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(generated from captions) British police arrest six

people accused of plotting a

terrorist attack. I saw one on

the top of a ladder going

through the window at the side

over there. Another one shine

ing a torch up in the windows

and smoke coming out from

around the door where they took

the door off. Lifting the lid on

on Syria - WikiLeaks begins

publishing millions of leaked

Anti-Doping Agency's fight to emails from the regime. The US

bring down Lance Armstrong over

shadows the day's racing at the

Tour de France. If the seven

tour wins are a fraud, the

consequences are going to be

massive, not just for him and

not just for his sponsors, for

the race and for the sport and

for a lot of people who lo

it. And Serena Williams through

to her 18th grand slam final,

with Agneiszka Radwanska at setting up a grand slam final


Goorntion it ice Friday, 6

July, I'm Andrew Geoghegan. And

I'm Karina Carvalho. The top

story - British police have

arrested five men and a woman

who are suspected of plotting a

terrorist attack. Police say

the arrests are not linked to

this month's Olympics. They say

it's Parliament of an

investigation into Islamic

extremists who are thought to

be targeting the UK. A

29-year-old man was arrested on a London Street. The others

aged between 18 and 30 were

arrested in homes across the

city. Tobias Feakin is a

British national security

expert at the Royal United

services Institute and he joins

us now from London. Tobias

Feakin, can you just talk us

through the day's events then?

What do we know about these

people that were arrested? What

we know so far as you rightly stated there

stated there were five men, one

woman, and there's a few

details coming out slowly but

surely. We understand a

majority of them are UK

nationals, British passport

holder, but there's very little

detail as yet as to exactly

what they were planning. We've

heard the police have stated

there was no direct threat to

the Olympic Games but I guess

it's difficult for people

watching outside the UK because

anything that happens in and around the time of the Games is going to have an association

with that. But we are hearing

it was a possible plot

involving Islamist extremists,

does that mean there was some

connection outside of the

UK? Um, as yet we're not quite

shufrmt but at the moment it

looks if you like another one

of the plots that we see

throughout the 2000s where it's

emanated from the UK, it's

individuals who we believe has

been radicalised in the UK

again. It's demonstrating that al-Qaeda's ideology is still

prevalent in the UK and there

are people who are still

willing to sign up to that

ideology and potentially cause

harm to UK citizens. As you

mention, the police say these

arrests were not linked to a

threat to the Olympics. Nonetheless there's obviously

heightened security in the

weeks leading up to the

Games? Yeah, I think there was

something else that took place

today as well, which wasn't a

terrorist attack but a coach

stopped on the M 6 moat

otherway in the midlands and

what you saw there and in

London was the risk threshold

of our emergency services are a

lot lower than they would have

been in the past. So if they

deem that there is a threat

which could potentially be

terrorist-linked, then they

will react at a far earlier

stage than they perhaps would

have done in the past.

Certainly the London plot as

much as we know right now has

been intercepted at an early stage than perhaps it would

have been in the past. Can you

give us a sense of the level of

security in the lead-up to the Games? What is on stand-by and what are the resources

involved? Sure. This is the

biggest security operation that

has gone nonthe UK since the

Second World War. So there's no

underestimating this. There is

going to be approximately just

shy of 30,000 security

personnel in London. And around

the UK about 10,000 police on

the street, about 10,000 private security personnel who

will be there and that will s

will be reinforced with many

thousands of military who will

be predominantly in the background, providing backup

capability. But it gives you an

idea of the kind of scale we're

talking about with this operation. In your view

whacialtion is is is the biggest threat to the

Olympics? In terms of the you

like the highest probability

threat to the Games it will be

low level crime, theft, serious

organised crime, things of organised crime, things of that

kind of nature. There is always

a concern in the back of

people's minds that as we have

if you like a history of terrorist incidents in the UK

and that that is potentially

there in the background. But what I can say is what you've

seen today is a demonstration

of the awesome capability that

the UK has now built up to be

able to counter that threat.

The Interlink between our

intelligence service, our

counterterrorism police is

second to none now and they are exceptional at interdicting

this kind of network group. Tobias Feakin, thanks

very much. Very much. Thank

you. Let's check the rest of

the day's news now. Good morning. WikiLeaks has begun

pub lushing more than 2 million

emails from Syrian political

figures. The whistleblowing

website says the documents will

shed light on the regime's brutal crack down on its

opponents. E maims date back to

2006 and cover the period of

the uprising. They will also

show how some Western countries

and businesses are continuing

to support the regime. Gina

Rinehart is trying a new tactic

to get a seat on the Fairfax

board. The mining magnate has

reduced her stake in the

company from 19% to just under

15%. She remains the sij

largest Fairfax shareholder.

The seld off is aimed at

removing a key on stack to her

gaining a seat on the board board. Pakistan's closed board. Pakistan's closed fly

routes into Afghanistan last

year when 24 of its

shareholders were - soldiers

were killed in a botched

botched rato air trike strike.

A report has blamed pilot error

and technical failure force the

crash of an Air France plane in

2009. The plane plunged into

the Atlantic ocean killing all

people on board. It was the

captain was blamed for leaving

the cockpit for a rest and

didn't take control of the

plane when it got into trouble.

