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News. Heavy rain and waves batter

the worst. coastal NSW but residents spared

the worst. Kevin Rudd unveils his

vision for an EU-style Asian Union.

The speed and scope of changes in

our region means, I believe, we

must begin to act now. History made -

- Barack Obama turns his sights to

John McCain but Hillary Clinton is

yet to concede. And in sport,

II. Jarryd Hayne suspended for Origin

To the latest on the markets now.

Thank you and good morning again. Wall

Wall Street has traded lower

overnight following Ben Bernanke's

warning about long-term inflation.

James Packer forced to give up on a

dream. I'll have the details

shortly. Heavy rain and wind has

lashed the NSW coast with much of

the State on extreme flood alert overnight. Waves battered the

overnight. Waves battered the

coastline with rising waters

engulfing beaches. Worst affected

was the Hastings River region near

Port Macquarie where about a dozen

homes suffered minor flooding.

Gosford copped more than 100

millimetres since yesterday morning, though the worst of the extreme

weather appears to have passed the

State by. 70 people have been

arrested in one of the country's

biggest crackdowns

biggest crackdowns on child

pornography. Among those charged, a

board member of the West Australian

skpn sports Federation, a police

officer, and a teacher. And the

6-month investigation uncovered

several cases of child abuse and

rampant use of child pornography on

the Internet. The PM has unveiled a

new 20-20 vision, calling for an Asia Pacific community like the EU.

In a keynote speech last night,

Kevin Rudd revealed he's appointed

an envoy to work on what he called

an important matter of unfinished regional

regional business. I fully

recognise that this will not be an

easy process. Just as establishing

APEC was not easy 20 years ago. But

the speed and the scope of changes

in our region means, I believe, we

must begin to act now. Earlier, Mr

Rudd came under attack, accused of being

being obsessed with China. To then

spend four days in China on a

17-day world tour, and not find one

hour to visit Japan, caused a great

loss of face in Japan. He must have

understood... The Opposition says that relationship had damaged our

standing with other Asian allies as

well. Hillary Clinton still hasn't

conceded defeat, despite rival

Barack Obama declaring victory in

the race for the Democratic

presidential nomination. Obama and

John McCain are already trading

jabs in the opening round of their

battle for the White House. It is

day one of the general election

campaign. We have an eventful night

last night. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both paid visits to

the American Israel Public Affairs

Committee where they discussed

foreign policy and each other. She

is a great Senator from New York.

She's an extraordinary leader of

the Democratic party and she's the Democratic party and she's made

history. It's been an honour to

contest these primaries with him

and it's an honour to call him my

friend. Clinton and Obama talked on friend. Clinton and Obama talked

the phone and agreed to meet but

haven't set a date. She has said

she would serve as vice-president

but a spokesman for Obama says

there's no deal in the works. As

voters Clinton looks at her options,

voters are get agpreview of the

upcoming battle for the White House.

Obama and McCain are taking no time

having a go at each other. No spin

rooms, just two Americans running

for the highest office in the

greatest nation on earth. Obama

thinks the voters want change but

first he'll have to unite the party

if he wants to win the White House.

Australian soldiers will spend more

time away from their loved ones

when they're deployed overseas. The Defence Department last night

revealed some deployments will be

extended from six months to eight

months from October. The department says

says the extended rotation will

give troops more time to develop relationships with coalition

partners and the local populations. The time between The time between deployments,

however, will also be however, will also be increased.

The scandal surrounding the top law officer charged over officer charged over an

international drug plot has

deepened. Former police detective

Roger Rogerson has revealed Mark

Standen asked him to recover nearly

$1 million, reportedly lent by drug

dealers. The money was allegedly a

prepayment to set up the Australian

end of the deal. 51-year-old

Standen is behind bars, charged

with conspiracy to import and

supply drugs. Nearly $200 million

will be pledged in today's South

Australian budget to help children

needing State care. First-home

buyers will be given more

assistance while the Government has

committed $100 million to committed $100 million to redevelop

an AFL venue in Adelaide's west.

Police will benefit, with $38

million pledged towards new headquarters in Adelaide. Zimbabwe's Opposition Leader,

Morgan Tsvangirai, has been

detained by police, while

campaigning for that country's

presidential election. A convoy

carrying the MDC leader was stopped

at a police road block. Their car

was searched before Mr Tsvangirai

and his entourage were taken to a

police station. The Opposition

Leader will take on President

Robert Mugabe in a run-off election

on June 27.

