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This is Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. for the APEC summit Today - John Howard in Vietnam on Iraq. and crunch talks with George Bush direction of the military operation The burden ultimately and the and that must be acknowledged. must rest with the Americans sending troops to Tonga Australia considers in the country's capital. to quell wild riots Fire and ice - flames flare in Queensland. a day after hailstorms,

The bushfire prompting evacuations. released ahead of her funeral. And a recording of Belinda Emmett, and Wall Street opens in the red? Now to our first look at finance inflation numbers Thanks to lower-than-expected due to falling gasoline prices. will today discuss tactics on Iraq John Howard and George W. Bush

behind closed doors in Hanoi. touched down in Vietnam last night The Prime Minister

but won't talk publicly, just yet, of the troubled Middle East country. about his ideas for wrestling control flew into the Vietnamese capital Early evening the Prime Minister

for the Asia-Pacific summit. in the United States Iraq and the dramatic shift in mood

clearly on his mind. The burden ultimately and the direction of the military operation and that must be acknowledged. must rest with the Americans But even though the Americans 100 times more troops than Australia have committed does have some ideas on the mess John Howard

to his good friend the President. to put over lunch about what I might be putting. I don't intend to speculate The coyness is catching. and Foreign Minister Downer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and how to deal with it swapped notes on the Iraq quagmire but they're secret. I had a good chat In terms of the tactics

about a number of different issues to go into those publicly. and I'm not going have weakened the President, While the mid-term elections it was an assertive George W. Bush. in Singapore American engagement in Asia He promised continuing and warned North Korea its new willingness to talk again. action must follow forward for the good of their people The only way for North Korea to move their nuclear weapons programs. is to abandon on energy and climate change Howard has ideas to put to the other leaders till after the summit. but they also will remain secret That'll be after he and other leaders in APEC summiteer fashion - parade the latest

silk ensembles. traditional Vietnamese sending troops to Tonga Australia could soon be to help quell mass rioting. Gangs of youths Tongan capital yesterday afternoon, started rampaging through the demanding democratic reform. says Foreign Minister Alexander Downer closely. he's monitoring the situation

the Tongans with extra security Whether we will have to provide we're not sure at this stage. agreed to political reform Tonga's Prime Minister has reportedly in a bid to stop the violence. has flagged a Cabinet reshuffle, The Federal Treasurer possibly before the next election. Peter Costello says are performing well, while the current crop of ministers others are staking a strong claim. Gee, there are some good parliamentary secretaries at the moment - Christopher Pearce, Andrew Rob, Christopher Pine, Malcolm Turnbull. Mr Costello says in deciding who comes in, the difficulty would not so much be could afford to leave out. but deciding who the Liberal Party will cost less, More than 400 medicines the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. following a shake-up of secret kickbacks to pharmacists The Federal Government is scrapping that will save it $3 million. of many drugs to reduce. That will also cause the price are about Essentially these changes get better value. ensuring the taxpayers

in August 2008. The new scheme will begin in Queensland There's been more wild weather on the Sunshine Coast. with firefighters battling a bushfire have eased overnight, While conditions could increase the danger. today's forecast

the weather experts are promising Well, on the east coast from today things will begin to warm up again after this week's cold snap. November day since 1905 yesterday Sydney experienced its coldest just 15 degrees. with the mercury hitting And there could be more to come. So expect more warm days, some sudden cold days. but we'll also see by an Antarctic-based front. The cold snap has been caused A security clamp-down in Melbourne ahead of the weekend's G20 summit in the city this morning. could drive further traffic snarls Barriers are blocking streets

in the CBD. and obstructing business entrances Police unapologetic, outside the Grand Hyatt tomorrow. with thousands of protesters expected the democratic right to protest They have got which we respect. But at the same time to enter and leave. there's the rights of the delegates have already arrived in Melbourne. Almost 300 international delegates to be discussed. Global warming is one of many topics has been released A poignant ballad from Belinda Emmett ahead of her funeral later today. Husband Rove McManus on his website last night, put the track up for free download revealing music was her first love. of a solo album The song was to be a part was close to finishing the 32-year-old last Saturday. when she lost her cancer battle at Mary Immaculate Church in Sydney She'll be farewelled this morning. Keeping their options open, named five fast bowlers the Aussie cricket selectors

