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This program is captioned live. Egyptian referendum - ruling party claims strong support in latest vote.I am gonna say yes' because I am totally convinced.Rebels bombed - opposition forces claim gains despite new air attacks. Rape protests - mounting public anger forces India to consider capital punishment. Christmas greetings in the sky - Muslims move to defuse row over holiday hardline.From an outsider looking in it looks like a terrible stuff-up.

Good evening, and welcome to the program. I'm Lee Lin Chin. Later, Craig Foster will join me with all the day's sport, including: Ready to Captain - Shane Watson confident he can do the job if Michael Clarke is unfit to play in the Boxing Day Test. But first to Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood has claimed victory in the second and final round of voting in the constitutional referendum. Preliminary counting is suggesting a yes vote of up to 70%.But opposition parties continue to question the legitimacy of the referendum. Only 30% of eligible voters cast ballots. As with the first round of voting in this constitutional referendum there were long queues around the country. And once again opposition groups accused government officials of understaffing polling stations to discourage voters.

There was a feeling of inevitability about the result and few were surprised when the country's vice president, Mahmoud Mekki, announced his resignation. Under the draft constitution his position is to be abolished. The mood among supporters of the new constitution is that it represents a vote for stability.Well, I am going to say 'yes' because I am totally convinced. I've read all the articles, not all of them but over 90% of the articles of the constitution, and I'm totally convinced.Others fear the rights of many Egyptians will be eroded.

Provisional results from last week's poll put the yes vote at 56%.Even before the final count, Islamists have claimed victory, nobody among the country's many opposition groups is disputing that.

Egypt's parliament was dissolved six months ago, assuming the yes vote is officially confirmed, Egytians will need to return to the polls within 60 days for a fresh round of parliamentary elections. Those elections are expected to be dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. In Syria fighting has intensified around the capital Damascus. And the rebels says they have control of most of Aleppo. But the civil war remains at a stalemate. In the 21-month battle between the Syrian regime and the rebels, every day seems similar to the last. This video is said to be from the suburbs of Damascus in the past 48 hours. Activists say the army has shelled several districts in the capital - claiming almost 150 people were killed across Syria in the past day. Five died in this car bomb attack - although responsibility is unclear. Over the city of Homs, a fighter jet went about its lethal business. This was once at the heart of the Syrian uprising, but is now largely back under government control. The misery on its streets, though is far from over - this the aftermath of an airstrike. In Syria's largest city, Aleppo, the rebels now claim to have surrounded military airports.

Even the threat of Scud missile strikes in recent days causes no concern.

One opposition group in Aleppo says it will also impose a no-fly zone over the city - warning it will shoot down commercial aircraft regardless of passenger deaths. They accuse the regime of using commercial flights to transport troops. Refugees continue to flee the once affluent city - seeking shelter at a camp near the Turkish border. The fighting might be behind them - ahead they face freezing temperatures and a lack of food.

Russia's foreign minister has warned against forcing Syria's president to resign - saying such a plan is doomed to fail. But even if Bashar al-Assad did step down, Russia, he says would not shelter him. Russia has called on South Sudan to punish those responsible for shooting down a UN peacekeeping helicopter, killing four Russian crew members. The Sudanese military has admitted mistakenly downing the helicopter believing it to be supplying arms to rebel forces.

supplying arms to rebel forces.
There was no prior information.The UN says the flight plans of peacekeeping flights are shared with the government and the army in advance. The last victims of the Newtown school shooting have been laid to rest in Connecticut. It comes as gun sales reach record high. Hollywood stars have now put their name to a growing grassroots movement for a plan to end the violence. The final procession of pain rolls through the fragile town under light snowfall. This one was for Josephine Gay, killed just a few days after turning seven. Outside of Newtown, people are buying guns in record numbers, fearing tougher government controls. Retailer Chuck Nesby's phone is ringing off the hook for semi automatic assault rifles.

