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The shopping mall siege in Kenya enters a second day with dozens of people still being held hostage by militants. Terrorism in and of itself is the philosophy of cowards.This Program is Captioned Live.

Chinese politician Bo Xilai sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of corruption. Sri Lanka's main Tamil party wins elections for a provincial council in a former rebel stronghold. And warm weather makes for challenging conditions warm weather challenging conditions in the Sydney marathon. challenging

Live across Australia, you are watching ABC News 24, I'm Rachael Puppazoni. Let's take a look at the weather first.

gunmen are still believed to be holding hostages in the Kenyan shopping centre where 39 people were killed. Another 150 people have been wounded in the military-style assault on the anybody building. Somali-based Islamic extremist group Al Shabaab is suspected of carrying out the attack, as an act of revenge against the Kenyan Government. Midday in Kenya's capital, and hundreds of people run for their lives. The gunfire is coming from one of anybody's most exclusive malls, the place wealthy Kenyans and foreigners shop. People said men dressed in black, wearing masks and carrying AK47s moved into the mall, threw grenades and started firing. Desperate people fled, some managed to escape, but many were killed. Financially there was an explosion and then maybe 15/16 shots, the first rae, was to jump on the floor and I think everyone in the restaurant did the same thing. We were just sitting there and suddenly all of a sudden, maybe around 12 shots
o'clock, we started hearing gun shots maybe on the ground floor and the first floor. The gunfire launched into the shopping mall and people started running. I could hear people screaming. Everybody - people were crying around me. (Gunfire)

Initial reports said it was a robbery. Then police called the gunmen terrorists. One witness described how they separated Muslims from non-Muslims. If you are Muslim... to kill Muslims. Now people are being killed there, now we are here to rescue only the Muslims. If you are Muslim, stand up and go.Another said the gunmen belonged to the Somalia militant group, shap shap. Later army men joined security forces. A military helicopter and armoured cars are also at the scene. The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital. The mood here has been very tense. There is not a common sight in Kenya. We have seen ambulances leaving the building every so often carrying casualties and pickup trucks carrying bodies.Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta, says his Government will support the survivors and families of the victims. With the entire nation I stand with the families of those who have lost their lives, and extend every Kenyan's deepest condolences. I ask God to give you comfort as I ask God to give you I as you confront this tragedy.
I know what you feel, having also personally lost very close family members in this attack. My Government will provide the support you will need in the days to come. To those who are injured, I wish you a quick recovery from the physical and other shocks you underwent today. The Government will be at hand to ensure that your lives return to normal as quickly as possible. The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has condemned the terrorist attack. In a statement released by the foreign office, she expressed sympathy for the Kenyan people and to President Kenyatta, who has lost family members in the attack. The Australian High Commission in Kenya has confirmed no Australian citizens were injured in the attack. And the Department of Foreign Affairs is urging Australians in Kenya to stay away from the shopping centre in anybody, and to exercise a high degree of caution. China's fallen political figure, Bo Xilai, has been found guilty of all life sentence.
charges against him and given a life sentence. A court in the city of Jinan confirmed Mr Bo Xilai embezzled 5 million yuan and coerced a police chief. In
the gripping trial, Mr Bo Xilai mounted a fierce Defence against the charges. Bo Xilai rose to prominence as Communist Party secretary in the city of Chongqing, where his social policies won him much support among the local population. The BBC's reporter looks back at what's been described as the most spectacular fall from grace China has seen in decades. Mercury and polluted, full of dangerous undercurrants, the river flows through the heart of Chongqing, once riddled with Mafia gangs, one of China's economic engines, where Neil Heywood was murdered. Bo Xilai, the man transforming Chongqing, faces years in gaol for covering up the killing. One of the Communist Party's rising stars, Bo Xilai was so powerful he was almost untouchable. So why would the Communist Party want to get rid of one of its own successful figures? It says this case shows it is serious about tackling corruption. No favours shown to anyone, not even its own elite. Many here believe this is really about eliminating Bo Xilai as a political force. Bo Xilai was building a power-base among Chongqing's 30 million people. The city's famous porters liked the way he was tackling crime and corruption. He appealed to those disillusioned by the country's huge inequalities, Chinese who feel most communist officials don't care for the poor. TRANSLATION: He must have done something wrong to have been arrested. But he was a talented politician. He was cleaning up crime. TRANSLATION: He was good at his job. We need more officials like him. He made the city safer. I hope he comes back. But power corrupts. Those Bo Xilai's political rivals who feared his growing popularity moved in. Most of the leaders are very pretty sure
bland, not Mr Bo Xilai. I'm pretty sure that there are others who felt that he was a potential threat to their careers. So he is welcome, at least to careers. So he least to some members of the least elite, but at the same time he is also... deep loss for people who supported him.Were it not for the murder of Neil Heywood, Bo Xilai might today be one of the half dozens men at the pinnacle of power. Instead, what's been exposed is the darkness behind this country's growing wement. The way it's elite are so divorced from ordinary people, the stains that run through the very veins of modern China.

