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(generated from captions) Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This morning. Not letting up - still in the leadership hunt Peter Costello

from liberal heavyweights despite pressure to shelve his ambition. Police charge a 42-year-old man of a Melbourne solicitor. with the murder for two men Australia offers to join the hunt in India believed to be behind the attacks that killed 200 train commuters. to their new FIFA world ranking. And in sport, the Socceroos react They think they've been hard done by.

A quick look at the weather.

Now here's Kath Robinson at the morning's finance news. with our first look as Apple and Dell shares fall. US stocks have slid this morning

over the Liberal leadership continues The stand-off refusing to back down. with John Howard and Peter Costello for a smooth transition of power. The Treasurer calling For Peter Costello, has been the Prime Minister forever. it must seem like John Howard Thank you. You're very kind.

(All) Hey ho Johnnie's got to go. not the only ones Labor and the unions of the Howard era. who want to see the end Peter Costello raising the stakes - for Mr Howard and the Coalition suggesting a bumpy ride is in store settled in the Treasurer's favour. if the leadership question isn't If transitions aren't smooth, the political party. ultimately that works against

of the past few days, Despite the events

at his side. the PM still wants the Treasurer

are ambitious - Most people in politics And he has support. want us to stay in our positions. The overwhelming bulk of the party The stand-off continues yet to confirm with the Prime Minister if he'll contest the next election to rule out and Peter Costello refusing a tilt for the Liberal leadership.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

of an eight year-old girl Remains believed to be those

in the Northern Territory taken by a crocodile have been found. in northern Arnhem Land overnight Police made their discovery close to the waterway was said to have been attacked. from where the girl She'd been fishing with her family. in Darwin Forensic testing will be carried out if the remains are in fact human. to determine

A Victorian man has been charged solicitor shot dead two days ago. with the murder of the Melbourne early this morning. The 43-year-old will appear in court he suffers a mental illness. Where it was revealed detectives have a man in custody. Just two days after the murder, charged overnight John Thomas Glascott David Robinson. with killing suburban lawyer out of sessions hearing, In an early-morning the murder charge as fictitious the accused described

and a conspiracy. was arrested at his home The 43-year-old on Monday night accused of shooting Mr Robinson his son to photocopy an assignment. after he went to his office with laneway at the back of his law firm The 56-year-old was shot in the collapsing dead metres away. it was revealed In this morning's hearing Mr Glascott has a mental illness since a suicide attempt in 1988. and has suffered brain damage

he said he wasn't adding: When asked if he was suicidal now he can suffer depression. However he conceded later today. Mr Glascott will face court again in Melbourne this morning. Reports of a somewhat morbid car sale Agencies are claiming the vehicle was found unconscious in which 50-year-old Maria Korp has been offered for sale online. hatchback The eBay listed red 1995 Mazda 626 of $9.500 has a starting price left for dead in the boot of a car Ms Korp was attacked and in February last year. by her husband's lover six months later. She died in hospital a 12-year sentence for the crime. Tania Herman is serving

may be brought in Foreign truck drivers and farmhands to plug national labour shortages. The 'Australian' newspaper says overhauling the guest-worker program. the Federal Government is considering

to come to Australia This would allow semi-skilled workers many of them on the land. such a program The Opposition is concerned from Australian workers. may take jobs away Lodhi will learn today Convicted terrorist Faheem Khalid

the rest of his life in jail whether he'll spend on Australia. for planning a terrorist attack caught the Sydney architect Three years ago, Federal Police either a defence force site with plans to bomb or the national electricity grid. of taking steps to wage a holy war. He was last month found guilty Lodhi is the first person convicted on Australian soil. of plotting terror attacks with yesterday's terrorist attack Mumbai is slowly coming to terms which killed more than 200 people. working on the train wreckages say Forensic teams

detonated using timers. the explosions were most likely a resilient city. Mumbai today - Commuters riding the trains that were bombed yesterday. through the very stations at the sandals and clothing, Passengers looked down

of seven bombings the only remaining traces that cost 200 lives. have been taken to a siding The seven bombed carriages for forensic examination. has increased the suspicion That type of explosive who appose Indian rule in Kashmir that Islamic militants were behind the bombings but officials being cautious.

