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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Fate unclear - hostages still missing as criticism mounts over the Algerian gas plant raid. Armstrong confession - drug user admissions fail to impress critics. Bushfire destruction in Victoria - properties destroyed in Gippsland. Scary. So quick.Winter strikes - snow storms sweep Europe, paralyseing air travel and closing schools. ANNOUNCER: From SBS, this is World News Australia. Good evening. Welcome to the program. Later, Mariana Rudan will join me with sport, including defending Open champion, Victoria Azrarenka's tough three-set battle against injured American,ttle against injured American, Jamie Hampton. We begin with the hostage crisis in Algeria. The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the attack by Al Qaeda-linked militants while some of the foreign workers have been freed. It is unclear how many people are being held at a gas plant in the country's west. That is adding to the mounting international criticism of Algeria's military assault. Algerian TV broadcasts scenes of happy reunions among some freed hostages that seemed quick to praise Algerian forces for securing their release.I was very impressed with the Algerian army. An exciting episode.The message from many was the same -They took good chair of us.There were glimpses of the terrifying ordeal.Didn't know what happened on site, so as much as we're glad to be out, our thoughts are with colleagueed that are still there at the moment.It is not clear how many hostages there were. The captors are demanding a prisoner swap with the US and an end to French military intervention in Mali. Algerian authorities say at least 12 hostages and more than a dozen kidnappers were killed in a botched rescue by the Algerian army. The workers were riding in jeeps that were bombed. Algerian authorities say about 100 hostages were freed in a second operation. This one was launched at the remote compound from the air. Never been so relieved. They came and got us off sielt.But it is unclear how many remain captive and how many of the foreign workers are unaccounted for. What Algerian TV images have now shown here is the frustration and mounting criticism from several countries upset that they were kept out of the loop over those quickly launched rescue operations. That includes Britain, swra pan and the United States.When I spoke with the Prime Minister again this morning, I urged the up motor care be taken in the protection of the hostages.Suft officials say at least one American worker is among the dead.Those who would wantonly attack our country and our people will have no place to hide. That sentiment was echoed by Japan's Prime Minister. Some of the freed hostages ter. Some of the freed hostages have been air-lifted from Algeria for medical treatment. Destination for now is not been released. Not good enough - that's the reaction of many in the world of cycling and anti-doping to Lance Armstrong's interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey. It's been criticised as a stage-managed publicity exercise - the second part of which was aired today. Part 1 of the Lance Armstrong interview was the admission and Part 2, the emotion. I said don't defend me any more. Don't.Those were Armstrong's words to his 13-year-old son, Luke, who still believed in his father after he was banned for doping. He can't...The lie that began before the first of his five children was born has also taken its toll on the people he bullied. Yeah.One part is great, but the other part is "the little runt". Emma O' Reilly who made allegations a decade ago was subject to rumours for which Armstrong accepts responsibility now. accepts responsibility now. Rumours about her with so vicious those closest to her doubted her honesty.I wanted to apologise to people close to me. And I eyeballed them and apologised to them.David Walsh was one of the first journalists to question Armstrong's performance ances. His newspaper was sued by Armstrong.The 'Sunday Times' was the only newspaper consistently questioning Armstrong that had a position - the position was we didn't believe the guy. Do you owe David Walsh an apology who for 13 years has pursued this story?I would apologise to him. Are you in a space where you're not just apologising where you're not just apologising but you can begin to feel how you shattered other people's lives? Are you in that space yet?Yeah.The World Anti- Doping Agency's e World Anti- Doping Agency's cp director General is not convinced.This was a talk show interview, not a legal cross- examination. You have to look at it from that perspective.Many in the cycling community say the refusal to name names left them feeling as if this was an exercise in serving Armstrong's best interests, not the sport's. We need to know names and how he managed to trick 500 controllers throughout his career.There will be no more help from his sponsors who dumped him in October.That was - I don't know - that was a $75 million day.His