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(generated from captions) If it's not the murder weapon,

the whole foundation of the case
is in jeopardy.

Because if that's not
the murder weapon,

then you have to go back
to the beginning and say,

"Well, what was
and who had access to that?"

>> NARRATOR: The report concluded

the FBI overstated much of the
scientific evidence against Ivins.

>> It isn't possible to reach
a definitive conclusion

based on
the scientific evidence alone.

It's very important for us to
understand the limits of science

in an investigation such as this.

>> Today, a report
that undercuts the FBI's case

against the alleged anthrax attacker.

>> A panel of scientists came out
questioning the FBI's findings.

>> ...Scientifically strong
as the FBI made it out to be...

>> Raising fresh doubt
about the investigation.

>> NARRATOR:
At the Justice Department,

they continue to insist the case
is stronger than just the science.

>> It's not just the science.

It's not just strange behaviour
on the part of Dr. Ivins.

It's not just an obsession or two.

It's not just the mailbox.

It's the confluence
of all these things taken together.
That's compelling evidence.

And only when you take a step back
and you look at
all the evidence taken together

can you realise
that this is the right person.

>> NARRATOR: But after a decade,

600,000 man-hours,
and tens of millions of dollars,

one of the key scientists
who worked on the investigation

says she's not convinced
the government has made its case

against Bruce Ivins.

>> This was not an airtight case,
by any means.

For an awful lot of people,

there is a desire
to really want to say

that, "Yes,
Ivins was the perpetrator.

This case can reasonably be closed."

But I think... I think
part of what's driving that

is the fact that,

if he wasn't the perpetrator,

then it means that person
is still out there.

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This program is captioned live. Taser inquest, coroner's damning findings over the death of a Brazilian student.An almost ungoverned pack mentality, like schoolboys in Lord of the Flies. Toyota steering alert, 12,000 Priuses to be recalled in Australia, 2.7 million worldwide. Reassuring China, Hillary Clinton's calming message at the AUSMIN talks.The Pacific is big enough for all of us. And the government challenges the silence of the confessional in child sex abuse cases. Good evening. Welcome to the program. I'm Kathy Novak. The head of the NSW police has pledged a full review of the use of tasers. His promise follows the state coroner's scathing criticism of police at the inquest into the death of Brazilian student, Roberto Laudisio Curti. The coroner recommended disciplinary action against five officers. But Curti's family has expressed disappointment there was no call for criminal prosecution.

prosecution. The coroner described their actions as thuggish. She said police often have to use force in the course of their job but they do not have a licence to act recklessly.

recklessly. Mr Curti was chased down by police in Sydney's Pitt Street.He was tasered more than a dozen times, sprayed with almost three cans of OC spray, handcuffed and restrained by seven officers. They were an abuse of powers, in some instances even thuggish. Roberto Laudisio's family welcomed the findings. They acknowledge that it won't ease their pain but thanked the coroner for her frank assessment. But they expressed disappointment that criminal charged would not be pursued. Whilst nothing will ever bring Roberto back we continue to push for those responsible to face the consequences for their appalling behaviour on that night.The coroner has urged the state's police commissioner take disciplinary action against five officers. She said some had been less than credible and evasive and has recommends the matter be referred to the Police Integrity Commission.We live with what the coroner has given us. We will go forward. We will not be shying away from what has to be done and clearly there is much work before us.The Commissioner has also announced a full review of taser training and standard operating procedures. The coroner was scathing in her assessment of how police handled Mr Curti on the night he died. But the police say their own review cleared all officers of any wrong doing. It'll now fall to the Police Integrity Commission to have the final say on that. But all the officers involved are no longer allowed to carry tasers. Not all of the officers are back on the street, but those who are have been disaccredited.Their accreditation has been removed to carry tasers and they will need to reaccredit. They will need to go through the training before they are then in a position to carry tasers again.And the case has been big news in Roberto Laudisio's home country, Brazil.We have newspapers and news portals covering all the situation, all the inquest during the ten days.But the coverage has been far more intensive here in Australia.

