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Tony Abbott releases the coalition's asylum seeker policy, promising to send in the military.The operational control of Operation Sovereign Borders will be in the hands of a three-star military commander. More than 50 killed and dozens more injured in a train derailment in northern Spain. Prince George Alexander Louis. William and Kate name the new heir to the British throne. And Liverpool gives Melbourne Victory a night to remember.

Tony Abbott has upped the stakes in the debate over asylum seeker boats. He's launch pad new poll is see which doubles add a kind of military operation. It's called Operation Sovereign Borders. Here's political reporter Narda Gilmore. When there that's a national emergency, call in the military.This is one of the most serious external situations that we have faced in many a long year. That's why it must be tackled with decisiveness, with urgency. The coalition's dubbed it Operation Sovereign Borders. Ma plan to bring together more than a dozen departments and agencies under a single command structure. It will be led by a senior military officer, overseen by the Immigration Minister.Operation Sovereign Borders is about having a clear mission, a clear chain of command, and a clear policy framework for doing that. They've labelled the current system disorganised and disjointed, highlighted by the case of the Iraqi man known as Captain Emad, exposed for running a people smuggling ring out of Canberra.This people smuggler was able to sail into the country and fly out of the country with agencies looking at each other. In the first 100 days of an Abbott government, a joint agency task force and headquarters would be set up. Operational details to turn back boats would be finalised. Capacity at offshore processing centres would be increased. And boats would be hired to deal with passenger transfers freeing up military ships. All designed to bring Howard-era results in airs if early it, stopping the boasts, almostFor the last five years of the Howard Government, asylum seeker boats averaged three a year.We now have two three-word slogans. Stop the boats. Operation sovereign something or other. Kevin Rudd has aid cued the opposition leader of deliberately trying to sabotage the government's PNG solution.For political reasons, he'd much rather the government's strategy did not work. The coalition's also copping criticism from the PNG Prime Minister, who's accused it of misrepresenting a private briefing he gave Tony Abbott and others last week.I don't particularly appreciate being misrepresented by others for their own political interests.What he said in private was entirely consistent with what he said in public.Mr Abbott demonstrates that he is not capable of working with our regional partners. Tony Abbott insists he has a good relationship with Prime Minister O'Neill. He's also confirmed a coalition government would work to retain at least part of Kevin Rudd's asylum seeker agreement with PNG. Chr Stuart O'Grady is one of our greatest cyclists. He's an Olympic gold medallist, a former world champion and a yellow jersey wearer in the Tour de France. But just years after compleesting his final Tour and retiring, he's admitted to doping during the 1998 race around the France. With more, here's Grandstand's Drew Morphett from Melbourne. Drew you covered that 1998 Tour de France. What was your reaction to this news?Well, I wasn't in in 98. I was actually there last year. But my reaction is I'm absolutely devastated. Stuart O'Grady is one of the greats in Australian sport. Olympic gold medallist. 17 times he has ridden in the tour. He sort of suspiciously announced his retirement just after the tour this time. If he'd ridden one more time next year, he'd have held the all-time record on his own. This French Senate inquiry was rumoured to be released last week during the tour. But it was delayed until after the tour. And why wouldn't the French Government delay it, because the tour is the best tourist attraction that they've got worldwide. So I think that Stuey probably knew this was comeing and jumped before he was pushed.What did the doping involve?It's EPO which is a blood doper. In 1998 there wasn't a test for T since then they've done tests in 2004 and this French Senate inquiry came up with 30 riders who had traces of it. Stuart was put in a category that was suspicious. It's a long time after the event but it does tarnish a bloke. Even though he says I only used it once, you've got to say, cheat, liar, which is a great shame.It's going to affect his reputation. What about the reputation of the sport of cycling?Well, it took a massive hit. That 1998 tour, only about half the field finished because the Festina team was chucked out, half were arrested. From the numbers that started about half of them finished the tour. It was the peak of when the doping was big in cycling. Pretty much we're led to believe that it's been cleaned up. Has it been totally cleaned up? I don't know. The sport has got a reputation, it's going to take a long time to get over it. We thought we were getting over it. But something like this, to somebody like Stuart O'Grady, does set us back. Drew mar felt, thank you.Thanks Ros. At least 60 people are reported to have died and up to 130 more injured after a train derailed in north west Spain. The accident happened last night on a stretch of high-speed track. The service was running from Madrid to the town of Ferrol. Max Taylor reports. The crumpled steam of four carriages Thames the story of one of Spain's worst rail disasters.60 people dead and more than 100 injured, some critical. Residents near the town reported hearing a shound like an earthquake as the train derailed at around 8.40pm local time.It appears to have gone into a bend as it approach ed the city going towards the station. Apparently going much too fast. It left the track. Derailed. Some eyewitnesss shade that it actually started spinning.They rushed to the aid of those trapped in the smoking wreck. But the or horrific scene was too much for some to bear. Police raised a cordon amid the chaos as the emergency services treated the injure and removed bodies from the debris. Spain's Prime Minister took to Twitter to express his condolences for the tragedy, describing his solidarity for the victims of the terrible accident. The shocking scenes will have invoked painful memories of the Madrid bombing but the Interior Ministry was quick to rule out terrorism here.I would say most of the people that would think about that, terrorist attack in Madrid, but the ministry has ruled out an attack of terrorism. As the rescue operation continues into the night, it remains unclear how this tragic accident happened.

