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Tonight - civilians killed in

a brazen Taliban attack on

leading Kabul hotel. Greek

protesters send a violent

message as their government

considers more cuts. The Prime

Minister faces a Top End

grilling over the live cattle

self-defence export ban. Claims of

self-defence - swimmer Nick D'Arcy has his day in court. Good evening, and welcome to ABC News. I'm Virginia

Haussegger. The Taliban has

staged a brazen raid on one of Kabul's most heavily guarded

hotels. Six insurgents stormed

the Intercontinental Hotel late

yesterday evening and exchanged

fire with security forces for

five hours. Four blew

themselves up and two were eventually killed on the

hotel's roof top by NATO

helicopters. They claimed 10

victims, mostly Afghan hotel workers.

new doubts about security in the Afghan capital. The Intercontinental Hotel

smoulders after a night of

bombing and gun fire. As dawn

breaks, hotel guests leave the building confused and afraid.

I don't think we really know

quite what happened. It was

huge blasts, some five six

blasts. It was a carefully coordinated

coordinated attack under the

cover of darkness.

TRANSLATION: The enemy of

Intercontinental Hotel we have

in the city. Those who fired

at this hotel are not Afghans.

I was watching it on fire. At

least six insurgents the hotel with machine guns and

suicide vests. One blew

himself up at the hotel gate.

The others burst through

security check points and

opened fire inside the hotel.

The gun battle lasted for

several hours with three more

attackers blowing themselves

up. In the end, NATO helicopters killed the remaining insurgents several employees were found roof top. The bodies of

inside the hotel. Outside,

the streets were blocked as the dead and injured were taken

away. This morning, security

was tight. TRANSLATION: We

don't have army casualties and just three police officers were just three police

wounded. Ten civilians were killed in the insurgents'

attacks. The Taliban has blamed responsibility for the attack. The Intercontinental

fortified hotels. This attack is one of Kabul's most

brings to an end a period of relative stability in the Afghan capital. Anti-austerity protests in

Greece have turned violent on

the first day of a 48 hour

general strike. Scores of police and protesters have been injured in demonstrations

against the Government's

planned spending cuts and tax

rises. Parliament has begun

debating the measures. Europe correspondent Emma Alberici reports from Athens. A heavy police

guard MPs inside the

Parliament, debating the $40

billion budget cuts, a

pre-condition of a second

bail-out from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. If the money doesn't

arrive within the next two weeks, pensions and Government

salaries can't be paid. Why

is this happening and why are

they asking for us to pay for

the crisis, their crisis? How

much can you take from people? Somebody else also has to pay. On the streets,

frustration gave way do fury

and soon it was on for young

and old. Some came prepared

for the worst, donning masks as

riot police fought back firing

round after round of tear

but thousands stood their

ground. Syntagma Square

reduced to a war zone as

garbage bins burned, properties were attacked and two broadcasting vans

broadcasting vans were set

ablaze. Protesters have

actually brought picks and axes

with them to cut away parts of the masonry and stone from buildings to hurl. It is hard

to see how this situation could get

get any worse, and yet there

are still 24 hours to go before

the Parliament will have to ultimately decide whether or

not to inflict more economic

pain on these people. More

than 20 people were arrested as

running battles continued well

into the night. The

Government made a final plea to

the Opposition to support the

cuts or risk sparking another global financial crisis.

Struggling cattle producers confronted the Prime Minister in Darwin today seeking

assurances over the live export

ban. She told them more help

was on the way but wouldn't be

drawn on the detail. Neither

could she tell them when the

ban was likely to be lifted. In

Darwin to deliver a grim message to

message to the Prime Minister,

cattle producers have told

Julia Gillard they can't hang

on much longer and they want a

timetable for the resumption of

live exports to Indonesia. We

and Minister Ludwig are serious need to know

about getting the show back on

the road because I really don't

know what's going to become of

us. A timeline is very important. We are at a critical phase in northern Australia, there is a small

the wet season. We need to window of opportunity between

move quickly. The Prime

Minister wasn't able to offer a

timetable. We are going to do

this as quickly as we can. I

am not going to let an extra

day go by that isn't necessary

to get the animal welfare to get the

standards in place. She

announced the Australian Cattle

Council will provide $5 million

in relief for exporters who have thousands stuck in holding yards. That's

on top of the Government's $3

million in welfare payments.

