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Delivering unrivaled live coverage - this is Sky News, Australia's news channel Today - former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd endorses the Asian century white paper, calling for a greater emphasis on Asian languages in schools. A sprint to the finish, the US presidential candidates make a frantic dash for the final votes. Days before the US election.And investigation into a horror road and rail collision in Melbourne's south finds no faults, with the rail network. This is News Now for Sunday, 4 November I am Gemma Veness. Also, this hour, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall crisscross Port Moresby as Queensland gears up for its arrival - their arrival tomorrow. And in sport Australian all-rounder Shane Watson desperate to recover for the first test. The Sky News weather:

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Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has praised the Gillard Government's Asian century white paper, calling it a positive and comprehensive wake-up call to all Australians.Speaking from Beijing, Mr Rudd told Sky News it's the business community that needs to go further. Julia Gillard left Canberra this morning for a world leaders summit in Laos. First north Kevin Rudd was also on the world stage and speaking to Sky News from China.Good morning from Beijing it is snowing up here guys.Endorsing the Asian century white paper he says it's Australian business that needs to step up.If we will encourage kids to study these difficult languages, like Chinese, it's tough. It's hard.Students need more incentive to study Asian language, and responsibility, he says lies with the top 100 companies.Each of us will provide 10 graud ate jobs for first class -- grauduate jobs for first class Chinese spee speakers Japanese speakers, whatever. Each year that's a thousand jobs on the Australian market. Kid also respond to that.He responded to the latest comments from the Greens who called for the mining tax to revert to the designed RSPT.It is op tonne ice tick of the Greens to -- opportunistic for them to leap into this debate He curtly pointed out their failure to negotiate on the original ETS twice voting it down.I seem to remember we would have had an earlier more effective exclusion to critical exclusions such as craning had the Greens stuck to their principles.We will not lock in failure under the old Kevin Rudd scheme.Mr Rudd is in Beijing to address a forum in Mandarin but he stuck to the Gillard Government script when speaks to Sky News. He glossed over the latest leadership treachery raised in Maxine McKew's book and says he's focused on the future.This is not some sort of Sunday school picnic that occurred back in June 2010, but as I said, history will sort out what precisely occurred there. Maxine McKew has made a contribution, I'm sure many others will. My resolve is to get on the business of the core policy objectives for Australia. The Coalition has suggested the Prime Minister misled parliament over an Australian Workers Union slush fund she helped establish 20 years ago.Front bencher Eric Abetz suggested Julia Gillard has given incorrect information to the parliament about when enquiries were first made into the fund she set up for her then boyfriend.Senator Abetz says there were 12 months between when Ms Gillard was interviewed by law firm Slater and Gordon over the fund in September 1995 and when the Australian Workers Union reported it to police.The assertion that the Prime Minister made in the parliament does not seem to gel with the chronology on the public record. Having said that, I'm willing to give the Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt, that only if she provides a full and frank explanation to the Australian people.Julia Gillard has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has launched a raft of new anti-tobacco ads. The move comes less than a month before new plain packaging skret laws take effect. It height lights areas including the dangers of smoking whether pregnant.These ads are particularly targeted at people who are already smokers who want to give up, who it is encouraging people to up and giving them ways they can support themselves while giving up.The ad also also direct smokers to new smart phone apps to help them quit.As the US presidential race enters its final days both capped dates are talking up their chances -- candidates are talking up their chances in a incredibly close contest. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are crisscrossing key states rallying supporters to turn up and vote.Sky News political editor David Speers reports from Washington. Well in the final few days of this campaign, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are trying to cram in visits to as many battleground states as they possibly can.Both are averaging about three to four states a day, their messages have returned to the core themes of their campaign, for Barack Obama that's about America being now on the right path, the changing course is not the right way to go at the moment. He's also playing up the bipartisanship he and others showed in the aftermath of her hur. The -- Hurricane Sandy P ee with are inspired in the tragedies, by the heroes that run into buildings and wade through water. Neighbours helping neighbours cope with tragedy. Leaders of different political parties working together to fix what's broken.The President knows there is a yearning here in the US for an end to the political divide that's dominated the last four years.For Mitt Romney his message is the US is not on the