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Donald Trump pledges a massive boost to the US military to destroy Islamic State if he wins November's election.I will ask my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS.The 2016 Paralympic Games begin with the opening ceremony under way in Rio. And a new report suggests weekly exercise could offset some of the harmful effects of alcohol.

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The Government has slammed the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for not sacking Senator Sam Dastyari from Labor's front bench. Late yesterday, Senator Dastyari resigned from the post. He's admitted to taking a $1,600 payment from a company with links to China to settle a personal debt. This morning, senior Government ministers have questioned Mr Shorten's lack of action saying he should have stood down Mr Dastyari as soon as the matter came to light. Our political reporter Matthew Doran joins frus - from Parliament House. Matt, certainly many in the Government suggesting Opposition Leader Bill Shorten should have acted and sacked Sam Dastyari?That's right. They're criticising the fact that he stood behind Sam Dastyari, acknowledging that what he had done was wrong but saying that he was prepared to give him a second chance, only for Sam Dastyari, less than a day later, announcing his resignation from Bill Shorten's front bench. So it is opening up questions about Bill Shorten's judgement in this issue and whether or not he should have seen this as the distraction that it was, as the improper act that it was, and immediately acted rather than standing behind Sam Dastyari and bringing more criticism onto his party and onto the Parliament as a whole. Now, the former PM, John Howard, was speaking at the National Press Club yesterday and made the point that it's a basic rule of politics that if you've got a front bencher who is being a distraction, then you must effectively get rid of them and that's what many people are saying Bill Shorten should have done straight away. Instead it's been up to Sam Dastyari to fall on his sword and the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is currently in Berlin, says it shows much more about Sam Darr Dastyari's moral character than it does Bill Shorten.I think it reflects very poorly on Bill Shorten that he enabled Sam Dastyari to stay on for so long. Sam Dastyari has now stood down for political expediency, not because he's actually been asked to do so by Bill Shorten. There is absolutely no correlation between political donations from, in some cases Australian Chinese residents, and the circumstances that Sam Dastyari found himself in touting for a personal payment from another entity.And so Matt, some in Labor saying that Senator Dastyari does deserve a second chance.That's right. We've heard from the Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh, the Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus saying that - or leaving the door open for Sam Dastyari to return to Labor's front bench in the future. Mark Dreyfus telling the ABC's AM program this morning that as long as he remains a senator in the Parliament then of course he has a chance of coming back to the front bench and Andrew Leigh saying that he should be given a second chance and if this, a decision like this, a decision to accept this Chinese company paying a personal debt on his behalf, something of that magnitude was to spell the end of his career then that shouldn't be the case. So wlornlt - whether or not he will make a return to the front bench is yet to be seen or how long he will have to wait to make sure that decision is made. But Bill Shorten in issuing a statement after Senator Dastyari's resignation last night, seemingly left the door open as well saying that Senator Dastyari is still fairly young and has plenty left to offer the Labor Party and plenty left to offer the nation.And Matt, of course this does highlight the issue of foreign political donations. Are we any clearer as to the position, certainly from the Government on that?Not at this stage. Labor are continuing their calls for a complete ban of foreign political donations to be put in place. The PM, Malcolm Turnbull, has said that the Government will approach this with open eyes and an open mind, but at this stage has not committed to any sort of reform. We are hearing from a number of government front benchers who are saying that there are difference of issues here. On the one hand you've got foreign companies who are donating money to political parties. In this instance, with Sam Dastyari, this was a foreign company giving - effectively giving Sam Dastyari a gift, paying off a debt on his behalf. Not donating it to any campaign purposes, not donating it to the party but going directly to Sam Dastyari and that's where the issue gets very murky. So whether or not there will be any appetite to reform this area, to make changes to tighten up these controls remains to be seen because it would require something of a bipartisan approach to this. But at this stage it looks as if the debate will rage on for many more weeks and months to come. Matt Doran at Parliament House in Canberra, thanks very much. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, says he will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in an effort to reach a deal over the Syrian conflict Mr Kerry announced the move to talks in London. They're unveiling a plan for political tranition in Syria which involves President Assad leaving office within 6 months. The main negotiations group meeting with the foreign ministers who have been most sympathetic to its aim of removing President Assad. Earlier, the group's leader, Riyadh Hijab, had outlined a detailed vision for the future of Syria with a 6-month negotiating period and then for 18 months a transitional Government. The problem in this, though, is how to get to such a future. Fighting has intensified in recent months. At least 50 people died in the last 24 hours. Torques in Geneva collapsed in April. Now the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry are to meet again to get things back on track. Syria will include everybody.One prominent member of the opposition told me she'd lost all confidence in Mr Kerry and in his boss President Obama and believes it's now best to direct efforts towards whoever becomes the next US President.We stop hoping a long time ago. We don't hope and we don't want to think he's going to do anything. All we can do today to get prepared for the next elections.At the end of the day of talks, the UK Foreign Secretary says there's still an opportunity to get the political process under way soon.Sit it is a conflict that frankly shames humanity and it is, in my view, the number one political problem that we have to solve in the world and that's why we're all supporting so strenuously the efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry who is trying to work with the Russians to broker a ceasefire on the ground in the Aleppo area and we're obviously backing him all the way in those efforts, trying to get the peace talks in Geneva back on track.If John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov finally get a deal, and they've failed several times in recent weeks, the next stage may be a meeting of the all the key regional player, the international support group in New York later this month. They will then try to put pressure on both sides to come back to talks in Geneva. But there we have the problem, those two sides, the opposition and the government, still have the same central positions. The opposition say Assad must go, the Government say no way, he's staying. No-one is very optimistic. The prospects of a new future for Syria outlined in these meetings here in London still seems a very long way off. To the US, and the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has detailed plans to build up the US military ahead of a televised forum featuring both Kan deats. Let's get more on this. Our North America correspondent Michael Vincent joins us from Washington. So Michael, essentially Donald Trump calling for more troops, more planes, more boats and more missiles.Bigger is better in Donald Trump's mantra and certainly when it comes to the military, this time today, in just other an hour's time, we're going to hear from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about their plans for the military and also veterans in this commander in chief forum on NBC being broadcast in prime time. It's being called the first major prime time showdown, albeit that they won't actually appear on stage together. Hillary Clinton goes first for half an hour and Donald Trump. They will field questions from the moderator and also from active military personnel as well as veterans. It's being hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association. So Donald Trump came out on the front foot this morning with his massive plans to revamp the US military. Ships, subs, planes and of course soldiers. We will build an active army of around 540,000. As the army's chief of staff has said, he needs desperately and really must have to protect our country.(APPLAUSE) We now have only 31 brigade combat teams, or 490,000 troops and only one-third of combat teams are considered combat ready. That's not good for our country. I actually don't even like saying it because plenty of countries are watching us right now but we'll get it shaped up very quickly.So Michael, Donald Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, has emphasised the fact that he has contradicted himself on a number of occasions, on many issues, but certainly on the issue of the military and that's been played out in an attack ad on Donald Trump. Yes, absolutely. So not only has she come out with an attack ad where she's got veterans, like she did with the children watching Donald Trump saying outrageous things, also with women watching Donald Trump say things about women, now she's come out with an ad of veterans watching Donald Trump tear down Senator John McCain, the Republican candidate from 2008 and a war hero in the eyes of just about everyone in the US, except Donald Trump who said he liked winners, not losers and he didn't like people who were captured, they were losers. Kind of amazing comment he made. That's now getting replayed tonight. I expect she will raise that again. And she's also going to attack him on comments he's made before about cutting military spending back in 2013. Also comments he made on getting into Libya to stop hundreds of thousands of people being killed. Sorry, that was in 2013, the budget comments from 2011. He's going to hit her, of course, on her involvement in Syria, Iraq and Libya and talk about the destruction that she's caused in those countries through her foreign policy and his foreign policy, he says, will be based on diplomacy. A Hillary Clinton support group has come out with their own ad reminding everyone of what Donald Trump has had to say about nuclear weapons and the like as well as his attitude the military. Let's have a listen to that.I'm really good - I love war in a certain way. Including with nukes, yes, including with nukes. I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me. Nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me. I want to be unpredictable. Unpredictable. Unpredictable.With less than 2 months to go until the poll that counts, what are the opinion polls telling us?Well at the moment they're getting a lot closer. The last 2 weeks Donald Trump has performed better, he's been more on message and Hillary Clinton's responded by yesterday and the day before actually addressing reporters in a gaggle on her aeroplane which has been well received, taking questions on a range of topics for more than 10 