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This program is captioned live. Edging closer to war - Gaza militants kill three Israelis as they bury their assassinated leader. Taking charge - Xi Jinping anointed as China's new leader. Barack Obama's support for the embattled former CIA chief.We're safer because of the work that Dave Petraeus has done.And the strange case of John McAfee. The software pioneer wanted for questioning in a murder investigation.

Good evening and welcome to the program. The Middle East has plunged even deeper in to crisis tonight. The fear of war in Gaza looming ever greater. Rocket attacks from Gaza have claimed the lives of three Israelis. Hamas leaders had earlier warned in their words that rned in their words that the gates of hell would open after Israel killed the head of the organisation's military wing. A young Israeli soldier screaming in fear as rockets from militants in Gaza head her way. Tonight schools and offices near the Gaza border remain closed, as Israel said three civilians were killed in a direct hit on this apartment block. Medics and Gaza's rulers say more than 100 air strikes have killed at least 11 and injured at least 115. What Israel calls the start of Operation Pillar of Defence began with this, the assassination of Ahmad Jabari, the top commander in Hamas's military wing in a missile strike in Gaza City.Ahmad Jabari has a lot of Israeli blood on his hands. Thousands attended his funeral after an attack Hamas said opened the gates of hell. Another spokesman said it was practically a declaration of war.

Jabari's killing was the escalation Israel had been vowing for days. The flare-up of violence included last weekend's militant attack which injured four Israeli soldiers. This all started by anti-tank missile that anti-tank missile that was launched against an Israeli jeep.Now Israel's defence forces say they've called up a limited number of reserve soldiers ahead of a possible ground incursion.

After meeting in emergency session, the UN Security Council called for an end to violence.Almost all those who spoke in the Security Council wanted this onslaught and aggression against our people to be stopped and to be stopped immediately.But the council took no other action, despite Arab nations pressing for formal condemnation of Israel. From Australia's Foreign Minister.These tragedies will continue while the Palestinian people are denied a state of their own and while Israel can't get the sort of security guarantees that will enable it to take something of a risk for peace. The Palestinian representative accused Israel of trying to draw attention away from Palestinian efforts to upgrade its UN observer status to implicitly recognise Palestinian statehood. Few foreign journalists have made it in to Gaza but one who is there filed this report a short while ago. I've just been to the main hospital in Gaza City where people are still being brought in. I saw a young girl being brought in. She's reportedly been injured in an air strike. We've been told by the people down at the hospital that they are seeing injuries which are horrific. But not just that, but they believe as they've claimed in the past that Israel has been using some form of unconventional weapon. I can't confirm that. That was the gist of what they were telling me. That's something we'll need to follow up and confirm. But the number of dead is at least 11. Nearly 90 injured. They're saying most of those are civilians. At the same time, people are bracing themselves for the next step of what Israel is going to do. Because at the moment, although a military spokesperson told us there is not a reserve call-up at the moment. There is some kind of action on that front. The defence minister is believed to be talking with cabinet members, precisely to be able to call on army reserves for a possible ground incursion. And the gunfire you may have heard in the backgrown wasn't part of the fighting but militants firing into the air at the funeral of their assassinated leader, Ahmad Jabari. Who was Ahmad Jabari? To Israel, he was a murderous terrorist who richly deserved rorist who richly deserved his fate. But to his supporters he was a hereof the Palestinian fight for statehood. A closer look now at the man behind the conflicting claims. In this Hamas video, Ahmad Jabari called for the liberation of Palestine. A former member, he abandoned a faction to join Hamas. He served 13 years in an Israeli prison. He rose rapidly through the ranks to become the de facto leader of a brigade. He answered questions about the funding sources of the military wing and connections with Iran.

Israel has a long history of targeting Hamas leaders. In 2002, the founder of the brigades, was killed in a bomb attack in his home. The spiritual leader was killed in a rocket attack as he was wheeled from prayers. One month later, his successor, Abdelaziz Rantisi, was killed in a rocket attack on his car. Jabari oversaw the kidnapping and imprisonment of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He personally escorted him to the Rafah Crossing on his release last year. The assassination has been condemned by Egypt who have withdrawn their ambassador to Egypt in protest.