The industry says it doesn't

come close. The offer of $3

million for the industry is a

disgrace. That wouldn't pay

our running costs for 12

months. The Prime Minister is

negotiations. The Government promising more

is actively looking at

additional measures to assist the industry during the period

of the suspension. Julia Gillard was greeted Gillard was greeted with smiles

on the streets of Darwin, but

she will face tough questions

at her community cabinet meeting tonight.

By the slimmest of the Federal Government says it By the slimmest of margins,

has met its commitment to move

most children out of immigration detention. The

Government has also shut down

two temporary facilities in Darwin and

they were never appropriate for

children. It comes as a group

of the asylum seekers protested

on the roof of Darwin's immigration detention centre,

saying they have been held for too long. Overcrowding in Australian immigration

detention forced a change in

Government policy last October.

And the Government says more

than 500 children have since

been moved into community

detention. That means that 62% of children will 62% of children will be living

in houses, in suburbs, in

communities, going to local

schools. Church and welfare

groups have helped the Brisbane and Darwin packed

their bags today after the

Government also announced the

closure of hotels that have

been housing families temporarily. Many temporarily. Many of those

moving were some of the 329 children around Australia still

being detained. At another

facility in Darwin today, a

group of Afghan men took to group of Afghan men took to the roof, protesting against the

length of their detention.

One of them had harmed himself.

Any self-harm does concern me.

It is important we make point that people protesting on

rooves does not change the

outcome. It is not the appropriate way of engaging

with the depth dept department.

The men say they have been in

detention for 18 months. The

Government won't say when the asylum seeker deal with

Malaysia is likely to be

finalised. I will not announce

a signing date today but I look forward to signing the

arrangement in the not too

distant future. One commitment

at a time. They did they could. That's the finding

of the latest inquiry into last

year's Christmas Island boat

tragedy. Around 50 asylum

seekers drowned when their boat

smashed into rocks in

A parliamentary inquiry has found

found the rescue effort on land

and at sea was professional and courageous in atrocious

weather. Whilst there was no

fault found in the agencies,

and certainly not on the

island, there were some

suggestions about the coordination

report calls for better

training for rescue volunteers

and a permanent memorial on the

island.

The ACT Liberals say they will repay a Government grant that was supposed to go to

community groups. The Party

accepted $10,000 from a program

offering relief to carers and volunteers struggling with

travel costs at the height of the global financial crisis.

When it was revealed earlier

this week the Liberals were

swamped with calls to pay the

money back. Having had a look

at where this money had from, what it was ear-marked

for, the right thing to do is

to say "The Liberal Party

shouldn't get the money, we

should give it back". The the

money will come from the Party

coffers, not the volunteers who

receive it. Police have

released footage of Nick D'Arcy demonstrating how he struck

Simon Cowley. During his

police interview, D'Arcy was

filmed showing how he lifted

his elbow hitting Cowley and

injuries. D'Arcy says it was

self-defence. Cowley is

seeking up to $750,000 in damages. Mark Douglass

reports. This is Nick

the day after he smashed Simon

Cowley's jaw. He shows police

how it happened. I just kind of hit him. The butterfly

champion took the stand today

in defence of what could be an

expensive lawsuit. I don't

look forward to doing this. In

his police interview, D'Arcy

described his reaction to receiving a slap from Simon

Cowley. It was a wild, drunk

swing. Did you mean to hit

him? Yes. Police temper had flared a week and a

half before the incident when

he punch add tiled wall. Some

of the times I was doing in my

taper mode just before the

trials were ordinary and that

stressed me out and one

session, I just, just, punched the wall. Nick D'Arcy

served a 14 month suspended

sentence over the attack. He

told the court today he pleaded

guilty because he feared going

to jail.