right path and that Barack Obama can't be believed.After promising hope and change four years ago he says not enough has been delivered.The difference between us, he made promises he couldn't keep, I'm making promises I have kept and I will keep them for the American people.The lastest polls show little change really over the course of the last couple of weeks. The two candidates remain deadlocked in terms of the national popular vote, but it's what is happening in the battleground state s that counts and in these swing stays President Obama has just enough of a lead in just enough of these states to be considered the favourite, narrow but a favourite are you nonetheless as Kim Beazley acknowledged today.In all the tolling that's been done, Mitt Romney has -- popping that's been done Mitt Romney has not yet come up in any of them with a majority in the electoral college. If that situation persists of course Obama wins.Of course the world is watching what happens in this presidential race and China is no different. It has been the victim of a lot of campaign bashing from both sides, Mitt Romney in particular has accused Beijing of being a currency manipulator and a trade cheat. But according to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaking from Beijing China has concerns of its own when it comes to the US.When countries like China look at the US, and the nature of its, not just fiscal deficit but its accumulated debt to GDP ratio people in this country begin to question America's long term strategic strength, and its long term economic resolve.Tackling that enormous deficit and avoiding what's called the fiscal cliff here, in forced cuts that could well drive the US back into recession will be the top priority for whoever wins next week. Join Sky News for complete coverage as America votes on Wednesday our time. David Speers will be live from Washington throughout first edition and then from 10:30 eastern daylight time we will join forces with ABC America, for complete nonstop live coverage. That's Wednesday on Sky News national. Still in the US, the lights have finally come back on in Manhattan but severe petrol short teenagers to playing New Yorkers after super storm Sandy. Crews have been working to restore power supply s to schools due to reopen on Monday.Power cuts are always a problem but New York's hundreds of high rise apart mentes have meant even greater difficulties with those with no electricity.With elevators out of action, many elderly residents became prisoners in their homes -- Lillian Ifflander is 93 and lives on the 16th floor. Her power finally came back on on Friday.The most of my outrage is at Coned.Consolidated Edison. They have been in business a long time and there was no excuse for this happening. It's a very big storm, don't these things just happen?It was a very big storm but they are a very big outfit and there have been in business a long, long time and they are a monopoly here. Many people relied on their more mobile neighbours to fetch supplies.British born Nick Caswell became the good same ar tonne who would climb stairs in the darkness bringing food and water to those in need.Made it.What was it like the moment the power came back on?It was jubilation. It was great. You could hear people jumping up and down, screaming and beeping horns.Like kids.Now the lifts are operating again, Lillian can visit her friends.But there their apartment block still doesn't have any hot water.Pun of one thing I'm glad of, that my aroma which I haven't washed in four days, doesn't come through on camera. But at least they can now make hot drinks and swap stories of how they coped with the crisis.And how those in authority seem to have little understanding of their needs. They put these signs saying take the garbage down to the first floor. And I am 77, Lillian is 93, we are really going to be able to do that.On the plus side they rediscovered the pleasure of long conversations because there was no television and they are glad the mayor was forced to caning the New York marathon.It cancel the New York marathonIt would have been the most embarrassing thing. I would have hated to have lost those two childrens out of her arms.Can you imagine that and then to see people enjoying themselves and running.Thankfully our belove ed mayor, saw fit to admit that he was wrong.They have a lot of sympathy with the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who are still endure ing unfamiliar hardships but for the people who live in this tower block things are looking up. Victoria's level crossings are firmly in the spotlight again, after the train and truck collision in Melbourne left one man dead, and 13 other others injured. The 69 year-old truck driver has been interviewed by police and released pending further enquiries.The train driver, a 30-year-old man from Gisborne remains at the Alfred Hospital and more from Sky News Melbourne bureau chief Ahron Young.Dozens of review crews spent the morning lifting trains up with huge cranes as they tried to check whether anyone may have been trapped underneath the carriages after yesterday morning's collision. They have now given it the all clear so this goes from being a rescue to a recovery mission as they try to get this Cranburne line running up within the next week.Given how many people travelling to the sprins racing carnival, yesterday being derby-day and Tuesday the Melbourne Cup. They have removed the entire section of the truck completely destroyed in this collision. The train was travelling around 115 km/h, the train driver would have had just seconds to apply the emergency brakes. Sadly it wasn't enough time, the train ploughed through that truck, and then carried on another 100m or so, until the front carriage of the six carriage train completely snapped off, it twisted and turned on to its side, the second carriage also became dislodged and also was derailed. A number of other carriages too were derailed. 