automatic assault rifles. The debate over gun control is now being taken on by famous faces. Hollywood has hardly spoken about the issue, until now.No more who they might have been.No more we should have done something yesterday.We can do better than this the actors demand a plan campaign calls for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines and criminal background checks for every gun sold.Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, Newtown.Hollywood studios are also responding to the nation's wound. Paramount Pictures cancelled the premiere of Tom Cruise's new movie, Jack Reacher'. It opens with a sniper firing into a crowd. Also canned, the red carpet for Quentin Tarantino film 'Jango Unchained'. As Barack Obama urges people to think how they can entertain themselves better, a group of children are sending 1,000 cranes to Sandy Hook elementary - Japanese legend says it helps the healing process. And later in the programme we will examine the NRA's claim that the problem is not guns, it's violent video games. Washington has gone on holiday with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for failing to reach an agreement to avoid the end of year fiscal crisis. In nine days taxes will go up and government spending will be cut. For their first family a ride in the dark but work up to paradise. However, the President may not stay because it did not get the deal he wanted. The housekeeper left a video behind. It played in the capital tonight it would echo through the would echo through the empty hall. The Republican leader of the Senate took a rhetorical holiday site at Democrats.I'm stuck here in Washington.We are learning more about how the negotiations fell apart.

Unable to agree on a bigger deal, the President gger deal, the President is now hoping to get a small deal.

That is an achievable goal that can get down in 10 days.Can it?How we get there, God only knows.White House officials told me staff from both sides are talking through him up and find calls and will for the next couple of it does. We expect Congress to come back in the next couple of days. Most Americans blame the t Americans blame the fiscal crisis on the Republicans. Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano has dissolved parliament ahead of general elections in February. President Napolitano signed the decree after consulting the leaders of all major parties. It follows the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Monti appointed 13 months ago to stabilise Italy's economy. He's due to hold a news conference later tonight to announce whether he will run for the office. Next month Israelis will also go to the polls in parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says his top priority if re-elected will be dealing with the nuclear threat from Iran.

Mr Netanyahu's Likud Party is currently the clear front runner for the January 22nd poll. The Indian government says it may introduce the death penalty for some sexual assault cases, after a 23-year-old woman was raped on a bus. There's been unprecedented public anger over the attack. In Delhi riot police used tear gas and water cannon on demonstrators. The morning started with tear-gas and water cannons for these protesters but they're still around, regrouping in different areas around government compounds demanding justice.It is not just a girl that got raped. It's the whole nation's that's getting raped. We're not safe even if we go in a bus or the Metro. We are not safe. This began when a 23 year-old medical student was attacked and gang-raped on a bus last week. She's now in a hospital in critical condition. Police in New Delhi have arrested all six men accused of raping her but, as the daily protests continue, the government has been under increasing pressure to do more. The Home Minister has spoken to the police investigating the case and briefed the Prime Minister on Saturday. A parliamentary committee will discussed laws concerning rape next week. And five fast-track courts have been announced to address tens of thousands of rape cases that are still pending. Conviction rates in rape cases are dismally low and this case seems to be the tipping point for most Indians. These people are protesting in the heart of Delhi's political establishment and they want change - stricter laws, stringent punishment and some even advocating for capital punishment. Much of the protesters anger has been directed towards the police who have been accused of being ineffective and the demonstrators are saying that they're ready to continue with the protests until concrete actions are taken to ensure the safety of women. Al Jazeera's Subina Shrestha reporting from Delhi. And Indian police have just announced a ban on further rape protests. Now a quick look at some of the other stories making news around the world: Authorities in Tunisia are auctioning off the property of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The auction includes diamond encrusted pens, miniature golden sphinxes and luxury cars. One vehicle is made of carbon fibre and costs more than $2 million. It is expected that the sale will raise around $12 million for the state. Pope Benedict has pardoned his former butler jailed for leaking secret papal documents. The Vatican says the pope visited Paolo Gabriele in prison to confirm his forgiveness. Gabriele has now returned home to his family. He has been banished from the Vatican. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is recovering in hospital after minor surgery. The 87-year-old Iron Lady had an operation for a bladder condition. Prime Minister David Cameron has wished her a speedy recovery. Parts of the northern hemisphere are waking up to another day of freezing wintry weather. A cold snap has killed many homeless in Eastern Europe and there are severe flood warnings in areas of Britain. Blizzards are also causing travel chaos in the United States. Heavy snow keeps falling in Ukraine. Most of the country is under a thick frozen layer.

