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The Queen pays her respect at

the tomb of the unknown

soldier. WikiLeaks blames a

financial squeeze for going

quiet. WikiLeaks simply cannot

survive in intoo the next year

unless we defeat this banking

blockade. The town that paid a

high price for being Gaddafi's

hideout. That is your house

with the big hole in the wall?

And name and shame, it's time

for the Shonkies.

Hello, welcome to ABC News

across Australia, I'm Ros

Childs. It's a lacklustre day

on the local share market

although the miners are making


First to the parlous

situation this the Thai

capital. On the northern edge

of Bangkok flood waters are now

chest high in places and

thousands of people are leaving

their homes. Water from

northern Thailand is flowing

into the outer parts of the

metropolitan area in what seems

to be a slow-moving yet

unstoppable wave. Even central

warned to prepare but for the Bangkok residents have been

moment the CBD remains dry. Zoe

Daniel reports. At Rangsit

there's a wave of despair. Each

day the water has grown deeper

and crept further into this

suburb and the city. It's an

area that's heavily populated

by migrant workers, many from

Burma. Hundreds of thousands of economic migrants have lost

their jobs in Thailand's

industrial estates, many of

which are now underwater. Now

they've lost their homes too.

TRANSLATION: The water is up to

the chest, it came in at about

1:00 or 2:00am. There's been no

clear indication of if or where

they can get help. And with nos

can where to live and no income

they're heading home across the

border in their thousands. They

say they're going to Mae Sot

and how can you go? How can Gow

to manage, we don't know. For

now where are you going? We

don't know. Thailand is already

struggling to help its own

citizens with millions affected

and hundreds of thousands

displaced. As evacuation

centres fill new ones are being

opened to accommodate up to

800,000 people. Meanwhile volunteers are delivering much

of the medical help, food and

water using borrowed boats and

donated supplies. Thailand is

in a big disaster right now and

people are still needing the

help so me and my friends we

gathered a knrup so - group so

we can go and help our

people. The job is immense.

TRANSLATION: All the houses

inside are already flooded up

to the top floor. It's pretty

haphazard evacuation and supply

deliveries in some areas. We

have seen some army trucks

picking people up but many are

just relying on volunteers and

as you can see it's a case of

fend for for yourself. 40,000

soldiers have been deproi -

deployed and yet more people

need help. The Queen is staying

in Canberra today. She's

Memorial and laid a wreath at visited the Australian War

the tomb of the unknown

soldier. Reporter Andrew Greene

joins me now. So just the one

public engagement today? Ros,

indeed. Her Majesty has now

finished all her official

duties in the nation's capital

but she's managed to cram quite

a lot in during her time in

Canberra. This morning the

Queen and Prince Phillip spent

just under an hour at the war

memorial. They made an

impression on everyone they

met. The staff here even prepared a special exhibition

marking the Queen's various

visits here over the past 50

years or so. They spent some

time at the Pool of Reflection

and then the Queen laid a wreath at the tomb of the

unknown soldier and inspected

the names of Australia's war

dead on the roll of honour and

then after that the Queen had

the opportunity to meet with

some of Australia's defence

personnel including the top

brass, the chief of the Defence

Force was here also to meet her

as well. The Queen has been met

with a lot of public enthusiasm

so far on this trip and of

course the weather has helped

that but in Canberra today we

can see it's pretty wet behind

you, did that affect the public

turnout? We certainly didn't

that were out in Brisbane see those extraordinary crowds

yesterday, the thousands, but

there were a lot of Canberrans

who had queued up here for

hours around 9:00 to catch a

glimpse of the Queen on her

last full day in Canberra. And

she got the opportunity after

visiting the war memorial to

greet some of the

schoolchildren and again they

were handing her bunches of

flowers. P we saw a number of

courtesies as well and the

Queen looked very happy here on

her day in Canberra. The Queen

and Prince have had great

crowds in their entire time

during their visit to Canberra

though the weather today has

been a little bit more

gloomy. So where is she off to

tomorrow? The Queen will spend tonight in Canberra and then

she make asvery quick visit to

Melbourne. It will only be

about 4 hours on the ground

where she has a number of

engagements, most importantly

opening the new Royal

Children's Hospital. Following

that the royal couple will then

make their way to Perth where

they will in b in place for all

the official duties for the

Commonwealth Heads of

Government meeting and they

will be there until Sunday

before making their way out of

Australia. Andrew, thank you.