13 people were injured, one man a 43-year-old man from kran burn rest died. He suffered a cardiac arrest in the moments after the train collision. Authorities tried to resuscitate him. Tad of sadfully there was nothing he could do.The train driver, they spent hours rescue ing him from the rubble. His brother who is also a train driver, held an overnight vigil setting by the bedside at the hospital and receiving hourly updates from doctors.We understand the train driver is in a critical condition. As the driver of the fruit and vegetable truck which ploughed into the train he was re-Leed by police yesterday and he has been released pending a Commons. Police have seized a mobile phones as they investigate he fade any calls or text messages in the moments leading up to the decision. They can see tyre marks leading up to the level crossing also the gate has been smashed through, but we understand that the gates were working. The flashing bells were working as well.As the lights because there were a number of cars that were stopped on the other side of that intersection. Many of the eyewitnesss who were parked in the cars have described it as like the sound of a bomb going off.They thought there would be no survivors given how dramatic the scene looked. They went and helped and rescued some people that were around 30 people on the train as we say half of them were injured.But many of them with life-threatening injuries they were taken to the Frankston and Dandenong Hospitals as a pre caution. Here at the site they are continuing to try to remove pieces of the truck, remove the train. The carriages, it is going to be a huge effort, and will take quite some team. Metro says a number of investigations are under way but it will be a week income the Cranburne -- a week until the Cranburne line returns to normal.Police are investigating a large explosion damaging a number of homes in Sydney's south. It is courted in the suburb of hurt viland appears to have been -- Hurstville. The explosion destroyed at least half a house while surrounding buildings have been damaged. An elderly man has been taken to hospital suffering burns to a quarter of his body.A patient is recovering in hospital after being evacuated from a cruise liner by the navy.The cruise ship sea princess called for assistance from the favy HMAS too week ba after a person fell well severe abdominal pain. They had to winch the patient from the deck. And alarming report has revealed Facebook feuds are crossing into the real world with fights on the social networking site being linked to crimes including murder and rape.'The Herald Sun' reports, Queensland police last year logged almost 5,000 offences, involving Facebook. A 50% increase from the previous year.The site was noted in police documents relating to 19 murders, 12 attempted murders, and more than 700 assaults.Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla have begun their first full days of PNG on the three day tour of the country to mark the Queen's diamond jibely.The Prince addressed a crowd of thousands briefly speaking in pigeon before he and Camilla were treated to a cultural display.Charles who is colonel in chief of the royal Pacific islands regiment presented the bat battalion with new colours.They are scheduled to depart for Australia tomorrow afternoon. This is News Now on excuse.All the top stories -- on Sky News. All the top stories ahead plus all the top sports stories with Chris Roe and action on the track ahead of Tuesday's big race.

The top stories - former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told Sky News the Government's Asian century white paper is a wake-up call to all Australians about changing dynamics in the region. He's also called on schools and business to put greater emphasis on Asian languages. President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney have targeted key swing states for last minute votes, days before the US election.And the election is shaping up to be one of the most expensive in history. A preliminary safety investigation into a fatal truck and train crash in Melbourne has found no faults with the rail network.The crash killed one man, and injured 13 others, including the train driver who remains in hospital in an induced coma.Tomorrow's weather: The sport with Chris Roe and we have heard from Shane Watson.We have. Of course he got into a little bit of trouble yesterday, now we know that he's been diagnosed with a minor calf strain. He will be given every chance to prove his fitness in the lead-up to the first test on Friday against South Africa. He suffered an injury while bowling in NSW shield clash with Queensland yesterday and is offering no guarantees he will be fit.I hope things now go really well in the next couple of days to see where, if we get to a point where I can just push it to be able to play. Because I am desperate to play. I really - I really - I want to do everything I possibly can to be able to get out there. So hopefully the next couple of days things work out alright and I will be able to play I can have a crack.Australian selectors are yet to announce a stand by player.In the meantime Queensland took all six points at Alan Boarding field wrapping up the victories against the Blues. Chasing 104 for the win the Bulls cruised to the target for the loss of four wickets.

