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Hello. Welcome to Ten's early news. Making headlines today:

Dozens arrested as police and

protesters clash during the Olympic

torch relay in London.

The PM throws his support behind an Australian republic as he prepares to meet the Queen.

Man charged over an embarrassing

Governor-General's home. security breach at the security breach at the

And in sport, Lewis Hamilton

humbled as Felipe Massa leads

Ferrari to a 1-2 finish in Bahrain.

To the markets now and, Frank, some

weak jobs numbers in the us on

Friday night. Yes. It could be a

struggle in the US this week as American companies brace themselves

for a long period of weak customer

demand, unemployment at its

level in 2.5 years, something a

flat market may have fact order in

ahead of its close.

Our market closed inspect positive

ground, up 17 points. It might

absimilarly positive start with the

SPI Futures going that way. One

One of our biggest bosses tells how

interest rates have divided the

nation. That's coming up.

The Olympic torch has made its way

through London but only just. The

symbolic relay was targeted by

thousands of pro-Tibet protesters

who scuffled with police and even

tried to extinguish the flame.

Danielle Isdale was caught up in

the protests and joins us now live.

Dani, take us through exactly what

happened? Kath, of course we

expected many protesters out in

force today, this being such an incredibly controversial Olympic

torch relay. But it was a shock to

see the sheer number of pro-Tibetan

activists that lined the streets of London

London today, in the snow mind you.

There were those that threw

themselves in front of the path of

the torch. You can see in the vision

vision here. Also someone tried to

snatch the torch away from a bearer.

There was plenty of dramatic There was plenty of dramatic scenes

like this all along the torch route.

We also saw a little later on

somebody run out and all the people

that ran into the path were

arrested pretty quickly. Those who

made it through police lines made it through police lines didn't

seem to get far. There was another

incident that was well publicised

today. As you can see, plenty, one

after the other. It happened again and again throughout the torch

route. There were 2,000

metropolitan police officers on

hand to prevent this sort of thing

happening and most of the time

there was a full-perimeter circle

of officers surrounding the flame

as it was taken on foot through the

main torch route. Just to keep those demonstrators at bay.

and Remember this is a symbol of peace

and of unity that the bearers would

hold aloft with pride, a real

glorious moment. But there was

booing and abuys and the drama that

we've already seen unfold today. It

did make it past many of London's

major landmarks still alight. But

there were obstacles at every turn.

There were 35 arrests in all in the

end. You could see a real

determination by the protesters

today to get that message across

about Tibetan human rights. It is a

mess ang we will see raised again

and again as the torch makes its

way to China. It's a long journey.

It's headed to France next. We

expect to Seymour demonstrations

there. As I say, a long journey

that is expected to have plenty of

the scenes that we saw in London

today take place all around the world.

OK, Ten Australia Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale

thanks for your time this morning.

Kevin Rudd has reaffirmed his

a support for an Australian republic

a day before he meets with the

spent a quiet Sunday braving the Queen at Windsor Castle. The PM

cold weather. He's appeared on a

morning TV show, where the issue of

a republic was put back on the

agenda. Flying visit to the UK...

I've always been a republican. It's

in our platform of the party. We're

committed to it. It's not a

top-order priority, as I said. I'd

also say this - that Her Majesty

The Queen is regarded with much

respect across all Australians.

But Mr Rudd wouldn't commit to a

time frame for a republic.

A 45-year-old man has been charged

over an embarrassing security breach at the Governor-General's

home in Sydney. It's alleged the

man leapt from a ferry, swam nearly

600 metres to shore, then scaled a

Stonewall to break into Admiralty

House. It's believed he was on the grounds for about 10 minutes and

swam in the pool before being

arrested by police. It's the arrested by police. It's the second

security breach at the Kirribilli

residence in the past year.

Police are lunting for a driver who

fled the -- hunting for a driver

who fled the scene of a crash

overnight in Sydney. The man lost

control of his car and smashed into

an overpass at Burwood. The vehicle

burst into flames and firefighters

were called to the scene. The

driver fled. It's not known if he was injured in the crash.

Two men will face court in the

United States this week, accused

Schneider of bashing Australian tourist Rob

Schneider on a San Diego beach. The

26-year-old is recovering in an

Adelaide hospital after arriving

home at the weekend.

Relieved to be on home soil, a weary Rob Schneider accompanied by

a medical team. He was viciously

bashed with a skateboard and thrown

into a fire pit in San Diego a

month ago. We're home now! A whole

new life starts again so it's new life starts again so it's going

to take a long time for him to

fully recover. Suffering

third-degree burns and a fractured skull, Robert will complete his

recovery in an Adelaide hospital.

