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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Today - court rumblings - the presiding magistrate dumped. is pushing to have London transport system two years ago four men who plotted to bomb the jailed for life. Suspicious blaze - of a fire-ravaged Melbourne landmark. investigators to search the remains Kevin Sheedy fears And in sport - Bombers legend after his contract ends this season. he may be replaced by a younger coach of the markets with Jacinta. Time for our first check A quick look at the weather today:

A quick look at the weather today:

of the markets with Jacinta. trading at almost $73 a barrel Bill, energy shares have given Wall Street a boost. on the Bridgecorp collapse. When I come back - the latest twist Dr Mohamed Haneef Gold Coast terrorism suspect until Friday will be held in police custody adjourned his hearing. after a Brisbane magistrate This comes amid reports for the magistrate to quit his lawyers are pushing on the grounds of potential bias.

legal team emerge from the hearing. After 3.5 hours, Mohamed Haneef's who is being held without charge The Indian doctor to the failed UK terror plots over his alleged links behind bars without questioning. will spend another two days with proceedings. But his lawyer's happy Basically, we are making headway. It's believed Haneef's lawyers argued on the grounds of potential bias. for the magistrate to stand aside to consider that and the magistrate has gone away I can elaborate on at this stage. but unfortunately it is not a matter not helping his client's case. And the ongoing attention The problem is is my client. His lawyers did confirm

with his wife in India, that Haneef had been in touch the wellbeing of their newborn baby. the couple talking about to life in jail Four men have been sentenced London's transit system. for trying to bomb when other passengers took them on The plot, in 2005, failed didn't go off. and explosives in their backpacks of conspiracy to murder, The men were found guilty in jail. and will spend at least 40 years Two other men face a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in their cases.

was issued for Indonesia, Just days after a travel warning to stay away from Pakistan. Australians are being told and Trade advice follows The Department of Foreign Affairs in the country's capital. a bloody siege at a mosque At least 70 people were killed the army and Islamic militants. in the battle between now cleared the Red Mosque complex, While Pakistani commandos have of terrorist attack. DFAT says there is a very high threat predecessor Paul Keating overnight. Another gibe at PM John Howard by Howard's "culture and history wars", The former Labor leader attacking Mr portraying the PM as a nationalist, "like Hitler".

Labor figures would have been pleased to the Coalition, the ex-PM turned his attention rather than his own party. as an exclusionary leader Mr Keating painting John Howard and quoting Adolf Hitler. to align in any way - I say this not to suggest - with Adolf Hitler - Margaret Thatcher or John Howard as it would be absurd. to do so would be as unreasonable, to the Sydney Film School But in a speech Mr Keating did attack Mr Howard who's waging a war on culture. as a nationalist

A cornerstone of nationalism to call into question the motives is a propensity members of the national family. or to attack the attitudes of other of Sydney is reportedly dwindling. And the PM's popularity in his City compared to 56% for Kevin Rudd. Mr Howard polling 35% as preferred PM how long Mr Howard's held the top job High living costs and concerns about the traditional Liberal stronghold. affecting the Coalition's standing in Ben Lewis, Ten News. Investigators will search Melbourne landmark today. through the remains of a fire-ravaged the inferno late yesterday afternoon, The Palace Nightclub was gutted by black smoke across the foreshore. spewing huge clouds of thick to the public The building had been closed for demolition. and was being prepared is riddled with asbestos. Firefighters say the Palace is not yet known. The cause of the fire with another of the men of interest The coroner has lost her patience cruise-ship inquest. in the Diane Brimble after three hours of evidence Luigi Vitali was sent home the Brisbane mother's death. at the inquest into almost the entire holiday, He claimed to have forgotten he walked on the ship in Sydney. saying he was sea-sick before purchases at the Starlight Disco, But P&O records show he made four some of the men of interest, where Mrs Brimble met and twice went to the gym. in the US Senate. A vigorous debate this morning It's considering a Democrats' plan later this year. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq

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will have to wait another month Hollywood socialite Nicole Ritchie driving-under-the-influence charge. to learn her fate over a The 25-year-old Her lawyer has asked for an extension because an expert witness is on holidays.

