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Tonight, anger on the

streets of Egypt as Hosni

Mubarak's lieutenants are

acquitted. Celebrations to mark

the Queen's Diamond Jubilee get

under way in London. Tamed by

the Tigers, the Raiders' season

sinks to a new

sinks to a new low. Most embarrassing game of football

I've played in me 50 games

here. And remembering the

Australians who served with

Bomber Command.

Good evening, Siobhan Heanue

with ABC News. Thousands of

Egyptians have protested in

Cairo's Tahrir Square after a

President Hosni Mubarak to court sentenced the former

President Hosni Mubarak to life

in prison but acquitted his

security chiefs. Many are angry

the ousted leader won't be

executed for his role in the

killing of protesters last

year. Middle East correspondent

Anne Barker reports. First

there was wild celebration when

Egyptians outside the court

heard the verdict of life in

jail for Hosni Mubarak and his

Interior Minister. But the joy

quickly turned to fury when

quickly turned to fury when the

anti-Mubarak crowds and

relatives of those killed last

year realised the six

commanders accused of carrying

out his orders had been

acquitted and corruption

charges against Mubarak and his

sons were dropped. TRANSLATION:

Mubarak, his sons, we will kill

them, I swear. I am saying this

as a message to the military

council and the dog Mubarak. Inside the

Mubarak. Inside the court too

there was chaos as a lawyer for

the victims tried to attack

Mubarak's lawyer, and instead,

punched a police officer.

Furious demonstrators later

smashed the court's windows in

anger at the verdict and,

within hours, protests had

broken out across Egypt . By

night fall, there were big

crowds in Tahrir Square where protesters denounced the court decision as

decision as too lenient. It is

a very disappointing judgment.

The minimum sentence is to be

hanged. In his verdict, the

Chief Judge defended the trial

President and Interior Minister as fair. He said the former

had failed to stop security

forces using deadly force

against unarmed demonstrators

and he described Mubarak's

decades in power as 30 years of

decades in power as 30 years of

darkness. Soon after the court

decision, Hosni Mubarak was

taken by helicopter to the

hospital at Cairo's Tora Prison, but State television

said he refused to leave the

aircraft because of a sudden

health crisis, until finally he

was convinced to go inside.

Lawyers for Mubarak have vowed

to lodge an appeal and say they

are confident he will

eventually be acquitted. The conflict

The conflict in Syria has

spread across the border,

triggering sectarian violence

in Lebanon. At least 10 people

have been killed in clashes in

Tripoli. Another 40 people were

wounded during gun battles

between supporters and

opponents of Syrian President

Bashar Al-Assad. UN envoy Kofi

Annan says Syria is slipping

towards all-out civil war and

warned the entire region could suffer. The crisis has

happened, regional spillover in

the form of tension and

incidents across borders. Arab

leaders are calling for UN

action in Syria amid growing

concern the peace plan is failing. NATO troops in

Afghanistan have rescued four

aid workers who were being held

hostage in a cave. Those rescued

rescued including 28-year-old

Briton Helen Johnstone were all unharmed. She had been

kidnapped along with three

others nearly three weeks

ago. They had to cover the

ground rapidly. The terrain was

incredibly difficult terrain,

very rocky with scrub in a deep

gully. It was about the most testing target you could imagine. 11 suspected

kidnappers were all killed in

the operation which was led by

British and American special

forces. Rising fees enproblems

remaining staff. Those are the

challenges facing Australia's

childcare centres according to

a new report. The unions want early educators to be paid similar rates to teachers and

they are calling for a $1.4

billion cash injection from the

Federal Government. It is

child's play, at a phenomenal

cost. I pay over $100 a day,

$105 a day for her childcare

and it is really unaffordable. Operators say

rising rent, electricity and

food costs are driving up fees.

On average, childcare costs

more than $70 a day. That's too

much for many families but they

are paying it anyway,

are paying it anyway, many

driving themselves into debt to

do it. The longer you stay out

of the work place, the harder

it is to get back into it. In

some senses, you want to go

back to work even if you aren't

making any money out of it so

you can in the future. We are

concern to see fees have risen

across Australia by about 11%.

