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This program is captioned live. on terrorism charges in Kuwait. An Australian man jailed Sydney to Hobart race record. 'Wild Oats XI' sets a new respond to Kerry Packer's death. PBL shares fall as the markets of a fire outbreak in NSW. And hot weather fuels fears

race record has been smashed The 6-year-old Sydney to Hobart by maxi 'Wild Oats' line-honours win this morning. which scored a convincing this month The new yacht was only launched early today and sailed into the Derwent River 1999 race record. on track to beat 'Nokia's

The crew had a minor scare in sight of the finish line, when the mainsail tore able to steer the 30-metre maxi home but skipper Mark Richards was still 18 hours and 40 minutes. in a new record time of 1 day, better than the previous mark. The time was more than an hour second into Constitution Dock/. New Zealand maxi 'Alfa Romeo' was is on Constitution Dock in Hobart. The ABC's Nick Edwards would be in full swing by now? Nick, I imagine celebrations The crew are mostly off the boat.

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More than an hour inside 1999

'Nokia''s record. What has been the More than an hour inside 1999

reaction of the skipper by 'Wild

Oats' to the record? A very very

proud Mark Richards said that his

boat had the better tactics.

They chose yesterday morning to

stick close to the New South Wales

coast line south east of Eden. That

turned out to be the winning move.

They made good ground on'Alfa

and extended that into Bass strait They made good ground on'Alfa Romeo'

and maintained that into the lead.

They blew their mainsail a slight

problem when they were 5 kilometres

from the finish line. This boat was

still able to come in under race

record time. An impressive win,

now for 'Wild Oats'? The 'Wild record time. An impressive win, what

Oats' crew, most of these guys are

full time professional sailors.

will have a few well earned drinks full time professional sailors. They

today and tonight the Hobart.

Packing up the boat sailing back up

to Sydney and getting ready for

other races this crew and boat

full time all year around. When do other races this crew and boat sails

we expect the rest of the fleet to

arrive? A few of the other maxis

are due any way from now until

midday. The 'Skandia', 'AAPT', was

with that group but has blown its

boom. They are only sailing with

their mainsail. Those big Max ys

should be in over the next few

the bulk of the fleet was in Bass should be in over the next few hours

strait where there was a predicted

southerly change to come in there.

Hopefully they can get through that

unscathed and a lot will come in

tonight and a lot more tomorrow.

in Indonesia's Aceh province Separatist rebels have dissolved their military wing. peace agreement, The move is part of this year's

with the Indonesian Government which was negotiated after last year's tsunami. final batch of weapons last week The former rebels surrendered their agreement signed in Helsinki under the terms of the peace in August.

At a news conference in Banda Aceh, told reporters GAM spokesman Sofyan Daud of the GAM combatants, that on behalf he was announcing decommissioned and demobilised. that the armed wing had been all our guns "We have now handed over of the memorandum of understanding, "in compliance with the agreement Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement "signed between the government of "on 15 August, 2005." Indonesia has announced of the TNI operational command that the last of 24,000 members would leave on Thursday, leaving only locally based troops. The President says will be replaced some of the departing combat troops battalions with military engineering of Aceh after last year's tsunami. to help with the reconstruction here in Aceh I hope that the peace process will be a long-lasting moment since stability is a key factor a success. to make the reconstruction in Aceh troops will be less than 1,000. And he says that the number of less than 1,000, Could be one or one half-battalion, in the press. not 15,000 that is already stated And, of course, of the engineering unit this deployment and employment the ongoing peace process. should not stop with bringing the two sides together Last year's tsunami is credited peace agreement. to reach this year's Kevin McQuillan, ABC News. sentenced to four years jail The lawyer for an Australian man in Kuwait, convict him says the information used to was extracted by torture. lived in Sydney Talaal Adree, who had previously

by a Kuwaiti court has been sentenced for terrorism-related offences.

Talaal Adree was arrested in Kuwait.