D'Arcy maintains he was acting

in self-defence when he broke

Cowley's jaw, nose and eye

socket with one blow. Under cross-examination, Nick D'Arcy

said he wasn't angry about

being slapped but said he acted

out of the shock of being

struck in the face in know. The incident left Simon

Cowley suffering from

post-traumatic stress. He will have titanium plates to his jaw for life. The hearing continues tomorrow. Police swamped Melbourne's

northern suburbs today in northern suburbs today in a

show of force designed to quell

a violent turf war between two

feuding families. Wary

residents stayed indoors and

some even kept their children

home from school after a series

of shooting incidents over the past week. Police are yet to

lay any charges and, as Lisa Maksimovic reports, any arrests

may still be some time off. An innocent family caught in the

cross fire. It was very

frightening for the family, my

mum, very very scared.

Yesterday these children were playing outside when four gunshots were fired at the

front of their Glenroy house.

One bullet hit the balcony. Their Their 17-year-old brother wants the offenders caught. People

can get hurt, incident people are controlled the streets en masse

in the hope their presence

would deter further violence

and comfort distressed locals.

We have concerns for their safety safety and want to make sure

they are af. Officers were on

the look out for cars and they

found this one matching a

description of a Mercedes used

in a shoot-out 10 days ago. One

snippet of information can lead

us to the identity of an

offender. At this Jacana house

tarkt targeted tarkt targeted in two

shootings, a woman said her family hasn't done anything

wrong. You are scashing the

kids, get out of here we have done nothing. Many in the community can't understand the

lack of arrests. I understand

that. We require evidence, we

have to gather that before we

can arrest people. One senior

investigator has told the ABC the evidence they have so far

is not enough to lay charges.

The Premier has confidence in

the investigation. We have

been assured progress is being

made. For the concerned residents in the north, there

seem to be just as many unfazed

by the recent days. For the

biggest issue for them is reputation of the area. Crime

doesn't choose a suburb. It

can happen in any suburb in

Melbourne. In these suburbs,

police promise their presence

will continue to be felt in the days ahead.

A Cairns tour boat operator

has sacked an employee who left

a snorkeler stranded on the Great Barrier

tourist Ian Cole was on a day

trip to Michaelmas Cay with the

tour company Passions of

Paradise when the boat left

without him. The without him. The 28-year-old frantically swam to another

boat which picked him up. You

realise something is wrong.

Adrenaline kicks off, I had a

panic. I was trying to regain

my bearings, started sucking

water into my snorkel, that

moment of panic. Passions of

Paradise offered Mr Cole a

letter of apology and a refund.

He has reported the incident to Queensland

A Coroner has found a navigational error contributed

to the deaths of two sailors

off the South Coast in 2009. Andrew Short and Sally Gordon drowned when the maxy

'Shockwave' crashed into rocks during a night race near Port

Kembla. An inquest was told

Mr Short may have taken on too

many responsibilities as

skipper, leading to fatigue and

possible misjudgment. The Coroner

Coroner found the accident was

the culmination of a series of unfortunate sudden large waves.

An outbreak of the Hendra

virus has triggered a major

biosecurity operation at two properties south of Brisbane.

One horse has died and 30

others are being tested near

bow bow. What's worse for the small

small community is eight people

have been exposed, one

significantly. Ray Weber has

an anxious wait ahead.

Authorities met with him this

morning to talk about his chances of contracting the

deadly Hendra virus. Like a

hammer, I

It was the last thing I would

have thought of, you know. On

Saturday he noticed one of the

horses on his property horses on his property at Kerry south of Brisbane was sick.

The horse was unsteady on its

feet, depressed, not eating. A

vet was called to the property where the 2-year-old

thoroughbred was on agistment.

It died on Sunday after being

taken to Biddaddabe.

Yesterday, the tests confirmed the horse died from virus. Blown away. I didn't

think it would be that. Shook me, shook everybody.

Authorities have quarantine ed

five other horses at Ray

Weber's property and another 25 at the Biddaddabe property.

The vet who treated the animal

was wearing gloves but no mask

and the property owner says he

wasn't wearing any protective

clothing. If you find a horse

sick in your paddock, you don't

dress up like a spaceman to

have a look at him. Those that may have been exposed went to afternoon. It could be up to three weeks before they know

they are in the clear. An

antibody is available as an experimental treatment. We

only do that for those

who have had very high

exposure. It is the 15th Hendra

outbreak since 1994. Of the

seven people who have contracted the virus, four

people have died. One of

those was David Lovelle's

colleague, vet Ben Cuneen in

2008. You hate to think that these people might be exposed

to that. Researchers are working

only in the trial stage. It

is just wonderful and they are

making tremendous progress. To have got as far as they have

now so quickly has been

wonderful. There is no point

them releasing the vaccine

until they are sure it works,

otherwise it could do more harm than good.

