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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Enough. Enough. Enough. ANDREW O'KEEFE:
The push for change - America's biggest stars become the latest to call
for tighter gun controls. This morning - why some believe
the tipping point is close. Kidnapped for five days - reporter Richard Engel speaks
about his ordeal in Syria - the mind games
and why he feared his time was up.

Facing facts - what your number of Facebook friends
says about you. The new research which could make
you think twice before clicking accept. And meet Pinky the pig. His owners reckon he's
the most photographed pig on earth. Paul Marshall explains why
as Weekend Sunrise begins right now.

(SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise # Put your hands in
to the big sky. # Live from Studio 52,
this is Weekend Sunrise with Monique Wright
and Andrew O'Keefe.

What was that? A gingerbread man. In looks scary.It is the Vincent Price Of gingerbread men.Happy Christmas! Only two days to go.I don't know, let's have a look at the 'Better Homes and Gardens' Advent calendar. There is one sleep to go because they don't sleep that last night.He doesn't come if you don't sleep.I was concentrating on the good and bad thing, he doesn't know if you have been good or bad. Let's get things started
with a weather snapshot from James.

Christmas. Peace,

Christmas. Peace, love, joy, maybe just screaming, I demands and nagging. We are in Sydney's CBD. A beautiful tree. If you are a round, Martin Place is where we are, come and say hello. We might have a special guest coming down, a fat man in a red suit if you know what I mean.

Storms and showers
in Queensland today. Chance of a storm across New South
Wales but Sydney should be dry. A fine day in Victoria
and Tassie looking at some cloud.

Some cloud in
South Australia too and storms or showers forecast
for most of the Northern Territory. WA remains fine
and partly cloudy. Your local weather shortly but first, here's Jess
with the 7am news. A large fire has destroyed
a school on the Gold Coast. Six fire crews responded to calls
about a large blaze at around 2:30 this morning. They arrived to find Miami Primary
School at Mermaid Waters well alight. They managed to bring the fire
under control before it could spread
to other buildings. No-one was injured. Forensic police have been called in
to investigate.

Scotland Yard has handed over files
to British prosecutors over the hoax call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was
being treated for morning sickness. It means Australian DJ's Mel Greig
and Michael Christian could face criminal charges. The crown prosecutor
is now considering whether any offences were committed. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha
took her own life after she was tricked by the pair. The presenters say they could never
have predicted the tragic outcome.

Total fire bans are in place
in Victoria, South Australia and WA with scorching heat and a severe
fire danger predicted today. Temperatures are set
to reach 39 degrees in Melbourne. Bushfire victims - who
lost everything on Black Saturday - are urging residents to be prepared. Like a lot of things,
people's lives are busy and they often don't think
about the consequences. Residents in northern Western
Australia and the Pilbara are also on alert, along with families
in Adelaide's Northern Hills.

Australia's biggest mosque has
issued a Fatwa against Christmas, telling members it's a sin
to celebrate the holiday. The head of the Lakemba Mosque
has banned its Muslim followers from taking part in any
of the Christian traditions. The sheikh says even wishing people
a merry Christmas is sinful. The religious ruling has been posted
on the mosque's Facebook site. Thousands of people have staged
a violent protest in India, demanding better security for women following the gang rape and brutal
bashing of a student on a bus. Police used water cannons
and tear gas to stop protesters marching
towards the presidential mansion. Demonstrators are demanding the
death penalty for the six suspects.

We will take a detailed look at the story and women's rights after 8am this morning. More than 50,000 people have packed out this year's
'Carols in the Domain' in Sydney. The most dedicated carollers
camped out early to secure the best spots
to see the country's biggest stars and farewell The Wiggles.

It's the event that marks the real
start to Christmas every year. Welcome to Woolworths'
Carols in the Domain! Tens of thousands coming together to celebrate the beginning
of the holidays. The biggest fans were camped out
since 5:30 on Friday morning. Good thing too - with a capacity crowd,
others missed out. When the stars came out. The Ten Tenors kicked things off, performing for the first time
at the carols... # O come let us adore him. # ..followed by Rachel Beck and the cast of the musical
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. # There'll be much mistletoeing # And hearts will be glowing # When loved ones are near. # and Justice Crew, while Jessica Mauboy sang a tender
rendition of 'Silent Night'. # Sleep in heavenly peace. #

'X Factor' winner Samantha Jade
also wooed the crowd before Mark Vincent and Ali McGregor
lead the Salvation Army choir with 'Ode to Joy'.

Even Santa Claus paid a visit. # Jingle bells, jingle bells. # But it was The Wiggles
that stole the show, in their last ever
performance together. # Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti # Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti. # A fitting end after 20 years
performing at the event. But while three of the originals
are hanging up their skivvies, they say the show must go on. But it's not the end of The Wiggles
at Carols. Next year Anthony will be back
with three new Wiggles.

I wonder how many churches will be singing cold spaghetti on Tuesday. I went to see one of the last concerts. I took the children as well. I cried. Tired this contributed but I was really sad. They have still got it.But they are still going, Mon.Was there cheering in the crowd? And when the hits came, did the crowd cheer? Children everywhere. They come in and they are shy and then a smile comes across their faces. It is beautiful.That with all time as a parent is a very special time. -- Wiggle time.And there is going to be a female.What is your favourite of their songs?Big Red Car.I am more into High Five. Five despite calls a sort of thing.I can see that.

that.What happened to the Hoolie Doolies?Maybe you two were in that band.Weekend BA Black Sabbath for children. -- we can be. Ahead this hour - we'll take you inside
the White House for Christmas. Your tour guide is Michelle Obama. But straight ahead - a sell-out AAMI Park crowd cheered
on the Melbourne Victory to a win in a fiery local derby. Reevo has the full report next. And JT gets festive
with your local weather.

We are talking about children's bans. -- bands. Yo Gabba Gabba. That was supposed to be a quick throw to sport. And now with sport,
here's Simon Reeve. Australian vice-captain
Shane Watson has declared he's ready to lead in
the Boxing Day Test with Sri Lanka if Michael Clarke's hamstring injury
rules him out. Last night, Big Bash leaders
Melbourne Renegades kept their unbeaten record in tact, overcoming the Brisbane Heat
at Etihad Stadium. Chasing just 134 to win, the hosts were in trouble
at 6/80 in the 13th over after losing three wickets
in five balls. But a spirited show
from Tom Cooper and Ben Rohrer guided the Renegades to victory
in the final over.