critics will say the price ics will say the price he extracted from cycling is even greater. Back home now - to Australia's bushfire emergency. After yesterday's extreme heat, cooler conditions have slapped the fire grounds in NSW and Victoria. The massive Gippsland fire has destroyed up to nine propertys and residents have spoken of their experiences as it attacked the township of Glenmaggie. Surveying the rekage from a fire storm that stunned even the most seasoned observers in speed and intensity. Scary. It was so quick. Just no visibility. They said, yeah, the fire came so quick. So, yeah, wasn't a good one. A fire that claimed the life of an elderly man as he tried to flee the town of Seto -- Seatn, leaving others grateful to have made that decision to ave made that decision to evacuate earlier. We stayed last time five years ago and I thought I'm not staying this time. We were keeping an eye on the Internet and g an eye on the Internet and the radio and it sounded like it was coming in too quick, too big.As the blaze continued on its path north, firefighters were kept busy mopping up what it had left behind. While there was frustration at roadblocks, as farmers tried to return to their propertys to feed stock.It went I went down to get some hay down to get some hay and now I can't drive back. Where's the sense in that? Glenda anxious to help out her nephew.Lost half his stock and all the fences and the grass.Elsewhere the fire's legacy was felt in vastly different backdrops. Today Lake Glenmaggie is a scene of picturesque tranquility,ne of picturesque tranquility, a far cry from 24 hours ago when flames fanned by winds of up to 80km/h tore through the popular camping spot. Jum in the car now.Matt, along with his wife and two children, took refuge by the lake and watched the fire lake and watched the fire front bare down on the caravan park. Today is relief that it's over and we can probably have a quiet beer now and solve the world's problems again.Relief for a park manager. Despite the loss of caravan homes in the blaze, he said this.We can replace this, you can't replace people.Even the Glenmaggie Town Cemetary was not spared. Flames leapt between the gravestones. Gareth joins us from Hayfield in Victoria's south-east. Gareth, are the cooler conditions allowing firefighters to gain the upper hand?Well, this fire stretches 180km around its perimeter. Because of its sheer size firefighters say it is impossible to control. What they have been able to do today with the milder conditions is build containment lines and slow its relentless progress north.So the fire is now moving north to anywhere in particular and do we also know any more about where it started?The ore about where it started?The town of Nicola is the next main concern with the fire front slowly approaching and the few residents that remain face something of an agonising wait, essentially in isolation. Authorities then believe the fire will move into wilderness areas and be allowed to burn there away from homes and properties at least until next Thursday when more hot weather and high winds is expected. As for the question of how the fire started? Well initially it was thought that it was a result of a farm accident. Because of the death of that man at Seaton, police have been called in now to investigate the circumstances. Thank you. And now for the situation in NSW, where there are still about 1 30 fires burning. The southerly change after yesterday's extreme heat proved more of a headache for crews than a relief. Their attention focussed on plaiz Miss the bigger valley where at least one house has been lost as well as fires near the township of Burrawa and Coonabarabran. Last night the southerly change was welcome but many the bush it did this.The fire activity picked up on a lot of fire grounds.In the Bega Valley one family home was destroyed.Pretty sad, but happy that no-one was hurt.It could have been mo-one was hurt.It could have been more. At least 990 firefighters worked to strengthen containment lines around the 180 hectare blaze. North of Canberra, Burrawa had a near miss. A large grass fire got within 8km of property.Some stages there you saw the ash lying around.Overnight drizzle a relief near Coonabarabran, but too little on a blaze with a 100 km perimeter.The only thing was it stopped from burning one side.After seven days fighter, fireys want the sky to open up, but not with more lightning strikes sparking more work. That was what happened in Kuringai National Park. The southerly forced the evacuation of campers. Today firefighters are trying to get it under control to ensure the safety of water front communitys to the east. We will see a return of some warm, dry weather next week. We're doing what we can while conditions are in our favour, undertaking that back burning while we can, so we will take that aggressive approach.It's believed lightning strikes were also to blame here. Emergency crews say they will be the biggest threat for weeks,. As one fire is put out, a new one can take hold.