Stage 5 of the Tour de France

has been over shadowed by five of Lance Armstrong's team-mate

s have given evidence against

him. It's believed the five

cyclist s have all been given

six month suspended ban force

using drugs after agreeing to

give evidence against

Armstrong. To finance now - More now on those emails from

Syrian figures that have been

published by WikiLeaks. The

site says documents from dozens

of Syrian government agencies

will shed light on the regime's

inner workings. WikiLeaks

spokes woman sair yay Harrison

shows Western companies are

still interacting with the

Syrian Government . They reveal

how the West and Western

companies say one thing and do another. The range of

information extends from the

intimate correspondence of the

most senior Baath Party figures

and records. Ws founder Julian

Assange cannot be with us today

but has given this comment on

the Syria files. 'The material

is embarrassing to Syria. But

it is also embarrassing to Syria's extern al

opossibilities. It helps us not

merely to criticise one group

or another but to understand

their interests, actions and

thoughts.' That is Sarah

Harrison from WikiLeaks. Back

home and the Supreme Court in Brisbane has handed Max Sica

the longest prison sentence in

Queensland's history. Sica was

given a non-parole period of 35

years for murdering his

ex-girlfriend and her two

siblings. A record sentence but

still not enough to mend a

shattered family. It gives a

little bit of a peace of mind

but we will never be able to

see our children again. Crown prosecutors asked for Max Sica

to serve a minimum non-parole

term of 45 years, but he was

sentenced to 35. Is 35 years excessive? Yes, I think it

was. Earlier this week Sica was

convicted of strangling his former girlfriend and killing

her two young er siblings in

their Bridgeman Downs home. He

bashds all three in their beds

with a garden fork and dumped

their bodies in a spa bath

filled with top water. He wiped

the scene with bleach to clear

a way finger prinltss. In a

victim impact statement their

cousin said - Many in the court were in

tears as more statements were

read out on behalf of Shirley

Singh who said she didn't

recognise her daughters because

their injuries were so

horrific. She spoke of her regret

for being overseas at the time

and how she's since attempted

suicide while dealing with the


It is not a normal person his behaviour the way he

talks. It's not normal. So I

never liked him. But the family

of the triple murderer maintain

he's innocent. I believe that my son would have been capable

to do that, I would say to the

judge give 100 years and better

off I would say to the son I

would kill the bastard but my

son is innocent. The court

heard how Sica faked his grief

after telling police he

discovered the three bodies. In

closing Justice John Byrne

called Max Sica manipulative

and deceitful, saying his only

anxiety in the killings was for

his self- preservation. His

current wife of four years says

she believes Sica will be

exonerated on appeal. For the

first time in more than a century, Girl Guides in Australia will no longer be

required to make a pledge to

the Queen or God. The new

pledge includes a promise that

girls be true to themselves and

develop their own beliefs.

Philippa McDonald reports. I

promise that I will do my best

to serve my Queen and my

country - With Her Majesty

looking on these Girl Guides

are reciting the Guide promise.

But in a jubilee yar, Girl

Guides is doing the

unthinkable. No longer will

Girl Guides promise to serve

the Queen. The Queen was

contentious with a number of

our member, nots all our

members by any means. It was

very much felt that she wasn't

the word required but people

can still serve her by serving Australia. The move follows 18

months of consultation with

thousands of members of

Australia's largest volunteer

girls group. Most of them girls

between if ages of 10 and

14. Still among older members,

it's controversial. It's been a

huge, huge decision and it

hasn't been taken lightly at

all because we very much

respect that for a lot of our

members that is very dear to

their heart. Guide leader

Jillian Garcia agrees it's time

to modernise but it's a bit of

a wrench. We have always loved

the Queen in our home and

watched the celebration and

recently been glued to all the

jubilee things. So I see her as

our head of state. Donna would

you do the honours with the

Queen, please? This is a scene

which could be played out in

almost 800 Guide district

across Australia but removal of

Her Majesty will be optional.

And as a residual Ma mark of

respect, the name of the

guide's highest honour, the

Queen's Guide, won't

challenge. She used to drive

the ambulances in the war and

so she helped even though she

was royalty and could have got

killed. Not everyone thinks the

Queen sthoub part of Australia

still and not everyone believes

in God. I promise that I will

do my best to be true to myself

and develop my beliefs. In the

new promise, duty to a

crietsian God is also gone. All

girls can be guides and it

doesn't matter who you are or

what religion. Our members

didn't feel that duty to God

reflected all faith and belief

systems across the world. For

Susanna Matters it's a welcome

change. She's Jewish and it

never really made much

sense. The new prom sis a

better fit for Jewish people in

that sense. But the new promise

is a better fit for

everyone. In its heyday, the

Girl Guide movement in

Australia boasted 80,000

members. No it's closer to

30,000 and Guide leaders

acknowledge the changes are

designed to boost its

membership from any faith or

culture. We are very much

hopeful with the new wording to

the promise that we will be

seen as more inclusive and

modern relevant organisation.

And that many more women would

like to join us. In the new

Guide law, loyal has been

replaced with respect, helpful

with considerate, obedience has

been abandoned and instead

girls are encouraged to make

choices for a better

world. With equality and

women, obedient is not an

appropriate word to have in a

promise. The scout movement is

showing no sign of singing to

Girl Guides Australia's tune

and, for the record, the Guide

world song has not been changed

- it remains 60 years young.