to appear in court on August 16. Ritchie has been ordered by the judge Essendon's Kevin Sheedy has admitted with a younger coach the club might replace him after his contract ends this season. Denis Pagan and Chris Connolly Fellow coaches in the run to the finals. This weekend Kevin Sheedy breaks Jock McHale's 58-year-old record of most combined games as player and coach. The new mark - an incredible 879 matches. But as he prepares for yet another milestone, the old master admits he's no certainty to keep his job at the end of the year. This club has got their reasons and their foresight, they want to think clearly through maybe another younger coach, they've got to work all that stuff out. Another coach in the gun is Denis Pagan. The Carlton boss says he won't beg to keep his job at the Blues,

if he's unwanted at year end. What I do do is do the very best that I can, put one foot in front of the other. If you get a tap on the shoulder, you get a tap on the shoulder. In the West, under-fire Dockers coach Chris Connolly has again defended the form of his senior players, including Matthew Pavlich. I know that because he hasn't signed with the club people can draw conclusions that he's not happy with me, he's not happy with his team-mates, he's not happy with lots of different things. Adam McNichol, Ten News. Fears of a terrorist attack in Jakarta

could see the Socceroos boycott the Asian Cup final. The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning against travel there. The Aussies won't make any decisions unless the side reaches the semi finals. The first hurdle is to beat Iraq with an unstable defensive line. There's definitely things we can do better and it's something we continue to work on. I think it's a relatively new back four at the moment. It was lights-out in overnight action between South Korea and Saudi Arabia. The match held up 25 minutes due to a power failure in their 1-1 draw. And Iran defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 to move one step close to the knockout stages. Norway's Thor Hushov has won a spectacular Stage 4 of the Tour de France to move into second place in the overall standings. The stage took riders through the heart of France to a small village south-east of Paris. And after 193km, it came down to a group sprint. fifth career stage win on the Tour. Hushovd prevailing for his Robbie McEwen was the best-placed Aussie finishing 16th while Cadel Evans sits 21st in the overall classification, 56 seconds behind race leader Fabian Cancellara. Jacinta now with finance and disgraced company director Rodney Adler not far from freedom? Bill, the 47-year-old has been moved to a prison farm near Muswellbrook, on the NSW north coast, ahead of his release in October. By then he will have served a non-parole period of 2.5 years for the four offences he committed as an HIH insurance director. These included manipulating the stockmarket and obtaining money by false statements. Meantime, Arthur Anderson has agreed to compensate HIH creditors, seven years after giving the company a clean bill of health. Cricket great turned property developer Craig McDermott has promised to pay back the $18 million he borrowed from collapsed investment firm Bridegecorp. But that's little comfort for the 1,000-plus victims battling financial ruin. It's becoming an all too familiar sight - a creditors' meeting

to find out what happened to their money. The company name may change, but the story stays the same. This time it's Bridgecorp but many here have been bitten before. I did $50,000 in Fincorp. My daughter did $50,000 in Fincorp too. And I did $70,000 with Bridgecorp. Like this investor, many lost money with Fincorp, Westpoint and ACR. Between them, 1,000 or so Australians are owed around $24 million. I'd like to get my money back, that's for sure. I don't think they're regulating these companies enough, all these finance companies. They're very neglectful. This is the fourth company that's gone broke. Bridgecorp is essentially a New Zealand company - investors there lost $500 million. The administrators of the Australian arm now looking at the assets left behind - heavily mortgaged properties. They will get some money back

but the extent to which they get money back, I can't estimate. Little comfort but no surprise for these latest victims. Eddy Meyer, Ten News. Let's take a look at today's newspapers: Ex-PM Paul Keating puts John Howard in the same sentence as Adolf Hitler. We'll being you his comments when Ten's Early News returns. Hello, gentlemen. I see you got my message. We did. What do you want? the sum of $36.95. Think about it, gentlemen. SCREEN BUZZES OUT Oh, my... (Men yell and shout frantically) ALARM BLARES (Men yell frantically) This program is captioned live. Welcome back. Leading Ten's Early News this Thursday morning. Political jibe -

a former PM buys into election-year politics, calling John Howard exclusionary. Qantas scare - a tyre bursts as a 737 jet lands in Sydney, with more than 130 passengers on board. More time - a court adjournment gives federal police another two days to investigate a Gold Coast terror suspect. And vigorous debate - the US Senate considers a plan to start withdrawing troops from Iraq. Time to check finance and Jacinta, Wall Street has picked up? Bill, yes it's had a boost from energy shares trading at almost $73 a barrel.