His mental scars will also take

time to heal. Crowds and noise

trigger anxiety attacks. Too much TV,

TV, too much talk, just anxiety and

the hospital's told us that that is

symptomatic of concussion. Despite

the ordeal, the electrician is

already planning his next overseas

trip. We think we'll be in his hip

young pocket but, hey, a 26-year-old

young man, when you fall off a

horse, you've got to get back on it

again. Two men charged over the

attack are expected to appear in a

San Diego court this week. Both

face life in prison if convicted.

Parents of drunk children could be

fined and forced to undergo

counselling as part of a binge

drinking crackdown in NSW. News

Limited reported four children a

day, some as young as 10, are being

admitted to the State's hospitals

for alcohol abuse. Police have

begun trialing a new program that requires parents to attend

counselling sessions with children

who are caught drinking or face

fines of up to $500.

Only half of the volunteers needed

for World Youth Day in Sydney have

signed up to help with the

international event. The Catholic

Church says it needs 8,000 Church says it needs 8,000 people

for crowd marshalling, translation

services and supervision. But only

make 4,000 have so far volunteered. To

make matters worse, only 10% of the 125,000 international pilgrims

expected to descend on Sydney in

July have been granted visas.

Six people remain in hospital after

an explosion at a dairy factory an explosion at a dairy factory in New Zealand. One firefighter was

killed in the blast. He and his

crew had been trying to break into the

the building when the the building when the plant exploded. They'd been responding to

an automatic alarm. Investigators

say there was a heavy smell of gas

in the air just before the blast.

Hollywood legend Charlton Heston,

who achieved star domplaying

larger-than-life figures, has died,

aged 84. The actor won an Oscar

for his performance in the 1959

film 'Ben Hur'. He also starred in

epic roles from Moses to Michelangelo. Heston passed away at his

his Beverley Hills home. While the

cause of his death has not been

released, in 2002 it was revealed

he suffered from symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's disease.

Well, rivalry round reached a

climax in Adelaide overnice with

the Crows producing one of their

greatest ever victories to keep

Port Adelaide winless after three rounds.

Adelaide prevailed by a single kick.

There's expected to be a fall-out from from the spiteful clash.

There's never been any love lost

between the cross-town rivals between the cross-town rivals and

tensions were high early. That's a

long launch! They're in front. This incident ignited emotions.

He's dumped.

Port adulate's Matt Thomas under

fire after his crunching tackle on

Nathan basset. The Crows defender

taken from the ground as the game

threatened to spiral out of control.

Moments later, Dean Moments later, Dean Brogan

collected Luke Jericho, a showdown

turning into carnage. Trainers have

gone down! The Crows down to 20 fit

men but they showed great character,

holding off their bitter rivals by

just six points. One of the

greatest wins in the Adelaide

Crows' history. Geelong's

undefeated season undefeated season continued,

downing Melbourne by 30 points, but

it wasn't the slaughter everyone

predicted. Everyone said we'd win

by 100 points. I knew that wasn't

going to happen. And Kane Pettifer

had his number taken for striking.

That's not the way we want to play.

Clearly that's not the way we want to play.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs' winless start to the season continued

yesterday, going down to Manly 20-2

at Brookvale. Brett Stewart

delighted the home crowd with some

brilliance from a misdirected kick

for touch. He's got another one!

His stats are phenomenal here, 44

tries in the last 45 games. Souths

prop Michael Greenfield is in doubt

for next week's match against the

Sharks after a nasty head clash.

Formula One and Brazilian driver Formula One and Brazilian driver

Felipe Massa has broken his

drought for 2008 leading Ferrari to

a one-two victory in Bahrain. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was out of

the mix early after losing his

front wing in a tangle with former

team-mate Fernando Alonso and from

there it was all Ferrari. Massa and

Kimi Raikkonen cruised all the way

to the chequered flag.

Felipe Massa again wins in Bahrain,

the second year in a row, his sixth

career victory. Raikkonnen has now

seized back the championship lead

from Hamilton. While it was another

strong performance for Aussie Mark

Webber. He finished the race in 7th position.

Finance now with Frank and pressure

moufpbts on ANZ over the moufpbts on ANZ over the Opes

collapse. The fall-out is

continuing with the collapse

involving almost 40 companies now.

Lawyers for angry investors say

they'll call on the ANZ to release

its Opes Prime records. The firm

classed last month after major lender ANZ found so-called

irregularities in its accounts.

Lawyers want ANZ to make public its

Opes records. Meantime the ASX is

investigating whether companies

have breached disclosure investigations after requesting

trading halts in the wake of the

Opes collapse.