family searched for the missing. Outside the hospitals A few held up photos. of the dead and injured Some scanned the list what they feared most. and some discovered have been cremated. Some of the dead there are scenes like this - All over Mumbai tonight

on the city's commuters. the aftermath of a deadly attack Israeli troops have invaded Lebanon

two soldier in a cross-border raid. after Hezbollah militants captured seized the Israeli soldiers The Islamic group during fighting on the border. against the state of Lebanon, It was an act of war within its sovereign territory. against the state of Israel In retaliation Israeli warplanes and tanks have rolled into southern Lebanon for the first time in six years. Israel now fighting a war on two fronts with troops also taking on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Last-minute repairs on the 'Discovery'. In their third and final spacewalk, two of the astronauts used putty-like sealant to test wether it could repair damage to the shuttle. I'm gonna hang out here. The crew is scheduled to return to Earth on Monday. The new FIFA world rankings are out and Football Australia is not happy. It believes the Socceroos deserve better than number 33. It's a jump of nine places, the best Asian nation, but still not what they expected

for their Round 16 finish at the World Cup. Socceroos receiving the star treatment though the new FIFA world rankings not quite matching the feedback from here and overseas. Not only Australian people but the rest of the world recognise that Australia can play at the highest level

I don't think too many teams will be taking us too lightly any more in the future.

For me the rankings aren't a big thing, I think it's the respect we've got from the world, we've rocked the nation, we've rocked Australia, that's the main thing. Guus Hiddink's old job is still up for grabs, talks with Gerard Houllier of France fell through, though candidates are still lining up to coach down-under. FIFA is now investigating that headbutt with the possibility of Zinedine Zidane will be stripped of his player of the tournament award. In other World Cup fallout, victorious coach Marcello Lippi has resigned, while Brazilian star Ronaldo admits the number one ranked side failed to produce their best, leading to their quarterfinal exit. Anthony Goodridge Ten News. To the NRL and off-contract Bulldog Nate Myles is staying focused on his club duties despite being chased by some of the leading clubs in the league.

Myles was a hit with the kids at a development camp but the hottest property on the open market is trying not to be distracted by all the interest from other clubs.

Myles has already had talks with Melbourne and will meet with Brisbane and Gold Coast this weekend. AFL and the Kangaroos will announce today if they'll make the Gold Coast their new second home or continue to play three games a season in Canberra. Meantime, Ten News has gained a rare insight into the Adelaide Crows' hi-tech coaching methods. We can reveal exclusively what the coaches are saying to the players through their special headgear. Head this far side, head this far side for the kick out.

It's definitely helping guys like Hayden Skipworth and Scott Thompson it's helped them improve their games, maybe on only 1, 2 or 3%. The premiership favourites host Hawthorn at AAMI Stadium on Saturday. Finance news now and a big fine overnight for Microsoft? The European Union has fined the software giant $473-million after it failed to share program information with rivals. It's the first fine of its type

and comes after Microsoft was fined nearly $1 billion more than two years ago for abusing its dominant market position. While we disagree with this decision and ask the European courts to sort it out we will also remain focused on completing our technical documentation on a number of important initiatives.

The EU has also threatened to fine Microsoft as much as $6-million a day unless it shares complete and accurate information with developers to help them make software compatible with the Windows operating system.

Police open fire on a car in Perth. The details when Ten's Early News returns.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

A look at the stories we're following. The Treasurer stands firm in his leadership stand-off with the Prime Minister refusing to rule out a challenge.

Police find what appears to be the remains of an eight-year-old girl taken by a crocodile in the Northern Territory. Israel invades Lebanon in retaliation to the capture of two soldiers in a cross-border raid. And Hollywood sets threatened

as a wild fire races across the Californian desert

strong winds fanning the flames. Time for another check of the markets, here's kath. US stocks have slid this morning as Apple and Dell shares fall.

John Howard is refusing to react to Peter Costello's call for a smooth transition of the Liberal leadership. The Federal Treasurer not ruling out a challenge for the PM's job if Mr Howard doesn't step down. If transitions aren't smooth, ultimately that works against the political party. The Prime Minister is under pressure to spell out his future. Dramatic scenes in Perth overnight - police forced to use their guns when a car chase turned ugly. The pursuit began when a known stolen car held up a Perth petrol station. Police followed the vehicle until it crashed on a nearby highway. The offenders then left on foot, police following them until one officer fired a shot.