COMMENTATOR: Gets it through. The Melbourne Renegades undefeated in the Big Bash. In Mumbai, an Eoin Morgan six
off the final ball has given England
an incredible victory to level the Twenty20 series
with India.

A sell-out crowd at AAMI Park
has witnessed a dramatic cross-town derby between
the Melbourne Heart and Victory. Kiwi Marco Rojas saved a goal then scored one at the other end
to put Victory up 1 nil. Heart skipper Fred levelled
in the dying stages before Victory's veteran
Archie Thompson stole the show deep
into injury time.

Earlier, not even a full 80 minutes
from Alessandro Del Piero could save Sydney FC
from another defeat, going down
to the Newcastle Jets 2-1. And across the Tasman the ladder leading Mariners drew
1-all with the Wellington Phoenix. In the EPL, Manchester City
have closed the gap to three points on bitter rivals Man United after trumping Reading 1-0 with an
injury time goal from Gareth Barry.

COMMENTATOR: Manchester City have pulled it off again. Socceroo Mark Schwarzer
conceded four goals in Fulham's dreadful loss
to Liverpool and Everton came from behind
to beat West Ham 2-1. The NBL's best players
put on a spectacular show in the All Star Game in Adelaide. There wasn't much room for defence but there was plenty of show time
for the fans as South beat North 134-114.

COMMENTATOR: Oh, oh, my,
oh, my goodness! Hawks guard Lance Hurdle found
a little helper for the Slam Dunk contest but finished second
to Melbourne's Benny Lewis. There were no dunks from Lote Tuqiri
and Wendell Sailor who joined some of the greats
in a legends game.

And a week after winning his first
surfing world title in Hawaii, celebrations are still going strong
for Joel Parkinson on the Gold Coast. (CHEERING)

Dual international Mat Rogers was
among the guests at Billabong's party for Parko - the 31-year-old's sponsor
for 20 years. Now to JT and today's weather.

I am so excited. Two more slips until Christmas. Santa is very easy at a moment. The workshop are is at maximum capacity. We're hoping Santa can come to Martin plays before Christmas. We have got the throne ready, the biggest

I sent a letter to the North Pole to ask Santa if I can be his Holborough but I am not sure if I Holborough but I am not sure if I - - to beat his help will but I'm not sure if he got it. This is a bit Riverdance. A little bit Santa's helper.A little bit nervous disorder.I just hope Santa comes today. Can you turn around?Let me just coverall that up.

It doesn't matter what you wear, you look cute.Do you still send letters to the North Pole even though the polarIs melting?It hasn't fully melted.Santa will have to move?No.His area is very much covered in snow.It is a magic sparkly area.I think you are living in a fool's paradise, I really do. Coming up - Kylie and Jason
back together again. Talk about a perfect Christmas. We'll take you live to London. But straight ahead - how do
other cultures mark Christmas? A global snapshot from Keith Suter -
right after this.

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(NEWS THEME MUSIC PLAYS) For most of us, Christmas
is a time of giving and celebration.

And overeating, cranky children and too much sunshine. But of course, not all religions
and cultures mark Christmas in the same way. Time for a quick global snapshot. Our foreign editor, Dr Keith Suter,
is here. What do Muslims do during Christmas?

They do not

They do not celebrate but they recognise Jesus as a profit. In traditional Islamic societies, Christians would be allowed to worship if they recognise they were within Islamic societies. It is interesting. Islam is now politicised so in places like Saudi Arabia you cannot be seen to be overtly a Christian.The biggest festival for Muslims would be something like the festival they have in October. That celebrates the end of Ramadan. If Muslims recognise Christ as a profit but not the profit, it is like a Christian celebrating St Stephen? Yes. In some societies there is tolerance but in places like Saudi Arabia, places we support in the west, they are anti-Christian.In Asian cultures, for the Chinese there is no Christian celebration? No. The Christian Church is growing rapidly in China. I was in Hong Kong two weeks ago and they have Christmas decorations. That is to cater for the Westerners. 500 years ago the European's sale that and conquered the world. That is why we have white faces in the country owned by black people. We then send out missionaries along with our explorers and that is why Christianity in circle the world. It was superimposed on local societies, some of which took up the ideas and others didn't. In most of China, Christmas Day will be like any other day but for those who have converted to Christianity will recognise it. Communism is now permitting recognition of Christianity.I was in China in 1998 and it was Christmas time and I saw one of the great mix metaphors of all times in the shopping district in Shanghai. They had Santa on a cross in a department store window! Someone got it wrong.The last two mornings I have come into work and Chinese drivers, two different drivers, I asked how they celebrate Christmas. Both our borders and they said it is an excuse to eat and drink. They do presents, it is for all the people. They said children had enough.Some Buddhists to celebrate body day?If you go to Thailand, they do not recognise Christmas. That is unless you are in a Western-star hotel and they will put something on for you. We have to -- we sometimes assume the world stops. We also assume that Jesus Christ was born on 25th December but it could have been in September. In Europe it is around the winter solstice.Exactly, one year moving into another. They selected a date and opted for 25th December. If you follow of orthodox religion, on a different calendar, their Christmas comes up in January.Thankfully it is not in September because I would not be ready!Where do you find a not be ready!Where do you find a - - gold, frankincense and myrrh?

Stand-by for the latest news
and weather. That's next. Also coming up -
the science behind Facebook. What your number of friends
says about you. And Christmas at the White House - rare access -
thanks to Michelle Obama.

Get into the Christmas spirit
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We have received a lot of tweeds complaining that I said "Happy Christmas" instead of "Merry Christmas".If you look up happy in the thesaurus, one of the synonyms would probably be merry. In just a moment, Michelle Obama's
White House Christmas. But first,
here's Jess with the latest news.

Good morning. A school has gone up in flames
on the Gold Coast overnight. Six fire crews responded
to calls about a large blaze at around 2:30 this morning. They arrived to find Miami Primary
School at Mermaid Waters well alight.

They managed to bring the fire
under control before it could spread
to other buildings. No-one was injured. Forensic police have been called in
to investigate.

to the Duchess of Cambridge's nurse
could face criminal charges. Overnight, Scotland Yard
submitted evidence to Britain's Crown Prosecutor
over the call which ended with nurse Jacintha
Saldanha taking her own life. Prosecutors are now considering
whether any offences were committed. It comes
as the father of one of the hosts hired a security guard
at his Adelaide home after receiving
threatening hate mail.

