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Holiday hell - a 14-year-old

Australian schoolboy arrested

in Bali. He angry, he crying

and he has depression. Wall

Street's rally of discontent

spreads to Washington. We need

to start worrying about the 99%

of the population. It's

happening again - food rations

cut after a failed harvest cut after a failed harvest in

North Korea. We're looking at

a situation where, in

particular, young children and

their mothers are very

vulnerable to malnutrition. And

stuck fast - fears of an

environmental disaster off New

Zealand's north islands.

Hello. Welcome to ABC News Hello. Welcome to ABC News

across Australia. I'm Ros

Childs. On the local share

market, stocks are moving

higher following another night

of strong overseas leads. The

All Ordinaries is up just over

75 points. The Nikkei is

higher. The Dow Jones closed

up overnight. The Australian

dollar is worth 97.42 US cents.

More finance later in the

bulletin. Lawyers for an

Australian schoolboy arrested

on drugs charges in Bali say

police they've persuaded Indonesian

police to reinterview him later

today. The 14-year-old from

squals is accused of possessing

nearly 7 grams of marijuana.

He was on holiday with his

family in Kuta Beach when

arrest rested on Tuesday

afternoon. Matt Brown is on

the line from Denpasar. It's

been a few days now since the

boy has been in custody. How

is he holding up? Roz, his

lawyer tells us that he's

stressed and depressed. Last stressed and depressed. Last

night I spoke to him here at

the police headquarters in

Denpasar. He told me the boy

had just had his first meal

since he was arrested near Kuta

Beach on Tuesday. Kuta, of

course, is a place most

Australians will be familiar

with, the famous stretch of

beach in Bali that has drawn

travellers here for decades.

It was near the beach where he

was arrested that police say

that he was arrested that he was arrested after

buying marijuana from a man on

the beach. He then went to a

massage and the police moved

short ly afterwards. His

lawyers have told us they don't

think that first interview was

sound, that they don't believe

it was done according to the

procedures for handling minors.

The regulation give the right

to the minors

to the minors to give - to get

accompanied by parents or by

the lawyer. He angry, he cries

and he has depression. So it's

a little complicated about his

mentality on this time. Is

there a chance he could be

released from Indonesia and

taken back to Australia for

trial, if it comes to that?

trial, if it comes to that?

Roz, I'm not sure about trial

in Australia, but his lawyers

tell us that it's possible that

one way this might be handled,

depending on the boy's own

circumstances, is that if, for

example, he had an acknowledged

marijuana problem in Australia

and he'd been getting

counselling for that problem

and he could demonstrate that

to the authorities here, it's

possible he could be released

parents. into the custody of his

parents. That said, the foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd,

has been saying that there is

going to be no quick fix to

this. It's obviously a very

serious position for him to be

in. These sorts of judicial

processes can go on for a very,

very long time. The foreign

minister has asked the Australian Ambassador in

Indonesia to make this his top priority, and the Prime

Minister's also expressed her

concern for the boy. Our

hearts really go out to them as

they deal with this incredibly

distressing circumstance. As a

government, we have our best

people working on this case of

this 14-year-old boy. Our aim

here is to provide every

support we can to him and his

family and our aim is to get family and our aim is to get

him back in Australia. So,

Matt, do lawyers there have

more room to manoeuvre, have

more options because this boy

is a minor than if he were an

adult? Well, other than what

I've just mentioned, there is a

procedure for handling minors

within the judicial system.

But I guess it's routinely

ignored when it comes to

often put through Indonesian minors. They're

often put through a gruelling

process that applies to adults.

If this boy is charged, though,

there will be special

procedures. The judge can

declare the court closed and

keep the media out. He's not

allowed to be identified under

Indonesian law. Officials in

the court would have to not

wear uniforms, for example.