Coming up - why Macquarie Bank is hoping

we're all meat eaters and not vegeterians. has called the Prime Minister an exclusionary leader. Speaking to the Sydney Film School, Mr Keating quoted Adolf Hitler when explaining the difference between nationalism and patriotism. I say this not to suggest - to align in any way - to do so would be as unreasonable, as it would be absurd. LAUGHTER The former Labor leader criticising a perceived war on culture. will become a supermarket sleuth The competition watchdog under a Labor government. But the Liberals have dismissed the plan as a stunt, saying it's already being done. It seems money doesn't go as far as it used to when it comes to the weekly shop. I've definitely noticed an increase over time. Things like basic needs are definitely more expensive. Every time you shop things are more expensive, not just groceries, green groceries. Now Kevin Rudd's promised to find out what's happening at the check-out, with a national grocery prices inquiry and ongoing monitoring. The ACCC, the competition watchdog, would be conducting surveys of grocery prices across the country and posting those on the ACCC website. The grab for votes turned into a food fight, the Government dismissed the policy as a stunt. Mr Rudd is now going to set carrot prices in Australia, is he? I mean, I think not. Well the monitoring of prices already occurs. The ABS monitors prices all the time. This is Kevin Rudd at his ignorant best. to establish a petrol commissioner Kevin Rudd has already pledged to monitor fuel prices, now this latest plan aimed squarely at the household hip pocket

points to an election battleground which Labor is determined to win. Brad Hodson, Ten News. its safety record. been forced to defend It says 136 passengers from Adelaide to Sydney on board a domestic flight when the jet's tyre burst on landing. were not at risk

from one of the airline's 767s. On Sunday, a panel dislodged Dr Mohammed Haneef Gold Coast terrorism suspect behind bars. will spend another two days

After three long hours, his hearing until Friday. a Brisbane court adjourned yesterday But reports have emerged suggesting the magistrate to quit his lawyer wants on the grounds of potential bias. Unfortunately it is not a matter I can elaborate on at this stage.

over his alleged links Dr Haneef is yet to be questioned to the failed UK terror plots. Life sentences this morning for four men who tried unsuccessfully to bomb the London transport system two years ago. Two other men face a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict. It was the end of the manhunt for the 21st of July bombers. They'd attacked London just a fortnight after 52 people had died on 7/7. The four men were all from Africa. All had come to seek refuge from that continent's conflicts

but had turned on Britain. of two passengers The judge praised the bravery who took on one of the bombers.

kept him at bay, Off-duty fireman Angus Campbell was yet to detonate. unsure whether the device through Oval Station This man chased him

despite being in his 70s. In the end the devices failed. very close to succeeding. But, the judge said, they had been to stand in the dock The judge asked the four bombers on all of them. as he passed life sentences

should even be considered for release He said none of them for at least 40 years. in this country The toughest sentences yet passed A court has heard an international terrorist a Sydney man accused of being met the leader of the outlawed Tamil Tigers organisation. Prosecutors claim to have a photograph of Arumugam Rajeevan with the Sri Lankan group's head, Velupillai Prabhakaran. It was allegedly seized in raids on the father of three's home. The court also heard claims Mr Rajeevan sent $600,000 cash raised in Australia to the Tamil Tigers. A passionate debate this morning in the US senate. It's considering a new Democrats' plan to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq starting in November this year. The withdrawal would be completed within 12 months. is not taking the plan lying down But the Bush Administration with vigorous lobbying under way to defeat the bill.

of New Zealand. Wild weather has lashed parts on the country's North Island, The storm triggered severe flooding Many towns cut off. One area recorded 300mm of rain, the downpour also causing landslides. and ripped roofs off houses. Strong winds uprooted trees on school holiday crowds Harry Potter has cast a spell into the pressures has offered an insight Steve Folkes Bulldogs rugby league coach

