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But right now, a Seven News update, from Nat.

Good morning.

After six months behind bars in Egypt, Australian journalist Peter Greste should learn his fate in the next few hours.

A verdict is due to be handed down today in his trial on terrorism charges.

Reporter Alex Hart is in Cairo following the case.

Nat, judgment day has finally arrived for Peter Greste.

It's been almost six months since he was arrested on December 29 last year.

He and two colleagues from the Al Jazeera news organisation are accused of supporting the banned terrorist organisation Muslim Brotherhood and of falsifying news that is damaging to Egypt's interests.

The prosecutors have asked for the maximum sentence - 15 to 25 years jail even though not a shred of credible evidence has been presented against the trio in the 12 court hearings to date.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been trying to lobby and the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has also been speaking to her counterpart in the lead-up to today's verdict.

We are making representations at every level in the Egyptian government with a view to ensuring that Peter Greste is home as soon as possible.

This case has sparked international outcry as a major breach of freedom of the press.

An innocent verdict and Greste's immediate release will be seen as a positive step forward for this new regime.

It's certainly the outcome that Greste and his family is hoping for, in particular, his two brothers, Andrew and Michael, who will be here for the verdict, Nat.

The Australian government has started cancelling the passports of citizens involved in the conflict in Iraq as Islamic militants capture two border crossings.

The US Secretary of State has made a surprise visit to the region.

Seven news reporter Tim Lester has the details from Erbil.

Nat, many Iraqis believe it is simply too late to bring the warring parties together in Iraq, but that's exactly what the US wants to happen - it says the leaders of the various factions need to get on with the business of forming a new government - a message pushed as the US Secretary of State landed in Cairo.

We will help Iraqis to complete this transition if they choose it.

If they want, they have an opportunity to choose leadership that could represent all of Iraq.

Increasingly, America's rhetoric on the crisis here says it suggests it supports what many Iraqis have been saying for a long time now - that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seen as too biased to be the right leader going forward for the country.

Overnight, the Sunni extremists have taken another town in western Iraq - not too far from the Jordanian border.

The Iraqi military has released pictures of what they say is the bombing of Sunni-held positions in Mosul.

Nat.

James Packer's ex-wife Jodhi Meares has been charged drink driving on a suspended licence after a smash in Sydney's eastern Suburbs.

Meares was reportedly behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive that crashed into parked cars at Bellevue Hill on Saturday.

Witnesses have described her being rescued from the car after it rolled.

Police say a breath test showed a reading three times the legal limit.

Meares was arrested and charged and will face court in August.

The World Anti-Doping Agency's boss has weighed in on the Essendon supplements saga, saying it's dragged on for too long.

Sunrise reporter Michael Felgate joins us from Melbourne.

Michael, what does this mean for Essendon?

Good morning.

Unfortunately for Essendon and its players, it doesn't mean a whole lot for the current ASADA investigation.

But for David Howman, the director- -- director-general of WADA, the worldwide anti-doping authority, to come out and say this is a big slap in the face for ASADA and how long the current investigation has been dragging out.

We're now into the 17th month of this investigation, with no end in sight.

On Friday, there is a Federal Court case which has been launched by Essendon and James Hird into the validity of the joint ASADA and AFL investigation.

There is still a long way to go.

What it means beyond this investigation is that WADA will be doing a worldwide review into its anti-doping investigation processes.

While no light at the end of the tunnel for Essendon, it's justification that this is taking far too long.

Mm.

OK.

Thank you very much, Michael.

The Abbott government will reintroduce its carbon tax repeal laws into parliament today.

The move comes ahead of the new, more conservative upper house taking effect on July 7.

The legislation has already been knocked back once by Labor and the Greens, but it is expected to pass under the new Senate.

The Abbott government claims the average family will save $550 a year when the tax is axed.

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