New evidence has been found to support claims of a massacre in Central Syria this week. Residents say at least 100 people were killed in their homes in the in a village on the edge of the city of Homs. A BBC news crew visited. A warning that viewers may find these images very disturbing. The army took us in. The village is just around the corner from their base. As we enter the village, there's a powerful sense of shock. "They stormed to my house, they slapped my face. I fell on the floor. They beat and stripped me and my daughters." Most of the killings took place in houses down this hill. The army tells us they cleared the area, taken away the bodies. They say ies. They say it's not safe for us to go further. We persuade them to let us take another route. The horror emerges.

The horror emerges.
There's blood on the cement and a body is straddling the doorway and one strauled in the yard. -- sprawl md the yard in positions which suggest they were trying to flee. These people have been shot and burnt. The bottle of fuel is still there. Oh!Further inside this compound, another grim discovery. A trail of blood from the kitchen. At least two people seem to have been killed here, their bodies dragged away. The floor is still littered with bullet caseings. Around the back, even more bodies. A woman... Completely charred. In her bed. ly charred. In her bed. The soldier with us says hundreds of men came across these fields. He says they were from an Islamist group the BBC interviewed this week. They denied killing civilians. All sides do. Others in the village gave us the same account - in front of the soldiers who surround us. One person managed to speak to us off camera out of their earshot. She told us that the army was there that day, that some apologised, saying others were acting without orders. Activists say this was the work of pro-government militia. Some day we will know for certain who did this. A war crime happened here. Last May 108 people were killed in a similar attack in the nearby area of Hula. And now a look at some of the other stories making news around the world. Five workers including three foreigners have been kidnapped by leftist rebels in Colombia's north. A Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians were taken hostage near a gold mine by members of the National Liberation Army. Colombian soldiers are currently tracking the rebels. And eight people, including three children, have died in a plane crash in Southern Mexico. Both pilots and all six passengers were killed when the small plane crashed shortly after takeoff. Inan investigation into what caused the crash is under way. Heavy snowfalls have caused major disruption to motorists and public transport networks across Britain and parts of Europe. Hundreds of flights were cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport. Snow snowstorm warnings sparked panic buying. Battling against a blizzard, anyone who ventured outside faced delays and disruption. Hardest hit was Wales, where power cuts left those trying to shelter at home feeling the freeze k temperatures. Britain's weather agency, the Met Office, issued a rare red warning - the first in two years after forecasting up rs after forecasting up to 30cm of snow. Council workers used man power to keep roads clear, but in Moscow even snow ploughs struggled.

Austria saw similar conditions, getting its heaviest snowfall in more than a decade. Usually I come here by bicycle, but with a lot of snow it isn't possible. And so I had to wait quite a time today because there were no trams travelling in this part of the town.The cold snap caused disruption at London's Heathrow with 400 flights cancelled. How did it end up being like this, with everyone having no flights? Travel chaos no flights? Travel chaos at Charles de Gaulle in Paris. The arctic blasts forced thousands of schools to shut their doors. It was welcomed by some children. It's been fun, because you dopbltd usually get to do this on a week day. Forecasters warn the cold snap could last into next week. You're watching World News Australia on SBS. Coming up next - high growth to hi-tech - how China plans to tech - how China plans to continue growing its slowing economy. Shortly - no choice but to run. Teenage jihadists force Mallians to flee their homes. And later - acid attack ove owe the head of Russia's Bolshoi