Firefighters are on high alert
in three states with temperatures
expected to soar today. A total fire ban is in place
in most of Victoria as well as parts
of South Australia and WA. Temperatures are expected
to reach 39 degrees in Melbourne while parts of West Australia
will reach the mid 40s. Authorities are warning anyone
who flouts the ban could face a huge fine
or even jail time.

A post-mortem will be carried out
today on two elderly people, believed to have been murdered, before the killer torched
their home, in Melbourne's west. The bodies were found by emergency
services early yesterday morning. We're treating it
as a suspicious death, and we believe both people
possibly have been killed by some person or persons unknown. The Arson Squad
is trying to work out exactly where the blaze started.

Two teenagers have been
temporarily blinded after drinking cocktails laced
with methanol during schoolies celebrations
in Bali. An 18-year-old girl is in hospital after returning from Indonesia last
week, where her drink was spiked. Authorities say locals add
the chemical to cheap drinks to make them more alcoholic. The dangerous trend
has had a range of effects from vomiting to blindness
and even death. Another teenager lost his vision
temporarily while celebrating the end of school
last month.

Hundreds of people have been
evacuated from their homes in the UK due to heavy rain and flooding. Towns in south-east England
have been cut off while homes and businesses
have been inundated. It's also sparked major transport
problems for millions of people heading off on Christmas holidays. Severe flood warnings have been
issued in four districts, with authorities saying
lives are in danger.

In the spirit of forgiveness
at Christmas, Pope Benedict has pardoned
his former butler who was jailed
for leaking secret papal documents. The pope visited Paolo Gabriele
in prison to forgive him before releasing him just 3.5 months
into his 18-month sentence. Gabriele leaked sensitive memos
to the press in a case that was dubbed
Vati-leaks. The father of three has been
banished from the Vatican.

Ice carvers in China are enduring
freezing temperatures to prepare for the world-famous
Harbin Ice and Snow festival. The sculptors are working
around the clock for many, the work
is too delicate to even wear gloves. 7,000 carvers are battling
sub-zero temperatures for what's become the biggest
snow art exhibition in the world. The icy theme park will light up
and open to the public on New Year's Day.

A lot of Russian emigres ended up there in China, and they have a huge and Russian champagne celebration in the new year.Some of that architecture looks very Russian.That is spectacular.When the poor caps melt entirely, maybe Santa Claus could take up residence there.

Sydney FC remain anchored
to the bottom of the A-League ladder with last night's 2-1 loss
to the Newcastle Jets extending their horror run
to just one win from eight matches. Emile Heskey's 26th minute goal
proved the difference, finally providing Jets fans
with some excitement after a dull fortnight for the club. Victory striker Archie Thompson was
the hero in the Melbourne derby - his dramatic injury-time goal
securing a 2-1 triumph over the Heart. While the Mariners extended
their unbeaten streak to nine after a 1-1 draw with the Phoenix.

Aussie paceman Mitchell Starc says
he stunned by reports he'll be rested on the Boxing Day
Test against Sri Lanka. Starc and injured skipper
Michael Clarke touched down in Melbourne yesterday,
both keen to play. In the Big Bash last night,
Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann sensationally accused Melbourne
Renegades import Marlon Samuels of chucking. Samuels was banned from bowling
in the IPL this year but his action seemed to be
the last thing on his mind coming into the match.

REPORTER: Do you catch up? Unfortunately you're married so I can't get to spend
any time with you. Samuels went on to contribute
15 with the bat, the Renegades chasing the modest 133
to win with just five balls to spare.

The leading contenders
for handicap honours are praying for a change in weather before wednesday's
Sydney-Hobart race gun. The crews expect conditions to make
the maxis impossible to beat, tipping back-to-back handicap
victories for Loki. It's certainly a big boat race and as I said, I think the rich
will get richer in this race. It was all paws on deck
for 'Celestial' yesterday with skipper Sam Haynes using
the race to raise awareness for Assistance Dogs Australia.

Now to JT and today's weather.

(grunts excitedly. He's here! He's here! Santa Claus exploration mark so great to see you. Christmas is only two sleeps!We are so busy at the moment. I have all my little helpers working so well. I'm doing all the thinking and they're doing all the making.What are you making?We

all the making.What are you
making?We have got so many electrical things this year.The did you get my letter about the Game Boy?I did, and that bath might else how long it would take to make it - they said it would take 20 it builds 15 weeks to make. --... I'm so excited.Let's have a look at the forecast.

Brisbane,
a shower or two. Sydney,
partly cloudy. Canberra,
a storm. A hot day
in Melbourne and clear. Hobart will
be cloudy. Adelaide,
some cloud. Perth will
have cloud clearing. A shower or storm
in Darwin.

Other naughty and nice lists finished?Yes, and I'm very pleased to say that there are very few naughty boys and girls. Those ones that have been a little bit naughty, well, they've been very good - I'm telling you that everybody is going to get their presence and none so excited. I'm also a

to get their presence and none so
excited. I'm also a little bit tired.Sit back, relax. His Andrew O'Keefe on the naughty or nice list?Very nice list. And I'd just like to tell you that after this Christmas I'm going on a surfing holiday. I want people to tell me where they think I should go.If people find you during the year, do they get presents?They can slip me a little note or you can put it on your fridge. Either way, I'll find out.Great. We going to go now will be back in 30 minutes. If you are in Sydney, we are at the big Christmas tea. Come and say hello to Santa Claus.It's not often you get to catch up with Santa Claus and a medieval executioner on the one day. I don't get the naughty and nice thing. Kenya lodged an appeal if you are on the naughtiest?It would be a lot cheaper if more children or on the Nautilus.My nieces and nephews get potatoes in their sacked from Santa Claus.We really?I like potatoes. In Ireland, that would be on a nice list. You'd be very excited. But does Santa Claus decider was naughtier nice? Does Mrs Caws give him...I'm surprised Santa Claus get anything done, he's very chatty. It's because his top lip is now freed of his moustache so it provides a bit more call into his brain. -- cooling.

