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Donald Trump formally endorsed as the Republican candidate for US President, vowing to go one step further.We're going to win the presidency and bring real change and leadership back to Washington.

A high school cleaner pleads guilty to the rape and murder of New South Wales teacher Stephanie Scott. Insurance companies accused of accessing decades-old Medicare records to deny patient claims. And - a moving service at Fromelles, remembering the most disastrous moment in Australia's war history.

James McHale with ABC News Early Edition. Donald Trump has appeared via video link at the Republican National Convention, telling delegates he is proud to be their nominee for President. And he's vowing to go all the way to win the White House in the November election. North America correspondent Xie Daniel reports from Cleveland. Donald Trump appeared here via video link this evening in a highly unusual move, after he was endorsed by the delegates in the convention hall behind me. Normally, the nominee would not appear and speak at the convention until the final day and indeed he will give a speech here in person on Thursday night when he will formally accept the nomination. There had been substantial opposition to his endorsement today. The anti-Trump movement has still been active here this week, trying to get a conscience vote up to allow them to vote against Donald Trump because they do not want to support him. That was not allowed, so in the end, the process was fairly smooth. State by State, he was endorsed until it got to New York, which put him over the top for the number of delegates that he needed. The threshold that he needed to take the nomination. When he spoke this evening he spoke briefly via video link. He laid out some of the things he intends to do as President but essentially he thanked the delegates here on the convention floor for the endorsement.Getting the party's nomination, I'll never forget it. It's something I will never, ever forget. A little over one year ago, I announced by candidacy for President and with your vote today, this stage of the presidential process has come to a close. Together, we've achieved historic results, with the largest vote total in the history of the Republican Party. This is a movement, but we have to go all the way.The next thing the Republican Party will be dealing with is trying to unite the party because that grassroots dissent still exists and Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, spoke after Donald Trump this evening, speaking of party unity, saying that if we unite, we can win this election, because he knows very clearly that it would be difficult to beat Hillary Clinton with such dissent within the party, not only from the rank and file, but also, from party luminaries, many of whom did not attend the convention here in Cleveland this week. Four police officers have suffered burns after forcing their way into a property in Sydney's south. Police were called to Botany following reports a man had barricaded himself inside a garage. A fire erupted after they entered. The man and three of the officers have been taken to hospital while a fourth officer was treated at the scene. A high-school cleaner has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a teacher in New South Wales' Riverina region. Vincent Stanford was arrested four days after Stephanie Scott disappeared on Easter Sunday last year. Until today, it was still a possibility that this case would go to trial, with the need to call witnesses and the added anxiety it would cause for the family of Stephanie Scott. But today, Vincent Stanford put an end to that by pleading guilty to her rape and murder, admitting that he was responsible for this shocking crime. Members of Ms Scott's family were in court to witness the pleas being issued. Ms Scott was a popular teacher Atley tonne high school hand her disappearance last year shocked and alarmed the local community. She had been due to Murray. Her burnt body was found in a National Park 70 kilometres from Leeton. Vincent Stanford was a cleaner at the school and tan internet history revealed he had purchased items including Viagra, a knife and plastic hand cuffs before the crime. The judge adjourned the proceedings until October, when Vincent Stanford will face a sentencing hearing in Griffith. Marcus Stanford his twine brother pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in murder back in March. He is due to face a sentencing hearing in Leeton in August. Insurance companies could be accessing 30-year-old Medicare records without telling patients and using them to deny claims. One insurer has been accused of exploiting a loophole in the Medicare system to get better access than patients to their historic records. Medical reporter Sophie Scott has the story. Shaun Salisbury spent years as a driller in Western Australia's mines, until an accident cut his career short. Just working on an uneven pad, and my knee just gave way.What followed was months of negotiations with his income protection insurer AMP. While defending his claim, Shaun Salisbury uncovered something he found disturbing. The insurance company obtained access to his Medicare records, dating as far back as 1984. But when he asked the government for the same information, he could only get up to five years of his own records. This has been very frustrating.Mr Salisbury believes insurers are misleading clients by automatically filling in Medicare client waivers, with dates going back to the start of the Medicare system and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. This is wrong as in the general public do not understand that on one side of a form it clearly states five years, on the other side of the form, the insurance companies are predating these forms back to 1984, and 2002, and using it for their benefit only.So if they go back to your old records and discover a health problem that you had before you had the insurance policy or something that you didn't tell 'em about, they might be able to avoid paying you. Industry experts say it's a widespread practice, showing the need for more oversight of the industry.What we need here is a comprehensive code of practice which governs how insurance companies operate.AMP says seeking older data helps to speed up claim processing, and after inquiries from the ABC, Medicare has changed its waiver form. As for Shaun - he eventually got a copy of his records, but he's still waiting for his original request to be filmed.

