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(generated from captions) Silver for Seebohm, but the swamer heartbroken after

failing to win gold in the 100m

backstroke. This Program is

Captioned Live. Peter Slipper's

accuser accused - police

investigating claims James

Ashby had sex with underage

boys. Denver's mass killer

formally charged over the

shootings of 12 people And in

Aleppo, life on the ground Assyrian forces try to retake

the city.

The rebels have now moved up

because the government has been

trying to push into this area.

It is a very confused

situation. Good morning. It's

Tuesday, 31st July. I'm Michael

Rowland And I'm Karina

Carvalho. The top story on ABC News Breakfast - Emily Seebohm

has missed out on a gold medal

at the London Olympics. The in the will's 100m backstroke

gold medal favourite was

actually leading in the final

stages ofs race but she

couldn't hold off a determined

American Missy Franklin. Emily

Seebohm says she was extremely

disappointed by her

performance. She gave a really

emotional poolside interview to

the host broadcaster which she

was angry about performance,

and doesn't speak well about

the pressure placed on our

Olympic athletes Well, she was

taken up with the emotion. She

went into the race as the hot

favourite and she led from the

start until the last 15m of the

race and I think she was quite overwhelmed at the end of the

race. She said she was proud to

have won a silver medal, but as

you said, she wanted to

highlight she felt she had let

her parents down. But it was

the silver medal. Contrast her

reaction to that of Christian

Sprenger. It is a silver medal

in THE most competitive

swimming event in the world I

guess that has a lot to do with

going into the race as a

favourite or not, or whether

you come from know where and

you get a silver and you're

thrilled with that. My heart

goes out to Emily Seebohm Oh,

my heart goes out to her,

too She was truly, truly gutted. And when some distance

passes she will really realise

the true performance she put in

that pool winning silver, it

was a terrific result. Also got

news that Nick D'Arcy just in

the last 10 or 15 minutes has

failed to qualify for the final

of 2900m men's butter Fly

event. He was beaten by a range

of competitors, including

American superfish Michael

Phelps, so intense disappointment for the

controversial swimmer. Nick

D'Arcy who has long trained for

that race as his signature

event at these Games As well as

that, Leisel Jones finished 5th

in the 100m breast stroke final

and that comes, of course,

about all the controversy about whether she was in fact in the

best shape to be competing at

the Olympics. She got through

to the final, finished

5th. Which is an amazing

performances. 4th time

Olympian,, that controversy was

absolutely appalling. A new

twist in the sexual harassment

case against Peter

Slipper Well, to tell us more,

Parliament House. Good morning, Melissa Clarke joins us from

Melissa, the latest allegation

involved Mr Slipper's accuser,

James Ashby, what can you tell

us about this? It seems to be

a rather extraordinary twist in

a story that has had plenty of

twists and turns so far. What

we now know is that James

Ashby, former staffer of

Speaker Peter Slipper and made

allegations of sexual

harassment against him, and a

case in was made in the Federal

Court over it and now police

are looking at James Ashby in

his mid 20s having

relationships with two boys at

the age of 15 if that were the case, would contravene

Queensland laws. One of the

individuals involved, one of

these 15-year-olds at the time

got in touch with Peter Slipper

once this came to light and

that Peter Slipper had urged

this individual to go to

police, but when that hasn't

happened, Peter Slipper himself

passed those details onto

police in June over his

concerns that there may have

law. been some contravention of the

law. Now, the case against

Peter Slipper by James Ashby

was made in April, so this

happened subsequent to, that

but it just shows that this is

becoming a very murky and very

detailed case that is clearly

got more to run than perhaps

any of us initially

thought. Melissa, has James

Ashby responded at all, and

what are police saying? Well,

what we have from a spokesman

for James Ashby is that he is

just not making any comment at

this stage. We don't have a

response from James Ashby at

the moment. We do need to keep

that in mind. We also need to keep in mind that Queensland Police are still looking at

these allegations but will also

making the point to see if

there will be a complaint from

one of the individuals that is

involved in these allegations

directly and to see if there is

anything that they can pursue

in terms of prosecution. So

clearly this is only something

that is very preliminary that

the Queensland Police are

looking at. So what we have,

like I said, is a lot of

conjecture and certainly a lot

of allegations but nonetheless

it does make this a very

complicated case indeed, and it

certainly doesn't help speed

things up, as many in Canberra

were hoping, because of course

this could have implications in

the long run for both the

Government and the Opposition. Melissa, as you

say, a lot to play out on that

story F we move on, Australia

is looking to restore full

diplomatic relations with

Fiji? This is an interesting

move that has been on the cards

for a while. What we've

recently had is the Foreign

Affairs Minister Bob Carr

havatory lateral meetings with

both Fiji and New Zealand, and

for some time New Zealand has

had an approach of more engagement with Fiji than

Australia has been prepared to

have, but what we now have is

Australian Government an official shift with the

announcing it will have a High

Commissioner in Fiji for the

first time since 2009 when

there was the constitutional

crisis that saw Commodore Frank

Bainimarama came fou wer in

Fiji. Foreign Affairs Minister

Bob Carr has given re-assureses

on the fact that an election is

schedule for 2014 and they do

want to give some kind of

reward for the progress that

has been made, although he did

say he has concerns about the

human rights situation and

media in Fiji, but there is

also likely to be some relax

yaks of some of the travel

issues as well. Melissa Clarke

in Canberra, we will leave that

there now. Now here is Michael

with the news US prosecutors

have now formally charged the

man accused of a mass shooting

in Denver. James Holmes is

facing 142 charges, including

12 of first degree murder. A

dozen people died and more than

50 were injured in one of

America's worst mass shootings.

