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Welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. This morning - to smash the last few metres of rock drilling under way in Tasmania and rescue workers. separating two trapped miners which sparked fears of a tsunami. Tonga rocked by a massive earthquake Gordon Wood back in Australia of his model girlfriend. and formally charged with the murder the loss of more than 100 nationals And Russia and Armenia grieves

in a plane crash in the Black Sea. Our first look at the weather: at finance Now for the morning's first look

tightened the screws yesterday? and Kath, the Reserve Bank

It sure did, Bill. rates to 5-year highs to 5.75% The RBA yesterday raised interest domestic spending, citing a strong global economy, and commodity prices. rising inflation

expect to pay an extra $24 a month. Mortgagees on a $150,000 loan can now expected until the end of the year Any further rates rises are not by a lot of talk. and are likely to be accompanied

Taking a look at other markets:

have more on the markets And Bill, we'll of course fall out later in the bulletin. and take a closer look at the rates in Tasmania Two miners trapped underground in days - have consumed their first solid food they've been fed egg sandwiches. a boring machine It comes as rescuers use to drill a tunnel toward the pair. Work started last night.

Mine management says to free the workers. it could take anywhere up to 48 hours have been given the news It's been revealed the men was killed in the rock fall their workmate Larry Knight which saw them trapped on Anzac Day. Beaconsfield and joins us now live. Ten Reporter Nicole Strahan is at will be until the miners emerge? Nicole, do we know just how long it

During starters last night. It is not

clear oath Hal that is going a at the

moment. We know that the that droll

can drill up to one metre and Allah.

It is a very slow, delicate

It is a very slow, delicate process.

They don't want to give an estimate

on when they will break through. How

other miners helping their own rescue

and when might they be out for?

Rescuers say it is vital information

they can give to them. The they can give to them. The

communication tunnel is still open.

communication tunnel is still open. If rescuers are able to communicate

with the men during this process so

they know how the drilling may be they know how the drilling may be

affecting them and the area affecting them and the area around

the men. If the rescuers and

paramedics will Ngaio paramedics will Ngaio if it will

endanger at the men. It could be a

couple of days yet.

A tsunami warning, prompted by a massive earthquake in Tonga, has been cancelled.

The quake registered a magnitude of 8 underwater early this morning Fiji and NZ were placed on alert fearing the earthquake had the capability to cause a tsunami. More than 100,000 people died when a similar underwater earthquake prompted a tsunami

in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day, 2004.

A fire has destroyed a Girl Guides hall in Sydney's lower north shore. Firefighters were called to the blaze at Lane Cove at around 3 o'clock this morning to find the building well alight.

The building was completely destroyed but firefighters were able to stop the blaze spreading to other buildings. Police are now investigating. The man accused of killing his former girlfriend 11 years ago has been formally charged with her murder.

Gordon Wood arrived in Sydney last night after being extradited from the UK and will face the court this morning. Whisked from Sydney Airport to a police cell Gordon Wood has spent an uncomfortable night awaiting his court appearance accused of murder. It's taken police 11 years to charge the 43-year-old over the death of his model girlfriend Caroline Byrne

whose body was found at the bottom of Sydney's norotious Gap in June 1995. He left Australia 8 years ago under a cloud of suspicion living recently in a plush London apartment. Wood had been earning $4,000 a week in the UK as a consultant to a fitness company. That life ended on Tuesday when he boarded a Qantas jet at Heathrow bound for Sydney. Making a brief stopover in Singapore

where he strolled around the terminal under tight police security. REPORTER: How are you feeling? Good flight? He arrived in Sydney overnight - police formally charging Wood with murder. He's expected to apply for bail in a Sydney court this morning. James Boyce, Ten News. Actor Barry Humphries has taken a leaf out of Russell Crowe's book.

But rather than throwing a phone, he's taken a swipe at a freelance snapper. Mr Humphries was having lunch at Double Bay in Sydney with a musical director when he noticed the photographer. Tensions escalated as he was followed to his car. Mr Humphries admits to throwing a punch. His publicist has quipped he's now having sparring lessons with Anthony Mundine. A NSW man has appeared in court charged over Queensland's biggest armoured van robbery. Ian Guthrie flew from NSW to hand himself into police.

It's alleged he was one of the masterminds behind the multimillion-dollar Brinks heist seven years ago. Also appearing in court, a Brisbane courier driver who's convinced he's a policeman. Sam Sao has been fined $8,000 for impersonation. The Fremantle Dockers

are this morning celebrating an historic victory four days after their match against St Kilda ended in a chaotic draw. It took an unprecedented 4-hour AFL Commission meeting to rule in the Dockers's favour. Yesterday's marathon AFL Commission meeting handed down the historic finding claiming the decision was about

staying true to the spirit of the game.

The AFL Commission has determined

that the correct interpretation of the relevant rules and regulation is that the match concluded immediately after the siren was first sounded to end the match in the final quarter. Effective in this interpretation is that the Fremantle Football Club won the match. St Kilda is considering further legal action over the decision claiming it undermines the integrity of the game, the umpires and the AFL. But the Dockers are delighted

with securing their four premiership points and moving above the Saints on the ladder and into sixth spot. It's a relief to get the result. We always believed that we'd won the game and it is a relief. All sirens will be checked at AFL venues before the weekend. Ian Cohen, Ten News. Essendon has sprung a surprise by appointing 24-year-old ruckman David Hille as acting captain for the rest of the season.

And no-one was more surprised than Hille to be given the job of replacing the injured Matthew Lloyd.

couple of days yet. Enterit is a

great honour and it is humbling to be great honour and it is humbling to be a captain in this club a captain in this club with all the history they the best head. In Former skipper James Hird did not want to return to the role full-time.