Singleton in friendship true

and -. And we will talk to the

Guideses later in the show. Now

let's check to see what the front pages are saying

turnaround country in the newspapers. Fast food king Jack

Cowin has shared his disappointment with the

'Financial Review' after he was

unable to get Gina Rinehart on to the Fairfax board. The

'Courier Mail' tells the

harrowing story of Shirley

Singh, whose family was

murdered by Max Sica. He was

sentenced to 35 years in jail yesterday. 'The Mercury' says the profession al gambler

behind Hobart's Mona Museum has

been hit with a whopping tax

bill. While the 'Australian'

says Bob Brown has called on

the Federal Treasurer to

intervene in the case. In

Canberra, the Chief Minister is

embroiled in a data doctoring

affair involving her sister, a

senior nurse. The 'Herald Sun'

says firefighters at a station

which concernsed a cancer cluster were knowingly exposed to contaminated water. Weapon,

pit bulls and lasers are being

sold illegally through a Melbourne-based Facebook page.

That story leads the 'Age'. The

'Sydney Morning Herald' reports

on the inner suburban women

earning more than their male

counter parts : 'The Daily

Telegraph' says Girl Guides

have modernised their pledge of

aleansiance. Football fan s in Adelaide are in battle mode

ahead of tomorrow night's cross

town showdown. Lady Gaga lands

in WA to the news that a record

number of buses are running

behind time. I don't think she

will be catching the bus!. I

don't think you can connect the

two stories! And the Northern

Territory News says two weeks

of war games are about to begin

in in the skies over the Top

End. If you would like to

join the conversation on any of

the topics we're discussing

this morning, maybe you were a

Girl Guide, maybe your children

are Girl Guides and you either

like this change in the pledge

or you don't. I think it might

be a generational thing quite

frankly because we're hearing

the older members of the Guide

movement are resist ant as you

can understand, they had the

allegiance to Queen, country

and God, whereas the younger

ones perhaps don't quite

understand that. If you edwould

like to send us your comments - Let's take a quick look at

the weather around the country.

These are the top stories -

British police have arrested

six people for allegedly

plotting a terrorist attack.

The five men and a woman were

arrested in a series of raids

across London. Police say the

plot was not related to this

month's Olympics. WikiLeaks has

started publishing more than 2

million leaked emails from the

Syrian regime. The website says

they will shed light on the

regime's crackdown on its

opoints. Opponents. And opoints. Opponents. And five Lance Armstrong's former team-mates have reportedly agreed to testify against him

in his doping case. The five

cyclist s have reportedly

confessed to use ing

performance enhancing drugs and

have struck a deal in exchange

for their evidence. In the

UK, 17 major Army units are to

be disbanded in the biggest

military cuts in decades. By

2020 the Army will be a fifth

smaller. The cuts have raised

questions over whether Britain

would ever again be able to

fight on two fronts such as

they have in Iraq and Afghanistan.. Phillip Williams

reports. As the British

troops were doing their job in

Afghanistan, their masters in

London were attending to their,

balancing the books left in

crisis as the Government by the Labour Government and requiring

a 20% cut to the Army. We need

to restructure to face an

increasingly uncertain world,

ready to intervene whenever and

wherever to protect our

national interests. With an

ability to project force and

prevention conflict through

agile and adaptable formed

forces. 20,000 jobs will go, 17

units in all disappear. The

Opposition says the restructure

is an insult to the men and

women who risked their lives

every day. Isn't just about a

smaller Army. Many will leave

believe it's less powerful Army

and less influential nation and

food our forces aund country

and families deserve

better. That is a view shared

by many in the towns that are

about to lose their military connection. They're out there

losing their lives at the

moment in our ours for probably

the wrong people and the brong

reasons and to get that thrown

in their face is a massive slap

in the face. The gap s will

be filled in part by an

increased reservist force,

although there are concerns

about their level of training

and deploymentade Readiness.

Just a few days after the

national armed forces celebration s comes the news

some historic units are to be

disbanded. The repatriation of

the latest soldiers killed in

Afghanistan is a sombre

reminder of the continuing

sacrifice. Now some of the

units that supported them are

to go too. Still in the UK,

and the Prime Minister has been

talking up the economic

benefits of this month's benefits of this month's London Olympic Games. David Cameron

says the Games are worth as

much as ?- $19 billion to the

British economy. There's a

further reason why the Games

have got to be great for

Britain too. Shay should be

great for our economy. We

shouldn't see them and this is

really vital, we shouldn't see

them as some sort of expensive

luxury in tough times because

in my viet's precisely because

times are tough that we have

got to get everything we

request out of these Games to

support job s and to support

growth in the economy. That is

the British Prime Minister

David Cameron. Let's take a

look at the markets now.

Let's check sport and Amy

Bainbridge is here because Paul

Kennedy is in fact just had a

baby. So congratulations to

Paul! Amy, we will start with

Wimbledon. We are heading into

a big weekend of finals. Overnight we have the results

of the women's semifinal.