first test against England. in a 13-man squad for next week's beginning at the Gabba in Brisbane. The campaign to win back the Ashes have gone the best of both worlds, The Australian selectors with young hopefuls. combining ageing stars a great job picking this squad I think the selectors have done a good mix of youth and experience yeah, as you say it's got in any team that you play in. which I think is vital and rewarded those players We've shown faith that have made us such a great side but as the same time reflected, as we must do,

the emerging talent in Australia. You look back at some of the big tournaments that Australia's won over the years, it's been with that same sort of mix, you know, good, experienced players - experienced players usually stand up in the bigger moments in games or in series. The inclusion of Shaun Tait, Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson setting up a pace showdown between the country's best bowling stocks. Tait with the best chance to impress, with South Australia to host England in a 3-day match beginning morning. Few surprises in the Wallaby side named for this weekend's rugby Test against Ireland. That's sent Mat Rogers to the reserves bench while Mark Gerrard has earned a call-up on the wing. The only change to the forwards - Phil Waugh starting at open side flanker. And you can catch the action on Network Ten early Monday morning, check local guides. Golfers will be praying for better conditions today at the Australian Open after a miserably cold, wet and wind-swept first round. Nathan Green handled the conditions brilliantly with just one bogey and six birdies. And it could have been better. A sorry time for Greg Norman though, battling a bout of the flu and 12 shots off the pace.

To finance news and T3 proves popular with institutions? The Telstra sale proving to be very popular, so much so, the T3 stock is likely to be sold above $3.70 a share. Institutional investors have lodged $6 billion worth of bids in the past two days and have been told there aren't many shares left to go. The stock will hit the ASX boards on Monday, with the final price to be set tomorrow once the New York Stock Exchange is closed. Retail investors who have bought stock will need to pay $2 to begin with and then the balance in 18 months. Some welcome news on the interest rate front with the latest numbers from the Bureau of Statistics revealing wages growth is well contained. Annual weekly earnings rose by 0.7% in the three months to the end of August, taking the annual pace to just 2.9%. That's well down on the 6% recorded a year ago and takes some pressure off the RBA.

National weather: Let's see what's making headlines in Friday's newspapers:

Australia considers deploying troops to another troubled Pacific Island nation. The streets of Tonga erupt with violence. Details when we come back.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning -

rioting in the Pacific - Australia considers sending troops to help stem the violence. John Howard touches down in Vietnam where he'll meet George Bush on Iraq and attend APEC talks. Reports 14 terrorists have been released from Indonesian prisons - some of them Bali bombings conspirers. And in sport - last chance to impress, three fast bowlers vying for one open spot on the Australian cricket team for next week's first Ashes Test. To the markets now and weak CPI numbers boost US stocks?

The Prime Minister will outline his strategy for victory in Iraq to US President George Bush today. John Howard arrived in Vietnam for the talks overnight. But he wasn't giving any details on the intricacies of his war plan. The burden ultimately and the direction of the military operation must rest with the Americans and that must be acknowledged. President Bush comes to Hanoi from Singapore, where he warned North Korea action must follow its new willingness to talk. Our Foreign Minister has meantime foreshadowed Mr Howard's Iraq talks in a meeting with the US Secretary of State. Consumers will pay less for hundreds of medicines following a shake-up of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The Federal Government promising cheaper drugs within two years. For many Australians medicines are a daily necessity. And the Federal Government says its overhaul of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will make those drugs cheaper. Essentially these changes are about ensuring the taxpayers get more value for their PBS spending. The changes will mean 427 drugs such antibiotics will be available at an average of $2.70, less than people currently pay.