A new drug for treating melanoma has proved so successful, it's surpassed chemotherapy as the standard treatment for the disease. Immunotherapy drugs are having such dramatic results in patients, doctors are daring to talk about a cure. Kathy Gardiner bears the scars of a battle hard fought. Now, hopefully, won.Fear is the initial reaction.She was first treated for melanoma a decade ago. It returned in 2013, as incurable Stage 4 melanoma.My treatment options were very limited.The diagnosis came just after clinical trials for a new drug closed. But she was allowed to participate on compassionate grounds, a move she says saved her life.It's obviously amazing, you know, to be one of the patients that has had a no evidence of disease response.The drug is part of the class known as PD1 anti-bodies a relatively new immunotherapy treatment. They work by stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells. Clinical trials have proved successful. 40% of patients see their tumours shrink.That was a couple of years back.For a third of patients it doesn't work. Still, PD1 is now considered more effective than chemotherapy for treating melanoma. It's been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.As a medical oncologist I don't say the cure word very slightly. For a haven't
very long time that's something we haven't been able to think about. How the push is on to have the drug considered for the PBS for other cancers like lung, kidney and bladder which had also seen success in clinical trials. Kathy Gardiner stopped treatment three months ago. She's hoping her upcoming scan will show she's still clear of the disease.

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 1900 Australian soldiers killed in one day, without gaining a single metre of ground. Europe correspondent James Glenday reports. SONG: # Abide with me # (White) Under the blazing summer sun, rel tip ofs returned to a tiny corner of France that's sown with Australian sacrifice. (BUG LEER PLAYS THE LAST POST)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 butcher's shops, cut it into small pieces and strewn it about, it would give you a faint conception of the shambles those trenches were.At Fez ant's Wood cemetery, the headstones of six recently identified diggers were unveiled for descendants. We've been travelling here for a number of years, and so finally special.
have somewhere to visit is pretty special.And at VC Corner, where hundreds lie, our French friends renewed their vow to guard these graves forever. Most of the 1900 diggers who died were killed as they sprinted across this flat featureless farmland towards 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.

Here, these men will always be remembered.

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'd been taken out of context. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund has blamed Brexit for its decision to slash UK growth forecasts. Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports from London. It was not an auspicious start 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 all spend an awfully long time going over lots of stuff that I have written in the last 30 years, there are some serious issues all of which in my view have never
been taken out of context, but never mind.Out of context maybe, but was now a time to apologise, he was asked.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.I can live with that! (LAUGHTER) Fantastic. Jesus Christ! That's the Boris Johnson that I intend to work with and we intend to make good things happen.Phew! Stop that! (LAUGHTER) That's fine, that's great. It's called diplomacy, Boris.Thank you! It's going well, John, thank you very much. 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 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.