Serena Williams has defeated

the world number up two,

Victoria Azarenka, she is

four-time championship. She

beat Azarenka 6-3, 7-6,

smashing a record 24 aces in

the process. It means Williams

has secured a berth in her 18

grand slam final. Agneiszka

Radwanska defeated Germany's

Angelique Kerber in straight

sets. Radwanska is the first

Polish grand slam final ist in

73 years. If she wins the final

she will overtake Sharapova as

the world number one's. Pearce

joins us on the line. Serena

Williams is looking extremely

strong. I think that is a very

fair synopsis on Serena

Williams who is was on centre

court today. She was brute flal

the way she approached the match. She was outstanding from the start: She was so aggressive in everything she

did out there - her ground

strokes were phenomenal. Her

serve was just out standing I know you just touched on the

ace but really it's almost

unheard of in the women's game

what she's been able to do with

her serving. Even in this

Wimbledon tournament she had

the record before and then she

broke it last week and now

she's broken it again with 24

ace s and that is over just two

sets. But just imagine what she

might be able to do over three

sets if she is pushed that far.

She was pushed today by

Azarenka who found her way back

into the match. She got away to

a poor start because Williams

was just dominating everything.

But Azarenka as we know from

what we saw in Melbourne

earlier this year is a fighter

and a very good player. She was

able to take the second set to

a tiebreak but the problem with

the tiebreak is that in many

ways the serve becomes even

more important and Serena, when

she finally got her second

match point when Azarenka

netted a pretty limp backhand

she powered an ace straight

down the middle. Wow, she was looking absolutely out

standing. There's a huge danger

for Radwanska, who is through

to her first major final as you

said but if Serena is in this

sort of mood with that power

and that aggression, she could

blow Radwanska off the

court: You sort of wonder with

Serena if that time out through

injury has strengthened her

resolve now. Because on court

she is so focussed and driven.

Let's talk about Radwanska,

finally a breakthrough for her.

How do you think she will shape

up against Serena Williams in

in form? She had better be

working on her game plan now.

Her game is a good all-round

game. She plays well on both

sides. She moves extremely well

around the court and she's got

some love ly shots that - she

has some great touch around the

court and she can slice, she

can hit shots deep and move

other players around but she is

coming up against such a

strength in Serena that, I

mean, I do fear that if it's

like today, Azarenka is much

better equipped to deal with the Williams today than

Radwanska is. It really could

be an extremely one-sided

affair, if Williams plays as

she did today. But this was the

best that she's played over the

two weeks and Radwanska played

well to get past Kerber, who

was obviously the lesser of the semifinal opponents as

well. But Radwanska is a big

achievement for her and to be

that first Pole through to the

major final in so long, much

like the British and the men

here, is a great

achievement. She took her

chance and good luck to her.

But haven't watched Serena

today, I think she will need

it. Very quickly just touching

on the men, a bit of pressure

on Andy Murray you would have

to say? Yeah. Enormous pressure

on Andy. It's his fourth

consecutive Wimbledon semifinal

and you can try and rejoice in

that. But we've seen a lot that. But we've seen a lot of semifinalists over the years

and it's not Rodriguez this

time or Rafael Nadal - Roddick

or Nadal nad but it's Jo

Wilfred Tsonga who is a very

good player. You just have to

think even if Amy can get past

Wilfred Tsonga and finally in

74 years without a British man

in a Wimbledon find that the

man who is on the other side of

the net on Sunday which

probably probably will be

Djokovic will just be too

strong for him. Fingers crossed

as far as I'm concerned that

Andy gets to the final but I

think you're going to need more

than fingers if he's going to

turn over Djokovic, who still

has to get fast Federer. It will be a fantastic weekend of

tennis. Enjoy it all and thank

you for speaking to us this morning. Thanks. A quick look

at other sports news - Andre

Greipel has powered to another

sprint finish win in the row .

The stage was Rouen to St Quentin. There was another

crash with 3km to go. The most

high profile victim Wass points

leader Peter Sagan. Australia's

mat Goss was second in the

stage and Argentine Juan Jose

Haedo third at the ends of the

stage five. Cadel Evans is

currently seventh overall. He

is 17 seconds off the pace of

the yellow jersey leader Fabian

Cancellara. Bradley Wiggins

remains second overall. And of

course the other big cycling

news is the doping allegations

in a Dutch newspaper. Another

five former team-mates of

seven-time Tour de France

winner Lance Armstrong have

reportedly confessed to using

performance enhancing drugs.

Four of those men are racing in

this year's tour, it's believe

all five have been given six

months suspended bans after

agreeing to give evidence

against Armstrong. Here is the

reaction from Armstrong's

former team-mate George

Hincapie, who now rides with

cents. I am just disappointed

this is being brought up once

again. I feel like I've always done the right thing for the

sport. Right now I'm here to do

my job BMC has nothing to do

with this. Cadel obviously is a

focus on the tour and I'm here

to try to help him do that and

I will continue to try to do that and I will not let

anything in my mind to do

that. You were goodmates with Lance Armstrong. Do you still

speak to him? I haven't in a

while. I feel bad that he's

going through all this. Lance

has done so many thing force

the sport. His accomplishments

are incredible. What he's

achieve ed in the sport of

cycling. The attention he's

brought to the sport of

cycling, what he has done for

the cancer Society is

honourable. George Hincapie

there, a little telling that

last comment, do you speak to

him, oh, well, no, not exactly.

But plenty more on this sport

later in the news and we will

speak to John Fahey, the President of the World

Anti-Doping Authority. And we

will here from an esteemed ride

er who has spoken to James

Bennett. Hincapie in all seven

of Lance Armstrong's Tour de

France wins, he rode with him.

So it's incredible he is now distancing himself from that.