The chairman of Myer Group, Bill Wavish, claims a string of rate

rises has divided the nation rises has divided the nation and

is hurting the economy. In a letter to

to the Reserve Bank and Treasurer Wayne

Wayne Swan, Mr Wavish says the

hikes are hollowing out the economy

with certain States and the

manufacturing sector the worst hit.

RBA head Glenn Stevens says

divisions are not getting wider.

The Tax Office is chasing

Australian criminals for $75

million in unpaid taxes. The ATO

has joined with the Crime

Commission, Federal Police and the

corporate watchdog to follow the

money trail of the nation's

wealthiest criminals. News Limited

reports the Crime Commission is

comparing the assets and lifestyles

of alleged crime syndicate members with their stated with their stated incomes.

A detailed look at the weather for this Monday.

To the newspaper headlines now. According to Adelaide's

'Advertiser', the suetd Australian

Government admits thousands of

reports of suspected child abuse are not being investigated due to

a shortage of social workers.

Business is pushing for sweeping

reforms of State tax toss offset

rising labour and energy costs.

More in the 'Financial Review'.

And the 'Sydney Morning Herald' has

more on the shortfall of volunteers

for World Youth Day in July.

Single girls listen up - the key Single girls listen up - the key to

finding a husband. We'll have all

the details on that when the early news returns.

Making headlines this morning:

On the agenda - Kevin On the agenda - Kevin Rudd personally commits to an Australian republic.

Violent clashes between police and protesters mar the Olympic torch relay in London.

A university education the key to

finding a husband according to a new report.

And in sport, a day of carnage in

the Superbikes helps Aussie Troy

Bayliss extend his championship lead.

To the markets now with Frank and

weak jobs numbers likely to weigh

on Wall Street this week. Certainly will, Kath.

It was a flat end to the trading

week and poor jobs figures could

weigh on Wall Street in the next few days.

Coming up, Kath - the Conns media

Coming up, Kath - the Conns media deal beginning to swim against the tide.

Ahead of his first meeting with the Queen, Kevin Rudd says he's

personally committed to a republic

but the Prime Minister is coy on

giving a timeline to make it happen.

Ten's political editor Paul

Bongiorno is travelling with the PM.

Kevin Rudd had a quiet and cold day

in London, an appearance on morning television

television putting the republic back

on the agenda. He nailed his

colours to the mast. We're committed

to an Australian republic. I'm a

republican and that's what we'll

work towards over time but it's not

a top-order priority just now. Ever

the diplomat, the Prime Minister

says Australians have a great

affection for the Queen. Back to you.

Paul Bongiorno there.

37 people have been arrested after

thousands of angry protesters

clashed with police as the Olympic

torch made its way through London.

The demonstrators congregated all

along the 50km route protesting

over the Chinese Government's

record on human rights. Despite

scuffles and an attempt to steal

the torch, the Olympic flame

remained lit and was passed to

double Olympic middle-distance gold

medallist Dame Kelly Holmes for the final leg.

A man will face court on a

trespassing charge after a major

security breach at the

Governor-General's home in Sydney.

It's alleged the 45-year-old leapt

from a ferry, swam nearly 600

metres to shore, then scaled a

stone wall to break into Admiralty

House. It's believed he was on the

grounds for around 10 minutes grounds for around 10 minutes and

even swam in the pool before being

arrested by police. It's the second

security breach at the Kirribilli

residence in the past year.

The Government's been urged to

guarantee working families will not

be worse off after the May federal

budget. The Acting Prime Minister

unwilling to entertain any budget speculation.

speculation.

Expectations of a tough budget have

resulted in some tough questions.

Can you guarantee that Australian

working families will not be worse

off after this Budget? Our aim is

to leave working families better

off by delivering our promises! But

the Government's been asked to

explain why centre link is going

after battlers who owe small sums

which were waived by the Howard

Government. But they shouldn't be

able to take advantage of the

system. It's looking as if the

smoke signals from the Budget

process are such that Australian families

families are going to suffer in

this Budget. The Acting Prime

Minister says she's not prepared to

play the media's rule-in-rule-out

game of budget speculation. It will

get to such a fever pitch it will

be about whether or not we're

selling the Sydney Opera House or trying

trying to sell the MCG as a

fundraiser. Government denies it's

at odds with the Reserve Bank over the threat of inflation and mortgage

mortgage stress. Who's right - you or the Reserve Bank? or the Reserve Bank? People report

that it is tougher and tougher to pay the mortgage.

Police are following new leads on

deliberate food contamination at

supermarkets across the country.

