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They don't share our

agenda, they are a cynical

political party that operates

in their own self-interest.

The Labor Party, back room

boys are tearing the Labor

Party apart. A labour heavy

weight takes aim at the

Greens as a row between the

parties grows. Torrential

rains cause damaging floods

in southern Russia, at least

141 people dead. And more

unrest in Libya, one man killed during a polling

station attack in the

country's first free

elections in decades. This

is news now for Sunday, 8

July, I'm Chris Rowe. World

leaders gather to discuss

financial assistance for

Afghanistan as efforts to

stabilise the war torn

country continue. And in

sport, Hawthorn thrashes

Greater Western Sydney by a

massive 162 points at the Gee.

worth between Labor and the There have been more harsh

Greens over a push from a

prominent Labor figure to

preference the Greens last in

the next election. The Prime Minister has refused to weigh

into the debate saying that

it is a matter for party

leaders. A day after tensions flaired, neither

side is giving any ground. I

think some of their

individual policy agenda, and

some of the policies they

promote are a bit loopy, to

the extreme. There's a

difference between the Greens

values and the Labor values,

and that's right, the Greens

has value and the Labor Party

doesn't. Sam Dastyari says

his frustration with the

Greens was brought to a head

by their refusal to accept

offshore processing. And

this view they have of

politics of all or nothing,

this refusal to compromise,

this refusal to recognise

that Australian politics is a

middle of the road political

debate. But on refugees, for

the Greens, there is no

middle road. It is the job

of the Greens to pursue

policies that support peoples

human rights. We are not

there to just keep a

Government in power at any

cost in terms of what that

might mean in policy sense.

On the issue of preferences,

the Prime Minister is playing

a straight bat. Questions of

preferences are for the organisational wing of the

party. Ms Gillard defended

the Labor Party's values but

resisted the temptation to

take aim at one of her

partners in Government. I

work with others in Parliament to get things

done. But what we pursue in

Parliament is Labor Party

values, laimp policy. The Greens maintain they will

never support offshore processing. The Coalition

will, but they won't support

the Government's current

Malaysia solution. The two

major parties also disagree

over turning back the boats.

The Coalition policy, which

would see some boats toed

back to Indonesia, it's a

policy the ind chan

Government disagrees with strongly but it appears Mr

Abbott didn't raise it as a

topic when he medwith the

President earlier this week.

I'm not going to say what I

did and didn't discuss with

the President. But the fact

is if we are talking about

the issue of turning boats around, it has been done

before, it can be done again. We have received

advice from some of the

people who have served our

defence force at the most

senior levels, that it will

put the lives of Navy

personnel at risk and put the

lives of asylum seekers at

risk. Mr Abbott says the Coalition will turn around

boats when it's safe. But

concedes there's always an

element of danger. I'm not

saying that this is

particularly pleasant work.

It is a very tough job.

Dangerous work. Yes, it is

dangerous work. But that's

why people join our armed

forces, they go into harm's

way to help our country. And

the Government and the Greens if you would like to see both

news conferences in full, as

well as a replay of

Australian Agenda, just press

red. Professor ros Garnow

says that the global price of

carbon is likely to be well

above the $15 floor price

when Australia moves to a

floating price in three years

despite current historical time. The author says that

low in the price of carbon,

he is expecting this to increase as economies recover. He says the carbon

tax is a cheaper way for

emissions, rather than direct governments to reduce carbon

action despite the fact that

most governments have gone to

pay directly for carbon. The

floor price in the

legislation of $15 may or may

not be a binding price. I

would be surprised if the

international price of which

we are trading credits as low

as that in three years time.

So it will probably make no difference. Flooding in ush

cha has killed at least 141

people -- Russia. It follows

an intense weather system that dumped more than five

months rainfall in just a

matter of hours. The storm

hit in the middle of the night, dumping record

rainfall and sending a 7 m

wall of water through towns

and villages in Russia's

southern region. In its

wake, a trail of destruction.

And as is becoming clearer, a

mounting death toll.

