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A school cleaner pleads guilty to the rape and murder of a teacher in the New South Wales Riverina. Police investigate evidence of a South
mass greyhound grave in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. Hello. You're watching ABC News. I'm Ros Childs. Also ahead on the program: a moving service marks a hundred years since the Battle of Fromelles in France. And the IOC gets legal advice over its plan to ban the entire Russian Olympic team from Rio.

It's official - Donald Trump is the Republican Party's nominee for US president. Efforts by anti-Trump delegates at the National Convention once again failed to disrupt the vote count. And the man himself spoke to the party faithful by video link. Here's North America correspondent Zoe Daniel, who's at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Zoe, what did Donald Trump have to say?Hello, Ros. Yes, look, he spoke about the sorts of things that he would like to implement if he becomes president. There's still some time to pass, and a big battle with Hillary Clinton ahead. But he also essentially thanked the delegates that were on the floor of the convention in the stadium right behind me for accepting him as their nominee. As you mentioned, it's been a very controversial process, and in the last couple of days, right in the lead-up to this final endorsement today, various forces in the Never Trump Movement were still trying to get the committee here to allow them a conscience vote, at least to say that they are not in support of Donald Trump. But that was not allowed and in the end the process itself was fairly smooth. Let's hear what Donald Trump said via video link in a highly unusual move this evening.We're going to win the presidency and bring real change and leadership back to Washington. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) This is going to be a leadership, by the way, that puts the American people first. We're going to bring back our jobs. We're going to rebuild our depleted military and take care of our great veterans. We're going to have strong borders. We're going to get rid of ISIS. And we're going to restore law and order - we have to restore, and quickly, law and order, among many, and just so many other things.And, Zoe, as you explained, for a second time there were protests about the nomination, but was there any serious threat that it would be blocked?Not really. I mean, the anti-Trump groups that were in coalition to try to get that conscience vote up were doing it for symbolic reasons. Donald Trump always had the numbers, even if it had been allowed by the committee here at the convention, they wouldn't have been able to stop him from getting the nomination. That's been well sewn up for some time. And, indeed, although they're absolutely furious that their voices weren't heard, and still remained very angry when we spoke to them just before this endorsement this afternoon, the reason that they weren't allowed was because the party's view was that Donald Trump had been effectively elected as the delegate through a democratic process. And that had given him the nomination and that was not something that should be toyed with. That said, though, they're still dealing with a substantial internal party division on that issue.Zorks we'll have to leave it there. Thanks -- Zoe, we'll have to leave it there. Thanks so much. Australia's Air Force chief says warships and surveillance planes will continue operating in the South China Sea, despite rising tensions. Last week, the International Court of Arbitration rejected Beijing's claims to the disputed region, where the Chinese military has been rapidly building up artificial islands. The RAAF regularly conducts freedom of navigation flights in the area as part of Operation Gateway. We need to send P3s and tankers and Hornets, naval ships, we need to go where our regional neighbours are, and we need to be able to function, as we have for the last 30, 40 years-plus. So, in my mind, what I'm trying to describe there is that we should be able to continue what we've done for many years without impedence.This year, Australian military planes have conducted 32 Operation Gateway flights but the Air Force says the China
number of patrols over the South China Sea is consistent with recent years. New South Wales Deputy Premier Troy Grant says police are now handling an investigation into a mass slaughter of greyhounds, which has been described as sickening. A year-long probe into the discovery of bones at the Keinbah Trail Track in the Hunter Valley found it's likely at least 99 greyhounds were killed and buried at the property over four years. The report found most of the dogs suffered either gunshot wounds or blunt-force trauma. The New South Wales Government says they expect more shocking revelations of greyhound abuse. The man accused of raping and murdering teacher Stephanie Scott in the south-west of New South Wales has pleaded guilty to both crimes. Vincent Stanford was arrested four days after Ms Scott disappeared on Easter Sunday last year. Karl, this plea must come as a relief to Stephanie Scott's family? Indeed, Ros. And members of her family, including her mother, were in court to witness her killer, Vincent Stanford, plead guilty to her rape and murder. This was a horrific