The Turkish government is showing no signs of bowing to international pressure as it continues with mass arrests and sackings, in the wake of Friday night's coup attempt. The government has now sent an 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 reopen 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 Gulayist movement accused of being behind the coup. More than 1,500 university deans have been sacked, adding to the ever expanding list of police, judges and prosecutors already dismissed, and in many cases, arrested.It's only natural that several thousand people are arrested. Western governments should respect Turkey's decision to go after these people, because we thwarted a bloody coup here. Despite earlier calls from the US and European Union for restraint, 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 a mistake.Reintroduction of the death penalty would be in breach of Turkey's obligation under international human rights law. Which would be a big step in the wrong direction.The Turkish government says it's formally requested the extradition from the US of Fetalah Gulan the self-exiled cleric accused of being behind the coup attempt. Niche refusal or delays will complicate already strained relations with the Americans who depend heavily on Turkish air bases for their bombing campaign against the so-called Islamic State. The continued urges will do nothing to improve the relationship between the Turkish government, the EU and the United States at a time this country needs all the friends it can get and the strong likelihood there will be many more sackings to come. Australia's Air Force chief says warships and surveillance planes will continue operating in the tensions.
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 ship, question 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 impedens.This year, Australian military planes have conducted 32 Operation Gateway flights but the Air Force says the number of patrols over the South China Sea is consistent with recent years. Former Liberal Party leader Brendan Nelson believes Kevin Rudd is tailor made for the job of United Nations Secretary-General. Mr Rudd has asked the Federal Government to nominate him for the position, and the Prime Minister says Cabinet will consider it. Speaking at the National Press Club, Mr Nelson said Mr Rudd is well suited for the job.I could spend quite a lot of time having a discussion with you about Mr Rudd's failingings. But I think this is an occasion where we need to be at our best as Australians. This is a Team Australia event. Some people are tailor made for some jobs in life. And I think Kevin Rudd's made for this job.If nominated, Mr Rudd will be competing with other candidates including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. Marine scientists say wild weather may have caused a record number of fur seal strandings. Sea World on the Gold Coast is currently caring for seven juvenile seals, with the hope they can be rehabilitated and released back into the ocean. The Sea World animal rescue team has had its busiest season on record, attending 13 seal strandings between northern New South Wales and Moreton Bay since early June. Last month, William the New Zealand fur seal became stranded on Mermaid Beach. The juvenile seal was malnourish and had been bitten by a cookie cutter shark. He's now put on weight and is making a strong recovery. Six other fur seals ranging from six months to 2.5 years old are also receiving ongoing treatment here.This year we've seen a number of weather events that have happened, both in Queensland and in the southern parts of New South Wales and Victoria, where these animals have been washed off rocks and lookeries and they haven't assimilated into environment after weaning.Sea World says it's working with the New South Wales Government to coordinate a mass release of healthy seals before winter ends.

Sport. The international Olympic committee has paused before ruling whether to expel Russia from the Rio Games, over explosive revelations of state-sponsored doping. With the Games fast approaching the Olympic Movement is on the precipice of a new crisis, whatever decision it makes. Mary Gearin reports. To ban or not to ban Russia, risking political uproar on one hand, a credibility crisis on the other. With just over two weeks till the Rio Games, it's an unsavoury choice.The IOC is hard
caught between a rock and a very hard place.The IOC says it's exploring its legal options. They may depend on the outcome of this week of an appeal against the ban imposed upon 68 members of the track and field cleem, including this pole vaulter she was in the Court of Arbitration for Sport arcing for her case.There is a part of me that worries that IOC are not strong enough and they don't have a backbone. They will do the least they can possibly get away with.Exactly what options does the IOC have? One suggestion has been that it dodges a blanket ban by handing the task of vetting Russian athletes to international sports federations. Former ASADA chief Richard Ings is skeptical. We're talking about 20 or 30 Olympic sports having independently to make some decisions are about the Games which are only weeks away. I think that's an impossible time line for that many organisations to make those sort of decisions.If the IOC does choose to expel Russia, it can expect a right. While Russia has agreed to suspend certain officials and must swallow the removal of some upcoming major events, the proud sporting nation is sure to resist being strong-armed out of the world's largest showcase.