Australia.
Toyota has this evening announced its recalling 2.7 million of its energy-saving Prius models around the world, more than 12,000 of them in Australia. It's over a potentially dangerous problem with the steering. But the world's largest carmaker has emphasised the fault has caused no accidents and can be quickly fixed. The alert was sparked in Japan where Toyota says there've been no accidents, but around 400 complaints over a pump problem and a handful about steering. The vehicles in focus were manufactured between August 2000 and December 2011, the Prius Hybrid may suffer from both defects. The concern in Australia is the steering of the second generation Prius built between May 2003 and April 2009. Three cases have been reported, but no accidents or injuries.What this basically means is if people forcefully turn their steering wheel into full lock while driving slowly, the splints in this part may eventually wear over time. Worst case, drivers could lose control of their vehicle. Once lauded for its safety standards, Toyota has been forced into damage control mode after several high- profile recalls. Just last month, an alert was issued for 7 million vehicles including the Camry and Corolla over a fire risk tied to faulty electric windows. Earlier this year it added two models to a controversial 2009 recall when floor mats trapped under the accelerator were linked to accidents that allegedly caused dozens of deaths in the US. This led to a US congressional probe, more than $50 million in fines from regulators and public apologies. So what impact from the latest hit to its reputation?It's too early to say, but certainly our customers like the fact that they know they can trust Toyota. That if there's any potential problem they know they'll find out about it.Drivers here are being asked to have the steering shaft replaced at an authorized dealer, around an hour's work.

work. US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has moved to reassure China that it has no reason to worry over the greater military co-operation between the United States and Australia. The AUSMIN talks in Perth also saw an announcement of a new American space telescope to be located in Australia. Paying respects to fallen soldiers. The US Secretary of State and Secretary of Defence alongside Australia's leaders. Then it was down to business as AUSMIN talks began in earnest. Hillary Clinton welcomed Australia's recent win of a UN Security Council seat, which she says opens the door to even greater co-operation.Australia's membership on the Security Council will be essential.

will be essential. For example on Iran where the international community remains firm and united in our efforts to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons and on Syria, where we need to stand together now to increase pressure on the Assad regime and expand humanitarian assistance.She says she can see the US and Australia's shared vision in the Federal Government's Asian White Paper. The US Secretary of Defence says that as both countries face budget cuts, the challenges of Afghanistan, North Korea and other threats to regional security remain. Late today, the leaders released a communique outlining key areas for co-operation. They include protecting Asia-Pacific security and encouraging China to show greater transparency in modernising its military, supporting regional dialogue and advancing global security, including in Afghanistan.

security, including in Afghanistan.
The Defence Minister Stephen Smith confirmed that the number of US Marines based in Darwin will rise to 2,500 by 2016 and that discussions were started on expanding US access northern Australian air bases. But the leaders say that China has no reason to be concerned.

reason to be concerned.The Pacific is big enough for all of us and we stand to benefit from increased co- operation.The US says it will also tackle the problem of space debris by stationing a powerful radar and space telescope in Australia. Satellite communications are very important. Not just from a national security point of view but from a commercial and social point of view. The US Defence Secretary described the deal as a major leap forward in bilateral space co-operation. And with China concentrating the minds of those at AUSMIN, it's been a day of momentous change in Beijing. The Chinese Communist Party has approved a new leadership committee. That's paved the way for Vice President Xi Jinping to be appointed to the country's top position tomorrow. Delegates arrive for the final act of this week long congress.

of this week long congress. All sticking to the tightly-written script, full of praise for the man almost certain to be the next Communist Party Chief and President. Not that she has a safe. -- say.

Not that she has a safe. -- say. As well as Xi Jinping as leader, Vice Premier Li Keqiang is tipped to replace Wen Jiabo as premier. So what kind of leader will Xi Jinping be? Many speculate, but few know. His wisest strategy is to lay low, not to reveal his policy indications, not to antagonise any significant vested interested group. That would be the safest way for him to pick up the highest position. He's talked of as a potential reformer amid major economic challenges and growing social unrest, but what chances? On the wealth gap, one analyst says reform of state-owned enterprises, the source of much corruption, will be difficult.There's a whole lot of billionaires who emerge from favourable relations with the state sector. It's very hard to reform this because these are vested interests and they know how to fight back.During the Congress current President Hu Jintao called for political change, more open government, more grassroots democracy, and the rule of law. But for centuries, stability through strong government has been paramount for China's leaders and this week that message didn't change. Coming up after the break: The UN blamed for failing to protect civilians towards the end of Sri Lanka's civil war.