At the same time, educators are

leaving the sector around about

180 each week because they

can't afford to stay on the low

wages. Childcare workers are

paid $18.50 an hour. Marian

Rakosi says it is not enough to

live on and doesn't recognise

the kind of work she does. It

is so poor because what we are

doing is raising the next

generation of Australians. We

are so much more than are not just baby sitters, we

that. With new Federal

improve Government benchmarks to

improve early education, unions

say childcare centres are now

facing the added pressure of

attracting and keeping better

trained staff. The Federal

Government really does need to

fund the wages. We can't put an

increase in wages on to

Federal Minister for Child parents. In a statement, the

Care, Kate Ellis, said her

Government has made record

investments, paying 50% of

parents' out-of-pocket

childcare expenses, but she

said the Government is

reviewing the situation to see

if it can do more. Canberra's Women's Legal

Centre will be one of the

winners in next week's ACT Budget. The Government will

allocate more than $600,000 to

help the service move from

Havelock House to a new office.

The move comes amid calls for

services together bringing similar community

services together in a legal

hub. A pleasant surprise a long

time coming. Staff at the

Women's Legal Centre were about

to start a post card campaign

after years of lobbying, when

they got the call. I think I

screamed and dropped the

phone. The centre has been

offering free legal advice to

women from cramped conditions

in the ageing Havelock House

for around 16 years. The eight

staff and 30 volunteers help

more than a thousand clients a

year face-to-face and by

telephone. Where are the

children at the moment? The

issues range from domestic

violence to housing, employment

and the aftermath of crime. It

is a difficult job because you

are often dealing with problems

that are difficult to solve or multifaceted. The workload just

keeps growing, as it has for

all of Canberra's community

legal centres. A government report gave several options to

ease the strain. The cheapest

was to move the Women's Legal Centre. It highlighted that we

are able to give better

accommodation to the Women's

Legal Centre and, at the same

time, improve the amount of

space available to other

community legal centres. Just

where the centre will go and

whether it will remain in Civic

is unknown. I am hoping there

is a plan with the money. I'm

not sure what it means exactly

and where we will end up and

how it will all work out. It

may government-owned

accommodation or privately

leased accommodation. The

details will be worked out

before the money flows from

July next year. It is 20

It is 20 years to the day

since Eddie Mabo's historic

land rights victory at the High

Court and his family has led

the celebrations to mark the

anniversary. But for some, the

fight isn't over and the

Federal Government is also

flagging further changes to the

Native Title Act. A warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islanders views, this story

contains images of deceased

people. 20 years on and the

passion hasn't dimmed. Mabo

family matriarch Bonita Mabo

leading a march in honour of

her husband. North Queensland's Torres Strait Islander and

Aboriginal communities

determined to mark the

importance of Mabo Day. And pay

respect to Eddie Koiki Mabo

whose battle overturned the

doctrine of Terra Nullius. It

makes me proud that dad started

all this and coming from grass

roots level and becoming part

of history now. And changing

the landscape of Indigenous relations. His fight overturned

Indigenous affairs in this

country to a certain extent. It

gave us a seat at the table to

negotiate about what's

happening on our land. But

there are still concerns about the level

the level of progress for

Indigenous Australians after

the ruling. The 20th

anniversary of the High Court

decision is the right time to

look backwards from 1992 and

see where have we gone? Have

we set out what we set to

achieve? The answer is

no. Tomorrow the attention

turns to native title with a

conference here in Townsville

examining some of the policies

examining some of the policies

and challenges surrounding the issue. The Federal Government

says it will be announcing proposed amounts to native

title legislation this week. To

talk about some further changes

that might be able to continue

in what is a long story of

making sure Indigenous

Australians have proper access

to and rights to their

land. Indigenous leaders hope

any changes will speed up the

any changes will speed up the

process. Eddie died before the

decision came down. Similarly,

we are having lots of elders

die before decisions on their

claims are coming down. Eddie

Mabo's family say they are

proud the native title fight

continues in his name.

The four days of celebrations

for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

have officially begun. All eyes

are on the weather with

predictions of heavy rain for

what's set to be a spectacular

river pageant. Europe

correspondent Phillip Williams

is at Tower Bridge in London

and says it will be the biggest

celebration on the Thames for

350 years. In every rain, a

little rain must fall.

Unfortunately, it is pouring

here. It is cold, but still

thousands are gathering for the

end of what will be the

thousand-boat flotilla. It will

come to here at Tower Bridge.