The ousted President Mubarak was once seen as the key to restoring calm. Now the West is hoping that President Mursi will exercise the same leadership.

There's no sign of that yet with the chance of a new war growing more likely w war growing more likely by the day. Here, Palestinian and Israeli supporters faced off at dueling protests in Sydney.Free, free Palestine. Police watched on as the groups exchanged large antiand pro-Israel chants. The demonstrations remained peaceful. China's future under its new leaders.

China's Communist Party has announced its new top leadership, following its week-long congress. The seven Politburo members will have the responsibility of steering the world's second-largest economy over the next five years. As expected, former vice president Xi Jinping has been appointed to the top post. It's a once-in-a-decade change of leadership. Xi Jinping is the new face, but for his Communist Party backers he is the candidate of continuity for the world's fastest- growing major economy.

Ours is a political party that serves the people wholeheartedly. The party has led the people in scoring accomplishments that have captured the attention of the world. We have every reason to be proud. Proud, but not complacent, and we will never rest on our laurels. He promised reform on what many in the Communist Party still consider a highly-sensitive issue.

The problem among party members of corruption, taking bribes, being out of touch with the people, undue emphasis on formalities and bureaucratism, must be addressed with great efforts. But, there's no sign that China's political elite are ready to loosen their grip on power.

There is no democracy, even within the party, in the election of the Politburo and the standing committee. The membership of the standing committee of the Politburo has been trimmed from nine to seven. Five people of those seven are loyalists to Jiang Zemin, the former general secretary, who actually stepped down ten years ago so his influence still lingers. After Xi Jinping, the next most important is Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who will take over the premier's position from Wen Jiabao.

The challenge is - how to overcome the vested interests. The fact that that premier Wen Jiabao, he has made lots of appeals for political reforms, but there has been no significant response on the part of other leaders. Many observers say reform is now off the agenda. China itself will continue moving in the same direction politically that it has been moving, which is glacial change. Economic change could bring about future political change. That would be a little bit surprising if you saw anything radical in the next five years. Xi Jinping says the road ahead will be arduous. The Communist Party has taken its first step. The challenge is convincing most of China's 1.3 billion people to follow.

Hillary Clinton, who yesterday reassured China that the US shouldn't be seen as a rival in Asia, has wrapped up what is likely to be her last visit to Australia as US Secretary of State. She spent the day in Adelaide, touring the facility where Australia's new air warfare destroyers are being built. The government of Burma is hoping the US appreciates its latest goodwill gesture. It's released more than 450 prisoners in an amnesty, ahead of President Barack Obama's historic visit next week. The administration of President Thein Sein has made freedom for political prisoners a mainstay of its reforms as it seeks international aid. But, Mr Obama has more pressing matters on his mind right now, not least - the sex scandal swirling around former CIA chief, David Petraeus. At his first post- election news conference, the President was full of praise for General Petraeus's achievements. Good morning. In his first news conference since winning a second term in office. I hear you have a lot of questions. President Obama talked about a topic that has been a big distraction since the election - the widening scandal surrounding David Petraeus. From my perspective, at least, he has provided this country with extraordinary service. We are safer because of the work that Dave Petraeus has done. The retired 4-star army general resigned last week because of an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, who had unprecedented access to Petraeus.

I have no evidence, at this point, from what I've seen that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had a negative impact on national security.

But, the FBI is not convinced. It searched Broadwell's home earlier this week, looking for evidence that she had access to classified information. And, certain statements she made publicly are particularly troubling to investigators, including this comment regarding the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.

Now, I don't know if you have actually heard this, but the CIA complex has actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think that the attack on the Consulate was actually an effort to try and get these prisoners back. That's still being vetted. The army has suspended her security clearance. All of this is also troubling for law makers on Capitol Hill, especially that Petraeus's resignation came as such a surprise. I think that's outrageous and I think it's outrageous that no members of Congress, those congressional committees, weren't informed. While travelling in Australia, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta also fielded questions about the Petraeus scandal, and was quick to defend General John Allen, who is being investigated for improper conduct.

