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Delivering unrivalled live coverage - this is Sky News, Australia's news channel. Today - senior MPs defend the Prime Minister over allegations surrounding her involvement in a union slush fund. Rye yotd police clash with protesters in Cairo. Tens of thousands taking to the streets as the President makes a grand for unprecedented power.Queensland MP Ray Hopper jumps ship quitting the LNP to join Bob Katter's Australian Party.

This is News Now for Sunday, 25 November I am Gemma Veness.Also, Australians mark White Ribbon Day a campaign to put a stop to violence against women.In sport, South Africa looking shaky on day four of the second test against Australia. And the Sky News weather:

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Senior Labor MPs are rallying behind the Prime Minister over the AWU scandal, labelling it a right wing conspiracy theory. For the first time Julia Gillard's former boyfriend has defended her against allegations linking her to a union slush fund.The Opposition is not deterred vow be to pursue the Prime Minister for answers in parliament this week. Bruce Wilson is the central character in a 20-year-old fraud scandal that is suffocating the Prime Minister's agenda. He's Julia Gillard's ex boyfriend. She provided advice in setting up an association which became a slush fund and was later used to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars of union money. She's repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and today he publicly backed her claims.Declare ing she knew absolutely categorically nothing about the issue.His defence is not supported by the documents nor by the recollections of many others.The Opposition maintain the Prime Minister still has questioned to answer. The Government says it is their motive that's questionable.We in the Labor Party see it this is a conspiracy there cry.This is a matter that -- theory.This is a matter raised by Julia Gillard's former law partners, by her current cabinet colleagues, by some of her backbench, by former union officials.Bruce Wilson also warned whoever is pursuing the story they won't find anything. There is a group of people being funded by God knows who, but they are going to come unstuck big time.The Deputy Opposition Leader says she has new questions to put to the Prime Minister in parliament.Whether she was honest with the firm's client, the AWU, and when she found out about the fraud cording to her own version of events why she did nothing to help recover the money.She wants to be Miss Marple she has have something she wants to solve. What is it she is trying to solve here.It is set for an explosive final sitting week. The Opposition at the very least will be seeking a full parliamentary statement from the Prime Minister and at this stage there is no indication she will comply.She is one hell of a tough lady.It will be a tough week to end 2012 an important week for both sides who both want to start an election year with the moment um behind them. Veteran Queensland MP Ray Hopper has resigned from the Liberal National Party and joined Katter's Australian Party. He says he has been unhappy with the Government's leadership and he felt pressure in the party to give into coal seam gas and also the Cubbie Station sell-off.I left because of the leadership of the LNP. The LNP itself is a grass roots party and full of wonderful people. The once great National Party has now been taken over. Campbell Newman is a fine leader and a good premier. But Campbell Newman is under the influence of the Liberal Party, and has forgotten about the National Party. Is he arrogant?I'm not saying he's ar gantd, I'm saying the once great National Party has been left behind.Mr Hopper says he believes others will follow him but premier Campbell Newman says he doesn't expect any more defections.It's a case of back to the future for the Federal Opposition announcing plans to reintroduce a key John Howard policy.The Coalition is seeking to reinstate temporary protection visas, for asylum seekers that was abolished by Kevin Rudd.They are not a permanent bridge to permanent residence as the Government's bridging visa proposal is Parliament is about to sit for the final time this year. The Coalition won't have the numbers or the time to get their proposal through either House.NSW premier Barry O'Farrell says he doesn't have the power to suspend the coal exploration licences that are at the centre of a corruption enquiry involving the state Labor Party.The Independant Commission Against Corruption is looking into the granting of mining exploration licences in the Bylong Valley in 2008. And whether former Labor minister Eddie Obeid stood to benefit.Our advice is clear, we don't have the power to do what John Robertson the Labor lead in NSW is asking us to do which is to scrap the leases. What is clear so far from it the ICAC enquiry is Labor ignored process to award these licences, and that cost the state millions of dollars potentially. What's clear now is Labor's learned nothing because the Opposition Leader wants us to scrap those licences which would open up the state to hundreds of millions of dollars of compensation.The licences remain active but Mr O'Farrell says no money has been made out of them as yet.In the meantime more than minister Bob Carr says NSW Labor has questions to answer over were why Mr Obeid was kept in parliamentIt wasn't the Labor Party has to give an explanation of why Eddie Obeid expelled from the cabinet in 2003 after the 2003 state election, was allowed to linger like a bad smell in the Legislative Council. In