South Africa declared at 6 for 277 on the final day of the third - the the tour match against Australia A. The proteas opted to give the bowlers some further practice with the match heading towards a predictable draw at the SCG. Dale Stane claiming an early wicket. Amla became the second batsman to retire. Grahame Smith did it the previous day. Glen max well has been the pick of the Aussie bowlers. Brisbane and Adelaide will be doing battle this afternoon as they look to wrap up round for of the A-League. The Roar hoping to bounce back from last week's loss to the Wanderers when they host the Reds. Last night Perth beat Newcastle while Sydney FR are in damage control after the worst ever defeats.They came in the thousands but the star of the show was a no go.We felt it best to rest him off.No Piero but it all began so well for Sydney.The Sky News defence was their un doing as the Mariners netted three before half time. Sydney offered a glimpse of hope as they responded straight after the break, but that was to be the last of their joy.McGilnthy what a fabulous goal.That was just the start of the Mariners rampage.Neceski has been rounded. He scores.What about that for a ball? Off the boat work and Green.McBrenn became the first Mariner to net a hat-trick, finishing off a record breaking romp for the central coast.Could it be 7? It is you know If I was the Sydney players every one of them, including the squad and coaching staff should go right over to the supporters and apologise to them There were nine goals in Gosford in they showed no signs of slows in Perth.Mitchell header's in the back of the net and Calvano.The Glory's response was immediate.McGarry. What a fabulous strike. And it is all level. And Nick Ward sent the host to half time with the 2-1 advantage.The ball in. The header. It's a great first save from Birighitti but following up is Nick Ward.Heskey was an increasing threat in the second period and the Jets pressure finally gave way.A good leap and it's in! Josh Mitchell.But the Glory remain composed and netted the match winner with five minutes left on the clock.Birighitti, the chance for Perth. It's in. It is Chris Harold this time. The Sydney Kings inconsistent NBL season has continued beaten by Adelaide this afternoon. The Melbourne Tigers hold a comfortable lead over Townsville in the other game while the 36ers got home late in Sydney The Sydney Kings were right in the groove.He gets a look.Six points up after the first quarter, and the Kings continued to look the goods. Before Adelaide forced themselves back into the contest.That's a good ball movement. Good passing by the Adelaide 36ers.Magin stepped up to the plate against to cut the 36ers lead to one point at half time. But Adelaide really unleashed in the third quarter. He's having his way. With the Sydney Kings down low.They were 10 points down the Kings needed something special if they were to be in the contest at the final change. That's good. Big shot for Kevin Waite.Every time they got close Adelaide pulled away again.Gibson for three. And he drills it.Sydney is the master of tight finishes.Lazaro from the same spot. Same result.And they hit the front for the first time with three minutes left on the clock. But the 36ers recovered late, to clench a seven point victory. Back-to-back victories in Abu Dhabi have helped V8 champion Jamie Whincup extend the margin at the top of the standings he won the first two of splee sprint races on the Yasmarina circuit.He's inching closer to the 2012 title.Congreat lists Jamie Whincup. Well done. -- congratulations Jamie Whincup brilliant drive.Davisson joining Shane Van Gisberg on the podium as Jamie Whincup looks for 10 race wins for the season. That's all the sport.Look at the Sky News weather now. The forecast tomorrow, mostly sunny in Brisbane, a late shower for Darwin. Possible shower in Cairns:

This is News Now . The top stories are just ahead plus a Sydney teenager air-lifted to hospital after being empailed on a fence.

