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Live. . New Zealanders still

waiting for action as oil from

the stricken freighter come as

shore. Ultimately you have to

make sure you understand

exactly what you are doing

before you go and do it. Egypt

appeals for calm after a bitter

sectarian clash. Breathless for

all the wrong reasons and it

could be serious. If you can't

walk up two flights of stairs

without becoming breathless,

then you need to talk to your

doctor. And the girl is mine -

a slight outbreak of

Beatlemania as Sir Paul

McCartney weds again I told him

congratulations and he said

thank you and she said thank

you, so I'm happy. I'm happy

now. I can go home. Oh! Hello

and welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Ros Childs. The

local share market is up for

the fourth session in a row,

buoyed by a little more

optimism out of Europe.

More finance later in the

bulletin. First to Canberra and

politicians are returning to

the national capital for a

crucial parliamentary sitting

week. The Government is still

trying to secure enough votes

to get its Malaysia asylum

seeker deal through the Lower

House even though the

legislation is doomed in the

Senate. But Labor does have the

numbers for its carbon tax. The

House of Representatives is due

to vote on the legislation on

Wednesday. A big week for the

nation and the planet, I think.

It will be very significant.

I'm looking forward to taking

my part in voting on pricing pollution. Former Reserve Bank

board member Dick Warburton has launched a new manufacturing

industry group to attack the

carbon tax. Oil from a

container ship stranded off New

Zealand has begun wash ago

shore. The landing spot was a

beach at Tauranga, the city

closest to where a ship hit a

reef last week. At least nine

sea birds covered in oil have

been pulled from the sea since

then. Another team has been

ferried in to remove the 1700

tonnes of oil still thought to

be on board. But forecast bad

weather is the latest hitch in

a complex operation. That oil

is not made to come off the

ship in the way it is. You have

to get all of that equipment.

There is about 50 people in the

worlgd world who are recognised

experts in this area, and five

of them are actually down in

New Zealand. So, and you also

have to get it right. You

ultimately have to make sure

you understand exactly what

you're doing before you go and

do T And conditions are

expected to worsen in coming

days. In Egypt, at least 23

people have been killed in the

worst violence since the

ousting of Hosni Mubarak.

Coptic Christian protesters,

angered by the burning of a

church, rioted after being

stopped from reaching the state

TV building. They lit a series

of fires as the situation

escalated. Police were also

targeted. There were further clashes outside the morgue

between hundreds of Christians

and Muslim fundists. The dead

include at least three

policemen. Most of the bodies

have gunshot wounds. An

estimated 174 people were

wounded. A curfew has been

declared in the affected areas

and Egypt's Prime Minister has

appealed for calm. Middle East correspondent Ben Knight is in

Cairo where he says the

situation is tense. Well, the

curfew is just coming in at 2

o'clock in the morning local

time. That will stay in place

until 7 o'clock, but we've just

a short time ago got back to

our hotel. It was a pretty long

route. At one point we were

turned around along the main

road on the edge of the Nile

because the road was blocked by

a group of young men carrying

homemade weapons. Police will

obviously be clearing them out.

It does seem calmer, certainly

a lot calmer than earlier in

the evening, but it's very,

very tense. This anger has been

going on for a long time. Just

describe how this violence

broke out because this tension

has been simmering for months A

large group of Coptic

Christians who headed towards

the state television building.

I wasn't there for the

beginning of it. I did go down

later on and I went out to the

hospital and the morgue after

that, but the reports coming

through say that the Christians

came under attack from people

in plain clothes. Now, the

suggestion there is that they

were plain-clothes police. I

have no evidence of that. They

may have been the kind of

pro-Mubarak supporters we saw

running around the streets

during the revolution.

Impossible to verify any of

that, but what is clear is that

this was a very, very heavy-handed response by the

security forces. 17 people dead

among the protesters, an

unknown number of police dead

at the moment, but this is

exactly what people have been fearing. Ben, thank you.

Libya's interim government

fighters have taken control of strategic landmarks in Colonel

Gaddafi's home town of Sirte.

They're occupying the hospital,

the university and a conference

centre where Gaddafi loyalists

were based. Middle East

correspondent Anne Barker

reports. The battle for Libya

looks set to be decided in a

few strategic pockets of Sirte.

Moamar Gaddafi's home town.