Do you think we will see more

of that? Quite possibly, it's

been very interesting as these

allegations have come out. You

really do wonder. Six-month

suspended sentence and he rode

in all seven tours with Lance

Armstrong yet Lance Armstrong

is receiving a far bigger

penalty for what he did. You

have to think about whether it's the profile of Lance

Armstrong and what they're

trying to achieve when they're

handing down such small

sentence s in comparison to other people. You have to

remember it's all still

allegations at this

stage. Absolutely. Amy, thank

you very much. ABC News

Breakfast - watched live on the

web. Just visit the main ABC

News website and you will find

a link to News 24 which is

streamed live every day. Now

let's see what the weather

holds. Vanessa? With a high

pressure system that is

dominating at the moment, it's

brn a perfect week at the snow resort force the school holidays an as we can see in

this photo from Trevor at Mount

Hotham, plenty of snow and a

perfect blue sky. Don't forget

to keep the photos coming

up. That high is also the

reason for another very cold

night. So far the doeld

koldest. Per isher Valley is

minus 12. It's been great for

star gazers. A low pressure

system near New Zealand is also directing cold southerly air

across the east. We are seeing

some heavy rainfalls along

parts of the NSW coast. These

showers are extending into

Queensland and will continue to

fall along the coast across the

weekend. A cold front is approaching WA's south-west

around over the weekend it will

move east, we will have a

stronger front to follow early

next week, so between now and

next week, 15 to 25 plm for WA's west and South Coast and

part of the east. Queensland next week over 50mm for a large

today - You're watching ABC News

Breakfast coming up on the

program today, our reporter at

the Tour de France James

Bennett speaks to the cycling

journalist Rupert Guiness on

the latest twist in the Lance

Armstrong stope doping Sa saga

the former Mike. First here is the rest of

the morning's news. Leading the

news - British police is have

arrested six people who are

suspecteding of plot ing a terrorist attack. The arrests

are not linked to this month's

Olympics. They say it's part of

an investigation into Islamic

extremists who are thought to

be targeting the UK. WikiLeaks

is publishing more man 2

million emails it says that

will lift the lid on the Syrian

regime. The whistleblowing

website says the document also

shed light on the regime's

brutal crackdown on its

opponents. It says they also

show how some Western countries and businesses are continuing

to support the regime. Mining

magnate mine Gina Rinehart has

reduced hir stake in staix from

freerly 19% to just under 15%.

She remaining the single large

est Fairfax showed shareholder.

Se says the sell-off is aimed

at removing a key obstacle to

her joining the company's

board. For the first time in

seven months trucking carries

NATO supplies have crossed

Pakistan to Afghanistan. The

blockade was lifted on Tuesday

after Washington apologised for

a NATO air strike that killed

soldiers last year. The Girl

Guides will have long er have

to make a pledge to the Queen

or God. They are changing their

pledge after more than a

century to #234 a bid to

increase their membership. They

will pledge to be true to

themselves and develop their

own believes. British police

have arrested six people

suspected of terrorism offences

during raids across London. The arrests are part of an investigation into Islamic

extreme hiss and not linked to

this month's Olympics. The BBC's June Kelly reports. The

arrest s came at dawn at this

address the police didn't just

force the door, they took it

off its hinge, it was left

lying in the front garden. In

Ealing in West London the

police moving in in on a man

and a married up with couple.

At Newham in east London three

brothers were detained at the

siem address. One is a former

police community support

officer. At the Newham house this afternoon science of

police activity. I saw one on

the top of a ladder going

through the window at the side

there, and another one shining

a torch out of the windows and

smoke coming out from around

the door where they took the

door off. It was a big bang.

For a minute I thought it was

like a bomb really, that sort

of noise. Firearms officers

used an electronic stun gun, a

taser, to arrest one of the

brothers here. They and the

others are in custody because

of a possible plot against UK

targets, said to involve

suspected Islamist extremists. This evening it

emerged that one of those

arrested is Richard Dart, a

Muslim convert also known as

Saludin. This house is less

than a mile from the Olympic

site although today's operation

is said not to be linked to the Games. There wasn't any specific threat to the Olympic,

it's the fact that now the

police intelligence services

will act far earlier on in a

plot, an active plot because

the risk appetite are

diminishing rapidly as we reach

closer and closer to the

Olympic Games. Meanwhile, in a completely unrelated incident

100 miles north, what began as

a possible counter-terrorism

operation became a false alarm.