Driving conditions on a road into the capital Kiev look treacherous. With so many cars buried and public transport delays, people are having to walk for miles, enduring freezing temperatures as low as minus 23 degrees. Weather forecasters say they could drop even lower. More than 80 people have died from the cold, most of them found on the streets. Thousands of heated shelters have been set up across the country. This homeless man says without the shelter he would die too. The cold snap is also affecting neighbouring Bulgaria and Romania, and Russia.

Bulgaria and Romania, and Russia. I have not been able to go home for at In Britain, parts of South West England and Wales are coping with their own state of emergency. Severe flood warnings have been issued after torrential downpours in recent days. Several homes in the coastal village of Colebrooke in Devon were flooded at high tide. Train services have been disrupted to and from Devon. Commuters are having to find alternative ways to get home for Christmas. In the United States, the first winter blizzard has crossed the Midwest causing road closures, power outages and the cancellation of more than 1000 flights. But the freezing cold temperatures didn't stop a Boston police officer from doing his job. Edward Norton dived into the icy water to rescue a woman who was drowning.She was in there calling for help, and I can swim.Weather forecasters say many parts of the Northern Hemisphere are almost certain to get a white Christmas. The two Sydney radio hosts who made the hoax call to a London hospital could face charges in Britain. Scotland Yard investigated the call to King Edward Hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated. It's announced a file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether any offences were committed. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha who transferred the call was later found dead. You're watching World News Australia on SBS. Coming up next: Muslims move to defuse festive season furore at Australia's largest mosque. Shortly, helping the family - the crucial role remittances play in keeping island nations afloat. And later - violent video games, what role do they play in America's mass shootings?

Sydney Muslim leaders have moved to defuse a controversy after a post appeared on the website of Australia's largest mosque appearing to ban its followers from passing on Christmas wishes. The mosque at the heart of the row says it was a mistake by a junior member. With just days ago, a message as the mosque find itself up at the centre of f up at the centre of another storm. There was a religious edict following a sermon. Community leaders were quick to distance themselves.When you see a neighbour and they're having a they're having a festive occasion, you should be happy.Postings on Facebook called on Christians -- Muslims not to exchange Christmas greetings. Add a speech which suggested Muslims should Steer Clear of any Christmas celebration. As, come many vitriolic, gathered, the Grand mufti was Clear on clearing a few things up.

He says the ideology has its roots as far back as the 13th century when Muslim land were being invaded and he questions its relevance in 2012.