A disruption for NSW ahead of the

second State of Origin game. second State of Origin game. Winger

Jarryd Hayne will miss the match

after being suspended at the

judiciary overnight. Hayne arrived

ready to fight for his place in

State of Origin II. He claimed he

did not hear the referee's whistle

to cease the offending tackle. The judiciary disagreed and suspended

the star for three weeks. It's the

series gone from me. I'm not going

to get a game before III. I wish

the boys luck. Scott Turner in to

the squad. It's out of Monaghan and

himself, after Mark Gasnier has his

final fitness test. Billy Slater

has played down claims that Darren has played down claims that Darren

Lockyer is their saviour. We won't

rely on him to save us. On the club

front, North Queensland's Luke

O'Donnell will be sidelined for the

Cowboys's next seven matches after

being found guilty of two counts of

charge. striking and a contrary conduct

charge. Western Bulldogs veteran

Scott West is battling a knee

injury thatens to end his career.

He's not hanging up the boots just

yet. West says he will be back. I

think at my age and with an injury

at that age, the speculation is going

going to come. But I can only, you

can only train and do the rehab and

get back. And Port Adelaide's Chad

Cornes says he'd consider following

Daniel Chick's lead by amputating

his trouble sl finger if it flares

-- troublesome finger if it flares

again. Ouch. The latest FIFA world rankings

rankings are out and the Socceroos

are moved up eight places to number

35. That also makes Australia

Asia's highest-ranked team ahead of

Japan. The squad is currently in

Dubai for the return leg of their

World Cup qualifying matches against Iraq. That match will be

played also on the weekend, Saturday in fact. Let's go to

finance again. Numbers out

yesterday show a surprisingly

resilient economy? Good and bad

news with national accounts coming

in yesterday, showing the

Australian economy grew 0.6% in the March quarter, double expectations.

It seems consumers have It seems consumers have shrugged

off the last seven interest rate

hikes, keeping spending high,

fuelling the stronger than expected

GDP which came in at an annual

GDP which came in at an annual rate

of 3.6%. The problem now is that

the RBA may need to increase rates

to tame the domestic demand to curb

inflation. James Packer's Las Vegas

casino dream is over. The

billionaire abandoning plans to

build one of the tallest casinos in

the US on the famous Las the US on the famous Las Vegas

strip. He's listed Crown group as

the blame. Crown has been forced

to write off $44 million it had to

contribute to the venture. The

national weather forecast today:

Let's look at what's making the

front pages of the newspapers. The

'Courier Mail' reports on a new

dawn in the US with the Democrats

nominating Barack Obama to run for

President. New figures on the state

of the economy are fuelling fears

of further interest rate hikes. And

the 'Daily Telegraph' says the army admits it mishandled allegations

that entertainer Tania Zaetta had improper

improper relations with soldiers in

Iraq. Kevin Rudd puts himself up

for auction. We'll have that story

when the Early News returns.

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This is Ten's Early News. 20-20

vision - the PM's plan to create an

EU-style Asia Pacific community.

Barack Obama and John McCain are

trading jabs already, day one of the White House election campaign.

Tania Zaetta says she'll still sue, despite

despite an apology over soldier sex

allegations. And in sports news,

the Fed Express strolls in to the Fed Express strolls in to the

French Open semifinals. Here are

the market news now. How did Wall

Street close? Fairly mixed results

overnight with US equity markets.

Chinaa ups the ante for Midwest.

All the details in under 10 minutes.

The PM has unveiled an ambitious

plan to create an Asia Pacific community like the European Union.

This comes as the Opposition

attacks Kevin Rudd, accusing him of

being obsessed with China. Kevin

Rudd announced his latest 20-20

vision. A regional institution that

expand the entire Asia Pacific

union. It's hoped an Asia Pacific

community will provide a venue for

cooperation on issues such as free

trade, terrorism and long-term

energy and resource security. The

speed and the scope of changes in

our region means I believe we our region means I believe we must

begin to act now. It's expected the

PM will discuss the idea when he tours

tours Japan and Indonesia next week.

It comes as the Opposition claims

he's obsessed with China, saying

that relationship has damaged our

standing with our Asian allies.