Dozens of people have phoned them

with information about the six-cent

metre piece of metal found in

frozen meat goods from Woolworths, Coles

Coles and Bi-Lo. Four of the metal

objects have been found in products

across three States. Neither police

nor the supermarket chains have received threats or demands.

It seems the key to finding a

husband is getting a university

degree. New research shows women

with degrees are more likely to

marry than those who are less educated. While the overall

marriage rate continues to decline

in Australia, marriage levels for

women over 30 with uni degrees has

stabilised. It represents a

dramatic trend reversal over the past decade. Robert Robert Mugabe's ruling party has

demanded a recount in Zimbabwe's

presidential election, claiming

there were errors and

miscalculations in the vote.

Zimbabweans are still waiting for

the result of the election nine

days after they went to the polls.

A High Court judge will rule today

on a petition by the Opposition

which calls for the immediate

release of the results. Leader of

the Opposition Morgan the Opposition Morgan Tsvangirai

has already claimed outright victory.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs The South Sydney Rabbitohs remain

glued to the bottom of the NRL lad

orer after a comprehensive defeat

to Manly at Brookvale yesterday.

After four games they're yet to register a win. Has the Rabbitohs' confidence taken a hit from their winless start to the season? Mate, we've lost 4 out of 4 - what do you think? Are we going to give up on ourselves out the other side? is going to give up on us - Everyone else that's great, give up - but we won't. They'll do it tough, the Bunnies, prop Michael Greenfield the latest addition to a growing injury list. We lost Roy and Issac Luke last week around half-time, we've lost Michael Greenfield today, we lost Craig Wing in Round 1 - these things play a part. It was Brett Stewart's 65th-minute try that sunk South Sydney, delighting over 14,000 fans at Brookvale. COMMENTATOR: Oh, he's got another one! Nathan Merritt didn't find touch. I guess you take them when you can. With this month's Anzac Test less than three weeks away, next Friday's grand final rematch is also shaping as a potential selection trial between Stewart and Storm fullback Billy Slater for the number one Australian jumper. Brett Stewart's the incumbent, so that's a huge wrap, and he hasn't done anything wrong. Also yesterday, the New Zealand Warriors held off a spirited Newcastle Knights outfit, but they know there's plenty of improvement needed if they're to be a force this year. Andrew Blow, Ten News. Australia's Troy Bayliss Australia's Troy Bayliss has

extended his lead in the world

Superbike standings after surviving

a day of spills in Spain.

A host of top guns were launched

from their machines in race one allowing Bayliss to make up some

precious ground.

COMMENTATOR: Can he do it? Last

corner here and he's gone for it!

Bayliss will win because Checa has taken out.

Will Bayliss win or Lanzi win? Bayliss finished second in that

race behind Lorenzo Lanzi and

repeated the feat in race two,

extending his championship lead to

48 points over pain's Fonsi Nieto. -- Spain's Fonsi Nieto.

Manchester United's lead at the top

of the Premier League has been

whittled down to three points after

thrilling snow affected an encounter against Middlesbrough overnight.

Ronald owe scored goal 37 for the

sees yofr before a double from

Alfonso Alves handed the hosts a

sniff at an upset. Alves is in

again! Chance! Goal! Middlesbrough

in front. The league leaders quickly accepted the challenge,

Wayne Rooney hitting the equaliser

in driving snow 16 minutes from time.

That would be tough. It would be. Hard yakka! Tell bus

the CMH takeover. Talks at a

stalemate? Yes, Lachlan Murdoch's

bid for a controlling stake in James Packer's media company is

under a cloud after a deadlock in

discussions there. The sides are at

a stand-off over the price of the

stake and it's understood Packer's

advisers have now set a deadline

for the negotiations. The deal

hands the Murdoch-led consortium a

75% stake in the company.

The Government will be on the look-out for signs of a

look-out for signs of a slowing economy with a string of economy with a string of finance

figures out today. Data on building

approvals, job ads and international trade will be

released. The Reserve Bank might

again choose to keep rates on hold

if the figures point to an economic slowdown.

The weather details now for this Monday.

Police hunt a map who fled a fiery

crash in Sydney. That's crash in Sydney. That's next.

And comet secretary finance report

You're watching Ten's Early News.

Making headlines today: n dozens

arrested as police and protesters

clash in the Olympic torch relay in

London.

The PM throws his support behind an

Australian republic as he prepares

to meet the Queen.

A man charged over an embarrassing security breach at security breach at the Governor-General's home.

And in sport, Lewis Hamilton

humbled as Felipe Massa leads

Ferrari to a one-two finish in

Bahrain.

Now here's Frank to let us know what's happening on the markets this week.