Well, only a handful of families
have been lucky enough to wake up on Christmas morning
in the White House. It's normally a very private affair for the President of
the United States and his family. That is, until now. Michelle Obama and a host
of former first ladies open up on what Christmas is like in
the most famous house in the world. Here's Meredith Viera.

During the holiday season, visitors to the White House go to a rare treat. The first lady picks a theme. It's always about adding a tone of life and like to what we do here. For those that have called this mansion home, Christmas was always a special time.It really seemed when we were little that we were in this magical winter Wonderland.The decor is on display for a marathon of parties.There are parties every day. Kids from my school would come. There is nothing more fun than a White House party.Of course, unveiling a gingerbread house is always an event.We have a snowmen neck, snow lady, snow child. We wouldn't see it until it was unveiled. Sometimes we would sneak down the night before.In addition to their formal rules, at Christmas, the first families it a rare opportunity for some well needed downtime.My family was in the White House every year except one because we just loved Christmas up in Washington and in the White House.Merry Christmas, operator. The pre-Christmas, Mr President. Former First daughter... What is your role when it comes to the holidays every year?I am the hostess in chief. Welcome to the White House!What about your goals, was their favourite part?I think they love the fact that the house is full of people. You can hear the music bubbling up.Do you feel like this holiday, especially, you can relax with each other and just take a breath?As you very well know, this job never stops. The mean, it's a wonderful privilege, it's a blessing. No matter what we are dealing with, the holidays are at a time for us all to just be together and bereaved and be thankful. -- take a breath.

take a breath.One of those people was Julie Nixon Eisenhower, she has to make presidential forebears. Ahead this morning - the reporter who survived
being kidnapped in Syria. His remarkable first interview. Also this morning - a pig named
Pinky with a fondness for beer. But next - are you on Facebook
at the moment? What your number of friends says
about you. It's not what you expect.

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How many Facebook friends
do you have? Are you friends
with everyone you've ever met? Or just a select few? New research says
the answer to that question can tell you a lot about a person. Jason Jordan is from PC guru
and Susan McLean is a cyber expert. Jason, what did the researchers
look at in this study? There were trying to establish what it means in terms of how

it means in terms of how many friends you have on Facebook. It was an interesting result. There is a vast difference between those shallow but very broad networks and those deep but very narrow and it works.Some people have thousands of friends. Does that necessarily mean that they have shown it works, or do they have a mixture of people who are unknown to them and those who are quite close?They talk about it in terms of your socio- economic background, would you believe? Flowers have to make these things complicated. The bottom line is that if you are in a good socio- economic environment and things are going well for you, you tend to have broad but shallow and it works. You 0 of people but you don't know them particularly well. -- you know well as people. Whereas if you are from their it lower socio-economic background, you have a deeper but narrower group of friends that you can depend on.What did they find out about people with lots of friends?It depended on the time in their life as to how important those friends were. If you've got lots of friends, sometimes that can be negative for you because there is more different forces, people wanting you, wanting no help and things like that. On the flipside, if you want help, you have more people you can turn to.I suppose that's right.As the study claims, is that large group of friends tends to be a shallow a group of friends, can you really turn to them in a time of need?Of course you can't. What I see in the work I am doing is that it can be deemed to be a measure of her popularity, especially amongst young people. You are not popular or as popular as the person who has more friends, shall we say. The more French have got the more at risk you are. -- friends. Dot...There was previous research that showed if you have a lot of Facebook friends that you were a narcissist.Yes, that's absolutely true - I am a narcissist. I do have or to friends on Facebook, but, you know, I've seen from the very beginning at Facebook is a fantastic tool for networking. The amount of people I've met you have been able to make my career more than what it is, purely through getting to know them on Facebook, it's very, very - it's a fantastic network. Probably the best bet work until we have ever seen. Are we narcissists for having a big group? Yes, but what's wrong with that? It can positively affect your life. Maybe the terminology is wrong. Friends - maybe should be acquaintances or contacts. Ask how many of your Facebook friends will send flowers your funeral. Faint you both. Great to speak your as always. Dominic A fresh news update
is just minutes away. Also coming up - family fights
at Christmas do sometimes happen but not if you follow our advice. That's on the way.

One suggestion would be not to play
this song on high rotation. Kylie and Jason have reunited
in London. We'll explain why,
right after this.

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(SONG) # London calling
to the faraway town. # Britain's Crown Prosecution service is to consider whether charges
should be laid over the royal hospital prank call. Police investigating the incident
have handed a file to lawyers. Martin, what can you tell us?

The Crown Prosecution will decide whether or not charges will be brought. They have taken evidence and they have the three suicide notes left by the nurse. We can't work that you exactly what charges they could bring against the two DJs or the radio station. Perhaps the hospital - who knows exactly what is in that bundle. It could be an offence against the Data Protection Act whip it is legal to obtain someone's record and then broadcast them -- illegal. If it is any comfort, it's not a jail sentence. If it's the magistrates' court, it's a £5,000 fine. It wouldn't be going to jail, but it could be a fine.It's a bit of a stretch to say they obtained the records. That would be difficult to prove.They asked for a condition, and it could even be the nurse herself who broadcast that he could be in the frame. It's incredibly sensitive and I would be surprised if anything comes of it.Millions of Britons trying to get home for Christmas had been caught up in travel chaos. How serious is the situation?I was down there today and roads are closed. People are trying to get away for Christmas. Some 15 million Britons are moving around this weekend trying to see family and friends. It's not just the floods, we have had landslides, train delays, you can't get to the airport because there has been a fire, the Heathrow Express was stopped. It has been chaos for some people. For many in the floods, Christmas has been cancelled. It's been the wettest year in records. What a nightmare. And finally Kylie and Jason
have been reunited on stage for the first time in 23 years. What brought them together?

# Together, together, I want to show you my heart is so, so true #. It looks like my 10-year-old might have taken a picture. This was fought and BT's memorial concert. They managed to get it together just last night -- taken for and 80s concert. They had never done this on stage together live. They finally got back together. Kylie is now heading off to Sydney and she will be celebrating in Sydney Harbour. It was great, boyfriend and girlfriend back together again. Scott and Charlene. How lovely. When you think of all the suffering in the world, why did we have to wait for 23 years to hear this on stage? It doesn't seem just, does it?It's not a fair planet we live on.But somehow you make it fairer. In the old sense of the word fair - you are a good looking anti-. I was going to say very jocund Christmas to you. In just a moment - the shocking attack throwing
the spotlight on women's rights. Plus - Dr Karl with
some life-changing inventions. First, though,
it's news time with Jess.