The Queen will get off the

Royal barge and witness as the

boats go past, some from

Australia. Just one of many

activities. She has already

indulged one of her favourite

passions as Lisa Millar reports

from London. As the guns

heralded the start of the Jubilee festivities, the woman

at the centre of it all was

indulging in one of her

favourite passions. Cheers

from race goers for the longest

serving monarch since Queen

Victoria. Back in London, the

race was on for front row

positions along the

Thames. Yes, everybody wants my

crown. They stop and want a

chat? Yes, they want to take

photos. We were trying to have

lunch, in the end I said

"Please take your crown off so

we can eat". The opinion polls suggest the Queen has never

been more popular, right across

the Commonwealth. That's paying

off for those making a living

from the Royals. Everybody is

in such a good humour, good

mood, cheerful. It helps, they

spend more. There is precious

time for souvenir shopping for

these Australian Navy members

who will escort the Queen down

the Thames. Didn't realise how

big it is until we get here. It

is a huge honour. When I look

back in years' time, I will be

so glad to be there. If

anything does happen, we are

probably the last line between

the Queen. We will jump right

in there if anything

happens. They will be on

military boats just metres from

Her Majesty. We have been given

orders we are not to get

cameras or phones or do any of

those sorts of things. I am

sure there will be plenty of photos taken we can get hold of. The flotilla will stretch

11km. At the front, the Royal

barge with the special

passengers. They will disembark

at Tower Bridge and watch the

rest of the spectacle pass by.

The one thing even the Queen

can't control is the weather.

That won't stop a million or so

spectators sharing this special

day. Many more activities to

come of course over the next

three days. A concert out the

front of Buckingham Palace,

including Australian

performers. There will be a

special Thanksgiving service in

St Paul's, an open carriage

ride back to Buckingham Palace

ending with a fly-past. There

will be live coverage of the

Diamond Jubilee pageant tonight

from 10:30 on both ABC1 and ABC

News 24. It is just over a week

before the Euro 2012 soccer championships kick off in

Ukraine and the list of

European leaders who won't be

attending is growing. The

entire French cabinet is now

set to join the boycott in

protest against the treatment

of former Prime Minister, Yulia

Tymoshenka. ABC correspondent

Norman Hermant travelled to

Kharkiv in Ukraine where she is

being held in prison and spoke

to her daughter, who has

emerged as her leading

advocate. Outside the hospital

where Yulia Tymoshenka is being

treated, a vigil for the former Ukrainian Prime Minister is

down to her die hard

supporters. Also here, one of

her chief strategists - her

daughter Eugenia. To protest

against her mother's treatment,

she has pushed relent lessly

for a boycott of the Euro 2012

soccer championship. All over

Europe, leaders have signalled

to President Victor Yanukovich

they aren't coming. They cannot

signal to Yanukovich or shake

his hand and say it is okay to

do this kind of

repression. Yulia Tymoshenka

was jailed last year, but

boycott threats for Euro 2012 didn't gain traction until

these pictures circulated in

April with claims Ms Tymoshenka

had been beaten in prison.

Critics say Ukraine's President

is ready to sacrifice closer

relations with the European

Union to keep a political rival

behind bars. After spending

more than $6 billion on new

Stadiums and infrastructure,

Ukraine's European coming out

party risks being overshadowed

by controversy. It is not just

the Tymoshenka case. This week,

the BBC aired video of

prolonged racial attacks at

soccer matches in Ukraine and

there were warnings that Euro

2012 matches here could be

dangerous. Despite that, and

the political divisions, most

Ukrainians still hope for success. This is very important

for Ukrainian people because

they feel pressured, they feel

persecuted and, for them, this

event is a little bit of light,

a bit of fresh air for

them. Ukraine is the first former Soviet Republic to host

Europe's biggest sporting

event. This time, it seems

politics could get as much

attention as the action on the


The Brisbane Broncos have

notched up a half century of

points today against Newcastle,

but incredibly, they didn't

have things all their own way.

Last night, the Bulldogs had a

narrow win. Today the Storm

came from behind in New

Zealand. The Broncos ran away

late in the match after

surrendering a big lead against

the Knights. John Hayes Bell

reports. Newcastle's record at

Lang Park is poor. It looked destined to be even worse when

the Broncos bounded from the

blocks. Four converted tries in

the opening 23 minutes appeared

to be a match-winning

margin. But the Knights'

rallied. Veteran hooker Danny

Buderus crossed for two tries.