particularly distressing and horrific case. Stephanie Scott was a popular teacher at Leeton High School and she was due to marry just a matter of days before she went missing last year. Her burnt body was found at a national park around 70km from the town of Leeton and the man responsible worked as a cleaner at the school. Now, until today, the prospect of this case going to trial remained a real one, but obviously discussions have been going on amongst the lawyers on both sides, culminating in today's plea.So, when will Vincent Stanford be sentenced, Karl?Well, Justice Robert Allen Hume has adjourned the case to 11 October for a sentencing hearing, at Griffith. And he expects to be able to hand down his actual sentence not long after that. So, perhaps within about a week of that sentencing hearing.And what's status of the case against Vincent Stanford's brother?Well, Ros, Vincent Stanford's twin brother, Marcus, Stanford, back in March pleaded guilty to become an accessory after the fact of murder, so he's also awaiting sentencing. And he will face a sentencing Karl,
hearing in Leeton in August. Karl, thanks. Four people have been charged after BASE-jumping from a crane on top of a high-rise development in Brisbane. Police say residents spotted the group parachuting from the construction site into the city's Botanic Gardens just before 10:00 last night. A woman and three men have been charged with unlawful high-risk activity. Authorities in Bangladesh investigating this month's deadly terrorist attack on a restaurant are now exploring potential foreign links, including one man who had been living in Australia. After five militants attacked a restaurant in Dhaka, killing 22 peek, Bangladesh was shocked to learn that many of the attackers came from wealthy families. Since then, more young men have been radicalised.
reported missing, presumed radicalised. Among them is Abu Terek Mohammad Tajuddin Kausar, who Bangladeshi authorities say has spent time living in Australia, but aren't sure where he is now. The Turkish Government is showing no signs of bowing to international pressure as it continues with mass arrests and sackings in the wake of the weekend coup attempt. The Government has now sent an for
extradition request to Washington for the man it's called the mastermind of the coup. Chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams reports from Istanbul.

In Istanbul's Taksim Square, another night of celebration, as supporters of President Erdogan heed his call to keep the rallies going until Friday. But for many other Turks, the day brought a very different reality. When the school gates reopened after the summer break, there may be up to 20,000 fewer teachers and administrators. Their jobs suspended after being identified as possible supporters of the Gulenianist movement accused of being behind the coup. More than 1,500 university deans have been sacked, adding to the ever-expanding list of priests, judges and prosecutors dismissed and, in many cases, arrested.It's only natural that several thousand people are arrested. The Western government should respect Turkey's decision to go after these people, because they thwarted a bloody coup here.Despite earlier calls from the US and European Union for rep straint, the pace of sackings and suspensions has dramatically increased. And the UN Human Rights Office says talk of bringing back the death penalty would be abmistake.Reintroduction of the death penalty would be in breach under human rights law, which would be a big step in the wrong direction.The Turkish Government says it's formally requested the extradition of Fethullah Gulen from the US, a self-exiled cleric accused of being behind the coup attempt. Any refusal or delays will complicate already strained relations with the Americans, who depend heavily on Tish air bases for their bombing campaign against the Islamic State. Thep this will do nothing to improve the relationship between the Turkish Government, the EU and United needs
States, at a time this country needs all the friends it can get, and a strong likelihood there will be many more sackings to come. Britain's new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has refused to apologise for his long history of insulting foreign dignitaries. During his first official summit with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Mr Johnson said he had been taken out of context. And meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund has blamed Brexit for its decision to slash UK growth London.