Stephen McDonnell told me earlier how the case came about. It all sort of came to a head when the Chongqing police chief fled to the US embassy, consulate, in Chongqing Chengdu, hoping for political slooum. Under Bo Xilai's leadership, now, the interesting thing, though,s is that most Chinese people think he may have been corrupt, he may have received bribes, but he's no different to so many Chinese political figures, and that the real reason behind why he's being sent down, effectively, by the party, is a political one. He threatened other Chinese powerful figures within the Communist Party and, as the head of his own sort of neo-Maoist faction, was threatening to take over the whole country at one stage. So they wanted to be rid of him they wanted to and they have used this they wanted to be rid of and they have used this to
bring him down, pretty much.Syria bring him down, much.Syria has handed over details of its chemical weapons Arsenal just hours ahead of a deadline Arsenal just hours ahead of deadline set by disarmament deal. It's believed the deadline set by country possesses about 1,000 tonnes of poison gas and nerve agents. Russia tonnes of poison gas agents. Russia has reportedly warned it could abandon its support for the Assad regime if there is evidence of cheating. The US and Russia agreed on a timetable last week for disarming Syria after an attack in Damascus killed hundreds of people. In Iraq, a coordinated attack on mourners in a funeral tent has killed at least 54 people and injured more than 100. A car bomb went off near the tent in the Baghdad Shiite stronghold of Sadr city. Another suicide bomber blew himself up nearby. The explosions set several cars on fire, sending a plume of black smoke high over the city. Sri Lanka's main Tamil matter has won its first local election to be held in the country's North in the wake of decades of civil war. The election comes four years after the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels who fought a bloody 30 year campaign for independence. Michael Edwards reports from Jaffna.The Tamil national alliance is on track to win 30 seats in the 38-member northern provincial council, a Coalition of parties representing the President, won 7 of the other seats. The vote comes four years after the army defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's civil war. The run-up to the election was marred by allegations of army intimidation and violence. Several Tamil candidates were attacked, and there was violence at polling booths on election day. The army denies

The most powerful storm of the year is barrelling towards the Chinese mainland, after lashing the Philippine and Taiwanese coasts with gale-force winds and torrential rain. Super typhoon Usagi made landfall in the northern Philippines yesterday causing landslides and widespread power outages, but so far no reports of casualties. In Taiwan, thousands of people were evacuated from low-lying areas and the military was deployed into potential disaster zones. On its current path, the typhoon is veering towards southern China and is set to directly hit Hong Kong. The city is readying for the worst, with flights and Port traffic suspended and businesses expected to remain closed until Monday morning. Rescue operations are continuing across Mexico after tropical storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid buffeted the country. It's the worst storm system to hit Mexico in more than 50 years, and has killed more than 100 people. In the mountain village of La Pintada, about 70 residents are still missing and feared dead after a mudslide tore through the town.The small town of La Pintada has almost been wiped off the map by tropical storm Manuel. A mudslide swept through the village burying whole families in their homes under a tidal wave of dirt and trees. TRANSLATION: I was walking down the street near a store when I heard a loud noise. And I just stood there. I saw how the dirt I just stood there. I the dirt and dust began to bill the low up. the dirt and dust began to low up. It was like black smoke and it turned like a windmill.Around 15 bodies have been recovered, but dozens are still missing here with hopes fading they'll be pulled from the mud alive. Many who did survive have nothing left. Tran transwe couldn't salvage anything. The refrigerator also, everything. We lost everything.The cleanup is slow across the southern states, the area hardest hit by the twin paths of Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid. Flash floods and landslides have killed at least 100 people, but that figure is expected to rise, as the recovery effort continues. Tens of thousands have been displaced by the floodwaters and reports of water-borne diseases are now on the rise. Some are asking why authorities didn't do more to help them in an area vulnerable to extreme weather. TRANSLATION: We had asked several years before to have a wall built, a strong, firm containment wall, to at least manage to get out, because the water comes in directly, and we don't have time to get out. The Government has made almost a billion dollars available in aid, but the distribution effort has been hampered by the floodwaters and the threat of more bad weather to come. For now, it seems many Mexicans must continue to manage on their own. Major scuffles have broken out at the new iPhone in Los Angeles. Dozens of homeless people had been promised $40 each to been promised $40 each to camp out overnight to secure the handsets for a would-be entrepreneur. However, when they went unpaid they mobbed the man who they the man who had hired them. Two men the Two men were arrested over the fist fight. The man whose actions sparked the show down had to be driven away by police. However, he won't be charged because he's done nothing illegal. Labor leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese says his party was wrong to cut welfare benefits to some single parentses. In Government, the ALP changed the rules so that all single parents were shifted from parenting payments to unemployment benefits when their youngest child turned 8. Labor was criticised for the move because the unemployment benefits left many single parents and their families with less money. Anthony Albanese has indicated he'd revisit the issue if his colleagues and party members select him as leader. We also need to acknowledge, I think, where we got it wrong, and areas like, I think, the sole parent payments is an area where we made a mistake. We essentially meant that some of the most vulnerable people ended up with less income, but perhaps just as importantly to them, to those that I've spoken to, there was a lack of respect, I think, for the role that they play as single parents.The other Federal Labor leadership candidate, Bill Shorten, has been rallying the troops as he continues his push for the party's top job. This morning he was in Queensland. What we stand for is the brightest, most optimistic, most hopeful, dare I say it, the dream of Australia's future. A dream which includes all, includes the many, not the few. A dream which is focused upon what we can do as a people together, not as individuals divided by false argument. We'd met this challenge before. We cannot pretend that Labor is in great circumstances or that we do not have a very difficult task. Now, on the one hand, we did accomplish much in the recent years. The NBN, the National Disability Insurance overdue. Education reforms. We overdue. Education We contributed under both Rudd and Treasurer We contributed under Rudd We contributed under both PM
Rudd and navigate with the great Australian Rudd and Treasurer Swan to help
navigate Australian community with navigate with the great Australian people Australian business and Australian people to navigate
the Global Financial Crisis,