TRANSLATION: I had a small

child in my hands, we came

out wearing what we had on,

couldn't save anything,

everything is ruined, it's

gone. TRANSLATION: When the

water hit, we heard screams

from them, they started

breaking the windows, and the

house started drowning. The

Krymsk region was the hardest

hit with the powerful waves

destroying homes and carrying

away cars and trucks.

Officials there say they

found 130 bodies. But expect

that number to rise. Many of

those who died were elect koouted after transformers

fell into the floodwaters. A

major rescue effort is now

under way. Some 6,000 people

pulled off their roofs but

much of the floodwaters remain complicating the

efforts. TRANSLATION: We

already have 20 fire brigade

and rescue vehicles on site

and the military is on its

way. Three helicopters have

also been sent from Moscow.

Earlier reports, a mountain

reservoir had burst causing

the flooding, have been

denied by authorities. They

say it was simply a freak

storm. The likes of which

haven't been seen in the

country for more than 100 years. TRANSLATION: We

never had such a natural

disaster. Such a volume of

rainfall in such a short

period of time. Naturally,

no stormwater drains, no

other means could cope with

it. Further rainfall and

land slides remain a problem.

This man says he was moments

from being crushed.

TRANSLATION: I managed to

stop the car, but the land

slide was too big. The

airbags worked and luckily

neither I nor the passenger

were hurt. A man's

recovering in Sydney's

Westmead Hospital after being

shot in the abdomen and shoulder. Police say that

they were alerted to the shooting after numerous

people heard the shots in

Auburn and call 000. We

believe that the incident was

targeted to this individual.

At this stage, he hasn't been

assisting us with our

inquiries. Police are unable

to confirm if the shooting is

gang or drug related. NSW

Opposition Leader John

Robertson has called for more

police to deal with gun

crime. Now, our cops are

doing the best they can. But

unless they get the resourcing and the support

they need, we are going to

see a continuation of this

type of gun crime. Police

are urging any witnesses to

call Crime Stoppers. Rescue

teams in Papua New Guinea

continue to scowl rugged

bushland looking for a

missing helicopter that had

carried two Australians and a

New Zealander. The three men

were flying in low cloud with

poor visibility when they

sent out a distress signal on

Friday. The search area is

covered by thick Forrest and experienced pilots say that

the chopper could prove very

difficult to find. If

something goes wrong, it's

not so good, there's a lot of

the time there is nowhere for

you to land. The two men who worked for Hevilift Charter

Services were return from an

oil rig. Polls in Libya have

now closed after the country

held its first democratic

election in decades. Well,

the doors of the - all of the

polling stations have closed

now. They are waiting for

the signal to begin the

counting. All of them will

start counting at the same

time. They have put an extra

lock on top of - a fifth lock

on top of the box with a

serial number. When they

give them the signal, all the

counters will get into

action, if you like. All the

votes will be taken out and

for instance in this school,

there are some seven polling

centres, representing

something like 3,700 voters.

So quite a considerable

number of voters. There are

a team of observers who are

standing by in each of the

stations who are going to be watching that everything is

all above board and it is all

done according to plan. Of

course in - particularly in

Benghazi and through to the south, there has been search

a bit of a security issue.

And I think, according to the

UN boy for Libya, he believes that although some polling stations have been attacked,

they have been prevented from

voting, he feels that the numbers are significantly

small enough, they are small

enough not to have skewed the

results. Now, voting we were

told by the electoral

commission was going to be

extended in some of those areas, at least five areas were mentioned to the south

of Libya, and they may have

to be run in a day or two.