minutes. She's been criticised for not actually having a formal press conference, a lengthy press conference, at least, for more than 260 days. So that has been - is a sign from her campaign that she's willing to express herself more directly and address some of these issues more directly rather than in one-on-one interviews which she's been criticised for. Donald Trump has also been giving well received speeches, albeit these attack ads continue. Tonight you can expect them to test out their zingers, those sort of lines that they will bring up in the debates which begin at the end of this month. There will be 3 of them where they go head to head and also Hillary Clinton, I imagine, will try out some of her lines of defence, defending some of her previous things like the email scandal, the Clinton Foundation and the like. As well, of course, crit criticism of her involvement in President Obama's foreign policies with regards to the Middle East which, of course, Donald Trump will want to talk up. Having said that, it's, I guess it's an interesting time for both campaigns because they are really ramping up, focusing on these debates and yet the polls, if you look at the last weekend, there was a couple of interesting ones that talked about, for example, Donald Trump being ahead, national polls being ahead in certain major States. He was certain, out there waving it around because it's one of the first times he's been ahead in 5 or 6 of these battle ground States. Another poll came out, which also said that Hillary Clinton could potentially take Texas, of all places, which is a a very Republican State. It will be worth waying to see another week or two to see what the averages of all these polls mean, especially in the sort of 11 battle ground States where this election will be decided. And so tonight is really just a test of the candidates to see what their responses are to these questions and they will be basic questions as well. Like Donald Trump was tripped up last year, if you remember, by the question on the nuclear triad, what is that and Marco Rubio scored him on the response to that and the usual questions about what's the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah and see if Donald Trump's done his homework on that. It will be interesting to see how they respond. Both of them will have done some prep work. Hillary Clinton hasn't been out, Bill Clinton has been out on her behalf. She sounds like she's been prepping today before heading to the forum tonight. He can expect to get a few questions which may throw him but Donald Trump's been through a bunch of debates before and public forums before and he seems to acquit himself well enough.He continues to confound the pundits. Michael, thank you very much.You're welcome.Let's come back to news at home and 2 teenagers have walked away without serious injuries after their car collided with a side of a train in Melbourne. Let's get more on this. We're joined by reporter James Hancock who is at the scene. James, what happened?Well this all happened about 8:40 last night here in Ivanhoe, an up-market part of Melbourne's northeastern suburbs. Fire fighters have described what happened. They say the 18-year-old driver came down this hill behind me, he lost control of his ute before hitting a fence. The vehicle then became airborne before colliding with the side of a moving city-bound train on the Hurstbridge line. It happened right near the Marshall Street level crossing which just here, only metres from the Ivanhoe train station. The ute ended up on its roof but the driver and passenger managed to get themselves out of the vehicle. Let's have a listen now to what fire fighters had to say.Two male occupants have got themselves out of car which is quite unusual considering the way the front of the car has been crushed. All in all they're very lucky to walk away from this with their lives and same with some of the people on the train.And so, James, do we expect any charges against the driver?Well the driver has been questioned by police after being arrested. He's expected to be charged with conduct endangering life. The train last night, it continued onto Darrabin station, which is closer to the city, where the 12 passengers onboard were able to get off. There was some minor damage to the train but the line was closed between Cliffton Hill and Heidelberg for about 2 hours last night as crews repaired the tracks and got the ute off the tracks. This morning it's been a good service on the Hurstbridge line after those delays of about 2 hours last night while passengers were forced to go between the two stations on buses. James Hancock, thanks very much. Around 500 children will be sent home from child care centres in Melbourne and Sydney today as workers strike over pay. 95% of the child care workers are women and unions say they get paid significantly less than other educators with similar qualifications. According to the union, qualified child care workers have been paid as little as $20 an hour. Former PM John Howard said I sas - says the Liberal Party is unlikely to achieve its goal of having equal gender representation in Parliament because women still play the greater caring role in society. Only 18 of the 84 Liberal MPs in Parliament are women but the party has set a goal to nearly double its female representation within a de decade. Mr Howard says he supports the target but it's a fact that women carry greater responsibility for caring for children which places limits on their capacity to enter politics. I'm not sure that you will ever have a 50/50 thing because it's a fact of society that the caring role, whatever people may say about it and whatever the causes are, there is still women play a significantly greater part of filling the caring role in our communities which inevitably place some limits on their capacity. Now that's - some people may say what a terrible thing to say