It is not the first time or the mask has been in the Po -- spotlight but these are the Association running the posting says it was unauthorised and not representative of its use. The Lebanese Muslim Association says the salmon was encouraging Muslims to maintain their identity.He is not well-versed to know whether this is something he should have their on Oct. It is not reflective of the Lebanese Muslim Association. He said slim Association. He said the festive greetings in the sky when when nothing but coincidence. Now to other stories in the news around Australia: Three people - two women and a man - have died and two others are in hospital after a car crash and police chase near Alice Springs. Police say they had just abandoned the chase near Hermmansburg when the car flipped onto its roof. And 15 people have been injured after a minibus rolled on a sharp bend at Mount Tambourine near the Gold Coast. The injured were mostly Chinese tourists. An Australian Defence Force contingent has come home after assisting Fiji and Samoa in the wake of Cyclone Evan. Defence moved nearly 70,000kg of emergency aid to the storm- ravaged island nations. Overseas aid from Australia and New Zealand is not the only help Fijians are receiving in their efforts to rebuild after Cyclone Evan. Money is also coming from another source - remittances. Pacific Islanders in Australia send most of their incomes to help family back home. And those funds keep many of the Pacific economies afloat. Ram Reddy inspects the damage caused by Cyclone Evan. Falling trees destroyed power lines and damaged his home. He says the bill is close to $2,000.I haven't got any income coming, just only driving a taxi. $80 a week that's all.Mr Reddy has one other source of income - his family in Australia. He says in times like this he relies on his mother and sister in Brisbane to send him money for repairs.If my family is going to support me, then I can use that money. If not support me then I leave it like that.Remittances are the second- largest foreign exchange earner for Fiji after tourism.Fiji in the last ten years they've become absolutely vital, they amount to something like $300 million per year at the moment.Since the 2006 coup, Fiji's relationship with its largest neighbour - Australia - has been strained. But Mr Narsey hopes it will have improved when Fiji holds its first democratic election in 2014. Calm may have returned these shore for now but Fiji is in the midst of constitutional reform and no doubt the election will have a key impact on Fijians both here and in Australia. Fiji has the highest number of emigrants to Australia from the Pacific Islands. But it's excluded from remittance schemes such as the Seasonal Worker Program. Papua New Guineans and Samoans also migrate in large numbers. Jerry Uesele and his wife are Samoan-Australians. In addition to holiday presents, they also send money home.We know that people are gonna get married or it's the funeral. We get the phone call so we always help, yeah Facebook. Their small business doubles up as a money transfer outlet that services the Samoan community.We invest in our families and not in the banks. You hardly hear of any Samoan millionaires in this world. Experts say those family investments contribute significantly to the national economies of the Pacific.In Samoa, remittances are the single most important source of external income, much more important than any small amount of agricultural exports, much more important than the rather small tourism industry.Younger Pacific islanders are also likely to remit, albeit less than their parents. The key, says Mr Uesele, is to pass down a strong family connection to the next generation.

Tonight we look at whether there's any link between gun violence and video games. America's gun lobby believes there is. In the NRA's first public comments in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, its chief executive blamed video games. And what he called the culture of shooting people for fun in the virtual world.Is not fantasising about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the killed the as form of pornography? -- fill f pornography? -- fill the rest.Video gamers say there's no connection between virtual violence and real world violence. But academics are split on the issue. They are typical of many in their generation - good jobs by day, obsessed with the violence, so-called first-person shooter called Call of Duty when they get home. But is this just good fun or is an entire generation being trained and desensitised to the act of shooting people?I guess some people just go crazy.Dr Chris Ferguson and has conducted a series of studies of 11 to 18 year-olds to find out what violent games do to them.There is no evidence to suggest that exposure to violent video games is associated with a violent criminal behaviour.But Dr Victor Strasburger says today video games are more real, more intense than anything that has come before. Kids spend an incredible amount of time with the media. They see increasingly violent media. Why in this country would we spent $250 billion a year on advertising if we did not think advertising affected people?So whose research to believe? Who to judge? The US Supreme Court already has. In striking down California's attempt at a violent video game law, the court had this to say:

Bonnie Ross, a mother of two young children with her own concerns also happens to run one of the most successful first-person shooter games around - Halo 4.What do you say to parents who are worried it is too violent and it is not good for the kids?The kids are gonna play games, play with them so they can really be there to answer questions and help them through that.Advice from an insider, whether you like it or not, kids are playing these games and it's up to their parents to understand them. That report from ABC America's Neal Karlinsky. As of March this year, there were 40 million monthly active players across the Call of Duty series.

As many English speakers know, Chinese can be a difficult language to learn. Written Chinese is based on a pictographic system, complicated by dialects and systems such as pinyin, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese. Now Sydney- based researchers have developed a translation technology that could have big implications for business. Intricate, complex and layered with meaning the Chinese language is used by 14% of the world's population. But accessing the wealth of information locked in Chinese language documents remains difficult even for bilingual speakers.

We are always trying to find something as identical as possible into the English counterpart. So, it is quite interesting as well. It's a problem this research team at the University of Sydney has been working hard to solve. They're working on a new computational approach to extract meaningful information from detailed Chinese text. We call it a linguistic approach, so we look at all the grammar structures between the two languages, compare them and find unique patterns there.

Computer-based text translation already exists, but researchers believe this new method will make translating long or complicated documents much more efficient.