Toofrpblgts then spend four days in

China on a 17-day world tour and

not find one hour to visit Japan,

caused a great loss of face in

Japan. Hillary Clinton is refusing

to give up in that race to the

kwhous despite rival Barack Obama

declaring -- White House despite rival Barack Obama rival Barack Obama declaring

himself as Democratic nominee for

President. It has been an honour to

contest these primaries with him.

It is an honour to call him my

friend. Obama's victory sets up a

November election battle against

the Republican John McCain. There

are warnings of flash flooding in

the NSW Hunten region after heavy

rain and wind lashed the State

overnight. Waves battered the coastline with rising waters

engulfing the beaches. The worst

affected - the Hastings River

region near Port Macquarie where

about a dozen homes suffered minor

flooding. Gosford received up to

100 millimetres since yesterday

morning. Tania Zaetta says she's

still planning to sue despite an

apology from Australia's Defence

Chief over false claims she had sex

with soldiers. A leaked defence

document revealed allegations that

Zaetta slept with SAS members while

in Afghanistan to entertain troops.

It was not well handled by us. I

was absolutely appalled that the names

names were put out in the hot

issues brief. And I regret the

whole thing. I'm still going to

take legal action because at this

point I need to sit down and

reassess all the damage down all

around the world. Zaetta has around the world. Zaetta has tdz

has harmed her long-term career.

Three private school boys have been

charged with the rape of a

13-year-old girl in Queensland.

It's alleged the assault took place

at party in an exclusive Brisbane

suburb, some time on Sunday morning. It's claimed the three boys

invited the victim to the home of one

one of the accused. Two of the boys

have faced court and were granted bail

bail to reappear at a later date.

Police have smashed a $300,000 drug

ring in Melbourne, two men ring in Melbourne, two men have

been arrested after large quantities

quantities of ecstasy and cash were

found in their car. Police then

searched a home in Melbourne's

north, detaining a third man.

Located a large amount of drugs,

precursor chemicals, firearms and other

other weapons. The three men will

appear in court this morning. Unexpected economic growth has Unexpected economic growth has

raised concerns about the impact of

inflation on wages. The Federal Government

Government believes it has the

situation under control. The economy's slowing, but at a measured pace. The evidence - growth in the March quarter climbed 0.6%, double what many observers had forecast. The economy grew at an annual rate of 3.6% in the first three months of the year, well up on expectations. Household consumption was the driving force behind the surprise result. The figures indicate growth is moderating, but the economy remains resilient.

But they also show that the inflation fight is very definitely far from over.

There is a chance the Reserve Bank board will lift official interest rates later this year if demand doesn't ease. If you have an upward impact on interest rates, that represents a long-term drag on economic growth and therefore has a long-term impact on employment as well. And the Government is talking down the prospect of a wages blowout as prices go up. Thus far the data suggests that the wages pressures are being contained. It's something we will keep a very close eye on. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

The Government says it's still committed to phasing out plastic

shopping bags. Environment

ministers failed to agree on ministers failed to agree on a

national plan in April but they're

planning to meet again later this

year. Whether we met to look at

this issue of plastic bags, there

were a number of options on the

table. We're committed to a phaseout but we recognise the phaseout but we recognise the

timeline has been extended. Mr Garrett said the Government won't

impose a levee on single -- levy on

single use plastic bags. How much

would you pay to have dinner with

the PM? Well, Kevin Rudd and the

Deputy, Julia Gillard, are putting

themselves up for auction online

for charity. The winners will be

announced at a mid-winter ball, run

by Press Gallery journalists later

this month. Opposition Leader

brerpbden Nelson has offered dinner

with the co--- Brendan Nelson has

offered dinner with the Coalition

leadership team to the highest bidder. A driver has lost control

of his four-wheel drive and

ploughed in to a home on the Gold

Coast. A resident who was asleep at

the time was lucky to not be harmed.

The car struck another car on the

suburban street. The driver ran

from the vehicle before police

arrived. Riot police have been

called in after a protest in

Belgium turned violent. Around 400

fishermen took to the streets.

They're angry over high fuel prices.

Riot officers armed with shields

and batons charged the protesters

as flares, firecrackers and rocks

were thrown at them. Police were

forced to use a water cannon to

break up the crowd. In rugby league

news, NSW selectors have called up

the Melbourne Storm's Steve Turner,

following the suspension of Jarryd

Hayne. The Blues' winger found

guilty of a grade 2 dangerous throw

which will see him out for his next

three matches.