He has been convicted of being

involved with a group that planned

to attack western targets in Kuwait

and send fighters into Iraq. His

Australian lawyer Stephen Kenny

his client was tortured. We still Australian lawyer Stephen Kenny says

haven't been able to ascertain

exactly what information was used

against Talaal Adree and who it

from. The Democrats too are alarmed against Talaal Adree and who it came

at the torture allegations. We need

to see the evidence of the thorough

investigations of those torture and

maltreatment claims. The Federal

Government seems to be satisfied

conviction is legitimate saying Government seems to be satisfied the

there is no evidence of torture.

There was clearly ill treatment of

at least some of those prisoners on

the reports that I've had. I don't

think there can be any doubt about

that. Talaal Adree became an

Australian citizen five years ago

and will be deported back to

Australia when he's served his

sentence. The Government says it

can't stop him returning but he

could be subject to constraints on

his movement. Talaal Adree's

his movement. Talaal Adree's lawyers are considering appealing against

his convictions. There is

uncertainty about the future of

another Australian accused of

terrorism-related offences. The

British Government intends to

British Government intends to appeal against a High Court decision which

granted citizenship to David Hicks.

Nine British citizens have been

released from Guantanamo Bay.

I hope they would stand up for a

British citizen and would ask that

he be set free. David Hicks's

lawyers are hoping the appeal will

be heard early next year. The Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Bruce Billson, joins me now. Bruce Billson, what's your response to allegations Mr Adree was tortured in Kuwait?

We were very very concerned when we

first became aware of theal he gags

and worked quite actively to have

those investigated. We were assured

by Kuwaiti authorities that those

kinds of allegations were best

kinds of allegations were best dealt with as part of the court process.

The court appointed a medical panel

which found there was no basis for

the allegations and that was part

the allegations and that was part of the delegation which led to the

sentencing of Mr Adree. The

investigations have been raised as

to the thoroughness of the claims

to the thoroughness of the claims he was mistreated what kind of

assistance did Mr Adree receive in

It was important to raise the

allegation very directly with the

Kuwaiti ministry for foreign

Kuwaiti ministry for foreign affairs and with the local authorities and

the prison officials. All of this

those actions were taken and keen

those actions were taken and keen to have them tested and see if they

could be substantiated as the panel.

Democrat Senator Natasha Stott

Despoja says there was an

unacceptable delay in providing

unacceptable delay in providing that aSS answer, is that true in this

case? That is right. Senator Stott

Despoja is very aware that the

Australian Government was very

concerned that we were initially

denied consular access. There was

some suggestion that Mr Adree might

not have been an Australian citizen

but a Kuwaiti citizen. We protested

the fact he was an Australian

citizen. He was entitled to

citizen. He was entitled to consular access and we insisted on that

access and we insisted on that being provided. We heard Mr Adree will be

deported to Australia when he's

served his tense in Kuwait. What

will happen when he returns?

Our consular officials spoke to Mr

Adree within hours of it being

handed down. He is likely to appeal

the sentence. He does plan to

the sentence. He does plan to appeal the sentence has it stands it is

four years sentence with labour and

deportation and as an Australian

citizen he would be entitled to

return to Australia although he

would be of interest to local

authorities when he returned.

Bruce Billson thank you for your time. A 44-year-old man has drowned off Victoria's coast, near Port Fairy, about 375km west of Melbourne. The Asian tourist died while swimming yesterday afternoon. Across the State, lifesavers rescued 117 other swimmers. Cooler conditions this morning kept swimmers away from city beaches. But thousands of people are expected to return to the water, as temperatures rise later in the week. We're expecting over the next three days, with the weather in the high 30s, it's going to be another few busy days where lifesavers are going to be very busy. Two days after the death of his father, Yesterday an estimated 130,000 people hit the surf across the State. Lifesaving Victoria has urged people to swim between the flags. Two days after the death of his father, James Packer is back at work in Sydney. The heir to the $7 billion Publishing and Broadcasting Limited empire left the family's home in Sydney's eastern suburbs this morning, arriving at the office shortly after. His father, Kerry Packer, died late on Boxing Day, as his transplanted kidney failed. The media magnate had apparently instructed that there would be no medical intervention, telling close friend and broadcaster Alan Jones, that his time was up. News of Kerry Packer's death was broadcast around the world, particularly in cricketing nations where his contribution to the game was recognised.