But certainly the overall

pictures that the vast number

of people in Libya, who

wanted to vote, have been

able to vote. A major international conference is

now underway looking at the financial support Afghanistan

will need when NATO led

forces leave the country in

2014. The Afghan President

is in Tokyo with the united

nations Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton. A total of

$15 billion of civilian aid

over four years is expected

to be agreed upon. We will

do our utmost to help the

Afghans fill the gaps that

may arise as transition

deepens. That means strong

support throughout the

transformation decade. For

the country's economic and

social development. For building institutional

capacity. For basic services

and social protection. For

jobs, justice and the rule of

law. And yesterday US

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Afghanistan a

major non-NATO alley. Now,

this means that Afghanistan

will have access to American

military training and

supplies. Even after the

allied forces withdraw from

the troubled nation. We set

out this week with the Afghan army and the American

trainers, the mission to

reclaim this valley from the

Taliban. The Afghans are in

charge. The Americans along just to offer support and

vice. Not to fight. --

support and advice not to

fight. But it didn't take

long for the fight to find

us. We believe we may have

walked into a bit of an

ambush, possibly now we are

caught in a cross fire, we

can hear the gun shots come

from that ridge, that is the

Afghan army, they are leading

this fight and they are the

ones returning the fire. As

the cross fire gets worse,

causalities mount and tempers

flair. American soldiers

have to get involved.

There's got to be somebody

right up there. It was

powerful evidence of how the Afghans still need their

American partners, not to

succeed, but simply to

survive. This is why Hillary

Clinton promised US support

today for Afghanistan, even

after US combat troops pull

out in 2014. Afghanistan

military equipment and will have access to American

training. We are not even Afghanistan, quite the imagining abandoning

opposite. We are building a

partnership with Afghanistan

that will endure far into the

future. It's a partnership

that will be put to the test

as we witness back on a

mission in the valley.

Ultimately it took an air

strike from a US fighter jet

to bail the Afghans out. A temporary victory that shows

there is still a long way to

go. Patience is the name of

the game and that is what she

has got to be. You're

watching news now here on Sky

News. We will take another

look at the top stories in a

moment an get the latest

sport to with Megan Barnard. Parramatta in all sorts of

trouble as they take on Manly

in the NRL.

The top stories: Sarah Hanson-Young says that calls

by Labor power broker Sam

Dastyari to distance his

party from the Greens would be handing control of the

Senate to the Coalition.

Severe flash floods in

southern Russia have killed

at least 141 people and

effecting nearly 13,000 in

what officials are calling

the worse natural disaster in

decades. Unrest continues in

Libya as one man dies in a

polling station attack. It

is the country's first free

election in decades. All the

sport now with meg an and a

pretty one-sided win in the

end for the Hawkes. Quite

incredible, 162 points the

win for the Hawkes over GWS.

They have fall enthree points

short of notching their

greatest ever margin of 162

points. That was the win.

Geelong is having a bit of a fright, courtesy of the Gold

Coast, that is at Metricon

Stadium but it was all about

Hawthorn at the MCG as their

win spoiled a special day for

the Giants coach. A

milestone match for Kevin

Sheedy, his 900th game as

player or coach, but he

wasn't the only one putting

his name in the record

books. 499 goals to his

name. 500 great goals for

Buddy Franklin. It seemed

Hawthorn cared little for

Kevin Sheedy's milestone as

Buddy mailed inroads to his

next 500. He is

unstoppable. The resistible

football from Hawthorn, you

couldn't afford to look away.

Although some were willing to

take that chance. This was a

clinic from the Hawkes. As

they gave themselves a handy

percentage boost. Last

night Sydney smashed Brisbane

to move top of the ladder on

percentage. The Crows downed

bitter rivals Port Adelaide

in show down 33 while Stephen

Milne was the star on a big

night for the saints. The

goal sneak booted five goals

as St Kilda put the Bombers

to the sword winning by 71

points. With the effort we

gave tonight, 22 players that

ran out there, was first

class and we need to do that every week for the next eight

or nine weeks. In Adelaide,

Ricky Henderson went one

better kicking six majors in

the Crows 58 point win over

Port Adelaide while Sam Reid

also managed a six goal bag

in the Swans victory over the

linez in Sydney. Manly is destroying Parramatta in this

afternoon's NRL clash. The

returning David Williams

crossed four times in the

first half with the score now

40-6. Earlier, the bunnies

took a big step towards

finals footy with a 20-point

win over the Knights. Dave

Taylor copped a knock to his

hand in worm-up but took his

opening try. place to set up south's

The Knights defence found

lacking again as the

Rabbitohs found their second

try in 12 minutes. A diving

Uate got the Knights on the board but with four first

half tries, they had a

12-point buffer at the break.

