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Search over. Australia's

most wanted man captured after

almost seven years on the

run. A short scuffle ensued

where he was then arrested. He

was taken into custody. There

was no shots fired. Holden on

in Australia. In January this

year, we were at real risk that

there would be no more Holden

in Australia.

French police corner a

suspected serial killer wanted

over two deadly attacks. And a

clot-busting drug gives new

hope for stroke

patients. Without it, I

honestly don't know where I'd

be right now.

Welcome to ABC News across

Australia. I'm Ros Childs. On

the local share market, banks

are one of the drivers today.

More finance later in the

seven years but Australia's bulletin. It's taken nearly

most wanted man has been

caught. Malcolm Naden was

arrested last night. Heavily

armed police surrounded him on

a New South Wales prrt west of

Gloucester just after midnight.

Naid nait was wanted for a

variety of offences including

murder. He has evaded police

capture by living rough in the

bush, sometimes breaking into

isolated farmhouses while

ranging across a large swathe

of the State. Reporter Ben

Worsley is outside Taree

courthouse now. This arrest is

the result of a huge police

operation. How was Malcolm

Naden finally caught? At 4

minutes past midnight, officers

from the tactical operations

group of New South Wales police

and the dog squad surround ed a

property 30 kilometres west of

a town called Gloucester b four

hours north of Sydney. Whether

it was a tip-off or police

surveillance that led them to

that property we're not sure

yet but they surrounded the

house. Malcolm Naden then

appeared, went back inside and

police descended on him. They

went inside, a scuffle broke

out. We believe a police dog

bit Malcolm Naden on the leg in

that scuffle. He was then

subdued and obviously arrested.

Now the police have spent a lot

of money and a lot of time a

lot of resources getting their

man so they're letting everyone

know about it. They held a press conference this morning.

Let's listen to how the head of

the task force that was charged

with capturing Malcolm Naden

describes his arrest. At a

point of time, Mr Naden came

out of the premises out of a

doorway where he was confronted

by the police. He then quickly

retreated back into the house

and attempted to exit through a

further exit out towards the

back. The police then again

confronted him on that side

because we'd had the building

contained and a short scuffle

ensued where he was then

arrested. So Malcolm Naden was

wanted for a variety of alleged

crimes? A string of offences

going back as far as 2004. Hat

that point, he's alleged to

have indoontly assaulted a

15-year-old girl but the major

charge or charges will be that

he murdered a 24-year-old woman

in Dubbo in 2005. He's also

wanted over the disappearance

of another 24-year-old Dubbo

woman at the same time. Now,

that's when he disappeared.

Since then, he's committed the

following alleged offences,

including shooting a policeman,

when they closed in on him

outside a town called Nowendoc

that's December. That's the

to him. He will also be charged last time they got really close

once he appears in this

courthouse behind me with a string of property offences,

breaking and entering and

theft. He has been on the run

lot of that living rough which for nearly seven years now, a

has made the police operation

all the harder. Let's hear from

Police Commissioner Andrew

Scipione. The conditions that

we encountered were atrocious.

And the terrain was second to

none when it came to

difficulty. When you put all of

that together this is going to

take time. I'd suggest though

that those sters that have

given of their time have done

an outstanding job. So do we

know any more details about how Malcolm Naden managed to

survive for so long? It's

simply an extraordinary story.

Seven years as you mentioned on

the run. Much of that in

incredibly dense terrain.

Police believe he initially

once he disappeared from Dubbo

was living in the roof of an enclosure at Dubbo Western

Plains Zoo. They know that

because they found dismembered

carcasses of kangaroos that

they believe he was living off.