This hour's top stories - former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has endorsed the Government's Asian century white paper, says there are still challenges ahead for both Government and business. The race to the White House is drawing to a close, with both candidates putting in a last ditch effort days before the election.And an investigation into a fatal collision between a train and a truck has found early results there were no faults with the rail network.The Sky News weather forecast:

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has praised the Gillard Government's Asian century white paper, calling it a positive and comprehensive wake-up call to all Australians.Speaks from Beijing, he told Sky News it is the business community that needs to go further. Julia Gillard left Canberra this morning for a world leaders summit in Laos.Further north Kevin Rudd was also on the world stage, and speaking to Sky News from China.Good morning from Beijing. It's snows up here.Endorsing the Gillard Government's Asian century white paper, Mr Rudd says it's Australian business that needs to step up.If we will encourage kids to study these difficult languages, like Chinese, it's tough. It's hard.Students need more incentive to study Asian language, and responsibility he says lies with the top 100 companiesEach of us will provide 10 graduate jobs for first class Chinese speaker, Japanese speakers or whatever.Each year, that's a thousand job on the Australian market. Kid also respond to that.He also responded to the latest comments from the Greens who have called for the mine to revert to the Rudd designed RSPTIt's a bit opportunistic for the Greens to leap this debate He curtly pointed out their failure to negotiate on the original ETS, twice voting it down.I seem to remember that we would have had an earlier more effective solution to critical challenges sump as climate change, had the Greens -- such as climate change had the Greens as a matter of principle stuck to the principals.We will lock in failure under the old Kevin Rudd scheme.He is in Beijing to address a forum in Mandarin but he stuck to the Gillard Government's script when speaking to Sky News.He glossed over the latest leadership treachery raised in Maxine McKew's book and says he's focused on the future.This was not some sort of Sunday school picnic that occurred in June 2010 but as I said, hicht will sort out what precisely occurred there.Maxine McKew has made a contribution, I am sure many others will, my resolve is to get on with the business of the core spolsy objectives for Australia. -- policy objectives for Australia.The Coalition has suggested the Prime Minister misled parliament over an Australian Workers Union slush fund that she helped establish 20 years ago. Snow front bencher Eric -- Front bencher Eric Abetz suggested Julia Gillard gave incorrect information to the approximately when enquiries were first made into the fund she set up for her then boyfriend. The Senator says there were 12 months between when Ms Gillard was interviewed by law firm Slater and Gordon over the fund in September 1995 and when the AWU reported it to police.The assertion that the Prime Minister made in the parliament does not seem to gel with the chronology on the public record. Having said that, I'm willing to give the Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt that only if she provides a full and frank explanation to the Australian people. Julia Gillard has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. With only three days of campaigning left until America goes to the polls, both candidates are trying to cover as much ground as possible, especially in the swing states.Sky News reporter Dominic Waghorn reports on the latest attempts by the two men to win over late voters. SINGS: # you make me # Teenage dream # In a race this close, anything might make a difference.Even a celebrity in campaign colours.Thank you Wisconsin. It's a last mad dash for votes.In an election concert evenad by a super storm in the last few days.No matter how bad a storm is, no matter how tough times are, we are all in this together. We rise or fall as one nation and as one people. And that spirit has guided this country along its im probable journey for more than two centuries. It's carried us through the trials and tribulations of the last four years.Remember from 2008 we were in the middle of two wars and the worst chick crisis since the great -- crisis since the Great Depression.The storm truce in campaigning staff Republican challenger of Mitt Romney of crucial air time. He's working furiously to make up for it, in one day appearing in three swing states telling voters only he can bring change.Words are cheap.You can say whatever you want to say in a campaign but what you can achieve results, those are earned.Those can't be faked.And you see four years ago you can remind them that candidate Obama made a number of promises. He made promises he couldn't keep. I'm making promises I have kept and I will keep them for the American people. Mupests mustered in Washington against Mitt Romney planning his plans to axe big bird and funding for public broadcasting. People were escaping the election and bad weather on a chilly contest People vote on Tuesday in a narrow contest.President Obama.What is it that is making you vote for him.He's fulfilled many of his promises he's made. He's made a giant leap in providing health care.A terrible place right now.The Obama care, has 17 taxes in it that have nothing to do with health care. And I'm appalled with everything that he has to do.Finally this election is hurtling towards its conclusion at a furious pace. Two days left now to take the lead. And the tightest race in memory.