They fought to oust a brutal

dictator, now some of Libya's

rebels are accused of a brutal

massacre. Human rights watch

says it's found the bodies of

more than 50 pro-Gaddafi people

in the city of Sirte. Some had

their hands tied behind their

backs. Michael Vincent

reports. The war is over but

the search for bodies

continues. Behind the hotel

another gruesome discovery. 53

Gaddafi loyalists executed in

cold blood. It is a dark stain

on Libya's future that on the

first day of a new Libya really

the day of its liberation from

Gaddafi's brutal rule, these

executions took place. It's yet

another brutal event. Libya's

new leaders will have to

international pressure they've investigate. Under

agreed to an inquiry about the

killing of Colonel Gaddafi. His

macabre public showing has also

been shut down. He will finally

be buried today in an unmarked

grave in the desert. This is

just day one of liberation.

Many hard decisions lie ahead.

This man wants to join a new

army. His friend will give his

gun back as soon as he can. Now

that they've won the revolution

United Nations and other and their liberation, the

international agencies are

coming to Libya to help the

young men and women adjust to

the new life. There are a

massive number of teenagers and

youth that have been involved

in the conflict. There's a huge

number of weapons still in the

hands of young people in

Libya. After identifying with

their uniform and their weapon

for so long, many will find it

hard to adjust. We hear from

many of them that they're ready

to give their weapons back and

lit be imperative to make sure

there are mechanism s for that

to happen and to give these young people an alternative

focus for their energy and enthusiasm. The mass

collections of weapons is about

to get under way. And the

residents of Sirte are paying a

high price for being home to

Moammar Gaddafi aslast stand.

Large parts of city lays in

ruins. Those forced from their

homes by the fighting are

returning to face an uncertain

future. There was heavy

fighting, loss of life and

wanton destruction throughout this Lybian conflict but

nothing on the scale of what

has happened in Sirte. Some say

Gaddafi's home town is where

transitional government forces

took their revenge, collective

punishment for Gaddafi's own

crimes. The manner and

aftermath of the dictator's

death continues to fascinate.

But the interim authorities

have finally stopped the increasingly macabre public

viewing of his body at a

refrigerator in Misrata. It was

to this modest mansion in Sirte

that Gaddafi fled after the

fall of Tripoli. But when the

fighting began to intensify he

had to move from home to home

and cellar to cellar. Caught in

the middle of the assault on

Sirte civilians, including the

Akoub family. We went with them

to the home they had to abandon

2 weeks ago. No chance of

moving back in here.

Their 4-year-old

granddaughter is also missing,

not seen in the confusion for

days. They hope she is alive

somewhere with her father.

Trance "I don't know how to

feel" says the grandfather.

"I've been building and living

in this house for 30 years. We

have no where to go. It certainly feels too early here

for talk of reconciliation.

Some people say that Sirte

should not be rebuilt at all.

It should remain as a memorial

to Gaddafi's victims and left

to be eventually consumed by

the sands of the desert.

WikiLeaks is blaming a

funding crisis for suspending

its publication of classified

documents. It's Australian

founder Julian Assange has

accused US-based finance

companies of running a

financial blockade against the

website in response to the

publication of tens of

thousands of secret American

diplomatic cables. Mastercard,

visa and Bank of America are

among the organisations linked

to the squeeze. The people need

to understand that WikiLeaks

simply cannot survive into the

next year unless we defeat this

banking blockade. It will not

be possible for the

organisation to sustain

itself. He says the whistle

blowing website has lost 95% of

its revenue and been forced to

run on cash reserves for the

last 11 months. It's at least

80 years since Tin Tin first

appeared in print and now the

comic book hero is coming to

life all over again. This time

as a 3D character in a

Spielberg epic. The Hollywood

director says the fully

animated movie has been a

decade's long labour of love. A

world famous comic book hero

visualised by a world famous

director. Filled with typical

Spielberg flourishing and

elaborate set pieces. Before

he lost consciousness Dawes

tried to tell me

something. Here he's stretched film technology further than he

has before. As a result he

regards this as the biggest

challenge he's faced in his

40-year career. The evidence is

safe with us. Never have I

just made a purely animated

movie until now. 3 years of

active animation and so not

being a part of that universe

until now I've found that - I

was able to actually make 2

movies while they were

animating Tin Tin. He's used

technology involving computer

senses that capture actors'

