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Live. This morning - a horrific massacre in Syria. International concern frustration grows but still no International concern and

frustration grows agreement at Nations. The UN Security

Council has so far failed to live up to Council to the Syrian people. The White House rules out The White House rules out an Afghan trial for the US Afghan trial for the US soldier who slaughtered 16 civilians.

Bob Carr to be sworn in Foreign Minister later today Bob Carr to be sworn in as

while Labor's while flatline. And more bad luck for while the Eels, full-back Jarryd

Hayne out indefinitely while knee injury.

Good morning, knee injury. ABC News 24, I'm Joe O'Brien. knee injury.

Taking a quick look at the

weather first in weather cities:

There's been another

There's been another terrible incident in Syria in the city

of Homs. Up to 47 people, of them women and children have of Homs. Up to 47 people, many

been slaughtered. been slaughtered. The of Opposition, the Opposition says

a Government-backed militia responsible. Pressure is a Government-backed militia was

responsible. Pressure building on the international

community to act but responsible. Pressure still deep divisions at still deep divisions at the United Nations. Here's our foreign affairs editor foreign affairs editor Peter

Cave. The footage up loaded to

the Internet shows Cave. The

and children, some have and children, some have their

hands tied, some have their throats slit and some bodies throats slit

have been doused in petrol and burnt. Both the burnt. Both

the Government agree there the Government agree there was a massacre, but they disagree on who's on who's responsible. Opposition groups have blamed the

the pro-Assad militia for

carrying out the the

Syrian State television accused

armed armed terrorist gangs saying

the bodies were filmed in an

the bodies Government. The killings were carried out in the carried out in the hours after the special UN Arab the special UN Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan, left Syria. Since I

Syria. Since I came to Syria. Since I came to the

region I've been - I'm

following very, following very, very closely

developments in Syria and there

are grave are

of atrocities and abuses. of atrocities and abuses. The killing of civilians must end now. The world now. The

clear and united message that clear and united message

clear unacceptable. Other leaders reacted with diskus.

David Cameron David

Bashar al Assad has subjected

them to punishment and stand accused of carrying accused of carrying out accused executions and mass arrests. I

cannot see a future for cannot see a future for Syria

offered any sort of life with where the people of Syria are

President Assad still in charge. So we do charge. So we do need transition. Meanwhile the

Syrian Army has launched a new assault on the Syrian Army has launched a new

province of Idlib and on the assault on the northern

city of Idlib itself where

opposition groups say residents

are suffering appalling humanitarian conditions water, electricity or phones. humanitarian conditions without

Some parts of Idlib have been Some parts of Idlib have been water,

occupied by the army while others remain in rebel hands and tanks and and tanks and armoured and

through the streets. The through the streets. The Syrian observatory for human rights

said that 20 bodies said that 20 bodies were discovered in the Debate

neighbourhood of Idlib on

Sunday night and

Sunday night toll continues to toll continues to mount. And

we've been in touch with the

Syrian activist we hope to be speaking to them speaking to them within the next our or so. The Pentagon is insisting a US soldier who killed 16 Afghan killed 16 Afghan civilians acted alone but that hasn't

stopped the fall out. Taliban is threatening to avenge the deaths Taliban Afghan parliament is demanding

a public trial. The Afghan a public trial. The Afghan army has stepped up security in Kandahar city after the Kandahar city after the Taliban threats. The US soldier remains in custody at a NATO base where

he's due to face a military

court. The spocktsman he's Afghan tribal dialogue says Afghan tribal dialogue says the Taliban will use the killings

to its advantage. So the United States is sticking to States is sticking to its timetable to withdraw troops from Afghanistan from Afghanistan despite that from defence Force chief is confident Australian troops confident Australian troops can continue to work with the Afghan people. Afghan defence front this morning there are claims that a

squadron of SAS soldiers is

operating in Africa operating in Africa performing intelligence work. The Defence