Still in the US, the lights have finally come back on in Manhattan about the a severe petrol shortage continues to playing New Yorkers after super storm Sandy. The crews have been working to restore power supplies to schools due to reopen on Monday and of course at polls places to be used in the presidential election. Power cuts are always a problem but New York's hundreds of high rise apartments have meant even greater difficulties for those with no electricity. With elevators out of action, many elderly residents became prisoners in their homes.Lillian Ifflander is 93 and lives on the 16th floor. Her power finally came back on on Friday.The most of my outrage is at Coned.Consolidated Edison. They have been in business a long time.And there was no excuse for this happening. It's a very big storm though. Don't these things just happen --It was a very big storm but any are a very big outfit and they have been in business a long time. And they are a monopoly here. Many people relied on their more mobile neighbours to Fitch supplies.British born Nick Caswell became the good Samaritan who would climb scars in the darkness -- stairs in the darkness. What was it like the moment the power came on?It was jubilation. It was great. You could hear people jumping up and down. Screaming and beeping their horns. Like kids.Now the lifts are operating again, Lillian can visit her friends.But their apartment block still doesn't I have in any hot water.One thing I'm glad of, my aroma which I haven't washed in four days, doesn't come flew on camera. But at least they can make hot drinks and swap stories of how they coped with the crisis.And how those in authority seem to have little understanding of their needs.They put these signs saying take the garbage down to the first floor. My husband's 77, I'm 70, Lillian's 93 like we are really going to be able to do that.On the plus side they rediscovered the pleasure of long conversations because there was no television and they are glad that mayor Mike Bloomberg was forced to cancel the New York marathon.It would have been the most embarrassing thing.I would have hated to have been their mother who lost those two children.Out of her arms. Can you imagine that?And then to see people enjoying themselves, and runningThankfully our beloved mayor saw fit to admit that he was wrong.They have a lot of sympathy with the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who are still enduring unfamiliar hardships but for the people who live in this tower block things are looking up. Victorian's level crossings are firmly in the spotlight again after the train and truck collision in Melbourne left one man dead, and 13 others injured.The 69-year-old truck driver has been interviewed by police and are leased pending further enquiries.The train driver, a 30-year-old man from Gisborne remains at the alfreld Hospital. More from Young Rubicam.Rescue crews spent the morning lifting the trains up with huge cranes as they tried to check whether anyone may have been trapped underneath the carriages after yesterday morning's collision. They have given it the all clear so this goes from being a rescue to a recovery mission now. As they try to get this Cranbourne line back up and running within the next week. It couldn't have come at a worse time given how many people are travelling to the spring racing carnival yesterday derby-day and Tuesday the Melbourne Cup. But we understand though that they have moved this entire section of the truck which was completely destroyed in this collision. The train was travelling around 115 km/h, the train driver, would have had just seconds to apply the emergency brakes. Sadly it wasn't enough time the train ploughed through that truck, and then carried on another 100m or so until the front carriage of the six carriage train completely snapped off. It twisted and turned on to its side. The second carriage also became dislodged. And also was derailed. A number of other carriages too were derailed.13 people were injured, one man a 43-year-old man from Cranbourne West died. He suffered a cardiac arrest in the moments after the train collision. Authorities tried to resuscitate him. Sadly there was nothing they could do. He diedity scene. The train driver they spent several hours rescuing him from the rubble. He was trap and was taken to the Alfred Hospital in a critical condition and right through the night last night his brother also a train driver held an overnight vigil setting by the bedside and was receiving hourly updates from doctors. We understand the train driver is in a Chris call condition. As for the driver of the -- critical condition. The driver of the truck, he was interviewed by police yesterday and has been released pending a summons and police have also confiscated his mobile phone as they now investigate whether he received or made any calls or text messages in the moments leading up to that collision. They are trying to find out exactly. They can sigh tyre marks