other words he was pre selected again to go back into the parliament. Having him removed from the ministry was a perfect reason to say you don't go back into parliament.But that was after my time.? A teenage boy has been captured risking his life to reach a high rise balcony during schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast.The news Ltd picture shows the boy walking along the narrow ledge of a top floor balcony just 24 hours after 17-year-old Isabelle Colman fell to her death.Friends who were actually staying at the Chevron and they were touched by it and a bit shaken and stuff like that 3 Last night a new influx from school leavers from southern states kicked off a week long party on the Gold Coast.Cars homes and even patios have been damaged after a wild storm swept through parts of parliament. Large hail and heavy rain lashed part of the state yesterday afternoon and Perth Airport recorded close to 30m l of rain in 20 minutes causing some localised flash flooding. The severe thunderstorm warning has been cancelled but more storms are possible today and expected to return again on went.The struggle over Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's claim of expanded powers has escalated. A panel of top judges denounced the move as an unprecedented assault on the judiciary. The protests continued today in Egypt, they were much smaller than yesterday. Egyptians who believed that President Mohamed Morsi has made a brazen power grab clashed with the authorities. But many people here support President Morsi's expanded role. Dina Zaccaria sh is a spokesperson for his party, saying the new measures are temporary and not anti-democratic because Mr Morsi won 52% of the vote in the presidential election.It's the same that's happened with Obama and Romney. It is everywhere. Democracy means that of course there will be a specific percentage for one and other one and one shall win. But after that election it's over.Now, all the citizens will have to wait for years for the one who is elected at President to support him until he proves whether he will succeed or not.But no American President has ever controlled the legislative and executive branches of government and then made himself immune to judicial oversight. It is that consolidation of power that makes some Egyptians not only angry but fearful. Thousands of students and teachers have taken to the streets of Rome to protest against cuts to education by the Italian government. The dem straction came as Prime Minister Mario Monti pushed through more austerity measures to avoid a repeat of the eurozone crisis that's crippled Spain and Portugal. Cyprus is the latest country seeking a bail-out from the EU to avoid financial ruin. Thai protesters have clashed with police in the first major protest against the Government since it came to power last year.Bottles were thrown by 10,000 demonstrators who attempted to break up a line of riot police officers blocking a bangcock street. Five officers were injured in the clashes, two seriously.130 people were arrested. Some of them carrying knives and bullets. They are calling for the Thai Prime Minister to step down. The body of Yasser Arafat will be exhumed early next week. The former Palestinian leader died 8 years ago after suddenly falling ill leading to suggestions he was poisoned.Swiss French and Russian experts will take samples as part of a new enquiry into his death. Palestinians are convinced Yasser Arafat was assassinated.We will investigate it until we find the killer.. On 27 November we will exhume the body, the ceremony is closed to the media due to the sacredness of this man. It should not be on the cameras of the media outlets.Six new Cardinals are joining the elite club of churchmen who will elect the next Pope. Pope Benedict elevated the group. They are all under age 80 and for the first time there are no Europeans.Instead they are from Asia, Africa and America. Their nominations bring the number of voting aged Cardinals to 120. Today marks international white ribbon day with over 400 events beings held around the country. The aim of the day is to raise awareness about violence against women. In 1999 the UN declared November 25 international day for the elimination of violence against women with the white ribbon as its symbol. In 2003 white ribbon began in Australia.Today the male-led prevention campaign calls on all men to take a stand, speak out and put a stop to violence against women.Men speaking out and saying that violence against women, against our sisters, against our mothers, against our partners our colleagues and friends is totally unacceptable.Each year police respond to hundreds of thousands of domestic violence related incidents put butt it is thought these only represent a fraction of events.One woman is killed every week by a partner or someone known to her and that is only one of the statistics. It is the largest cause of homelessness for women and children. It's a very huge insidious issue in our community and we need a total community kilometre pain to turn attitudes and -- campaign and to turn attitudes and behaviours around that allow the violence to occur.One in three women aged over 15 reports physical or sexual viems at some time in their leaves. Domestic violence is major cause for homelessness for women and chair children. -- their children This is News Now on Sky News. We will have all the top stories for you just ahead plus a check in all the sport with Megan Barnard including things getting rough in the All Blacks clash with Wales. And an embarrassing moment for a goalkeeper in the English Premier League.