Our methods are much more quicker because we cut two steps before. Also, our method is much more powerful.

The model works by looking for patterns in the text. It's rule- based and contextual, using the whole document to understand its meaning, rather than breaking the text into individual sentences and translating them piece-by-piece.

The researchers believe this tool could have huge commercial appeal.

Working with China is very important to us. If we can communicate better, we can form stronger closer partnerships.

The latest translation tool could have big implications for business. But if you're after very specific or precise information, human translators say there's no replacement for the real thing.

In English we have all different terms. All different kinds of vocabs. But, at the same time, it actually belongs to the same character.The new tool won't pick up every difference in language. But for those of us who aren't professional translators, close enough is often much better than nothing at all.

Britain has inflamed relations with Argentina, after renaming a disputed part of Antarctica after Queen Elizabeth. Argentina has summoned the British Ambassador to complain that the British have broken a pact to avoid territorial disputes in Antarctica.

disputes in Antarctica. There is nowhere on earth like this. As with all this area, it's now known as Queen Elizabeth land and it has no population. The Regent in dispute was unnamed until the announcement by the British Government this week. It will be fat ever known as Queen Elizabeth land. r known as Queen Elizabeth land. This map illustrates where it is in Antarctica.Queen Elizabeth in her Diamond Jubilee year was told that part of the Antarctic is named in her honour. The Foreign Office says Britain follows the tradition of naming the area recognising the operational needs of a name. Argentina says it's an area in the Argentine sector and accuses Britain of harbouring imperial ambitions.Queen Elizabeth land is claimed by both Argentina and Chile and it's the most disputed part of the Antarctic being named after Queen Elizabeth. More generally, it's worth ore generally, it's worth noting that all the claims to the area up are disputed by virtually every member of the international community, so in that sense, Britain, Argentina and Chile have disputes but countries like America, Russia, China and India don't recognise those claims.The British Government says that at Queen Elizabeth land will be used on all maps and it's got other countries to decide whether they will officially recognise his name. The British Antarctic Territories are seven times the size of the United Kingdom's home islands. There are nearly five million people jobless in Spain this Christmas - just over 26% of the labour force. No surprise then that the world's biggest lottery attracted more attention than normal. Anything to lighten the gloom, and change lives forever. El gordo, the fattest prize in Spain's annual Christmas lottery. It paid about $950 million overall. Most of the lucky winners were in the historic university town, Alcala de Henares, near Madrid. In a working class neighbourhood with many immigrants, those who had the winning number on their typical $26 ticket, are getting a return of $528,000. One man here, local media reported, bought 10 of the $26 tickets and gave them to his family, which is now $5.2 million richer. El gordo winners also could be found in 15 provinces across Spain, like this Ecuadorian immigrant in Barcelona.

I am going back to my country. I am so happy and will come back here again. It's a lot of money. Hurrah Spain! Hurrah Ecuador!

The drawing, in Madrid's opera house, was televised live across Spain, because so many people play. But in the deep economic crisis with 25% unemployment, Spaniards spent 8% less on lottery tickets this year. The tradition started 200 years ago. Every Spaniard knows the tune the children sing when pulling out the winning number.

The biggest winner in the lottery? Not me, not with my ticket. It's the government, which keeps about a third of the $3 billion spent for the lottery this year. And next year, it will take even more, adding a new tax on lottery winnings. Nine out of every ten Spaniards is estimated to have bought a lottery ticket.

Coming up next - Craig Foster with all the day's sports news.

How sweet it is - Melbourne Victory fans celebrate long and loud after beating the Heart in a fierce derby clash.

Is he a chucker or not?

West Indian Marlon Samuels under the spotlight for his bowling delivery.

Good evening. Melbourne Victory players have praised coach Ange Postecoglou for his work with the club since he took charge, following last night's dramatic derby win over Melbourne Heart.