leading you to the level crossing and the gates were smashed through. We understand the gates and bales were working as well as the lights because there were a number of cars stopped on the other side of the interps. Many eyewitnesss mark -- intersection. Many eyewitnesss parked in the cars described it as a bomb going off. They thought there were no survivors given how dramatic the scene looked. There were 30 people on the train, half of them injured. Not many with life-threatening injured but they were taken to hospitals as a pre caution. Here at the site today they are continuing to try to remove pieces of the truck, remove the train. Those carriages, it is going to be a huge effort and is going to take quite some time. Metro says a number of investigations are now under way, but it will be a week until the Cranbourne line returns to normal. Police are investigating a large explosion that damaged a number of homes in Sydney's south.It occurred in the suburb of Hurstville and appears to have been caused from a gas bottle which was set alight. The explosion destroyed at least half a house while surrounding buildings have also been damaged and an elderly man has been taken to hospital suffering burns to a quarter of his body. A patient is recovering in hospital after being evacuated from a cruise liner by the navy.The cruise ship sea princess called for assistance from the navy Fridayot HMAS Toowoomba after a person fell ill with severe abdominal pain. A helicopter wasn't able to land on the ship and had to winch the patient from the deck. A Sydney teenager has been air-lifted to hospital after being impaled on a fence in the city's north-west.The girl, believed to be 15, was pinned for more than an hour at pennant Hills. As rescue crews tried to cut her free.It is believed she may have been drinking.She's being treated for serious leg injuries. Israel says three Syrian tanks have entered the demilitarised zone in the Golan Heights for the first time in 40 years, raising concerns that the conflict in Syria could spill over the border.Today dramatic video emerged from Syria, which purport s sho show rebels filming as a fighter jet targeted them. The person in the attack can be heard shout be 'we are going to die' the footage is believed to have been filmed in Taftenaz in the northern province of Idlib. Rebels say the jet took off from a nearby military air base. Prince Charles and his wife cam ill awhy Victorian -- Camilla have begun the first full days of engagement in Port Moresby in PNG to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee. The presumption of innocence addressed a crowd of thousands briefly -- the Prince addressed a crowd of thousands.Charles who is colonel in chief of the royal Pacific islands regiment then presented the battalion with new colours.The royal couple scheduled to depart for Australia tomorrow afternoon. Just coming up to quarter to five eastern daylight time this is News Now on Sky News. We will have the Hells just ahead plus sport as -- the headlines just ahead as Shane Watson fighting to fit for the first test and all the A-League action as the Mariners sink the sky blues.

Top stories - former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told Sky News that he endorses the gvm's Asian century white paper, saying it's a wake-up call to all Australians about the change ing dynamics in the region. The US presidential election is said to be the most expensive in US history costing $6 billion as the candidates put in a last ditch push for final votes days before Americans head to the polls.And an investigation into the fatal train collision which left one man dead and 13 injured, early report has found that there were no faults with the rail network.Tomorrow's forecast:

Sport with Chris and Shane Watson desperate to play in the first test.That's right. He might have a bit of trouble getting there but they are going to give him every chance. He's offering no guarantees that he will be fit for that test against South Africa in Brisbane. After the all-rounder was diagnosed with a minor calf strain. He left the field during NSW shield match with Queensland yesterday. If you do push it then it can mean that the whole series has gone and that's the last thing I want. In a place where I feel like I'm very comfortable with the game and I'm excited. This summer is one I have been looking forward to since the last sum summer I played South Africans here. I will be doing everything I can to make sure hopefully if worst case scenario I miss the first test and won't screw tup and miss the second and third.Australian sclekt lrs meet tonight to decide on a -- selectors will meet tonight to decide on a stand by player.South Africa's tour match with Australia has ended in a draw. The Proteas have declared 6 for 277 Dale Steyn claimed an early wicket before the end of the match was called. Earlier Amla joined Grahame Smith in making a half century before retiring and Glen Maxwell was the Aussie bowler