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Live. South Korea takes aim at

whales using the same loophole

exploited by the Japanese.

It's really an appalling time

to start just as some of these

populations are beginning to

recover. Was he poisoned? Palestinians want Yasser Arafat's death

Arafat's death explained. It

was a very dangerous poison

they discovered. Ready to race.

South Africa's bladerunner told

he will be on the track at the

London Olympics. Queensland

seals it with a kick. The Blues

left to ponder what might have left to ponder what might have

been. Hello and welcome to ABC

News across Australia. I'm

Nicole Chettle. The local share

market's in the doldrums with

mow no strong leads from

overseas. The All Ordinaries is

off 7 points, stocks in Japan

are higher. The Dow's closed

for the 4th of July holiday and

the dollar's buying 103 US

cents. More finance later in

the bulletin. South Korea's the bulletin. South Korea's condemnation after revealing facing international

plans to begin a scientific

whaling program. The

announcement came at a meeting

of the International Whaling

Commission in Panama. It's

already provoked a strong

reaction here as Narda Gilmore

reports. Both the scpaup the

Greens are pressuring the

Government to act. Japan has

been doing it for years despite constant diplomatic pressure constant diplomatic pressure

and resistance at sea. Now,

South Korea will be joining the

hunt, using the regulatory

loophole which allows limited

whaling for scientific

purposes. The announcement came

International Whaling as a surprise at the

Commission talks in Panama. In

a statement, South Korea said

local fishermen had been

calling for a resumption of

whaling because a large number

of minke whales are eating away

large amounts of fish stocks large amounts of fish stocks

which should be consumed by

humans. It plans to hunt minke

whales off the Korean Peninsula

and insists it doesn't need

foreign approval. It is an

appalling time to start just as

some of these populations are

beginning to cover. It adds

abuse to insult to pretend it's

for scientific purposes This

is a complete surprise and I've

got to say big disappointment.

The world is moving away from

whaling. This is a practice of

the past. Several countries

including Australia immediately

condemned South Korea's bhuvet

the Australian Government is

treading carefully. We are

absolutely opposed to any

arrangement which might seek to

disguise commercial whaling as

scientific whaling. We don't

know enough about the reports

that have emerged overnight to

say any more than that. The

Environment Minister Tony

Bourke is now on his way home

from the IWC meeting. The

Opposition and Greens are

pushing for immediate action,

calling on the Government to

contact the south Koreans

thing the Australian Government today. The most important

can do this morning is be on

the front foot, not wait to

test reaction in the

region. South Korea's already

fired a defensive shot, saying

it's essential that member

Governments mutually recognise

the importance of cultural

diversity and heritage of other

countries. It's likely to be

six months before South Korea

is roady to begin a whaling

program. - ready. Rescuers have

freed a whale trapped in shark

nets off the bk. The alarm was

raised this morning when a pod

of humpback whales were seen

swimming near the nets anchored

off Main Beach. More than

12,000 hompbacks travel

annually to Queensland. It's

the third time this season a

whale' been trapped in the nets

off the Gold Coast. Victoria's

Hoddle Street killer's been

refused parole and told he has

no hope of release in the

foreseeable future. Almost 25

years ago, Julian Knight killed

7 people and injured 19 others

at Clifton Hill in Melbourne's

inner north. Knight shot at

cars, pedestrians and police

during the 45-minute rampage.

He gave himself up when he ran

out of ammunition. He was

sentenced to a minimum 27 years Yale and could have been

eligible for release in 2014.

Victoria's parole board has

ruled Knight must stay behind

bars because he's still a

danger to the community. The

man accused of beheading his

neighbour in NSW has faced

court. 46-year-old Jonathon

Stenberg was extradited from

Darwin where he was found after

a 6-day man hunt. Jamelle Wells

was in court. He didn't appear

in the dock today. He stayed in

the cells at Central Local

Court but his lawyer indicated

that they will be applying for

bail and magistrate Julie Huber

suggested they get the

paperwork organised for that

and apply for bail when the

case goes to Lismore in the

State's north in September. She

adjourned the matter for eight

weeks so that prosecutekers

prepare their brief of evidence

against him. We heard today

that that brief of evidence stands three jurisdictions

because although he's accused

of committing this beheading

murder in northern NSW, murder in northern NSW, he then

went on the run to Darwin and

in the interim spent some time

in Queensland. It's quite a

gruesome case. What can you

tell us more about the case?

The victim's body was found in

his Broadwater home and his

head was missing. There was a

hat in place. We're not sure if

there was any motive for the

alleged murder. We're not sure

about the relationship between

the two men although they were

neighbours and they live in a

fairly small community. Family

members have previously

indicated that they would come

to court to see their

relative's alleged killer but

there was no-one in court today

from the victim's family.