To finance now and financial markets around the world were

taking a more optimistic view

of Greece's debt problems. As Alan Kohler reports, both the

Australian dollar and the local

share market rose strongly. Even strongly. Even as police were being pelted with marbles inside Athens, inside the stock

exchange at lef lef it was calm

and optimism. Others in Europe

also took happy pills. French

banks have offered a deal to

roll over some of the Greek

debts into 30 year bonds at

lower interest rates. Then

German banks joined in. There

is a long way to go but at

least there is some hope. Commodities were also well bid.

Oil up a couple of dollar, gold

back to $1500 an ounce. In Australia,

Australia, the All Ords

indirection closed 1.25% higher

with solid gains among

resources stocks and

The only shareholders

disappointed today were those

of Myer which fell to an

all-time low as investors

continue to steer away from

retailers. The Australian

dollar is back at almost 106 US

cents, it is a solid rise but

basically the dollar has been sitting around 106 for two months as the new Greek crisis

plays out. I might keep going

from here but there are

problems than Greece around,

including some at home. fantastic graph as a special

treat. It shows economic output

or GDP plus human years lived

in each century for 2000 years.

As a percentage of all GDP and

years lived throughout those

2000 years. What it says is

that nearly 30% of all years

lived in history were lived in

the 20th century and 55% of all

economic output ever created

happened in that century too.

In the first 10 years of this century, we have already had 25% of all GDP in history. That's finance.

700 AFL players are meeting

at venues around Australia

tonight to determine their next

step in negotiations for a new collective bargaining

agreement. The players are

seeking 27% of AFL revenue seeking 27% of AFL revenue and the league says that's

unsustainable. After the AFL

announced its record $1.25

billion broadcast rights deal in April, it was only a matter

of time before the players held

out their hand. In a show of unity, about unity, about 700 of them are

expected to attend meetings

across the country in a bid for

more money. A meeting, we

haven't had a meeting involving

all players in the history of

the association, so in that

sense it is historic. I wish

them well tonight. Hopefully

any questions they have got can

be answered. The last time there was

players was 1993. Tonight the Players Association is briefing

footballers on the latest

negotiations for a new

collective bargaining

agreement. This is not a war.

We are not trying to fight the

AFL or the clubs, we want to

get our piece of the pie. That

slice is 27% of gross revenue.

The AFL PA want the extra money

to also fund a player pension

scheme. It might not be a war

but the battle continues. I

think they are getting some

mixed messages and some

confusing messages. Those comments are disappointing. While the league and Players

Association remain at distant ends of the negotiating table,

the game will go on. I don't

think strike is on the a

da. Players are committed to

play football. A fair increase

is what the game can afford.

The highest paid person in the

AFL should know how much that

is. Australian Bernard Tomic

will attempt to continue his remarkable run at Wimbeldon

when he faces second seed Novak

Djokovic in the tonight. The 18-year-old has

already beaten two seeded

players on his way to the last eight, as Duncan Huntsdale

reports. Bernard Tomic is in the driver's the driver's seat to cause

another upstet when he takes on

Novak Djokovic. Who knows

what could happen? You know

never. It has been a great

tournament. He finds himself

struggling in smaller

tournaments and back courts, it is

is hard to get motivate ed. On

On big occasions, he laps it

up. Djokovic and Tomic have

practised together in recent

months. He is the nicest guy

out there. He is a great guy. The friendship will be tested with a semi-final spot at

stake. It will be the bat bat

in the women's semis. The

best known is Maria Sharapova

who won the title in 2004.

Her victory over Dominika

Cibulkova was almost as

dominant as Rory McIllroy's

runaway success in the US Open

golf. I have put a lot work to get to this stage but

the tournament is not over.

Still a few more girls left. The Russian's next e

opponent, Sabine Lisicki is the first first German into the finals

since Steffi Graf in 1999. I'm

just so happy. The fourth seed

Victoria Azarenka is into the

last four of the major for the

first time. She will face

Petra Kvitova who says this

tournament is wide open.