movements. Computer animators

then use those movements as a

guide as they create each character's performance

onscreen enabling him to make a

film he's been planning for

close to 30 years. I was really

waiting for technology to come

along that would better equip

the style of my adaptation to

the style of the illustrations

and that was very important to

me to get as close to the

artwork that was created. The

original stories inspire huge

affection and reviews so far

have been mixed. Some applauding Spielberg's

adaptation, others feeling it

doesn't do justice to the

characters. Spielberg

practically invented the

computer-enhanced blockbuster

with Jurassic Park's generated

dinosaurs. Audiences will

decide whether this project

deserves similar

success. Lychee trees are known

for their longevity and in

Queensland they've weathered

plenty of bad seasons. This

year growers say they're

looking forward to a bountiful harvest. Lychee trees can

still live for 1,000 years and

still bear fruit. But comoshl

growers have far less time to

make a profit and plenty of

challenges along the way. Once

they set fruit all the critters

like to eat them. In central

Queensland last year's

relentless rain devastated the

harvesting season with flood

waters preventing trays of

lychees from making it to

market. This year growers

around Byfield near Rockhampton

are relieved the season is

looking good. Most varieties

have flower and fruited really

well this year. We're one or

two vierts down but the crops

are looking better than last

year. Weather has still been a

problem though. A long, cool

winter means most trees are

flowering later this year. It

means the bigger volumes won't

be in before Christmas which is

a little unfortunate but still

there for the school

holidays. Tony Welsh is playing

kos attention to his orchard

after wet weather ruined a

third of it last year. He calls

this one his money tree. This

tree is looking really

fantastic at the moment. It's

got a good set of fruit on

it. The tree's expected to

produce 25 trays of lychees or

$1,000. It will be picked along

with theest are of the crop in

early December. Let's go to

some of the other stories

making news in business. The

Reserve Bank says watch

tomorrow's inflation figures

for clues about whether

interest rates will be cut next

week. The RBA meets on

Melbourne Cup day to consider

rates. Both deputy reserve

governor Ric Battelino will

says things will depend on

figures due out tomorrow. The

bureau is forecasting a wetter

- earlier than wetter summer.

It says sugar cane and wheat

could be affected while cotton crops should benefit from the

rain. And the shareholders and

News Corp have issued a sharp

rebuke to Rupert Murdoch's sons

with about a third voting

against their election to the

company's board. The results of

the weekend ballot released

today show much more support

for the senior Murdoch, he was

re-elected with 85% of the

vote. Time for a check of the

markets now, here's Sue Lannin.

A lacklustre day of trade? Yes,

Ros. That's despite a good

night on Wall Street and in

Europe on hopes that the

European debt crisis can be

solved. The local market rose

nearly 3% yesterday but it's

taking a breather today so the

All Ords index is off about 9

points at 4,305. The ASX 200

also down 9 points at

4,246. And which are the major

movers? We're seeing financial

stocks, health and energy companies pulling the market

down so the big banks are

mixed. The Commonwealth Bank is

actually one-third of a per

cent higher but the National

Australia Bank is down 1%. The

miners though are gaining.

That's on a rising commodity

prices on hopes about Europe.

So BHP Billiton is up more than

1%. We saw the giant fund

manager black-Rock say today it

sees what it calls a massive

opportunity in oversold mining

stocks but the big pension fund

adviser Tower Watson has drawn

up a list of the 15 extreme

risks facing the world, that

includes a great depression

because of Europe. And what

else is happening on the

markets? We're seeing beer

maker fosters holding their

annual general meeting. They're

saying their shares are down

slightly but they're expecting

moderate growth in the industry

once the current economic

uncertainty passes. Billabong surf wear maker also holding

its AGH. It expects strong

growth in earnings for this

financial year and Oil Search

says oil and gas production in

the third quarter was down 16%

from the previous quarter

because of plant shutdowns,

revenue fell as well but its

shares are higher today.

They're up about 1%. Let's take

a check now O - of the

market's other big movers in

the ASX top 100.