One of the nation's most powerful Catholics has returned to the New South Wales inquiry into allege ed church cover-ups for his second day of evidence. Father Brian Lucas is the head of the Australian Bishops Conference. Our reporter is at the inquiry in Newcastle. So yesterday, Father Lucas admitted he didn't take allegations about suspected paedophile priests to police. Has he explained today why he didn't do that?Not really, Ros. He's returned to the point that he made several times yesterday, that is, it was Father Lucas's roam, it was his role to persuade preechts to leave the ministry if they were suspected of being a paedophile. He says he did that on about 35 different occasionings but he said by kicking them out of the church he was removing their access to children through the trusting relationships that a priest can set up. However, counsel assist something not having a bar of that. Yesterday, she said to the witness, well, isn't it the chase that an ex-priest can easily go to a park and land out lollies and meet children that way? And Father Lucas accepted that as being theoretically true. However, he did say another reason he didn't go to police with niece allegations is that some of the victims didn't want to involve police and that he would never betray a victim. This inquiry is focusing on two paedophile priests. They're both now dead. Did Father Lucas deal with them?He didn't have any dealings with one of the priests, Father James Fletcher. He died a year into his 10-year sentence after sexually abusing a boy in this diocese. The other priest he did have dealings with, that's Father Denis McAlinden. Father McAlinden was widely accepted as a ped find and yesterday Father Lucas said he had no doubt he was a paedophile but he was never convicted. He was relocated to Western Australia and later he managed to go to the film peengs and act as a priest even though he was defrocked. Now, counsel assisting has been very persistent on that point in her questioning of Father Lucas this morning. She said how was it possible he was able to go to the Philippines and act as a priest? Surely that's an abject failure of the church. Now the witness passed the blame onto the Philippines, the Bishop in the Philippines. He said he should've done the appropriate checks. A very interesting day of evidence here at this inquiry in Newcastle. The third in line to the British throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. His full name is George Alexander Louis. The announcement was made after the newborn has taken to his mother's childhood village outside London. By George he has a a name! George Alexander Louis, all names with strong regal links. George was the bookmakers' favourite a tribute to the reigning Queen's fath eer and the name of the patron saint of England. Alexander is the name of three kings of Scotland, a notable choice ahead of that nation's vote on independence and Louis features in Prince William's name, a nod towards the family's late beloved relative lord Mountbatten.It's naming the baby after the Queen's father.What better name than George? It's absolutely beautiful. We're happy for them.Louis sound as bit French, but George Alexander sounds good, yeah.Prince George of Cambridge won't have to use his first name when he takes the throne. The announcement came after his great-grandmother's first visit. At a reception the night before the Queen spoke of her delight about the new prince with this comments about his size.Enormous child! Then after just one night at Kensington palace and the with the media still camped outside, Prince George escaped the big city to travel to his mother's family home in Bucklebury, 80 kilometres west of London. There's speculation he and the Duchess will stay with the Middletons after Prince William returns to work in two weeks. By Autumn the family is expected to move into its own apartment here at Kensington Palace after renovations that have already cost taxpayers $1.5 million. The funds are to upgrade a place that no doubt holds good memories for Prince William, his childhood home, a place he believes can protect his new son, George.