Obviously the case is ongoing.

When are we likely to see this

continue? It's moving back to

Lismore in September and then

he's likely to apply for bail.

His lawyer also didn't indicate

whether or not he'll try to

defend the murder charge. He

hasn't entered a plea yet so

that's still to happen and also

there was a twist to this case

because while he was on the run

for six days, he auditioned for

a movie that was being made in

a Queensland town and was

offered a role in that movie

but then sent the producers an

email rejecting it and what it

court heard today was that

there are various recordings of

witness statements and that

police have yet to transcribe

those so they'll be presented

to court when the matter comes

back in September. At the

moment, he remains in

custody. Jamelle Wells in Sydney, thank

Sydney, thank you. In Germany,

a man whose girlfriend was

being forcibly evicted from his

home has shot dead four people

before turning the gun on

himself. When commando police

stormed the apartment block in

Karlsruhe in southern Germany,

they found the bodies of the

girlfriend, the bailiff, the

parm's owner, a locksmith and

the gunman. A social worker had

also been at the apartment for

the forced eviction but escaped

and alerted police. He told

them the gunman had kept five

of them hostage, forcing the

locksmith to bind the hands of the others. The locksmith was

shot in a struggle with the gunman. Palestinian authorities

are demanding an international

inquiry into the death of

Yasser Arafat after scientific

tests revived fears he may have

been poisoned. Swiss scientists

say they've found high levels

of radioactive polonium on the former former Palestinian leader's

clothes. Arafat's wife, who

opposed a post-mortem when he

died, now wants his body exhumed. Middle East

correspondent Anne Barker

reports. Scientists in Switzerland believe Yasser

Arafat may have been poisoned

by radioactive polonium when he

died in France in late 2004.

Months of tests have shown

there were unusually high

levels of thrownium 210 on the

clothsed he was wearing,

especially his underwear, in

the weeks before he died.

Unless scientists can exhume

his body, they can't prove a

thing.

TRANSLATION: One can't

necessarily conclude the

polonium came from his body but

it's one possibility that is

worth being investigated more

deeply. It was Arafat's widow

Suha who gave his clothes and

other belongings to the Swiss scientists. She's scientists. She's now demanding

his body be exhumed in the West

Bank and handed over for more

tests. My message to the

splort they have to cooperate

because the...is in Ramallah. Palestinian

authorities are supported the

exhumeration if the family

agrees and want an international international inquiry into the

circs of his death. It is not

about the chemical that killed

Yasser Arafat, it about the

whole political situation.

There were people saying he was an obstacle to

peace. Palestinians have long

speculated Israel was behind

Yasser Arafat's death,

something Israel continues to deny.

TRANSLATION: If he were

poisoned then how did the original labs not original labs not discover

something so obvious?

Nevertheless, Israel won't or

can't stop such an exhume

raingedz from going ahead and

Palestinian authorities are

expected to consider the matter

further in the coming days.

Queensland's celebrating a

continuation of a State of

Origin rugby league dynasty

after a gripping 1-point win

over NSW at Lang Park. The

Maroons won by 21 points to Maroons won by 21 points to 20

to take the series 2-1 and

stretch their dominance over

the Blues to a seventh year.

John Hayes Bell reports. 21-20.

The scoreline said it all. The

gutted Blues are getting

closer. The marauding Maroons

had enough in their tanks to

catch a 7th straight series.

Cooper Cronk kicked the winning point. Everyone that wears point. Everyone that wears Maroon colours, thank you very

much, but just rugby league

supporters in general. It a

hombling and absolute honour to

play this game. A seething

Lang Park provided traditional

welcomes. The players did

likewise from the first minute,

an explosive powderkeg of

rivalry and passion. NSW took

the asendancy, eking out an 8-0

lead but a Queensland was

coming and a Blue wall which

held for a while cracked under

sustachBed attack. A la the

absent Billy Slater, Greg

Inglis used the space available

from fullback. Johnathan Thurston opened up them another

way. Moments later he was on

the spot to put Queensland

ahead. It wouldn't be Origin

without a controversial moment.

Justin Hodges cross-field run

behind Ben Hannant might have

been called up but the try was

awarded. The Maroon had an

8-point buffer. Brett Stewart's

fifth Origin try gave the game

fresh light. The home team

enjoyed a lengthy period of

possession and territorial

advantage but the only points

came from penalty goals.