Everything was falling the

bunnies way as they built an

unbeatable lead in the second

half. The only highlight for

the Knights, a hat-trick to

Uate. Three tries. Well,

last night the Warriors

stormed past the Titans, the

Storm suffered its third loss

in four matches. Edrick Le

had a hat-trick whilst Sandor

Earl also starred as the

Raiders posted back to back

victories for the first time

this season. Some of our

defence was down right

embarrassing tonight. And a

hat-trick from Konrad Hurrell

helped the Warriors crush the

Titans and move into the

NRL's top eight. The

Brumbies need just one more

competition point to cement

top spot on the Australian

Super Rugby conference. This

morning the rebels were

beaten by the Lyons and the

stormers downed the cheatars.

Despite only scoring one try,

it was enough for the

Brumbies to break a 10 year

brought in Sydney. Despite

the Tahs appearing the better

side at times, only one try

was all the Brumbies needed for victory.

Meantime, the Blues put on

a second half clinic to

breeze past the Force.

Serena Williams has

celebrated a decade of dominance at Wimbledon

winning two titles in one day

at the all England club. A

perfect sister act with Venus

securing a doubles triumph

and in the singles, Serena

was too good for Agnieszka

Radwanska taking out the

match in three sets. She was

the first polish woman in 73

years to make a Wimbledon

final but against a four time

champion, it was never going

to be easy. Trailing 5-love

with three set points,

Radwanska finally came to

life. Still, it was a long

at the all ngland club. at the all Englans way back. Williams claim the

at the all England club. A

perfect sister act with Venus

securing a doubles triumph

and in the singles, Serena

was too good for Agnieszka

Radwanska taking out the

match in three sets. She match in t ree sets. She was match in three sets. She was

the first polish woman in 73

years to make a Wimbledon

final but gainst a final but against final but against a four time

champion, it was champion, t was never champion, it was never going

fifth title. I'm so happy.

I think I had the best turn

meant much my life. Of

course I'm just very happy to

be here in the final. Cadel

Evans is sitting on the wheel

of new yellio jers su Brad

Wiggins after a gripping

seventh stage tour of Tour de

France. It favoured Evans but Chris Froome put the

hammer down to sail past the

defending champion for his

maiden win. This has to be

seen as a huge surprise.

Look at that gap. This is

unbelievable for Africa.

This is unbelievable for

Kenya. Chris Froome creating

a bit of a surprise here this

afternoon gets the win. A

tremendous show of strength.

Wiggins is the new yellow

jersey leader with Evans in

second. Injuries to Brett

Lee and Shane Watson further

soured Australia's one day

loss to edge overnight. Dave

Hussey was the only Aussie

batsman to pass 50. England

won the toss and elected to bowl with immediate success.

Warner was out LBW on appeal.

Peter Forest followed the

very next ball. Fin almost

fancied himself for a

hat-trick. I don't think

there is an inside edge but

there was sharp movement off

the seam. And the Aussies

continued to live

dangerously, Clark was

dropped on 8 as he and Shane

Watson desperately tried to

lift a lagging run rate. The

problem wasn't just the run

rate, but the fall of wickets

as well. When Clark fell for

43, it appeared to be the

beginning of the end. And

for the second time in the

match, Steven Finn found

himself on a hat-trick. A

half century from Dave Hussey

helps the tourists post the

for 200. The English openers

began a lot better than

Australia's. Alister Cook

went for 29 but the hosts only lost one more wicket

after that, casually reaching

the target with 13 balls to

spare. In an extra blow for Australia, Shane Watson and

Brett Lee spent most of

England's innings off the

field receiving treatment for injuries. Probably not

enough runs an then losing a

couple of bowlers didn't

help, but take nothing away

from England, I thought they

were outstanding once again.

Tough going for our Aussie cricketers, that's for sure.

Thanks. We will talk again

soon. Let's quickly check the weather.