Minister Stephen Smith Minister Stephen Smith joins us now on ABC News 24, he's in Canberra Canberra this

to our political editor to our political editor Lyndal Curtis. Stephen Smith, welcome to Curtis. Stephen Smith, welcome

to news 24. Pleasure. If we can

start start with reports that a

squadron of SAS soldiers is operating in operating an intelligence role, is an intelligence role, is that true? Normally, as you'd expect like the long-standing practice

of successive of successive governments I like the intelligence or operational

matters but the suggestion matters but the suggestion this morning in the Melbourne age

and 'Sydney Morning Herald'

that we've somehow that we've somehow got Australian Defence Force

personnel or SAS personnel operating at large in operating at large in Africa

rubbing up against the doundaries of

doundaries of the law doundaries of the law is just wrong, it's just wrong. Does

the SAS have an the SAS have an intelligence role? Firstly I'm not role? Firstly I'm not going to go into any of operational details but let me make make a number operational course you would expect that

the Australian Defence the Australian Defence Force,

including the SAS from time including the SAS from time to time will work very closely

with the Department of Foreign

Affairs and Trade and also work time very closely with ASIS, the Australian Secret Australian Secret Intelligence very closely intelligence service. But

everything which occurs in everything which occurs in that

general area is done in

accordance with accordance law, it's done in law, it's done in accordance law, obligations, whether the armed obligations, whether the armed conflict or international

humanitarian law and we humanitarian law and we make sure that our officials or officers or personnel officers or personnel operating

in this space have all the

necessary personal necessary personal protections. So the suggestion that So the suggestion that they're operating at large in Africa, operating rubbing up against the boundaries of the boundaries of the law are rubbing

that in terms of protecting our rubbing national security interests,

protecting the interests Australians overseas from time to time you Australians overseas from to time you will have to time you will have the Australian Defence Force

working closely with

ASIS on matters such ASIS on matters ASIS on matters such as consular crises, on kidnappings and counter-terrorism. So and counter-terrorism. So they may not be operating at may not may not be operating at large

but have a more focused role? Once again I'm not going role? Once but have a more focused to draw down into a to draw down into a particular

focus because that would rub up against the notion of getting against focus because that would rub close to a particular operation or an operation. I'm not going against

to go into the SAS breakdown to go into the SAS breakdown of particular parts of particular parts of the to go into the SAS breakdown of particular regiment. I'm not going to go regiment. I'm not going into particular

Australians would expect Australians would expect that from time Australians would from time to time the from time to time the SAS,

together with ASIS, together with ASIS, together together with with DFAT, will be doing with DFAT, will be doing the with DFAT, will be

necessary work to make sure that Australian interests that Australian interests and that Australian that are protected. Now whether that's as a result of that's as a result of a consular crisis, whether it's a

result of result of counter-terrorism work, whether it's a result of,

for

there SAS troops operating there SAS troops operating in Africa at the moment? I'm not there

going to go into there but what it is important to say there but what it is important to say is that whenever operations overseas by

Defence Force personnel operations

ASIS they are conducted

ASIS they are conducted in accordance with our domestic legal obligations, they conducted in accordance with our international legal obligations and they obligations and they are approved either by of the day or of the day or by the national

of the cabinet and the individuals concerned security committee of the concerned are given concerned are given all of the necessary personal protection concerned so far as their own conduct is

concerned. If another overseas operation you perhaps are more willing talk about in Afghanistan, the

US has apologised talk American soldier allegedly killed in the Kandahar province, in the Kandahar province, what are the broader implications of this for this for foreign troops on Afghan soil? Firstly it's a

terrible incident. terrible incident. I've expressed my condolences to my Afghan counterpart, Minister Wardak, the Prime Wardak, done like wise to President Karzai. I'm pleased immediately

from the highest levels the

United States expressed United States expressed similar condolences to Afghanistan and condolences to Afghanistan an exhaustive investigation was

put into play. But there's no point beating around the point beating around the bush. This is a very bad setback

coming so quickly, as it does,

after the recent point incident, this is a setback incident, this is a setback and we have to acknowledge it as

such in my view. Australia troops in the Kandahar such

province, are you preparing

them for the possibility them for the possibility of province, points, firstly we've got just

over 200 personnel in Kandahar. They are points, Kandahar airport dealing with our Kandahar airport our Chinook Kandahar airport dealing with our Chinook fleet, also with our unmanned aerial our unmanned aerial obvaition tasks but they're essentially at the airport. As a general proposition at the airport.