One of the offenders was taken to hospital after being bitten by a police dog. Northern Territory police believe they've found human remains

close to where an eight-year-old girl was taken by a crocodile. However, the search for the girl's body will continue while forensic testing is carried out.

Police made the discovery in northern Arnhem Land overnight on the opposite side of the waterway

from where the young girl was attacked. The eight-year-old had been fishing with her family on Saturday night and was last seen collecting water from the river's edge. It's believed a saltwater crocodile is responsible. Parks and wildlife destroying two reptiles capable of the attack.

The girl's family calling on the Government to cull numbers. The search for the body will resume this morning while forensic testing begins in Darwin to determine if the remains are in fact human.

Police aren't sure how long it will take. A man has been charged with the murder of a Melbourne lawyer.

The 43-year-old was arrested at his home last night

before being questioned. After several hours police charged him with the shooting murder of David Robinson. The solicitor was killed near his law firm on Monday night. In an out of sessions hearing, it was revealed the accused suffers a mental illness. He'll face court again today.

For the first time in six years, Israeli troops have invaded Lebanon following the capture of two soldiers by Hezbollah militants. Israel's Prime Minister has described their kidnapping as an act of war and has called for immediate retaliation. Israel is going after Lebanon in a fairly dramatic way. For the first time in six years Israeli ground forces have crossed the border into Lebanese territory.

This is why - this morning Hezbollah ambushed this Israel jeep on the border with Lebanon. Several soldiers were killed and two more kidnapped. TRANSLATION: The attack which took place this morning was not a terror attack it was an act of war by the state of Lebanon against the state of Israel within its sovereign territory. We are already responding. Israel's words haven't put off Hezbollah's supporters here celebrating in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Hezbolla has promised to hold on to the captured soldiers until Israel releases Lebanese prisoners. For now Israel continues to fire shells over the border.

Israeli soldiers are currently missing in Lebanon and Gaza.

The country now finds itself fighting on two fronts. Millions of commuters have gone back to work in the Indian city of Mumbai, following Tuesday's terrorist attack.

Seven coordinated bomb blasts on the rail network

left around 200 people dead and more than 700 injured. The explosions were timed to cause maximum carnage during the rush-hour.

Bomb squads and sniffer dogs have been brought in to check the wrecked carriages.

They're searching for clues to find two men suspected of planting the bombs. Australia has offered to join the manhunt.

To the NRL and Nate Myles

is one of the most wanted players in rugby league with a queue of clubs, vying for his signature. But despite the distraction, he says his mind is on success with the Bulldogs.

There's a new leader at the Tour de France.

The first of two climbing days in the Pyrenees, spectacular and challenging as ever. But as they headed into the mountain mist the climbers came into their own. Some surprising support for Australian Michael Rogers, who's slipped to sixth.

Frenchman Cyril Dessel and Juan Miguel Mercado kept pace with each other throughout the race. The Spaniard winning on the line but Dessel claiming the leader's yellow jersey. Wallaby Matt Giteau says he doesn't feel under any added pressure to perform after replacing Mat Rogers for Saturday's Tri-nations game against South Africa in Brisbane. Rodney Blake failed a fitness test today while Scott Fava will make his run-on debut at number eight. Mat Rogers was popular with fans in Brisbane today, but not so with selectors, the Wallabies gambling on Matt Giteau returning after seven weeks out with injury. Personally I thought Matty was going pretty well so unfortunate for him but I've been given my opportunity so hopefully I can take it. Right now he's probably a better number 12 than I am and I've just got to work on that over the next period of time and hopefully be able to claim back the position. In the only other unforced change, lock Mark Chisholm is demoted to the bench. Rocky Elsom moves to breakaway and Scott Fava has been named at Number 8 for his run-on debut. I know what's expected and hopefully I can just play my best and stop him. The Government's proposed changes to media regulations could face an uphill battle in the Senate. Renegade Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has indicated he may voted against the changes because he's yet to be convinced of the benefits. The changes to foreign and cross-media ownership caps are expected to spark a round of merger and acquisitions across the sector. Communications Minister Helen Coonan is set to unveil the proposed changes today, earlier this week Cabinet approved the reforms. While we may be hating this colder weather at the moment,

AGL is loving it. The energy retailer has upgraded its full year profit guidance by 5% tipping earnings of $408 million. The company says the cooler weather across the eastern states, boosted sales across its network and retail stores. The Liberal leadership stand-off enters day three - more when Ten's Early News comes back.