Sydney stayed bottom of the ladder after losing at Newcastle. Despite the Heart having the better chances, the Victory pinched all three points, to go third on the ladder. A sell-out crowd in Melbourne greeted the Heart and Victory, with city bragging rights again on the line. The red and whites claimed the spoils the last time the two sides met in the season opener. After both sides saw penalty appeals waved away it was the Heart which began to look the more menacing.

Heart captain Fred wasted a good chance as the first half ended goalless. He came much closer to breaking the deadlock shortly after the break. Victory playmaker Marcos Flores would have been disappointed not to do better after the hour mark. But a sweeping move from the men in yellow moments later saw Marco Rojas eventually end the stalemate. Heart pushed forward in numbers as they went in search of a late equaliser. With under 10 minutes to go the captain obliged.

Just as the match looked headed for a draw, Victory landed a stoppage time sucker punch.

Euphoria for the Victory but a sense of injustice for Heart coach John Aloisi.

We looked like we were going for the win, that we were the team that was trying to go for the win and we lost the ball in a bad area and got caught on the counter, you know it's something that hurts a bit.

The Heart will have a chance to bounce back when they visit Wellington on Thursday. Phoenix no doubt buoyed by the news that Football Federation Australia has slapped a two-year ban on the Adelaide fan who was found guilty of racially vilifying Wellington forward Paul Ifill during last weekend's match against the Reds at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Premier League defending champions Manchester City have closed the gap on leaders Manchester United, after a 92nd-minute winner against bottom placed Reading. Elsewhere, Tottenham missed a chance against Stoke to go third, while Everton went fourth after winning at West Ham. Sunderland moved four points clear of the drop zone after beating Southampton and Arsenal also won away, at Wigan. West Brom ended Norwich's unbeaten run, Newcastle beat QPR, while Liverpool moved up to eighth after thumping Fulham. Manchester City fans though were counting their Christmas blessings, after a late escape against lowly Reading.

No Mario Balotelli in the City line-up due to illness, but it was at the back where City lived a little dangerously early on before Sergio Aguero kept Socceroos keeper Adam Federici on his toes.

Tevez set up David Silva in another close call, but Reading held firm until the 75th minute. The visitors claimed they should have been awarded a penalty when Jay Tabb was knocked over after colliding with debut maker Karim Rekik. The prospect of a shock draw seemed on the cards when Sergio Aguero hit the side netting in time added on. But City has scored more goals inside the final half hour than any side in the Premier League this season, so it came as no surprise when Gereth Barry's header secured all three points. Reading claimed Barry's header came courtesy of a foul, but City closed the gap on leaders United to three points.

Norwich City's Richard Snodgrass scored a superb free-kick midway through the first half at West Brom, City on target to extend its 10- match unbeaten run.

But the home side hit back with Zoltan Gera scrambling an equaliser. With under 10 minutes remaining, Romelu Lukaku got his head on the ball first to steer home the winner.

Liverpool is set to sign Chelsea striker today in an 18 and a $500,000 move, but on the evidence of the 4-0 thrashing of Fulham, he may have a wait on his hands getting into the side.

Martin Skrtl bagged the opener before Stuart Downing found captain Steven Gerard on the move and he duly made it 2-0.

Downing has been told he can leave Anfield, but he looked right at home banging in the third. Luis Suarez completed a bad day for Mark Schwarzer and Fulham which is just five points outside the relegation zone.

Eighth placed Liverpool however is five points outside a top four berth.

Now to cricket and Australian skipper Michael Clarke remains only a 50/50 chance of playing in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka, as he continues to have intensive treatment on his hamstring. All- rounder Shane Watson says he's ready to take over as Captain if needed, after learning a crucial lesson when placed in charge of the One Day side last season.

To trust my gut instincts and that was something until you actually captain the side you don't realise the injuries you have developed over 10 or 11 years of playing first-class cricket and also being around the best players that ever played cricket for Australia. It's one thing I did realise and my intuition comes to the pork and I was able to do things I suppose tactically that you don't think you have inside you. The fans were quick to claim autographs at today's open session. Officials are confident a big crowd will attend Sri Lanka's first Boxing Day Test in 17 years. Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann has been charged under Cricket Australia's code of behaviour, for questioning the bowling action of West Indian import Marlon Samuels. Lehmann spoke out after the Melbourne Renegades scored a six wicket win over his side, in last night's Big Bash game in Melbourne.