Steve Folkes Bulldogs rugby league coach into the pressures has offered an insight that forced the resignation of Sydney Roosters coach Chris Anderson. Folkes and Anderson are brothers-in-law. In rugby league, the players get the adulation, the coaches the strangulation. My wife always says it's amazing that your happiness for the week can be decided by the bounce of a ball. And that's the way it is most weeks, it's a roller-coaster. The job taking a heavy toll on the health of Roosters coach Chris Anderson. Folkes says his call to quit was the right one. it's a really gutsy decision. would have been The easy option for him

until the end of the year, to hang around the hardest call he could make, he loves. which is give up on something And Bulldogs star Willie Mason says an NRL player poll that's voted him he can live with the results of as the game's biggest sledger. and whatever. I'm a pretty intense player I seem to think

out on the field I suppose you can get your frustrations giving someone a mouthful, and if that's if he deserves it, so be it. Leanne West, Ten News. for top team Geelong. Troubles in the AFL Fanning continued his electric form Australias world number one Mick at Jeffrey's Bay. full control in the fun 1.5m swell The defending champion was in

and Frenchman Jeremy Florez smashing wild card Shaun Payne to book a place in Round 3. for the Aussies It was a great day all round Danny Wills and Bede Durbidge with Joel Parkinson, among the Round 1 winners. was called off due to the tide, And while Kelly Slater's heat was quick to quash retirement rumours the reigning world champ as he tries to make it world crown number 9. Finance now - and BHP Billiton wants the Federal Ggovernment to China? plans to ship $1.2 million tonnes plans to ship 1.2 million tonnes Bill - the mining giant from its mine in South Australia. That's instead of processing the ore it would see BHP If approved, to China each year. selling 2,500 tonnes of uranium

has added livestock The ever-diversifying Macquarie Bank to its bulging portfolio. which already owns airports, The bank, toll roads and car parks, in central New South Wales has bought a sheep stud as part of a billion-dollar plan surging demand for red meat. to cash in on the world's Checking the day's forecast: to begin trawling through Investigators a fire-ravaged Melbourne landmark, that's next. when the Early News returns. And the CommSec finance report

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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Today - court rumblings - terror suspect's legal team suggestions a Gold Coast the presiding magistrate dumped. is pushing to have Terror sentences - London transport system two years ago four men who plotted to bomb the jailed for life. Suspicious blaze - of a fire-ravaged Melbourne landmark. investigators to search the remains

Kevin Sheedy fears And in sport - Bombers legend after his contract ends this season. he may be replaced by a younger coach A quick look at the weather today:

of the markets now, and stocks up. Another check trading at almost $73 a barrel Bill, energy shares have given Wall Street a boost. we'll cross live to CommSec And when I come back, will effect financial institutions. to see how new anti-terror laws Doctor Mohammed Hannef Gold Coast terrorism suspect behind bars. will spend another two days

adjourned his hearing After three hours a Brisbane court until Friday afternoon.

But reports have emerged

asked the magistrate to quit that his legal team on the grounds of potential bias. His lawyers remaining tight-lipped. Unfortunately it is not a matter I can elaborate on at this stage. Dr Haneef is being held over his alleged links with the failed UK terror plots.

Life sentences this morning

to bomb the London transport system for four men who tried unsuccessfully two years ago. a jury failed to reach a verdict. Two other men face a retrial after for the 21st of July bombers. It was the end of the manhunt They'd attacked London after 52 people had died on 7/7. just a fortnight were all from Africa. The four men from that continent's conflicts All had come to seek refuge but had turned on Britain. The judge praised the bravery of two passengers Off-duty fireman Angus Campbell kept him at bay, unsure whether the device was yet to detonate. This man chased him through Oval Station despite being in his 70s. In the end the devices failed. But, the judge said, they had been very close to succeeding. The judge asked the four bombers to stand in the dock as he passed life sentences on all of them. He said none of them should even be considered for release for at least 40 years. on a group of al-Qaeda terrorists. A carer who tied the legs of babies to make them sleep has been found guilty of assault. 46-year old Lynda Foulds was fined $750 by a Perth magistrate for the bizarre practice. Her 34-year-old colleague Siobhan Tapscott was cleared of all charges. The pair were arrested by police earlier this year after a raid on the daycare centre they worked at. Several sleeping infants were found with their legs tied with bedsheets. Investigators will today begin trawling through a fire-ravaged Melbourne landmark which was due for demolition. The controversial nightclub threatens to collapse but is riddled with asbestos and now faces a much earlier demise. over its furture - After years of firey debate a firey death for the live music venue, the Palace nightclub. Smoke started coming out of the side of the building. It started getting bigger and bigger.