Since then he'd been using his

well-renown ed bush skills to

survive in this part of New

South Wales. He'd also been

allegedly breaking in and

staying in some local

properties. There are many

weekend properties up here that

are vacated during the week. It

seems that's what's led to his

undoing. That led to the

tip-off that he was in the

Nowendoc region last December

and that's when the manhunt

really stepped up and police

upped the reward for Malcolm

Naden to $250,000. There's no

suggestion at this stage that

reward has been claimed but

nonetheless police finally have

their man. There has been

plenty of reaction as you can

imagine from families of his

alleged victims. Here are the

relatives of Christie

Scholes. It's certainly been a

long time coming. There's

certainly been lots of hurt

with the family. Lots health

problems. There's lots of

heartache. I am just hoping

that no-one puts him on a

pedestal. He's no Robin Hood,

he's no folk hero. As far as

we're concerned, he's a man

that's been on the run for

seven years. He's wanted for

murder. So what happens to

Malcolm Naden now? Right now he

is in the courthouse behind me

in Taree. Just before 11am,

actually, two police vans and a

correction services van tore

out of here and went round the

corner up the hill to the

Manning Base hospital where

Malcolm Naden was taken. He was

obviously surrounded by very

heavily armed policemen. He was

still in shackles and was

limping. We understand he went

to the hospital to have

stitches redressed. Stitches

that were put in there because

of the cut of the attack from

the police dog. He has just

arrived back inside the

courthouse. We think around 3

o'clock this afternoon he is

due to appear in the courthouse

where those charges we expect

will be formally laid. There's

been a series of explosions at

an apartment in the French city

of Toulouse, where a suspected terrorist killer has been holed

up. But the Interior Ministry

says the blast did not signal

an assault on the building but

were instead an attempt to

intimidate him and convince him

to surrender. The man is

suspected of killing four people at a Jewish school and

three soldiers in another

attack last week. At first all

the lights were turned off in

the area, then this. Three loud

explosions appeared to mark the beginning of the end for

suspect 24-year-old Mohammed

Mera. Police wanted him alive,

but a French Government

spokesman said an assault had

not begun, the blasts were

designed to intimidate him back

into negotiations. 24 hours

earlier, when police attempted

to storm his apartment, he was

ready for them. And sprayed

bullets through the door

injuring some police and

forcing a retreat. The suspect

24-year-old Mohammed Mera was already known to the police.

He'd been arrested for petty

theft in earlier years and for

a driving offence just two

weeks ago. Now it appears the

security services were already

watching him. Media reports say

he'd been jailed in Afghanistan

in 2007 after being caught

laying roadside bombs for the

Taliban, but escaped Kandahar

jail just a few months later

after a mass break-out during a

Taliban assault. President

Nicolas Sarkozy was attending

the funerals for the three murdered soldiers killed with

the same weapon used in the

school shootings. In the face

of this cold savagery of a man

capable of getting off his

scooter to finish offer his

victims wl, it be a little girl

or a soldier, in these last few

days, a united France has shown

a magnificent image of digit

nitty. And in Israel large

crowds gathered to witness the

burials of the four victims

shot at the Toulouse school.

Police say the suspect was

planning other attacks, more

weapons were found in his car.

An intention confirmed by a

French television producer who

says a man claiming to be the

killer rang her. He cited that

Lyon was a target, Marseille,

and Paris. There is no escape

for the man suspected of murdering seven innocent

people. Eventually the siege

will end. And the search for

answers from him will begin, if

he survives.

Holden has been locked in to

building cars in Australia for

another decade. Hit by a high

dollar and slow sales, the

company had been on the brink

of pulling out, but it secured

a new assistance package from

the federal and State

Governments that will keep

production going until at least

2012. From Canberra here's

political reporter George

Roberts. Another day, another

$300 million for the ailing car

industry. This is truly a

strategic co-investment, not a

hand-out. The head of Holden's

come to the capital to take a

deposit on the company's

future. With the Prime Minister

pledging the lion's share. Of

the 275 million dollars Holden

gets there's 215 million from

the Federal Government and 60

million dollars splist between

South Australia and Victoria.

But there's also another 35

million dollars in federal

funds for component

manufacturers, and 16 million

dollars to help retrain

retrenched workers. Without

this government contribution,

it needs to be made clear that

Holden would most likely have closed its Australian

manufacturing operations.

Supporting Holden's South

Australian operations has

certainly got some federal

support. Of course it's a good

day. Holden is an important manufacturer in South

Australia. They make a great

car. A number of cars. And I

think it's important that we

have that strong manufacturing

base. But keeping the wheels

moving on the existing car industry has the Greens asking

for a clean guarantee. Over the

last decade, we've poured $12

billion into an industry that

increasingly has no future.

They want electricity, not fuel

driving Australian cars if

there's to be any more

government cash injections. And

the coalition's demanding a coalesceence of the rules

around who gets how much. To

give taxpayers there is

transparency and consistency in

how millions of dollars of

their money is potentially

given over to industry. The

Federal Opposition says it

should be up to the

Productivity Commission to

assess the best way of keeping

the industry running. The coalition's accused the

government of coming up with

assistance on a case-by-case

basis without any clear

standards. But the coalition's

yet to reveal how it plans to

prop up car makers. Those are

issues which we'll deal with as

we go forward. Those are issues

we'll announce in our election policies. Free wheeling for

now. The announcement soothes

the nerves of hundreds of

Holden workers worried about

their long-term prospects.