The major changes involves the scrapping of kickbacks paid by drug companies to entice pharmacies to carry their brand. I'm not saying pharmacists are ripping anybody off. Pharmacists will receive $1 billion in compensation. The industry confident people will pay less. So every consumer in the general patient area will enjoy savings under this new structure on how medicines are paid to manufacturers and pharmacies. The cheaper drugs will be available from August 2008. James Wakelin, Ten News. A deadly strain of influenza has killed six residents in a nursing home. A 90-year-old man the latest victim of the respiratory illness at the home in Canberra. More than 50 cases have been reported, including seven staff. The nursing home has posted a note advising people not to enter the premises. Residents and staff are being treated with antiviral drugs, including the powerful Tamiflu.

There are reports 14 terrorists, some of them involved in the two Bali bombings, have been set free. According to reports the prisoners have been quietly released from Indonesian prisons over the past couple of months. They've reportedly departed

because there wasn't enough evidence to hold them. The papers claim other offenders have had their sentences reduced. Aside from the Bali nightclub and restaurant attacks, some of the terrorists are said to have been involved

in the Australian Embassy attack in Indonesia in 2004. Qantas has banned advertisements for Schapelle Corby's book at its domestic terminals. But News limited papers say despite halting promotions, the airline hasn't gone as far as to ban the novel from sale

at airport shops. Corby's book 'My Story' in Indonesia for drug smuggling. details her arrest and conviction Qantas has pulled the ads, The Gold Coaster believes be reminded of what happened to her because it doesn't want passengers to with the airline. after her last flight have begun arriving in Italy Some big name stars Katie Holmes' wedding this weekend. ahead of the Tom Cruise, Among those jetting in the wedding of the year for what's being dubbed singer Jennifer Lopez include comedian Jim Carey, and wife Jada Pinkett. as well as Will Smith Brooke Shields also touching down - a very public spat with Cruise a bit surprising because she had for using anti-depressants after he criticised her after the birth of her child.

have included five fast bowlers Australian selectors for first Ashes Test in the 13-man squad beginning next Thursday in Brisbane. given the selectors nod. In-form Queenslander Mitchell Johnson Shaun Tait and Stuart Clark He'll now battle for the last spot in the final XI. We'll look at the conditions - what the weather's like what the wickets are like, will be the best balance for the XI. and pick what we think It will be a tough call. will complete final preparations Meanwhile, England starting today. with a tour match against SA British halfback Sean Long says Rugby league, and departed he'll never play for the Lions again

altogether. and may quit international football to fly home to his pregnant wife, Long left the side on Monday

thought about going 10 days earlier, but he's told BBC radio he against the Kangaroos. before his match-winning effort

yesterday, The Lions arrived in Brisbane to make the November 25th final. needing to beat the Aussies again with the new driver Motorsport fans will be familiar

behind a steering wheel. though he's not usually seen at this week's rally New Zealand,

at this week's rally New Zealand, behind a steering wheel. Valentino Rossi Former MotoGP champion will drive a privately entered car in this week's event, his father's rally career in Italy. stirring memories of It's difficult for me. to make the rally with a real car. It's very emotional for the chance of the 2006 series. This is the second last round has overseen his first session Former Socceroos coach Frank Farina

the Queensland Roar. as the new coach of A-League side the best outfit in the competition Farina says he's joined for what he can bring to the side. and he has high hopes or to run seventh. I didn't come here to run last is to try and win the league. You know, the goal

Melbourne tonight. The Roar host top-of-the-table continues in the media sector? Finance now and the shake-up continues The shake-up in the media sector in Southern Cross Broadcasting. with Macquarie Bank buying up a stake the 14.9% stake yesterday afternoon Macquarie's media group bought up offering $16.50 a share. for $165 million,

to yesterday's closing price. That's a 14% premium regional television affiliate Southern Cross is Ten's radio stations. and owns the 3AW and 2UE