Biosecurity experts from around the world are meeting in Canberra today. They're talking about how best to prepare for the worlds next pandemic. As John Lowenthal from the CSIRO explains, a handful of viruses are causing concern.There are a number of diseases, for example, there's a SARS-like corona virus, referred to as MIRS, which has appeared in the Middle East last year. There is also a new strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza that's appearing in China. These are a couple of examples of diseases that are really keeping a watching brief on. Which of those are causing most concern?I think both of those diseases, MIRS and the H7 N 9. A lot of the concern is that they simply don't know where these diseases are appearing before. The new avian influenza has never been seen in humans before. It caught people by surprise to a degree. Do you try to work out how to create a vaccine or a drug to come bat them, at the same time as trying to work out how to to contain them, what's the process you go through?The first process is to really find out where the diseases are coming from and that's really looking in the field and looking at cases, trying to identify what the source of the disease is, and if that's obvious, we can do a lot more about it in terms of trying to contain it. Whether it's coming from live markets, or whether it truly is coming from human-to-human transmission. I think one of the first things that's always done is to look at the virus, look at the genetic information to try and see where the viruses have come from. There's always a lot of work that goes on in terms of developing diagnostic assays. You have to know what you're looking for. And then in parallel to that would be development of anti-virals and vaccines to try and control it in the future. What are the lessons that can be learnt from the emergence of SARS, of bird flu and of swine flu?I think really the lesson is that it's really important to be vigilant. It's important to bring together in what's referred to as a one-health approach, where you bring in the elements of human medicine, because a lot of these viruses are coming from animal sources such as bats and wild birds and poultry, it's very important then to work with the veterinary researchers, but there are also environmental impacts in terms of bat habitat bs and how they might be disturb and how that might - the viruses might be spread to other animals and to humans. So I think one of the real lessons here is the importance of taking a one health approach. Where all of these elements come together. John Lowenthal, thank you.Thank you.

Out of 250 known Aboriginal languages, only 18 are actually spoken. A conference at the University of Adelaide is looking at how to revive dormant Indigenous tongues and the man in charge of it is Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, the the Chair of Linguistics and Engangered Languages at Adelaide University. He joins us now. How do you start breathing life into an endangered language?It's wonderful to hear from you, Ros. We are lucky, we have dictionaries that were written in 1840 and 1844 by Lutheran missionaries, and these missionaries were considered failures by the Dresden mission society because they did not manage to Lutheranise even one Aboriginal but now we told the mission we used these dictionaries in order to reclaim several languages. These missionaries in one day turned from zeros to heroes. The Barngala community in South Australia's eastern Eyre Peninsula, how much success have you had in resurrectsing that language?It's a wonderful attempt. We have had approximately 10 reclaimation workshops. The Barngala communities are very much part of it. My hope is that they will be the ones who will teach Barngala to the community. We have already made up new words for example for computer, for beanie, a sheltered hat. So we all know that the resulting Barngala language will not be identical to the original language, shift happens, shift with an F of course, but linguists love this idea that shift happens. This will result in new linguistic diversity. I can tell you that I receive emails saying that it empower us, it's very much related to mental health, to well-being, to intellectual sovereignty, to spirituality. So these Barngala people are reconnecting to their original language.Are you hoping that everybody in the community will speak the language?Well, it is for the Barngala community itself to decide how far they would like to go. Would they like to go the full Monty, so their great grandchildren are all native speakers of Barngala or would they only want to know 200 words and to say the welcome to country and ceremonys in Barngala language or maybe they just want to change the linguistic landscape of the area. When you go to Whyalla currently you only see signs in English but what they feel that should happen is what happened in Wellington. When you go to Wellington you have signs in Maori as well as in English. This changing of linguistic landscape could be one of the goals but it's for the specific Aboriginal community to decide how far they'd like to go. I as a linguist, as a revival Ling wit, I'm a pass sill Taitor, but this is all their project. Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, great to talk to you. Thank you.