and it's not a terrible thing to say, it just happens to be the truth. Occasionally you've just got to recognise that and say it. You shouldn't be sort of - the mainstream should not be too timid to say things occasionally.Mr Howard speaking at the Press Club yesterday and his comments come ahead of equal payday, an initiative calling for not only greater female participation in the work force but pay equity for male and female workers. According to the Government's workplace gender equality Agency, Australian women working full time would need to work 14 months a year to earn the same as a man earns in one year, with their male counterparts pocketing around $260 more per week. Let's get some analysis of this and from Hobart we're joined by the agency's spokeswoman Jacqui Woods. Thanks for speaking to us.Pleasure.Does this surprise you at all that women are still lagging behind men significantly as far as pay is concerned?The national gender pay gap currently sits at 16.2% and it's been remarkably stubborn over the last 2 decades. So what we've seen is that national gender pay gap figure has hovered between about 15 and 19%. So there has been some improvement over the last 12 months and we hope that that symbolises some sort of momentum towards a downward trend in the national gender pay gap.Is part of the discrepancy that perhaps women are in less senior positions than men? Absolutely. So the agency collects data from around 12,000 employers covering 4 million employees and our data shows that only about 1 in 4 senior management positions are held by women and only about 1 in 8 CEO positions are held by women. So there's still a big discrepancy in the balance of women and men in senior roles. So yes, that indeed does contribute to the gender pay gap zbrsmt.So in your view how should that be addressed?Well there are lots of excellent programs that employers are starting to implement to encourage people and strengthen that pipeline of women into senior roles. We encourage employers to set targets for representation in their work force, you know, where there's an imbalance. It doesn't only have to be for senior management roles, it can also be for, for example, technical roles or other parts of their work force where there's a gender imbalance. So we do encourage employers to look closely at the barriers and there can be different things that employers find. Perhaps it's a lack of flexibility. For example, we know that across our data set, only about 6 in 100 management roles are worked on a part-time basis. Whereas we know that women are much more likely than men to work part time. So because of their caring responsibilities and the flexibility that women often require, they're being locked out of progressing into senior roles and, you know, I'm pleased to say that leading employers are looking very closely at this area of flexibility and how all roles, including senior roles, can be worked more flexibly, not just for women but women and men to be able to work at a senior level and meet their caring responsibilities.It's not just roles, but perhaps also the jobs and the tasks and the sectors that the women are choosing to work in. Absolutely.Does that maybe start at school or at least university as to which courses that girls choose to pursue and ultimately when they move into the work force that perhaps they're disadvantaged?Yes, so you know, Australia has a very highly gender segregated work force. So we see women concentrated in two big industries which are healthcare and social assistance as well as education and training and obviously men sort of dominate in mining and the other sort of blue collar industries. And you know, these kind of stereotypes about the kinds of work that women and men should do start very young. For example, the sort of caring roles, not just child care but aged care and disability care are still predominantly seen as roles that women should do whereas I think we think just as we're seeing some great initiatives to encourage women into maths and science and STEM roles, we also need to see that encouragement for boys to consider, you know, nursing and caring roles that might be, you know, extremely satisfying and rewarding for them. I'm also interested to get your view on John Howard's comments yesterday, the former PM, saying he doesn't believe there will ever be gender equality in Parliament simply because that women carrying a great responsibility for the caring of children. What d you make of those comments?Well, look, our agency focuses really on working with employers rather than, you know, I guess politics. But I would say -U by guess that would apply to not just Parliament but also jobs in general.Indeed. It goes to this issue, you know, it is true to say that the time that women spend on unpaid caring work absolutely does limit the time that they spend on paid work. I guess the question is what you do about that. So, you know, we absolutely advocate for flexible work that mean that women and men with caring responsibilities can participate fully in the workplace as well as do their caring roles. So I think we are, you know, seeing the decline of this model of an ideal employee who has to be available for long hours kind of 24/7 in the workplace to progress, and I think especially the sort of new generation of employees, women and men, would like to more equally balance their careers and their family life, you know n a way that perhaps they haven't seen their parents able to do.Jackie Woods from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, thanks very much.Pleasure, thank you.The Afghan city where Australian forces were based for more than a decade is at risk of being recaptured by the Taliban. Dozens of Taliban fighters and several police officers are believed to have been killed in coordinated attacks on checkpoints near the Tarin Kowt in the south of the country. Local security officials say