Parramatta Eels players are trying to put the club's off-field dramas behind them as they chase an unlikely spot in the NRL top 8. The board of the Parramatta Leagues Club was yesterday sacked by the New South Wales Government, in the wake of the Eels' salary cap scandal. Despite being stripped of 12 competition points the players believe a finals berth is not quite out of reach.Yeah, mathematically, it is still a chance. And you know, that's how we're looking at it. We just have to take it week to week. I know it's a cliche, but that's just how it goes. And we're looking forward to the Titans this weekend. In-form play-maker Corey Norman has and
not been named to play the tight and could be suspended for the rest of the season after being convicted of possession illegal drugs. The Brumbies are confident David Pocock will return for Friday night's SuperRugby quarterfinal against the Highlanders. Pocock has been out of action since fracturing his eye socket while playing for Australia last month. He missed the Brumbies' past three matches but the club says he will be ready for the must-win clash. Pocock's inclusion will boost a side which has been struggling in recent weeks.Just for the dressing shed and the confidence that he gives the players around him, and everyone in the organisation, you know, he's certainly -ed a as lot to our defence with our ability at the defensive breakdown.It could be Pocock's last game for the Brumbies for more than a year. He is taking a study sabbatical before returning to the club in 2018. The AFL is busily preparing for the inaugural National Women's League in 2017 and has been ramping up talent searchs. Hundreds of women have various hands
sporting backgrounds have put their hands up for a future in footy and those in the sport believe that those crossing codes could be the key to the success of the women's game. A punt on a new path. 18-year-old Libby Birch has turned her back on netball to play footy. Eight weeks ago, I got news that I didn't make the World Cup youth squad for netball. And I've always had the dream of sort of "I wish I could play footy". I thought maybe this is the perfect time to put my hand up a state-level netball player, she has been lured to football by the announcement of a Women's League set to begin in 2017. I absolutely loved the first trainings session.It's even proven to be an outlet for something that's not allowed legally to be expressed on the netball field. Seven years of not being able to court.
express aggression on the netball court.60 women from a non-footy background took part in the AFL's latest talent search in Melbourne. It's like the floodgates, so many girls want to sign up, so many women want to sign up.We've currently got two country leagues at the moment. We will probably have nine next year in Victoria. Most skills are easy to pick up. Others may take timeI don't know fine.
about the straight line, but that's fine. I'm used to running in a curved run.Old habits certainly die hard but in's a ready-made talent pool on its way to Aussie Rules.We'll have one or two that can make the transition straightaway but we'll also identify a whole heap of players that next year and the year after will make AFL lists no doubt.If I every
keep continuing to learn and take new
every opportunity I can get in this new AFL system, then I might be able to one day go out onfield and that's something amazing.Some people can just do it all. Time now to check in with Julia Baird from The Drum. Who have you got on the panel, reacting to Donald Trump's officially becoming the Republican presidential candidate?That's right, it's finally happened, in Cleveland Ohio today. We're going to be talking about maverick politicians. Obviously Donald Trump significance
is much more than that. The that.
significance is much greater than that. We'll talk about Boris Johnson. On the panel tonight w very two former politicians, Australia's Special Envoy for Human Rights and recently retired Liberal MP Philip Ruddock; and in Hobart, also the former leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown and joining us as well, columnist for daily life and SBS Ruby Hamad.And Twitter's taken action against a notorious on-line troll?I'm not sure if everyone's been following this it's about Ghostbusters, and there's been an incredibly disproportionate reaction to the fact of it having female Ghostbusters on this film. It's playing out on-line, particularly vicious attacks towards one of its leads, on the ground of her gender and her race, and she's basically left Twitter and some of her on
attackers have also been shut down on Twitter. We're going to talk about how technology intersects with a decline in civility and if there are any more protections that can be provided. All of this after the news.That's on The Drum. national
Thanks Julia Baird. Now the national weather with Graham Creed.

We still have unsettled conditions across the southern States but for Wales,
much of Queensland and New South Wales, rainfall begins to ease off. We're really only expecting light and patchy falls through both those States. Very different story, a very strong cold front moves up through the south west of Western Australia, in fact some hail possible with thunderstorm areas south of Perth as a secondary front moves through in the evening. But going State by State, and for Queensland, there is the potential of an isolated shower over the inland.

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