The blaze spewed huge clouds of thick, black smoke across the popular St Kilda foreshore. at neighbouring Luna Park Young school holiday-makers were among those calling 000. and then we just saw smoke. The controversial club was closed early last month after a 10-year battle to keep it open - earmarked for demolition to make way for a $300 million redevelopment project. It's really sad to see the Palace go but in the end it was going to go anyway and maybe this is more poetic to locals to see it burn to the ground as opposed to getting knocked down by a large corporation who are going to build a shopping centre anyway. Fortunately the neighbouring heritage-listed Palais Theatre was spared from the flames.

Investigations continue. Allan Raskall, Ten News. Ex-PM Paul Keating has called the Prime Minister an exclusionary leader. Speaking to the Sydney Film School, Mr Keating quoted Adolf Hitler when explaining the difference between nationalism and patriotism. I say this not to suggest or to align in any way Margaret Thatcher or John Howard with Adolf Hitler - to do so would be as unreasonable, as it would be absurd. LAUGHTER The former Labor leader criticising a perceived war on culture. Pictures have been released showing the beginning of the universe,

just a few million years after the big bang. The flash of light when it all started. The big bang. But when did this explosion begin to produce the first galaxies? The beginning of our story? This man has the answer. On the street, just another face in the crowd. But this Professor Richard Ellis is carrying details of an extraordinary discovery. He's about to reveal the first images of the earliest parts of the universe It's like a slice through time.

They don't look much. A lot of grey dots. But the dark ones highlighted are the most distanced galaxies ever detected. The outer reach of the cosmos. What does this mean? It's really the beginning of the universe.

We're looking at the earliest objects that we can see at the moment and the fact that we can see these tiny dots that allow us to piece together the history of where we come from is really significant to mankind I think. The deeper we look the more we find. And the more we realise how much there must be still to discover. Los Angeles is gearing up for the arrival of soccer star David Beckham. Becks will join his new club L.A. Galaxy on Friday, and the locals can't wait. He and wife Victoria and their three sons will live in Beverly Hills, their mansion just down the road from Tom and Katie Cruise. Beckham's my favourite player and, like, everyone, like, loves him. David's first match in the club's colours will be against Chelsea on July 21. Essendon's Kevin Sheedy has admitted the club might replace him with a younger coach after his contract ends this season. Fellow coaches Denis Pagan and Chris Connolly are also feeling the heat in the run to the finals. This weekend Kevin Sheedy breaks Jock McHale's 58-year-old record as player and coach. of most combined games The new mark - an incredible 879 matches. But as he prepares for yet another milestone, the old master admits he's no certainty to keep his job at the end of the year. This club has got their reasons and their foresight, they want to think clearly through whether they should appoint maybe another younger coach, work all that stuff out. they've got to

Another coach in the gun is Denis Pagan.

The Carlton boss says he won't beg to keep his job at the Blues, if he's unwanted at year end. What I do do is do the very best that I can,

put one foot in front of the other. If you get a tap on the shoulder, you get a tap on the shoulder. In the West, under-fire Dockers coach Chris Connolly has again defended the form of his senior players,

including Matthew Pavlich.