The prosecution is yet to

decide whether it will seek the

death penalty. In another blow

to the Syrian regime, its top

diplomat in London has quit

because of the ongoing violence

in his country. Syrian forces

have stepped up their campaign

to drive rebel fighters out of

Aleppo. The United Nations is

earned and says a convoy was

attacked on under, but no-one

was hurt. Australia and New

Zealand, as we just heard, are

planning to restore full

diplomatic relations with Fiji.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says a permanent High Commissioner

will be appointed to Fiji for

the first time since the 2009

constitutional crisis. Both

countries have also agreed to

relax travel bans against Fiji officials. Julian Assange's

mother has made a plea for her

son's asylum request during a

visit to Ecuador. The WikiLeaks

founder has been taking refuge

in Ecuador's embassy in London

since last month. He is facing

extradition to Sweden to be questioned over sexual assault allegations. Indian officials

are investigating a fire on a

passenger plane that has killed at least 32 people. The train

was travelling in the south of

the country when the fire broke

out in one of the carriages. More than 20 people were taken

to hospital with burns. The

fire is believed to have been

caused by an electrical

fault. There There have been

some positive gains on the

markets overnight as the

European Central Bank and the

US Federal Reserve prepare to

meet this week:

To Queensland now where an

equestrian centre remains under

quarantine after a horse died

from Hendra virus on Friday. At

least five people had contact

with the sick animal and

authorities are now tracking

down all the horses which may

have been exposed to the deadly

disease. Lauren Day reports

from Cairns. -dra virus claimed

its latest victim on Friday and

when horses suffer, those who

care for them do, too Very

distressing. Anyone tied up

with the equine pursuits,

particularly in this

environment, they're passionate

about their animals and the

loss of a horse of this kind is

akin to the loss of a family

member. Kevin Goan's 4-year-old

gelding showed signs of the

disease on Wednesday. Within 48

hours it was dead. There are now fears for other horses

which visited the communal

grounds for a recent equestrian

event Those horses, as I

understand it, have understand it, have travelled

from Atherton Tablelands,

Charters Towers, Ingham as well

as from the local area. There

is quite a number of animals

involved and that was, as I

say, within the incubation

period of the disease in the affected hand mall. 16 animals

have been quarantined so far

and the property is likely to

remain in lockdown for at least

six weeks. While Biosecurity

Queensland says the threat of

human infection is low, local

residents and horse owners face

an anxious wait to find out

whether this is just an

isolated case. Louise Griffiths

lives on a neighbouring

property where two of the

quarantined horses are staying.

Her family dog has also been

placed in quarantine and tested

for the virus. She has been

told if it develop s

antibodies, the dog may have to

be put down We've had the dog

for 4 years, the whole length

of one of my child's life, so

they would be devastated if

anything has to happen. 8

horses have died from Hendra virus in Queensland this

year. To the front pages of

the Tuesday morning newspapers

now and rebuild the missile in

the 'Herald Sun'. James Magnussen searches for answers

after a disappointing swim in

the Australian men's relay

final. The 'Canberra Times'

reports Magnussen is trying to

regain his confident deps

before competing in the 100m

freestyle event today. The

'Mercury' says the Australian

swimming team just doesn't know

what when wrong. Well, we do.

They were beaten by faster

swimmers. On the front page of

the 'Advertiser', James

Magnussen says it's his first big disappointment in the

pool The 'Financial Review'

move as way from the Olympics

and says a top Chinese diplomat

has called for closer ties

between Canberra and

Beijing. Australia and fi ri

restore ties - 'The Age' says

the pariah state has been

rewarded for making democratic reforms The 'Daily Telegraph'

says former Labor leader and

ambassador to the US Kim Beazley has told American

political figures the ALP could

be left with just 30 seats

after the next election. The The 'West

Australian' reports a 14-year-old school student was

bashed, burnt and forced into a makeshift grave in a terrifying

attack 'The Australian' says

aspiring teachers could be

forced to study maths and

science under proposed reforms

in New South Wales. The 'Courier-Mail' reports of the cost of Queensland Government's

free public transport policy

has blown out and could cost

three times more than

originally forecast. And in the 'Northern Territory News' a man

is recovering in hospital after

suffering burns to his buttocks

from a firecracker. Can you

read that headline, Karina? No,

I just can't. What's he doing

on the front page there? That's

a before shot. A man with a

snake That's a snake. We'll

have more on that after 7

o'clock. It is a very

interesting story, trust us,

from Darwin. Now just going

back to how we started the

program. Seebohm become had the terrific achievement of winning

a silver medal, a silver moik

medal in the 100m backstroke

final. She was pipped at the

post by American Missy Franklin

and there you see her launching

off, but poolside afterwards,

she was extremely emotional and

upset and worried she had disappointed her parents

because she didn't win gold. I

for one speaks volumes about

the immense and distorted pressure placed on our

athletes. I don't know if it is

a distorted pressure. I think

the Olympics, it comes around

every 4 years, it's what these

athletes train and live for up

until this point, and she would

have felt immense pressure

going into that race, as the

favourite, qualifying the

fastest, and she led from the

start until the last 15m and

then the American got on top of

her. I think it's her. I think it's really difficult in those moments

after an experience like that

to then have a camera and a

microphone be put in your face.