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of Sri Lanka's civil war.
The Federal Government wants Catholic priests who hear the confessions of sex offenders to be forced to report them to police. The Catholic Church insists the confessional is sacrosanct and priests should remain exempt from reporting requirements. But the Attorney-General says the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse could insist that the confessional seal be broken. The church says the confessional is sacrosanct. But for confessions of sexual abuse, the Government says it shouldn't be.I think the whole community finds that idea really abhorrent. There aren't a different set of rules that apply. Child sexual abuse is a crime. It should be reported. Adults have got a duty of care towards children and it's not good enough for people to engage in sins of omission and not act when a child is at risk.Senior members of the Opposition think so too.I think the Royal Commission will be a good opportunity to get into a lot of these issues. Where crimes are committed, the police should know about them.The law is no respecter of persons. Everyone has to obey the law regardless of what job they're doing, regardless of what position they hold.But some state-based criminal laws exempt Catholic priests hearing confession from the mandatory reporting requirements applying to other professionals, including doctors and teachers.I think it's an anachronism. This is a medieval law that needs to change in the 21st century.Independent Senator Nick Xenophon tried to legislate to remove the exemption when he was in the SA State Parliament nine years ago. Back then, both Labor and the Liberals voted him down. It seems that there is now a growing acknowledgment that the seal of the confessional needs to be broken. The Nationals leader says the Royal Commission must help strengthen society.It needs to have a positive outlook rather than some kind of a witch hunt into events in the past. They are horrible and they should not happen again in the future.The Attorney-General's consulting on the inquiry's terms of reference, starting with the states and territories. She's also considering commissioners with a range of backgrounds and says it will probably require more than one. A leaked draft of an internal United Nations report says its staff failed to protect civilians in final stages of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2009. It's estimated 40,000 died in the last months of the 26-year conflict. The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia has defended the UN, saying its employees needed to leave for their own safety. In May 2009, one of the world's longest-running and bloodiest civil wars ended in Sri Lanka. Since then, the UN and others have found growing evidence of abuse and possible war crimes by Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. A draft UN report given by the BBC confirms there en by the BBC confirms there was a grave failure of the UN in the 4th final months of the war. It says many senior UN staff did not perceive the Prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility. This was not a peacekeeping mission. When the government lost its final assault in the north, warning UN aid workers it could not guarantee their safety, the when pulled out. The report said the UN never question the government. -- the when.Isn't this what we are here to do? To protect.Hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped. There were ns were trapped. There were used as human shields by the Tamil Tigers. The report notes that throughout the final stages of this bloody conflict the UN issued only one statement condemning roadsides. There was reluctance to publish casualty figures. -- both sides. Decision making across the UN was across the UN was dominated by a culture of trade-offs.

trade-offs. the report highlights the positive role of some UN staff on the UN staff on the ground as well as the Secretary General. The UN says it will not comment until he sees the final version. A former senior version. A former senior UN official now chairs the ficial now chairs the Sri Lanka campaign for peace and ign for peace and justice.They left when the population needed them more than ever. The government did not want anyone to see what was happening.The world looked away as the government crushed a bend at terrorist group. hed a bend at terrorist group. The UN failed to tell the world what it

tell the world what it knew. -- banned. The report is due to be presented to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in New York this week. Here, the Race Discrimination Commissioner has expressed her shame at a report which found almost all the Aboriginal people surveyed had been racially abused. According to a study in Victoria, the vilification is causing significant mental health problems. Delegates to an Aboriginal health conference have been given a stark reminder of the gulf that still exists in Australian society.I am ashamed at the treatment of too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people based on their race and I believe I am not alone in that feeling.A Victorian study has reported 97% of indigenous people experienced racism in the past year. Nearly 70% said they had been exposed to at least eight incidents of racism so it was very common. It was occurring in a range of settings, shopping centres, public places, through to schools and employment.For victims of abuse, it's having a detrimental effect on their mental health.There's depression. There's a sense of powerlessness, alienation, invisibility. Feelings of no worth, less human.The findings, reported to a national conference on Aboriginal health, come amid a new race controversy in Canberra.