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China's economic growth has been slowed but it's still the envy of many developed nations. Experts say 2013 will be a challenge for the world's second largest economy. It needs to modernise and develop new hi-tech industries to maintain healthy growth. Through the grind, the sun barely shines. The tower blocks are grey shadows. Plueltve polluted industrial areas. Chairman Mao built its giant iron and steel works, one of the biggest in the world. They employ 80,000 people. Now China is slowing and this place is struggling to make a profit. The show-down in China's economy means there is too much iron and steal produced. There aes a giant state-owned enterprise here and it's been told to cut production but it can't cut large numbers of jobs to save money. It's China's dilemma, giant state stirpls dominate parts of the economy. Many are inefficient and where will new jobs t and where will new jobs come from? TRANSLATION:It's like deep winter for the whole steel industry. It may last ndustry. It may last another five years. To get through, we need to reform and diversify. Despite the problems that its biggest employer, it is one of the fastest growing parts of China. Construction everywhere you turn. China's new leaders know this building spree can't last forever. The whole economy needs reform. So to replace the grimy old ways, they are encouraging spotless new industries. Innovation and hi-tech nolg are what this plant now craves. Here they make screens for mobile phones, higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs, what China wants its future to look like. In the past China succeeded by producing on a magsive skaif. Low quality, but low cost. We're losing that advantage. In the coming ten years we have got to change. That means more of this, too - China's new consumers - becoming a mainstay of the economy. Imports, not exports. It should be good news for Western brands looking for new markets.We are expecting that China imported goods from the rest of the world will be $2 trillion US. That is huge and that means that China is not just exporting but buying a lot. As China grows its new middle- classes, rising incomes should mean rising spending. Forging it will forge a new path for this city built on steel. There's speculation China's in- coming leadership could stimulate the economy to help maintain growth. A TV aintain growth. A TV news cameraman has been injured after a helicopter crash near Perth. The chopper was filming a truck crash north-east of the city when it went down. The 23-year-old is being treated for suspected spinal injuries. The pilot was not injured. There are fear force safety of around-the-world solo sailor adrift in a life raft off Tasmania. The French sailor abandoned his yacht and activated his emergency beacon about 500 nautical miles south-west of Hobart late yesterday. Safety authorities say a passenger ship on it way to the Stranded sailor won't reach the area until tomorrow night. As Jakarta battles its worst flds in years, its worst flds in years, residents are demanding to know are demanding to know why they happened. The Indonesian capital has long been flood prone. Little has been done to counter the threat. A never-ending stream of water into the heart of the city. A broken dyke was the reason most of Jakarta's financial district was flooded for the first time on Thursday. Hundreds of soldiers were mobilised to help close the hole. They tried to solve the problem with their bare hands. TRANSLATION:During the last disaster of 2007 we had more rainfall than now, so the question is why is the flooding worse? The answer is that these canals have never been drained.Before even thinking about other flood measures thrbgs is Jakarta's first priority - the hole has to be closed first to stop water going into the city centre. The way it is going now it looks like it will take a while. After the rain stopped t water receded and people started to count their losses. In just one day of flooding thrbgs water company was hit hard: TRANSLATION:We think that we have lost tens of thousands of dollars, and I don't even count the products carried by the water, or filed the documents that are wet. We are a new company. Maybe our losses are higher than that.Owners of small businesses and big businesses alike are all fed up with the recurrent flooding in the capital. Just about everyone agrees that Jakarta will always face flooding because of its low position, but they think a lot more can be done to prevent this.

We turn now to the crisis in Mali. Islamist fighters have withdrawn from two towns following French air strikes, including Konna and Diabaly. Supplies have arrived at Bamako Airport to aid French and Malian troops in the fight against insurgents. They are making gains, but a new exodus has begun - exhausted residents, - some of the poorest in Africa - are heading south to escape the fighting. Crossing the River Niger, heading to the towns and villages threatened by Mali's jihady rebels further north. Every vehicle down the road is checked. Now that the French have bombed the Jihadist camps and convoys, the fear is that individualism Islamists will infiltrate and try to start a campaign of terror further south. We speed up the road. There's evidence everywhere of how poor and deprived Mali is and how hard life was even before war disrupted the people's existence. As we arrived in Niono, we found a truck load of exhausted people, who had fled Diabaly fifty miles away last night. The jihad dis have occupyed the town for a week and yesterday French air strikes were intense. She ran for 24 miles through the bush with her children before the truck picked them up.

TRANSLATION:So many things happened. They destroyed our houses. They did everything. I'm so tired. We are very, very tired. Several told me that the Jihadis are mainly light-skinned Arabs whom they suspect are foreigners. Some are teenagers.

The Malian Army is in Niono to hold the line until the French arrive. Malian soldiers say without the French they would have no chance of confronting the jihadis and the people I spoke to are terrified. Where the tragedy in Algeria, people outside must be asking if the French were right to intervene in Mali. Here there are no such doubts. When the jihadis took over the north last year, Malian troops ran away, they couldn't believe their eyes.

Local people bring rice to feed not just the displaced people but the soldiers, too. They know they're not out of danger yet.