You would react. I've done it D

- they've done it hundreds - they've done it hundreds of times before I don't know.

Under Olympic pressure, it is a

dirn prospect and I understand

working in the media the need

to have those interviews, but I

think you react in those circumstances differently than

you would if you, say, had 5 or

10 minutes to get your

composure and gather your thoughts. As you said,

different reactions from the

likes of Christian Sprenger who

also won silver and just simply

couldn't believe his luck.

Repeating, a silver Olympic

medal. These things come around

once every 4 years. Do you

think there is too much

pressure placed on our Olympic

athletes particularly given the

4 by 100m relay team basically

have all had targets planted on

their backs Well, a really interesting question that

opened 'Q&A' last night as well

whether in fact all this

negativity from the media

following that 100m relay

result from the men, whether in

fact we as the public and as

the media are pushing too much

pressure on these guys and what

our reaction should have been

which is that they were four swimmers who got beaten

by... Got beaten and came in

4th place. Again a very, very

good achievement, all things

considered. Over to you, do you

think too much pressure placed

on our athletes. You can contact us:

Now, we are going to be

speaking to Amanda Shalala in

London very shortly for all London very shortly for all the

latest on the Olympics. A lot

going on as well. Disappointing performance in the eventing -

the horse event by the

Australians. The Opals went

down as well. So we'll get more

on that from Amanda very

shortly. Taking a quick look at the weather now:

The top stories on ABC News

Breakfast this morning, Emily

Seebohm has indeed won a silver

medal in the 100m backstroke at

the London Olympics. She had

been the favourite to win gold,

but was beaten by the American

Missy Franklin The man who has

accused Peter Slipper of sexual

harassment has been accused of

having a sexual relationship

with underage boys. Police are investigating claims James

Ashby was involved with two

15-year-old boys when he was in his mid-20s. Prosecutors have

formally charged the man

accused of shooting 12 people

dead in a cinema in Denver.

James Holmes is facing 142

charges . Prosecutors are yet

to decide whether they will

seek the death penalty. Let's stick with sport. Lisa

Maksimovic joins us now. Lots

to talk about overnight from the Olympic Olympics Absolutely. Another

mixed day in the pool for the

Australians. Straight to London

now where our reporter Amanda

Shalala joins us from Olympic

Park. Amanda, good morning,

we've claimed another medal in

the pool? Yes, just the won

medal tonight, Lisa and it was

silver to Emily Seebohm in the

100m backstroke. She went into

this final as the fastest

qualifier, has the Olympic

record. She just couldn't quite

pull it together, finished second behind Missy Franklin.

The Americans are doing

incredibly well in the pool so

far at the Olympic Games. Emily

was very disappointed with that

race afterwards. She burst into

tears. Cow tell the pressure of

the whole situation really,

really got to her. An Olympic

silver medal is nothing to be

sneezed at but certainly she

was hoping for gold. And which

Aussies have missed out on a

medal place today? Leisel Jones

was competing in the 100m brake

stroke. She finished fifth in

that event. It was one by a

15-year-old Lithuanian, so

quite a story to see the

youngsters doing well and

Hayden stoke cell has finished

7th in the men's 100m brake

stroke which was won by

American Matt grieve verse and

the 200m free siel p dead heat for second and Thomas

Fraser-Holmes, an Australian,

he finished 7th also, so

probably not the best night for

the Australians in the pool

with just that silver to Emily

Seebohm. A bit of a shock with

Lochte missing out on a medal

in that race? Ryan Lochte has

come into this Games as the man

poised to take over from

Michael Phelps as the king of

the pool and he came 4th in

that event. There was a dead

heat with two men getting

second place N that instance,

no-one gets bronze. Lochte was

4th, so he didn't get the gold

that he so desireded in 2900

free. He still has a two more

events in the men's program.

2900 men's semifinals have been

raced tonight. Nick D'Arcy has

missed out on a place in the

time. Michael Phelps has

qualified 4th fastest for

that. One of the Chinese

swimmers, Ye Shiwen has

performed extraordinarily well during this competition, but

there has been a suggestion of

doping. Where has that come from? This is quite extraordinary. There were

questions raised after she won

the women's 400m individual medley in a world record time.

Only 16 years old. She had a

huge improvement on her time.

The last 50m freestyle of that

swim was even fastest than Lochte during the men's event,

so John Lennon described it as

unbelievable and disturbing and

some commentators have

questioned the legitmacy of her

swim and whether or not she is doping. Arne Ljungqvuist from

the IOC says it's very hard to police doping before the Games

begin.? We have a testing

program, as you know, that

covers only, I would say, the

period from the opening of the

village until the end of the

Games, and any doping program

would probably so be put in

place long before then. So our

mandate is pretty limited and

is therefore very much a matter

of the Olympics Federation and

the Olympic Committee to make

sure the athletes are clean

when they come here. Back to

the Aussies now and the Opals

went down to the 8th ranked

French team overnight, but it

was a thrilling game, wasn't

it? The Australian women's

basketball team has come here

looking for gold. The Opals

always seem to go down to the

USA in those thrilling gold

medal matches and this is not

going to be too good for their

hopes, Lisa. They went down by

4 points in overtime to France.

It didn't look like it would go

to overtime, but snel sank a

crucial baskets to get the

Australians into OT. It went

down to the wire but the

Australians couldn't quite get

there. Went down by 4 points.

They need to get back quickly

if they are to be in a good position heading into those

final stages. That goal to me

Linda snel was amazing, though.