in some airias militants are as close as 1km away from the main city. Australia handed over control of the military base to the Afghan Government in December 2013. A spectacular fireworks display has kicked off the Paralympic opening ceremony in Rio. Nearly 4,500 athletes representing 159 countries are competing in the 11-day event. The Australian team was led out by Brad Ness who is competing at his 5th Paralympics and there are 177 Australian athletes in the quad. Of course we'll keep you up to date with all of their progress throughout the Games here on ABC News 24. Time to check the weather. Vanessa joins us now and it is proven to be very warm in parts of the south-east but also windy. That's right. We've got northerly winds there coming down obviously from the north with a big weather system at the moment. For Victoria it means damaging wind warnings for the Alpine areas or elevated areas you might get them up to 90km/h. The winds are also affecting SA and will continue to move up into NSW as well as these northerly winds strengthen over the coming days.And some heavy rain expected?Yeah, that's right. We've currently got severe weather warning for parts of SA at the moment with impending heavy rain. Could be around 30 to 50 mm by the time we get into the afternoon and later parts of the evening. And also in Victoria for the rain that's about to come so that severe weather warning is just a warning at this stage. The rain is starting to move into the far southwestern parts of Victoria but it is mainly affecting SA at the moment and then later in the day we'll see it in the western part of Tasmania, becoming widespread across these regions overnight into tomorrow. Concerns for flash flooding, especially through the northern parts of Tasmania where it's saturated, up through areas of Victoria into the north-east and into NSW. A lot of flood warnings still exist through NSW and Victoria so this will only add to that but like I said, those rainfalls will be very high tomorrow.So we haven't really seen the end of winter particularly over the weekend and into early next week?No, we start to see the temperatures drop a little bit but it really won't feel like winter again until we get to about Monday and then for parts of Tasmania and Victoria temperatures will be back to the low teens.Vanessa, take us around the country.In Queensland:

The top stories from ABC News - Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has come under fire from senior government ministers for not sacking Senator Sam Dastyari from Labor's front bench. Senator Dastyari will remain in the Senate but has quit Labor's shadow ministry over a payment he received from a Chinese-based company to cover a personal debt. The US Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has pledged a major upgrade of the military if he wins November's presidential election. His comments come ahead of a national security forum where he will appear back-to-back with Democrat rival Hillary Clinton. Mr Trump says he's pledging an approach of peace through strength. Turkey's President has suggested he and the US are ready to drive Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. Recep Tayyeb Erdogan says his US counterpart, Barack Obama, floated the idea of joint action against the militants when they met at the G20 summit in China. And the Paralympic opening ceremony has been held in Rio, kicking off 11 days of competition. A spectacular fireworks display welcomed the 159 national teams into the stadium. The Australian team was led by gold medallist wheelchair basketballer Brad Ness who is competing at his 5th Paralympics. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has warned Malcolm Turnbull of an increasingly severe security environment in the East China Sea. Political editor Chris Uhlmann is covering the ASEAN summit in Laos. All the trouble in the world is being discusseds at this gathering but there are some lighter moments like yesterday when Malcolm Turnbull met his friend and Kiwi counterpart John Key who was a bit miffed that the Australian PM had referred to the British PM as our nation's best friend in the world.. Might not like me as much as Theresa May. I'm trying to say oh, first quarter for God's sake.The backdrop to the gathering is the growing tension in the East and South China Seas but as China is the major trading partner of many nations they are loathe to mention it. That's not the case with Japan. It's deeply worried about China's behaviour around the disputed Senkaku islands and is not afraid to say so in private or in public. In one of the key meetings of this gathering, Malcolm Turnbull addressed the 10 ASEAN leaders and there was a bit of trouble at the start when the tech Saffy PM hit some microphone strife.The traditional - we're live, good.He's invited the ASEAN leaders to Australia to continue to work for peace in the South China Sea.I look forward to discussing with you my proposal for a special ASEAN Australia leaders' summit in 2018. A special summit in Australia would deepen our economic partnership through closer links between ASEAN and Australian businesses and the private sector, and bolster our strategic partnership.The Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte began this meeting in very undiplomatic fashion when he called President Barack Obama the son of a whore for criticising his crackdown on drug dealers which has seen hundreds of people shot in the streets. But he can't be ignored and given it was his country's case against China in The Hague which saw the rejection of Beijing's claims over the disputes Scarborough Shoal Malcolm Turnbull wants to meet him and is now seeking a meeting with the man known at home as Duterte Harry. Residents of the besieged city of Aleppo in Syria have again been targeted, bombed by government forces hours after a suspected gas attack. It comes as Syria's main political opposition