Good morning.

The father of one of the radio DJs at the centre of the royal
prank phone call tragedy

has hired a security guard
for his Adelaide home. It comes as Scotland Yard referred
the hoax to Britain's Crown Prosecutor. It means presenters
Mel Greig and Michael Christian could now face criminal charges. The pair have been bombarded
by threatening messages after the nurse who answered
the call took her own life.

A fire has cause significant damage
to a school on the Gold Coast. Six fire crews responded to calls
about a large blaze at around 2:30 this morning. They arrived to find Miami Primary
School at Mermaid Waters well alight.

Upon arrival

there was a fire contained
to one demountable building at the rear of the school. No-one was injured. Forensic police have been called in
to investigate. Queensland police have charged
a man over a shooting in Brisbane. Police arrested the 44-year-old
in the city yesterday afternoon, charging him with attempted murder. Officers also found a weapon
believed to have been used in the shooting at Greenback
on Friday night. The 41-year-old victim was forced
to undergo surgery and is now in a serious but stable
condition in hospital. The suspect will face court
on Monday. Firefighters are on high alert
in three states with temperatures expected
to soar today. A total fire ban is in place
in most of Victoria as well as parts of South Australia
and WA. Temperatures are expected
to reach 39 degrees in Melbourne while parts of WA
will reach the mid 40s. Authorities are warning anyone
who flouts the ban could face a huge fine
or even jail time. More than 50,000 people
have packed out this year's Carols in the Domain
in Sydney. The most dedicated carollers
camped out early to secure the best spots
to see the country's biggest stars and farewell The Wiggles.

It's the event that marks the real
start to Christmas every year. MAN: Welcome to Woolworths'
Carols in the Domain! Tens of thousands coming together to celebrate the beginning
of the holidays. And on this our 30th anniversary,
celebrate we will! The biggest fans were camped out
since 5:30 on Friday morning. Good thing too - with a capacity crowd,
others missed out. When the stars came out. The Ten Tenors kicked things off, performing for the first time
at the carols... # O come let us adore him. # ..followed by Rachel Beck and the cast of the musical
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. # There'll be much mistletoeing # And hearts will be glowing # When loved ones are near. # Among the other big names,
Troy Casser-Daley, Johnny Ruffo and Justice Crew, while Jessica Mauboy sang a tender
rendition of 'Silent Night'. # Sleep in heavenly peace. #

'X Factor' winner Samantha Jade
also wooed the crowd before Mark Vincent and Ali McGregor
lead the Salvation Army choir with 'Ode to Joy'.

# That day will dawn just as sure
as...# Even Santa Claus paid a visit. # Jingle bells, jingle bells. # But it was The Wiggles
that stole the show, in their last ever
performance together. # Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti # Cold spaghetti, cold spaghetti. # A fitting end after 20 years
performing at the event. But while three of the originals
are hanging up their skivvies, they say the show must go on. But it's not the end of The Wiggles
at Carols, next year Anthony will be back
with three new Wiggles.

Sydney's famous fish markets
have kicked off With just two sleeps
until the big day, people are getting in early
to snap up the best seafood catch for Christmas lunch. It's the 17th year of the marathon and the markets are expecting
around 100,000 customers. Prawns are expected to be
the best seller.

$43 for Tiger prawns.That is up there.I do love seafood for Christmas.How many do you get in a kilo?About 20. But they do reduce when you take the show off.They feel so festive though.Nobody talks about the traditional Christmas abalone, do they? We're thinking about doing due gong because at that price.

Former test great Brett Lee has
slammed Cricket New South Wales, claiming axed coach Anthony Stuart
lost his job because of incompetence
further up the ladder. There was more controversy
in last night's Big Bash with Brisbane Heat coach
Darren Lehmann accusing Melbourne Renegades import
Marlon Samuels of chucking. The spin of Samuels and Murali
reduced the Heat to a modest 133. COMMENTATOR: Oh, a big shout for lbw and he's gone. The Renegades needed 46
from the last 4 overs but recovered to win
with five balls to spare. England are celebrating
a thrilling Twenty20 win in Mumbai. Needing three from the final ball
against India, captain Eoin Morgan smashed a six. England's 4/181 their highest
successful run chase in the short form of the game.

The Melbourne Victory have turned
the tables on the Heart making up for their
first round derby loss to snatch a dramatic win
in front of a sell-out crowd. Level at 1-1, Archie Thompson broke the Heart with
the winner deep into injury time You know, I'm just so happy that
I got one right at the end there and we got three points. Sydney FC weren't so fortunate, going down
to the Newcastle Jets 2-1. And in the EPL, Manchester City have
pulled off a dramatic 1-1 victory in injury time over Reading.

For the first time since 2008, the NBL unleashed its best players
for an All Star game and they didn't disappointment. COMMENTATOR: Oh, with the jam... ..off the back-board. The coaches threw away
the clipboards and let the showmen take over. South were the victors
winning 134 points to Norths 114. And the celebrations continue
on the Gold Coast for Joel Parkinson

Now to JT and today's weather.

Just two sleeps until Christmas. We are very lucky to have Santa with us this morning. And this family have come from North ride. The high-five for Santa.Argued good? Yes. I would like a Smiggle.One Direction.A racing car.

What you put them all on the list? Yes, right away.

Kate would like to say hello to her relatives.I would like to say hello to my relatives in Ireland, Sydney and my friends at school. What is the thing all the girls won this year?They want an iPad.Do you want to have a photo with Santa?Yes.If you are around Sydney we are at Martin Place. Put your last present requests in.

There have been violent protests
in India overnight calling for better security
for women. It comes after a lady was brutally
gang raped and beaten on a bus in the capital of Delhi. Other passengers and the driver
simply ignored the scene. The victim was so badly hurt that doctors were amazed
she even survived the week. The attack has thrown global
attention on India's record with violence against women. In fact - men and women
in that country have taken part in a series of major
protests in the past few days. But India is not alone. As 2012 comes to a close -
we thought it was the right time to look at women's rights
around the globe. To help us do that we're joined
in the studio by Holly Miller from the charity ActionAid. And in New York by Liesl Gerntholtz
from Human Rights Watch. Good morning to you both. Holly, how rare are incidents like the shocking one
we heard of in Delhi?