That said, an adult could be

charged and convicted and face

for this kind a maximum 12 years in prison

for this kind of crime. The

concession to a minor would be

that that would be halved. So

the minimum is two years, the

maximum could be six years in

jail if all of this goes

ahead. All right, Matt, thank

you. Thank you. Unions,

industry and even the Federal

Opposition have welcomed

government moves to help the

manufacturing sector. Major

construction projects will have

to consider using

Australian-made goods and

publish opportunities for

locally sourced products on the

internet. The Opposition has

offered its in-principle

support. Look, I think all of

us want to see more local

content and let's see exactly

what the Prime Minister has in

mind, but in principle, yes, I

think that's a good idea. It's

a good start. These mining

companies are required to publish their Australian industry participation plans, so the Government and certainly the unions will

the unions will be monitoring

this and we'll be hopeful to

see Australian content

increasing from where it is currently sitting at the

moment. The Prime Minister will

chair a manufacturing task

force which will try to turn

around the ailing sector's

fortunes. 53,000 manufacturing

workers have lost their jobs in

the past 12 months. An environmental disaster is

looming off New Zealand's north

island, where a stranded cargo

ship is leaking oil. ship is leaking oil. The like

earn-flagged Rena struck a reef

near taur onna on Wednesday and

its hull was breached,

resulting in a 5km-long slick.

Dispersant has been largely

ineffective and there are now

plans to scoop the oil out of

the sea. Salvage crews have

been ordered to retrieve the

1200 tonnes of heavy fuel still

on board, amid warnings the

ship is highly likely to break

up. Several birds have washed

up dead on local beaches. The

search is under way for other

casualties. The area is

renowned for its abundance of

marine life. More disturbing

images are coming from the

world's most secretive state.

They reveal North Korea is

again facing a failed harvest

and along with it malnutrition

and starvation, as Kim

Jong-il's regime slashes daily

food rations to just 200 grams.

North Asia correspondent North Asia correspondent Mark

Willacy reports. They're the weakest, most vulnerable

members of society, and in

North Korea the children are

always the first to starve.

But at this orphanage in the

country's west, the doctor

doesn't dare blame the regime.

TRANSLATION: Because of the flooding, the children are

suffering from diarrhoea and digestive problems. The flooding is the reason they're

not recovering faster. This

footage was shot by alert footage was shot by alert net,

a humanitarian news service run

by Reuters, allowed flew the

country by the North Korean

regime. Accompanying them, a

medical team from the aid group

Doctors Without Borders, which

found about half of these

children were dangerously malnourished. This is why

people in North Korea are

slowly starving. The massive

summer floods have stripped the

crops of their sus tennance.

We had heavy rain We had heavy rain for two

months from July. That's why

the maize couldn't receive

enough knew treents to grow

properly. At a nearby hospital, more young victims of the

failed harvest. Low on medical

supplies, the doctors have

resorted to crude ointments and

powders to treat disease caused by malnutrition. TRANSLATION:

The natural disasters have

forced the people to live on

potatoes and corn. Because people people don't have proper

nutrition, the number of in

patients has increased Ry lient

on diminishing sources of aid,

the North Korean regime has

reacted to the failed harvest

by slashing food rations to

just 200 grams per person per

day. So we're looking at a

situation where, in particular,

young children and their

mothers are very vulnerable to malnutrition. After malnutrition. After an

unsatisfying dinner, these

orphans huddle together under

the watchful eye of the Dear

Leader to sit through yet

another patriotic film. They

may have empty bellies, but

these children are fed endless

servings of

propaganda. International

credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's

& Poor's says accused of

misleading 13 NSW councils who

lost more than $15 million in a

failed investment scheme. The

councils claim that the

investment bank ABN am Row

pressured the ratings agency

into giving their company a top

triple A rating in 2006, but

the investment collapsed during

the global financial crisis two

years later. Sue Lannin is

outside the Federal Court.