High cloud over South Australia and Victoria and Tasmania ahead of a front

that is not producing any rain.

The top stories are coming

up again in just a moment.

Plus reforms in NSW forcing

police to undergo drug tests

which thrich immediate results.

The top stories: the Greens

say a push by Labor power

broker to distance his party

from the greens would hand

control of the Senate to the Coalition. Severe flash

floods caused by torrential

rains in southern Russia have

killed at least 141 people.

And one man has been killed

dur a polling station attack

as Libyans turn out for the

country's first free

elections in decades. Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young

says that a push by a Labor

power broker to distance his

party from the Greens would

be handing control of the

Senate to the Coalition. NSW labour secretary Sam Dastyari

has called for Labor to stop

automatically favouring the Greens in any future

preference deals. The Greens

made a political decision

they were going to put us in a basket, weren't preferred

to preference us, and the

Labor Party in recent years

has developed an unofficial policy of giving preferential

treatment to the greens when

it comes to our preference negotiations. I'm arguing

that that needs to come to an

end. Ms Hanson-Young told

Sky News that such a decision would effectively hand the

Coalition control of the

Senate. This call for

preferencing the Greens last,

which obviously means then

preferencing the Coalition, basically could be handing

the Coalition control of the

Senate. That is bringing

back work choices, it is

destroying the price on

carbon, it's towing boats

back, it is all of the things

that apparently Labor is

Prime Minister has refused to meant to stand against. The

weigh into the debate, saying

that it is a matter for party

leaders. Flooding in Russia

has killed more than 100

people and left thousands

homeless. It follows an

intense weather system that

dumped more than five months

worth of rain in just a

matter of hours. This is

Russia's Krasnodarsky region.

Without warning, streets

became fast flowing rivers.

Entire communities submerged.

Most saw the relative safety

of roof tops. Some ignored

the risks. Many of the

dozens who have lost their

lives were electrocuted.

Most were swept away and

lost our property. drowned. TRANSLATION: We

Everything we have invested

in. It's a shock, of

course,. Everything is

ruined. It was very

frightened. The heavy rains

first fell at night.

Hampering a quick and

effective rescue effort. By

the time some houses were

reached, it was too late. A

large number of the victims

elderly people. Desperate to

remain with their possessions. TRANSLATION:

We already have 20 fire

brigade and rescue vehicles

on site and the military is

on its way. Three

helicopters have also been

sent from Moscow. The search

for survivors accelerated

with daylight. And one man

returned to recount a moment

that had been far too close

for comfort. TRANSLATION: I

managed to stop the car but

the land slide was too big.

The airbags worked and

luckily neither I nor the

passenger were hurt. The

worse flooding for more than

70 years has turned a popular

destination for Russian

tourists into a region

gripped by panic. A fear of

repeat flash floods means

many are staying indoors. It

will be some time before life

here gets back to normal.

Sydney police are calling for

witnesses to come forward

after a man died from a stab

wound that he sustained in a

brawl. Police and paramedics

were called to Argyle Street in Parramatta around 2

o'clock this morning. A

young 22-year-old man,

Patrick Crowe, became

involved in an incident with

between four and five males. During that incident, it

would appear at this stage,

on the information available

to the police, that Mr Crowe

received a single knife wound

to his left hand side. He

was conveyed to the Westmead

Hospital where he underwent

surgery and, unfortunately,

shortly before 7 a.m. this

morning, Mr Crowe died. And

I tal yan father at the

centre of a controversial

custody battle has spoken

publically for the first

time. His four daughters

went into hiding in May after being ordered to leave their mother and return to Italy

with him. The man told

Fairfax that he has risked

everything for his girls and

is worried that his ex-wife

will run away with them. He

says that he feels abandoned

by the Federal Government for

not supporting him against

his ex-wife's defamatory allegations. New South Wales

Police will be forced to

undergo drug tests which

deliver immediate results

under tough new reforms. The

proposed changes come with

reports of a high profile

officer who was charged with interfering with a drug test.