COMMENTATOR: Hayne picks up Carroll. That's the series gone for me

because I won't get a game before

game III and I wish the boys luck.

North Queensland's Luke O'Donnell

out for seven weeks, guilty of

striking in two separate incidents.

Also a contrary conduct charge.

Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson

has been as busy and elusive as

some of his midfield, avoiding

media questions over a tough week. In the end Alastair Clarkson was prised out from hiding to apologise for his and his club's actions over the last week. You live and learn. I need to get better in a lot of areas in that regard. in that area. He's been taken to task over a stoush with a journalist, and his young star Buddy Franklin But in trying to avoid a media scrum he created a bigger one. He went in a side door for a radio interview,

leaving his car double-parked in a loading area, before scuttling away to the offices of president Jeff Kennett. REPORTER: Do you concede that it might have appeared Oh, listen, mate, do you want to ask me another question? Because I'm here talking to you about what you want to talk about. Let's talk about it. In contrast, Melbourne invited the media to witness Russell Robertson's discharge from hospital

after surgery on his snapped Achilles tendon. Obviously very, very shattered about what's happened. You know, when you hear the words "out for the season" it's pretty...you know, it just floors you. Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Roger Federer has moved a step

closer to the only Grand Slam title that eludes him, the

that eludes him, the French Open.

He lost the first set and then

cruised through the next three to

reach his 16th conseciateive major semifinal.

COMMENTATOR: That will do it for

COMMENTATOR: That will do it for

the number one player in the world.

Federer will meet Gael Monfils in the semifinal .

the semifinal . Finance now.

Sinosteel lifts its stake in

Midwest? That's right. The Chinese

company has boosted its stake in

Midwest. Sinosteel is pushing ahead

with its takeover proposal for

Midwest, offering the board $1.6

billion or $6.38 a share. Last week

Midwest revealed plans to merge,thality merge,thality would value Midwest

shares at $7.17. Some of the country's largest miners are

expected to report lower production

and higher costs after a gas blast

off Western Australia. An explosion

tore through the energy plant on

Tuesday, wiping out a third of

Western Australia's gas supply.

Some miners were forced to close

their operations, while others made

the switch to more costly the switch to more costly diesel

generators. It's too early to generators. It's too early to say

when energy supplies will be back

to normal. Here is the forecast for Thursday:

A teacher among those arrested in a

child porn crackdown next. We'll have the CommSec finance report

when the Early News returns.

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Today, heavy rain and waves batter

coastal NSW but residents have been

spared the worst of this wild

weather. Kevin Rudd unveils his

vision for an EU-style Asian Union.

The speed and scope of changes in

our region means, I believe, we

must begin to act now. An historic

victory - Barack Obama turns his

sights to John McCain now but

Hillary Clinton is yet to concede. And Jarryd Hayne suspended for Origin II.

Let's talk about the markets now.

Thank you. It was a mixed result for US equity markets overnight.

We'll cross to CommSec to find out

more on how yesterday's strong GDP

figures will impact on rates and

it's probably not good news, coming

up. Thank you. Not good news on the weather front either. Heavy rain

and wind have lashed the NSW coast

with much of the State on extreme

flood alert overnight. Waves

battered the coastline, rising

waters engulfing beaches. The worst

affected, the Hastings River region

near Port Macquarie where about a

dozen homes suffered minor flooding.

Gosford copped more than 100

millimetres of rain, since

yesterday morning. Though the worst

of the extreme weather appears to

have passed the State. 70 people

have been arrested in one of the

country's biggest crackdowns on

child pornography. Among those

charged are a board member of the charged are a board member of the

West Australian Sports Federation,

a police officer and a teacher. The 6-month investigation uncovered

several cases of child abuse, and

rampant use of child pornography on

the Internet. The PM has unveiled a

new 20-20 vision, calling for an Asia

Asia Pacific community much like

the EU. In a keynote speech last

night, Kevin Rudd revealed he's

appointed an envoy to work on what

he called an important matter of

unfinished regional business. I

fully recognise that this will not

be an easy process. Just as

establishing APEC was not easy 20

years ago. But the speed and the

scope of changes in our region

means, I believe, we must begin to

act now. Earlier, Mr Rudd came

under attack, accused of being obsessed

obsessed with China. To then spend

four days in China on a 17-day

world tour and not find one hour to

visit Japan caused a great loss of

face in Japan. The Opposition says

that relationship had damaged our

standing with other Asian allies as

well. It's effectively the first

day of the general election for the

US presidency. Barack Obama

clinched enough delegate votes to win the det cramic nomination but it's not smooth sailing just yet.