What's Standard & Poor's saying

in their defence? Standard &

Poor's says it gave these

investment products a very

rigorous evaluation, that it

did not rubberstamp the request

by the investment bank ABN am

Row, that these products be

given what's called a triple A

rating, the top investment

rating. These products

actually were very risky. They

collapsed within two years of

being issued. They were

basically what's known as a

derivative. A derivative is a

financial contract based on

something else. These notes

were based on ind sees which

tracked corporate debt.

Because during the global

financial crisis the cost of

insuring companies soared, that

caused these products to go

under and the councils lost

more than 90% of their

investment. Sue, the investment

bank ABN Amro, which created

the products the council

bought, also has been outlining

its defence? Why he, the main

allegation of the councils is

that ABN am row, Standard &

Poor's and another company that

sold them the products misled

them and failed in its duty of

care towards the councils. So

ABN amro has been disputing that. It said it that. It said it had no duty

of care because it didn't sell

the products directly to the

councils, it onsold the product

to another company which sold

it to the councils. Also this

morning in court ABN am row has

been disclosing the presentations it gave regarding

the products. It says the

products were aimed at

professional investors, not councils, and it disclosed all

the risks, including the risk

of default. All right, Sue,

thank you. In thank you. In the United

States, discontent that started

with the global financial

collapse is being played out on

the streets of New York and now

in Washington. Thousands of

people are part of a growing

movement decrying corporate

greed. US President Barack

Obama says he understands

they're expressing the wider

frustration felt by Americans.

Here's North America

correspondent Lisa Millar. With

the protests in New York entering their

entering their 20th day,

Washington joined in. The

rallying call was heard from as

far as away as Florida. This

grandmother of 11 drove through

the night. Over and over again

we've seen money pulled out of

our pockets and transferred to

the pockets of the richest

people in this country. It's totally un-American. It's

absolutely in violation of

everything I ever grew up everything I ever grew up

with. The crowd might have been

smaller than the increasingly

organised protests on Wall

Street, but the message was the

same We won't be ignored. Even

though we're the 99% and pay a

lot of the taxes, we do all the

working, yet we have none of

the voice being listened

to. The protests have spread to

other cities, a collaboration

of diverse groups highlighting

corporate greed, war funding

and the rising gap between the

haves and the have notes. The

economy is barely growing and unemployment remains stuck

around 9%. The President has

acknowledged the crowds'

disenchantment. The protesters

are giving voice to a more

broad-based frustration about

how our financial system

works. But he defended some of

those targeted by the

protesters, saying the US needs

a strong and effective

financial sector to grow.

Protest organisers here in

Washington are hoping there'll

be enough momentum out of

today's rally to convince

people to stay on and set up

camp as they've done in New

York. Their challenge is to

translate the frustration here

on the ground into something

more tangible. Tributes have

been flooding in for Steve

Jobs, the man who co-founded

Apple. He's been remembered as

a visionary and creative

genius. President Obama has called him one of the great

American innovators. We're

going to make history together

today. A classic performance

from a man with a sense of

theatre and a charisma rare in

the technology world. The

iPhone was just a phone, but to Steve Jobs this

Steve Jobs this and other Apple

products were revolutionary

devices. I'd like to order

4,000 lates to go, just

kidding. Wrong number, thank

you. Around the world today,

grief at the passing of a man

credited by many with changing

their lives for the better.