He had a theory on nearly everything. The PBL share price rose briefly when the Australian Stock Exchange opened this morning, before settling about 2% lower. Analysts say James Packer is less interested in the company's media business and may sell the Nine Television Network. They predict his priority will be the gaming side of the business. The national holiday road toll has climbed to 24 after the death of a pregnant woman in North Queensland. She was the eighth person to die on the State's roads. Police are also including the woman's unborn child in the statistics. In New South Wales, the holiday road toll has increased to five after the death of a 35-year-old woman in Sydney. Victoria's toll remains at five. South Australia's is three. Two people have died on West Australian roads. Tasmania, the ACT and Northern Territory remain fatality-free. A massive bushfire is burning out of control in Victoria's south-west, near the SA border. The fire has burnt through almost 240 hectares of bushland about 100km north of the town of Portland. Firefighters say lightning strikes started the blaze. Forecasts for lightning across parts of NSW today have fuelled fears of a major fire outbreak there, as temperatures soar above 35 degrees Celsius. 20 bushfires are already burning around the State.

Cameron Wade from the NSW Rural Fire Service joins us now.

Cameron Wade, there are reports

that some of those fires may have been deliberately lit. What more can you tell us?

Well, at the moment we are looking

into the cause of a number of these

fires. There certainly has been

light inning activity as well. Of

the 20 fires most seem to be

the 20 fires most seem to be through human intervention of some sort,

accidental or deliberate but

investigations are continuing.

Are those fire nous contained?

At the moment all our fires are

contained. Although we are

experiencing some very hot, dry

experiencing some very hot, dry wend windy weather at the moment. It is

coming through New South Wales. We

have total fire bans across nearly

all of New South Wales today

including the the Sydney

metropolitan area including the

Hunter district. What impact will

today's forecast have in At the

moment crews are bracing themselves

for the containment lines on some

for the containment lines on some of the fires to be breached. Certainly

some of the fires in the state

forest has consumed 6,000 hectares.

There are no property under threat

anywhere in New South Wales but we

are keeping a close eye on the

weather. People should be taking

preventative measures what should

they be do sng We are telling

people they should prepare their

properties and also asking people

properties and also asking people to report fires very early. If they

report fires very early. If they see smoke with no fire trucks in

attendance they need to ring 000 as

soon as possible.

A gunman has opened fire on nine people in a shopping centre carpark in Melbourne's west overnight. Police say the man got out of a car and fired shots at the group, spraying it with pellets, about 12:30am. The victims of the attack were in the carpark after an earlier assault on a work collegue.

Seven men were taken to hospital with minor pellet wounds.

In the US, a campaign to roll back gun restrictions is gathering momentum. Gun owners are arguing that the best way to reduce deaths is to arm as many people as possible - allowing teachers, judges and ordinary people to carry concealed weapons at work. An incident in New Orleans has further fuelled the debate, with police shooting a man who was allegedly threatening them. North America correspondent, Mark Simkin reports. The man was armed with a 7cm-long knife. More than a dozen policemen insisted he drop the weapon. The man refused.

What the video doesn't show is the man allegedly getting aggressive, and being shot at least 10 times.