His problem is what to do with

Hillary Clinton? Nicole is in New

York. After Barack Obama's historic

win, Hillary Clinton is still

refusing to bow out, increasing speculation she's vying for the

vice-presidential spot on the

ticket. Earlier, in a speech to a

pro-Israel lobby group, she heaped

praise upon her Democratic rival.

It's been an honour to contest

these primaries with him and an

honour to call him my friend and

let me be very clear - I know that

Senator Obama will be a good friend

to Israel. Here in New York, there

are mixed views about what the Senator

Senator should do next. She should

not be the vice-erate. I'd be very

happy if -- vice-president. I'd be very happy if Obama President very happy if Obama becomes

President and she should go back to

the Senate. I would rather see him

take somebody like John Edwards.

She should stick it till there's a

decision. It's understood Barack

Obama and Hillary Clinton have

spoken and at some point they'll

will meet face to face to discuss

what role she will play in the

ongoing presidential campaign. The

scandal surrounding the top law

enforcer charged over an

international drug plot has

deepened today. Former police

detective Roger Rogerson has

revealed Mark Standen asked him to

help recover nearly $1 million

reportedly lent by drug dealers.

The money was allegedly a

prepayment to set up the Australian

end of the deal to import end of the deal to import chemicals

to make the drug ice. 51-year-old

Standen is being charged with

conspiracy to import and supply a

large quantity of drugs. A P-plater

is in a serious condition after

slamming his car in to a tree.

Police alledge the man was hooning around Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs when he crashed, flipping

the vehicle. The burst in to flames just

just as emergency crews arrived.

Water in the car to keep the flames

and petrol off the injured person

until we could get him out of the

car. The driveser being treated for

burns in hospital. A 28-year-old man has been charged with the

murder of a woman in Brisbane. It's

believed the victim was knifed

following an argument. There had

been reports of a disturbance at

the apartment block, when officers arrived around 11 o'clock, they

found the young woman's body inside

one of the units. There was some

suggestion that the voices were heard heard within the vicinity. Whether

they were from the unit itself or

not, we're yet to determine that.

It's believed the woman, aged 22,

had multiple stab wounds to her

body A. post-mortem will determine

how she died. There were tears

today on the usually quiet street

as news spread over young woman's death. death. Police are interviewing

neighbours and associates of the

deceased to find out what happened

before she died. Neighbours said

they heard an argument before

police arrived. I'm not quite sure

if it was a man she was screaming

add but there was definitely some

yelling going on. And they say it's

not the first time they've heard

raised voices. I always hear a lot

of arguing and dispute going on

from across the road. So it wasn't

really, it didn't really cause any

alarm. Yes, historically had some

issues there in the place for a

number of years anyway. Police

seized a camera and other items.

They're appealing for any witnesss

to come forward. Australian

soldiers will spend more time away

from their loved ones when they're

deployed overseas. The Defence Department last night revealed some

deployments will be extended from

six months to eight months from October. The department says October. The department says the extended rotation will give troops

more time to develop relationships

with Coalition partners and the

local population. The time local population. The time period

between deployments, however, will

also be increased. Nearly also be increased. Nearly $200

million will be pledged in today's

South Australian budget to help

children needing State care.

First-home buyers will also be

given more assistance while the

Government has committed $100 million

million to redevelop an AFL venue

in Adelaide's west. Police will

also benefit from this budget - $38

million pledged towards new

headquarters in Adelaide.

Zimbabwe's Opposition leader,

Morgan Tsvangirai, has been detained by police while

campaigning for that country's

presidential election. A convoy

carrying the MDC leader was stopped

at a police road block. Their car

was searched before Mr Tsvangirai

and his entourage were taken to a

police station. The Opposition

leader will take on President Robert

Robert Mugabe in a run-off election on June 27.

A disruption for NSW ahead of A disruption for NSW ahead of the

second State of Origin game. Winger

Jarryd Hayne will miss the match.