Tributes too from his greatest

rival. Bill Gates said the world rarely world rarely sees someone who

has the profound impact Steve

has had. Even the President

used Twitter to send a message

of condolence and another

technology titan had this

assessment of the man. Steve

was very much a one of a kind

kind of person. He had a

tremendous charisma and he

believed things so passionately

that you would believe them

too. Steve Jobs, adopted as a

baby and later a baby and later a college

dropout, was always determined

to follow his own path. More

than 30 years ago, with Apple's

co-founder, Steve Wozniac, he

set out to bring computers into

the home. I'm going to

remember him as always being a

very quick mind and almost all

the time we had discussions

about how something should be

done in a company, he was

almost always right. That single-minded drive for

perfection made Steve Jobs a

demanding colleague and boss,

but from the Macintosh onwards

he persuaded consumers to pay

top prices for gadgets like the

iPod, the iPhone and the iPad

that looked and often worked

better than their rivals. And

when he was forced out of Apple

for more than a decade, he

changed another industry, with

piksar, a pioneering animation

business behind films like Toy

Story. Since 2004, he had Story. Since 2004, he had

lived with cancer and he told

students at Stanford University

that facing death had brought

things into focus. Steve Jobs,

a visionary who saw the power

of technology to change the way

we live. The internet and

mobile phones have left traditional mail services

struggling the world over. The

US Postal Service is facing

bankruptcy, while in the UK the Government-owned Royal Government-owned Royal Mail is

also shutting delivery centres

and laying off staff. But not

Australia. As Emily Stewart

reports, the country's postal

service is leading the world as

a model for mail delivery. Australia Post is now

the biggest franchise group in

the country, with more than

4,000 outlets. The

organisation isn't planning to

reduce any services here. Meanwhile, overseas

counterparts are suffering because of because of struggling

economies, the rise of the

internet and huge cost

increases. The difference with

Australia Post is, unlike the

US or UK, we're set up entirely

differently, meaning we're in a

far better financial position

and aren't having to make the

deep service cuts you're seeing

in other postal services. One

of the biggest challenges

Australia Post is facing is

that people are sending fewer

personal letters and bills and

fines are often paid fines are often paid online.

In 2000, Australian households

and businesses received an

average of 2.3 letters a day.

A decade on, that's dropped to

1.8 and it's set to fall even

further. But Australia Post's Alex Twomey says the company

has moved with the times and

business has really picked up

in another area. Parcels are

our future. Parcels are growing at an extraordinary

rate. We're seeing that as Australians shift Australians shift to online

shopping. We saw that really

start to begin last year, and

now it's om knee prescient. In

terms of the market for postal

and career services, it's

expected to grow over the next

five years. Australia Post says

its in-store offer is vital

too. It's the one part the

community tell us they love.

They want us to keep the postal services operating. It's

important to us. Unlike the important to us. Unlike the US

postal service, we offer

banking services, passports. These services aren't available

in the US. One period which

should lift postal services is

the busy Christmas season, when

cards and letters seem to still

be in fashion. Let's go to some

other stories making news in

business. The Bank of England

has put its money where its

mouth is, announcing another

round of quantitative yszing,

or money printing. The Central

Bank will inject 75 billion

into the banking system in a

bid to jump-start the economy.

A multibillion dollar power

project in Queensland's north

west has hit a stag. Xstrata now says it's going elsewhere

for its power needs. The loss

of Xstrata leaves the project's

future in doubt. It seems

private owners of Fitness First

have run out of puff after the

failed float of the Singapore

business. The health club is

looking for a buyer of its

Australian and Asian

operations. The company has

found the growing tough amongst

it's years, amidst declining membership. Michael, the

Australian market has Traders

were pleased by the moves from

the European Central Bank to support the

support the region's financial

institutions, even though it

didn't cut rates and the Bank

of England's announcement of

more pound printing we just

heard about didn't hurt either.

Some analysts are calling a

bottom to recent market falls,

saying a Lehman mark 2 scenario

was priced in but now looks

less likely. That's pushed the

All Ords index 75 points higher

to 4207 and the ASX 200 has

also climbed almost 2% to

4147 Resources stocks seem the

biggest beneficiary s They're a

barometer of global economic

sentiment. That sentiment is

up. A widely watched index of

commodity prices jumped 2%

overnight. That sent the local

miners higher. Fortescue

Metals is enjoying a 4.6% rise

to 4.76. Rio Tinto is up more

than 3%, after stopping the

Mongolian Government increasing

its stake in the major project

there. Some of the smaller

miners are doing better, gold

and copper explorer Panos is up

about 6% on a broker

upgrade. What other notable

gains have we seen The banks

have also benefited from the

positive global mood. NAB is

leading the majors, still

basking in the glow of getting

Ken Henry on the board, up more

than 3%. Qantas is also up

more than 3%, to $1.49.