He certainly has my continued confidence.

But, confidence seems to be in short supply as long as this scandal continues to widen.

I am withholding judgement. It continues to raise questions. The Prime Minister is in Sydney tonight where she's addressed a gathering of business leaders. Ms Gillard extolled the virtues of the government's recently-released Asian Century White Paper, telling her audience that private sector engagement is a key to its success.

That paper is the plant to make changes were glass block because we face any immediate crisis, we do not, because we stand on burning platform, we are not, but because we face an unprecedented opportunity.The Prime Minister commented on China's change of leadership, saying she looks forward to China implementing a pilot emissions trading scheme in 2015.

The Australian share market closed lower following steep falls on Wall Street.

The big four major banks suffered losses. Retailer Myer soared 6.5% to its highest level in almost six months. Tokyo's Nikkei rose on speculation that Japan's Premier will be unseated in elections next month. Sony plunged 8.85%.

Markets in Europe are weaker in early deals.

The eurozone is tipping into recession into ing into recession into the third quarter. Wall Street tumbled when President Barack Obama challenged Republicans to accept tax increases for the wealthy. The Australian dollar is stronger against the Japanese yen and down against the pound and other major currencies.

Gold is down, while oil is up.

Ireland is embroiled in a moral dilemma over abortion after the tragic death of a mother, when doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy. They did so even though a miscarriage was inevitable.

There had been living here for over four years. ing here for over four years. She and her husband helped organise celebrations among stick the ebrations among stick the Indian community. Recently, they got news they were expecting their first baby but she developed complications. She went to hospital. ns. She went to hospital. She complained of severe pain. She was 17 weeks pregnant. She suffered a miscarriage. She subsequently died as a result of complications. Her husband took her body back to India. I spoke o India. I spoke to him today. He claims that medical staff refused to give her an abortion saying it was not possible because they were a Catholic country.

Do you believe, if she'd been allowed an abortion, she would have survived? Health Minister has ordered an immediate investigation. It a terrible tragedy, for any woman to die during pregnancy. It's something that we are all very upset by.In the past 30 years, the Irish have had a number of referendums but the legal position has not been enshrined in a legislation. Abortions have been allowed when the light was at risk but campaigners say the legal confusion now needs to end. Regardless of the individual circumstances, it highlights the lack of legislation and guidelines and there would not have been in the negative for the doctors to determine what to do.Question time in Parliament was dominated by the death of the Indian woman and modern Ireland has been reluctant to legislate on abortion but this tragedy may turn out to be a turning point in the Irish political history.e Irish political history. Each year, an estimated 4,000 Irish women travel to the UK for abortions.

The name McAfee is familiar to millions who've had its trademark anti-virus software installed on their computers. But now, the company's founder John McAfee is in the headlines for entirely different reasons. He's wanted for questioning over the murder of a neighbour in the Central American country of Belize. McAfee insists he's innocent, but he's on the run from police. Wanted for questioning but nowhere to be found, John McAfee denies any wrongdoing.

I am innocent of everything they're accusing me of, except probably foolishness for staying here in the country, although, I still intend to stay. Police want to question McAfee about the murder of his neighbour, Florida native Gregory Faull, who was found shot in the head in his home over the weekend.

Well, he told us that we were going into town at seven. I was going to leave without saying anything, but when I went up to the house, I saw from outside that the doors were open.

Police say there was no sign of a break-in, but that a laptop and a mobile were missing. John McAfee is a pioneer of anti-virus software. He made millions after he sold his company, McAfee, in the 1990s, moving to the Central American country four years ago. He says he's afraid of what might happen if he hands himself in, fearing the police's Gang Suppression Unit has it in for him.

To put myself in their hands, I think, is lunacy, I really do. What I can expect is that the Gang Suppression Unit will do what the GSU does - beat me soundly until I confess to a multitude of sins.

The Prime Minister of Belize has backed the police, calling for McAfee to turn himself in, and attempted to reassure the 67-year- old that he has nothing to fear. It is not the first time McAfee has been in trouble with the law. He was detained earlier this year in Belize over the alleged possession of guns and drugs, but was later released without charge.