launches a full takeover bid If Macquarie the country's biggest radio group - it could create 86 regional stations. Macquarie already owns And there was controversy annual meeting at yesterday's Lend Lease for key managers with shareholders approving bonuses despite weak returns. voted against a $2.2 million bonus The shareholders association for CEO Greg Clarke, claiming the company has not met performance targets, therefore management should not be rewarded. On the company's outlook, in full-year profits this year. Mr Clarke forecast an increase National weather:

for the APEC summit. The Prime Minister flies into Vietnam on today's agenda, A lunch with George Bush when the Early News returns. what they'll discuss

but let's get started. I know it's early, everyone, WOMAN: Hi! We've been flat out all day. You don't mind if we eat lunch? Oh, please. (Crunches) (Sighs and closes car door) (Sighs) You're on the six o'clock flight. You better get going. Great. At least I'll get dinner.

This program is captioned live. This morning - Welcome back to Ten's Early News. rioting in the Pacific - direction of the military operation The burden ultimately and the and that must be acknowledged. must rest with the Americans sending troops to Tonga Australia considers to quell wild riots in the country's capital. Fire and ice - a day after hailstorms, flames flare in Queensland. The bushfire prompting evacuations. And a recording of Belinda Emmett, released ahead of her funeral.

Now to our first look at finance and Wall Street opens in the red? inflation numbers Thanks to lower-than-expected due to falling gasoline prices.

will today discuss tactics on Iraq John Howard and George W. Bush behind closed doors in Hanoi. touched down in Vietnam last night The Prime Minister but won't talk publicly, just yet, of the troubled Middle East country. about his ideas for wrestling control flew into the Vietnamese capital Early evening the Prime Minister

for the Asia-Pacific summit. in the United States Iraq and the dramatic shift in mood clearly on his mind. direction of the military operation The burden ultimately and the and that must be acknowledged. must rest with the Americans

But even though the Americans 100 times more troops than Australia have committed does have some ideas on the mess John Howard

to his good friend the President. to put over lunch about what I might be putting. I don't intend to speculate The coyness is catching. and Foreign Minister Downer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and how to deal with it swapped notes on the Iraq quagmire

but they're secret. I had a good chat In terms of the tactics about a number of different issues and I'm not going to go into those publicly. While the mid-term elections have weakened the President, it was an assertive George W. Bush. in Singapore American engagement in Asia He promised continuing and warned North Korea its new willingness to talk again. action must follow

forward for the good of their people The only way for North Korea to move

their nuclear weapons programs. is to abandon on energy and climate change Howard has ideas to put to the other leaders

but they also will remain secret till after the summit. That'll be after he and other leaders parade the latest in APEC summiteer fashion -

traditional Vietnamese silk ensembles.

Australia could soon be sending troops to Tonga to help quell mass rioting. Gangs of youths started rampaging through the Tongan capital yesterday afternoon, demanding democratic reform. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says he's monitoring the situation closely. Whether we will have to provide the Tongans with extra security

we're not sure at this stage. Tonga's Prime Minister has reportedly agreed to political reform in a bid to stop the violence. There's been more wild weather in Queensland with firefighters battling a bushfire on the Sunshine Coast. While conditions have eased overnight, today's forecast could increase the danger. The blaze erupted west of Caloundra yesterday morning, roaring through pine forests and causing chaos. Police were quick to declare an emergency situation. Closing roads, evacuating a school and local airport. Elderly residents from three nursing homes also forced to flee. Well, we came because it's too dangerous. Police told us to get out.

Local residents joining forces to douse the flames. It's up to the back fence. I think we should be OK. Almost 100 firefighters battled the blaze on the ground as waterbombing helicopters targeted from up above. Cooler temperatures and easing winds overnight helped slow the flames.

Elderly evacuees and their pets finally allowed to return home.