proposition in Kandahar, at the airport. As a general proposition in Kandahar, as in tasks Oruzgan province where the bum ck - bulk of our people ck - bulk of our people are, every time there's every

incident of this nature and

indeed on an ongoing basis we will regularly will protection measures and procedures, I'm not going protection measures procedures, I'm not going to go into any detail procedures, I'm not

into any detail but obviously

into any detail but obviously one of the first things that

occurred was to make sure that all the necessary occurred was to make sure all the necessary force protection measures were in place and that's all the necessary force protection place and

in Kandahar and protection in Kandahar and Oruzgan generally. If

generally. If we could

to matters more of a domestic

nature, there's been a

nature, there's been a lot of nature, there's been talk about your relationship

talk about your relationship with defence, the chief of the Defence Force says you Defence Force says you have a good , professional relationship, can you say that

about your senior leadership about your senior leadership of

DFAT? I've been saying for a week that what

be clear about is the

relationship I have with relationship I have with the Chief of the Defence Chief of vice chiefs, the service chiefs and

and the secretary and and the secretary and their

very good working very good working relationships and the Chief of the Defence

Force was overseas from the end

of last week, returned yesterday and he very point publicly that I've point publicly that I've been making. You can't ascribe to

the current leadership of the Defence Defence Force or Defence Force or the Department the views articulated by former personnel or commentators or the Liberal Party advisers. We've got very big challenges, whether it's big transition in Afghanistan, whether it's whether it's cultural change, whether it's capability and procurement matters, and procurement matters, and when you are engaged in a big reform program as I am you will have people who will have people who will have their program criticisms. That's fine but criticisms. That's fine but you blow or running commentary blow or running commentary with him. I make the point the assertion he makes is him. I unfair. There's no evidence to his assertion, I've been to Afghanistan on four occasions and these points have not been made by others but Afghanistan test, the real test, in test, the real test, in my view, of respect and regard for our forces in the field is making sure that as the minister of the day or the government of the day government of the day you're giving them all of the necessary kit and all necessary kit and all the necessary resources to do their job and that's what job and that's what I've been doing, that's what the doing, that's you ever expressed unhappiness at having to take unscheduled questions from troops in Afghanistan? I'm not Afghanistan? I'm not going to questions from troops in go into a blow by blow go into a blow by blow about what Major General Cantwell has said. I make the point that I

thought when I saw questions it surprised me, it disappointed me, I was saddened by by it and I thought it created by it and a wrong and by a wrong impression, not just of by impression, not just of that particular visit but of particular visit but of my approach and attitude approach and attitude generally as a minister. I take as a minister. I take my approach

whether that is in regard to

our general national security our general interests or our forces interests or our forces in the field whether they're in Afghanistan or whether Afghanistan or whether they're

in peacekeeping security missions in security missions in East Timor or in the Solomon or in the Solomon Islands and security

to the contrary and the record

security of what the Government has done and

and I have done in terms of

force protection, in

kit and equipment and

is there for everyone to make

their judgment about their judgment about it. One

final question on the Kirkham report into the final their judgment about it. One scandal, parts of the report

have not been release ed, most

of it in fact, but some have

have not been release ed, most been leaked. The bit of it in fact, but been leaked. The bit that was released seems released allegations made about the treatment of the

treatment of

cadet involved after her cadet involved after her claims had been made public including that, and I'm had

female officer's cadet's room was not plastered

foam. A leak suggests was not plastered foam. A leak suggests it was not shaving foam but another

cleaning product applied. Is

that splitting hairs and does that

it put doubt over the rest of

the claims that

the claims that Kirkham seems to have debunked? A number of

points. My starting point is I would have would Kirkham inquiry report or Kirkham inquiry report or a

redacted version to redacted version to be released. As the chief of the Defence Force and Defence Force and the Secretary

and I worked through it we came

to the conclusion that for two and

reasons, firstly there are a

couple of criminal trials coming up and coming up personal welfare of a number of people people involved, including Cadet Kate, that was difficult,

if not impossible, to put out

effectively a effectively So we put out what So we put out what the Chief of So we regarded as a fair regarded as a fair and regarded as a fair and balanced regarded

isn't that bit at least

misleading to say her misleading to say her dorm was not plastered with isn't but another product

used? The media allegation was

that her room that plastered with shaving plastered with shaving foam and

Kirkham found as a matter of

fact that was not the case. To Kirkham make a more general make a more general point Channel 10 have put these

matters to air. I don't matters to air. I don't know

what materials Channel 10 is relying upon. Is that relying upon. Is that report wrong? Neither I nor my office have provided journalists with any materials other any

ones that were distributed last week at the week The Chief of the Defence The Chief of the Defence Force said last night said last

that it probably came

that it probably came from the letters which are written in

the course of an inquiry to letters interested parties possible findings. Kirkham possible findings. Kirkham made 3 findings so 3 findings so far as the issue