Thank you, Kath. Could be a

struggle in the US this week as

American companies brace themselves

for a long period of weak customer demand. Unemployment now at its

highest level in 2.5 years there,

something a flat market may have

factored in ahead of its close.

In some big news, Microsoft is set

to take its offer for Yahoo!

straight to shareholders after two months of fruitless negotiations. There There

Coming up - a preview with CommSec.

Thank you, Frank.

The Olympic flame's journey through

London has been overshadowed by

protests, scuffles, and Pro-Tibetan protests, scuffles, and arrests.

Pro-Tibetan and human rights

campaigners held demonstrations

along the torch's route. More than 30

30 people have been arrested.

Sport's most sacred symbol -

raised aloft at Wembley Stadium.

And in the care of one of the

greatest Olympians, Sir Steve Redgrave.

At the beginning, there was

celebration, but for its journey

across London, the Olympic torch

was surrounded con stantly by

Chinese security men and a patrol

of British police officers who were

very quick to show this protester

that they were not in the party mood.

mood.

The former blueprint -- Blue Peter

presenter, Connie Huck, carried presenter, Connie Huck, carried the

torch through Ladbroke Grove. By

then the patrol had grown bigger to

protect the flame from those who

seek to put it out. Progress they

did. The torch's progress was

punctuated with confrontation.

Along the route , there were people

who had come to support China and confronted with their Tibetan counterparts, there were ugly counterparts, there were ugly scenes.

The Olympic torch has so far made

its way through the capital

securely but given all of the

ideals it stands for, ideally, it

shouldn't need protecting.

Kevin Rudd has reaffirmed his

support for an Australian republic

a day before he meets with the

Queen at Windsor Castle. The PM

spent a quiet Sunday braving the

cold weather. He's appeared on a

morning TV show where the issue of

a republic was put back on the

agenda. I've always been a

republican. It's in our platform of

the party. We're committed to it. As

I said, it's not a top-order

priority. I'd also say this - that

Her Majesty The Queen is regarded

with much respect across all Australians.

But Mr Rudd would not commit to a time frame for a republic.

A man will face court on a

trespassing charge after a major security breach at security breach at the

Governor-General's home in Sydney.

It's alleged the 45-year-old leapt

from a ferry, swam nearly 600

metres to shore, then scaled a

stone wall to break into Admiralty

House. It's believed he was on the

grounds for about 10 minutes and

even swam in the pool before being

arrested by police. It's the second

security breach at the Kirribilli

residence in the past year.

Police are hunting for a driver who

fled a random breath test before

crashing his car in Sydney's inner

west overnight. The man was stopped

by police at Burwood where he

allegedly recorded a blood alcohol

level over the limit. He drove off

and a short time later crashed his

Mercedes into a guardrail and Mercedes into a guardrail and an overpass. The vehicle burst into

flames. The driver fled the scene before police

aOnly half 6 the volunteers needed

for World Youth Day in Sydney have

signed up to help with the

international event. The Catholic

Church says it needs,000 people for

crowd marshalling, translation

services and supervision. Only

4,000 have so far volunteered. 4,000 have so far volunteered. To

make matters worse, only 10% of the

125,000 international pilgrims

expected to descend on Sydney in

July have been granted visas.

Two men will face court in the

United States this wiek accused of

bashing Australian tourist Rob

Schneider on a San Diego beach. The

26-year-old is recovering in an

Adelaide hospital after arriving home home at the weekend. Relieved to be on home soil, a weary Rob Schneider accompanied by a medical team. He was anxiety and the hospital's told us that that is symptomatic of concussion. Despite the ordeal, the electrician is already planning his next overseas trip. We think we'll be in his hip pocket but, hey, a 26-year-old young man, when you fall off a horse, you've got to get back on it again. Two men charged over the attack are expected to

appear in a San Diego court appear in a San Diego court this

week. Both face life in prison if convicted.

Six people remain in hospital Six people remain in hospital after

an explosion at a dairy factory in

New Zealand. One firefighter was

killed in the blast. He and his

crew had been trying to break crew had been trying to break into the building when the plant

exploded. They'd been responding to

an automatic alarm. Investigators

say there was a heavy smell of gas

in the air just before the blast.

Robert Mugabe's ruling party has

demanded a recount in Zimbabwe's

presidential election, claiming

there were errors and

miscalculations in the vote.

Zimbabweans are still awaiting the

result of the election nine days

after they went to the polls. A

High Court judge will rule today on a petition by the Opposition which

calls for the immediate release of

the results. Leader of the Opposition Morgan Tsvangirai has already claimed victory.