Needing six points, Blues

hooker Robbie Farah pinpointed

a kick at Darius Boyd. Josh

Morris did the rest. Carney's

2020 conversion set up field

goal time. And Blues' hopes

nose-dived in the final

minutes. Captain Cameron Smith

showed off the spoils and

graciously shared the spotlight

with 33 Origin gamer Petero

Civoniceva. The pride and the

passion of this State, when

backs are against the wall

there's lot of spirit in the

team and that was on show

tonight. The Maroons will

remain in 7th heve frn as long

as they desire. - 7th heaven

for as long as they desire. The

former boss of one of the

world's biggest banks says he

felt physically ill after

discovering the extent of an

interest rate rigging scandal.

Bob Diamond resigned this week

after Barclays bank was fined

$440 million. From London, Lisa

Millar reports. Burn barely out

of the door of Barclays and Bob

Diamond was forced to account

for the bank's actions. I'm

sorry. I'm dis appointed and

I'm also angry. But the former

CEO says he wasn't aware of the

ix tent of the interest rate

rigging and blames 14 rogue

trade frrz the illegal

activities. When I read the

emails from those traders, I

got physically ill. It's

reprehensible behaviour and if

you're asking me should those

actions be dealt with? Absolutely. Bob Diamond took

over the top job 18 months ago

after spending 14 years at the

bank. It was last week fined a

record $440 million. What

month did you discover what was

going on? This month. He says

Barclays is being unfairly

singled out because it was the

first to admit the problems.

The MPs criticised what they

say is a culture of greed within the banking industry.

The Prime Minister is under

pressure to widen a proposed

inquiry. This banking scandal

is appalling. It is outrageous,

frankly, that home owners may

have paid higher mortgage rates

and small businesses may have

paid higher interest rates

because of spivy and probably

illegal activity in the silty.

People want to know that crime

in our banks, crime in our

financial services will be

pursued and punished like

crimes on our streets. Mr Diamond

Diamond was asked if he'd give

up any further pay-outs or

bonuses but he told the

committee that was an issue for

the bank's board. Let's go now

to some other stories making

news in business. Australia's

hoping to become the third

country in the world to

directly convert its currency

into Chinese yuan without going

through the US dollar first.

Treasurer Wayne Swan will push

the case at a currency forum in

Hong Kong next week. A direct

conversion of the Australian

Dollar to yuan will lower transaction costs, particularly

for the country's big miners

and importers. Volkswagen's

buying 50.1% of Porsche, that's

the part it doesn't already

own. The deal means VW can fold

Porsche intites stable of

brands from Audi to Ducati. The

Retailers' Association is warning Tasmanian shopkeepers

are under stress as their sales

slump continues. Figures from

the Bureau of Statistics shows

retail spending fell by 1% in

May while most other states recorded an increase. Let's

take a check now of the markets

and here's John mill Roy from

Macquarie Private Wealth and

not much direction from

overseas today? Yes, really

trading either side of flat

inch our market with the US

market closed, not much of a lead from dull European

markets. The holiday for the US

independence day seeing no

action there or no trading

activity. Also the focus back

on some of the more

disappointing economic data out

of Europe and the potential

policy action or response from

the likes of the Bank of England and European Central

Bank when they meet tonight.

Expect eggs are that you'll see

official rates cut. What

sectors have caught your eye?

I think that today we've seen a

turn on yesterday. While the

activity and volumes remain

modest, resources are taking a

breath after a solid day

yesterday. The resource stocks

- sorry the bank stocks, CBA

the best of that with their

result next month and also come

dividend, they're up about 28 cents. Interesting cents. Interesting the retail

is mixed after the solid retail

sales number yesterday but

generally better. What's happening at Flight Centre?

They've had an upgrade to their full-year guidance to the tune

of 18% on last year. They're suggesting they haven't been

affected by that slow-down in

consumer activity and of course the exposure they now have to

the international business is

giving them some buffer against

the activity or lack of

activity in the domestic scene

here. Stocks are up over 5% and

$1.11 at 20.59. Very sdol ud.

We've got lunchtime figures

from Canberra about the trade

deficit? The trade deficit has

widened on the previous month

although come in less than

economists forecast. Economist

forecast 500 million, it's come

in at 585 million. Perhaps a bit of

bit of catch-up in some of the

bulk exports and the likes of

coal as well. Thank you.

Thank you. To Wall Street and

as we've lured, it's closed for

the 4th of July holiday.

Figures for the Dow, S&P and

Nasdaq are from yesterday.