He was suspended at the judiciary

overnight. Hayne arrived ready overnight. Hayne arrived ready to

fight for his place in State of

Origin II. He claimed he did not

hear the referee's whistle to cease the

the offending tackle. The judiciary

disagreed. That's the series gone

for me because I'm not going to get

a game before game III and I wish

the boys luck. Melbourne's the boys luck. Melbourne's Steve

Turner brought in to the squad. A

decision to whether he or Joel xun

Monaghan will be called up will Monaghan will be called up will be

made by the end of the week after Mark

Mark Gasnier has his final fitness

test. Billy Slater has played down

claims that Darren Lockyer is their

savier. We're not going to rely savier. We're not going to rely on

him or Pricy to do the job. Luke

O'Donnell will be sidelined for the

next seven matches after being

found guilty of two counts of

striking and a contrary conduct

charge. Western Bulldogs veteran

Scott West is battling a knee

injury that threatens to end his

career. He's not hanging up the

boots just yet. Despite there being

no return date, West says he will

be back. I think with my age and an

injury at that age, the speculation

is going to come. I can only, you

can only train and do the rehab and

get back. And Port Adelaide's Chad

Cornes said he would consider

following Daniel Chick's lead by

amputating his troublesome finger

if it flares again. The latest FIFA

world rankings are out and there's

good news for the Socceroos. Their

1-0 win on Sunday take them up up

makes them eight places to number 35, that

makes them Australia's highest-ranked team ahead of Japan.

The squad is currently in Dubai.

As we've heard this morning the

Australian economy has grown by

0.6% in the March quarter and

that's double what was expected.

For more I'm joined live now by

Juliette Saly. Our economy is still

bubbling along quite nicely? It is,

although it's growing at a more

modest pace. This is the slowest

growth we've seen in the Australian

economy in two years. And it also is two months old this data. is two months old this data. It

doesn't take in to the effect of

the March rate hike. More recent data shows the Australian economy

is starting to slow, is starting to slow, particularly

as we spend less at the shops

stpwhrfpt what will this mean for

interest rates -- What will this

mean for interest rates going

forward? We dopbtd think the

Reserve Bank has any reason to move

given this latest data. If there

will be a further interest rate

movement later on in the year, it

would probably be up, not down. What's

What's in store for our market

today? It's not looking great at

the moment. We had weaker commodity

prices across the board overnight.

So oil, gold and copper all falling,

energy and resource stocks. We not giving great support to our

should see gains in financials. We

saw good gains from banking stocks

offshore but it's looking offshore but it's looking pretty

Thanks. weak. OK, thank you for the update.

A look at the national weather now:

We're nearly in the middle of June.

Let's have another look at

newspaper headlines. The 'Sydney

Morning Herald' has more on the 70

people arrested in a nationwide

crackdown on child pornography. And

James Packer's shelving plans to

build the world's tallest casino build the world's tallest casino in

Las Vegas. And more on the South

Australian budget. Home buyerers

expected to be the big winners

today. Police smash a Melbourne

drug ring. Details when the Early News returns.

Good morning, i'm Lachlan Kennedy The A-C-T Greens have announced their lead

candidates for OCTOBER'S local election. Long time GREEN and former Federal candidate MEREDITH party's GINNINDERRA ticket. HUNTER will headline the SHANE RATTENBURY will try Former Greenpeace member in MOLONGLO, and AMANDA to retain DEB FOSKEY'S seat BRINDABELLA. BRESNAN will contest of ending LABOR'S majority The Party says it's hopeful Canberra's environment. government, and improving Marist College will Lawyers for the Canberra

to quash a planned civil continue their bid today, sexual abuse. action over alleged student NINETEEN-EIGHTIES are Three students from the

abuse from Brother Kostka seeking compensation for Chute, who has already pleaded guilty to abusing six students. But the College's lawyers say the students haven't outlined key details of the alleged abuse. A draft code of practice for the A-C-T's fitness industry, has been released for public discussion.