Well, an apple a day really does

keep the doctor away. A review of

scien tifpbg research over the past

decade has found apples reduce the

risk of heart disease and certain

cancers. The fruit is also associated with asthma protection

and can reduce the risk of type 2

diabetes. An ms have more oxidants

than many other fruits but

Australians v on average eat just

one apple a week.

Well, rivalry round reached a

climax in Adelaide last night with

the Crows producing one of their

greatest ever victories to keep

Port Adelaide winless after three rounds. rounds. Adelaide prevailed by a single single kick but there's expected single kick but there's expected to

be a fall-out from the spiteful clash.

There's never been any love lost between the cross-town rivals and tensions were high early. But it was this incident that ignited emotions. Gets the kick away as he's dumped. Oh, it's a nice, old slam dunk. Port Adelaide's Matt Thomas under fire after his crunching tackle on Nathan Bassett, the Crows defender taken from the ground as the game threatened to spiral out of control. Moments later, Dean Brogan collected Luke Jericho,

the Showdown turning into carnage.

It's on in the middle. Trainers have gone down. The Crows down to 20 fit men but they showed great character, holding off their bitter rivals by just six points. One of the greatest wins in the Adelaide Crows' history.

Geelong's undefeated season continued, downing Melbourne by 30 points, but it wasn't the slaughter everyone had predicted. Everybody in the world was saying we were going to win by 100 points.

I knew that wasn't going to happen. And Tiger Kayne Pettifer had his number taken for striking Magpie Nick Maxwell during Collingwood's 44-point win over Richmond. Look, that's not the way Clearly, that's not the way we want to play. Kelli Underwood, Ten News.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs' The South Sydney Rabbitohs' winless

start to the season continued

yesterday, going down

yesterday, going down to Manly 20-2 at Brookvale.

Brett Stewart delighted the home

crowd with some brilliance from a

misdirected kick for touch.

He's got another one! His stats are

phenomenal here, 44 tries in the last 45 games.

Souths prop Michael Greenfield is

in doubt for next week's match

against the Sharks after a nasty head

head clash.

Formula One now and Brazilian driver

driver Felipe Massa has broken his

drought for 2008, leading Ferrari

to a one-two victory in Bahrain.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was out

early after losing his front wing

in a tangle with former team-mate Fernando Alonso and from there it

was all Ferrari. Massa and Kimi

Raikkonen cruising all the way to

the chequered flag.

COMMENTATOR: Felipe Massa again

wins in Bahrain, the second year in a wins in Bahrain, the second year in

a row, his sixth career victory,

all of which have come...

Raikkonnen has now seized back the

championship lead from Hamilton

while it was another strong

performance for Aussie Mark Webber,

who finished the race in 7th position.

Successive rate hikes have taken

their toll on consumer sentiment

with

with a drop in spending according

to the latest figures and for more

I'm joined by Craig James from

CommSec. Good morning tow, Craig.

Retail sales growth has dwindled to

a two-year low. Yes, Frank. As you

mentioned, those rate hikes

certainly have taken their toll

together with higher petrol prices

and the weaker share market. and the weaker share market. The

figures show what we're doing is

going out less to cafes and

restaurants. We're also going for restaurants. We're also going for

cheaper tipples of beer and wine. cheaper tipples of beer and wine.

International trade figures are out

today and there's another big

shortfall? Yes. It looks like a

trade deficit of around about $2.5

billion. We haven't seen a trade

surplus for four years. We're

getting the income in through coal

and iron ore receipts but it's

going out just as quickly, buying

things like cars and DVD players

and recorders. What about and recorders. What about jobs figures? Some important ones out? Yes, those figures out on Thursday

and we're probably going to see

another rise in employment. We're looking

looking for a rise in around about

20,000. The jobless rate will

probably remain pretty close to the

33-year low we saw last month of

around about 4%. What do you expect

on the markets today? The futures

market is optimistic, looking for a

39-point rise at the start of trade.

Our share market rose by almost 5%

last week. It may be flatter than

what the futures market suggests.

Craig James from CommSec, thanks for the

for the update. Thank you.

Finally, the Tax Office is chasing Australian

Australian criminals for Australian criminals for $75

million in unpaid taxes. The ATO

has joined with the Crime Commission, Federal Police and the

corporate watchdog to follow the money trail of the nation's

weamentiest criminals. News Limited

reports the Crime Commission is

comparing the assets and lifestyles

of alleged crime syndicate members with their stated incomes.

with their stated incomes.

A detailed look at the weather

details for this Monday.

Now, let's take a look

Now, let's take a look at the at this morning's newspaper headlines.