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This morning. Not letting up - Peter Costello still in the leadership hunt despite pressure from Liberal heavyweights

to shelve his ambition. Police charge a 42-year-old man with the murder of a Melbourne solicitor. Australia offers to join the hunt for two men believed to be behind the attacks in India

that killed 200 train commuters. And in sport, the Socceroos react to their new FIFA world ranking. They think they've been hard done by. A quick look at the weather.

The morning's finance news. US stocks closed around 1%.

The stand-off over the Liberal leadership continues with John Howard and Peter Costello refusing to back down. The Treasurer calling for a smooth transition of power. For Peter Costello, it must seem like John Howard has been the Prime Minister forever. Thank you. You're very kind. (All) Hey ho Johnnie's got to go. Labor and the unions not the only ones who want to see the end of the Howard era. Peter Costello raising the stakes - suggesting a bumpy ride is in store for Mr Howard and the Coalition if the leadership question isn't settled in the Treasurer's favour. If transitions aren't smooth, ultimately that works against the political party. Despite the events of the past few days, the PM still wants the Treasurer at his side. Most people in politics are ambitious. And he has support.

The overwhelming bulk of the party want us to stay in our positions. The stand-off continues with the Prime Minister yet to confirm if he'll contest the next election

and Peter Costello refusing to rule out

a tilt for the Liberal leadership.

Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Remains believed to be those of an eight year-old girl taken by a crocodile in the Northern Territory have been found. Police made their discovery in northern Arnhem Land overnight close to the waterway from where the girl was said to have been attacked. She'd been fishing with her family. Forensic testing will be carried out in Darwin to determine if the remains are in fact human.

A Victorian man has been charged with the murder of the Melbourne solicitor shot dead two days ago. The 43-year-old will appear in court early this morning. Where it was revealed he suffers a mental illness.

Just two days after the murder, detectives have a man in custody. A 43-year-old charged overnight with killing suburban lawyer David Robinson. In an early-morning out of sessions hearing, the accused described the murder charge as fictitious and a conspiracy. The man was arrested at his home accused of shooting Mr Robinson on Monday night

after he went to his office with his son to photocopy an assignment. The 56-year-old was shot in the laneway at the back of his law firm collapsing dead metres away. In this morning's hearing it was revealed Mr Glascott has a mental illness

and has suffered brain damage since a suicide attempt in 1988.

When asked if he was suicidal now he said he wasn't adding: However he conceded he can suffer depression. The man will face court again later today. Mignon Henne, Ten News. An 18-year-old man will appear in a Gold Coast court today charged with bashing and robbing an elderly man for his pokies' winnings. The 62-year-old grandfather was beaten and robbed after leaving a Palm Beach hotel. He's recovering from multiple fractures to his face and abrasions to his arms and legs.

Meantime, a Brisbane man accused of bashing an elderly woman over a shopping centre car park has been granted bail. His 79-year-old victim is still recovering

from a broken nose and shattered ribs. Mumbai is slowly coming to terms with yesterday's terrorist attack which killed more than 200 people. Forensic teams working on the train wreckage say the explosions were most likely detonated using timers. Mumbai today - a resilient city.

Commuters riding the trains through the very stations that were bombed yesterday. Passengers looked down at the sandals and clothing, the only remaining traces of seven bombings that cost 200 lives. The seven bombed carriages have been taken to a siding

for forensic examination. That type of explosive has increased the suspicion that Islamic militants who appose Indian rule in Kashmir

were behind the bombings but officials being cautious. Outside the hospitals family searched for the missing. A few held up photos. Some scanned the list of the dead and injured and some discovered what they feared most.

Some of the dead have been cremated. All over Mumbai tonight there are scenes like this - the aftermath of a deadly attack on the city's commuters. Israeli troops have invaded Lebanon after Hezbollah militants captured two soldiers in a cross-border raid. The Islamic group seized the Israeli soldiers during fighting on the border. It was an act of war by the state of Lebanon, against the state of Israel within its sovereign territory. In retaliation Israeli warplanes and tanks have rolled into southern Lebanon for the first time in six years. Israel now fighting a war on two fronts with troops also taking on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

More than 25,000 protesters have clashed with riot police in South Korea. The demonstration turned violent when police obstructed a main thoroughfare

into Seoul's main square. When farmers and students used bamboo sticks to try and break the blockade, police fought back with water canon. The mass protest was over a proposed free trade agreement with the US. The new FIFA world rankings are out and Football Australia is not happy. It believes the Socceroos deserve better than number 33.