Sergeant Bass apparently has

been suspended after testing

positive for amphetamines and

also the drug ice. He has

been accused of trying to

swap his sample with another

person. The system will also

allow for more officers to be

tested more often. Rescuers

are continuing the search for

a helicopter feared to have

crashed in Papua New Guinea

with two Australians and a

New Zealander on board. The

men sent out a may day call

five minutes after they took

off from the drill rig on Friday after near Mount

Hagen. Rescuers have been unable to fine the wreckage

of the chopper. It is

believed that it was flying

with reduced visibility in

low cloud. Libyans have been

spending the day taking part

in the country's first free elections in more than 50

years but the vote for a 200 seat Parliament has been

marred by sporadic violence,

particularly in the country's

east. For most, this was a

day to celebrate. And they

waved their fingers, covered

in voting ink, like a badge

of honour. 80-year-old was

at the top of the cue at his polling station waiting

before it even opened for the

chance to vote. For him,

this is all about the next

generation's future, the

building block for a

stronger, better Libya. I

hope that Libya will be, in

the future, a good country.

We have the power here. They

have waited decades for this

moment. This, after all, is

what the fighting was meant

to be all about.

TRANSLATION: I'm really,

really happy with this. I

feel lime yike a proper

citizen now. I have got

freedom, democracy, my son

was put in prison in 2006

because he wrote something on Facebook that this country

needs to develop and become

better. But a few miles

away, they were burning

ballot papers, setting fire

to votes stolen from a

polling station. Not

everyone is happy at the way

free Libya is being shaped.

Those who voted are treated

as traitors by this group who

want Benghazi and eastern

Libya to be semi autonomous.

The black flag is the one

they want to fly. It

represents their region,

Baca, in Arabic. They want

those wrongs put right in the

new Libya. They want these

elections to happen because

they haven't given the right

number of seats and that is

why we are here. Station

one, station two, station

three. And this is how they

are trying to stop the vote.

He says an armed gang broke

in, smashed up all the

election material an

vandalised the station. The

gang took all but one ballot

box, steeling nearly 400

votes and closing down the

station. Preventing hundreds

more, including Hussein, from

voting. It is not a good

idea. Again, it is the human

being, it is our thinking as

a human being. As word

quickly got round, the residents nearby in favour of

the vote came out with their weapons. TRANSLATION: They

are here with their weapons

but we are here to defend

Benghazi and make sure that

the votes go ahead. We want

to free Libya and to make

sure that everyone in

Benghazi can vote. In the

past, they were fighting a

common enemy, Gaddafi. Now,

there are tribal allegiances, gang loyalties and warfare with a phenomenal amount of

weapons in the hands of all

of these different factions.

In most cases, those polling stations closed down by

violence were simply

relocated elsewhere and voting continued. For the

vast majority of Libya, there

is a thirst for change and a

real desire to have a say in the running of their country. The number one priority for

the newly elected Congress

will be to get this hard wear

off the streets and bring

security to the country. Americans are sweltering

under a record breaking heat

wave. The high temperatures

are causing problems on the

nations roads and railways.

It was down right miserable

in sount Lewis. A new

record, are you ready for

this, 170 degrees. Police

and medical officials are

investigating the death of an

8-year-old girl whose family believes she died because of

the heat. Look at the map

tonight, already more than a

dozen new records. I'm sweating bullets and trying

to drink a lot of water.

This is kind of unbearable.

And it's not just people.

You have seen the video of

that SUV buckling on many of

the roads. Well, a train

evacuated after it derailed

because of the heat. It's

called heat kink, rail lines

expand, this week a train derailed, crashed on to a

car, killing two people. The

steel rails actually expand

when it gets over 90 degrees

and some spots it had 10 days

of those temperatures. The

rail moves physically a

couple of inches off track,

and if you are going at any

kind of speed, you are going

to jump the rail. Behind the

heat, thunderstorms, and we

saw what they did in

Minneapolis and Alabama last

night where a high school

roof was ripped off. A lot

like that storm a week ago that left people without

power for seven days.