Every day the anti-Gaddafi

forces capture another key

landmark. Since yesterday,

they've taken the university, a

major conference centre and the

hospital, each time capturing

or expelling the enemy.

TRANSLATION: We are surrounding

them from three fronts so they

only have the sea facing them,

and God willing, the decisive

hour for the battle is coming

soon. But it hasn't come

easily. Intense fighting

continues in the city centre

and casualties have been high.

In less than a week, dozens

here have been killed. Hundreds

more have been wounded, and

thousands of civilians are

still trapped in the city.

TRANSLATION: We stayed in our

homes because we came under

very heavy bombing and we

couldn't go out. Yet the yaend

Gaddafi forces are already

celebrating, and their leaders

are optimistic the war is in

its final days.

TRANSLATION: I will reassure

all Libyans that the liberation

will be done in the coming few

days. Once Sirte falls, the

transitional government says it

will declare Libya officially

liberated, with or without

Moamar Gaddafi. Pro-government

fighters captured his palace in

Sirte, once a lavish family

home, but it was empty. Once

again the former dictator is

nowhere to be seen. Police in

Bali are still holding an

Australian boy accused of

buying marijuana while

Australian diplomats work to

have him sent home as quickly

as possible. Australia's

ambassador to Indonesia visited

the boy yesterday for a second

day in a row. The boy's lawyers

plan to ask a judge to release

him to undergo drug rehabilitation, but there is

still no sign of a speedy

resolution to his case. In a

phone call, Prime Minister

Julia Gillard told the youth and his father the Government

was doing everything it could.

Indonesian correspondent Matt

Brown reports from Bali. This

week will be crucial to the

boy's future. A psychiatrist's

report is expected today and in

the next few days a report from

a government welfare expert who

examined him last week. It will

help determine whether a judge

will eventually release him

into a rehabilitation program

which could be in

Australia. We'll be continuing

our work here and in Jakarta to

do the best we can to ensure

the boy's return to Australia

as quickly as possible. But if

he is to be dealt with in

Indonesia, he will find that in

Bali there are few, if any,

rehabilitation programs

designed to deal with minors.

It is a little known fact that

there is a detention facility

for minors. Right now there are

17 inmates. Only two of them go

to school. At the notorious

Kerobokan prison there are 10

inmates underage. Four of them

are there for working as

runners for local drug dealers.

None of them went through a

court process before they were

incarcerated. While the boy's

lawyers are optimistic about

his case t could be weeks, even

months before he will be sure

of his fate. The French and

German leaders say they have

agreed a plan to protect

Europe's banks from the effects

of the European debt crisis.

The German Chancellor says they

will do everything necessary to

ensure that banks have adequate

capital. President Sarkozy

arrived to meet the German

Chancellor with an urgent

problem to solve - how to

protect banks that lent to

Greece if Greece can't repay

those loans. Many of those

banks are French and

German. The two leaders said

they had come to an agreement

on how to beef up the finance

of banks, though they couldn't

go into detail.

TRANSLATION: We are determined

to do what is necessary, to

ensure the recap talisation of

our banks, to ensure adequate

credit supply, the basis for

good economic development. As

though to underline the

problem, in Brussels, members

of the board of the Dexia bank

arrived at its headquarters to

break the bank up, the first

victim of the Eurozone crisis.

Today's Merkel-Sarkozy meeting

is meant to produce proposals

for a summit of EU leaders in

10 days' time. At the core,

what to do if Greece defaults

and can't repay what it has

borrowed. Protecting banks

which have lent to Greece and

wouldn't then get all their

money back. And whether the

central bailout fund should be

used or individual countries'