forecasts. Lisa Millar reports from It was not an auspicious start toer's meetings in London. -- to John Kerry's meetings in London. And there was always going to be plenty of focus on his first official encounter with Boris Johnson.Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome.After all, the British Foreign Secretary has a history of insulting other countries and their leaders.I think we can spend an awfully long time going over lots of stuff that I have written in the last 30 years. There are some serious issues and - all of which might have been taken out of context. Never mind.Out of context, maybe, but was now a time to apologise? He was asked.It would really take me too long to engage in a full global itinerary of apology to all concerned.Quips aside, there's plenty of curiosity about how Boris Johnson will handle the pressure of being Britain's top diplomat. John Kerry was reassured by one of his own ambassadors, who went to Oxford with him.And he told me that this man is a very smart and capable man. That's the Boris Johnson I have met.I can live with that!(LAUGHTER) And that's the Boris Johnson that I intend to work with and we intend to make good things happen together.Stop that.(LAUGHTER) That's fine. That's great. Thank you.It's called diplomacy, Boris. It's going well. John, thank you very much.(LAUGHTER) I think we got through that one alright.But the shadow of Brexit hangs over them and the world economy. The IMF blaming the shock vote to leave the EU for its changed outlook.As of June 22 we were therefore prepared to upgrade our 2016-2017 growth projections slightly. But Brexit has thrown a spanner in the works.A slowing economy predicted as Britain navigates its way out. With just three weeks to go until Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee is seeking urgent legal advice on whether it can ban the entire Russian team from the event. The organisation held an emergency meeting overnight after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency found Russian urine samples were manipulated across most Olympic sports between 2011 and 2015. With little more than two weeks to go before Rio, we still don't know if there will be a Russian team at the Olympic Games. The World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, says Russia should be kept away for systematically cheating in world sport through a state-sponsored doping program. Today, the International Olympic Committee met in dge session. The IOC says it will now -- emergency session. The IOC says it will now explore legal options for a possible ban on the entire Russian Olympic team. Not everyone outside Russia supports the idea.I think what primarily has to happen is that we ought to look at those individual athletes who have been caught, ban those athletes, redistribute the medals, reorganise the medals table. But an outright ban of Russia, I don't go
think, is the most sensible way to go forwards.Here in Russia, the people we spoke to suspect foul play by the West. TRANSLATION: I think this is a plot by the Americans.Zillion "There are no facts in the WADA report," Tatiana says. "They're just trying to put pressure on Russia. They're on their marks and all set for Rio. But will any of these Russian swimmers be allowed to compete in the Games? This event outside Moscow was supposed to be a final run-through for the Olympics. But, right now, Rio is feeling a long way off. TRANSLATION: It's not fair. We train hard, we put in the effort. But the decision on whether we go to the Olympics doesn't depend on us. We're really worried. It's interesting that all around the swim pool are these anti-doping posters. This one says, "Only you bear responsibility for doping getting into your body." And here it says, "Don't drink from unchecked sources, don't accept a glass of water, even from one of your team members." And down on the bottom, "Don't listen to all the advice you may be given." A decision to ban the entire Russian Olympic team would be a personal blow to President Putin. He likes to be seen as the most sports-friendly leader Russia has ever had. The Kremlin leader has brought major international sporting events to Russia, and achieving sporting success has been a priority. But at what cost? Russia has been called a cheat. It risks being excluded from the biggest sporting event in the world. Emergency rescues are continuing to search for the remains of at least nine people who were buried after Tibet.
an avalanche in north-western Tibet. Local media reports an 8m-deep mass of snow crashed down on scores of herders and their on
livestock in the Ngari Prefecture on Sunday. Six families live in the grazing area. More than 300 rescuers with 32 loaders and recovery
excavators are involved in the recovery efforts. Thousands have gathered in Northern France for emotional commemorations marking the centenary of the most disastrous moment in Australia's war history. The World War I Battle of Fromelles saw more than 1,900 Australian soldiers killed in a day for not a single metre of ground Glenday
gained. Europe correspondent James Glenday reports. Under the blazing summer sun, relatives returned to a tiny corner of France that's sewn with Australian sacrifice. (LAST POST PLAYS) It's been a hundred years since the Battle of Fromelles, but the horror of our darkest day still lingers. If you had gathered the stock of a thousand butchers' shops, cut it into small pieces and strewn it about, it would give you a faint trenches were.
conception of the shambles those trenches were.At Pheasants Wood Cemetery, the headstones of six recently identified diggers were unveiled for descendants.We have been travelling here for quite a number of years, and to finally have somewhere to visit was pretty special. And at VC Corner, where hundreds lie, our French friends renewed their vow to guard these gaifs forever. -- graves forever. Most of the 1,900 diggers who died were killed as they sprinted across this flat, featureless farmland towards the German front lines. Because this attack was such a terrible tactical disaster, some have claimed that the Battle of Fromelles was covered up or forgotten. That's certainly no longer the case. In the late afternoon, a bugle marked the moment the slaughter started 100 years ago. (LAST POST PLAYS) Here, these men will always be remembered.