Looking at some of the other

big movers in the top 100,

Boral is ahead of the pack, up

a convincing 6.5%, Sims metal

also up by a similar amount,

trading at just over $13, but

Computershare is off by more

than 1.5% and News Corp is also

weaker this afternoon. Thank

you, Michael. On to Wall

Street, stocks rose for a third

straight day, as investors

continue to pin hopes on

reports officials are working

through plans to safeguard

European banks. The Dow

climbed 183 points. The S&P

managed gains close to 2%. The

Nazdaq had a similar run and

London's FTSE surged 3.7% in

line with its Euro cousins

after the European Central Bank

said it would keep the money

tap running for struggling

banks. Regional stock markets are following Wall Street

higher. In Japan, the Nikkei

is up over 1%, Hong Kong's Hang

Seng is yet to open for the day

and New Zealand is 27 points

firmer. On to currencies, the

dollar is building on recent

gains, now buying over 97 US

cents and 63 British pens and

the US dollar is down against

the Euro but steady against the

pound. Gold is still pushing

ahead in Asian trade after a

strong performance overnight.

It's trading at 1652 US dollars

an ounce. Oil is settling

above 82 US dollars a barrel. One of Australia's

best-known actresses Diane sill

entero has died. She was 78.

In her prime in the 1960s she

worked with some of Hollywood's

biggest names on films such as

'The Agony And The Ecstasy' and

western hombury. She was

recognised with an Oscar

nomination in the 1963 period

movie Tom Jones. Her career

fell away after marrying Sean

Connery, the second of three

husbands. In the 1980s, she

settled in North Queensland and

built her own outdoor theatre

in the rainforest. The people

of Afghanistan are marking 10

years today since the US-led

invasion. On 7 October 2001,

US and allied troops began

military operations in

Afghanistan. The Taliban were

driven from power, but not from

the battlefield. Now, 10 years

on, some Afghans are still

trapped in poverty, while

others are celebrating newfound

wealth and opportunity.

Afghanistan correspondent Sally

Sara reports from Kabul. These

are the sounds that were

missing during the days of the

Taliban - music was forbidden.

This man grew up with a passion

for rhythm and harmony. I love

music and I loved it from when

I was a child. That is a part

of my life, a necessary part of

my life, and I love it. The

Sozan family was targeted. The

Taliban smashed their

instruments if they dared to play.

play. Now, a decade later,

there's greater freedom in

Kabul, but there's still fear

too. Halls like this one are

prime targets for suicide

bombers. There are bombs every

day, exploding everywhere.

It's a big problem for every

Afghan, not just for me. For

many other of Afghans, daily

life is still bitterly hard.

The 10 years since the start of

the war have delivered

improvements in education,

health and infrastructure, but

one in three lives in absolute

poverty without enough food,

shelter and clean water.

Places like this one give you

an idea of the extremes in

Afghanistan. Those who are

collecting the rubbish are

living on only a few dollars a

day, but they're here in the

neighbourhood which is home to some of the most powerful

people in the country. The

remnants of the Taliban Government blame foreigner s

for the country's problems.

For what reason they come to

Afghanistan? If they came for

justice, there is no justice.

If they came for security,

there is no security. If they

came for the economic progress,

there is no economic progress. The Afghan Government

is planning to hold a gathering

of traditional leaders to

discuss the future of the peace

process. It comes at process. It comes at a time of

record numbers of civilian and

military casualties. A decade

after the war began, it's still

not clear when peace will finally come to Afghanistan.