The A-C-T Government hopes the plans will better promote health and well being, while ensuring gym or fitness instructor clients get what the pay for TO SPORT, Three national players have been chosen in the A-C-T Women's rugby team, to play in WAGGA this weekend. MORGAN, Number eight KIM Wallaroos Prop LINDSAY VALLER will join other top WILSON and flyhalf MEGAN day tournament. local players in the three TO THE WEATHER NOW continue over the state, Scattered showers will then gradually moves out until a low weakens and tomorrow over the Tasman Sea two for Melbourne and Nationally... a shower or starting to ease up in Canberra today... rain Darwin Sydney... a cloudy day in fine day is forecast for Closer to home... a mostly

Dubbo... similar conditions in Wagga... rain periods will be continuing closer to the coast though

A few showers are possible for Perisher Valley... 16 the top in Bathurst Possible showers in Cooma as well... mainly fine in Parkes today Looking ahead: Rain about the region over the last few days, is clearing to showers today with some mostly cloudy conditions as well. These scattered

showers will stick around tomorrow. Saturday should be fine and partly cloudy (that's the latest from with us for all your Southern Cross Ten ... stay national and local news

20-20 vision - the PM's plan to

create an EU-style Asia Pacific

community. Barack Obama and John

McCain trading jabs already, yes,

it's day one of the White House

election campaign. Tania Zaetta

says she will still sue, despite an

apology over soldier sex

allegations. And in sport, the Fed

Express strolls in to the French

Open semifinals. What's the latest

on the markets? The latest was

overnight. mixed results for US equity markets

Just who is on the Australian Tax

Office's hit list? I'll let you

know shortly. The PM has know shortly. The PM has unveiled

an ambitious plan to create an Asia

Pacific community like the EU. This

comes as the Opposition attacks

Kevin Rudd accusing him of being

obsessed with China. In a keynote

speech overnight, Kevin Rudd

announced his latest 20-20 vision.

A regional institution that plans

the entire Asia Pacific region.

It's hoped an Asia Pacific

community will provide a venue for

cooperation on issues such as free trade, terrorism and long-term

energy and resource security. The

speed and the scope of changes in

our region means, I believe, we

must begin to act now. must begin to act now. It's

expected the PM will discuss the

idea when he tours Japan and

Indonesia next week. It comes as

the Opposition claims he's obsessed

with China, saying that relationship has damaged our

standing with our Asian allies.

Toofrpblgts then spend four days in

China on a 17-day world tour and

not find one hour to visit Japan,

Japan. caused a great loss of face in

70 people have been arrested in one

of the country's biggest crackdowns

on child pornography. Among those

charged, are a board member of the

West Australian Sports Federation,

a police officer and a teacher. The

6-month investigation uncovered

several cases of child abuse and

rampant use of child pornography on

the Internet. Police have smashed a

$300,000 drug ring in Melbourne.

Two men have been arrested after

large quantities of ecstasy and

cash were found in their car.

Police then searched a home in

third Melbourne's north and detained a

third man. Located a large amount

of drugs in a drug laboratory,

firearms and other weapons. The

three men will appear in court this

morning. There are warnings of

flash flooding in the NSW huntser

region after heavy rain and wind

lash -- Hunter region after heavy

rain and wind lashed the area last night. The worst affecticide the

Hastings River region near Port

Macquarie. Gosford copped more than

100 millimetres of rain since

yesterday morning. Though the worst

of this extreme weather appears of this extreme weather appears to

have passed by the heaviest

populated centres. Tania Zaetta

says she is still planning to sue despite an apology from Australia's

Defence Chief over false claims she

defence had sex with soldiers. A leaked

defence document revealed allegations Zaetta had slept with

allegations Zaetta had slept with

SAS members while in Afghanistan to

entertain troops. It was not

well-handled by us. I well-handled by us. I was

absolutely appalled that the names

were put out in the hot issues

brief. And I regret the whole thing.

I'm still going to take legal

action because at this point I need

to sit down and reassess the damage

it's done all around the world.

Zaetta says the story has harmed

her long-term career. Hillary

Clinton is refusing to give up in

the race to the White House despite rival Barack Obama declaring

himself the Democratic nominee for

President. The Senator is believed

to be weighing up her options and

has continued to praise her opponent.

opponent. It's been an honour contest opponent. It's been an honour to

contest these primaries with him.

It's an honour to call him my

friend. Obama's victory sets up a November election battle against

the Republican John McCain. Now

when it comes to high-speed trains,

Japan is a pioneer with one of the

largest networks of fast trains in

the world. Now nits junears are at workoon new marvel, the fastest

train on earth. It may not be

faster than a speeding bullet but

no train in history moves as fast

as Japan's futuristic transport. Super conducting magnets Super conducting magnets levitate

the train observe its tracks and

can top speeds at 300 miles an hour.