I think that's the best I've

seen. What about the

Kookaburras, they've had a

great start. They would be

stoked with that result against

South Africa on Day 2 Plenty of

pressure riding on the cook

Durr ras. They are the world

No. 1. Everyone is expecting

them to add to the gold they

won in Athens in 2004. They had

a thumping 6-0 win over South

Africa. Jamie Dwyer, five-time

World Player of the Year, the

leading gold score other of all

time, so he will be looking to

break that record and hold it

all on his own. He is one of

the all-time greats for

Australia and hopefully the

cook kas can keep on cruising

their way through. Our women's

water polo team are another

that have a grit chance at a

gold medal this year and what

the result there? Smptel the

Stringers played Italy and had

a 10-8 win. The sting Gers were

happy to come through

relatively unscathed and

shaping up to get better and

better as it tournament goes on

and hopefully won to the gold

medal that they won in the

Sydney Games and go a couple

better than the bronze they got

in Beijing 4 years ago. And

finally in the tennis, Lleyton

Hewitt has had a win. How far

do you think he can go? He is

the last Australian left in the

singles draw . He beat the

Ukrainian in three seats. Lleyton Hewitt is a fighter. He

is a battler. He may have been

around for a very long time. He

may not have been at his best

for a while due to injuries,

but the man knows how to fight.

So I believe that he can go

pretty far in this tournament.

Whether he can win the wol

thing t will be pretty tough.

The likes of Roger Federer who

are doing pretty well at the

moment, but never discount

Lleyton Hewitt. He always seems

to pop up and prove people

wrong. Let's hope he can,

Amanda. Thank you. Come back to

you later. Let's update you on

the medal tally: And talking about sport performance, we'll be speaking

to an expert on that very topic

and he will talk us through in

the next hour, exactly the kind

of pressure that are under Wayne Goldsmith has of pressure that these athletes

lots to say and also he might

offer some wise words for Emily

Seebohm who is obviously in

consolable about not doing as

she felt as best she could, but

in the end, did really well in

the eyes of so many

people. They're very mentally

tough and a lot of preparation

going into meets like the

Olympics is that psychological

training, so hopefully she has

enough in the tank to put it

behind her and get on with the

rest of her races. Thank you,

Lisa. Brook Breck can be

watched live on the web. ABC

News Breakfast can be watched

live on the web. Just go to and you will

find the link To finance and

money laundering claims against

HSBC don't seem to have hurt

the bank's bottom line. Its

pre-tax profit was up 11% to

more than 12.5 billion

dollars. Earlier this month, a

US Senate report found HSBC had

failed to stop money laundering

by drug cartels and rogue

nations. The bank has set aside

$2 billion dollars to cover

money laundering claims and

fines. Paul krug man from

Princeton University says

Australia's wealthy resources

sector has kept the economy

strong, but he thinks our

housing sector and personal

debt levels are a concern. A

bad enough disaster can catch

anybody. A bad enough global

disaster can send commodity

markets plunging and China is certainly weakening right now,

so that's an issue. I have to

say it's looking like we're

increasingly a

resource-constrained world. We

do good for countries like

Australia which has resources

to export. But there is no

security. There is no safety in

life. Vu to have smart economic

policies to ride through

crises, whatever it is that you

produce and I worry a little

bit about Australia - you worry

a little bit about housing, you

worry a little bit about

consumer debt. There is some

sense - I tend to put Canada in

the same box, that Australia

and Canada may be - the fact

that they didn't experience the

same crisis as the US and

Europe in 2008 doesn't mean

that they might not have a

delayed version of some of the

same problems in the year as

head. Economist Paul Krugman

speaking on '7:30' last night.

To the markets:

Paul Higgins with the

weather now. Good morning. A

frosty morning across much of

eastern Australia under clear

skies here but in the

south-west, some rain at south-west, some rain at last

today as this cold front

finally arrives of the weather

across the nation is being

driven by this high pushing cool southerly wind noose the

east Triggering a few coastal

showers. In Queensland today: You're watching ABC News Breakfast and a very good

morning to you. Still to come, Phil Kafcaloudes joins us to

look at the day's newspapers.

We'll take you live to London

for a media conference with the

Australian swimming team, and

just how do our athletes come

back from a loss? We'll find

out when we speak to sports performance manager Wayne

Goldsmith. Is he coming up,

too, but first the news with

Karina Leading the new this morning, Emily Seebohm has

missed out on a gold medal in

the women's 100m backstroke at

the London Olympics. The gold

medal favourite was leading in

the final stage of the race but

couldn't hold of a challenge by

American Missy Franklin. The

man who has accused the Speaker

Peter Slipper of sexual

harassment is facing allegation

es he had sex with underage

boys. Queensland Police are

investigating clams James Ashby

had sexual relationships with

two 15-year-olds when he was in

his mid-20s. US prosecutors

have now formally charged a man

accused of a mass shooting at a

cinema in Denver. James Holmes

is facing 142 charges,

including 12 of first degree

murder. The prosecution is yet to

to decide whether it will seek

the death penalty. Australia

and New Zealand are planning to

restore full diplomatic

relations with Fiji. Bob Carr

says a High Commissioner will

be appointed to Fiji for the

first time since the 2009

constitutional crisis. Both

countries have agreed to relax

travel bans on officials.