A 2-storey home's been

destroyed by fire on Brisbane's

south side. The house was well

alight when firefighters

arrived just after 6am. It took

them nearly an hour to bring

the blaze under control. Fire

officers say they had to fight

through an aggressive fire to

reach a man trapped at the back

of the house. He was treated by

paramedics at the scene.

Investigators are trying to

work out what caused the blaze.

A discovery by scientists at a A discovery by scientists at a

laboratory in Geneva has

already been ranked alongside

those of Newton and Einstein.

The confirmation of sub atomic

particles is vital in understanding how the universe

is held together. It's a

discovery about the fabric of

the universe that will go down

as one of the greatest in

science. In the giant underground laboratory underground laboratory near

Geneva, researchers have found

a key to matter. In this

circular tunnel, they've

identified a new kind of

particle. As predicted nearly

50 years ago by a British

professor Peter Higgs. Today he

was in Geneva, an emotional

moment hearing about the

particle known as the Higgs

Boson. I would like to add my

congratulations to everybody

congratulations to everybody involved in this tremendous

achievement. For me, it's

really an incredible thing that

it happened in my lifetime.

It's taken... LAUGHTER AND

APPLAUSE The scientist hunted

for the Higgs Boson by firing

particles through the tunnel

and forcing them to collide to

reveal their inner workers.

Peter Higgs, known as a quiet man, is man, is suddenly in the

limelight. The particle he

suggested back in the '60s is

recognised as fundamentally

important and Steven Hawkings

is among those offering

praise. This is an important

result and deserves Peter Higgs

a nobem price. I had a bet with

Gordon Kane of Michigan

university that the Higgs

particle wouldn't be found. It

seems I have just lost

$100. The giant machines that

did the research cost several

billion pounds and no-one knows

what spin-offs there might be

but when the electron and DNA

were discovered, it took

decades to see their massive potential. The Higgs Boson

could prove the same.

Scientists may be celebrating

the Higgs Boson breakthrough

but what does it mean for

everyday life? Dr Fred Watson

is astronomer in charge at the

Australian astronomical

observatory. I think for the

person in the street, you've

kind of got to trust the

scientists who are very, very

excited about this discovery.