The people of Mali have lived with this threat for years. How the rest of the world is beginning to understand. The UN Refugee Agency says it fears the fighting in Mali could force 700,000 people from their homes. By this time on Monday, Barack Obama will have been sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. He's already said he will make immigration reform a priority. The problem is huge. The equivalent of half of Australia's population is currently living in the US illegally. Over the past two decades, Congress and three Presidents have failed to reform the nation's immigration system. But will Washington now finally come up with a solution that governments worldwide can copy? With an estimated 11 million living in the United States illegally t challenge is immigration reform. We caught up with the LA Mayor after the first of his two trips for Washington to push for change. About one for change. About one out of ten Angelinos are undocumented. The impact of immigration, of having to work in the underground economy, has been an impact that we're feeling very strongly. If if you bring these people from out tf dark and in the light, there's about a 1 $1.5 trillion economic impact to the American economy over the next ten years. After winning re-election with 71% of the Latino vote, President Obama says immigration reform is a priority. Congress may be ready to co-operate. We need to seize the moment and my expectation is that we get a bill introduced and we begin the process in Congress very soon after my inauguration and in fact some conversations I think are beginning to take k are beginning to take place among Senators and Congressmen and my staff about what would this look like.What it would look like remains contentious - the President wants a bill that would include a process for immigrants in the United States unlawfully to pay back taxes and fines in exchange for a path to citizenship. An improved system requiring employers to verify the legal status of new hires and expanded legal immigration for both hi-tech anding a gri cultural workers. After the November election, John -- the Speaker of House called immigration reform long overdue.We have to deal with the reality these millions of ty these millions of people will be here for the rest of their lives with or without documents but we have to deal with them in a cox passionate way or responsible but that means not doinging in to encourage illegal immigration in the future. Other Republicans are under pressure from their party's base to reject anything that ressembles amnesty. Before we have that discussion, secure the border, we tryed this in 1986. President Reagan, a Republican said, full amnesty, citizenship, to these two million people. How did that work? Now we have five -- ten times that number. In Los Angeles, this lady remembers the day in 2006 when more than half a million people mash fpd to City Hall opposing a harsh crackdown on illegal immigration. That bill failed in Congress. Now with illegal border crossings at their lowest level in decades t mayor believes more compassionate legislation will succeed, despite competing congressional priorities. The time is now.

Police in Moscow have investigating a brutal ve investigating a brutal assault on the head of Russia's famous the head of Russia's famous bolshoi Ballet. Sergey Filin suffered severe burns when a masked man threw acid at his face outside his home T attack follows claims of internal dispute since he internal dispute since he took over as Artistic Director. He was a big star of the Bolshoi Ballet. Sergey Filin graced the famous stage for 20 years. He became the Bolshoi's Artistic Now he's become the target of an horrific attack. Today Russian TV showed Sergey Filin in hospital. A man "A man came up to me", he says. "I had my hood on but he threw something in my face. It was an acid attack. Doctors are fighting to save his eyesight. The in-- It happened last night. Police have recovered the jar that contained the acid. They're now hunting for the attacker. At the Bolshoi, there was a deep sense of shock. Impossible. I cannot believe it. It's absolutely - I don't understand how don't understand how it happened.Why was he targeted? One theory put forward by the Bolshoi is that Sergey Filin made enemys at Sergey Filin made enemys in his role as Artistic Director.He puts this person to play this role. Then some of the girls cannot play this role. Ery day he takes a decision which are not pleasant to everybody. It is normal in theatre world and in this position. But it's not normal that the reaction is like that.Today the Bolshoi Ballet revealed that Sergey Filin recently expressed concern over growing intimidation. His car tyres had been slashed. He suffered a cyber attack. Now he's suffered a physical attack, which has sent shockwaves through the world of Russian culture. Sergey Filin has been leading the Bolshoi since en leading the Bolshoi since March 2011. Briefly to 11. Briefly to finance:

Coming up - the day day's sport and who wants to be on the bottom? Sydney and Wellington fight to avoid the bottom rung of the A- League. Jackson Bird called into the Australian One Day Squad for tomorrow's must-wi Squad for tomorrow's must-win match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

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Good evening. Sydney and Wellington are engaged in a must-win A-League clash, with the loser virtually certain to drop out of con shenion for the playoffs. Last night Melbourne Heart moved to the top 6.

They locked horns on a wet afternoon. One of the new signings made an impact.

The Phoenix two down after a piece of magic from the marquee star from Sydney. Splendid. Wellington's nightmare continued when Durante gave away a penalty which Del Piero dispatched with ease. There was a sweet strike from Calina, but the goal fest was far from over as Del Piero capped an incredible half with a milestone.

Last night in Melbourne, high flyers Adelaide took on a half side hoping to improve its final chances. The home side had an ideal start with four minutes on the clock. Beautiful.

There was a wasted opportunity after 17 opportunity after 17 minutes. Vidivic would have been disappointed not to have done better before half time. The Reds had their keeper to thank. I Cameron Watson tried to square it but Heart struck early in the second to take a commanding lead.