Some call it the rape capital of India.It is a common thing that happens

India.It is a common thing that happens there but the key issue that is being brought to light by the incident is that violence against women is a global issue, it is happening everywhere. I would go so far as to say it is a global crisis. Particularly in places around the world, the Democratic Republic of Congo women face brake on a daily basis. The stories are just as graphic, every day, just as violent if not more so.In Australia, while rape is the most extreme form of violence.It is important to my knowledge when we talk about violence we are not just talking about rape, sexual violence but also a physical violence, emotional violence, psychological and economic violence. These are things women in Australia experience in an ongoing basis. It is heightened by, in countries that experience high levels of poverty. Liesl, what is it that creates
this culture of violence against women in so many countries?

I think one of the most important factors is, countries when you have high levels of inequality between men and women. Countries where women are considered to be second class citizens, they are in a patriarchal society. That is a huge challenge that we need to address. Poverty is an issue. But I do want to say this is not something that is confined to country to Utai levels of poverty. It cuts across race, class, geography. It occurs across the world, in countries that are rich and developed along with poor countries.When we think about the enormous that gender inequalities in certain parts of the world, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, the Horn of Africa or, we think how can we change that. We forget that only a couple of hundred years ago the same inequalities existed in most liberal Western democracies. What are now liberal Western democracies. How can those countries start that process?We have seen that empowering women to become leaders in the community to address the gender inequality is really the first step forward. It is important that women are elevated within the Community, at a national level to become leaders and ensure their voices are heard in discussions concerning that community. When decisions are made and processes are put in place, what happens to women is put first and foremost.We hope it doesn't take a couple of hundred years. Moving against violence, what other sorts of inequalities do women face around the world?One of the key issues in this links up with the lack of power that women have over important decisions. Their ability to influence decisions in their communities, national decisions is really a huge challenge. We have seen progress. We have seen countries where you have parity amongst men and women in the parliament, including Australia that the art led by women, but it is a challenge to ensure that at every level women are making decisions and having a voice. That is one challenge - public participation in politics and all sorts of Forums, community forums, schools, villages and so one. Another critical thing is women's economic empowerment. There are strong links between women who have a job, money, they are less likely to stay in abusive relationships. Women who are educated and Ken get jobs are less likely to marry off their girls young. -- and earn money.In terms of convincing countries to empower women. The studies prove that when women are economically empowered the country develops a lot quicker, isn't that right?Absolutely. Women are 50% of the population and have certain ways of managing things that are effective. It is important that women are empowered to go forward. That is something we have seen even in Afghanistan. Women have been brought into positions of power and have become parliamentarians in the last 10 years. They are journalists, leading the way. That is part of the reason why Afghanistan is starting to develop and we have seen significant change there. There is a lot of work to do. Do you think Australians are aware of how big an issue this is?No. Not because they don't care but women are able to identify the issue. This incident in India has resonated with the Australian public but there is not enough attention paid to these kinds of issues all the time. It is actually something happening everywhere, all over the globe, all the time. Maybe the media needs to pay more attention to it.Absolutely. This is a good place to start.Kofi Annan said it is the most important crime in the world. Violence against women is the number one. We need to talk about it more. Indeed. Thanks to both of you
for joining us. Ahead this hour - the big name stars speaking out
for gun control. You'll see their very powerful
message. But straight ahead - the new inventions
helping to improve the world. We're talking real life-changers
with Dr Karl.

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Our world is changing so fast,
it can be a battle just to keep up. So what's about to reshape our lives
in the year ahead? Our science guru,
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, has come up with five big things he
reckons you'll want to know about. Morning, Karl.

A life-saving injection -
not the first of course - but new, different and amazing,
all the same.

There is a person who cannot breed. There is now a liquid you can inject that will keep them alive for 15 minutes. You have a tiny fat globules, smaller than a red blood cell that has oxygen under pressure. When it comes up against a red blood cell it releases the contents to the red blood cells. If you are over 15 minutes you have problems but you have got 15 minutes as a window. The oxygen is from the little tiny globules. It is better than the 2-3 met you had before. -- 2-3 minutes.What about tattoos? They have incorporated bendy wire into a tattoo which sticks to your skin Molik -- via a molecule

into a tattoo which sticks to your
skin Molik -- via a molecule and you can use voice commands to control it around you. You can even cheat at the Olympics. You can send extra impulses to the muscles to work them harder. They are a temporary tattoos that stick without glue and can be used to monitor, for diagnostic for therapeutic purposes. They are bendable.

therapeutic purposes. They are
bendable.That is the process of science. Can you do a backwards turned down the staircase like a slinky?You have got devices like pacemakers and the trouble is they have batteries and they run out. Sure there was an improvement with lithium powered batteries. You get five-10 years but then he'd be better to have none at all? -- wouldn't it be better? We have got a little platinum catalyst that uses the body's own glucose as the energy supply. Fancy physics and chemistry but the point is you don't need a battery. Take energy out of workers to power an internal device.We're talking about pacemakers?The in years to come you want to ring someone and the phone is something the size of a grain of sand and is powered by the glucose in your bloodstream. Terrible! Every time you think of someone you call them.That is a good point, I hadn't thought of that. Subconscious thoughts as reality, bad idea! So you really don't like my shirt even though you said you did.I am texting you about your pants right now. Electricity is something we take for granted.One-quarter of the world do not have it. We have sold our souls married to something to give people in poor countries. -- solar cells. We have found a way to make the technology to it and tough. It is a floppy solar cell. Its doors electricity in a battery and pumps it out. Originally there were incandescent bulbs. Now it is incredibly efficient.Is it expensive?$16. For some people it would be a day's wages. -- eight days. The last one sounds controversial -
genome sequencing of foetuses.

The foetus releases its cells into the blood circulation of the mother.

the blood circulation of the mother.
And then it can find defects, genetically and head towards a pathway of treating the baby before it is born.Without invasive...?

Injecting the foetus is less messy. Fantastic.

A good Christmas to We're just minutes away
from the latest news. Also coming up - the big name stars
who've had enough. They're now speaking out
for gun control. And our shot of the week. This picture tells a very sad story.
We'll explain.