Julian Assange's mother has

made a plea for son during a

trip to Ecuador. The WikiLeaks

founder has been taking refuge

in Ecuador's embassy in London

since last month. He is facing

extradition to Sweden to face

sexual assault

allegations. James Ashby has

accused the Speaker of sexual

harassment, but now an

accusation that he has had

sexual relations with underage boys. Queensland Police are investigating the claims,

p. Political correspondent Tom Iggulden reports. The Federal

Court battle over whether Peter

Slipper sexually abused his

then employee James Ashby was

already politically charged.

Now revelations raise the

stakes still higher with James Ashby's sexual behaviour under

the microscope. A man is

alleging that in 2003 when he

was 15 he had a relationship

with Mr Ashby then in his

mid-20s. The revelation came in

a letter the man wrote to Mr Slipper earlier this year after

Mr Ashby filed his Federal

Court complaint. It claims Mr

Ashby broke the Ashby broke the relationship

off after a few weeks. The guy

James broke it off for was also

15 at the time they had the

relationship, the letter says.

Mr Ashby gave another reason. "

Your mum freaked me out when

she walked in on you and me in

bed. That did my head in for

some strange reason." The

alleged FaceBook contact was an

apparent attempt to ease Mr

Ashby's guilt at breaking the

relationship off. " I have no

idea why your acceptance of

this half-arsed explanation is

needed but maybe it will give

me some closure for something

that has been a long-running

issue for me." Sex with a

15-year-old is punishable by up

to 14 years jail in Queensland.

Mr Slipper passed the letter

onto the police in June. They

raise issues of possible

criminal conduct. " In these

sirgs I cannot ignore the

allegations." Queensland

Police are yet to determine

in the matter. Though whether charges will be brought

investigations are continuing.

Mr Ashby is not commenting

about the claims. Mr Ash. Mr

Slipper - how much his

counterclaims hurt Mr Ashby's

reputation can only be guessed

at. What's certain is they will

do nothing to raise the top of

political discourse here in

Canberra. Revelations on the

'7:30' program come just 24

hours after the Liberal

National Party anoipted former

Howard minister Mal Brough to

run against Mr Slipper in his

Queensland seat of Fisher at

the next election. Mr Slipper

is claiming Mr Brough is part

of a political conspiracy

against him based on four

meetings Mr Brough had with Mr

Ashby before Mr Ashby filed his

Federal Court claims Why

wouldn't you meet with someone

who had been a party member

just because they were a

staffer of Peter Slipper's? But

somehow that turns into a

conspiracy led by, as I said,

the muckrakers of the Labor

Party. Let's get beyond this

and let the courts deal with T The Opposition Leader was

facing questions over Mr Brough

test contact with Mr Ashby Mr

Mr Brough's dealings with Mr

Ashby hurt his chances in the

seat of Fisher.

I think we have an excellent

candidate in the seat of Fisher

and Mal has been entirely

upfront about that. Mr Abbott

noted politics has played tough

already here in Queensland The

ruthlessness and viciousness we saw directed against Campbell

Newman was just a warm-up for

what we're going to see in the

federal election. When

contacted, Mr Brough denieded

knowledge of the claims being

made against Mr Ashby. Tom

Iggulden reports. Let's head

overseas and the man accused of

a mass shooting at a cinema in

Denver has been formally

charged by US prosecutors James

Holmes is facing two counts of

murder for each of the 12

victims. Jane Cowan joints us

from Washington. Good morning.

Take us through these charges?