The top stories - Julia Gillard's former union boss boyfriend Bruce Wilson has declared she knew nothing about a union slush fund as senior Labor MPs stand in support of the Prime Minister.Police have clashed with sthounds of protesters in Cairo as Tahir square as judges in Egypt hit back as President Mohamed Morsi's claim of expanded powers. And veteran Queensland MP Ray Hopper has reresign ed from the Liberal National Party and joined the Australian Party. Claims more MP also follow suit next year. Weather: We have all the sport with Megan and a blow for Australian cricket.We are talking about James Pattinson's injury, we finally found out the full extent of that and he's been ruled out for the remaining four tests of the season with a lower rib injury. The paceman collected the injury while bowling yesterday but still managed to bat this afternoon. Further examination after this test will determine a timeframe for his return to cricket.In the meantime South Africa will need to produce a record run chase if they are to beat Australia in the second test at the Adelaide Oval.The Aussies declared with a lead of 429 and the Proteas top order is already under pressure. It didn't take long for the Michaels Clark and Hussey to keep the score board ticking over on day four.Bang. Away he goes.Mr Cricket had Hashim Amla ducking for cover taking Australia's lead past 300. Full toss and gone.The Aussie skipper wasn't holding back either.Slogged. Sweet.Dale Steyn the man to finally break the partnership.That stayed low. Decked back and his Michael Clarke in front.Hussey brought up his 50 but managed just four more runs.This should be out. Mid-on. Comfortable catch.James Pattinson was given a lifeline by video review, but they weren't going to question Matt Wade's dismissal.It's gone. Yes, he is. He finally gets his man.Still the tail ender the pitched together to take Australia's lead past 400.. Niext tries hard Hilfenhaus and gets on with -- it Clark enjoyed the show for a few overs before calling them in and setting a victory target of 430 and the Aussie bowlers made a dream start.It's out. Yes Ricky Ponting.Safe as you like. Smith gone for a duck. Still on cricket and Ricky Ponting says he hasn't spoken with national selectors about his immediate future but is expecting that that conversation to happen sooner rather than later. He says he still wants to play in the Ashes next year but admits he needs to return to form quickly.I'm a realist. I live in the real world and I know that if I'm not getting runs there is no chance I might not make the summer out so I definitely won't be in England. We will see how we go for Perth but that is all it is. I have no illusions or dissolutions about where I'm at or where the cricket is at. It's a matter of working hard and hopefully when I get a chance to bat in the middle I'm more assertive than I have been in the last couple of games.There is growing pressure for him to retire after this series with South Africa.They have a couple of younger options I think Hughes and Kwaja have started to push forward so I think he deserves to go out the right way and I think the right way probably will be after Perth, selectors say to him alright we will give you Perth you can have a found farewell but we want you to retire before the game and that way any younger guys they want to bring in they can bring them in to the Sri Lankan series and it is a little bit easier for the younger guys. So that's the quay I would like to see him go about it -- way I would like to see him go about it.Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is hopeful Brett Sheehan is right to play against Wales next week despite hurting his ankle in Australia's win over Italy this morning.