I know that because he hasn't signed with the club people can draw conclusions that he's not happy with me, he's not happy with his team-mates, he's not happy with lots of different things. Adam McNichol, Ten News. Fears of a terrorist attack in Jakarta could see the Socceroos boycott the Asian Cup final. The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning against travel there. The Aussies won't make any decisions unless the side reaches the semi finals. The first hurdle is to beat Iraq with an unstable defensive line. There's definitely things we can do better and it's something we continue to work on. I think it's a relatively new back four at the moment. It was lights-out in overnight action between South Korea and Saudi Arabia. The match held up 25 minutes due to a power failure in their 1-1 draw. And Iran defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 to move one step close to the knockout stages. Norway's Thor Hushov has won a spectacular Stage 4 of the Tour de France to move into second place in the overall standings. The stage took riders through the heart of France to a small village south-east of Paris. And after 193km, it came down to a group sprint. Hushovd prevailing for his fifth career stage win on the Tour.

Robbie McEwen was the best-placed Aussie finishing 16th while Cadel Evans sits 21st in the overall classification, 56 seconds behind race leader Fabian Cancellara. Financial institutions have been put on notice over tough new anti-terrorism laws. The chief of the new anti-laundering regulator is threatening to search offices and seize information from companies who don't comply with new laws. With more, CommSec's Martin Arnold joins us live. Martin - when will the new regulations kick-in and what impact will it have on business?

Than the regulations have a stage

implementation process over 18

months before companies have to be

complied with all the regulations.

It is going to be costly for

business. For just implementing but

also the process of monitoring transactions and customer

businesses. The regulator is

liaising with industry to see how

that cost burden can be best manage.

I tried a critters are up to

receive $80 million compensation.

Good news for the creditors of the

collapsed insurance company. The

insurance company went down and insurance company went down and

Arthur Andersen was the auditors

that gave the all-clear on the

financial position. The settlement

is believed to be $80 million. When

you compare it to the value of you compare it to the value of the

corporate collapse, believed to be

$5 billion, they have so obviously

a lot of creditors who missed out. Now for the national weather: Let's take a look at today's newspapers: The son of the world's most wanted man ties the knot. Details Ten's Early News returns. GOOD MORNING COMING UP - ANGER OVER THE DECISION TO CUT DIET AIDES AT CALVARY HOSPITAL BUT FIRST - A MAN SERVING LIFE IN JAIL OVER THE OVER THE MURDER OF AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF THE FEDERAL POLICE, IS AGAIN APPEALING HIS CONVICTION. DAVID HAROLD EASTMAN CLAIMS HE WAS UNFAIRLY TREATED BY A-C-T JUGDES IN PREVIOUS COURT APPEARANCES, OVER THE APPEARANCES, OVER THE SHOOTING MURDER OF COLIN WINCHESTER EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO. EASTMAN SAYS A DECISION ON HIS FITNESS TO ENTER A PLEA FITNESS TO ENTER A PLEA WAS INCORRECT, AND CONSTITUTES TRIAL UNION MEMBERS ARE FRUSTRATED OVER CALVARY

HOSPITAL'S DECISION TO OFFER REDUNDANCIES TO DIET AIDES. THE AIDES, WHO ORDER FOOD TO SUIT PATIENTS WITH VARIOUS CONDITIONS, HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SACK, WITH SACK, WITH THE HOSPITAL HIRING A NEW OPERATOR TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE. UNION OFFICIALS CLAIM CURRENT STAFF WEREN'T CONSULTED ABOUT THE CHANGE. AUSTRALIA'S FIRST EVER NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN CANBERRA NEXT YEAR. "VIVID" WILL INCLUDE RARE PHOTOS FROM NEARLY THIRTY

INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND THE WAR MEMORIAL. TO SPORT, AND CANBERRA'S PATRICK MILLS HAS BEEN NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR AT THIS YEARS NATIONAL JUNIOR BASKETBALL AWARDS. MILLS HAS HAD A HUGE TWELVE MONTHS, PLAYING FOR THE A-I-S IN THE SOUTH-EAST AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE, AND AS A BOOMERS' SQUAD MEMBER. HE'S CURENTLY IN EUROPE FOR THE WORLD UNDER NINETEEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS. NOW TO THE LATEST WEATHER ... A COLD POOL OF AIR IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE MAY PRODUCE A SHOWER OR TWO FOR THE ACT, FALLING AS SNOW ON THE RANGES. ACROSS THE NATION, FINE MOSTLY SUNNY IN SYDNEY, EARLY FOG THEN FINE FOR CANBERRA, A FEW SHOWERS FOR MELBOURNE AND CLOUDY IN PERTH DUBBO, WOLLONGONG AND WAGGA TODAY .. EARLY FROST CLEARING FOR A MOSTLY FINE DAY IN ORANGE .. AN AFTERNOON SHOWER IN BATEMANS BAY .. LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS IN PERISHER .. MAINLY FINE IN GOUBURN TOPS FINE IN GOUBURN TOPS OF 10 THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN COOMA .. EARLY FROST THEN .. EARLY FROST THEN FINE IN MUDGEE TOPS OF 12 IT'LL GET DOWN TO ZERO DEGREES TONIGHT.. MOSTLY FINE AND HEADED FOR 11 TOMORROW .. STAYING FINE BUT SLIGHTLY COOLER SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SLIGHTLY COOLER SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE.) This program is captioned live. Welcome back. Leading Ten's Early News this Thursday morning. Political jibe - a former PM buys into election-year politics, calling John Howard exclusionary. Qantas scare - as a 737 jet lands in Sydney, a tyre bursts with more than 130 passengers on board. More time - a court adjournment gives federal police another two days to investigate a Gold Coast terror suspect. And vigorous debate - the US Senate considers a plan to start withdrawing troops from Iraq. Another gibe at PM John Howard by predecessor Paul Keating overnight. Howard's culture and history wars, The former Labor leader attacking Mr portraying the PM as a nationalist, like Hitler. Labor figures would have been pleased the ex-PM turned his attention to the Coalition, rather than his own party. Mr Keating painting John Howard as an exclusionary leader and quoting Adolf Hitler.

I say this not to suggest or to align in any way

Margaret Thatcher or John Howard with Adolf Hitler - to do so would be as unreasonable, as it would be absurd. LAUGHTER But in a speech to the Sydney Film School Mr Keating did attack Mr Howard

as a nationalist who's waging a war on culture. A cornerstone of nationalism is a propensity to call into question the motives or to attack the attitudes of other members of the national family. And the PM's popularity in his home city of Sydney is reportedly dwindling. Mr Howard polling 35% as preferred PM compared to 56% for Kevin Rudd. High living costs and concerns about how long Mr Howard's held the top job affecting the Coalition's standing in Ben Lewis, Ten News. A federal food fight has erupted over Labor's proposal to form a grocery prices inquiry if it wins the next election. Over the past five years, families have generally seen the prices of everyday goods like bread, fruit and veg go up and up.

Mr Rudd is now going to set carrot prices in Australia, is he? I mean, I think not.

The Government has dismissed the plan as a stunt, claiming prices are already monitored by the Bureau of Statistics and the competition watchdog. Qantas has for the second time this week been forced to defend its safety record. It says 136 passengers on board a domestic flight from Adelaide to Sydney were not at risk when the jet's tyre burst on landing. On Sunday, a panel dislodged from one of the airline's 767s. Investigators will search through the remains of a fire-ravaged Melbourne landmark today. The Palace Nightclub was gutted by the inferno late yesterday afternoon, spewing huge clouds of thick black smoke across the foreshore. The building had been closed to the public and was being prepared for demolition. Firefighters say the Palace is riddled with asbestos. Gold Coast terrorism suspect Dr Mohamed Haneef will be held in police custody until Friday after a Brisbane magistrate adjourned his hearing. After 3.5 hours, Mohamed Haneef's legal team emerge from the hearing. The Indian doctor who is being held without charge

over his alleged links to the failed UK terror plots will spend another two days behind bars without questioning. Basically, we are making headway. On the public record perhaps, but privately it's believed Haneef's lawyers argued for the magistrate to stand aside