And stocks in the US and

Europe are firmer, responding

to apparent progress in the

European debt process. Wall

Street was buoyed by strong

earnings from Caterpillar.

Now to an award you don't

want to win. It's time again

for the Shonkies to be handed

out. Consumer group Choice has

chosen a range of products they

consider unworthy enough to

receive a lemon trophy. Here's

Ingrid Joost of Choice. You've

picked out 8 items which you

feel deserve a Shonky, run us

through a few. We're at Walsh

Bay here in Sydney, 6th annual

Shonky Awards. We awarded one

to the smur f s ingame

application where kids have

wracked up close to $1,000 by

playing this game. They

purchase Smurf berries and in

doing so keeping the village

alive. It's an example of a

game that's targeted at

children. We see often times

being able to be downloaded

from the Internet. Shape wear

in the form of Peachy pink

shape wear, cafe infused

infused with green tea and

Peaches. You wear them for 21

days, 8 hours a day and you

supposedly lose inches off your

body. And thirdly, the go for

green energy saver, a device

that you plug into the socket, supposedly harmonises your

whole electricity use

throughout the house valued at

$299. That's how much it will

cost you. When we put it to the

test no difference to your

energy use or bills and the components only cost around

about $15. So definitely shonky

award winners there. And also

there are some products that as

well as being less than

truthful perhaps about their

claims, they're also dangerous.

There's a baby's dummy and the

roof rack of a car that fall

into that category? There are a

number of these baby bling type

dummies on the market. So

they're crystal encrusted dummies and of course you put

the dummy in a child's mouth

but we found that these

crystals can easily be removed

and they pose a choking hazard.

They have been banned by the

ACCC but you can still find

them on the Internet and

secondly, a new car on the

market, a cherry J 1 car that

has roof racks you might strap

your surf board to it. But on

the inside there's a small

sticker, the inside of the roof

racks saying for cosmetic

purposes only, do not use. So

certainly dangerous there. And

insurance industry also

qualifies for a lemon

trophy? Yes, look, sometimes we

do have a bit of a laugh when

it comes to the Shonkies but

there are certainly ones that

are no laughing matter. Many,

many hundreds and also, you

know, thousands of people

across Victoria, NSW,

Queensland in particular, some

in WA affected by the floods

earlier in the year and so many

reports of people whose claims

have yet to be processed, who

found confusion around the definition of the term flood.

So we've awarded a Shonky this

year to the whole insurance industry for their flood

cover. Ingrid Joost, thank

you. Thank you. Rescuers are

losing hope of finding many

more survivors from Turkey's

earthquake. The death toll has

now reached nearly 300. But

authorities believe the final

toll will be much higher once

the rubble is cleared. And for

a second night residents in

Ercis in Turkey's east have had

to sleep outside in close to

freezing temperatures. Anne

Barker reports. This was the

area worst hit, Ercis, a city

of 75,000 people where around

80 multistorey buildings like

this one collapsed. Only a

handful of people have been

pulled alive from the rubble

since yesterday including one

man who managed to call for

help on his mobile phone. But

hundreds more weren't so lucky.

The death toll has now climbed

to nearly 300 and the final

body count is likely to be much


TRANSLATION: In Ercis there

were 169 dead and in the Van

another 96. Dozens of people

were trapped in the mess of

concrete and twisted steel

after the earthquake struck.

Cranes and other machines are

lifting concrete slabs while

residents dig underneath with

shovels or even their bare

hands. Generator-powered flood

lights have meant rescue

workers can continue all night.