Yesterday, she showed us her

darkened basement where she

tried to stay cool. Finally

the power is back with the

coolness of airconditioning.

From 92 degrees in here, it

went to a nice cool 72.

Votes are now being counted

in East Timors parliamentary

election with early polls

indicating that the country's

Prime Minister will most

likely claim victory. In

today's official results, the

centre left National Congress

reconstruction party had 136%

of the vote. The Fretlin

party was in second place

with the vote while the

current ruling Coalition democratic party had just

over 10% of the vote. The

final results are not

expected for several days.

The US Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton is attending

an international conference

in Tokyo aimed at raising billions of dollars in aid

for Afghanistan. The

country's long-term stability

also topped the agenda.

Secretary Clinton made an

unannounced visit to cabal

where she restored the Afghan

Government with a special

status. President Obama has officially designated

Afghanistan as a major

non-NATO alley of the United

States. A title shared by

only 15 countries, including

Japan, Israel, he gept and

Pakistan. It means

Afghanistan will easily get

loans to purchase American

made weapons an get military

training after US forces

leave in 2014. Afghanistan

needs more than weapons. It

needs money. The World Bank forecast that Afghanistan

will need at least $4 billion

a year to maintain economic stability. At the minute the

troops are gone, perhaps

there's a year, then all of a

sudden these good intentions

tend to evaporate. He has

been with the centre for

strategic and international

study, says the US and its

allies have a history of

drastically reducing aid once

military forces start to

withdraw. Funding dropped

69% after troop levels were

reduced in 2009. On its own,

the Afghan government is only

capable of generating a

fraction of its current

financial needs. Everything,

from the army and police, to

transportation and education,

requires outside help. Then

there is the issue of keeping aid money in the right hands.

Afghanistan is listed as the

fourth most corrupt country

in the world by transparency international. Afghanistan

has an agenda ahead of itself

to make key economic reforms,

to fight corruption, to

strengthen the rule of law.

This is news now here on Sky News. The top stories are

just ahead and we will get

the latest sport with meg an

as well as Cadel Evans climbs

into second place on the Tour

de France. And the Suns lead

the cats at the halfway mark

of their AFL clash on the Gold Coast.

The top stories: Sarah

Hanson-Young says that calls

by a Labor power broker Sam

Dastyari to distance his party from the Greens would

hand control of the Senate to

the Coalition. Severe flash

flooding in southern Russia

has killed at least 140 people and affected nearly

13,000 in what officials are calling the area's worse

natural disaster in decades.

Unrest is threatening voters

in Libya with one man dead

after a polling station

attack. It's the country's

first free election in

decades. The forecast: all

the sport now with meg an and

Manly on fire in the NRL.

They have got their or begin

stars back and they have destroyed Parramatta in this

afternoon's clash. Earlier

today, the Bunnies took a big

step towards finals footy

with a 20 point win over

Newcastle while David Williams scored four first

half tries as the Sea Eagles

powered to a 16 point win. A

packed crowd, the Eels needed

to do their fighting with

their fists because on the

score sheet, it was a one-way

contest. Stewart with a hand

again as David Williams

celebrated his return in

style. Dave Taylor copped a

knock to his hand in warm-up

that took his place to set up

south's opening try. The

Knights defence found lacking

again as the Rabbitohs

grounded their second try in

several minutes. A diving

Uate got the Knights on the

board with you with four

first half tries, Souths had

a 12-point buffer at the

break. Everything was

falling the Bunnies way as

they built an unbeatable lead

in the second half. The only

highlight for the Knights, a

hat-trick to Uate. AFL and

Hawthorn has fallen just

three points short of

notching their greatest ever

winning margin. Elsewhere an

upset is looming at met con

Stadium with the Suns taking

it to Geelong. But it was

all about Hawthorn at the MCG

as their 162 point win

spoiled a special day for the

giants coach. A milestone

match for Kevin Sheedy, his

900th game as player or

coach, but he wasn't the only one putting his name in the

record books. 499 goals to

his name. 500 great goals

for Buddy Franklin. Let's

hope there is 500 more to

come. It seemed Hawthorn

cared little for Kevin

Sheedy's milestone as Buddy

made inroads to his next

milestone. The resistible

football from Hawthorn, you

couldn't afford to look away.

