18 Aug 2010

Top Stories for Wednesday 18 August 2010

From Morning Report, 6:00 am on 18 August 2010

Act pulls down the shutters after dumping deputy leader; few step up for local poll as nomination deadline looms; Iraq blast comes ahead of US pull-out; standoff at the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv; fishing boat sinks off Dunedin coast; and voters wooed in bellwether Australian seat of Bennelong.