Having already been suspended after been reported for his bowling action, Samuel's found himself in the firing line.The Hussey cannot bowl that fast.He produced a tight spell for duced a tight spell for the renegades. The Brisbane Coach queried how the off- spin bowler jogging after just a few steps can produce these fast deliveries.I want something done. He could not bowl like that last year and we need to look at what we're doing. We're here to play cricket properly. Is the legal? I understand. From my point, I need to have a problem with that from no steps.

After the 13 Dover he belted 33 from just 24 deliveries. Cutting then took 2/12 from four overs with the ball to put the Renegades on the back foot.

Some big hitting from Tom Cooper and Ben Rohrer though, eventually steered the Renegades to a fourth win in four games.

This year's Sydney to Hobart will again feature yachts from all around the world, including Lithuania, France, Japan and New Zealand. Lithuania's Ambersail has travelled 12,000 nautical miles just to make the start line. But it's not just the international contingent making headlines. It's the age of some of the first-timers that will cause a stir at the start line.

After a silver medal at the London Olympics, you would think a Christmas break would be high on the agenda. Not for this sailor. This is the start of my sailing career. The start of a new challenge. That's the main difference. The 23-year old Olympian out of his comfort zone. We don't race 49ers in Bass Straight. It will be a bit different. Excited as well. At the other end of the age spectrum is Warwick Sherman. The 58-year-old adding the blue-water classic to his to-do list after a scare with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. There was never a plan-B. I was having chemo and stem cell replacement in April. I had a bit of recuperation. Now I am doing this great race. Amidst the new-comers, there's the internationals. Lithuanian contender Ambersail had a mammoth journey to the start line. She is never freighted. She does all the miles on her own keel. The prestige and pressure of the race, a world-wide talking point. It is a race you start thinking about when you are born.It's really famous in France. Its 10,000, to us. It's a very mystical race and a tough race. Nobody wants to be injured. We don't want any collisions. We want to arrive in Hobart and hopefully if we do will work as a team and have good strategy and have a good performance.The crew from Peugeot Surfrider are not just tackling the Sydney to Hobart in pursuit of silverware. The French outfit is also hoping to raise awareness for a cause that is very close to sailor's hearts. Lifting the lid on how plastics and pollution are damaging the ocean.

Every session we see plastic bags and plastic bottles in the water. We should have a clean ocean. Peugeot's main focus will switch solely to racing on Boxing Day. That's the day in sport. Coming up the weather and the best and brightest indigenous students join summer school to dispel myths that they are falling behind.

If you're caught speeding these Christmas-New Year holidays, you're on your way to losing your licence. Or if you and any of your passengers are caught not wearing their seatbelt, your licence could be gone. Remember, double demerit points these Christmas-New Year holidays.

Sweltering temperatures have sent Victorians, South Australians and Western Australians to the beach and put fire fighters on high alert.

Temperatures topped 40 degrees in parts of those three states.

Most of Victoria is on bushfire alert. Warnings have been issued because of a blaze in South Australia's south-east.

A trough over Northern Territory is triggering showers and storms and directing heavy showers onto the Queensland coast, keeping much of New South Wales dry.

A cool change tomorrow will bring relief to Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Thunderstorms in Sydney, Canberra and Darwin... Sunny in Perth. Rain in Wellington, Auckland and Tahiti. Partly cloudy in Noumea. Thunderstorms in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Cloudy in Phnom Penh. Showers in Jakarta. Fine in Shanghai, Seoul and Beijing. Overcast in Hanoi. Raining in Taipei and Manila.

Snow in Tehran. Fog in Delhi. Sunshine in Mumbai. Partly cloudy in Baghdad.

Snow falling in Stockholm, showers in London.

22 below zero in Moscow. Fine in Paris and Athens.

Sunshine for Cairo, Dakar and Algiers. Thunder in Johannesburg.

Foggy in Lagos.