the Wallabies struggle for consistency continues, after a disappointing display against Italy.There is no doubting the passion and physical approach in Italian rugby, even during the national anthem. Timani only stirred the Italians further with this early elbow but the most telling blow from the Wallabies came in the 19th minute.Ashleigh Cooper and now Cummins! ShNick Cummins, try last week against England and he's on the shore sheet against Italy will.The string of penalty goals extended the Wallabies lead to 22-6 half time, the only concern at that stage halfback Brett Sheehan forced off with a leg injury. Australia had a few more problems to deal with right after the break.Timani went without it. Chance here. Getting back is Mitchell. He leaves it behind and diving on it is Barbieri.The Wallabies have switched off mistakes and some over acting got the as euryright back in the contest -- Azzurri right back into the contest and this this kick in the dying stages to level the match. Pfrn The All Blacks were far more impressive against Wales in Cardiff.Ma'a Nonu. Rad Smith and finally Missen.Match as good as over as half time, Tony Woodcock crashing over from the line-out to make it 23-nil.New Zealand relentless as they maintain their undefeated tour record. Around the corner.Romano with the try. The All Blacks complete the tour against England next week hooker Andrew Hore likely to be missing after this king hit in the opening minutes of the match. In the meantime South Africa scored the only try of the game in their 16-15 win over England.It is Lewis and then another ball comes flying back. That is rotten luck for England if that is a try. Back home and round 8 of the A-League comes to an end this afternoon with what should be a thriller. The Roar heads to the NSW central coast to tackle their rivals, the Mariners.And in results last night the Wanderers went down to the Victory. The Heart and Jets shared the points while the Phoenix scored a valuable draw in Perth. The Glory scored first but were forced to share the points after Jeremy Brockie netted one for the visitors.Brockie.He's deadly isn't he? In the meantime the Victory responded after going a man down early to grab all three points against the Wanders and Newcastle came from a draw from behind to draw three each with the Melbourne Heart. Chelsea will be hoping to welcome interim coach Rafa Benit, ez to the club with a win over Manchester City tonight. There were wins this morning for:

After an eventful week, new QPR manager Harry Redknapp was at Old Trafford where his new club was still searching for its first win of the season. Redknapp would have liked what he saw in the early stages, Jamie Mackie found the back of the net only to be ruled overside. But it was second time lucky for the striker.He goes across goal and it's turned in.Coming off back-to-back 1-nil losses in all competitions United would again have to play from behind, not ideal but no worries for Johnny Evans. This is coming. He gets to it and on the goal-line headed in by Johnny Evans. He is prolific for Manchester United.QPR's defending against set pieces was average and Darren Fletcher made them pay.They have done it again.The come from behind win was complete, thanks to their in form striker.Hernandez.There is no stopping him now.Brett Holman is coming closer to scoring his first goal in the league.Found a little bit of space here. It's a rocket.The fingertip save from Chesney denying the Australian. Villa and Arsenal sharing the points in a scoreless draw. Swartion's Fulham suffered a -- Mark Schwartzer's Fulham suffered a 1-nil loss to Stoke.Knocks it down. 1-nil Stoke City 2 was that easy. A week after beating Manchester United Norwich appeared to be down and out against Everton but they salvaged a draw right at the death.It's been bundled over the line.Spare a thought for Habsi luckily this mistake didn't cost Wigan three points against Reading. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position in the F 1 championship shown-down in braise ill. Championship contender vet will start from 4, while Fernando Alonso is back in 8th on the grid. No-one could catch the McLaren duo of Hamilton and Jensen Button who locked up the front row for a fourth straight year.A McLaren front row lockout. Hamilton and button the 62nd front row lockout in Formula One. A new all time record.Vet needs to finish in the top four to secure his third straight championship. Check of the cricket the Proteas are now 3 for 45 we are looking good.Sky News weather now extensive cloud over the Northern Territory, WA and western South Australia with a slow moving trough is generating thunderstorms. Cloud over NSW with another trough is also cause a few thunderstorms. Low cloud over Queensland in most easterly winds is generating showers along the tropical coast. A low pressure trough will trigger showers and storms in South Australia, Victoria and along the ranges in NSW and another trough in the west will trigger thunders storms in central and northern parts of WA. A high pressure ridge will direct showers on to the Queensland coast. The forecast now for tomorrow:

This is News Now. The top stories are just ahead plus a man fights for life after he was found with head injuries on a Gold Coast highway. And British residents brace for more bad weather as heavy rain causes flooding across the UK.