Stay with us. We'll take a look at the markets next. And coming up later in the program: The numbers have been crunched and it's official - last month was the hottest June on record.

If you're aged over 65 and in a couple, you're likely to be moonge the wealthiest houfl -- among the wealthiest households in Australia, according to a national survey. The mean wealth:45 baby boomers is over $700,000. But while older couples are doing better on average, almost 20% of single-parent families are in poverty and go without basic essentials. The survey also found that grandparents are stepping in to care for kids at an average of 14 hours per week. Three US states have taken legal action against Volkswagen in the wake of the carmaker's emissions scandal. New York, Massachusetts and Maryland all filed lawsuits against the carmaker. Volkswagen says the allegations are not new and that the carmaker has been cooperating with US authorities. Last month, Volkswagen announced a $15 billion settlement with federal regulators, several states and thousands of owners of the affected vehicles. That deal included a partial settlement with New York and 43 other states, worth $603 million. More finance news now. Here's reporter Alicia Barry. Alicia, the Brexit is expected to hit global growth this year and next? The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its global growth forecast for this year and next, saying the Brexit has thrown a "spanner in the works". Now, the IMF was set to release its global update and the day before the British referendum it was premiering to upgrade the global forecast. But that prext -- preparing to upgrade the global forecast. But that Brexit result uncertainty
that is brought with it significant uncertainty and the IMF says the UK will see a drop in growth next year, which will have a knock-on effect for the other countries around the globe. Instead of predicting a global growth of 3.2% in 2016, the IMF is now predicting global growth of approximate 3.1%. However, the IMF has parned that these forecasts are based on the -- warned that these forecasts are based on the best-case scenario surrounding the Brexit. And morer negative outcomes are a distinct possibility. This fits in line with what some economists are saying, particularly those at Capital Economics, which say the IMF's forecasts are wildly optimistic, much more so than market analysis. The share market is pointing higher today?It is. After a shaky start, the Australian share market is on the rise as banks and consumer stocks offset heavy losses the rise as banks and consumer
stocks offset heavy losses in the energy and mining sector.

Taking a look at some of the movers. And shares in the construction and scract mining firm form -- contract mining firm formerly known, CIMIC, recorded a steep drop in revenue. BHP Billiton is a weak performer, down in line with the mining stocks, and after its quarterly production numbers missed forecasts. Domino's and Metcash are leading the gains. ANZ is up in line with the rebound in the big banks. Across the region:

Wall Street took a breather from its run of gains, with the S&P 500 index dipping slightly. And the Dow Jones advancing slightly. Gold prices are fairly flat in the Asian session. Crude oil prices fell two
overnight, their lowest level in two months. The Australian dollar has been falling against a strengthening greenback in the overnight session. It is currently strengthening greenback in the
overnight session. It is currently pointing a little higher. Ros. Thanks, Alicia. The operator of one of Tasmania's oldest colonial homes is appealing for funding to repair major damage to the property sustained in last month's floods. It's expected to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring Clarendon House back up to standard. The National Trust says worried
it can't fund the repairs and is raises
worried it could be years before it raises the money needed. These convict brick walls have stood at Clarendon House for nearly 180 years. Now they're crumbling. We can see where back - the fill has been washed out of the wall in places on the floor, and in other places it has been sucked down and we have cavities now underneath the brick paving.Clarendon's convict quarters were inundated when the South-West River broke its banks last month. Floodwater caused hundreds of years' damage in just a few hours.My immediate thought was that we have a swimming pool down here.Water has all but washed away the building's foundations, leaving secured.