Melbourne's 'Age' reports on the

discovery of Aboriginal tools in discovery of Aboriginal tools in

WA's Pilbara region which date WA's Pilbara region which date back 35,000 years.

The ASX is investigating whether

companies have breached disclosure obligations after requesting

trading halts in the wake of the

Opes Prime collapse. And the 'Daily

Telegraph' has more on the security

Telegraph' has more on the security

breach at the Governor-General's residence in Sydney.

A crackdown in teen drinking. Find

out the tougher penalties parents

face when the early news returns.

This is Ten's Early This is Ten's Early News. Top stories this Top stories this morning: On the agenda - Kevin Rudd

personally commits to an Australian republic. Violent clashes between police and

protesters mar the Olympic torch

relay in London. A university education the key to

finding a husband according to a new report. And in

And in sport a day of spills in the

Superbikes helps Aussie Troy Bayliss extend his championship lead.

Now for our final check of the

markets here's Frank.

Thank you very much, Kath. Recession fears have been fuelled

by poor jobless figures in the by poor jobless figures in the US.

The Dow Jones finished down 16 points, the NASDAQ had a slight increase, though.

Coming up - the rising number of companies caught out by the

companies caught out by the Opes

Prime collapse. There's a Lt of

them, too.

Ahead of his first meeting with the

Queen as Prime Minister, Kevin

Queen as Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

says he's personally committed to a

republic but Mr Rudd has refused

to commit to a time frame to make

it happen. Ten's political editor,

Paul Bongiorno, is travelling with the PM.

Kevin Rudd had a very quiet and

very cold Sunday morning in London. An appearance on morning television

saw the republic put back on the

agenda. The Prime Minister refused

to be drawn on a timetable, but he

did nail his colours to the mast.

We are committed to an Australian

republic. I'm a republican and that

is what we will work towards over

time. But it's not a top-order

priority just now.

Ever the diplomat, the Prime

Minister says Australians have a great affection for the Queen. Back

Back to you.

Paul Bongiorno there.

37 people have been arrested after thousands of angry protesters

clashed with police as the Olympic

torch made its way through London.

The demonstrators congregated all

along the 50km route protesting

over the Chinese over the Chinese Government's

record on human rights. Despite scuffles and an attempt to steal

the torch, the Olympic flame

remained lit and was passed to

double Olympic

double Olympic middle-distance gold

medallist Dame Kelly Holmes for the final leg.

Motorists can expect traffic delays

in Sydney's CBD this morning. An

office block is on fire. Ten crews

are battling the blaze on the

corner of Pitt and Market streets.

Market Street is closed between Castlereagh and George streets.

A 45-year-old man has been charged over an

over an embarrassing security

breach at the Governor-General's

home in Sydney. It's alleged the

man leapt from a ferry, swam nearly

600 metres to shore, then scaled a

stone wall to break into Admiralty

House. It's believed he was on the

grounds for about ten minutes. He

even managed to swim in the pool

before being arrested by police.

It's the second security breach at

the Kirribilli residence in the pasz year.

Parents of drunk children could be find and -- fined and

find and -- fined and forced to

undergo counselling as part of a

binge drinking crackdown in NSW.

News Limited reports four children

a day, some as young as 10, are being admitted to the State's

hospitals for alcohol abuse. Police

have begun trialing a new program that

that requires parents to attend

counselling sessionwise children

who are caught drinking or face

fines of up to $500.

Hollywood is paying tribute to one of its

of its fallen giants, the actor

Charlton Heston, who's died at age

84. Heston was renowned for playing

epic roles like Moses and Ben epic roles like Moses and Ben Hur.

He revealed in 2002 he was

suffering from symptoms similar to

Alzheimer's disease. When

When it came to epic heroes on the

big screen, he was quite simply perfect. perfect. Historical

figures became his trademark roles,

capitalising on his chis yelled

looks and that famously powerful voice.

The Lord Of hosts will do battle

for us! Behold his mighty hand!

But when the Hollywood studio

stopped making epics like 'The Ten

Commandments' he turned to Westerns

and science fiction. In recent

years, Charlton Heston's career has

been overshadowed by his politics.

He was a vocal supporter and leader

of America's controversial

of America's controversial gun

rights lobby. From my cold rights lobby. From my cold dead hands!

But no-one can deny his status as a

Hollywood legend, a towering figure

from cinema's golden era. They

don't make them like that any more.

It seems the key to finding a

husband is getting a university

degree. New research shows women

with degrees are more likely to

marry than those who are less

educated. While the overall

marriage rate continues to decline

in Australia, marriage levels for

women over 30 with uni degrees has

stabilised. It represent as

dramatic trend reversal over the past decade.