groups and their allies met in London to try to find a way to end the civil war. And a warning, this story does contain some distressing images. Another air attack on East Aleppo which is held by an assortment of rebels. Civil defence workers pulled out casualties as they've done countless times before. The attack was close to the place where local reports say bombs containing poisonous chlorine gas were dropped on Tuesday. The Syrian Government always denies using chemical weapons despite many accusations. This side of the city is at the moment the Government's biggest target. The Syrian army has tried to surround East Aleppo to seal it off, an attempt to impose a siege to starve out the anti-regime forces that control it. Casualties were taken to one of East Aleppo's makeshift hospitals. The fighting, and attempts to impose a total siege, mean they're short of medical supplies. The regime blames the bloodshed on foreign countries intervening to destroy Syria. It denies allegations it rigs elections here and says President Assad has no plans to leave office.We elected our president, we elected our parliament, we elected our local administration units, but these countries would recognise only what they want or the results they want. So we have a very strong Government, we have sustained 6-year war against Syria and I assure you, we shall continue as long as the intervention takes place.In London, backed by Britain, the Saudis and others, a Syrian opposition coalition has produced the most detailed blueprint yet for a transition of power. Insisting on President Assad and what it calls his clique leaving, they don't expect a yes any time soon from Damascus.If Bashar al-Assad continues to be obcity gnat and continues to drag his feet and continues to egauge seriously, then obviously there will have to be a plan B which would involve more stepped up military activity.This is the centre of Damascus. This part of the capital could not look more different to the east side of Aleppo. There's huge war damage only a few miles away and across the country but this is the regime's showcase. Now if the demand to step down had been delivered by a victorious army at the gates of his palace, President Assad would have had to have listened. But the way things stand now, he doesn't. The era of the Assads in Syria seems to be far from over. Hair-raising rescue journeys have been happening every day in this country for more than 5 years. These were civil defence workers in rebel-held East Aleppo racing to save casualties in Tuesday's attack that local reports say contained chemical chlorine gas. One Syrian general I've spoken to said the war could get much longer, perhaps another 10 years. Massive government corruption has been uncovered in the Maldives including theft, bribery and money laundering. The President has been accused of receiving bags of cash containing up to $1 million of stolen money. In response, police carried out raids across the capital Mali, targeting journalist and lawyers who helped in the investigation. The Maldives are the big earner but almost $18 million paid for them by tourist tycoons has been stolen. This man led the theft. Former vice-president ar Ahmed Adid. He's now in prison but he was working for the President.

Mohammad la - Latif known as Moho is one of the 3 men. The Government has issued an international ainterest warrant for these men. They are on the run in the UK and says the President wants them back because they know too much.

Moho ran a front company that received the stolen money. He said they cashed it out and delivered it to the President and his deputy. In this slip the name has been blacked out but it can still be recognised. $500,000 to President Yamin to his account at the Maldives Bank. We have verified it with a bank source.

The vice-president's driver also says he once gave the President $100,000 only to be told to return with a million.

At the time this report was produced the Maldives Government had yet to provide a detailed response to the allegations. Well in fact the Maldives Government has responded to the investigation saying there is no evidence in the report connecting President Yameen or any current members of his government to any wrongdoing. They say these claims already form part of a wider investigation initiated by President Yameen in February last year. A powerful voice in rural and regional Australia is demanding better phone and internet for the bush. The Country Women's Association says poor communications are hampering health services, education and business.People are being frug - frustrated and we're hearing it at the CWA and I'm speaking for 88% of regional Australia that are saying they want better digital connectivity. It would improve our lives greatly because we're all out there trying to run businesses daily, trying to educate our children, emergency services, health services, medical services, they need to be able to be supported in a far better way than they are at the moment. I know that there are families that are having to leave the Pham willy - family home and live away from home so they can educate the children. The children are being restricted in what's available to them. They can't do their studies, they can't research. I know that there are adults out there that are wanting to do further education, professional development and they've had to turn it down and not do it because they don't have the connectivity or the data limits. I know that there's been some studies or some case stories of people that are saying that they travelled thousands of kilometres to see a specialist and then that initial consult they can then go back to seeing their specialist via videoconferencing and that's just not available. So they're actually not continuing on with their appointments. We're actually fed up in the regional, rural and remote communities and we want something done.An international research collaboration led by the University of Sydney, has found that exercise may offset some of the harmful effects of drinking alcohol. The study has found that for alcohol drinkers, even basic recommended physical activity may decrease the risks of dying from cancer, among other illnesses. Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakos is behind the research. Welcome. People will say hang on, I can drink at will and counter the dangerous effects of alcohol. But I guess you would have a warning about that?That would be very, very nice but this is not the case. We should not forget that alcohol is linked to all sorts of other conditions in addition to the outcomes, the health outcomes we looked at. So alcohol drinking is linked with liver disease, for example, psychological issues, violence, societial issues as well. So we cannot consider this as a licence to drink. We look at the very specific outcomes so our conclusions should remain within these outcomes.Let's look at your study and what it found, the effects that exercise would have should you have had perhaps a moderate drinking session. What would the effects of alcohol then, how does it counter those affects?For moderate drinking levels, we found that among the physically active people there was no increase in any kind of death risk, but that was not the case for people who were physically inactive, because in those people who are physically inactive, risk increased from moderate consumption levels. So it looks like that physical activity is a catalyst there that could somehow offset neutralise the alcohol with cancer risk.You're talking about the long-term effects. This is not an immediate bounce back, for instance, someone that's suffering from a hangover, you're not talking about that? Exercise has nothing to do with countering those effects, it's all about perhaps the long-term, dare I say, abuse of alcohol with regular exercise could perhaps lessen the degree that you would be prone to cancers, for instance?This is correct. We're talking about chronic effects of alcohol and we're talking about chronic beneficial effects of physical activity and exercise.So why does this happen? Why is exercise beneficial?We can't directly tell from our research but we can speculate that exercise benefits the immune system. The immune system is critical for defending the body from cancer. So it could be that alcohol and physical activity work on the same pathway in different directions, in opposite directions. So exercise protects alcohol causes damage somehow.I might just ask you to define the levels of drinking, there's moderate drinking, heavy drinking, you're saying this would perhaps be beneficial for the moderate drinkers but what's the threshold between moderate and heavy drinking?That varies between countries, they have their own standards. The UK where we did the study, it changed the moderate drinking standards the month the study was accepted. So we use the older standards. Now in the UK the Mott rad level of alcohol consumption is the equivalent of 17 dinks - sorry, the equivalent of 11 drinks for both men and women. It used to be 17 standard drinks for men.A week?Per week, of course. Not per day, certainly not.But it would also, I gather, depend on your body type as well?Yes, there may be differences according to the body type, according to the muscle mass, for example, the more muscle mass the better the body metabolises all sorts of things. But we cannot tell directly from our study, the body type. We didn't look at obesity, for example, in relation to alcohol. Could it not be argued that regular exercise is beneficial overall to one's health, regardless of alcohol? Of course, of course. This is the key message of the study. It shows yet once more what a powerful healthy influence exercise is and what a good investment for public health and medicine would be to enable people to empower people to help people and modify the environment that is friendly for physical activity and the physical activity option, the physical active option is the easy option, the convenient option. For example, prioritise public transportation and active transportation, cycling and working over cars. So there's a lot to be done because this is an extremely powerful inference that we have neglected.But we should emphasise that someone has had too much to drink one night and the next morning goes for a very lnge - very long jog that's necessarily not going to do any good?We do know anecdote ally, we know that an exercise session can make the hangover better, for example. But this is - I wouldn't call this sieps. - science. I would call it personal experience, perhaps.Thank you very much.Thank you.RUOK? That's the question all of us are being urged to ask today as part of the annual campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues. Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government has a commitment to mental health research and suicide prevention.The message is about always making every day RUOK Day, but the profile that this gets on this day, thanks to programs like yours and conversations that start that wouldn't otherwise start, is actually making a difference. But of course we need to do more and $192 million of new money in the last election campaign is a real and genuine commitment of this Government when it comes to both mental health and suicide prevention. And a personal passion of our PM. Suicide Prevention Australia, the Black Dog, they are research institutes and indeed we're allocating more dollars to that research because it's a difficult thing to measure, it's a difficult thing to quantify. But if you talk to people who have had, if I can put it, unsuccessful suicide attempts, they will say that the lack of connection, the lack of conversation, the lack of someone, some human contact at a critical time, was often what pushed them to the edge. So