loose rock that will need to be secured. The repairs will be costly. Too costly for the cash-strapped National Trust. We're looking probably around $800,000, and a substantial amount of that funding will need to be sourced.We've got to return the stone walls to solid, and that means that we grout them back again to fill all the spaces where the side soil has been washed out.The trust is hoping for government assistance.Look, I think it's too early for the State Government to take a position on that. We are working closely through the Heritage Council.We carry out basic maintenance and repairs, but any major conservation works, we only carry those out once we've secured funding.Tens of thousands of people tour the Georgian house each year. It's hoped the closure visitors.
of the convict quarters won't deter Best outcome for us is that Clarendon is up and running by the major part of our season, coming into spring and summer.Clarendon Houseson currently closed for its annual winter break. All but the convict quarters should reopen next month.

Meteorologists say last month was the hottest June in modern history, marking the 14th consecutive month that global heat records have been broken. US a US administration says the global temperature was the hottest on record. And right now the UK is experiencing a mini heatwave, with temperatures heading into the 30s this week. Barry Island, hotter than Barbados today. Parts of Oxfordshire have beaten Orlando, and Hollywood Northern Island has felt like its namesake in LA. As the mercury rose, Britain's transport network struggled. Some rails buckled, trains were delayed. It's all been a bit of a shock after weeks of pretty lousy weather. And although southern areas have been hottest, it's been sunny almost everywhere. This was the south-west of England, and this was Aberdeen. Oh, for a gentle breeze. It's lovely. It's really nice to see all the families out and enjoying the weather and making the most of it.It's like being abroad. Who needs to go abroad? Stay in this country. Got the weather. Happy days. Let's take a look at the national weather here now. Here's Let's take a look at the national
weather here now. Here's Vanessa O'Hanlon. Queensland, that cloud and showers weakening. The low-pressure trough is deepening over New South Wales, taking rain across to the east. Central areas expecting very high rainfalls today. That moves out towards the Tasman into tomorrow. We also have a high-pressure weather
system, a little break in the Victoria
weather every now and again for Victoria and Tasmania. But as you can see, there's still some cloud move
around there. Our next cold fronts move into the south-west. We'll have one tonight into tomorrow, and then a further one tomorrow night. This brings a cool change and it's one that will spread across the south as we make our way into the weekend. In the meantime, it's moment.
pretty warm over Queensland at the moment. 25 degrees in Brisbane. 20 with rain in Sydney. 15 degrees, a around as
few showers, a bit of the rain around as well for Canberra. And a shower or two for Melbourne. 16 degrees. The skies are fairly clear in Hobart. You're heading for 15. A warm 20 degrees in Adelaide. A change coming through this afternoon for Perth. You'll see some showers increasing to rain tomorrow. 18 degrees. And it's sunny back up to 31 degrees in Darwin. Around the nation for tomorrow, we still have some parts
lingering rain around the eastern can
parts of New South Wales. But as we can see, most of that moving out to the Tasman. Those cold fronts will coming
really affect the south over the coming days. We can see the winds and also the rain that's forming Western
around the southern coast of Western Australia. And also moving over towards Tasmania. Those winds picking up once again. And a little patchy rain around the central areas of Western Australia as well. Temperatures tomorrow, they rise in Brisbane. 27 degrees. 21 the top, with a few showers in Sydney. A little bit of rain still around Canberra. 16 degrees. And we're up to 18 degrees in Melbourne. But it does cool down towards the end of the week. 15 with showers in Hobart. A very warm 22 degrees in Adelaide. About seven above average. 15 degrees with a lot of rain falling around Perth. And another rain falling around Perth. And
another sunny day for Darwin, 31 degrees. And that's ABC News for now. Stay with us for Dr Brendan Nelson speaking at the National Press watching.
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Today at the National Press Club, the Director of the National War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson. The 1916 Battle of Fromelles is often called Australia's darkest 24 hours with more than 5,000 casualites in a night. Dr Brendan Nelson with food's National Press Club Address.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the National Press Club and today's Westpac Address. We're pleased to welcome back to the Press Club for what we believe is the 15th occasion, Dr Brendan Nelson, well known to all of you, of course as the Director of the Australian War Memorial a position he's held for