This hour's top stories - senior MPs have backed the Prime Minister as speculation over her involvement in a union slush fund continues. Pressure has mounted on Egypt's President to step away from a drm attic power grab as -- dramatic power grab as tens of thousands of protesters clash with riot police in Cairo. A Queensland MP has quit the Liberal National Party to join Bob Katter's Australian Party. The sky weather:

Senior Labor MPs are rallying behind the Prime Minister over the AWU scandal, labelling it a right wing conspiracy theory. For the first time Julia Gillard's former boyfriend has defended her against allegations linking her to a union slush fund.The Opposition is is not deterred though, vowing to pursue the Prime Minister for answers in parliament this week. Bruce Wilson is the central character in a 20-year-old fraud scandal that suffocating the Prime Minister's agenda. He is Julia Gillard's ex boyfriend. She provided advice in setting up an association which became a slush fund and was later used to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars of union money.She's repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and today he publicly backed her claims.Declaring she knew absolutely categorically nothing about the issue.His defence is not supported by the documents nor by the recollections of many others.The Opposition maintains the Prime Minister still has questions to answer.The Government says it is their motif that's questionable.As we in the Labor Party see it this is a conspiracy theory.This is a matter that is being raised by Julia Gillard's former law partners, by her current cabinet colleagues, by some of her backbench. By former union officials.Bruce Wilson also warned whoever is pursuing the story they won't find anything. There is a group of people being funded by God knows who but they are going to come unstuck big time.The Deputy Opposition Leader says she's got new questions to put to the Prime Minister in parliament.Whether she was honest with the firm's client, the AWU, and when she found out about the fraud according to her own version of events why she did nothing to help recover the money.She wants to be Miss Marple she has to have something she want os solve. What is it she is trying to solve here.The stage is set for an explosionive final sitting week. The Opposition won't rule out a no confidence motion and will be seeking a full realliry statement from the Prime Minister.She is -- parliamentary statement from the Prime Minister.She is one hell of a tough lady.It is a tough week to end 2012, an important week for both sides who both want to start an election year with the momentum behind them. Veteran Queensland MP Ray Hopper has resigned from the Liberal National Party and joined Katter's Australian Party. He says he has been unhappy with the government's leadership and he felt pressure in the party to give into coal seam gas and the Cubbie Station sell-off.I left because of the leadership of the LNP. The LNP itself is a grass roots party and full of wonderful people. The once great National Party has now been taken over. Campbell Newman is a fine leader and a good premier. But Campbell Newman is under the influence of the Liberal Party and has forgotten about the National Party.Is he arrogant?I'm not saying that, I'm saying that the once great National Party has been left behind. Mr Hopper says he believes others will follow him but premier Campbell Newman says he doesn't expect any more defection. Doctors are keeping a close eye on Bert Newton, the veteran entertainer spending last night in intensive care after undergoing major heart surgery yesterday.Doctors say the five hour queued ruple bypass went as well as -- quadruple bypass went as well as expected.We are very grateful to a self surgeon.The 74-year-old is is expected to return home in a couple of days. It will be months before he is well enough to return to the stage. A 20-year-old man is fighting for life after being found in the bus lane of a Gold Coast highway with severe head injuries.The local man was discovered by a passing taxi driver around 2:30 this morning.At this stage we are trying to determine exactly how he came by the injuries.Whether it was by having been struck by a vehicle or by some other means. Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Egypt's judges have joined the stand-off between the country's Islamist President and democracy advocates declaring Mohamed Morsi has delivered an unprecedented attack on the independent s. Tens of thousands went on strike as riot police clashed with youths on the streets of Cairo.Almost two years after democracy protests ousted former President Hosni Mubarak from power demonstrators have set up kafrnt again. This time turning attention -- camp again this time turning attention to his success successor Mohamed Morsi the acknowledger fuelled by his decision to give himself -- anger fuelled by his decision to give himself powers which is deemed as an unprecedented attack on its independence. Police clashed with stone throwing anti-government protesters.And tear gas was used to clear the crowd.Who have no intention of leaving just yet. TRANSLATION: We are demanding the fall of the committee in charge of writing the constitution. The formation of a new Government and that the President backs down on his decision. Activists are now using Twitter to organise a larger protest for Tuesday with the hope that 2011 pro-democracy revolution was not in vein.A lot of people are frustrated and wanting to get back to work and rebuilding the country. But at the same time most would agree that that can't be done with a President in power who has given himself rights that no other President in history has done. Judges in some parts of Egypt are on strike until the decision is withdrawn. It's the first major domestic test for President Morsi since he came to power early this year. With clashes elsewhere in the country he will be hoping his success at helping resolve the recent Gaza dispute will rub off on trouble back home. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he's thinking about making a return to politics and a tilt at the top job in the country's election early next year.The controversial leader was forced to step aside from the job last year but there is speculation he may form his own party to contest the vote, despite previously ruling out a return. Mr Berlusconi centre right party has slumped in the opinion poles since he left office. He was given a prison sentence last month over tax fraud charges but is expected to appeal the decision. Italy will hold parliamentary elections in March to select a replacement for Mario Monti. A technocrat who was chosen by the President to lead the debt stricken country through the financial crisis. A fresh investigation is due to begin into the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.His remains will be consumed on Tuesday so experts can establish whether -- exhumed on Tuesday so experts can he was poisoned traces of radioactive substance was found on his clothes last year. He died in 2004 after his health suddenly deteriorated. Palestinian officials are convinced he was assassinated by Israel. Severe flooding is federal governmenting Britain after heavy rains stat -- is effecting Britain.Authorities fear lives are at risk.The heavy rain on swollen rivers and already saturated land makes for a dangerous mix.Across parts of the Midlands and in the south-west in particular, there are been preparing for the worst against rising levels. In Worcestershire flood defences are likely to save many properties. Further south in Somerset all is being done to keep the waters back.We have 8 foot warns in place across the south-west and 50 flood alerts. In terms of the response we have had gangs out today all over the south-west checking our assets cleaning the screens. And ensuring the defences are working as efficiently as they possibly can be.Some properties at St Mary in domestic violenceon why flooded only three days ago. They are now -- in Devon were flooded only three days The home of Danny Fitzsimons was affected by a flash flood.One minute it was dry, then it was watching it rising. We were worried it was going to go in the extension we just had there and it was coming up, the council authorities were here in no time.Some areas could see up to 15 to 25m l of rain over the next few hours.In Somerset three people have been rescued from a car, which was stranded in floodwaters. During this bad spell one person, an elderly man, swept away in his four by four has already lost his life.Preventing any further tragedy is the prime concern. It was a record setting opening to the holiday shopping season in the US, with the number of shoppers up 20% from last year.The question is whether the shoppers can maintain the pace. The pumpkin buy was barely eaten Thursday night when retailers opened doors. Some as early as 8. To jump start the holiday shopping season. People showed up. A clear majority of the nation's shoppers came into the stores between Thursday night and Friday morning according to an overnight survey from America 's research group.This was by far the biggest ever. We have never seen 60% of consumers shop over a 12 to 14 hour window like we have seen this year. Snow For many Thanksgiving is the new Black Friday.It was eat and rest for about an hour, take a little nap and then come straight to Black Friday because that is the number one priority around Thanksgiving.Clearly bargain hunters are driving spending this weekend.They had towels on sale for $2, they had blankets on sale for $15. It's a great sale. But retailers hope that consumers will pick up non-sale items as well.I just grabbed, impulse. I see what I like and I grab it and go.This season it's estimated that consumers will spend about $750 each this year. Up slightly from $741 last year. For retailers holiday shopping can account for up to 40% of annual sales.Today President Obama went shopping with his daughters at an independent book store to help boost small business. In stores large and small the smart phone is becoming a must have shopping accessory. We notice that consumers said they were using smart phones twice as often this year than last year to scan prices looking at information.I'M using modern technology being an old man going shopping.Today marks White Ribbon Day with over 400 community events being held across the country. The campaign focuses on urging all men to stake a stand, speaking out and putting a -- take a stand, speaking out and put a stop to violence against women.One woman is killed every week by a partner or someone known to her and so that is only one of the statistics. It is the largest calls of homelessness for women and children. It is a insidious issue for our community and we need a total community campaign to turn attitudes and behaviours around that allow this violence to occur.This year's events have been highlighted by the high profile murders of Melbourne women Sarah Cafferkey and Jill Meagher. This is News Now on Sky News. We will have all the top stories just ahead plus a check in of all the sport including Australia pushing for victory in the second test against South Africa in Adelaide. And Manchester United pulls off yet another comeback in the English Premier League.