The Wallabies have gone with a

proven combination for Sunday's

World Cup rugby quarterfinal

against South Africa in

Wellington. Selectors have

named the same back line that

featured in Australia's win

over the Springboks two months

ago. Pat McCabe has been given

the nod over Berrick Barnes

inside centre, forwards return

to the starting pack. Yesterday, Rugby League

and cricket were in the

spotlight for match fixing.

Today it's football's turn.

The father of Manchester United

star forward Wayne Rooney has

been arrested over suspicious

betting activity during a Scottish Premier League

match. Wayne Rooney Senior,

seen here last year, was

arrested this morning at his

home in Liverpool, one of nine

men and one of two members of

the Rooney family. Their

arrest relates to a game 10

months ago between mother well

and heart. Steve Jennings,

also from the Liverpool area,

received a straight red for

foul and abusive language. The

association of bittish book

makers said a number of bets

had been placed about there

being a sending off.

Merseyside police, along with

the gambling Commission,

launched an investigation. At

this stage, we're talking about

one match in Scottish football.

That match was December 14 last

year, and there's no evidence to suggest that any other matches have been

involved. Allegations of match

fixing have long dogged

football elsewhere in Europe.

One of the sport's most

respected figures said the

danger could not be greater.

The day 23509 ball is not

trusted -- football is not

trusted anymore because of

match fixing, we can really go

fishing, because no-one will

believe in something that is

not trustable. All this comes

just a day before England's

crucial final qualifying match

for next year's European championships, a game in which

Wayne Rooney will be expected

to play a key role. I spoke

with him just five minutes ago

and I found him relaxed and

calm, no problem for the game

tomorrow against

Montenegro. Controversy never

far away from the footballer

and his family swirls around

them again. South Australian

museum has unveiled 30 works of

Aboriginal dot art which were

painted on to the doors of an

outback school in the 1980s.

Among the earliest examples of

Aboriginal art produced using

European painting techniques,

they'll now be put on permanent

display. These pieces were

produced by four artists at the

school north west of Alice

Springs. They were

commissioned by the headmaster,

Terry Davies, who was keen for

the elders in the community to

help spruce up the school. It

was one of the first times

Aboriginal artists used western

painting tools to produce

traditional dot art and the

first time women were involved.

The significant thing about

Yuendumu was they painted such

large paintings, as opposed to

small artworks. That was a bit

of a breakthrough, really. But

not everyone considered them to

be significant works of art.

By the mid-1990s, they'd been

graffitied and suffered wear

and tear from the harsh outback

conditions. The public works

department in Alice Springs decided they'd repaint the

doors a sort of uniform grey

and at that point the museum

became involved really in a

rescue to keep the doors as

they were. The museum has spent $100,000 restoring the doors

and is now planning a permanent

display. 10 of them can go on

permanent display and the

remainder we can use for

temporary rotating displays and

for national and international

touring. An throw poll gists

are working with the last

surviving artist to document

the stories these works depict,

holding open a door on a

significant piece of art

history before it's too

history before it's too

late. To the weather now. The

satellite shows low cloud extending over the south-east,

generated along a trough.

Cloud associated with a weak

low near SA, then cloud approaching the west with a

front. The low-pressure trough

should trigger showers and isolated storms from Queensland

to Victoria, heaviest along the

coast. A front should push

through southern W a r A,

triggering patchy rain. Around the capitals: Let's go back to the Stock

Exchange for a final check on

the markets. The All Ords is

going well, building on

yesterday's gains, up just over

80 points. Nikkei is higher,

so too is the Dow and the

Australian dollar 97.43 US

cents. That's the news for now,

on a day when Indonesian police

prepare to reinterview a 14-year-old Australian

schoolboy held after a

marijuana drug bust. There

were pollution fears after a

freighter ran aground off the

north island of New Zealand.

There's continuous on ABC News

24 and also news online. The

next full bulletin on ABC 1 is

at 7 this evening. I'm Ros

Childs. Thanks for joining us.

Have a good afternoon and great

weekend. See you Monday.

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