These officers, they are fearing for their life. They had a subject who was lunging at them with a knife, swinging wildly at them and they feared for their life. But what if the police hadn't been there? Recent murders in schools and courts are fuelling a bitter debate. There's a push to allow ordinary citizens to carry concealed weapons, so they can shoot or detain potential criminals. And you see these guys being deterred from committing the crime and if they do decide to go ahead and do it, they're stopped much faster than they would have otherwise. Supporters of concealed weapons point to school massacres like the one at Columbine High, arguing that teachers should be allowed to carry guns in class. I mean, who knows? If there'd been somebody else, you know, besides the one armed guard that was there to be able protect the place, how many other lives could have been saved as a result of that experience. Some parts of the US already allow people to carry concealed handguns. There are now moves to extend that so people can take their guns into bars and restaurants. In at least two states, legislation is being considered that would permit judges and prosecutors to bring their guns to court. Anti-gun groups are appalled, saying there are already 30,000 firearm deaths a year in the US. It's farcical. And it makes no logical sense whatsoever. It's like saying the best way to reduce gasoline explosions is to pour more gasoline. Even the critics concede the debate reflects an increasingly powerful and successful gun lobby. Mark Simkin, ABC News, Washington. Two men who spent 11 days on a life raft off Vietnam without supplies have returned to Australia. After their boat sank, the men were rescued by a Vietnamese fisherman, and after a long ordeal, they finally touched down at Sydney airport a short time ago. ABC reporter Simon Palan is there. Simon, what was the atmosphere like when the men arrived?

Quite a few people and a very large

media contingent turned out to

welcome the men. 49-year-old Hobart

man Mark #134i9 and 30 year eeld

man Mark #134i9 and 30 year eeld New Zealander Steven Freeman looked

jubilant when they arrived. The

yacht sunk on December 6th. From

that point on they spent 11 days on

a life raft without food and water

and were forced to drink their own

urine to arrive. They lasted 11

urine to arrive. They lasted 11 days before have Vietnamese fishing crew

picked them up and transported them

to a nearby island. They spent two

weeks on that island waiting for

their weather conditions to improve

and health to improve. They came

back to Sydney today and here is

some of what they had to say.

some of what they had to say. CyA few ordeals, one on the raft, one

few ordeals, one on the raft, one on the island and the transport over

are over. How did you get through

the 11 days? Just stuck together

and went through the routines. We

talked about many subjects. Right

through. We went to hell and back,

mate. Were you ever worried you

wouldn't make it? No I did pt.

Was the most important thing the

Was the most important thing the two of you stuck together? Yes we had

to stick together. Were you worried

if one of you didn't pull through

the other one wouldn't get there?

I will talk about that later.

Back in Australia what is the thing

you want to do more than anything?

To see my two children. It is

finally over for these two men and

we understand they're headed off to

a bbq in Sydney's eastern suburbs a bbq in Sydney's eastern suburbs to celebrate.

Police in Iraq believe they have uncovered a mass grave in the southern city of Karbala. Municiple workers conducting maintenance work on a sewerage system in the holy city uncovered remains that police believe date back to 1991, when Saddam Hussein's regime crushed a Shi'ite uprising. Authorities haven't said how many bodies have been found, but remains are being tested in an effort to identift the bodies. Human rights groups estimate that more than 300,000 people, mainly Kurds and Shi'ites,

were killed by Saddam Hussein during his 23-year rule. The boy picked by China

Meanwhile, after an exhaustive search a Pakistani girl has been reunited with her parents

after being separated from them for 75 days. The 13-year-old girl had been taken by her father to an army rescue camp to be treated for injuries sustained during the quake and was then taken by helicopter to Islamabad to be hospitalised. The girl's brothers had been killed in the quake, and her parents were frantic to find her, but they were given no details of where she'd been taken. Hospital authorities were unable to trace the girl's parents because she couldn't speak clearly. She mentioned her father's name but she could not tell her own name because she had a head injury because of which she could not speak very properly. In the meantime, her parents in Balakot contacted the ICRC tracing team and they told the same story. Hundreds of families lost track of their injured relatives after the hectic evacuation of those who were critically hurt by the disaster. The boy picked by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, has made a rare appearance on state television. The 16-year-old, was shown celebrating the Light Festival

with around 300 followers at a temple in Tibet. He was chosen by Beijing as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama in 1995 but his status is rejected by Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The boy the Dalai Lama selected for the role, was arrested by Chinese authorities 10 years ago and has not been seen since. Religious freedom in mainly-Buddhist Tibet, has been restricted since China occupied the region in 1949. Four US marines have been charged with raping a 22-year-old Filipino woman