President Barack Obama has accused his Republican opponents of blocking his attempts to revitalise the US economy. He has blamed congressional Republicans for what he calls an endless parade of distractions.And we'll need Republicans in Congress to set aside short-term politics and work with me to find common ground. Washington is preparing for a new round of battles over government spending and the debt ceiling. Republicans say Americans don't need more speeches, they need more jobs. American intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden is extending his month-long stay in Moscow airport despite earlier Russian reports that he'd finally been granted permission to stay in the country. His lawyers say the necessary paperwork for Mr Snowden to formally leave the transit area is still tied up in Russian red tape.He's currently determined to remain in Russia, determined to study the culture of Russia and he would like to see Russia. And today I gave him a book, I gave him Dostoevsky's 'Crime & Punishment'. The US has repeated its call for the former CIA contractor to be returned home to face charges for revealing America's vast spying program. Police in India have arrested the principal of a school where 23 children died after eating food contaminated with insecticide. Police had been looking for her since last week's tragedy. They say she will be charged with murder and gross negligence. 47 schoolchildren fell ill after eating the contaminated food. The deaths led to violent protests by the local villagers. Jane Austen the author famous for 'Pride & Prejudice' and many other classic novels will appear on a new £10 note in Britain. The new governor. Bank of England made the announcement at Austen's family home in Hampshire. Jane Austen said it was a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in foe session ach good fortune must be in want of a wife. The new Bank of England governor doesn't need a wife, but the bank has been in want of a great woman. And here she is. (Applause)

There's been a parade of Britain's great and good on our bank notes since the 70s, but since 1994, only one woman. The social reformer Elizabeth Fry. When the bank announced a new Winston Churchill note for 2016 onwards, replacing Fry, there they were surprised to find it caused quite a stink. The new Jane Austen £10 note announced today will get a woman back into circulation again. But only from 2017. Why is it you have taken this so much more seriously than your predecessor?It created a misimpression that would might be a scenario where there was no female on any of the four notes that we publish. We listened. We heard those concerns. And we acted quickly to make an announcement. The woman leading the campaign to keep females on our bank notes says the bank wasn't returning her calls before Mark Carney arrived. He asked to meet her on his first day.That's why we keep getting situation where is we get men everywhere at the top of places. It's because of the way decisions are take yechb. It's because. Criteria we use to decide on what's valuable, what he consider is good in society.They were pleaseed to hear the news on Jane Austen's local High Street with her brother once owned a bank. Those that cared at all.In terms of the way I use it, I don't really care who owes on the front of the note.You just want more of them?Of course. Everybody does.Do you think it's important to have women on the bank note?Absolute lip. They're equally as important as men.We used to have Florence, Florence Nightingale. It's time to have another lady back on the scene.