Hi, Michael. There are these

142 charges, including, as you

say, 24 koushts of first degree

murder, two for each person

killed. What's happened here is

that James Holmes has been

charged once for premeditation

which is something the police

have been emphasising there is

evidence of all along and then

again for showing this what's called extreme indifference to

human life and legally that

means the shooter is accused of

acting with such moral

bankruptcy and acting in such

an inhumane manner that his

actions caused the death. There

are also these 116 counts of

attempted murder, two for each

of the 58 people who have been

injured and then this one

further charge of explosives

for his booby trapped

apartment. Last week James

Holmes had a fairly strange

demeanour when' peered in

court. How did he look

today? Michael , this time the

judge banned cameras from the

courtroom, so the general

public hasn't been able to see

anything this time, but those who were there say that he was

much the same, that he had the

same dyed red hair rs the same

dazed and confused look, and he

only looked once at the judge

during the proceedings and that was when the judge mentioned

the prospect of the death

penalty which of course is the

maximum penalty if he is found

guilty of even one charge of

murder. There were lots of

family members of the victims

here to see this today,

including the great-aunt of the

6-year-old girl who was killed

in the cinema. She spoke of

wanting to get a look at the

type of person who could do

something like this, and the

little girl's mother, incidentally was also shot multiple times in the shooting

and is now paralysed because of

that, and she has also since

the attack miscarried another baby. Now what happens next

with the case, Jane? It's still

a very, very long road,

obviously, Michael, but the

main issue at the centre of the

investigation at the moment

does appear to be this notebook

that James Holmes allegedly

sent to a psychiatrist at his

university and it contained

apparently stick figure

diagrams outlining his plans

for this massacre. His lawyers

want it thrown out of evidence,

saying it violates doctor-patient privilege, but

it looks as though it may come

into play anyway if his defence

team tries to launch an insanity defence which would

open up that whole area of

evidence and give prosecutors a

right to look at that notebook,

but there is likely to be some

kind of ruling from the judge

on the add missability of that

notebook in the coming

weeks. Jane Cowan in

Washington, thank you. Now to a special report from inside

Syria from the BBC. The Assad

regime is stepping up its

attacks on rebel-held areas

after LNP Po. The army has

called in artillery. Gun forces

and helicopter gunships. The

United Nations convoy was

caught up in the fieging and

was shot at. This report from

the BBC. The battle for Aleppo

is raging. And parts of this

vast ancient city are now at

war. Which means the ranks of

the dead and the wounded are

growing. 8-year-old Mohammed is

peppered with shrapnel wounds

from a government shell. Those

who can get out of the city

are, desperate to escape the shelling that doesn't discriminate between soldier

and civilian. But notice how

many of them are women and

children. The men have stayed to fight. For those left

behind, daily life is a tale of

survival. The bakery has just

opened for the first time in

days. It's now the only place

to get food here. The fighters

try to control the crowd that's

hungry and desperate. Shortages

make life hard. Bombs and

bullets make it unbearable. In

Aleppo, it's the weakest that

suffer the most. And yet this

battle has only just begun. The

rebels get ready. They've had

news gft soldiers are heading

this way and the fighters move

along empty streets to defend

the area. GUNFIRE. This war

pitches the government against

an armed rebellion. Syrian

against Syrian. (Yelling) And

neither side can afford to lose

this vital city. Ampled with

just light weapons, the rebels

face daunting odds as they race

to support a unit that's

trapped. The army is trying to

take back these districts, but

the resistance is stiff. Well,

the rebels are now advancing.

They believe the government

forces are moving towards this


Ducking behind a wall for

cover, a fighter shouts to

move. (Yelling) Pointing to

snipers behind us. OK. Well,

the rebels have now moved up

because the government has been

trying to push into this area.

It is a very confused

situation. We know there are

snipers all around here and

because it is an urban area,

the sounds ring out and we

can't tell from which direction they're actually coming from.

As you can see, the rebels are

incredibly tense. (Yelling) One

of the commanders has been

shot. Is he laying in the

gutter, bleeding to death. A

truck breaks sniper fire to try

to get him out. But the group

is attacked and they have to

pull back. Guns blazing rg they

lay down cover ing fire, but by

the time the man was hauled up,

it was too late. Three

commanders from the same base

died that day. We pulled back

as more fighters came to help.

For a while they were pinned

down. Then en masse they shot

their way out. It's impossible

to predict who will win this

war, but it will shape the

destiny of Syria and this

region and it will leave countless more bleeding and

dying. A truly gripping piece

from the BBC's Ian Pannell

reporting from deep inside

Aleppo where the fight

something continuing, and still

lots of international fallout

from that. Overnight, we got

the news that Syria's envoy to

the United Kingdom has quit in

protest to the violence his

regime is inflicting on the people

people of Aleppo You're watching ABC News Breakfast.

These are the top stories:

Emily Seebohm has won a silver

medal in the 100m backstroke at

the London Olympics. She had

been the favourite to win gold

but was beaten by American

Missy Franklin. The man

accusing Peter Slipper of

sexual harassment has been

accused of having sex with

underage boys when he was in

his mid-20s Prosecutors have

formally charged the man

accused of shooting 12 people

dead in a cinema in Sen ver.

James Holmes is facing a total

of 142 charges. Prosecutors are

yet to decide whether they will

seek the death penalty. For a look at the national newspapers

this morning we're joined by

Phil Kafcaloudes from Radio

Australia. Good morning. Thanks

for being here.

Good morning. My pleasure We

will start with the coverage of

the men's 100m relay final? I thought it was very strange

yesterday because even on our

own website, the ABC website it

had a headline straightaway

saying, "Aussies bomb." I saw

that and I cringed. It was

appalling because they didn't

bomb. It wasn't just the ABC.

We will get onto this. It has

been a theme of all the media coverage.

It was interesting because I

was expecting to see a lot of

really bad headlines about

James Magnussen and co-. The

'Canberra Times' starts with

London missile crisis. They're

having a play at the missile thing there and it seems to

follow through. To the

'Advertiser' on the front page.

It says "reload the missile

mission." Again. Again 'The

Australian' front page says,

"Search for solutions to "Search for solutions to mend

the Missile." Now we're starting to get like this guy

is broken, there is something

terribly wrong with what he

did. He was one second slower

than he had been, but overall,

looking at the times, they

actually swam, the 4 by 100

men's, they swam 1 second

faster than they did in the

semi. They weren't slow. It's

just that the other teams were

suddenly 3 seconds faster, came

from nowhere to do it. Such unpredictable finals. As we've

seen from this morning, you

don't know who will win, but

whoever gets a medal, swims, it's extraordinary

circumstances You've got to remember. Walking through the

village with Dawn Fraser and

Laurie Laurence comes running

up to us and says, "We got a

medal." This was after a real drought for Australia at a

couple of Olympics. It was such

an exciting time. Now because

we've done so well, 17 gold

medals at Athens and then 16, I

think last time or whatever,

but we - really, are we spoilt?

Are we expecting that these guy

also keep trotting out the

medals? I think it is a bit

sad, actually. To the 'Mercury'

front page, this is a little

bit more sensitive towards

James Magnussen and the

headline says, "The loneliest

man from Oz ." A bit more

sensitive, probably after that

post-race interview where he

just didn't know what to

say. He said he had no answers.