By half time, Brisbane's lead

had been cut to eight. The Knights scored first in the

second half. But Brisbane

finished strongly. Four more

tries took the Broncos to 50

points. The Warriors have made

a habit of upsetting the

Melbourne Storm. It began that way. Konrad Hurrell and Shaun

Johnson did much of the damage.

But Melbourne fought its way

into the match. It was within

two points by half time and

added two more tries. While

holding the Warriors scoreless.

He is away. See you

later. Last night, South Sydney

also set the pace against a

more fancied opponent. What a

beginning for the Rabbitohs. A

Dave Taylor try gave the

Rabbitohs a 12-nil lead over

the Bulldogs, but Canterbury

hit back with three tries in

nine minutes, including a

sparkling effort from Ben

Barba. He is there! The

Rabbitohs made it 18-all. But

Krisnan Inu gave the Dogs a

1-point lead and David Stagg's

backing up ensured the victory. 23-18. The Bulldogs leap to third ahead of four

other clubs on 16 points. The

Eels and the Sharks will

complete the round.

NSW has made two changes to

its side for game two of the State of Origin series . The

ABC's Patrick Galloway reports

from League headquarters. Origin two between the Blues and the

Maroons is a week and a half

away, but tonight the attention

was on the 17 Ricky Stuart has

picked to represent NSW in the

must-win game two. The big news

is Penrith prop Tim Grant has

been included to replace the

injured Tony Williams. Jamie

Buhrer moves out of the side.

He will fill an 18th man role during the week and Anthony

Watmough comes in on the bench

and is hopeful of playing

despite niggling injuries. Here

is what Ricky Stuart had to say

on the belief that exists

within his camp. I am sure we

will have the same belief. It

is a very powerful tool because

I naught we were the better

team on the night but that

doesn't mean a thing. As I have

been told before, they don't

put 'Nearly' on the actual

shield. The countdown well and

truly on to game two between

the Blues and the Maroons. NSW

trying to win a series for the

first time in seven years. The

Raiders' 40-nil loss to the

Tigers at Canberra stadium last

night will go down as one of

the worst results in the club's

30-year history. The misery has

been in compounded with the

news Sean Berrigan will miss up

to a month with an injury.

Canberra is reflecting on the

loss and what it could mean for

the rest of the season. Last night the Raiders were embarrassing. In the words of

their own coach and

players. The ball has been

spilt by the Raiders. I said

this to my parents after the

game, most embarrassing game of

football I have played in in me

50 games here. Even walking off

the field, you know, I was

ashamed to be out there. Today,

as the dust settled on what was

one of the club's worst-ever

perform yaps ances, the players

were still hurting from the

loss. Sound like you are

repeating yourself a lot, but

same mistakes. Starved of ball

due to crucial errors, the

Raiders were forced to watch on

as the Tigers ran in tries at

will. The Raiders completed

just 21 of 34 sets, had only

39% possession and were forced

to make 132 more tackles than

their opponents. I don't have

all the answers. I am just

going out there and trying my

hardest each week. Energy and attitude has never been our

trouble. The blokes are willing

to roll their sleeves up and

dig in. It is just we get a bit

lost at times. One player whose

defensive load was higher was

Josh Dugan. His first match at

five eighth didn't go to plan.

Dugan made 27 tackles in the

match, around 20 more than he

is used to. I suppose he

envisaged what he wanted to do

to the game and what sort of

impact he wanted to have on the

game. Like I said, come forward

in the game, he has had no ball

or no chance to share his

wares. - show his wares. In the

past six matches, the Raiders

have given up 200 points.

That's 70 more points than

Melbourne have given up so far

this season. The players left

to do soul searching. There is

a highlight for Canberra and a

low light straight after. The

club will be hoping it can turn things around before next

weekend's match in Newcastle.

Yass have kept the pressure

on at the top of the Canberra

Raiders top table.

Six Brumbies have been named

in the Wallabies 22-man squad

for Tuesday's test against

Scotland in Newcastle. Joseph

Tomane, Dan Palmer and Stephen

Moore are in the starting side, while Ben Alexander, Michael

Hooper and Pat McCabe have been

named on the bench. David

Pocock will captain the side.