in November. Prosecutors have also charged a Filipino van driver with being an accomplice to the alleged rape at a former US naval base, north of Manila. Our recommendation is that there will be no bail. So we expect that once there is a warrant of arrest and they are arrested, all of them will be detained. The Philippines Foreign Affairs Department, has asked that the men be transferred from US custody to local authorities. Two other marines implicated in the incident have been cleared of involvement. You're watching ABC News. Coming up later in the bulletin - Brett Lee strikes again as Australia puts the brakes on South Africa in the second Test. Now for the latest business news, we cross to Emma Jolliff at the ABC's Finance Centre. Good afternoon, Emma. Hello, Tamara. After much speculation, shares in Publishing and Broadcasting fell today, following the death of Australia's richest man, Kerry Packer. But stocks in the owner of the Nine Network did rise briefly in early trade, before falling around 2%.

So, as the reigns of the empire pass into the hands of son, James, PBL shares are down. A rise in the price of gold has given a boost to local producers. Newcrest Mining put on 48 cents. A 4-cent gain saw Oxiana shares rise. Oil producers are down - Santos gave up 4 cents. Retailers are mixed as the sale season gets under way. Coles Myer put on 2 cents. Woolworths is 4 cents lower. Investment bank Macquarie has acquired a majority stake in two Canadian health care projects. Its shares eased 27 cents. On the overall market, the All Ordinaries is 8 points higher. The ASX 200 is up 9. To regional markets in Asia. The Nikkei has reversed early losses to trade 26 points higher. Hong Kong's Hang Seng put on 1 point yesterday. The Straits Times Index gained 7. The SET index in Bangkok added 5 points and New Zealand's top 50 is 13 points higher today. Stocks fell the most in two months in the US overnight,

on concerns about the economy. The Dow Jones lost more than 100 points. The Nasdaq gave up 23. In London, the FT100 closed lower in quiet trading. Turning to commodities - the price of oil is lower. Spot gold is firmer. To currencies - the Australian dollar is down against the greenback. But on the cross rates, it's up agasint the other major currencies. And finally, Asia's largest carrier, Japan Airlines warns fuel costs could rise by 140 billion yen next year. The airline says it will increase domestic fares from April,

to help offset the higher costs. The price of jet kerosene jumped more than 75% this year, eating into profits of carriers around the world. The International Air Transport Association says global airlines have probably lost a total of $6 billion in 2005.

That's all in finance. Back to you, Tamara. to be 4/214 a short time ago South Africa has crawled to be 5/214 a short time ago in reply to Australia's first innings total of 355 in the second cricket Test at the MCG. Lee and McGrath tied down Gibbs and Kallis who struggled to find scoring opportunities. After Kallis was struck on the helmet Lee landed the killer blow next ball. COMMENTATOR: Big yorker! Follows up the terrific bouncer - big wicket! A short time later, Warne removed Prince leaving the match evenly poised. Now for a look at the weather. The satellite photo shows a cloud band crossing the south-east ahead of a cold front

which is bringing patchy rain and thunder to Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW. There's widespread cloud over western Queensland, the NT and northern WA. A broad trough is generating hot northerly winds

and a few storms across the tropics.

A front will bring wind and rain to Victoria and Tasmania, while a high should ease winds and clear showers from SA. So the forecasts now -

Brisbane - fine and sultry. Sydney - hot, cloud this afternoon and a chance of late showers.

Canberra - clear skies and high temperatures. Melbourne - becoming fine. Hobart - patchy rain, 21 degrees. Adelaide and Perth - sunny and 26. Darwin - showers and possible storms, 30.

And before we go - here again are today's main stories - An Australian man has been jailed on terrorism charges in Kuwait. It's alleged Talaal Adree was helping to plan attacks on Western targets. Supermaxi 'Wild Oats XI' has set a new line honours record in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. And soaring temperatures are fuelling fears of more fires in NSW. There are already 20 bushfires burning across the State. And that's the latest from the ABC newsroom. There'll be another bulletin tonight at 7 o'clock. I'm Tamara Oudyn. Have a good afternoon. Closed Captions produced by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd

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