The top stories - senior Labor MPs are standing in support of Julia Gillard after her former boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, spoke out for the first time saying the Prime Minister had no involvement in setting up a slush fund for union officials. Riot police have clashed with protesters in Egypt as judges in the country hit back as President Mohamed Morsi demanding he reverse a decree giving himself sweeping powers. Veteran Queensland MP Ray Hopper has resigned from the Liberal National Party and joined Bob Katter's Australian Party but state premier Campbell Newman denies it is a sign of more defections to come. The weather tomorrow:

Imagine walking down a busy street and suddenly seeing a camel running straight at you. That was the bizarre sight yesterday in Los Angeles, after a camel ran away from the circus. Who knew camels were so fast? Who knew you could find out right out on this street. That's Abdulla the camel and those are his handlers sprinting to catch him getting left in the dust.Literally there were 10 people running after the camel. It was craziness I heard kids yelling and scream. Hamed Hamad has a sense of humour but it wasn't so funny when the camel headed for traffic.Workers were rushing after the camel and one was trying to go and stop travk.In the end it wasn't a speedy legs or a weapon that corralled the cam it was a carrot that lured him in. Abdulla headed through a gas station on the way back to the circus. Camels can cross an entire desert or one tank of gas or is that water?It is not every day you see a camel running through the gas station.Enough clowning around the co-owner of the circus says it all started in the tent where the camels are doing the daily exercise.One dropped a wrench and got scared.That was Abdulla who took off faster than a Black Friday bargain hunter.We do this every day and this time he wanted to go shopping or something, I don't know. Well we have all the sport with Megan. It is all about Australia in the cricket.Certainly. They are very much on top. Nathan Lyon is in fantastic touch and South Africa are facing an up hill task to save the second test against Australia at Adelaide Oval. Chasing 430 for victory, the Proteas top order has crumbled, four wickets down a short time ago. It didn't take long for the Michaels Clark and hussy to keep the score board ticking over on day four.Bang. Away he goes.Mr Cricket had Hashim Amla ducking for cover taking Australia's lead past 300.Full toss.And it's gone.The Aussie skipper wasn't holding back either.Slogged. Sweet.Dale Steyn the man to finally break the partnership.That stayed low. Decked back and hit Michael Clarke in front.Hussey brought up his 50 but managed just four more runs.This should be out. ShMid-on comfortable catch.James Pattinson was given a lifeline by video review but they weren't going to question Matt Wade's dismissal.It's gone. Yes, he is. He finally gets his man.Still the tail-enders pitched together to take Australia's lead past 400.Trying hard. Hilfenhaus and gets on with it. He's good to watch.Clarke enjoyed the show for a few overs before calling them in and setting a victory target of 43. The Aussie -- 430. The Aussie bowlers made a dream start.Ricky Ponting safe as you like.It's out.Smith gone for a duck and Amla wasn't far behind, courtesy of quick hands from Michael Clarke.Cowan's even better to claim Rudolph.Got him. What a catch!Perfect.Have you got to stay low.The rampage far from over, as South Africa's slumped to 4 for 45.Bowls him!A little inside edge I reckon. In the meantime James Pattinson will play no further role in test cricket this summer, after scans revealed an injured left rib.The injury was more serious than an initial diagnosis of a side strain, he will be absent for the remaining four tests and his future beyond that now remains unclear. Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is hopeful Brett Sheehan will be right to play against Wales next week despite hurting his ankle during Australia's win over Italy this morning.In other matches, there were wins for Tonga, France, Ireland and South Africa, New Zealand outclassed Wales. While the Wallabies struggled for consistency continues, after a disappointing display against Italy. There is no doubting the passion and physical approach in Italian rugby.even during the national anthem.Timani only stirred the Italians further with this elbow but the most telling blow from the Wallaby came in the 19th minute.Ashleigh Cooper.And now Cummins!Nick Cummins try last week against England and he's on the score sheet against Italy.The string of penalty goals extended the Wallabies lead to 22-6 at half time. The only concern at ha stage halfback Brett Sheehan forced off with a leg injury. Australia had a few more problems to deal with right after the break.Timani went without it. Towed through. Chance here. Getting back is Mitchell who leaves it behind. And dyeing on it is baer bar.The Wallabies have switched off mistakes and some overacting got the as euryright back into the contest. Got within three points of the second half and had this kick in the dying stages to level the match. The All Blacks were a far more impressive against Wales in Cardiff.Romano. Ma'a Nonu. Smith.And finally Missen. Match as good as over at half time, Tony Woodcock crashing over from the line-out to make it 23-nil. New Zealand relentless as they maintain their undefeated tour record. Around the corner.It is Romano. The try.The All Blacks complete the tour against England next week. Hooker Andrew Hore likely to be missing after this king hit in the opening minutes of the match. In the meantime South Africa scored the only try of the game, in their 16-15 win over England.It is Lewis. And then another ball comes flying back. That is rotten luck for England. If that is a try. Round 8 of the A-League comes to an end this afternoon, in what should be a thriller the Roar heads to the NSW Central Coast to tackle their rivals the Mariners. That match getting under way shortly. In results last night the Wanderers went down to the Victory. Heart and Jets shared the points while the Phoenix scored a valuable draw in Perth the Glory scored first but were forced to share the points after brok scored for the visitors -- Brockie scored for the visitors.Jeremy Brockie on goal.He's deadly isn't he? In the meantime the Victory responded after going a man down early to grab all three points against the Wanderers. Newcastle came from behind to draw 3-all with the Melbourne Heart. Overseas, Chelsea will be hoping to welcome interim coach Benitez to the club with a win over Manchester City tonight. In Premier League results this morning, there were wins for:

After an eventful week, new QPR manager Harry Redknapp was at Old Trafford where his new club was still searching for its first win of the season. Redknapp would have liked what he saw in the early stages, Jamie Mackie found the back of the net only to be ruled offside. But it was second time lucky for the striker.The pullback goes across goal and it's turned in.Coming off back-to-back 1-nil losses in all competition United will again have to play from behind. Not ideal but no worries for Johnny Evans.On the goal-line by Johnny Evans. He has become prolific this season for Manchester United.QPR's defending against set pieces was average and Darren Fletcher made them pay.They haven't done with it. They have been undone again.The come from behind win was complete, thanks to their in form striker.Hernandez!There is no stopping him now. Brett Holman is coming closer to scoring his first goal in the league.Found a good little bit of space here. It's a rocket.A fingertip shave from Chezney denying the Australian. Villa and Arsenal sharing the points in a scoreless draw. Mark Schwartzer's Fulham suffered a 1-nil loss to Stoke. The Socceroo s veteran beaten in the 26th minute.Good delivery. Crouch knocks it down. Chance. 1-nil Stoke City. It was that easy. A week after beating Manchester United Norwich appeared to be down and out against Everton but they sal vandaled a draw right at the it salvaged a draw right at the death.It has been bundled over the line.Spare a thought for Habsi, luckily this mistake didn't cost Wigan three points against Reading. That is all the sport but, of course, check of the cricket. 4 for 52 the poet Proteas. So the Aussies still going along nicely.Thanks. And looking quickly to tomorrow's foef cast, isolate ed showers and storms in the east and south east. It will be hot across the north and the interior. Sky national news is coming up next with the top stories of the day plus senior Labor MPs rally behind the Prime Minister over the AWU scandal.And clashes in Egypt continue over Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's claim of expanded powers. Live Captioning by Ai-Media ai-media.tv