Reporter Nick Harmsen is at the

site of the Holden plant in

Elizabeth in South Australia.

There must be a lot of relieved

people there today? Relief

certainly is the mood here at

Elizabeth, Ros. We've just been

speaking to a few of the

workers the company has put out

for us this morning to talk to. They say it's been a difficult

few months here with anxiety on the production line. There are

2,000 workers at Holden here. A

number of casual and contract

workers have lost their jobs in

recent months. And everyone has

been waiting to hear this

announcement, to learn whether

they'll still have a job beyond

the current production cycle

which ends in 2015. They now

learn they will have jobs, most

of them will have jobs at

least, until 2022. There will

be no forced redundancies at

Holden until that time. What's

been the reaction in the

broader community? The news is still filtering through, and

one sector in South Australia

that we will be watching very

closely is the broader

automotive sector, the component manufacturers. There

are some 16,000 people in this

State employed in that sector.

And while Holden is secure, the

fact that has two new models

being built on global platforms

under this deal will mean some big changes for that part of

the industry. You have seen

that reflected in the $35

million announcement for new

fronts to automotive manufacturers, and another 16

million to retrain retrenched

workers. So it will be some

mixed news for the component

sector. They will be pleased

they'll still be able to

produce parts for Holden. But

it seems if they do that it

will be on a global basis not

just for a local

Australian-built Commodore any

more. So some bigger changes

afoot there. The Liberal opposition in South Australia

is saying look this hand-out is

really compensation for the

carbon tax. I don't know

whether Holden agree with that

contention, but that's their

line, they're saying this is

really a hand-out to compensate

for the money Holden will lose

under the carbon tax. Nick,

thank you. To some of the other

stories making news in

business. Funding costs for

Australian banks are on the

rise according to the RBA.

Reserve Bank assistant governor Guy Debelle says they've

increased sharply over the last

few years, mainly because

they've had to pay higher rates

on term deposits. The big banks

recently drew fire for bumping

up their mortgage rates even

though the Reserve Bank kept

the cash rate steady. Two

Australians are facing criminal

charges over a major oil spill

off the Brazilian coast last

November. They're among 17

executives and workers from

Chevron and a drilling company

who are being held responsible

for what prosecutors are

calling an environmental

crime. I am in favour of

halting Chevron's drilling

operations until the company proves its complete innocence.

I think it will be impossible

to prove that they haven't been

careless. They should pay. An

11 billion dollar civil suit

has already been launched with

claims the spill could lead to

the extinction of species and

wreck the region's economy.

Apple growers say they're

experiencing the slowest demand

in a decade and many are

getting prices below the cost

of production. The Victorian

Fruit Growers Association says

members are pocketing around $2

a kilo instead of the 3 to $4

they were getting this time

last year. Time for chaek of

the markets now. Here's Michael

McCarthy from CMC Markets.

Stocks are just in in

front? We're seeing slight

gains in the market today A the

moment the ASX 200 is up around

18 points that follows on from

some positive leads. Trading

conditions, however, are quite

subdued. Volumes are very

light. One of the key drivers

of the market action this week

has been the outlook for China.

And in a little over Han hour

we will get a reason on the

flash PMI. That give us another

view on what's happening in China that could have a

dramatic effect on the

Australian market. Gold stocks

have bounced back today? After

being one of the worst

performers over the last two

weeks the gold stocks have

bounced back. We've seen a

broker upgrade of the major

stock in the sector Newcrest.

Its shares are up by 2.25% in

trading today. That's lifted

the sector to be one of the

best performers today, up more

than 175%. Banks are getting a

lift. Why is that? One of the

reasons is the better

performance by the US banks.