money. One former British Prime

Minister who faced a financial

crisis during his own time in

office told the BBC today he

thought Greece should be

allowed to default once the

time was right. So the Greeks mustn't default until the

Western European banks are in a

position to absorb any losses

there may be without creating a

banking crisis. The point of

all these visits by President

Sarkozy and the leaders of the

IMF, the World Bank and

European Central bank is to

convince markets that European

banks can be made strong enough

to withstand a default by

Greece and perhaps other

countries. The real problem

will be is that if that

solution, when it finally

comes, simply isn't

convincing. Let's go to some of

the other stories making news

in business - Qantas flights

are being disrupted again

today. 11,000 travellers are

expected to be affected when

engineers walk off the job for

4 hours to push pay and conditions claims. Engineer

also go on strike in Sydney at

3 o'clock this afternoon, and

there will be stoppages in

Melbourne and Brisbane later in

the afternoon. Research by

Rabobank says crop conditions

on the east coast have made an

incredible improvement after

significant rainfall over most

growing regions. It says

Western Australia is generally

in excellent condition, with

some areas having the potential

to be the best in memory. And

the downsize ing of BlueScope

Steel's Port Kembla plant has

begun with the No. 6 blast

furnace shut down. The furnace

was commissioned 15 years ago

at a cost of $460 million. It

had been described as the jewel

in the crown of Port Kembla's

iron production. There may be

more evidence for an interest

rate cut. The number of job ads

in newspapers and on the

Internet fell by just over 2%

last month and more than 3% for

the year. The ANZ is

forecasting the unemployment

rate will rise from 5.3 to 5.5%

by the middle of next year. To

the markets now with Simon

Palan. The market is holding up

well today? Look, it is, Ros,

as the market opened today it

was heading lower after Western

Australia ended Friday on a

down note, but it has turned

the corner and trading in

positive ter try right now. The

All Ordinaries is up to 4263.

This increase on the local

market is surprising some

analysts given the Eurozone

debt crisis, a weak US economy

and of course slowing Chinese

growth, but either way there

are solid gains being made on

the ASX today. Small losses in

the material sector are being

offset by big gains among

energy stocks and financials as

well. Oil miner Caltex is up

around 3% and Tap Oil is up

almost 4%. Some of the steel

makers are performing well today, too. BlueScope Steel is

up 2.5% and that's to 84

cents. And Simon, a fair bit of

movement in the uranium sector

today? Yes, it's a big mover.

Shares in uranium miner Extract

Resources have surged today by

over 10%. This comes on

expectation it is could become

a takeover target for a Chinese

company. Extract is developing

a uranium project in Namibia

which is thought to be the

second largest uranium mine in

the world. Another uranium

producer, Paladin energy is

also getting a lift from this

takeover talk for Extract

Resources. Pal stin has put on

over 11% today. Qantas shares

feeling the effects from that

industrial action? Well, there

was a thought that investors

might shy away from Qantas

today, but its shares are

holding up OK. Right now up

more than 1%. Just a final

note, Ros, as negotiations

between the forestry company

Gunns and Tasmanian Government

continue, Gunns share price has

jumped 10% today and that's to

16 cents. Let's have a check

now of the domestic market's

other big movers in the ASX top

100:

Onto the week ahead on Wall

Street and the start of the

quarterly earnings season:

Lung disease claims one of

the 50 people who die in

Australia each day, but a new

survey from the Lung Foundation

has found many people are

ignoring the symptoms of lung

problems and the vast majority

think everything is fine. Today

the foundation is launching a

new campaign. 'Show Us Your

Lungs' urges people to pay more

attention to their lung health.

Professor Christine Jenkins is from

from the Lung Foundation. About

one in three people have

symptoms of breathlessness or

chest pain or recurrent chest

infections, and those people

believe they don't have a lung

health problem. So the

important thing here is there

is a discrepancy between what

people are experiencing and what they believe about their

lung health. For some reason

they don't register these

symptoms as being a problem,

when they really are. Do a lot

of people think that shortness

of breath is just down to being

unfit? Yes, of course, that's

one of the problems, that people think shortness of

breath is due to the fact that

they're gaining weight or

getting older or they're not

very fit, and so they think

they can do something about it

in their own time, but the

important thing about

breathlessness is you can't

make that assumption. It may

well be an indication that you

do have a lung problem and you

need to have your lungs checked

so you can find out whether

there is something serious

going on. The best way to do

that is to see your doctor and

to have a breathing test

performed. Now, you are

launching this 'Show Us Your

Lungs' campaign today and we're

seeing some pictures from that

now. When people think of lung

problems, they think of lung

cancer more often than not, but

what are some of the other

serious conditions that are of

concern? Lung cancer is in fact

a very serious problem. It is

the largest killer by cancer in

the Australian population. It's

well ahead of breast and

prostate combined. But there

are other important lung

diseases, the most important of

which that people would be

aware of is asthma and asthma

is a disease that really can be

treated and managed and need

have no impact on people's

everyday life if it's well

cared for. The other major

disease is other airways

disease. People understand the

words chronic bronchitis and emphysema. We call it chronic

obstructive pulmonary disease.