A leg injury saw Melbourne captain -- the Melbourne captain's match end early. Although John McCain claim close to pulling one back late on... The Heart were relatively untroubled as they picked up a deserved three points. Australia's Bernard Tomic will hope to be the first player in almost nine years to eliminate Roger Federer in a third-round blockbuster at the Open. Tomic is the only en. Tomic is the only Australian left in men's or Women's Singles. Andy Murray advanceed to Round 4 but Del Poitro and Silic have fallen. Williams did it easy and set up the forth round match. Defending champion Victoria Azrarenka is hampion Victoria Azrarenka is through but she got a big scare. World Number 1, Victoria Azrarenka, should have had few problems with the 63rd ranked Hapton, but the American read the script. The Belarussian showed her class. Perfect.The second set was a different matter.d set was a different matter. Hampton was inspired. Despite treatment for a back injury, she turned the match on it head. She punched down more than twice as many winners and an upset loomed.

Victoria Azrarenka let her frustrations out, and then settled. Hampton's back injury worsened. The defending champion just stayed a alive.She took a medical time out, but she ripped winners all over the place. I was like, "Can I have a back problem?" I'm feeling great. I'm missing every shot!Five-time champion Serena Williams blitzed the Japanese player in straight sets. Williams raced through the first set, through the first set, but her opponent fought in the pponent fought in the second.

The third seed then reeled off six straight depaims for the match. -- games for the match. She will meet a 14th seed Kiralenko in the first round. Del Poitro was on the verge of crashing out against the Frenchman. The 6th seed was determined not to be the termined not to be the biggest names -- name to fall so far.

He fought back to qair the match at two sets all, but Shadi produced the biggest upset so far.

Murray battled the wind, and his own mind at times. But ehe prevailed. The third seed hoped to improve oz his two runners-up placings at Melbourne. Tour de France winner Andy Schleck says Lance Armstrong was not under the influence of drugs when he made his comeback in 2009. Schleck who is in Adelaide nor the Tour Down Under is confident the sport will move on from the drug-fuelled era. The big names of the Tour Down Under can dominate the spotlight and all the confidence vieking has payed the price. These riders hope to rebuild the mess left behind by a previous generation.When this started I was 15 years old. Two guys on my side, they are not a lot older than me. We came into a different area.I turned professional in 2005. That was the year that Lance ended his dominance in Tour deFrance. I've never been exposed to doping in any of the teams I've been involved in. I've never doped. I'm one of the senior guys, one of the older guys. This is er guys. This is part of the stereotyping of the sport. We just want to see something different. A young Andy Schleck joined Lance Armstrong on the winner's podium in the year of Armstrong's comeback. Armstrong says he was clean then and Schleck has no reason to believe otherwise.I believe in his comeback he was keen.As riders fine tune ahead of tomorrow's warm- up, the Tour Down Under will provide the launching pad for a brighter future.It means a lot. All year, you know, you "-- you're trying to race and show the teams you are good enough to go to the next level. Getting to race against all the teams that you hope to go to is the best way to showcase what you've got f you've got it.

World champion, James Magnussen has returned in spec lack dar fashion winning the 100m freestyle in Perth. After winning 12 events on Day 1, Australia leads China and South Africa. A Thorpedo in the stands, Missile on the blocks - only one could detonate. James Magnussen launched. He bltd first and ununleashed in the final 50. The world champion was one second ahead of the next best.

I took a big hit to my confidence after the Olympics. I worked hard and in . I worked hard and in and out of the pool on mental and physical approach to swimming. I'm happy with where I'm at now.Cate Campbell and Melanie Schlanger repeated the double in the women's 100 Free. Good things continued - Sarah Katsoulis and Leiston Pickett; Christian Sprengerton Pickett; Christian Sprenger and bren on the Rickard swept the women's and mens 100 Breaststroke. China ruled in the 200m butterfly and Olympic gold medallist, Ye Shiwen seemed destined to continue her surge. The 16-year-old sensation extended that lead, romping home two seconds ahead of Coutts. Matt Targett needed one breath to storm the wall in the 50 fly.