This country has had high speed

trains for over 40 years. This

train will not only be faster trbs

will run clean, with only a

fraction the carbon footprint of

aeroplanes. A fantasy train has a fantastic price tag to match. $50 billion to commercialise it by 2025

and even in Japan, some are

wondering whether it's really worth

the cost. If plans stay on track,

in a few years, the Japanese will

be saying it's not bird, it's not

plane, it's the fast train. Riot

police have been called in after a

protest in Belgium turned protest in Belgium turned violent.

Around 400 fishermen took to the

streets. They're angry over high streets. They're angry over high

fuel prices. Riot officers armed

with shields and batons charged the

protesters as they were attacked. Rugby Rugby league and NSW selectors have

called up the Melbourne Storm's

Steve Turner, following the suspension

suspension of Jarryd Hayne. The

Blues winger was found guilty of a

grade 2 dangerous throw and that

will see him on the bench for the

will see him on the bench for the

next three matches. Pretty much next three matches. Pretty much the

series gone for me because I'm not

going to get a game before game III

and wish the boys luck. North

Queensland's Luke O'Donnell out for

seven weeks, guilty of striking in

two separate incidents and there

was a contrary conduct charge in

there as well. Hawthorn coach

Alistair Clarkson has been busy and

elusive as some of his midfield,

avoiding media questions over a

pretty tough week. In the end Alastair Clarkson was prised out from hiding to apologise for his and his club's actions over the last week. You live and learn. I need to get better in a lot of areas in that regard. I'm hopeful that I'm slowly improving but I need a lot of work to do in that area. He's been taken to task over a stoush with a journalist, and his young star Buddy Franklin is also in the gun. But in trying to avoid a media scrum he created a bigger one. He went in a side door for a radio interview, leaving his car double-parked in a loading area, before scuttling away to the offices of president Jeff Kennett. REPORTER: Do you concede that it might have appeared you were trying to avoid us?

Oh, listen, mate, do you want to ask me another question? Because I'm here talking to you about what you want to talk about. Let's talk about it. Melbourne invited the media discharge from hospital to witness Russell Robertson's

on his snapped Achilles tendon. after surgery about what's happened. Obviously very, very shattered "out for the season" You know, when you hear the words

Ian Cohen, Ten News.

Roger Federer has moved a step

closer to the only Grand Slam title

that eludes him, the French Open.

He lost the first set but cruised

through the next three and this is

his 16th conseciateive major

semifinal. -- consecutive major

semifinal. Federer will meet Gael

Monfils for a place in the final.

Monfils beat Ferrer. Dinara Safina

and Svetlena Kuznetsova won their

quarterfinals. Our final check on

the finance front. Economic growth

coming in a little stronger than

expected? Yeah, but it's not all

good news with national accounts

coming in showing the Australian

economy grew 0.six% in the March

quarter. Double expectations. It

seems consumers have shrugged off

the last seven consecutive rate

hikes, keeping spending high and

fuelling the stronger than expected

GDP which cameane at an annual rate

of 3.6%. The RBA may need increase

rates to tame the domestic demand

and curb inflation. James Packer's

Las Vegas casino dream is over. The billionaire abandoning plans to

build one of the tallest casinos in

the US on the famous Las Vegas

strip. Crown has blamed the global

credit squeeze for puting an end to

the $5.2 billion project. Crown has

been forced to write off $44

million it had already contributed

to the venture. And look out, share

market investors and landlords, the

Tax Office has you in its sights.

The ATO will target these groups

after a previous audit revealed $100 25 million in unreported

interest and dividends last year.

It's uncovered $50 million in

undeclared capital gains. It will

pay more attention to employee work

expenses . Bill, look oufplt Thank

you. A public debut in Ireland for

one of the world's rarest features one of the world's rarest features here. A female white rhinoceros,

born at Dublin Zoo, has been shown

off for the first time. It ran

around the enclosure. White rhinos

has listed a as a critically

indaifrpgered species. I still --

endangered species. I still think

she's cute. So do I. But then I

still look in the mirror every day.

Quick recap - heavy rain and waves

batter coastal NSW, but residents

have been spared the worst,

apparently. Kevin Rudd unveils his

vision for an EU-style Asian

vision for an EU-style Asian Union.

The speed and the scope of changes

in our region means, I believe, we

must begin to act now. History made

in the US - Barack Obama now

turning his sights to John McCain.

Hillary Clinton yet to give in.

That's it for Ten's Early News.

Goodbye for now. Have a great day.

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