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Mind you broach.Its subtle. I like it. Scotland Yard has handed over files
to British prosecutors where the Duchess of Cambridge was
being treated for morning sickness. It means Australian DJs
Mel Greig and Michael Christian could face criminal charges. The Crown Prosecutor
is now considering whether any offences were committed. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha took her
own life after the phone hoax. The presenters say they could never
have predicted the tragic outcome.

Six fire crews responded
to calls about a large blaze at around 2:30 this morning. They arrived to find Miami Primary
School at Mermaid Waters well alight. They managed to bring the fire
under control before it could spread
to other buildings. No-one was injured. Forensic police have been called in
to investigate.

Firefighters are on high alert
in three states with temperatures expected
to soar today. A total fire ban is in place
in most of Victoria as well as parts of South Australia
and WA. Temperatures are expected
to reach 39 degrees in Melbourne while parts of WA
will reach the mid 40s. Authorities are warning anyone
who flouts the ban could face a huge fine
or even jail time.

A post-mortem will be carried out
today on two elderly people
believed to have been murdered before the killer torched
their home, in Melbourne's west. The bodies were found by emergency
services early yesterday morning. We're treating it
as a suspicious death and we believe both people
possibly have been killed by some person or persons unknown. The Arson Squad is trying to work
out exactly where the blaze started.

Australia's biggest mosque has
issued a fatwa against Christmas, telling members it's a sin
to celebrate the holiday. The head of the Lakemba Mosque
has banned its Muslim followers from taking part in any
of the Christian traditions. The sheikh says even wishing people
a merry Christmas is sinful. Fairfax reports the religious ruling was posted
on the mosque's Facebook site.

Updating sport and Big Bash leaders
the Melbourne Renegades have kept their unbeaten record
in tact, chasing down the Brisbane Heat's
modest 133 run total in the final over,
at Etihad Stadium. COMMENTATOR: Oh, he's hit that. That's gone miles as well.
See ya later, ball. And all eyes will be
on Micheal Clarke today as the Australian skipper tests
his injured hamstring at the MCG ahead of the Boxing Day Test
with Sri Lanka. A sellout crowd at AAMI Park has witnessed
a dramatic cross-town derby with Melbourne Victory striker
Archie Thompson scoring deep into injury time
to triumph 2-1 over the Heart. While not even a full 80 minutes
from Alessandro Del Piero could save Sydney FC
from another defeat going down to the Newcastle Jets
2-1. The leading contenders
for handicap honours are hoping for a change of forecast before Wednesday's Sydney-Hobart
race gun. The crews expect
the downwind conditions will make the maxis
impossible to beat, tipping back-to-back handicap
victories for 'Loki'. And Aussie darts wizard
Simon Whitlock has breezed through the second round
of the world championships in London

following a convincing straight sets
win over Britain's Colin Osborne.

Sydney,
partly cloudy. Canberra,
a storm. A hot day
in Melbourne and clear. Hobart will
be cloudy. Adelaide,
some cloud. Perth will
have cloud clearing. A shower or storm
in Darwin.

What do you go as one for Christmas?01 some Lego. 012 bubblegum machine, some Lego many figures -- I want some Lego has. The order that you commit Emily?I want some bunk beds -- what about you, Emily? How many wobbly teeth have you got right now?Two. Very good. Well, I have to get off your presence. Thanks for having fun with us this morning. Only two more sleeps. (INAUDIBLE).

Shot of the week time -
in fact - two shots this week. The first is from the Philippines. It's taken on the southern island
of Mindanao, where the east coast was ravaged
by a typhoon a few weeks back that claimed over 1,000 lives. 800 people are still missing.

It's not the least developed place in the world, but it's not the most. There are still 800 people missing and at least 1,000 dead. They think will be about 1,500 that have died. And if it were America we would still be reporting. Our second Pic of the Week comes
from the White House. Barack Obama's official
photographer, Peter Souza, captures the moment a President came
face to face with a superhero.

Isn't that fantastic?That so- called, imagine being that Spiderman. -- that is so cool. That's not the actual Spiderman?? Spiders are quite small, I guess. Most spiders. Apparently they auditioned Danny The Vito for the role of Spiderman.That is from a documentary on National Geographic. She is gone. We've lost her.I'm sorry. I'm still stuck with Danny The Vito. You are sitting there seriously.I'm sorry. Do you get a swipe card to the White has a viewer in the Hall of Justice?I don't know, but apparently you do if you have on a Spiderman outfit. Yes, they let you through. Hello, Spiderman, come on through. If you are the whole queue can just bang - - hulk. Ahead this morning -
he thought he would die. Reporter Richard Engel
on his 5-day kidnapping in Syria. It's a remarkable account. But next - it's that time of year - expert tips on avoiding family
fights this Christmas.

It's an oldie but a goodie - The National Lampoons
'Christmas Vacation' is the epitome of a dysfunctional
family get-together. We have a reason for bringing
that up which we'll share shortly. But first,
a reminder of what happened when the Griswalds sat down
for Christmas dinner.

Catherine, if this turkey tastes half as good as it looks, I think we are all in for a very big treat. Save the net for me. -- neck. (loud farting sound).I'm sorry.You only have to look at shed a chase to start laughing, don't you? -- Chevy Chase. You can pick your friends but you
can't choose your relatives, which is why Christmas can be
a challenging time for all involved. So what's the best way to keep
the peace over the festive period? Relationships expert Gabrielle
Morrissey is here with some tips.

Christmas is filled with stress and anxiety and very naughty behaviour. How can we avoid it?I think the first tip is to avoid excessive alcohol. That's tricky for some people because they tend to get a little bit wound-up and distressed and let things get to them. They turn to alcohol to help cope. If you drink too much it will make the problems worse. You say things that you probably shouldn't say.Not at Christmas, anyway. Your second tip is to balance your schedule. I assume you mean not to rush hither and thither.Yes, and also that it is really important that the holidays are for you as well as for what you see as your family obligations. Whether you are going to various family members houses or whether they are coming to you, if you find yourself getting stressed and anxious, take some time to balance with the people that don't stress you're out, or stress you out a little less, like your children and your partner, so you have some good times.Or your dog. (LAUGHTER).And make time for yourself? That can be so hard, can't it, at this time of year?Yes, and I'm not saying if you are a long camping holiday or extended family is it that you need to take great big chunks of time for yourself, but if you find yourself saying things or that family jokes are getting here, going have something that recharges you, play a bit of golf, have a pedicure, or whatever it is. That time might feel selfish, but it will help you with all of the family dysfunction around you.I find a great way to find time for yourself at Christmas is to give your children one of those huge and complicated Lego sets because they will be off in the front yard playing well you are putting it all together for three days.I think fathers all round the world are spending time putting things together and swearing.Only by ourselves. Not in front of the children. We swear about them, when we're by ourselves. A very cheerful Christmas to you and Haydock and New Year. -- jocund. And speaking of Christmas - Botox gift certificates
have been big sellers this year. But how would you feel
if you received one? But next -
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Well, some big name stars
have joined the fight for tougher gun laws in America. They've come together
for a public service announcement that has now gone viral.