to pick up the wickets of Rudolph and Peterson.Brisbane and Adelaide will do battle this afternoon as they wrap up round for in the A-League. The Roar will be looking to bounce back from the Wanderers lost last week.Last night Perth overcame Newcastle 3-2 while the Central Coast stunned Sydney, 7-2, Daniel McBreen became the first Mariner to claim the hat-trick as they inflicted the sky blues equal heaviest loss. And Chris Harold netted an 86 minute match winner as the Glory beat the Jets.Manchester United has pushed its way to the top of the Premier League ladder courtesy of a 2-1 win over Arsenal. Manchester City could only manage a draw with West Ham. Chelsea could only do likewise against Swansea while Tottenham suffered a shock loss to Wigan.Villa defeated Sunderland. Norwich beat Stoke while rob invan Percy provided plenty of grief for his former side.A clash between Manchester United and Arsenal needed any extra spice one man insured there will be an interesting side note to the encounter and it didn't take long for Robin van Percy to remind his club what they were missing It had to be. Doing to Arsenal what he did so long for Arsenal.Arsenal were trying to impose themselves on the contest but tried to contapt the former striker and his able side kick was proving some task. The pressure eventually told the goal coming from an unlikely source. They got it. Sabra steals in to double United's advantage.A A fine goal late in the piece only consolation for Arsenal. Chelsea travelled to Swansea harbouring designs of main taking their advantage on top of the Premier League ladder and that looked all but certain as Moses put them in front. That was foiled in the shadows of full-time. A glorious goal. Beautifully taken by Pablo Hernadez.After a shock loss to Norwich in the league cup Tottenham were looking to rebound quickly at home. Wigan produced a huge upset. Monthly owny. Watson! -- Molones, Watson is it over the line? The goal has been given. A 1-nil loss enough to out Spurs from the top four.Everton was somehow on the brink of stealing victory until the home side struck late, to grab a much deserved share of the points. Berbatos in there and he taps it in. The weather shaping up to be a factor with this year's Melbourne Cup with rain forecast for Flemington on Tuesday. That will suit some of the imported gallopers and they are likely to firm in the market. James Bracey has the latest.After winning from barrier 11 in 2010 it's good news again for Americain drawing barrier 12 for Tuesday's $6.2 million Melbourne Cup. The French galloper the hottest of favours writs and it makes for a true hotty wood story. Jockey Damien Oliver fresh from vik victory in the Victorian derby yesterday. Chasing 10 years on another win in the Melbourne Cup after an emotional win in Media Puzzle in 2002 but Tom Waterhouse isn't sold Americain will be the clear cut favourite.I can see why the punters have vufrn jumped on. It will go to the back of the latter half of the field. Suited by the very fast tempo. I think Dunaden will be slightly in front of it. I think $5 is around its - I don't think it should be any shorter than that because Dunaden I think had the wood in the Caufield Cup I know it has the extra wait but they are the two to beat. I think Dunaden now at around $7 I think it's the value. It will be slightly in front of Americain even though it has the wider barrier and I think it has too good a turn of foot.Local homes Mayluckyday is the big Aussie chance around the $13 mark with most book makers but all eyes are turning to the skies despite great weather on the weekend rain is forecast for Tuesday afternoon. And a late charge has helped the Adelaide 36ers to a 7 point win over Sydney in the NBL. The Melbourne Tigers comfortably accounted for Townsville, while the Kings inconsistent season continued. They led by as much as 10 in the first quarter but struggled to rein in the 36ers from that point on. He's just having his way with the Sydney Kings down low.Adelaide have three wins from the five games so far this season. A dramatic end to qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with championship leader Sebastian Vettel relegated to the back of the grid for tonight's race. Martin Hamilton-Smith grabbed poll ahead of web -- Lewis him amilton grabbed poll -- Vettel chasing his third straight win clipped a wall in qualifying. He was late to stop and park his car but the decision to pull over was due to fuel irregularities an offence that saw Vettel disqualified and sent to the back of the grid. The controversy leaves the door ajar for title rider Fernando Alonso starting in ofth position. That race happening later tonight.The Sky News weather showers and thunders expected in the south. Warm and mostly sunny in the east. Sky News national is coming up with the top stories of the day. Including a new anti-smoking campaign, launched targeting pre naent women -- pregnant women. Live Captioning by Ai-Media ai-media.tv clsh clsh