which in many other the Global Financial which in many other parts of the world should be called the global financial recession. We did good things. We did good things under PM Gillard. So we must not ignore what we have done well, but we must also acknowledge that only 34 in every 100 Australians put a number 1 next to the Labor candidate. See, I'm ambitious. I'm ambitious for more people to vote Labor. An asylum seeker boat has been intercepted near Christmas Island. It's the first known arrival since the new Federal Government was sworn in on Wednesday. It's unknown how many people are on board. The Government introduced a new policy of not constantly releasing details of asylum seeker boats and is yet to comment on the latest arrival. The Moreland City Council is hanging white ribbons from its civic centre in memory of murdered woman Jill Meagher. The ABC employee was killed one year ago today, as she made her way home from a night out in Brunswick in Melbourne's North. Her attacker, bail ball bail - Adrian Bayley, was on parole at the time. Her death prompted an outpouring of emotion in the communities, sparking a demonstration of tens of thousands of people near the site where she disappeared. A share parts warehouse in Western Sydney has been destroyed after the fire swept through the building late last night. NSW fire and rescue received a number of 000 calls reporting a building alight in Guildford. An automotive spare parts business was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived with the blaze threatening nearby properties. There were three buildings adjoining auto parts business was completely destroyed. The fire through the roof. through the roof. The fire was stopped from entering into of the adjoining premises.No-one was hurt and the NSW fire and rescue investigation unit is now looking into what caused the blaze. Warm conditions made for a challenging Sydney marathon. 27-year-old Kenyan Kibor Koitile completed the 42km race in just under two hours and 14 minutes. Simon Frazer was at the finish line.

It's a spectacular backdrop here for the finish of the Sydney marathon. In the men's event, the Kenyans continued their long-time dominance of the event, with runner Kibor Koitile finishing the race in two hours and 13 minutes. Ethiopian runner Birkuktait Degefa smashed the women's record running the course in just over two and a half hours. How are you feeling, how was the race? Very nice. First, the course, easy, after 21km, up... very nice. But the elite athletes are massively more
out-numbered by runners with more modest goals. It's expected the five events that make up the Sydney running festival will attract more than 35,000 people covering distances ranging from the marathon down to a three and a half kilometre tour across the Sydney Harbour bridge. Whatever distance they have run, it's fair to say they all deserve a cold drink and a lie down in the sun.