Smokers are more likely the

people to get it, but not the

only people who get it and a

lot can be done for it. Finding

out that your breathlessness is

due to lung disease can really

hope you get over these

symptoms and you can have a

good quality of life despite

the fact that lung disease is

present. It's important that

people recognise that something

can be done not only in terms

of treatment but also

prevention. Not just stopping

smoking, but not working in

dusty environments, not being

exposed to irritants that can

cause lung health. All of these

are really important steps you

can take. A teenaged girl has died after she was hit by a train in Melbourne's

north-west. Police say the girl

was trying to cross at a level crossing just before 8 o'clock this morning when she was

struck. Paramedics performed

CPR on the teenager, but she

died at the scene. The incident

disrupted suburban and regional

commuters with services

suspended in both directions.

Buss were called in to replace

the trains. A report will be

prepared for the coroner. It is a story of courage and

tenacity, about you one left

largely untold in Australia's

history books. A group of

Aboriginal children were left

stranded on a remote Arnhem

Land island during World War II

bombing raids. Now a

documentary film crew is

recreating their journey across

the north to safety. As the

Japanese bombs rained down on

Darwin, people were being

evacuated on a daily basis.

Three missionary women and a

group of 100 stolen generation

children were left op a remote

island to fend for

themselves. We saw planes going

over, but we thought they were

friendly planes, but they were

Japanese. Almost 70 years

later, a documentary film crew

is recreating the group's

journey to reach safety as they

fled Croker Island and trek add

cross the Top End. It was a

challenging journey. I don't

think Australians are aware of

this story. Three Aboriginal

women from the original mission

group have been on the set,

helping the crew map their

34-day expedition across the

continent to eventually seek

refuge in New South Wales. I

just really enjoyed it. I

didn't even think it was bad. A

few crew got bitten by a snake,

no Shoemark s. The film crew is

made up of some of Australia's

best Indigenous film-makers.

Many of the young cast are

related to the mission group

and have needed coaching. It

has been a lot of fun working

with the young actors. They're

first time actors. But I don't

have to teach them to act.

What I enjoyed most about the

film is just helping them make

the film properly and showing

them that we can all do it. The

little known story about get a

big screen debut next year.

Action! The death toll from widespread flooding in Thailand

has reached 261. Thousands of

people have already been forced

from their homes with the north

of the country the worst

affected, and more heavy rain is forecast this week which

will add pressure to swollen

rivers. The wall of water is

heading towards Bangkok where

officials are desperately

trying to bolster flood

defences to avert disaster in

the low-lying city. Former

Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has

married for a third time. Nancy

Shevell and Sir Paul began

dating 4 years ago. They smiled

and waved to onlookers at

Marylebone Town Hall after the

ceremony. It was where he

married his first wife to Linda

Eastman. His second marriage to

Heather Mills ended in a bitter

divorce. Between them they tied

and untied three marriage knot;

but the plan is this is the

last time. It was a very simple

affair. A handful of guests,

including fellow Beatle Ringo

Starr, some family for a civil

ceremony. The Marylebone

registry office is the same

place Paul McCartney first said

"I do" back in 1969 with Linda

Eastman. Sadly she died of

cancer in 1998. Sir Paul's second wedding with Heather

Mills may have been a more lavish affair in an Irish

castle, but it ended

emotionally and financially

draining with ak moan news

divorce in 2008. This time

after just 45 minutes inside

for a ceremony away from the

cameras, finally hundreds of

fans and media got what they

had been waiting for, first

view of the newlyweds. Petals

and praise from still adoring

fans. Paul was getting married

and it was great to be here and

we just wanted to see it all

happen. I told him

congratulations and he said

thank you. She said thank you,

so I'm happy. I'm happy now I

can go home, finally. Oh! Then

it was a short ride back to St

John's Wood, close to the Apple

Studios where much of the

Beatles music was recorded.