Although some were willing to

take that chance. This was a

clinic from the Hawkes. As

they gave themselves a handy

percentage boost. The

Brumbies are well on track

for the Super Rugby finals

after claiming a come from

behind win over the Warriors.

This morning the rebels were

beat enby the Lines. The

Blues made light work of the

force in Auckland and despite

only scoring one try, it was

enough for the Brumbies to

break a 10 year drought in

Sydney. Aiming to stay ahead

of the pack in the race for

finals footy, the early signs

were good for the Brumbies.

With nothing but pride to

play for, it was enough to

stir the Waratahs into

action. But poor discipline

allowed the Brumbies to head

into the break with some

breathing space. The Tahs

hit back after, care of

Barnes to steel the lead.

But these Brumbies were keen

to keep clear of big brother.

Home fans probably didn't

mind seeing this, but

watching the Brumbies win

would have been hard to

swallow as they all but

sealed top spot on the Australian Super Rugby

conference. The Force had

every reason to believe they

were a chance against the

Blues in Auckland and despite

keeping pace early, once the

Blues got a taste, they

really dined out. As he

celebrated a try on debut,

others were setting the bar

to catch. Try 100 in first

class rugby. The Blues home

by 23 points. Searching for

their first win on foreign

soil, the Rebels came from

24-nil down to lead the Lions

down by 5. There's a try.

The last place Lions had one

try left in them, leaving the

Melbourne-based side heart

broken. You may award the

try. 33 minutes gone, they

haven't scored since the 35th

minute in the first half.

Serena Williams has a match

by winning her fifth Wimbledon pair fingerprint

they powered to win the

doubles title after Serena

served up her 100th ace of

the tournament on on her way

to victory over Agnieszka Radwanska, after dropping the

first set, rad rapped fought

back to claim the second but

there was no stopping Serena

in the deciding third. Serena is the womenbol Don

champion once again. I

almost didn't make it a few

years ago I was in hospital

and now I'm here again and it

is so worth it, you know, I'm

so happy. Williams is now

set to move to fourth on the

world rankings after her win.

Cadel Evans Tour de France

defence is just 10 seconds

off the pace. The highly

anticipated shoot out between

Evans and Brad Wiggins stole

the spotlight on stage seven.

Evans gob ling up the climb

to the first hill top finish

of the race. This is the

move by Cadel Evans, has he

caught Wiggins, he has had to

do this himself, he is afraid

of the power of Cadel Evans

on these steep slopes. Look

at Chris Froome. He is

trying to spoil the party for

Cadel Evans. But the Aussie

was relegated to second by

winner Chris Froome. He is

the new yellow jersey holder. Formula One boss Bernie Ecklesten has warned his

friends to stay away from a

soaked David Silva at the

British Grand Prix. He was

robbed of poll with a flying

lap by Fernando Alonso. It

is his first start on poll

since the 2010 Grand Prix.

After a miserable 99 minute

delay, Fernando Alonso snuck

in five just five/100ths of a

sec quicker. Ultimately you

don't know how you are going.

It was nip and tuck with him

for the poll. Meantime,

Casey Stoner will start from

poll for tonight's German

MotoGP after mastering the

tricky conditions. That is

all the sport for now. See

you soon. Amazing new

pictures have given us the

best glimpse yet of what life

is like on Mars. These clear

pictures from NASA's panoramic camera show fresh

tracks from the rover across

the terrain and there is even

a crater blasted into the

surface from billions of

years ago. These photos were

taken while it was stationary

for four months during their

winter. Let's take a look

now at the weather. We see

cloud crossing southern WA

with a tough, that is

creating Scottered showers

and storms, patches of cloud

are being caused by moist on

shore winds an they will

trigger isolated showers.

Sky National News is coming up in just a moment with more on the top stories

of the day, including

damaging floods in Russia,

killing more than 140 people

and leave tens of thousands

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