Well, the South Sydney Rabbitohs

remain glued to the bottom of the

NRL latted ladder after a

comprehensive defeat to Manly at Brookvale yesterday. After four

games, the ran toes are yet to register a win. Has the Rabbitohs' confidence taken a hit from their winless start to the season?

Mate, we've lost 4 out of 4 - what do you think? Are we going to give up on ourselves or are we going to fight our way out the other side? Everyone else is going to give up on us - that's great, give up - but we won't. They'll do it tough, the Bunnies, prop Michael Greenfield the latest addition to a growing injury list. We lost Roy and Issac Luke last week around half-time, we've lost Michael Greenfield today, we lost Craig Wing in Round 1 -

these things play a part. It was Brett Stewart's 65th-minute try that sunk South Sydney, delighting over 14,000 fans at Brookvale. COMMENTATOR: Oh, he's got another one! Nathan Merritt didn't find touch. I guess you take them when you can. With this month's Anzac Test less than three weeks away, next Friday's grand final rematch is also shaping as a potential selection trial and Storm fullback Billy Slater between Stewart for the number one Australian jumper. Brett Stewart's the incumbent, so that's a huge wrap, and he hasn't done anything wrong. Also yesterday, the New Zealand Warriors held off a spirited Newcastle Knights outfit, but they know there's plenty of improvement needed if they're to be a force this year. Andrew Blow, Ten News. Australia's Troy Bayliss Australia's Troy Bayliss has

extended his lead in the world

Superbike standings after surviving

a day of spills in Spain. A host of

top guns were launched from their

machines in race one, allowing

Bayliss to make up some precious

ground. Can he do it? He's taken

himself out! Bayliss will win

because they're out! Will Bayliss

win? Or will Lanzi win? Oh, win? Or will Lanzi win? Oh, they get excited! Bayliss finished

second in that race behind Lorenzo

Lanzi and repeated the feat in race

two extending his championship lead

to 48 points over Spain's Fonsi Nieto.

Manchester United's lead at the top

of the Premier League has been

whittled down to just three points

after a thrilling snow-affected

encounter against Middlesbrough

overnight. Ronald owe opened the

account for the Red Devils with

goal number 37 for the season

before the double from Alfonso

Alves gave the hosts a sniff at an

upset. Alves is in again! Chance!

Goal! Middlesbrough in front! But Goal! Middlesbrough in front! But

the league leaders quickly accepted

the challenge, Wayne Rooney hitting

the equaliser in driving snow 16 minutes from time.

Finance now with Frank and ANZ

under pressure over the Opes

collapse. Investors want answers.

The fall-out continues with the

collapse involving almost 40

companies now. Lawyers for angry

investors say they'll call on investors say they'll call on the

ANZ to release its Opes Prime

records. The firm collapsed last month after major

month after major lender ANZ found

so-called irregularities in its

accounts. Lawyers want ANZ to make

public its Opes records as it pursues compensation for

shareholders. Meantime the ASX is investigating whether companies

have breached disclosure

obligations after requesting

trading halts in the wake of the Opes collapse. ANZ is continuing

its push into Asia with the bank to

take full control of its businesses

take full control of its businesses in Malaysia, Indonesia and in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Operations in those countries top

the lists of ANZ's expansion plans

as it tries to establish itself as

a major player in the region. ANZ

says political and economic changes

in those countries have offered big

opportunities for the bank to build its profile. Lachlan Murdoch's bid for a

controlling stake in James Packer's

media company is under a cloud media company is under a cloud

after a deadlock in discussions.

The sides are at stand-off over the

price of the stake and it's understood Packer's advisers have

set a deadline for set a deadline for the negotiations. The deal hands the Murdoch-led

consortium a 75% stake in the group.

On to the finance diary now and the Australian Bureau of Statistics

reveals its international trade and

goods and services data for January.

They also release February

buildings approvals figures and buildings approvals figures and the Australian construction index for

March is also due out.

Before we go, finally Microsoft is

tiring of waiting for Yahoo! to

respond to its $44 billion offer

and might go straight to

shareholders. Upping the ante. Indeed.

Thank you, Frank.

A quick recap of this morning's top stories now:

Dozens arrested as police and were

testers clash during the testers clash during the Olympic torch relay in London.

The PM throws his support behind an

Australian republic as he prepares

to meet the Queen.

And a man's been charged over an

embarrassing security breach at the Governor-General's home.

Well that's it for Ten's Early News.

I'm Kathryn Robinson. Bye bye for

now. And I'm Frank Colleta. We'll

see you again tomorrow. Supertext Captions

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