On the M 6 toll road all the

passenger passengerses were

taken off this Preston to

London coach after a passengers

reported seeing vapour coming

from a bag. It turned out to be

a fake electronic cigarette

being used by someone trying to

give up smoke. Those detained

in the raids in the capital are

now being held in a police

station. From this road you can

see the Olympic site. While the

arrests here may not be linked

to the Games, can w just three

weeks to go the police know

especially challenging they're moving into an

period. Drugs suspicions over

7-time Tour de France champion

Lance Armstrong have increased

after another five former

team-mates reportedly

confession ed to using

performance enhancing drugs. It

esz believed the five cyclists

have been given 6-month

suspended bans for giving

evidence against Lance

Armstrong. James Bennett spoke

to Rupert Guiness. I think the

first thing that needed to be

done was to find out whether

those five people, the four

riders and sports director,

were or have testified to USADA

or not. The one thing we do

know is that none of those guys

denied having testified. From

there there's a lot of

conjecture as to what was said

in this case and where it will

go from now. I think there's

still a lot of question marks

to be answered. Whatever happens with this case I don't

think it is going to be quick

either. I think this will end

up further and further into the

course. We've seen this before

with Alberto Contador and

another certainty is this will

become a real muddy, sticky

situation. If it is true that

there have been suspended bans

given, what do you think that

indicates in terms of the case

these guys have been given against Lance Armstrong? If

suspended bans and if it's part

of some plea bargain ing, I

think, one, it shows that USADA

obviously value their testimony

but then again you could say,

two, USADA really need their

testimony. So you have to ask

what else do they have. If they

haven't got anything else then

they really need these tms an

if they have to give plea

bargains you could say there's

a sense of desperation there. One thing I do believe,

though, is USADA are obviously

determined to go all the way

with this case. They said it

when the Federal investigation

in the United States was

dropped in February that they

would pursue this case

further. I think a lot of people might have thought it

was lip service just for USADA

to be seen to be saying the

right thing but obviously it's

not. They're very determined

with this. We've seen Lance or heard Lance Armstrong's

response. He is obviously going

to fight this one. The thing

about Armstrong is he's denied

ever having doepd. He says he

has never failed a dope test

but with the investigation s or

these change charges against

Armstrong are not necessarily

about taking drugs either, they

extend to possession of drug,

administering and trafficking

of drugs an covering up as

well. So we have to find out

more detail about what these

charges are. That's why I think

in this case USADA need to be

transparent as well. If they're

going to keep clouds over these

charges, us as in the public,

the stake holders of the sport,

the fan, the sponsors will

never ever really know. I think

they are own owe add duty as well to be clear with us. So

finally for this case race,

there's four riders one of whom

is a key helper for Cadel

Evans, George Hincapie. Do you

think there's the likelihood of

them being excluded from the race? It's good question.

There's a lot of debate as to

whether these guys should be in

the race at all or not. The

teams have come out like BMC in

the case of George Hincapie, they said they haven't been

told or informed from any

authority of Hincapie being

involved so they will not take

any further action. I guess

unless they've been told by

another authority, they're

within their rights to keep

those other team riders in the

race as well. We need to know

what the facts are before we

make any judgment. Because the

consequences of any judgment

are huge and that's why I think

if there was any way to

expedite the knowledge that we

need to know, that would be

great. But then again

expediting things coming with a

risk and that is in the stakes

as well. That is journalist

Rupert Guiness. Back home and

Karina do you own a pair of ugg

boots? You're not giving it

away. The global debt crisis is

taking a toll on the Australian

industry, the ugg boot. As Devo

tees around the world stop

buying the Aussie foot wear

form farmers are finding

there's nowhere to sell their

skins. They I they're' an

Australian staple that Australian staple that went global but now stockpiles of

the ubiquitous ugg boot are

sitting in ware houses as

orders from overseas dry up.

Sheep skin items had provided

healthy earnings for this

family business for four

decades but in the past two

years those sales have dropped

by 20%. Future, you know, if it

goes like that I don't know goes like that I don't know how

many manufacture in Australia

can continue this business. And

the low boot sales are also

hitting sheep growers. Thaef

Beverley farmer Geoff Murray

says he is finding it difficult

to sell his skins because

no-one is making ugg boot s or

luxury it item s amore. He: At

present it's really flat and

currently we sold lambs last

week or so with pelts and got

no return whatsoever. Producers

are having to stockpile sheep

skins hoping international

demand will improve as the

world economy picks up. Geoff

Murray accepts the downturn as

a sign of the times as economic

hardship dampens international

demand for luxury goods. At the

end of the day, we're at the

bottom of the food chain and we

can't pass it on. So we have to

wear it. But he's remaining

hopeful a turnaround won't be lagging too far behind. Now I should tell you,

Karina has admitted she wears

ugg boots but just around the

house. , no I own a pair of ugg

boots. I don't wear them. I

bought them about six years ago

when I lived in London and then

people started wearing them

outside of the house and I

thought I can't be associated

with anything that should only

be worn inside the house and

people are now wearing them

out. My wife and three

daughters all wear ugg boots

around the house but maybe it

shouldn't be past the front

door. Think London and sites

like Buckingham Palace and Big Ben probably comes to mind but

there's a new land mark on the

tallest building in western horizon. The shard is the

Europe and it's about to officially open its

doors. London is a city rich in

history, almost every building

is a tribute to the past. So

the Shard comes as quite a

shock. When I first saw it I

thought it was a Christmas tree

to be honest. It makes me feel

depizy when I look ate. It's

meant to resemble a shard of

glass, standing at 310m or just

over 1,000 feet it dwarfs

everything around it There are

95 storeys and close to the top

is a public gallery, offering

360-degree views of the city.