You are all able to return home very shortly. Waterbombing helicopters are expected to rejoin the fight this morning. Efforts may be hampered by today's forecast of strong winds. West Australians will know on Tuesday if a daylight saving trial will begin next month. The upper house was expected to pass the controversial legislation last night, but Opposition MPs stalled the move. The bill now to be viewed by a parliamentary committee before a vote next week. Numbers are expected to be in favour of the bill, which means the 3-year trial for the State would begin on December 3. An 11-year-old girl is in a serious condition after being hit by a car outside a Brisbane shopping centre. The accident happened just after 8:00 last night as the girl crossed this busy street on the city's southside. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and will be speaking further with the driver of the vehicle. The bodies of five British soldiers killed in Iraq have arrived back in the UK. Families and loved ones were on hand to greet the caskets as they were carried off a military aircraft draped in the Union Jack.

Four of the five soldiers were killed on Sunday in Basra

when the boat they were travelling in struck a bomb. A planeload of A-list stars has arrived in Italy for the celebrity wedding of the year.

US correspondent Rahni Sadler wasn't invited but she's avidly watching all the preparations. Rahni, what's the latest on the TomKat wedding?

Tom Cruise has been get A-list

celebrity support. Here are just some

of the famous faces who arrived.

Tom Ang Katie went out Tom Ang Katie went out to to dinner Tom Ang Katie went out to

last night. They took the baby with

them. Guests have had to sign a them. Guests have had to sign

confidentiality agreements. But.

has been released A poignant ballad from Belinda Emmett ahead of her funeral later today. Husband Rove McManus on his website last night, put the track up for free download revealing music was her first love. of a solo album The song was to be a part was close to finishing the 32-year-old last Saturday. when she lost her cancer battle at Mary Immaculate Church in Sydney She'll be farewelled

this morning. Keeping their options open, named five fast bowlers the Aussie cricket selectors first Test against England. in a 13-man squad for next week's beginning at the Gabba in Brisbane. The campaign to win back the Ashes have gone the best of both worlds, The Australian selectors

with young hopefuls. combining ageing stars

a great job picking this squad I think the selectors have done a good mix of youth and experience yeah, as you say it's got in any team that you play in. which I think is vital We've shown faith and rewarded those players that have made us such a great side as we must do, but as the same time reflected, the emerging talent in Australia.

some of the big tournaments You look back at

that Australia's won over the years, same sort of mix, it's been with that experienced players - you know, good, stand up in the bigger moments experienced players usually in games or in series. Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson The inclusion of Shaun Tait, setting up a pace showdown best bowling stocks. between the country's Tait with the best chance to impress,

with South Australia to host England beginning tjis morning. in a 3-day match

Few surprises in the Wallaby side against Ireland. named for this weekend's rugby Test Mat Rogers on the reserves bench while Mark Gerrard has earned a call-up on the wing. The only change to the forwards - Phil Waugh starting at open side flanker. And you can catch the action on Network Ten early Monday morning,

check local guides. Golfers will be praying for better conditions today at the Australian Open after a miserably cold, wet and wind-swept first round.

Nathan Green handled the conditions brilliantly with just one bogey and six birdies. And it could have been better. A sorry time for Greg Norman though, and 12 shots off the pace. battling a bout of the flu To finance news - its full-year production targets Woodside Petroleum slashing for the second time. CEO Don Voelte said At an investor briefing yesterday 67 and 68 million barrels of oil, the company would produce between of 72 million barrels. down from its previous forecast production levels for next year, The company has also lowered of its sites around the world. citing production delays at a number proving to be very popular, The Telstra sale is likely to be sold so much so, the T3 stock above $3.70 a share. $6 billion worth of bids Institutional investors have lodged in the past two days and have been told there aren't many shares left to go. The stock will hit the ASX boards on Monday, with the final price to be set tomorrow once the New York Stock Exchange is closed. Retail investors who have bought stock will need to pay $2 to begin with and then the balance in 18 months. National weather:

Let's see what's making headlines in Friday's newspapers:

Melbourne in a security lockdown ahead of the G20 summit. side of this short break. The details and more on the other

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Rioting in the Pacific - John Howard touches down in Vietnam where he'll meet George Bush on Iraq and attend APEC talks.