we know that while Facebook and social media and texts are all great, they're not the best thing. The best thing is personal contact. And that's a really strong message that I want to get across today.Health Minister Sussan Ley. Time to check sport, Paul Kennedy joins us. A fascinating match between Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.Andy Murray's out. One of the favourites there going down. He started brilliantly, 6-1 in the first, but Kei Nishikori came back and won the next one. Murray won the next one and then Nishikori won the 4th set 6-1. And that is the key break at 5-5 and you can see Murray's displeasure there. Not much he can do about it. Nishikori played a great shot at the net and then followed it up with a terrific service match. Held his nerve admirably and went and won the match. He's going into the semifinals now to play against Del Potro or Wawrinka and he'd be feeling on top of the world at the moment. Andy Murray, particularly, in 5th sets has been almost unbeatable. He has 11 of 12 or something in the last dozen matches. So yeah, Nishikori outlasted him and it came after we saw publish - Pliskova win the quarter finals this morning. And Serena Williams on court with Simona Halep. Already Serena Williams has the break. Nothing is certain in sport but one thing that's almost certain is Serena Williams will be found for the semifinals. We'll see how that match unfolds.Let's come back home for the AFL. Last week was a bye essentially for the finalists. Wasn't that boring?Well, we had the women's game. That was pretty good. And lots of country and local comp tigs playing their finals as well. What do you make of tonight?The Eagles and the Bulldogs, it is a home final for the Eagles. You'd have to say they go in favourites although they are missing their key player, Nic Nat.And Lewis Jetta didn't make it up either, he's got a calf injury. I think the Eagles, if you just landed and didn't know anything about the competition you'd think both teams had a home game but the West Coast Eagles are certainly at home and they are dominant in finals at Subiaco. The Western Bulldogs from the west of Melbourne have headed over there with close to a prayer but it's going to be tough. They've recalled some players which is always a telltale sign that a team is almost reaching desperation. There's Tom Liberatore, hasn't played for a while. They've brought back in a couple of players who have been injured. Of course they must feel ready but are they match fit? Are they ready to run on that big ground at Subiaco? It's going to be tough for the Bulldogs. I think maybe the Eagles have got it there. What about the other games?Sydney and Greater Western Sydney. Once again if you landed and had missed the league for a few years you would think how did the Greater Western Sydney with a bunch of kids get up into this position where they finished in the top 4. There's a mixture of veterans there. Can they stop Buddy Franklin would be a big question? Nick Davis has got the job there. And I think, I've just got a feeling ant Greater Western Sydney, if they don't do it this week they might do it the week after. At some stage in the finals they will show us their potential. Young kids with nothing to lose and bold, fast-running first choices in the draft when they got picked up a couple of years ago. They're going to be hard to stop. Sydney, well, a lot of pressure on them because this year they've built to a position where they finished on top and they will be hoping for a win. Geelong and Hawthorn tomorrow night, that's going to be the hardest one to pick, I think, because you don't want to pick against a team that's won three premierships in a row but Geelong's form against top 8 teams, 8 wins, 2 losses for the year is hard to bet against as well.Just recently they've both been a bit inconsistent, haven't they?I don't reckon yew can look too much at the form, maybe except the Bulldogs and the Kangaroos, but the form in the last month would have been top teams getting ready to play finals. If you look at them overall and how they fared against each other, Geelong looks good. And the poor old Kangaroos, they've come in with no good form at all in the last 10 weeks and they've finished in 8th position and they are up against a very free-flowing and big-scoring Adelaide Crows team.Alright, just before we go, of course the Paralympic opening ceremony is under way, I think it might have finished now, how did it go?They've still got - as with the Olympics, it's taken a long time for all the athletes to come out. I think we can take a look at a couple of photos now. We don't have the broadcast rights so we can't show you the highlights but there were a lot of very colourful um umbrellas and dancing and the DJ has been spinning the disks. By all accounts it's been an impressive opening ceremony to kick off a week of impressive efforts with the Paralympians. We just saw the Aussies coming out there with Brad Ness waving the flag. So it's going to be good action in the next week. I it is going to make me wish I was back in Rio. Guy Stayner is on hand and we've got good coverage everywhere across our different spaces.Good stuff, thanks, Paul. Let's see how the weather's look. Here's Vanessa. It might feel sunny and mostly dry but we are expecting the weather to turn ugly all because of a system that we're watching over SA. Rainfalling at the moment and then that cloud building across Victoria down to Tasmania. But the big wet day will be tomorrow. Although eastern and central parts of SA will feel that today. Another weather system, this low pressure trough is causing a few showers about the southern coast of WA. The next cold front we can just see coming up from the Southern Ocean and affecting the south-west as we get into tomorrow and then we have some cold air behind that. For Queensland:

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