lurching from bad to worse, but so far, charged comparisons with Vietnam have been avoided, until now.

This was the Tet offensive in 1968, in military terms, indecisive. In political terms, the point in which the American public tipped against the war. be the same? So could this week's violence in Iraq and guess who seemed to agree? One leading commentator thought so, He could be right. level of violence There's certainly a stepped up and we're heading into an election. a lot of damage. My is they've been trying to inflict Coffins returning from Iraq. the stakes are high in Iraq The Prime Minister believes democracy to the troubled nation. and he remains committed to bringing just how important victory is John Howard pointing out and why he won't cut and run. in circumstances of defeat, If the coalition retreats

the terrorists have had that will be the greatest triumph anywhere in the world. The Iraqi Government hopes Australian troops can come home by the end of next year. As Brisbane's freeway fiasco continues retailers have revealed they're feeling the pinch. They say the closure of the Riverside Expressway,

the major arterial into the business district, is costing them up to $4 million a day. Most of those things is they lose the appointment, they lose the income for good. It's not like you can go back and sell the kettle tomorrow. The Premier has begun drawing up plans to cope with long-term disruptions.

before the network will reopen. It's still not known how long It's been shut since Tuesday

in an overpass. when workers found a hairline crack on the supersonic Concorde passed If you thought your chance to fly when the entire fleet was retired, well think again. in France A group of aviation enthusiasts one of the iconic planes are working to restore and hope to fly it again soon. they're trying to keep a dream alive. In one corner of France, in Concorde's famous nose. This, a test of the hydraulics Alexandra performed the test few female Concorde engineers. and is one of the world's Two or three times a week she checks out one of the famous planes

housed in an aerospace museum near Paris. TRANSLATOR: We're going to keep the systems in a state of readiness. They're not flight-ready, but as near as we can get to it. It is, of course, an Anglo-French design but no government, company or rich individual has so far been willing to find the millions needed to make it air worthy again, much to the disappointment of one pilot. It's a masterpiece of the air museum. commercial Concorde flight This, British Airways's last

from New York to Heathrow in 2003. the company lavishing the attention The ace fleet in museums with

Air France does on its planes.

inaugurated their Concorde passenger The French and the British 30 years ago. services on the same day

If Concorde flies again, it looks like the French will take the lead. A glimpse this morning of Cate Blanchett's new flick. The Aussie beauty is the envy of women the world over in 'Babel' starring alongside Hollywood hunk, Brad Pitt. Why can't you just relax? I can't relax. Clips from the movie will be shown at the 50th London film festival which opened this week. A West Australian beauty has beaten 39 other girls to take out this year's prized Miss Indy contest.

Ten reporter Andrew Leahey is with winner Sarah Buller on the Gold Coast. lobby a big day for the Champ cars

today. He bore the villains will be

out there this morning. They will be out there this morning. They will be interested in the team Australia

drivers. The first full-time female

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of the Miss Indy crown. She is off to

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is for this morning enjoying herself down there. West Indies all-rounder Chris Gayle has been fined 30% of his match fee following a fiery altercation with Australia's Michael Clarke in their opening round Champions Trophy match. Clarke himself was cleared of any wrong-doing at a hearing before an ICC disciplinary tribunal. Gayle not so lucky after being reported for behaviour contrary to the spirit of cricket. There was banter but I get on with Chris really well and after the game we were fine, but out on the field he wanted to get me out and I was doing everything to get Australia home. Australia must beat England on Saturday to have any chance of progressing further in the tournament. Controversial Irish jockey Kieren Fallon has arrived in Australia boldly declaring his Melbourne Cup ride Yeats is the best horse to ever visit our shores. He's one of the most controversial figures in the racing world. Banned from riding in the UK and the US but come the first Tuesday in November he could well get his hands on our Melbourne Cup. It's fantastic and I'm grateful.

Fallon refused to talk about the fraud charges he's facing instead declaring his Melbourne Cup ride the best ever international raider. And Caulfield Cup favourite Sphenophyta Fiery Canadian Indycar driver Paul Tracy says several off-track confrontations he's had this year are not bad for the sport.

It was appropriate that Australia's answer to Don King was in attendance on the Gold Coast at the drivers function. The fists were flying earlier in the season when Tracy hit the headlines for this spectacular confrontation with rival Alex Tagliani.

It's the heat of the moment, the passion of racing.

Tracy also had a coming together with championship leader Sebastien Borday this year. Frank's back now with another check of finance and Qantas shares rise yesterday despite some unwelcome news? Qantas is denying the security of its passengers will be at risk under plans to relocate 340 IT jobs to India. The union claims passport information will be vulnerable

to the widespread identity fraud trade. Three-quarters of the airline's IT support services jobs are taking a permanent trip overseas. The decision has angered the union who believes sensitive passenger information will also be sent offshore. Significant work is done in these areas on sensitive information

on passenger information, passport information and we've got grave concerns for the Australian public.

The union referring to a recent investigative report on English television which indicated there was a trade in people's identities in India. But Qantas chief Geoff Dixon claims comprehensive data security controls are in place adding the expertise and efficiencies in the booming country cannot be matched in Australia. The job cuts,

combined with a reduction in the fuel surcharge introduced in March,

giving the airline reason to upgrade its annual profit expectations to at least $480 million. The developments welcomed on the market with Qantas shares rising 21 cents to $4.13, it's best closing level in eight months. Kellie Morgan, Ten News. It began with a bang but is ending with a whimper.

Let's take a look at the national weather:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories - digging in his heals. John Howard says there'll be no pull-out from Iraq despite the war being compared to Vietnam. More media deals - Rupert Murdoch buys up a big slice of newspaper publisher Fairfax.

And a frightening view - as a tornado closes in a popular Turkish tourist area. The damage bill significant. That's it for Ten Early News. I'm Kathryn Robinson, have a great day. And I'm Frank Coletta. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au