that I raised in April 2011

were concerned. Firstly he said 3 that commander or that commander or Commandant

Kafer had not made an ir error

of judgment of unrelated disciplinary hearings

to continue at the same to continue at the same time

the Skype incident was at the Skype incident was at it peak. Secondly, that a

different decision could have

stopped them and thirdly, stopped them and thirdly, it was unfortunate that he didn't have a conversation with Kate

and her defending officer. He

doesn't go further but the implication is that if there implication had been such a had been such a conversation

there may have been a different outcome. On the basis of those three findings I say that three findings I say that I don't apologise in any way for when this matter was at its don't peak for making sure peak for making sure that the interests of an 18-year-old woman

woman who was the po ten -

potential innocent victim of an alleged serious sexual alleged serious sexual abuse that her interests that her interests were some way protected or taken care Nor do I apologise for the fact that that it that to, in the to, in the course of such a matter, to bring into play the

character or the conduct of character or the conduct of the innocent victim. Now, innocent victim. Now, I've made those points, I'm not resiling

from them but as the from them but as the chief of the Defence Force the Defence Force said yesterday that was last week's

story, we've now got a range of

challenges whether it's challenges whether it's transition transition in Afghanistan or

budget or capability to get on with and

getting on with the job. Stephen Smith, job. Stephen Smith, thank you

very much for your time. Thank you, thanks very you, thanks very much. Defence you, thanks talking to our political editor Lyndal Curtis Lyndal Curtis in Canberra and stick with Canberra for the moment. Former NSW premier Bob stick

Carr has arrived in the

national capital to be sworn in stick

as a senator today and as a senator today and he's launched straight into the as

political rough and political rough and tumble. Mr Carr will be sworn in to the Senate around Senate

eastern daylight time so in

about 2 hours time and then

later today as Foreign

Minister. We plan to bring you

both those events live later ABC News 24. But first to ABC News 24. But first to Bob Carr's arrival in Canberra the

former NSW prermier former NSW prermier wasted no time getting stuck into the Opposition Leader Tony

Abbott. I think it is striking

that 18 months out of an that 18 months out of an election there's election 6-point gap between the two

sides and I think it's very interesting that Tony interesting that Tony Abbott's support has gone down. I think #350e78 people are waking up support has #350e78 people are waking up

to the fact that Tony

Tony Abbott is like the Tony cheap skate hypnotist in a run Tony down circus. You're saying to the electorate look into the electorate look into my eyes, you're growing weaker, no

more boats. Look into my eyes

you are growing the

Labor's big bad tax. Look Labor's big bad tax. Look into my eyes you are growing my eyes you are growing weaker,

debt and deficit. He's trying

to hypnotise the electorate

with these slogans. And I mean

it's a very cheap it's a very cheap performance and if you paid

the circus and that's all the circus and that's all you the

ask for your money back. That's

a bit of what we can expect a bit of what we can expect

from Bob Carr, the soon to

foreign minister. Now the state emergency service says more emergency

than 4,000 people remain evacuation orders across NSW as flood waters flood waters move through the State's river system. The

southern NSW town State's Point is isolated by flood

waters but the waters but the Murrumbidgee waters Overnight Yenda locals were told they will soon be allowed told they will soon be allowed back in their homes. The clean up has begun in Forbes, nah

Rwanda - Narrandera up Gumly. Residents in Condobolin have been told to up evacuate. Plans are evacuate. Plans are also being

made to prepare up of Lake Cargelligo, Balranald

and Hay for flooding in the

coming days. A family of 4 has

escaped injury in another shooting attack in

shooting attack in Sydney escaped

investigating whether a gunman

targeted the wrong escaped after midnight residents here

in Princes Street in Bexley, in Sydney's south, were woken by Sydney's gun shots. Police discovered

that several bullets had been

fired into a family

gun

two children, aged 9 and two children, aged 9 and 10, along with their parents were

sleeping at the time. Police say two of those bullets two pierced the bedroom of the 9-year-old girl, one 9-year-old becoming lodged in her becoming lodged in her bedroom door. Another bullet went through to the family's lounge

room. Police say the family are lucky to have lucky to have escaped injury and witnesses in this area did hear a car hear a

straight after the gun straight after the gun shots. They say they're shaken by the incident but can't incident happened in their street. The neighbours are neighbours are all shocked. We incident

had no idea that anything like

that would happen here but it

was about midnight I had

yes, I heard three bangs but I

didn't think they were guns. I

yes,

just thought it was kids letting off letting

something. Police remain

guard in front of the guard in front of the premises guard

the family is well like and

well regarded within the well community. At this stage of community. At this stage of the investigation they aren't sure why why the family why the family has been