Fremantle Captain Matthew Pavlich says his Team NZ won't have to change much as it prepares to tackle Hawthorn in next Saturday's AFL Grand Final. Last night, the Dockers dominated Sydney in their Preliminary Final at Suban Oval in Perth to win by 25 points. Sydney came into the match as underdogs lacking experience upfront. But young gun Lewis Jetta proved quality can trump age. Fremantle was dominating where it counts.
possession, but was hurting where it counts. Just yanked it to the right. In the second term, the constant pressure on the Swans star-studied midfield began to pay dividends. All Australian Kearan Jack struggled to get his hands on the ball, outplayed by Ryan Crowley. Fremantle led the Swans by 39 Crowley. Swans by 39 points at the Swans by break, the Swans improved in the break, the the third term, goals the third term, but two quick
goals from Michael Walters kept There's the answer. The There's the answer. blew out to 54 points at one stage in the fourth quarter, before the Swans put some respectability on the scoreboard. The Dockers' celebrations will be short-lived as they turn their attention to next week, their first-ever Grand Final. The guys will soak up the week, enjoy it, and, you know, we won't shy away from some of the distractions that are inevitable with a week like this, but clearly the important part is to stay focused and not to change our physical and mental preparation. Newcastle has secured an NRL Preliminary Final berth after holding off a fast-finishing Storm last night. The Knights beat the Storm 18 points to 16 to claim their first win in Melbourne since 2004. The Knights led by 14 points early in the second half after Matt Hilder scored from a Billy Slater error. The reigning premiers ran in two late tries to set up a tense finish to the semi-final match. But the Knights held on to win. They will now take on the Roosters at the Sydney football stadium on Saturday night for a spot in the Grand Final. We played them twice this year and we lost twice to them, but it wasn't - it wasn't by a major score, so we knew we could do the job, but it's just - it just depended on what Team NZ hopped off that bus.So the Knights will take on the Sydney Roosters while on Friday, South Sydney will play Manly in the other Preliminary Final. Wallabies Captain James Horwill says up coming matches will
in South Africa and Argentina will give his side an opportunity to put aside any off-field issues. The Wallabies sit in third place on after beating Argentina by the rugby Championship after beating Argentina by a
point last weekend. Australia heads to point heads to Cape Town tomorrow without James O'Connor after the outside back was suspended over last week's alleged drunken incident at Perth airport. In the English Premier League overnight, Chelsea moved to the top of the table with a 2 nil win against Fulham. Southampton beat Liverpool 1 nil to hand the Reds their first loss of the season. In Golf, Sweden 's Henrik Stenson fired a 1 under par 69 to keep a fourth stroke lead after the third round of the season ending US PGA tour Championship in Atlanta. The winner will claim a $10 million bonus for taking out the tour's playoff title. Aussie Adam Scott is battling the flew. He started the day in second place, but is now in a tie for 10th. And unfavourable winds have forced organisers to call off more races in the America's Cup in San Francisco. Team NZ leads the Americas eight races to 3 and needs one more win to claim the prestigious trophy. Officials are expecting better conditions tomorrow. They are often over shadowed by the men, but now women's boxes is making its mark on the world stage. The sport is set to make its first appearance in the Commonwealth Games next year in Glasgow. And for Australia's junior talent, it's a big opportunity to gain rare international experience in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics.Last year the sport made its Olympic debut, now with the Commonwealth Games on the agenda, women's boxes is a potential gold mine. We were pretty lucky to get it in there. But I think it's a fantastic move. After it being introduced in London, the girls are really excited about it. Me and my sister started off with kick boxes an then dad heard female boxing was introduced into the Olympics.The camp has been run at the AIS this week preparing young boxers for the professional approach they need to take to reach the top. They have come into the camp and they have bonded very well and we are producing a lot of good Team NZ spirit.It's a sport in relative obscurity, so women's boxing for the most part is all in the family. The Schuster sisters from Canberra are two promising juniors, there is no love lost in the ring or even at training. Sometimes in spiring we get really mad at each other, so really we go tough on eef other.- each other.With limited competition opportunities, World Championship and now the Olympic and Commonwealth Games are the few chances that themselves on the world athletes can get to themselves on the world stage.
The amount athletes can get to test
themselves on the The amount of competition The they have in their own countries is a bit they have in their countries is a bit minimal and we need countries is a we need to continually develop we the girls and the more competition that we can the girls and competition that we can get, well, obviously competition that we well, obviously the better it's
going to competition that we can get, well, going to be for the going to be for the girls when they do going to be for they do get to those major events.The fight for exposure
is slowly being won. For these ath leads they'll look to make their mark at their mark at the titles in Bulgaria.

Let's take a look at the satellite. A trough crossing southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania is generating storms and showers over eastern Victoria. A trough over eastern Queensland is causing showers, while a cold front is triggering gusty winds and storms in WA. Looking around the country at what we can expect tomorrow:

Thousands of people have
turned out to witness an extraordinary phenomenon in China's east. The tidal bore on the Qiantang River is the world's largest, reaching nearly 9 metres and travelling an average 40 kilometres an hour. You are watching ABC News 24. Stay with us, Catalyst is next.

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