He looked to me like a

Richmond fan after full-time in

the last four matches. What do

you do? What can you do? He is

lost. He said he had a game

plan and the game plan didn't

work. Well, give it a shot. As

simple as that You can see from

a lot of the coverage, we're

speaking to a lot of sports psychologists who are talking

about how he needs to rebuild

mentally. Nicole Livingstone in

the News Limited papers is

talking about how much of it is

mental and how much his coach

would be helping him try to get

his focus back on track because

physically it should all be there. Yes, that's right. This

was the subject of discussion

on 'Q&A' last night because

Wallabies captain David Pocock

has compared his own

experiences on the rugby field

to the challenges our athletes

must overcome when they don't

perform to their best. Here is

what he had had to say With it

being on TV, people get to

watch and a lot of armchair

critics and everyone has their

own opinion and as a sports

person you've got to, I guess,

one, try not to listen to

people who you don't value

their opinion and find support

from people who you trust and,

yeah, it's a big part of it, is dealing with expectation and

when you fall short, actually

picking yourself up, learning

from it and moving

forward. Sage advice from our

Olympic athletes there Yes, and

people's whose opinion you

don't value. Really important,

something that James Magnussen

which will hopefully be in his head. Let's move onto

Fiji? Fiji, the ties are back,

or at least some ties. After

the coup in '06, some years on,

we had the situation where

diplomat tick ties were broken,

especially with the government. What's happened here is that

Bob Carr has announced there

will be some ties coming back,

we will have some diplomatic

reputation in Fiji. New Zealand

same thing, a three-way meeting that happened in Sydney

yesterday, so they've decided

to do that. At the moment there

is a ban on members of the

government of Fiji coming to

Australia. Now there has been

an easing of the ban, not the

military members, so Frank

Bainimarama might not be able

to come, but the civilian

members of the government will

be able to travel to Australia.

What's behind it? Well, a

number of things. Well, Fiji

for one has recognised that

it's silly not to have

relations with one of its

biggest trading partners in the

region Well, it hasn't really

been Fiji's choice. Part of the

problem here, according to the

Americans s that Fiji may be

looking to China, and so

Australia may be wanting to

circumvent that. We'll have to

ask Bob Carr about that, but

there are other issues, too,

that Fiji is struggling with

tourism, desperately, so they

don't want to lose that. Which

is why they're offering some

concessions. They've wound back

on that ban of more than three

people meeting in one spot and

the like. So pleased Bob Carr

enough to loosen his

restrictions somewhat Three

journalists in a room, that's

it, illegal. Three people

walking along a road together,

illegal. That has been loosened

and rightly so because it's mo

just not if the Fiji way. Three

people meeting together? 20

people meeting together, that's

how you do. It We would be

illegal in Fiji We would

be. Locked up first,

though Thanks very much. Of

course, Fiji is still suspended

from the Pacific Island Forum

and that may not be resolved

until after the next election.

Time for one more story. Let's

take a look at the Col Le sum

and the problems there Have you

been there? It's the biggest

thing in your life. It has a

case of the leaning tower of

Pisas. It is 38cm lower than

the northside. Nearly half a

metre lower. But what do you

do? I didn't real lies this,

it's on a con street slab.

Build 2,000 years ago, that is

13m deep but they think it's got stress fact trurs. What do

you do? You can't put a

car-jack under the thing. It

was caused by dynamic

vibrations From the cars going around it and around

it. Chasing Christians Very

nice. Phil Kafcaloudes, thank

you Thank you. Emily Seebohm

doing very well indeed to win a silver medal, Lisa

Maksimovic? She is. Our next

medal in the pool and bringing

our tally up now. Emily Seebohm

had mixed emotions when she

accepted her silver in the 100m

backstroke. Seebohm went into

the final as the outright

favourite after breaking an

Olympic record in her heat and

then blitzing the field in the

semis. She shot off the block

to take the lead in the time,

but was overtaken by 17-year-old 17-year-old American Missy

Franklin. A tearful Seebohm

said after her swim that she

felt like she disappointed her

parents and coach. It has not

been a good day for Australia's

equestrians with two riders,

Sam Griffiths and Clayton

Fredericks falling on the

cross-country course. They have

now been disqualified. Lisa

Millar was there to talk to the team members. Australia's

equestrian team came into these

Games at Greenwich with high

hopes. They had a couple of

late replacements to the team,

but after the first couple of

days of competition, they were

looking good, hoping they would medal, talking about a possible

gold medal. But today's events,

two falls automatic dis qualification and makes any

pros peck of a medal very

slim Of course we're very down

in the dumps. We are a very

strong nition in eventing and

we thought we would be

confident of doing well and the

dynamics of jumping horses over

thick fences around slippery

grass, riding horses around at

that speed, unforeseen things

happen. They said this course

was tough, but was it tougher

than what people expected? Yes,

I think we all thought it was a

fair question, but because the

hills here at Greenwich are so

steep and then the tight

location meant the turns were

very sharp is, I think, what

made it so much tougher. You

finished yesterday in the

silver position and today it

would appear you're completely

out of medal contention as a

team. Is that the situation? Not necessarily.

It's three-day vaernting.

Things happen. We've got to

trot up in the morning. We've

got to prove to everyone that

our competing horses are fit

and sound, and therefore the

rest of the nations do as well,

so a lot can change in this

sport, but certainly we've got

a long way to go. Brett, what

do you say to the team after a

day like today ? Well, there is

not a lot you can say, about

you they still did a great job.