Again a low-key arrive al, a

wave to the crowd. A simple

fuss-free day, around hopefully

the last time either of them

ever need the Marylebone

registry. Let's have a quick

look at other stories making

news around the world: More

than 50 villages remain flooded

on China's Hainan island, the

result of sustained rain storms

over the past few days. In one

settlement, 300 houses are

submerged, forcing many

villagers to head for temporary

shelters. Thousands of worshippers have packed a

station in Zimbabwe's capital

Harare for a service by the

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan

Williams. The Anglican Church

there has been split since its

former head led a breakaway

movement claiming homosexual

priests and followers had

gained too much influence. And

residents in a Polish village

have boycotted parliamentary

elections because local MPs had

ignored their repeated calls

for a new road. Organisers

claim 100m of footpath was

built, but they say it was a

gesture ahead of polling

day. Navigators face even

greater challenges once they

arrive in Antarctica. Cruise

ships and research and supply

vessels are under threat. A survey project won't come

cheap. Charting of the

coastline and seabed gives

boats a map to stop them

running into underwater troum.

Antarctica's isolation creates

extra danger. It's 4,000 mile

as way from the mainland, so if

something does go wrong, you

get into pretty big

trouble. Only about 1% of

waters shallower than 200m

around Antarctica has been

adequately surveyed If they're

navigating in an area where

there is floating ice, they

can't see the bottom, so it's

like navigating blind in a car.

If you were navigating on your

GPS unit and you had your eyes

closed, you would make sure

that unit was giving you very

good data. But the work is

expensive and not the

responsibility of any one

country. 16 Dell grats have

been meeting in Hobart, trying

to increase cooperation between

nations. Antarctica is such a

huge area that without

international cooperation we

simply won't be able to cover

it and it is a very poorly

surveyed area, huge amount of

work to be done. Tourism is

increasing. 28,000 people now

visit Antarctica annually.

Cruise ships are helping to

collect data to add to the chorts. Working very closely

with the Antarctica tourism

organisations and associations

and to improve navigation

charting in the area, so

obviously safe travel and safe

navigation can occur. The high

drog fers' next step is drog fers' next step is to

increase the data. Some came

two by two. Others were howling

and prowling. Creatures great

and small have packed into a

Darwin cathedral for the annual

Blessing of the Beasts. Dogs,

hamp ters and even some guppies

got the holy treatment, as

James Glenday reports. It's all

meant to be a bit of fun. And for the most

for the most part, the animals

played along. We can you to

pour out your blessings on

this, your creature, that you

may bring joy into the lives of

all who need it. There weren't

any loaves, but there were a

few fish Last time I had the

fish, I missed the ceremony, so

glad these fish have been

blessed today. The blessing is

held every year in October. A

celebration of the St Francis

who was known for his love of

animals. You can never get

enough blessings, Some want to

see their pets on the other side. Because he is really old

and he is going to die probably

soon. But priests hold the

event to recognise the role

animals play in people's

lives. Praise the Lord. Fortunately the Lord. Fortunately the cathedral

is tiled and apparently easy to

clean. The rugby union World

Cup focus has turned to

Auckland for next weekend's

semifinals and then the

decider, also at Eden Park the

following week. Three of the

nations which finished second

in their respective pools won

their quarterfinals. On

Saturday night, Wales will play

France, and on Sunday, the

Wallabies will clash with the

All Blacks. In the fourth quarterfinal, Argentina crossed

for the opening try to take an unexpected lead against New

Zealand. COMMENTATOR: The try

is scored. Argentina and it is

the big No. 6. Cabello. The

only try of the first after.

Some accurate penalty kicking

guided the All Blacks to a

5-point advantage. New Zealand

continued to stretch its lead

with penalties. The All Blacks

pull add way late in the second

half to win 33-10 and set up a

highly anticipated showdown

with Australia. Onto the

weather now and the satellite image shows cloud spreading

across the west as a trough

develops, cloud across the

interior linked to a low, and

cloud crossing Victoria and

Tasmania in brisk westerly

winds. A deepening trough in

the west should trigger widespread storm as cross

southern WA with a few pushing

later in South Australia. Cool

south-west winds should push

into south-east Australia

bringing a few showers. A

trough should trigger a few

storms on the Queensland

coast. Around the capitals:

Let's go back to the Stock

Exchange for a final check of

those markets and the All

Ordinaries is heading higher

now, up nearly 34 points.

Nikkei is closed in Japan for a

holiday. That's the close on

Friday night in New York, and

the Dow Jones and Australian

dollar heading up. Now worth

98.27 US cents. And that's the

news for now on a day when

politicians were preparing for

what could be a defining week

for Labor Government

legislation. Religious strife

in Cairo left near more than 20

people dead and oil from a

stranded freighter start s come

ago shore. I'm Ros Childs.

Thanks for joining us and have

a great afternoon. See you

tomorrow.

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