there. A man has denied there. A man has denied that

there. target of that driveby

shooting. Forensics shooting. Forensics officers

are dusting a car parked outside the family's home

overnight for fingerprints. The car belongs to the car belongs to the family's

neighbour, Abbas Fahad. He said

police raideds his house police raideds his house about 3 years ago over car belongs

robbery but he and his family robbery but he and his family was cleared. What was cleared. What happened,

it's my house and find nothing. Everything is alright and took Everything

my car, took my Everything everything to the police

station for 2, 3 weeks after

that they called that they called sorry, that wrong. One of the local there's

in Bexley in in Bexley in Sydney. Let's check the markets check the markets now and what's happening with the dollar? It didn't fare

dollar? It didn't fare too well

overnight. It hit a overnight. It hit a six-week

low of 104.7 US cents. Now low of 104.7 US cents. Now that was on the back of a slowdown in China's exports which led in China's exports which led to a trade deficit in January as low well as increasing evidence well as increasing evidence of

a European recession. The

dollar has bounced back

little this morning and it's

currently buying 105.2 US cents

and the local dollar holding fairly steady against

the euro and it's up a little

against the Japanese yen. Worries about Worries

China also hit commodity

China also hit commodity prices overnight. West Texas China intermediate crude slipped intermediate crude slipped by

around $1 and spot gold prices

fell back but have fell back but have started

rising again in Asian trade.

The chief

FX Global Capital Peter Maguire

says weak data out of China says weak data out of China are adding to geopolitical worries adding

and that should keep the price of crude oil relatively high. I think Brent will run between and that

120 to 126, WTI I think will and that

hold these sort of levels,

to say 108 and if we see a

break out as far as Israel and Iran and Syria explode further

then you're going to then you're going to see then the local share market now and

it's off to a fairly positive

start after start leads. The All Ords index is up start

over 0.5% and the ASX 200 index start

is up just a little start the investment bank the investment bank Macquarie

Group is in focus today after the ratings agency Fitch the

downgraded its outlook downgraded its outlook for Macquarie. Fitch warns returns Macquarie.

for a number of the for a number of the banks' units are likely to remain subdued but the stock subdued but little in line with the little in line with the rest of the financial sector so far in early trade. To little in line

US markets closed mostly higher ahead of the ahead of interest rate meeting tonight

and some retail sales data. The

Dow Jones industrial Dow Jones industrial average

added 38 points or 0.33% and in added

Europe London's FTSE and

Germany's DAX were up added

you're row - Eurostoxx index added was fairly flat. New Greek

bonds worth half their original value have begun value have begun trading. value meeting in Brussels to sign meeting in Brussels to sign off on a new bailout fund for the

debt-ridden country debt-ridden country but

analysts say the new bonds

haven't

bonds, the new Greek bonds bonds, the new Greek bonds are trading today for the first time time and essentially trading like junk bonds. They're straight in They're straight in junk status. So effectively if

Greece were saved status.

would not be trading like They are trading They are trading at higher They are trading at higher borrowing costs borrowing They are still trading at They are still trading at the

highest yields in the whole of the Eurozone. So very clearly the this is not a problem that been solved. Louise Cooper from

BGC speaking there and that's

the latest business news for the latest now. I'll have more the latest

markets next hour, Joe. Thank

you, Alicia. For a the latest major sports stories of the day

Paul Kennedy joins us and there was was a rugby league game night the Warriors and Eels,

night the Warriors and Eels, 56

points scored in total? Yes,

36-20 was the score if 36-20 was the score if you 36-20

Warriors. That's a victory

there. And the 36-20

off, just watch this pass from 36-20

Hayne just to get his team excited and then excited and then what happened in the 16th minute stole all

the headlines. the along and down he goes. along and down he goes. The coach said that he thought it was was an ACL. I think most was an ACL. I think most people

thought it was a very serious knee injury. Scans thought it was torn scar tissue so it was torn scar tissue so he may be back after a little break. Let's hope it's not too

long. They will need him back. it was

They're 0 and 2 now it was

Warriors ran away with Warriors ran away with that one. There were some positive

signs though for the Eels with

Chris Sandow Chris Sandow among others playing quite well but last year's grand finalists were

able to notch up another win.