It one of those things that

really is a once in 50-year

event. Something that puts

together a piece of knowledge

that we simply did not have

before but it's also

before but it's also one of

these discoveries that a long

way down the track, perhaps 50

years hence, it might indeed

make a difference to everyday

life. It's a bit like the kinds

of discoveries that happened in

the early 20th century which

now play an everyday part in

our lives. Is this one of the

moments in history where we

should note what we were doing

on the day and hour when this

was announced? I think we

ought to. It's a moment a bit

like when the first man landed

on the moon in 1969, it's the

kind of thing you will always

remember where you were. Can

you give us your most gee whiz

mind boggling scientific fookt

come from this breakthrough? I

guess the mind boggling stuff

is all to do with the way this

discovery has been made because

when the idea of the Higgs when the idea of the Higgs

Boson, this particle that gives

other particles their property

of mass was proposeds in

in-1960s by Peter Higgs of Edinburgh university, probably

nobody realised just what kind

of engineering would be needed

to make the discovery and

that's why it's taken nearly

half a century to achieve that

so we've got a machine which

has a tunnel 27km long underneath the suburbs underneath the suburbs of

Geneva. It whizzes sub atomic

particles around at nearly the

speed of light and then

collides them in such a way

that you can measure what was

come out of those collision

processes. It has a vacuum

inside it which is a lower

vacuum than the surface of the

moon and the temperature of

this machine is colder than

space. I think they're pretty

whiz-bang facts myself. Of

course today's media is

dominated by State of Origin

rather than the state of the

universe. What are your

thoughts on that? It's all

about where your preoccupations

lie and I have to say that the

State of Origin, because of the

excitement last night with this

announcement, the State of

Origin did pass me by but I did

see one grava that showed the Higgs Boson coloured - one

graphic that showed the Higgs graphic that showed the Higgs

Boson coloured blue so perhaps

that might show some insight

into where that person's

loyalties lay. Dr Fred Watson,

thank you for joining us. Lyts

have a quick look at other

stories making news - Zimbabwe

has given foreign-owned banks

one year to hand over majority

control to locals. Analysts say

the move could be disastrous

for Zimbabwe's economic

recovery. Critics say it's

about winning votes ahead of

elections due in the next 12

months. There's been another

clash between Japan and Taiwan

over disputed waters near the

Senkaku Islands, 2000km south

of Tokyo. Video released by

Taiwan shows Taiwanese

fishermen confronting the

Japanese coast guard. China

also claims the area. Two

people have been killed and 21

injured in clashes over a

proposed $5 billion goldmine in

Peru. Local say the Newmont

mining project would cause

pollution, threaten water

supplies and deliver few

economic benefits. The South

African sprinter dubbed the

Bladerunner will be the first

amputee to run at an Olympic

Games. After a U-turn by the

South African Olympic

committee, double amputee Oscar Pistorius has been selected to

race alongside his able-bodied team-mates in London. Also

known as the fastest man with

no legs, the runner will

compete in the individual 400m

and the 4x400m relay. He's already disputed claims he's

getting a head start. The legs

are not giving me unfair

advantage. They can prove that

they give me an advantage I

won't run anymore. The athlete

had both legs amputated below

the knee when he was only one

and was told he'd never walk.

Whatever the result, he's

already made Olympic history.

To cycling and German Andre

Greipel's won the fourth stage

of the Tour De France while the

champion British rider Mark

Cavendish crashed near the

finish. James Bennett reports

from France. The 214.5km 4th

stage of the Tour De France

took the riders along the picturesque Normandy coastline

before arriving in Rouen.

Billed as another showdown for

the vinters and it was German

Andre Greipel who used his

superior teamwork to deliver to

the line first. The major story

was a big crash with just over

2km to go which took out world

champion Mark Cavendish. At

this stage it appears Mark

Cavendish's wounds are sont

severe as to prevent him

starting tomorrow. Here is his

manager Dave Brailsford

speaking after the stage.

Superficial injuries, no broken

bones which is a good thing. A

deep laceration above the eye

he's having stitched now. He

was confident to start

tomorrow. Because that major

crash was inside 3km to go, all

the riders will actually get

the same time as the winner.

That means of course that the

standings stay much the same.

Fabien Cancellara will remain

in yellow while for Cadel

Evans, still inside the top 10,

7th place, 17 seconds adrift.

Novak Djokovic has booked a

semifinal against Roger Federer

after a win over Germany's

Florian. The Serb defeated the

31st seed 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

Federal Road, Boulder wads even

more impressive, taking -

Federer beat Mikhail Youzhny

6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Andy Murray took

four sets to overcome Spaniard

Robbie Farah. Murray's

semifinal opponent will be the

French fifth seed, Jo Wilfred

Tsonga. The British comic actor

psychoiek psychohas died after

a short - Eric Sykes has died

after a short illness. He was

89. He was probably best known

for his long running comedy

series 'Sykes' with Hattie

Jakes. Eric and Hatty, the

allegedly identical twins. The

show was a popular part of TV

life for 20 years. Every week a

new comic disaster. Here, some

rogue handcuffs. (LAUGHTER) But

he'd already won a lifetime

achievement award 10 years

before this. (LAUGHTER) When

Peter sellers appear ed on the

show, it was a reminder of his

days in the '50s writing and

working with Sellers, spike working with Sellers, spike

Milligan, Franky Howard and

Tony Hancock. Writing,

performing, directing, he'd

done it all. I had the

privilege of working with Eric

in a farce and-A that Lyric

Theatre. It was a joy actually

to work with him. The man was a

genius. Heeler be sadly, sadly

miss snood. The son of mill

worker, hoe had a love of

silent comedy and slap-stick.

This The Plank won awards and through it through it all he was gradually

losing his hearing and in later years his sight but he

continued to work. Here in the

film The Other, everything from Shakespeare to Harry Potter.

Eric was a lovely man. An

amazing man. A man full of

generosity and affection and

this was reflected in his

comedy, in his humour, because

all Eric's humour was gentle.

It says for the swimmer to

become acclim atise heed must

wear these. Comedy, he said,

wasn't work, but few people

worked harder at it. (LAUGHTER) Eric Sykes, more

than 60 years of making people

laugh. To the weather now.

Clouds building along the NSW

coast in gusty southerly winds

generating a few showers.

Patchy cloud over Victoria,

Tasmania and SA is clearing

under a growing high and skies

are generally cloud-free

elsewhere under a large high.

That large high pressure system

will bring a mostly sunny day

to most of the country. This

high will push southerly wind

causing showers mostly over

NSW. Northerly wind ahead of a

trough leads to a mild day in

WA.

Let's go back to the stock

exchange for a final check of

the markets and the All

Ordinaries is dipping. It's off

10 points. Stocks in Japan are

lower. The Dow's closed for a public holiday and the

Australian Dollar's buying 103

US cents. That's the news for

now. There's continuous news on

ABC News 24 and there's also

news online. Our next full

bulletin on ABC 1 is 7:00 this

evening. I'm Nicole Chettle.

Have a good afternoon. Closed Captions by CSI

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