It's a jump of nine places, the best Asian nation, but still not what they expected for their Round 16 finish at the World Cup. Socceroos receiving the star treatment

though the new FIFA world rankings not quite matching the feedback from here and overseas. Not only Australian people but the rest of the world recognise that Australia can play at the highest level I don't think too many teams will be taking us too lightly any more in the future. For me the rankings aren't a big thing, I think it's the respect we've got from the world, we've rocked the nation, we've rocked Australia, that's the main thing. Guus Hiddink's old job is still up for grabs, talks with Gerard Houllier of France fell through, though candidates are still lining up to coach down-under. FIFA is now investigating that headbutt with the possibility of Zinedine Zidane will be stripped of his player of the tournament award.

In other World Cup fallout, victorious coach Marcello Lippi has resigned, while Brazilian star Ronaldo admits the number one ranked side failed to produce their best, leading to their quarterfinal exit. Anthony Goodridge Ten News. There's a new leader at the Tour de France. The first of two climbing days in the Pyrenees, spectacular and challenging as ever. But as they headed into the mountain mist the climbers came into their own. Some surprising support for Australian Michael Rogers, who's slipped to sixth. Frenchman Cyril Dessel and Juan Miguel Mercado kept pace with each other throughout the race. The Spaniard winning on the line but Dessel claiming the leader's yellow jersey. The Telstra boss Sol Trujillo has been named Australia's least admired chief executive according to 'BRW' magazine. The head of the phone giant has been in the top job just over one year and for most of that time has been at loggerheads with the Federal Government over regulations imposed on the telco sector.

Incidentally Telstra was the second least admired company in the survey behind Amcor which is at the centre of a cartel investigation. The most admired boss - Matthew Quinn from property group Stockland. And briefly now in other business and finance news. And there's further evidence the Reserve Bank may need to tighten rates with lending finance commitments soaring over the month of May. Loans to the business community jumped more than 20% to $33-billion while personal finance jumped 5%. Also adding to the rate case consumer confidence gained over July, up for the first time in two months.

Elsewhere yesterday online wagering company Centrebet debuted on the ASX. Shares ht the boards at $2.3 cents, a 3 cent premium to the issue price, but closed flat.

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I help them where and when I can, and I urge you to do the same. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. A look at the stories we're following. The Treasurer stands firm in his leadership stand-off with the Prime Minister refusing to rule out a challenge.

Police find what appears to be the remains of an eight-year-old girl taken by a crocodile in the Northern Territory. Israel invades Lebanon in retaliation to the capture of two soldiers in a cross-border raid. And Hollywood sets threatened as a wild fire races across the Californian desert strong winds fanning the flames. John Howard is refusing to react to Peter Costello's call for a smooth transition of the Liberal leadership. The Federal Treasurer not ruling out a challenge for the PM's job if Mr Howard doesn't step down. If transitions aren't smooth, ultimately that works against the political party. The Prime Minister is under pressure to spell out his future. Dramatic scenes in Perth overnight - police forced to use their guns when a car chase turned ugly. The pursuit began when a known stolen car held up a Perth petrol station. Police followed the vehicle until it crashed on a nearby highway.

The offenders then left on foot, police following them until one officer fired a shot. One of the offenders was taken to hospital after being bitten by a police dog. A Sydney teenager has been stabbed after leaving a dance party overnight. The 17-year-old left the venue in Punchbowl about 11:00 before he became involved in a fight. He was stabbed several times in the back and right arm with an unknown object. He's in a stable condition in Liverpool Hospital. Northern Territory police believe

they've found human remains close to where an eight-year-old girl was taken by a crocodile. However, the search for the girl's body will continue while forensic testing is carried out. Police made the discovery in northern Arnhem Land overnight on the opposite side of the waterway from where the young girl was attacked. The eight-year-old had been fishing with her family on Saturday night and was last seen collecting water from the river's edge. It's believed a saltwater crocodile is responsible. Parks and wildlife destroying two reptiles capable of the attack. The girl's family calling on the Government to cull numbers.