on the gounds of potential bias. There was argument, legal argument tonight,

and the magistrate has gone away to consider that so it's unfortunately not a matter I can elaborate on at this stage. And the ongoing attention not helping his client's case. The problem is the person being disadvantaged while all of this is being sorted out is my client. His lawyers did confirm that Haneef had been in touch with his wife in India, the couple talking about the wellbeing of their newborn baby. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News. A British grandmother has married the son of the world's most wanted man - Osama bin Laden. Jane Felix-Brown, a 51-year-old from Cheshire, married Omar bin Laden at two secret Muslim ceremonies after meeting the 27-year-old on a tour of the Egyptian pyramids. Omar lives in Saudi Arabia and already has a wife and a child. The scrap metal dealer claims to not have seen his extremist father since he left Afghanistan in 2000. A passionate debate this morning in the US Senate. It's considering a new Democrats plan to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, starting in November this year. The withdrawal would be completed within 12 months. But the Bush Administration is not taking the plan lying down with vigorous lobbying under way to defeat the bill. Bulldogs rugby league coach Steve Folkes

has offered an insight into the pressures that forced the resignation of Sydney Roosters coach Chris Anderson. Folkes and Anderson are brothers-in-law. In rugby league, the players get the adulation, the coaches the strangulation.

My wife always says it's amazing that your happiness for the week can be decided by the bounce of a ball. it's a roller-coaster. And that's the way it is most weeks, The job taking a heavy toll on the health of Roosters coach Chris Anderson. Folkes says his call to quit was the right one. it's a really gutsy decision. I think The easy option for him would have been to hang around until the end of the year, but I think he's made the hardest call he could make, which is give up on something he loves. And Bulldogs star Willie Mason says he can live with the results of an NRL player poll that's voted him as the game's biggest sledger. I'm a pretty intense player and whatever. I seem to think you can get your frustrations out on the field I suppose and if that's giving someone a mouthful, if he deserves it, so be it. Leanne West, Ten News. Troubles in the AFL for top team Geelong. The Cats hit the training track without Gary Ablett Jnr. The Brownlow favourite has the flu. Team officials were far from happy when the cameras arrived. It's a closed session. CREW MEMBER: Well we're on public property so I'm just doing my job but unfortunately there's nothing you can do because I'm on public property, so... It's a closed session so please just respect that, OK, it's a closed session. Sure. And Melbourne's Ricky Pettard will today undergo surgery on his collapsed lung. Australias world number one Mick Fanning continued his electric form in Round 1 of the Billabong Pro at Jeffrey's Bay. The defending champion was in full control in the fun 1.5m swell smashing wild card Shaun Payne and Frenchman Jeremy Florez to book a place in Round 3.

Just wanted to get one good one off the bat consolidate from there really. did that and controlled the heat

It was a great day all round for the Aussies Danny Wills and Bede Durbidge with Joel Parkinson, among the Round 1 winners. And while Kelly Slater's heat was called off due to the tide, the reigning world champ was quick to quash retirement rumours as he tries to make it world crown number 9. Jacinta's back, and an unhappy Xbox customer? A man in the US is suing Microsoft for $6 million because he claims the company's Xbox 360 scratches discs. Jorge Brouwer has filed the lawsuit on the grounds the Xbox is negligently designed and manufactured. He blames the console for scratching two of his games. Microsoft has offered to replace these. A final check of markets and strong energy shares have given Wall Street a leg up. That's the latest on the markets.

A giant squid has washed up on the Tasmanian coast.

Checking the day's forecast:

Time now for our weekly snow report and joining us live from Thredbo this morning is Ten Snow Reporter Simone Smith.

Good morning! Temperatures got down

to -12 after night. Perfect

conditions for snow-making as she

can see behind me. Weather wise to

looks like we're in for a repeat of

looks like we're in for a repeat of yesterday's looks like we're in for a repeat of can see behind me. Weather wise to looks like we're in for a repeat of can see behind me. Weather wise to

yesterday's stunning blue-sky day. yesterday's stunning blue-sky day.

Across the New South Wales resorts. Here

Here in Thredbo Road, Central spur

is in great shape. To the Victorian resorts:

resorts: the big news is the

natural snow depths have just

coming at an impressive 136

centimetres which is double the

amount at the same time last year. This program is captioned live. I'm Bill Woods, bye for now. That's it for Early News. I'm Jacinta Hocking, good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au