Many families had the grim news

of finding their loved ones in

body bags laid outside the

Ercis mosque. My family members

who died were my nephew, his

wife and their child. They all

came here for a Sunday

breakfast and then what

happened happened. Aid

organisations have set up

temporary camps with tents and

kitchens to help the thousands

of homeless. Many residents

have faced their second night

in the cold, lighting fires to

keep warm. Seismologists say

there have been more than 100

aftershocks in the region since

the initial quake, one with a

magnitude of 6. Authorities are

warning people to stay away

from damaged homes for fear

they could still collapse if

the aftershocks continue. Let's

have a quick look at other

stories making news around the

world. South African President

Jacob Zuma has sacked two

cabinet ministers and suspended

the country's police chief in

an attempt to disspell

criticism that he's soft on

corruption. The country's cooperative government minister

is accused of spending more

than $70,000 on unsanctioned

travel and the public works minister and police

commissioner are implicated in

illegal property rental

deals. Tensions are rising in

Brazil where environmental

activists have criticised the

Government for not sending a representative to a court

hearing on the country's Amazon

Belo Monte dam. The project has

been criticised by native

Indians and conservationists

worried about its effect on the

Amazon environment. And China

has announced a crackdown on

the leaking of economic data. A

State prosecutor says 2 Chinese

officials have been jailed for

leaking data to securities

brokerage s and the 4 people

working in the finance industry

are being investigated. The

Federal Opposition Leader was

trackside at Flemington this

morning taking a close look at

the form in the lead up to the

Melbourne Cup carnival. Billed

as the breakfast with the stars

Tony Abbott was in star company

taking advice from Sydney

trainer Gai Waterhouse. Not her

noted race goer, Mr Abbott saw

some similarities between

racing and politics. Look, the

thing about racing is that for

the big events come around with

a certain regularity and

predictability. In my contest

you never know when it's going

to be. As I said, the sooner

the better. Breakfast with the

stars is an opportunity for

punters to watch track work in the lead up to the Melbourne

Cup week. With the world's

population about to reach the 7

billion mark the United Nations

has warned the trend is

threatening many poor countries

especially in sub-Saharan

Africa. Zambia is among the

countries on the front line.

Its population is expected to

triple by the middle of the

century. Catherine Piri has

just given birth for the fourth

time to a daughter, hours old

she doesn't have a name yet.

Despite living in coverty the

parents want more children and

they are ambitious for their future.

TRANSLATION: I want my daughter

and my sons to become important

people, then they can help us.

But I don't know if there

will be enough money for them

all to go through school. Big

families are the norm, 6

children is the average and

it's causing a huge increase in

numbers. It protects you also

against STIs... That's despite

an array of modern contraceptive methods including

injections, implants, the pill

and condoms available without

charge. People will have to

travel to health facilities to

obtain the services but they

don't earn enough so they would

rather use the money for

travelling to buy food to feed

the family. This is a youthful

country, half the population is

aged 16 or under. And more and

more families are leaving the

countryside to live in the

capital in search of work. What

things can the new government

do for you girls? And that

begins in the classroom where

attitudes are changing. These

teenagers want careers first

and motherhood second. I p want

to have two kids, one boy and a

girl. Zambia has plenty of

economic potential and is three

times the size of Britain but

there's a lot of way to go

before poverty is replaced by

prosper ity. They've been

pampered for weeks but today

they've earned their stripes. 3

Sumatran tiger cubs have gone

on public Di place for the

first time at Taronga Zoo. The

specieses is critically

endangered due to poaching and

habitat loss and there are only

about 400 left in the wild. The

cubs born in August, while

they're proving a handful

first-time mother Jamilla is

coping well. Mum has been so

brilliant throughout this whole

process. We bred Jamilla here

back in 2003. So to see her go

from baby cub to now being mum

is very exciting. The zoo is

running a competition to pick

the cubs' names and preference

will be given to entries

reflecting their Indonesian

heritage. To the weather now,

the satellite shows cloud

crossing eastern Victoria and

NSW with a trough. Cloud

scattered over the central and

northern interior in a trough

and cloud spreading across the

west as a low develops. That trough in the east should

trigger showers and storms

heaviest in south-east

Queensland and in north-east

NSW. The second trough should

cause widespread showers and

storms across the west. And a

high should keep most of South

Australia, Tasmania and

Victoria dry. And a look at the


Let's go back to the stock

exchange for a final check of

the markets. It's a quiet day

out there today:

That's the news for now on a

day when more and more people

were living waist deep in flood

water in the Thai capital, the

Queen visited the Australian

War Memorial in Canberra laying

a wreath at the tomb of the

unknown soldier. And the

consumer organisation Choice

listed an energy saving device

and a car roof rack among the

most appropriate to win this

year's shonky awards. There's

continuous news on ABC News 24

and there's also news online.

Our next full bulletin on ABC 1

is at 7:00 this evening. I'm

Ros Childs, thanks for joining

us and have a great afternoon.

We'll see you tomorrow. Closed

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