The architect once said he

didn't like tall buildings. It

seems one thing led to

another. This building was not

going to be a sim bl of -

symbol of arrogance, a symbol

of power but more like a

sparkling gentle spy. Not all

Londoners agree. The

development's faced strong

Opposition for the way it

alters' the city's Skyline but

the it's boldness has also won

some fans. I think it's a real landmark for London. The

project began around 12 years

ago, backed by money from Qatar. But

Qatar. But as the shard was

going up, the global economy

came crashing down. And some

are now questioning the wisdom

of the 2.3 billion dollar

investment. I think the general

perception is that it's an

bearing in mind the way the incredible gamble and one that

economy is working out is

looking like it could be a

risky one. But the developer

says the buildings's back verse

very deep pockets. Like it or

loathe it, London's look will

never be quite the same. And

apparently you're going to need

really deep pockets to be able to visit the Shard and go up to

its viewing deck. Something

like ?90 for a family of four

which is about $135

Australian. That is like the

bridge climb in Sydney, it's

not cheap. I think there's a

bit of different between

climbing the Sydney Harbour

Bridge and going up a few in a

shift lift That it's more

spectacular in Sydney? Of

course. And if you com compare

to it tu Rika sky deck here in

Melbourne that is $42 for a

family of four. Not quite as

tall. Tu Rika sky deck, I d the

eureka sky deck I think is

taller than the shard. We hope

to bring you a spectacular

light show to mark the opening

of the Shard. You're watching ABC News Breakfast. These are

the top stories - British

police vaiested six people for

allegedly plotting a terrorist attack. The five men and a

woman were arrested in a series

of raids across London. Police

say the plot was not related to

this month's

Olympics. WikiLeaks has started publishing more than 2 million

leaks emails from the Syrian

regime. The website says they

will shed light on the regime

crackdown on its opponents. And

five of Lance Armstrong's

former team-mate s have reportedly agreed to testify

against him in his doping case.

The five cyclist s have

reportedly confessed to using

performance enhancing drug and

have struck a deal in exchange

for their evidence .

For a look at the national

newspapers this morning we're

yoined by Mike Smith, the

former editor of the the 'Age'

and now chief executive of Inside PR. Rngts good

morning. We're going to start

with Woolworths and what

Woolworths is doing. Yeah.

After yesterday's news about

the meaning of the universe and the origins

the origins of the universe

we're literally back to bread

and butter kitchen table issues this morning. The Fairfax

papers have a syndicated story

in the 'Age' and the 'Sydney

Morning Herald' and the

'Canberra Times' - good story

on the price war and squeeze on suppliers by the supermarkets.

This has been a really tough

story for the media to cover

because the suppliers of the supermarkets are so scare odd

TV market power of the two big supermarkets they won't speak

out publicly. But the Fairfax

papers have found a way into

the story today and have some

correspondence. Coles and

Woolworths have 80% of the

market, they have enormous

market power. They have also

been engaging in a price war

this year, which is good for

consumers. So it will be

interesting to see how this

plays out in the sort of PR and

political war because there are benefits

benefits for consumers in what

Coles and Woolworths are doing

to squeeze prices. But it's at

the cost of really harming some

producers and farmers in

particular this correspondence

detailed in these stories about how Coles and woorlts,

Woolworths in particular, have

demanded price kautds of 5 or

10% from their suppliers or

esst else. A good example of

that is milk and we've seen

what's happened. The price s

have come down dramatically

which is good for consumers but

as far as the suppliers is concerned, the dairy farmers

they are saying this is going

to put us out of business. I

will be interesting to see

which way the public and the

politician s fall on this. It

is two-edged for consumers

bit's hotting up. It will been

election issue in the next 12

months. There's a Senate

inquiry and there's consumer and Competition Commission

inquiry, more evidence is

building up and the 'Age' story

quotes one supplier anonnously

saying this is the most brutal negotiations they

negotiations they have ever had with Woolworths. Five or 10%

cut or you're off the

shelves. As you mentioned, the

ACCC will start to look into

this and Senator Nick Xenophon

says it will literally - they

have been dealing with many,

many complaints. Yeah, about 50

complaints have gone to the

ACCC. To give you an idea,

Senator Xenophon also said that

the 'Lateline' program on the

ABC has contacted about 100 supplier, none of them were

very few of them will come

forward because if they speak

out they're scared of this

enormous market power. Let's

move on to the Higgs Boson and

the story keeps giving? It

does. It's - the newspapers

seem to have suspended cynicism

on this story. There's a lot of

good natured optimistic

commentry in the papers today,

24 hours after the story broke.

A lot of editor ials, the

A lot of editor ials, the 'Australian's editorial they

say this is confirmation of the

importance of science. The

quest for knowledge, the thirst

for learning and the importance

of an inquiring mind. That is

lofty stuff for a newspaper

editorial used to sticking the

boots into politicians and

other community leaders. We

were talking about this with Barrie Cassidy yesterday. Do

you think the general public

understand what this is all

about and I guess this is a problem with science in

general, trying to get these

sorts of concepts across and

how meaningful they are? It is.

Because this is basic science,

pure science, it's where the

real big breakthroughs come but they're not immediately

apparent. It may take a couple

of decades for the practical benefits for this to come

through. That was certainly the

case with space exploration. It

took two or three decades after

the explanation of the theories

before we were flying in

space. But that is very

spectacular. This is all micro

managinged - it's on a level

no-one can see, so very hard to

explain and because it's simply

not spectacular. It is very

hard to explain but some of the

world's leading scientists are

saying this is as fundamentally

important as things like

Einstein and gravity and Newton

and the practical things will

flow better. The 'Age' also has

an editorial and they say this

is a try um of f intellect and

optimism but then they finish

their editorial by saying that

Australia needs to get smarter,

basic science here is being

bruised by lack of funding,

lack of support and our leaders

need to get smarter and support

science better. But probably

one of the best explanations

I've seen so far about the practical benefits of this

science is in the 'Australian'

today by a researcher from the

university of Sydney, Kevin

Varville, who was involved in

the research project and he says he wakes up today feel ing

a better person and a more

optimistic person. The headline

on that story I think says it

all. One small atom ic particle

for science, one giant leap for

mankind. He does give an

analysis of how this could lead to enormous practical

benefits. Let's move on to the

Girl Guides. This is already

brings in a lot of comments to

us this morning because they've

changed their pledge. Not a big

day for the royal family today. The Girl Guides have

dropped their pledge to God and

Queen. They're now going to

pledge to their community. So

the Queen is officially out.