The search for the body will resume this morning while forensic testing begins in Darwin to determine if the remains are in fact human. Police aren't sure how long it will take. A man has been charged with the murder of a Melbourne lawyer. The 43-year-old was arrested at his home last night before being questioned. After several hours police charged him with the shooting murder of David Robinson. The solicitor was killed near his law firm on Monday night. In an out of sessions hearing, it was revealed the accused suffers a mental illness. He'll face court again today. Queenslanders are counting the cost of Dr Jayant Patel's deadly tenure. The State's health department confirming taxpayers have paid more than $2 million for follow up surgery with almost 500 former patients requiring further treatment. The disgraced surgeon is yet to be extradited from the US to face at least 28 criminal charges, including four counts of manslaughter. For the first time in six years, Israeli troops have invaded Lebanon following the capture of two soldiers by Hezbollah militants. Israel's Prime Minister has described their kidnapping as an act of war and has called for immediate retaliation. Israel is going after Lebanon in a fairly dramatic way. For the first time in six years Israeli ground forces have crossed the border into Lebanese territory. This is why - this morning Hezbollah ambushed this Israel jeep on the border with Lebanon.

Several soldiers were killed and two more kidnapped. TRANSLATION: The attack which took place this morning

was not a terror attack it was an act of war by the state of Lebanon against the state of Israel within its sovereign territory. We are already responding. Israel's words haven't put off Hezbollah's supporters here celebrating in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Hezbollah has promised to hold on to the captured soldiers until Israel releases Lebanese prisoners. For now Israel continues to fire shells over the border. Israeli soldiers are currently missing in Lebanon and Gaza. The country now finds itself fighting on two fronts. Last-minute repairs on the 'Discovery'. In their third and final spacewalk, two of the astronauts used putty-like sealant to test wether it could repair damage to the shuttle. I'm gonna hang out here. The crew is scheduled to return to Earth on Tuesday. Bushfires are raging across California. Lightning strikes sparked the fires which are now burning out of control across mountain ridges. At least 30 homes and buildings in one town have been destroyed and another 1,500 are under threat, including some Hollywood sets. More than 2,500 hundred firefighters are battling the blaze, but authorities fear the worst is yet to come. To the NRL and Nate Myles is one of the most wanted players in rugby league with a queue of clubs, vying for his signature. But despite the distraction, he says his mind is on success with the Bulldogs.

The Boomers have drawn first blood in a four-game basketball series against New Zealand, winning game one 81-79 in extra time. Reigning NBL most valuable player Chris Anstey

overshadowed Andrew Bogut's return to Australian colours top scoring with 24 points. Regulation time went down to the wire Kiwi guard Mark Dickel hit a three-pointer on the buzzer to lock the scores at 67 apiece. But the visitors steadied to take the win. Game two will also be in New Zealand before the series shifts to Hobart and Melbourne for the final two games next week. Wallaby Matt Giteau says he doesn't feel under any added pressure to perform after replacing Mat Rogers for Saturday's Tri-nations game

against South Africa in Brisbane. Mat Rogers was popular with fans in Brisbane today, but not so with selectors, the Wallabies gambling on Matt Giteau returning after seven weeks out with injury. Personally I thought Matty was going pretty well so unfortunate for him but I've been given my opportunity so hopefully I can take it. Right now he's probably a better number 12 than I am and I've just got to work on that over the next period of time and hopefully be able to claim back the position.

In the only other unforced change,

lock Mark Chisholm is demoted to the bench. Rocky Elsom moves to breakaway and Scott Fava has been named at Number 8 for his run-on debut. The Springboks have named two debutants - Winger Akona Ndungane marking Wallabies flier Lote Tuqiri in his very first Test. I know what's expected and hopefully I can just play my best and stop him. And there's more trouble for embattled mining exploration company AMI with allegations of spying at yesterday's annual meeting. The company's boss Wayne McCrae alleges two men who attended the AGM weren't actually shareholders and instead used the event to spy on the company. After the meeting concluded shareholders were taken on a bus tour of the AMI's copper site in Cloncurry where it's alleged the two men took photos and GPS readings. AMI shares have soared 5,000% after the company said initial explorations at the site were very promising.

That's it for Ten's Early News. And I'm Kath Robinson. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au