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All eyes are, of course, on China tonight with its landmark change of leadership. But, Hollywood has been focusing on the rising superpower for quite a while now, seeking to cash-in on a massive and growing Chinese market for movies.

And American superhero but one partially made but one partially made in China. The newest movie is a. The newest movie is a joint production between two companies and it reflects a new partnership giving American film- makers a better chance to reach expanding Chinese market.To give you some perspective, in China, they build about 10 movie screens each day in China. A double their theatres.So magicians say China may be the largest market in the world by et in the world by 2020 with a current capital of 34 film CG and most Americans find themselves on the app side. n the app side. That's why companies like these and others like James Cameron prefer partnerships with Chinese companies. The former senator is the head of the motion Picture Association and he says that partnerships are vitally important. There is important. There is no limitation on the quota on co-productions between US and Chinese film-makers and that offer opens tremendous opportunities beyond the 34 films that are now allowed each year.Hollywood's happy ending is not written just yet and the bay at still challenges in China including the Government censorship.There's a lot of obstacles to get the films into China, it's not just past the censors but also knowing who to work within China.While co- productions of films like the upcoming Ironman get much attention these collaborations are still relatively few and far between. Last year, only five films got in with an official co-production status. That's not to say others did not getting it in other ways but those in other ways but those five films, none of those were American s, none of those were American films.Incremental increases helped remental increases helped the American film industry. The Chinese government expects the country's box office revenues to reach $5 billion by 2015.

To the weather now. A low is triggering rain in the south and storms in the west. Hot northerlies are affecting Queensland and northern NSW. A weak front is bringing cooler winds and showers to Tasmania. Mostly sunny in Perth. Possible thunderstorms for Darwin and Brisbane. Rain in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Showers clearing in Adelaide.

Wet in New Zealand's major cities.

Showers for Nadi and Tahiti. Thunder in Bangkok and Singapore. Showers for Denpasar. Rain in Phnom Penh and Port Moresby.

Clouds in Beijing and Seoul.

Sunny in Tokyo. Wet in Manila and Hong Kong. Drizzle for Taipei.

Overcast in Beirut, Tehran and Jerusalem. Fog in Delhi. Clear skies in Mumbai and Riyadh. Showers for Islamabad.

Rain in Moscow. Clouds for Berlin and Rome. Showers in London and Madrid. Fog in Paris. Thunder in Athens. Fine in Addis Ababa and Cairo. Wet for Nairobi and Casablanca. Thunder in Lagos and Johannesburg.

Overcast skies for Santiago, Buenos Aires and Lima. Rain in Caracas and La Paz. Scattered showers for Rio de Janeiro.

That's the world this Thursday. I'll be back with you at the slightly later time of 10:35 tomorrow night. Goodnight.

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NARRATOR: Cross Bones Graveyard is
a disused cemetery in South London.

The site, which dates back
to the 16th century,

was an unconsecrated graveyard
for 'single women' -

a contemporary euphemism
for prostitutes.

In recent times,

local residents have created
a memorial at the gates of the site.

So, just through here, just there,

is where all these women
and children were buried.

It's really eerie.
It's a horrible feeling.

These women were all buried here,
nameless, with their children

400, 500 years ago.

And women are still
doing this today, so...

It's not going anywhere, is it?

Gail Porter has agreed
to go on a journey

to explore whether or not

Britain is currently taking
the right approach to prostitution.

It's a journey that will take her
from the flats of Soho

to the red-light districts
of Europe,

from the UK's hidden brothels
to the windows of Amsterdam.

Along the way,

she'll meet the police, the
politicians and the women themselves

in a bid to understand

whether our legal system
is making a bad situation worse

and whether, in the 21st century,

prostitution should really be
viewed as a crime.

WOMAN: The law generally
is very dangerous,

so what we'd want
is decriminalisation...

The growth of prostitution
is normalising this notion

that women, and girls in particular,
are available for sexual use to men.

GAIL: It's just put everything into
a completely different perspective.