Reports 14 terrorists have been released from Indonesian prisons - Bali bombings conspirers. some of them last chance to impress, And in sport -

for one open spot three fast bowlers vying

for next week's first Ashes Test. on the Australian cricket team

sending troops to Tonga Australia is considering to help quell mass rioting. through the South Pacific island, Pro-democracy groups rampaged and setting fire to shops. attacking government buildings Transformed into a battle ground. overturning cars, Groups of youths roaming the streets, and setting fire to shops. attacking the Prime Minister's office among the buildings razed. An ANZ bank A lot of damage has been done to buildings and I regret that very much but it's a difficult region and that is why Australia has increased its investment in defence

Rioters took to the streets demanding democratic reforms. Police soon outnumbered and helpless to quell the violent scenes,

looking on as looters joined the lawless rampage.

Speaking from Vietnam, Alexander Downer says Australia could deploy troops to the South Pacific island. Whether we will have to provide the Tongans with extra security we're not sure at this stage. now agreed to democratic reform Tonga's Prime Minister has reportedly in a desperate bid to stop the riots.

his strategy for victory in Iraq The Prime Minister will outline to US President George Bush today. for the talks overnight. John Howard arrived in Vietnam on the intricacies of his war plan. But he wasn't giving any details direction of the military operation The burden ultimately and the and that must be acknowledged. must rest with the Americans from Singapore, President Bush comes to Hanoi where he warned North Korea

its new willingness to talk. action must follow foreshadowed Mr Howard's Iraq talks Our Foreign Minister has meantime with the US Secretary of State. in a meeting A security clamp-down ahead of the weekend's G20 summit in Melbourne could drive further traffic snarls in the city this morning.

I think we live in a democracy, and that's an important thing, but we're asking them not to break the law to make their point, and for them to make it clearly and calmly and without any violence. Protest organisers insist aggression isn't in their game plan. Everyone that is organising it is calling for it to be peaceful. It's not going to be anything else but peaceful. A promise which means little to businesses, angry the event is disrupting trade.

are expected here Thousands of protesters by lunchtime on Saturday. outside the Grand Hyatt how many officers will be on duty, Police won't disclose

like China and the US, but some countries,

aren't taking any chances. their own security reinforcements. They're deploying on the streets of Athens Violence has erupted ahead of an annual march tomorrow. as police and contract workers clash

broke police containment lines Several hundred demonstrators before tear gas broke up the crowd. are expected to take to the streets, Tomorrow thousands of a bloody student uprising. to mark the 33rd anniversary to protect the capital Nearly 800,000 police are on stand-by should similar violence break out. Federal Labor figure Bill Shorten has embarrassed Kim Beazley by offering to pay back money raised at a lunch organised by disgraced former WA premier Brian Burke. Mr Shorten says he'll refund around $20,000 raised from resource companies at a function organised by Mr Burke earlier this year. This is a decision for Mr Shorten to make. As far as I am concerned I have stated what I need to do in relation to Mr Burke and that is while he is the subject of an investigation

I have no communication with him. Mr Beazley conceded many Labor Party fundraisers, Mr Burke had supported had been fully declared. but all contributions A deadly strain of influenza in a nursing home. has killed six residents of the respiratory illness A 90-year-old man the latest victim at the home in Canberra. have been reported, More than 50 cases including seven staff. The nursing home has posted a note advising people not to enter the premises. Residents and staff are being treated with antiviral drugs, including the powerful Tamiflu. Consumers will pay less for hundreds of medicines following a shake-up of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The Federal Government promising cheaper drugs within two years. For many Australians medicines are a daily necessity. And the Federal Government says its overhaul of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will make those drugs cheaper. Essentially these changes are about ensuring the taxpayers get more value for their PBS spending. The changes will mean 427 drugs such antibiotics

will be available at an average of $2.70, less than people currently pay.

The major changes involves the scrapping of kickbacks paid by drug companies to entice pharmacies to carry their brand. I'm not saying pharmacists are ripping anybody off. Pharmacists will receive $1 billion in compensation. The industry confident people will pay less. So every consumer in the general patient area

will enjoy savings under this new structure on how medicines are paid to manufacturers and pharmacies.