Newtown, Newtown, Newtown. How many more? How many more? How many more classrooms? How many more movie theatres? How many more houses of faith? How many more shopping malls? How many more street corners? How many more? Enough. Enough. Enough. Enough. Demand a plan. Right now. As a mother, as a father. As a friend. As a husband. As a wife. As an American. As an American. As a human being. For the children of Sandy Hook. Demand a plan. No more lists of names. It's not too soon. It's too late. Now was the time. Before we all know someone who loved someone on that list. No more lists. No more "if we had just done something yesterday". We can do better than this. We can do better than this. It's time. It's time for our leaders to act. Demand a plan. Right now. Right now. You! Demand it! Enough. Enough. Enough. So will their pleas be heard? Let's bring in Melissa Hoyer
and Jackie Frank. Melissa, just about every star
in Hollywood featured in that video. Do you think it will achieve
anything?

To draw attention to this cause, we all want to get rid of guns. The NRA wants to fight guns with guns. Even if you worry Hollywood VIP, you're up against such a strong lobby. Even Obama hasn't been able to get up and say "yes, we are going to ban guns". The NRA are not budging.It is a political hot potato. If there is one thing he can do with his presidency, he really needs to actually take a stand and get out there and he will make history if he does that. The celebrities - absolutely fantastic. Just watching that I want to cry. That's a terrific script they got for that.If simple and the message is clear. Whether they can translate that and make it work and allow the change.At least they are doing something. I lived in America and Anna Bligh first apartment, in the corridor and had someone who was -- in my first department. One of my neighbours had a poster, an NRA poster.Michael Moore bought it to our attention when he did bowling for Columbine.They are such a fanatic group. It's quite brave of this group to stand up, but it's necessary. We know that. Just quickly, can it do any good? Well, it's better to speak up and say nothing. Silence is deadly.And we assume that it can't do any harm. Until now it's been NRA verses stasis. If it can beat an array verses of anything...especially if it can be a lobby.What more powerful than guns in America? Maybe celebrity.This needs to continue. It can't just be next week we will forget about it. It has to be ongoing.

Moving on and a study out of Chicago
has found that 15% of all marriages are essentially sexless - meaning that intimate bedroom time
hasn't occurred in 6 to 12 months. Commenting on the study,
actress Dame Helen Mirren said: "Marriage doesn't need sex "there are other types
of glue that hold people together" Melissa, do you agree?

I'm not married, so I won't say anything to that.That doesn't mean there's no glue in your life. Unique intimacy. Everyone needs intimacy. We all crave a bit of physical time. I think it's really important, but you need to look at it and - when they are talking about that, they talked about, if there are reasons like to just had newborn children, you are not going to have sex no matter what he wants to do because you are exhausted. You are tired, your libido was down. With little babies, everyone is tired. The thought of having a one hour session of anything we knew our home after work.It doesn't have to be an hour. (LAUGHTER). Just replace tooth brushing time. Four minutes will do it.(LAUGHTER) you've got a smile on your face, so you're obviously very happy.I saw a study somewhere that said - who decides that she should be a certain number of time.But six-12 months is a long time.This study said that most women just dread the thought of it because they are tired. Once it happening, that's OK. But it's like "how can I fitted in with everything else I am doing". But it's like I have had my hair and nails done,...I think you get into bed and you are exhausted. Then you get than their cars across the bed and you think "yes, no question mark".Then you realise it's your child.In Dame Helen Mirren's case it's just a tube of UHU or clag. Week...thank you, a rebel was New Year to you. -- at a jolly New Year. A fresh news update is just minutes
away on Weekend Sunrise. Also coming up - Paul Marshall
shares a beer with Pinky the pig. Plus, five days in captivity. Richard Engel reveals how he
survived being kidnapped in Syria.

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He needs a razor.So does Santa. In just a moment - Richard Engel on surviving five days
kidnapped in Syria. But right now - here's Jess
with the latest news. Good morning.

Total fire bans are in place
in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and West Australia with scorching heat and a severe
fire danger predicted today. Temperatures are set
to reach 39 degrees in Melbourne.

Bushfire victims who lost
everything on Black Saturday are urging residents to be prepared. Like a lot of things,
people's lives are busy and they often don't think
about the consequences. Residents in northern WA
and the Pilbara are also on alert, along with families
in Adelaide's Northern Hills and New South Wales
southern Riverina. Scotland Yard has handed over files
to British prosecutors over the hoax call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was
being treated for morning sickness. It means Australian DJs
Mel Greig and Michael Christian could face criminal charges. The Crown Prosecutor
is now considering whether any offences were committed. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha
took her own life after she was tricked by the pair. The presenters say they could never
have predicted the tragic outcome. And if you or anyone you know
needs help you can contact Lifeline
on 13 11 14. Heavy rain and flooding in the UK
has forced hundreds to evacuate and affected travel plans
for millions ahead of the Christmas rush. Authorities have issued severe flood
warnings in four regions, warning lives could be at risk.

High Streets have become rivers in Devon. Roads supposed to be filled with shoppers are filled with floodwater instead. Cars were stranded but someone pedal-powered decided to carry on with their journeys. In Cornwall, 200 people evacuated from their homes overnight. Fire crews are working to pump water from buildings and help tried to protect them from more rain on its way. And a river rescue on the streets of this town. 200 evacuated from their homes and taken to safety. It is affecting travel across the country as people try to prepare for Christmas. This is a common sight on departure boards along with the queues for replacement bus services.We are good British people and go with the flow!More rain is on its way. Yorkshire is expected to be hit with heavy rain later today. In