In cricket news, officials hope for a bumper crowd at tonight's final of the Big Bash between the Scorchers and the Brisbane Heat in Perth. Jackson Bird has been drafted to the Australian One Day team after the dismal collapse against Sri Lanka yesterday. The boy also be disappointed. But we are be there tomorrow. When you lose you put youvers up for criticism, the reality is yus doesn't matter how much you play or don't play as a team f you bat like that you won't win many games. They have many games. They have taken it badly, which is good. Every time we play, we play to win. We don't expect performances like that from the quality of players that we've got at our disposal.Game 4 will be played at the SCG tomorrow. An update on the A-League - it's Sydney FC's ague - it's Sydney FC's -- Sydney FC7, and Wellington one. A turn-around! Very dramatic. The weather coming up and... The Presidential spirit - the White House's long affair with the cocktail.

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Vush shan orthodox Christians have been -- vush shan Orthodox Christians have been commemorating cite's baptifl with a plunge into icy cold water seen as a way to kickstart a healthy New Year. To the forecast:

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A trough over Central and Eastern Australia is bringing hot northerlys, showers and potentially severe storms to Northern NSW and Southern Queensland. The trough is triggering rain and storms in the Northern Tropics. A high is keeping the country's south dry.

The US President will be sworn in toon. There's no bigger political party by a Presidential inauguration, - it requires the right spirit served up with history. Derek Brown of Washington Colombia Room describes a long tradition with Presidents and cocktails.The fact that Presidents are people. Starting with a Founding Father who operateed his whisky facility. George Washington enjoyed a tipple. And FDR who put liquor on the table. He enjoyed cocktails, scotch, champagne. The main reason we revere him is he was part of repealing prohibition.In the 60s the arrival ion.In the 60s the arrival of Camelot shook up this town elot shook up this town with a whole new taste. JFK was known for drinking one particular drink. nking one particular drink. It's the Daquiri, a very Washington D.C. Drink. It came to the United States in 1909 in Washington D.C. Where it was served at the Army and Navy Club. After what and Navy Club. After what might be in the current President's tkphras to celebration a second inauguration, other than the White House-brewed craft beer, Brown is not spilling.What else he drinks is a matter of a state secret, I guess. Us bar tenders woe work in Washington D.C., we realise one thing - if we want a sekofpbd term, we don't say what poktigss -- politicians drink. The drink for Obama's Inauguration Ganqet is rumoured to be a sparkling -- Banquet is rumoured to be a sparkling wine. The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the hostage taking by the hostage taking by Al Qaeda-linked militants in Algeria. It's still unclear how many people are still being held. Cooler conditions have swept fire grounds in NSW and Victoria. But many fires remain out of control. In Part 2 of his Oprah Winfrey interview, an emotional Lance Armstrong still refused to name those who helped him to cheat. And police in Moscow are investigating a brutal assault on Sergey Filin al assault on Sergey Filin t head of the Bolshoi. You can get all the stories online. Good night. ories online. Good night. Supertext captions by Red Bee Media - www.redbeemedia.com Red Bee Media - www.redbeemedia.com.au.

Come on, come on, come on!

I'm travelling through the Arctic,
the Land of the Midnight Sun.

The most amazing view.

For thousands of years, only
the hardiest hunters and herders

lived in this inhospitable land.

But now the Arctic is warming
faster than anywhere else on Earth.

Go back. Go back.

As it thaws,
new riches are being revealed.

This is what it's all about -
the oil.

All eyes are turning north.

For one bright summer, I will live
with the people of the Arctic.

Absolutely loving it.

This is the real thing.

I want to understand
how their lives are changing,

and discover what the future holds
for this great wilderness.

Alaska is America's
last great wilderness

and its last real frontier.

On a day like today, you really get

the feeling that this place goes on
for ever and ever.

There for the exploitation,
there for the frontiers men
and women

to get in there and take
the natural resources

that this place is just full of.

I'm heading north
into a land of vast untapped wealth.

The sea provides a seemingly endless
harvest, worth billions of dollars.

All you've got to do
in order to catch fish

is be a little bit smarter
than a fish.

The pioneer spirit is still strong
in Alaska.

I join a modern-day gold rush
at the bottom of the sea.

You can really see that stuff,
it's shining away.

Alaska is where
American dreams come true.

But not for everyone.

This landscape has sustained
the Inupiaq people

for thousands of years.

But their traditional way of life is
now at odds with the modern world.

It's emotional for me.

And they're suspicious of outsiders.

No pictures.

I want to understand the nature
of this ancient relationship

between the hunter and the whale

and question what's more important -

the life of a whale
or the end of a tradition?

If they want to try to stop us from
whaling, we're going to fight.