In the AFL, the Sydney Swans have revived their top four

campaign with a crushing

92-point win over the Western Bulldogs. Last night, Melbourne

pulled off a shock win against

Essendon and Port beat Carlton. Today, Brisbane upset West

Coast. Collingwood is leading

Gold Coast. Sydney thrashed the

Dogs. If the key to a good

season for Sydney is turning

the SCG into a fortress, there

is every chance John Longmire's

men could be in for a good

one. That's beautiful. After humbling Melbourne at the

ground a fortnight ago, a nine

goals to one opening term in

wet conditions was impressive

to say the least. The Bulldogs

fought back somewhat in the

second quarter but Sydney was

still 46 points clear. The

third was another tale of woe

for the dogs having well and

truly killed off the game as a

contest. Sydney slotted six

goals for the quarter. The Bulldogs went 50 minutes

without major but managed one

in the shadows of three-quarter

time. Four final terms goal to

the Swans handed them a good

percentage boost. 10 weeks can

be an awfully long time in

football and Melbourne has been

discovering just how long it

can feel. But a wretched season

was delivered at least one

highlight as Melbourne stunned

Essendon in a tense affair at

the MCG last night. The

six-point win the Demons first

of 2012 and first as a head

coach for Mark Neeld. It was a

night when the form book was

well and truly thrown out the

window. Port Adelaide looked

the top four aspirant and

Carlton looked the bottom four

team. The Power notched its

third straight win with a

54-point victory that left the

Blues lingering on the fringes

of the top eight. In the

North-Eastern Football League,

Queanbeyan celebrated their win

at home against Ainslie.

In Queanbeyan, Ainslie looked

to out muscle their opposition early while the Tigers moved

the ball at speed. The

visitors' accuracy in front of

goal helped them to a quarter

time lead. Queanbeyan didn't

want to disappoint in front of

home fans and turned up the

heat. The Tigers gained the

upper hand on the scoreboard

and opened up a six-goal

advantage by the last change.

Ainslie fought back in the last

father but it was too late with

Queanbeyan holding on to claim

a 17-point win. Defending

champion Rafael Nadal remains

on track for a record seventh

French Open title after a

straight sets victory over Argentine Eduardo Schwank last

night. Nadal had little trouble

breezing past. The Spaniard set

up a fourth round clash with

Juan Monaco. Maria Sharapova

progressed, taking an hour to

defeat China's Shuai Peng.

Just gets tougher from this

point and you hope, as the

tournament goes on, you raise

your level, that you get

better, you are going to be

facing tougher opponents. Also

overnight, Andy Murray cruised

into the final 16 with a

straight sets win over

Columbia's Santiago Giraldo.

Australians who served with

Bomber Command during World War

II have been honoured at a

ceremony in Canberra. Of the

10,000 Aussie airmen who served with the unit, more than a

third were killed, making it

Australia's costliest combat

action of the war. Jessica

Nairn reports. They were once

the forgotten fighters of World

War II, but at a ceremony at

the War Memorial, they were

remembered. 'Last Post' plays)

The bomber offensive was the

longest and most costly of all

World War II campaigns. It

required sustained courage for

air crews to take off time and

time again. The unit controlled

RAF's bomber forces and was

Britain's most effective means

of striking at Germany

directly. The command made up

2% of the force but suffered

horrific losses. We saw every

second night sort of thing

empty beds, people that didn't

come back. You realised that -

in fact, we knew we had a one

in four chance of getting through. For the bomber

veterans, it is a time to catch

up and share a yarn. Something

you will never forget,

especially the friendships you

made. I am grateful for still

being around to be able to talk

about it. While veterans grow

older and numbers decline, a

strong younger presence means

the tradition continues. The

families are coming together to

remember as well. There are

young people who want to pay

their respects. It has only

been five years since the

Australian contribution to the

bomber offensive was officially

recognised. A lot of people

must have bled from the heart

because they never had the

chance to a say farewell to

their loved ones because this

is a farewell in a way. A

farewell, perhaps, but also a

chance to ensure the memory

lives on.

To the weather now, and it

was an unexpectedly warm day in the capital. A higher-than-expected top of 15

today after a mild overnight

low of 8.

A trough with multiple lows

in the east is bringing rain.

Over west, winds are moving in

ahead of a trough. A high in

the Bight is directing humid winds with showers to coastal

SA, while keeping the interior

mostly dry. In the capitals


That's all from the ABC's Canberra newsroom. Don't forget

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