race controversy in Canberra.
Opening tomorrow's session of the two-day congress will be Australia's first lower House indigenous MP, Ken Wyett, who is at the centre of a row with his leader over Tony Abbott's description of the West Australian Liberal backbencher as an urban Aboriginal. The Opposition Leader has defended his use of the phrase.It would be terrific if as well as having an urban Aboriginal in our Parliament we had an Aboriginal person from Central Australia in our Parliament. An authentic representative from central Australia in our Parliament. An Aboriginal person is an Aboriginal person. It's not useful or helpful to put any adjective in front of that. You are either Aboriginal or you are not.Even one of his own colleagues has described Tony Abbott's language as a tiny bit clunky. A wave of anti-austerity anger is sweeping across Europe. Thousands of workers are taking part. Transport systems have been disrupted and hundreds of flights grounded. The protests began with coordinated action in Spain and Portugal. Police arrested demonstrators in Madrid. In Barcelona dozens of workers burned tyres and formed picket lines. More stoppages are taking place today in Greece, Italy, Belgium and France. Let's check the finance figures. The Australian share market has ended a four-day run of losses, driven higher by large financial sector stocks. The four major banks all posted gains. Global insurer QBE gained 2.4%, but recovered less than a third of yesterday's heavy losses. The mining and energy sectors were down. Tokyo's Nikkei closed flat after a string of recent losses. Markets in Europe are mixed in early deals. Wall Street fell amid worries about Greece's debt crisis and the US fiscal cliff. The Australian dollar is stronger against the greenback. It's also up against the British pound and mixed against the other major global currencies.

pound and mixed against the other
major global currencies. And on the commodity markets, both gold and oil are higher.

commodity markets, both gold and
oil are higher. Coming up, the weather and north Queensland in the shadow of a rare solar eclipse.

This morning's total solar eclipse promised to be spectacular and it delivered. Thousands of locals and tourists turned out to witness far north Queensland go dark as the sun, moon and earth aligned. They came for one of nature's greatest tricks and they weren't disappointed.

and they weren't disappointed. The moon, 400 times smaller than the sun, but 400 times further away, completely covering our solar system's biggest star for two minutes.All of a sudden it just changes totally. It was magnificent, absolutely spectacular.Thousands descended on beaches from Cairns to Port Douglas for the stellar event early this morning.It's going to be my third one. The first two were not very good so I hope this one will be very, very nice.The clouds had some worried, but come showtime the view was clear. And as the moon, travelling at one kilometre a second, completely covered the sun, solar flares the size of the Earth were visible.Those are hot ionized particles that are streaming along the magnetic field lines and it's kind of like a pot of hot spaghetti sauce that you're cooking that go blub, blub. But those blubs are magnetic blubs surrounded by filled with plasma that are spiralling around.In Sydney people went to the observatory hopeful of a glimpse.We'll see about 60% of the sun covered.They might have if the cloud cover hadn't spoiled the show. The only eclipse was on the screen. It was a bit disappointing, but what can you do? You can't control the weather.In New Zealand the view was better but it was only a partial eclipse. Back in Queensland the solar show that captivated so many was over in a flash. Briefly to sport and the Socceroos have defeated the Korean Republic 2-1 in tonight's international friendly. Australia may be ranked higher, but it was the Koreans who drew first blood with a strike by Lee Dong Gook in the 12th minute. The Socceroos managed to level the score with young gun Nikita Rukavytsya finding the net just before half time. A few more threatening shots at goal later, Australia hit the front just moments from the final whistle thanks to this well placed tap by Robert Cornthwaite. To

Robert Cornthwaite. To the weather now and onshore winds will bring showers to the NSW and far north Queensland coasts. Mostly high cloud across the south while a trough will see unsettled weather over the Top End.

That's the world this Wednesday. I'll be back with you tomorrow. Goodnight. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media - www.redbeemedia.com.au.

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