And on the other side of the

world, even Prince Charles has taken a hit. In Ecuador they've

name add frog after Prince

Charles. I think they mean it

as a compliment but it is a

twist on the old fairy tale the

frog and prince. God is also

missing in this as well as far

as the Girl Guides are

concernedment. And I guess

question can - concerned. And I

guess we can relate this to the

Higgs Boson in that they keep

relating to the god particle

and some take exception to.

That. God is out, god particle

is in. OK. I think we will

leave it there, Mike. Thanks

very much. Thank you. Now

let's check sport and Amy is

with us and a decent day. Are

we starting with Wimbledon? We

are. It's all Serena. It is.

She's amazing. She had an an

amazing performance last night.

Serena Williams has defeated

Victoria Azarenka. She's the

four-time champion of that tournament. She tournament. She beat Azarenka

6-3, 7-6. So she was pushed in

that second set. During the

process she smashed a record 24

aces. The win mean s Williams

has secured a Beth in her 18th

grand slam. In the other semifinal, Agneiszka Radwanska

defeated Angelique Kerber in

straight sets. Radwanska is the

first Polish grand slam

finalist in 73 years. And if

she wins she will overtake

Maria Sharapova as the women's

world number one. To the Tour

de France now, and on a day Ma

marred by doping allegation s,

Andre Greipel pow toerds his

second stage win in a row a

with another sprint finish.

Stage fife was 196.5km from

rooin to St Quentin. It was

another crash with 3km to go,

the most high profile victim

was points leader Peter Sagan.

Australia's Matt Goss was

second in the stage. Cadel Evans is seventh overall. 17

seconds off the pace of Fabian

Cancellara, who has retained

the yellow jersey. Bradley

Wiggins is second

overall. Stage five was

undermined by newses that five

sick list s may have struck a

deal with the US Anti-Doping

Agency to testify against Lance

Armstrong. US cyclist George

Hincapie is one of them. He is currently riding for Cadel

Evans BMC racing team. The

team's manager says the team

has received no formal

notification from the US

anti-doping authority. We have not received any notification

from any authority about this

issue at all. George's here to

race the Tour de France. That

is what he dis is doing. Just

like yesterday morning he is

preparing for today's race. And briefly in other sports news

the body that sets rules for

international soccer has

approved the use of goal approved the use of goal line technology. Two different

systems have been given the go

ahead. One uses sensors inside

the ball and a magnetic field

in the goal to determine

whether a shot has crossed the

line and another is the

well-known hawk eye system that

uses seven cameras around the stadium to track the ball. Of

course that is being used in

other sports for years. That

will be very welcome news for

many soccer fans. So much

controversy about goal s in so

many different matches. The

hawk eye system has been try

and tested in tennis and a

number of other sports so we

will see how that adapts for

soccer. And as far as cycling

is concerned we will hear from

James Bennett who has spoken to

the Dutch journalist who broke

this story And John Fahey from

the anti-doping authority next

hour as well. Now let's check

the weather with Vanessa. Again

we have mostly clear skies but

a low pressure system near New

Zealand is directing cold

southerly winds into the east

and showers along parts of the

coast. Another frontal system

is approaching WA. This is

triggering showers in the

south-west. Over the weekend it

will track east and a stronger

front is due on Monday.

Next hour we will go to

London to see the Shard. We are

talking about the big building

that is almost 100 storeys

high, it's about to open. It's

310m tall, putting it just over

1,000 feet. And it's taken 12

years for them, this process

started 12 years ago. Londoner s are a bit sceptical as to

whether they like it or not but

it's now the tallest building

in Western Europe. We will take

you there shortly for the spectacular light show that is

set to officially open the

Shard in London. Back after

this short break.

Just weeks out from the

London Olympics - British

police arrest six people

accused of plotding a terrorist

attack. What it's demonstrating

is that al-Qaeda's ideology is

still pref lents in the UK and

there are people still willing

to sign up to that ideology and

potentially cause harm to UK

citizens. This Program is Captioned Live.

Lifting the lid on Syria -

WikiLeaks begins publishing

millions of leaked emails are

the regime. They also reveal

how the West and Western

companies say one thing ad and

do another. The US Anti-Doping

Agency's fight to bring down

Lance Armstrong over shadows

the day's racinged at the Tour

de France. If the seven tour

wins are a fraud, the

consequences are going to be

massive not just for him, not

just for his sponsors but for

the race and for the sport and

a lot of people who love it. And Serena Williams through

to her 18th grand slam final

setting up a slow down with Agneiszka Radwanska at


Good morning. You're

watching ABC News Breakfast on Friday, 6 July. I'm Andrew

Geoghegan. Good to have your company. Coming up on the

program we will have more on

the Lance Armstrong doping

case. We will hear from the

Dutch journalist who broke the

story that five of Armstrong's former team-mates have agreed

to testify against him.