We'll just go for some reaction

now, there's a couple now, there's a couple of now, there's straight after the straight after the final whistle. Obviously we were pretty rusty at the start and

same last week. That's

obviously an area we've got to

fix up but to get through these same last games when you're not at games when you're not at your best and still win that's a games best and still win that's a good sign. Obviously Hains good sign. Obviously Hains is a

key part of our attack and it's

going to take a little bit for our key

our key players to kind of

click. I think there have been improvements and if we improvements and if we keep

working our way at it we will

get better. And get

your club is not going your club is not going to your any given year when they start

talking about feeling OK after yet another closs

any

the coach is still saying the coach is still saying it's

very early in season and he's

looking forward to long, hard looking slog. They've got a new back

line as well with Hayne and line as well with Hayne and the

sun - uncertainty it's going

to be a tough season but they will be OK hopefully in the end, the Eels. Sam Stosur still struggling to reach the struggling to reach the form that she's had in the last struggling

couple of years? Yeah, it was a struggling funny match this one at funny match this one at Indian Wells. Big tournament and there's a few players struck Wells. down with illness over there as

well. There's a bit of a bug

being passed around.

have been a chance for have been a chance for Stosur, had she won this match had she won this match against Nadia Petrova really opened up for her. It's really opened up for her. It's a third round match. a third round match. You can see the score down there was tight after tight

set 6-1. She won the tie set 6-1. She won the tie break in the second. Showed some

fortitude to come in couple of breaks and took it

couple of breaks and took it to

a tie break, actually served

out for the match, unable to out for the match, unable to do

it though the Australian and

Nadia Petrova won that match. Nadia

Her best win in the Nadia

months. She hasn't been one of the dominant the She's a veteran but now

She's a veteran but now she can claim that she's knocked off

the world number 6 and Sam Stosur can get on Stosur can get on with preparing for her next

tournament. But that's tournament. But that's a disappointing loss after she tournament. was serving for the

match. Thanks very much match. Thanks very much for that. Thanks, Joe. Vanessa O'Hanlon is with us now to take a

a look at the weather on a pretty busy morning with

pretty busy morning with the weather because we've got over the north of Australia? That's right.

There's a cyclone watch, it's up above the Northern Territory. It's this yellow

region at the moment. It's from

Cape Hotham around to Kalumburu Territory. It's and that will later on until a new one is issued but issued but we can see where

it's tracking and it looks like it will head straight towards the coast and become at least a it's tracking

category 1 tomorrow morning. So

the expectation at this the expectation at this stage is that it won't be is that it won't be an

incredibly powerful incredibly powerful cyclone when it hits the coast but obviously you obviously you don't know

exactly what a cyclone's going

to do? Still don't know to do? Still don't know what

this system will do. The

forecast is showing it forecast is showing it will

possibly be a category 1 when it does hit the coastline. What

about the other one? That's off forecast the Pilbara coast at the

moment. Still a tropical low however there is a high chance

later in the week that could later form into a cyclone. The main later thing we're seeing at the

moment will be a lot of gusty winds and heavy winds and heavy rainfalls around parts of the north winds coast, we are coast, we are expecting coast, we are expecting around 100 mm today. But by the 100 mm today. But by the end of the week we could have around 400 mm particularly 400 mm particularly around those low tropical lows or where they're situated, that's

where the heaviest rain will

be. At least it's be. At least it's bought a bit

of cooler temperature to Perth if you

it is after it hit 40 degrees

yesterday. It dropped down about 6 about

as we can see the trough as we can see the trough is

making its way inland so making its way inland so places like Eucla today 41 degrees. as We've got very warm northerly winds ahead of winds ahead of this system with the pressure also coming from the high in the

warmer northerly winds ahead for these regions however for these regions however as

the week progresses there's a

band of rain that band of rain that will move into the south-east. There's a bit of cloud over Queensland today, is that producing today, is that producing some rain? There is some rain,

mainly in the tropical regions.

We're expecting stormy We're expecting stormy weather

there and the high is direct ing showers ing coastline:

We will keep a close eye on

those lows up over the north of

Australia over the coming days.

Vanessa O'Hanlon thank you.

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The top stories - activists in Syria say up to 47 people,

including women and children been

been killed in a massacre in

the city of Homs. The alleged

massacre is putting pressure on

the international community to act

act but there are still deep divisions

divisions at the UN. Syria's government government has blamed terrorist gangs

gangs for the violence while

the opposition says a government-backed militia was

responsible. The Pentagon has rejected calls for an American

soldier who went to a shooting

rampage in Kandahar to be tried