The great theorist of evolution Charles Darwin might appreciate the irony that his face will now be replaced by Jane us a then's. The Bank of England has evolved. Now they just need to find a woman nor that nine-man committee that sets interest rates. A team of Australian trade negotiators has arrived in Beijing to start yet another round of discussions on a bilateral free trade agreement with China. An agreement is yet to be finalised after eight years of talks. The Australian Trade Minister Richard Marles has been in the job for less than a month. Coming to China has been a matter of priority with talks on a free trade agreement top of the agenda. He says both sides are frustrated that negotiations are still going after meeting 19 times over the past eight years. Australia has put forward a proposal that will be discussed during another round of meetings this week.I want to tack ymg these negotiations with a renewed sense of pragmatism and flexibility so we can actually achieve a result. The extent of any compromises are known. The slow progress is partially because China doesn't want to open its market to Australia's farmers. Australia on the other hand is reluctant to compromise on investment hurdles. But a global commodity prices have fallen, China also wants its people to spend more amid its slowing economy. This has added urgency for Australia to complete the FTA.We now need to start looking at how how we can bring this to conclusion because we don't want to have the lost opportunity of seeing others access this market to their advantage and to our detriment. Australia is set to open a consulate in the rapidly developing city of Chung do. Recognition that the next source of growth lies in China's west. A check now of the markets with Elysse Morgan. Facebook's defied predictions of falling profits?Yes, that's right. Despite concerns over falling revenue and competition from the likes of Twitter, Facebook's second quarter earnings from beaten expectations making $363 million. Revenue jumped by 53% with mobile ads accounting for nearly half of all of advertising revenue. So the company's shares jumped 20% in afterhours trade, but the stock is still around 16% lower from its original listing price. How's the market doing?After a weak finish on wall street today, the local market's really under pressure today. The All Ordinaries and the ASX 200 are down around half a per cent or 18 points. Also a bit of an excuse for profit making, after sitting at a two-month high this week, investors are cutting off all sectors.

English Premier League giant Liverpool has given Melbourne a night to remember, with a 2-0 win over local side Victory. A record crowd of more than 95,000 turned the Melbourne Cricket Ground into a sea of red. SONG: # You'll never walk # Alone #

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored the first goal in the 32 nt minute. Newly signed Iago Aspas scored the second assisted by Louis Suarez in the final moments. Back to the news that cyclist Stuart O'Grady has admitted to doping during the 1998 Tour de France. AOC media director Mike Tancred has responded to the shock admission, saying O'Grady doesn't deserve to be a member of the athletes' commission.I think all the athletes in our London team who voted for Stuart to be a member of our athletes' commission are entitled to feel angry today. If you're on the AOC athletes' commission you're held in very highest team. We pick only people with integrity. And honesty. And I think the AOC is justified today in saying that given his admission, Stuart doesn't deserve to be a member of the athletes' commission and we'd asked for his resignation.West Coast Eagles star ruckman Nic Naitinui is no guarantee to return to AFL action this season. The All-Australian won't play against the Bulldogs due to a groin injury.He will have complete rest this week, and probably most of next week. And we'll see how he goes. Veteran Daniel Kerr is in doubt with knee soreness. The Sydney Roosters say they're not buying into the hype surrounding their favouritism for the NRL premiership. The Roosters are just 2 points behind the ladder-leading Rabbitohs with the minor premiership firm my in their sights. But their first hurdle is overcoming Newcastle on Sunday.For us, it's about winning this weekend and putting a good performance in. One bad performance away from not being in the hunt. We have to make sure we continue to do that and the rest of the stuff will look after itself. The Rabbitohs have rallied around fullback Greg Inglis after he was targeted by a racist post on social media. A look at the national weather now. Here's Paul Higgins.Cloud-free skies over much of the continent at the moment. A weakening cold front is moving past southern South Australia, and it's on its way to Tasmania where it's going to ramp up the showers through the afternoon. A few showers today in western Australia's south and along the Queensland coast with some onshore winds there. Overnight a strong cold front will herald a wet and windy Friday across southern parts of WA and there will be a few coastal showers tomorrow for Queensland, southern Victoria and western Tasmania. But today, late showers in Perth.

That's the news for now. Our next full bulletin is at 5.30pm and don't forget there's news whenever you want it on ABC News 24 or on-line. I'm Ros Childs. Have a great day.

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