The cheaper drugs will be available from August 2008. James Wakelin, Ten News.

There's been more wild weather in Queensland with firefighters battling a bushfire on the Sunshine Coast. The blaze erupted west of Caloundra yesterday morning, roaring through pine forests and causing chaos. A school, the city's airport and three nursing homes were evacuated. Most residents allowed to return home last night.

While conditions have eased, today's forecast could increase the danger. There are reports 14 terrorists,

some of them involved in the two Bali bombings, have been set free. According to reports the prisoners have been quietly released from Indonesian prisons over the past couple of months.

They've reportedly departed because there wasn't enough evidence to hold them.

The papers claim other offenders have had their sentences reduced. Aside from the Bali nightclub and restaurant attacks, some of the terrorists are said to have been involved

in the Australian Embassy attack in Indonesia in 2004. Qantas has banned advertisements for Schapelle Corby's book at its domestic terminals.

But News limited papers say despite halting promotions, the airline hasn't gone as far as to ban the novel from sale

at airport shops. Corby's book 'My Story'

details her arrest and conviction in Indonesia for drug smuggling.

The Gold Coaster believes Qantas has pulled the ads, because it doesn't want passengers to be reminded of what happened to her after her last flight with the airline. Some big name stars have begun arriving in Italy Australian selectors have included five fast bowlers in the 13-man squad for first Ashes Test beginning next Thursday in Brisbane. In-form Queenslander Mitchell Johnson given the selectors nod. He'll now battle Shaun Tait and Stuart Clark for the last spot in the final XI. We'll look at the conditions - what the wickets are like, what the weather's like and pick what we think will be the best balance for the XI. It will be a tough call. Meanwhile, England will complete final preparations with a tour match against SA starting today.

Rugby league, and departed British halfback Sean Long says he'll never play for the Lions again and may quit international football altogether. Long left the side on Monday to fly home to his pregnant wife, but he's told BBC radio he thought about going 10 days earlier, before his match-winning effort against the Kangaroos. The Lions arrived in Brisbane yesterday, needing to beat the Aussies again to make the November 25th final.

Motorsport fans will be familiar with the new driver at this week's rally New Zealand, though he's not usually seen behind a steering wheel. Former MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi will drive a privately entered car in this week's event, stirring memories of his father's rally career in Italy. It's difficult for me. It's very emotional for the chance to make the rally with a real car.

This is the second last round of the 2006 series. Former Socceroos coach Frank Farina has overseen his first session as the new coach of A-League side the Queensland Roar. Farina says he's joined the best outfit in the competition for what he can bring to the side. and he has high hopes or to run seventh. I didn't come here to run last is to try and win the league. You know, the goal

Melbourne tonight. The Roar host top-of-the-table

Finance now. continues The shake-up in the media sector in Southern Cross Broadcasting. with Macquarie Bank buying up a stake

the 14.9% stake yesterday afternoon Macquarie's media group bought up offering $16.50 a share. for $165 million, to yesterday's closing price. That's a 14% premium

regional television affiliate Southern Cross is Ten's and owns the 3AW and 2UE radio stations.

If Macquarie launches a full takeover bid it could create the country's biggest radio group - Macquarie already owns 86 regional stations.

National weather: Sydney experienced its coldest November day since 1905 yesterday

with the mercury hitting just 15 degrees. And there could be more to come. So expect more warm days, but we'll also see some sudden cold days. The cold snap has been caused by an Antarctic-based front. National weather:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. prepares for critical talks on Iraq The Prime Minister with George Bush has descended into violence. The Pacific island of Tonga

to quell the rioting. Australian troops may be called in in Queensland, And bushfires have broken out prompting mass evacuations.

among them. These nursing home residents That's it for Ten Early News. The morning news is at 11:00 in Ten's News at 5:00. and we'll wrap up the day I'm Bill Woods, have a good weekend. See you Monday. And I'm Kath Robinson.

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