The two that fell were riding

very well. They department make

a mistake at the fences. They

slipped. It was clearly a case

of the horse slipping and not

much of the riders can do about

that. It wasn't bad riding. As

I said, this he were riding

very well, up until that stage,

but these things happen and so

that's all you can do. The way

the day panned out, it all came

down to Clayton and he looked

shattered when, once the horse

got up and he got up. He must

be feeling it pretty

badly? Yes, of course. Clayton

was out there. As I said, he

was riding very well. He said

that himself, he was riding very well and it just came out

of the blue, so these guys go

out there expecting to win, so

they are going to be very

disappointed when it doesn't go

for them. Back home, in AFL, former Melbourne player Brock

McLean has re-Ig nieded the

tanking debate after revealing

the Demons deliberately lost

games in 2008. McLean was

drafted to Carlton the

following year and told Fox

footy last night was that one

of the reasons he left

Melbourne was because of their

strategy to pick up better

draft picks. Circumstances that

happened in the second half of

the year real never really sat

well with me.

Are you talking tanking

here? They call it

experimenting or whatever it

was. It just went against

everything I was taught as a

kid, as a footballer, as a

person. So you're saying you

got the feeling as a player

that winning wasn't a priority

and I don't know how you say it

whatever, because there is a

lot of discussion about it, is

that what you're saying, as a

play within that football department and that football

team as a player you felt, "I'm

not sure we're trying 100 fers

here." ? Definitely and you

don't have to be blind Freddie

to figure that one out. Tanking

rear s its ugly head

again. Experiment ing to

others. Experimental

losing After a layer comes out

and say it is outright, wow

want to see an honest reaction

today Thanks for that, Lisa.

See you soon. To find out

whether your city will win,

gold, silver or bronze in the

weather stakes, here is Paul

Higgins. Thank you, Michael.

Depends on where you are. In

Queensland today:

Well, coming up in the next

hour, we've going to be

speaking to the Communications

Minister Stephen Conroy. He is

headed to Darwin today to check

on the progress of the NBN

rollout. The other big NBN news

that comes out this week is

that the government will release its operating plans for

the NBN. They're expected to

show a budget blowout and time

delays, so we will be speaking

to the minister about that as

well And also Wayne Goldsmith

about the pressure, perhaps too

much pressure being placed on

our athletes. We'll leave you

with images from the Olympic

Games, Emily Seebohm winning

silver in the 100m backstroke.

This program is not subtitled

Silver for Seebohm, but the swimmer heartbroken after

failing to win gold in the 100m

backstroke. This Program is

Captioned Live. Peter Slipper's

accuser accused. Police

investigating claims James

Ashby had sex with underage

boys. Dep ver's mass killer

formally charged over the

shooting murders of 12

people. And a top Syrian

diplomat defects as government

forces continue their assault

on rebels in Aleppo. Good morning and welcome to ABC News

Breakfast. It's Tuesday, 31st

July. I'm Michael Rowland. It's

great to have your company this

morning. Coming up, improving

communications in the Top End.

We'll be speaking to communications Minister Stephen

Conroy who will be inspecting

the NBN rollout in Darwin later today. And just what happened

to the keys to Wembley Stadium? They're lost. We

changed the locks. No-one is

looking for them anymore.

They shouldn't lose keys, something as important as this. Yes, officials are left

red-faced after misplacing the

keys to the Olympic soccer

venue. We'll pick at that story

a little later in the program.

First here is the news with

Karina Good morning. Emily

Seebohm has been reduced to

tears after missing out on gold

in the women's 100m backstroke

at the London Olympics. The

gold medal favourite was

leading in the final stage of

the race but couldn't hold off

a challenge by American Missy

Franklin. An emotional Emily

Seebohm won the silver but says

she was disappointed with her

performance. There has been a

new twist in the sexual

harassment case against Peter

Slipper. His accuser James

Ashby is facing allegations he

a sexual relationship with two

15-year-old boys when he was in

his mid-20s. The siergt program

has been told one of the boys

contacted Mr Slipper.

Queensland Police are now

investigating the claims. US

prosecutors have now formally

charged a man accused of mass

shooting at a cinema in Denver.

James Holmes is facing 142

charges, including 12 of first

degree murder. A dozen people died and more than 50 injured

in one of America's worst mass

shootings. The prosecution is

yet to decide whether it will

seek the death penalty. Syria's

top diplomat in London has

defected. He has told British

officials ke no lofnger

represent the regime because of

the ongoing violence. The

United Nations says it's

increasingly concerned about

the fate of civilians in the city. Australia and New Zealand

are planning to restore full

diplomatic relations with Fiji.

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob

Carr says a permanent High

Commissioner will be appointed

to Fiji for the first time

since the 2009 constitutional

crisis. Both countries have

also agreed to relax travel

bans on Fiji government

officials. Let's take a look

at the markets and they were

mostly flat ahead of meetings

between the European Central

Bank and US Federal Reserve:

A quick look at the weather:

Lots of Olympic action.

Let's head straight to London

now. Our reporter Amanda Shalala joins us from Olympic

Park. Good morning. Emily

Seebohm, I think placing

herself under a bit too much

pressure after picking up a

silver Olympic medal? It was

pretty distraught scenes from

Emily Seebohm after her silver

medal in the women's 100m

backstroke, Michael. She was

the fastest qualifier for the

event. She had the Olympic

record which she made in the

heats yesterday morning and she

couldn't quite overcome this

17-year-old American Missy

Franklin much she had to front

the media immediately

afterwards and Emily Seebohm

was in tears, inconsolable and

obviously very, very upset

about that performance, though

she did manage to regroup. She

received her medal wand was

flashing that trademark smile,

so she somewhat recovered and

it's probably sunk in that although disap