Everybody can win here. The two-time Champions, USA,

started their women's World Cup campaign with a two-nil win

over North Korea. Sweden beat

Columbia 1-nil. The Matildas

face Brazil tomorrow morning.

The Hockeyroos beat jer nem but

it wasn't enough after losses

to the Netherlands and New

Zealand. It is thought to be the only gravel football ground

in the country, still hosting

regular matches. The infamous

Queenstown oval has been the home of football on Tasmania's

West Coast for more than a hund

hundred years. It is being

considered for permanent

heritage listing. It has probably invoked the blood rule more than any ground in more than any ground in the

country. The gravel home

ground is feared by rival teams

but the locals are a

thick-skinned breed. You have

to know there will be consequences and you will probably get gravel rash. The

gravel has nurtured its fair share of stars. say it teaches you to stay on

your feet. You have good

balance. If you didn't have

good balance, you got a few

scratches and deep ones. These

fellows are mountain men and

miners, they don't worry a

little bit of sand. It is

tough on the ball. Earlier

attempts to sow grass failed because of high rainfall and

sulphur emissions from the

nearby copper smelter. The

ground was induktded into the AFL's Hall

Now it is being considered for

listing on the heritage

register of Tasmania. There are

not many ovals in Tasmania that

are gravel surface. The ground

should be heritage listed. The

only problem with the heritage

listing is who is going to take

control of it. The council owns

the ground and is happy to

support the listing provided it

doesn't create headaches for

the already-struggling club.

We want reassurance that it

won't detract from the

Queenstown Crows playing and it won't detract from our social and recreational

activities at the oval. Even if

the heritage bid fails, the

gravel will live on. gravel will live on. Lots of

tourists come in and see the

famous gravel oval. We sell

four tonnes a year of gravel

off the oval to the tourists.

Clearly no place for the faint

hearted.

Very tough down there, aren't

they? Here is another toughy,

Mark Carmody with the weather.

Thanks, Virginia. Hello.

of the more endure ing things

for me in my garden is my old

Hill's hoist. I also don't

have a dryer. I have teenagers, instead. getting the sheets dry in winter is a challenge. But it

hasn't been for the last week

or so. Today was no

exception. Despite the

subzero start, and that's the

sixth in a row, it was fine and

sunny after that cleared. It

got to 15 with moderate

easterly winds. They were

averaging 13 km/h. For me,

frosted sheets that have been

sun-dried have a about retiring to bed, the

barometer is steady and it is

coolish outside. 10 degrees.

There is a large cloud mass

moving through WA which is now

generating patchy rain. The

high in the south Tasman hasn't moved much since last night and it will continue to generate

the east coast. A low combined

with a front is moving eastwards into SA. So, nationally tomorrow:

For Canberra tomorrow, there

will be morning frost and fog, followed by a mostly sunny

afternoon. The winds will be

light, minus 2 to 15. Now, the

secret to winter clothes drying

is get it out early and bring

it in at least half an hour

before sundown and that will be

at one minute past five tomorrow. On Friday, there

could be could be areas of severe frost

and fog after a low of minus 4.

After that, partly cloudy but

fine, 15. Virginia, a good

flowering autumn/winter bulb is

this Nerine. Thank you for the

lessons on clothes drying.

Before we go, a recap - the Taliban has claimed responsibility for a brazen suicide attack on the

Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

which killed 10 civilians. The Prime Minister has met producers in Darwin but hasn't

announced when the ban on live

exports will be lifted. That's

the news for now but stay with us for '7:30' with Leigh Sales

and Chris Uhlmann. Goodnight. Closed Captions by CSI

Tonight on 7.30, the push for same-sex marriages. New South Wales Labor Leader

John Robinson on why it's a

personal issue. One of my kids

is gay and I'd like them to

have the same opportunity as the other siblings.

the other siblings. And - advantage Tomic. How it all started for tennis sensation. How did it

feel to lose to an 11-year-old? You have a long

hard look at yourself, don't you? This Program Is Captioned Live.

Good evening. Welcome to the

program. I'm Leigh Sales. Greece

Greece may be just one small

economy on the Mediterranean,

but the entire financial world

is nervously watching what

happens there tonight. If the