We've seen some housing data ut

off the States over the last

two nights. Two nights ago we

saw weak mortgage applications

but last night we saw existing

home sales in line with expectations and in fact

previous numbers were revised

upward. That more positive

outlook for housing feed

directsly into the US bank

market. It appears some

international bank investors

are translate nag into the Australian market. The bank

sector one of the strongest

performers today. ANZ leading

the way. Defensive stocks are

taking a back seat. They're a

little neglected today. We're

seeing utilities and consumer

staples flat, health care

stocks have fallen into the red

in today's trading. Michael,

thaut. Wall Street muddled

along in listless trade. The

Dow and the S & P fell. The

Nasdaq ticked up. Spectacular footage has emerged of the crash last month

of a US military helicopter in

Afghanistan. The t shows an

Apache chopper ploughing into

the snow. As people on the

ground run for safety it begins

to spin out of control.

Amazingly the two American

soldiers on board emerged

uninjured thanks to their

safety harnesses. The $20

million aircraft was a write-off. Melbourne

firefighters say the lack of a

purpose-built boat to tackle

blazes on the city's waterways is endangering lives.

Yesterday, firefighters were

called to a spectacular blaze

on board a 27m luxury boat .

They were forced to use a small

pump and hose on a tinny to

fight the fire from the water.

The inferno took three hours to

extinguish and the

multimillion-dollar yacht was

destroyed. The United

Firefighters Union says the ris

together public and fire crews

was unacceptable. They have

not they have not had the right

equipment to perform the task

required yesterday. My greatest

concern is the public were put

at risk, second the

firefighters were boot at risk

F that boat had exploded those

firefighters would've been

injured or worse. The cause of

yesterday's fire is yet to be

determined. It's likely to be

some days before the wreckage

is razed. A drug designed to

treat heart attacks is showing

dramatic benefits for stroke

benefits. Researchers from Newcastle's Hunter Medical

Research Institute fond many

patients given the new drug

made a a remarkable recovery

from stroke. The findings have

just been published in the

press us it new England Journal

of Medicine. Crystal Fitzgibbon

was was just 26 when she

suffered a stroke, par lying

her right side, leaving her

unable to talk. This one

demonstrates to you that the

area of brain that was at

risk. Instead of the standard

treatment, she was offered a

drug called Tenectoplasea a

clot busting medication yaud to

treat heart attacks. I got the

feeling back in my arms an

legislation and my speech came

back within a few hours.

Research areas the Newcastle's Hunter Medical Research

Institute compared 75 stroke patients. They were split into

three groups, one was given the

standard treatment, the rest

received a low or high dose of

the new drug. Using a higher

dose of the new drug had

dramatic benefits over the

existing treatment. This drug

does have significant advantage

over the standard current drug

in improving blood flow to the

brain when there's a clot

blocking an artery. More than

70% of patients in the trial

reported good or excellent

recovery three months after

their stroke. This drug works

quicker and appears to be more

potent than the standard

treatment. And resulted in

patients showing a much better

recovery. In fact doctors say

every third or fourth patient

reported what they called the

Lazarus effect where they were

completely cured. I'm back at

work full time, studying part time. I have no side effects

from the stroke at all now. It

gave me my life back. Without

it, I honestly don't know where

I would be right now. There

are some side effects such as

bleeding and bruising, but

they're considered minor.

Doctors now want to run a

larger trial before the

treatment can be offered to all

stroke patients. It's taken 10

years, but traditional owners

now have exclusive native title

rights over the Top End town of

Mataranka. The Federal Court

held a special siting there to

mark the occasion and

traditional owners say they now

have more control over the

town's future direction. Elders

in mat mat were celebrating a

historic event. They'd just been given formal recognition

of something they'd known all

along. Changed my life from my

grandchildren and my children

and have that responsibility

for this

country. Representatives of the

Federal Court say the wait to

settle the claim was too long,

but an amicable agreement has

been reached. We are thankfully

getting closer to an environment in which

cooperation, goodwill and

reasonable accommodations are

replacing distrust, hostility

and onerous requirements of

proof. The elders say it isn't

so much a victory for them as

it is for their children. They

will carry on and they'll hunt

around fish. Traditional

owners say they'll also have or

influence in the day-to-day

running of the town and more

control over possible future

resources projects. They can

now go on and look to a very

bright future. Issues such as

land release and issues such as

services like child care

services can now be discussed

and a way forward may be

reached. This is only the third town in the Northern

Territory to be given native

title recognition by consent.