A grey day for Rio De Janeiro and Caracas. Partly cloudy in Santiago and Bogota. Partly cloudy in New York and Denver. Fine in Mexico City and Havana. Cloudy in Toronto.

Australia's smartest indigenous students have sacrificed their school holidays for a brain boot camp in Adelaide. But after a decade of success the summer school may be the last, due to flagging support from state governments. For most 15 year olds, school's out. Not for these 24 trailblazers. Among the 18,000 indigenous students who face a critical choice, whether to study for university, or drop out. This accelerated science course encouraging them to stay.We get them heat for about 10 days and try to give them an experience of university level perience of university level science or sometimes industry level sides.It is serious stuff from splicing DNA to medicine.They have extracted eucalyptus oil extracted eucalyptus oil using traditional methods and they had tested that for antibiotic capabilities against commercial antibiotics. I believe they have found the results appears to be just as effective as the commercial ones. I'm not aware of this having been done before.What are you thinking now?I wanted to do more but now I want to do investigation.Congratulations because you had done such a wonderful job and I was impressed sitting there thinking this is the future of the country.The course is challenging the notion of the indigenous failure.It's more about people succeeding rather than failure and n failure and has a solid hardcore that are solid hardcore that are not achieving much with the success with these 24 outstanding young people.Trying to lift the Aboriginal standards higher service l standards higher service more expectation. We are not discriminated against as having low Test scores and we want to be known as what we can do in the future.Despite the success, it is struggling to secure our support. As I r support. As I speak, we don't have enough money to run the program next year. It costs about $150,000 in cash and has a lot of import.After school I hope to go to university to get a degree in forensic science or that kind of field and I hope to join the Federal Police.With the kids next year the kids next year when the Bell see this funding seems to be seen remains to be seen. The Muslim Brotherhood has claimed victory in the second and final round of voting in the constitutional referendum. Preliminary counting is suggesting a 'yes' vote of up to 70%. Islamic leaders have moved to defuse a controversy after reports that Sydney's Lakemba Mosque had banned Muslims from wishing people a merry Christmas.

Indian police have just announced a ban on rape protests in Delhi after demonstrations turned violence.

It follows widespread public anger after a woman was raped on a bus.

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RENEE: Food and wine
from Western Australia

are making quite an impression
on the world's top menus.

It's a lot to do with
climate and soils.

But, more than that,

MAN: Come on, head down.
Where's truffle?

Sometimes you wonder whether he's
working, but he's always at it.

He's always at it.

Meet Al Blakers
and his sidekick Latte.

He's telling me there's a truffle
here somewhere. Where is it?

Show me where it is. Good boy.

Oh, wow.
Thank you.

So, he never eats them?
No. There's the truffle there.

But the dogs have actually learnt
not to hurt the truffle.

Wow. Isn't it amazing?

Al and Latte are responsible
for producing

some of the world's finest truffles.

And because they're
Southern Hemisphere truffles,

the Europeans are paying big bucks
in the off-season.

Ooh. Yes, I can smell that.
(LAUGHS)

Oh, yeah.

Well, everybody's got their own
interpretation of the smell.

To me, the smell's just of money.
(LAUGHS)

Al's backstory is a beauty

because, really,
he stumbled onto success.

You see, he was doing some work
for the CSIRO

when he had a brainwave that
truffles would grow in Manjimup

because it's a wine region.

It wasn't very scientific
but he WAS right.

When was the first truffle
that you ate?

Oh, 2004, I think it was. Yeah.

And how'd you know
if it was good or not?

Well, we didn't, really.
(BOTH LAUGH)

But, obviously,
you like truffles now.

Oh, love 'em.
How do you like them?

Uh...I like to keep it simple.

You know, just truffle butters,
and that.

Here you are.
Have a taste like this.

This is one of my favourite ways
to eat it.

Oh, my gosh. OK.
I've never done this before.

Mmm. Oh!
No, you gotta wait.

It will work on you.
The flavour comes afterwards.

Can I have a little bit more?
(LAUGHS)

Now you all want a bit, don't you?