It's taken a decade to reach

this decision. But the Territory Government says it

wants to see similar claims

settled with the same relative

ease. Elders say they've now

set a precedents, so

traditional owners elsewhere

could also make claims on other

Territory towns. A British

woman abducted in Kenya seven

months ago has been set free. Judith Tebbutt appeared thin

but in good spirits as she was

escorted to a small plane in

north eastern Somalia for a flight to Kenya. The

57-year-old was seized by

Somali gang from this coastal

resort in Kenya in September.

But only recently found out her

husband was shot dead in the

attack. I just assumed he was

alive but then my son told me

he'd died. A ransom of more

than a million dollars was

reportedly paid for her

freedom. A quick look at other

stories making news around the

world. A package bomb has

exploded at the Indonesian

Embassy in Paris, causing minor

damage but no injuries. The

Paris police official said an

employee at the embassy

discovered a suspicious package

and stepped back in time before

it went off. Six activists

convicted of plotting to unseat

Zimbabwe's President Robert

Mugabe have been given

suspended jail sentences and a fine. Prosecutors claimed

they'd been watching videos of

popular uprisings which toppled

the leaders of Egypt and

Tunisia. And Burma's

pro-democracy leader Aung San

Suu Kyi has begun the final leg

of campaigning ahead of

parliamentary elections in

April. The by-elections have

been described as a key litmus

test in the possible lifting of

European and US sanctions that

have stunted economic growth.

Geoff Heugill's bid to qualify for the London Olympics is

over. He failed to book a spot

after coming fifth in the 100

butterfly at the Australian

Titles last night. The 33-year-old finished less than

9/10ths of a second behind the

eventual winner Chris Wright from the Gold Coast. Heugill

said he would continue to train

and would make a decision on

his competitive future in the

next few weeks. Never in in my

wildest dreams did I think I

would be able to make this support. The amazing support

from my family and also from Swimming Australia and New

South Wales Institute of Sport,

it's just been unbelievable and

it's one of those things that

just goes to show that if you set your goals and you go out and you try to achieve them, you can achieve anything in life . Heugill's Olympic highlights will stand at wining a bronze medal at the Sydney games and attending the Athens Olympics in 2004. Books, paper and pencils are slowly disappearing from classrooms. Being replaced by the latest high tech gadgets. For opportunities at a school in Canberra, that conversion has already happened. It's an ordinary classroom with a very modern twist. If you jump into that top web page there ... There's not a textbook in sight. Instead everything these Canberra year 7 and 8 students need is contained in one hand held device. I can find particular Internet sites that are specifically tailored to the age group of the

students. The students have

embraced the technology

effortlessly. Before I used it

in science to do - to take some

pictures of my work. And

despite some initial problems

surrounding connectivity and training, teachers are also

giving it the tick. We also are

working really hard to upskill our teachers to our teachers to be trouble

shooters and most of them have

jumped on board with the

technology really well. I can

find something, a source of information that will challenge

our highest flyer, but I can

also find some information that

will support the needs of

somebody who is struggling. It's all part of the school's

shift to the digital age. With

wireless connection throughout

the campus. And helping

students learn at their own

pace. They appreciate the opportunity

opportunity to design their

timetable, to identify their

learning and manage that

learning. This new technology

could also soon find its way

into older schools. Some

building modifications, opening

up classrooms, putting in some

wireless and connection, you

can then suddenly turn what

looks like a 19 60s classroom

into a 21st century learning hub. But even hub. But even a 21st century

school can't escape some age-old traditions.

To the weather now.

Satellite shows cloud over

south-east Queensland and north

east New South Wales due to a

tropical low. A band of tropical low. A band of cloud

clearing New South Wales with a

low pressure trough and

monsoonal cloud across the

tropics. A cold front should

bring strong winds, showers and

alpine snow to south eastern alpine snow to south eastern

Australia A low should move off

the east coast, allowing rain

and showers to ease in eastern

Queensland. A region of low pressure should trigger thundery showers about the

north west and northern

tropics. Back to the Stock Back to the Stock Exchange

for a final check of the

markets. All Ordinaries is up

18 points.

That's the news for now on a

day when police arrested

Australia's most wanted man,

Malcolm Naden was captured near

Gloucester in New South Wales.

He's expected to face a number

of charges, including murder at

a court appearance this

afternoon. The federal and South Australian South Australian Governments

have secured guaranteed GMH

production in Australia for at

least 10 years after offering

subsidies totalling $275

million there is continuous

news on ABC News 24 and there's

also news on-line. Our next

full bulletin on ABC1 is at 7

o'clock this evening. I'm Ros

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