A secret fitness test has cleared New Zealand star Benji Marshall to play in tomorrow night's rugby league test against Australia in Brisbane. His Wests Tigers club sending a trainer to Queensland to check out his suspect shoulder. The New Zealand Rugby League promising to look after their young playmaker. We recognise that the clubs contract by these players' performances. and they live and die

We don't want to put a player on the field and jeopardise his future. The Kiwis have also taken out a special insurance policy against Marshall being injured.

Finance news now - Kath, calls for tax cuts following yesterday's rate decision?

history they the best head. In To Peter Costello The Reserve Bank's decision to life interest rates by 0.25% caught many economists off guard. The RBA says rising inflation and a strong global economy were among the reasons behind the decision. The Reserve Bank has put two and two together strong economy, slightly disappointing inflationary report, and has decided to edge rates up by 0.25%. Mortgage holders can expect payments to jump.

At 7.5% - that will mean that people will be paying more in relation to their mortgage.

Attention is now turning to tax relief in next week's Federal Budget. We won't look favourably on tax cuts that dud Middle Australia again.

The Treasurer says tax cuts shouldn't be relied on. Peter Costello has told 'The Sydney Morning Herald' Budgets aren't aimed at undoing the effects of interest rate hikes. Those comments raising the possibility

tax cuts next may not be as big as first thought. Matthew Taylor, Ten News.

Peter Costello says the big question

now is whether it was a one-off or

whether they will be another rate rise.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day:

Now it's time to take a look at some of this morning's headlines: 'The Australian' reports that the World Wildlife Fund in Australia

has endorsed the Federal Government's plan to expand uranium mining and exports. 'The Daily Telegraph' says the recent interest rates rise will prompt voters to question John Howard's claims that the Coalition is more reliable than Labor on economic management. 'The Herald-Sun' claims that Victorian Opposition Leader Robert Doyle is preparing to resign from the top job, after losing the support of his Liberal Party colleagues.

Four people die in a dramatic head-on smash in Tasmania. More details when the Ten Early Morning News returns.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines - two trapped miners in Tasmania help direct a dangerous recovery operation almost 1km underground. Kim Beazley scraps unpopular Labor policies introduced by former leader Mark Latham in his run to the next election.

Smiling Bali assassin Amrozi claims he was beaten by police into confession. And in sport - a historic win for Fremantle at the AFL Commission. The league awarding them the win after overturning the result of their controversial draw with St Kilda. Now time for finance and Kath, a new Coke product doing well? Yes, Bill. But it seems the soft-drink-maker may be losing some of its fizz.

Shares in Coca Cola Amatil slumped more than 3% yesterday. The market disappointed with the company's forecast of 4.5% growth

this financial year. Rising fuel prices blamed for rising costs. In some good news its new Coke Zero product has had a stellar debut

and is on track to out sell Diet Coke within five years.

A boring machine is slowly digging towards two trapped miners in Tasmania.

Metres of rock separates Todd Russell and Brant Webb from their rescuers

but with digital cameras and frequent radio communication, they're directing them to the target. The 12m of rock separating rescue crews from trapped miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb is gradually being drilled to dust

but it's still unclear how long before the job's done. We're deliberatly trying to take our time, make sure we do it right and not jeopardise the safety and well being of the guys we're trying to rescue.

This, the mine manager's best guess. It's going to take a couple of days to do that drilling. But he concedes it could be sooner. One of the paramedics speaking to the miners says they remain upbeat. They don't sound nervous, they sound confident that the rescue mission will be completed. As the drilling gets close to the men,

the rescue operation will reach its most critical moment.

The drill bore itself can move at a certain pace but I think that it will be a slower pace any undue vibeation. so that it doesn't cause any undue vibration. For families, the waiting continues. Brant Webb's father revealing his son had been back in the mine only two months after injuring himself on the job. The family of dead miner Larry Knight has put his funeral on hold until his mates are rescued.

Another tragic set of events in Tasmania overnight with four people dying in a fiery car crash just outside Hobart. Two cars burst into flames

after colliding head on at Constitution Hill, 40km north of the capital. It's not known what caused the crash. The Midland Highway is still closed as police investigate. Labor has dumped two of Mark Latham's most controversial policies -

Medicare Gold and the school funding hit-list. The Opposition instead focusing on the fight for Middle Australia. Kim Beazley wants to breathe new life into Labor by killing off popular policies of the past. The first to go - Mark Latham's private school funding hit-list. Mr Beazley instead promising not to discriminate. If you are receiving a particular level of resources

when the Australian Labor Party is elected at the next election, you will not fall below that level. That means funding all schools on the basis of need. I think it's a very significant shift. It sends a signal that the divisiveness, certainly in schooling policies, is a thing of the past. Gone too - Mark Latham's Medical Gold policy which promised free hospital care for Australians 75 and over.

We will not proceed with Medicare Gold in the way in which we had in the last election.

We will not be going ahead with that. Kim Beazley is making a strong pitch to Middle Australia

signalling that the next election campaign is already under way. My fight is with John Howard and that's the fight of my political life. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

There will be a court appearance this morning for the man accused of killing his model girlfriend 11 years ago.

He will apply for bail in court this morning. A NSW man has appeared in court charged over Queensland's biggest armoured van robbery. Police say Ian Guthrie was one of the masterminds behind the multimillion-dollar heist seven years ago. Ian Guthrie flew from New South Wales to hand himself in to Queensland police. His lawyer says he just wants to clear his name. There was no pressure for him to come up. He thought he should bring this to a head.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest two years ago over the 1999 Brinks heist. They suspect he, and the armoured van's driver Matthew Kelly, planned the $2.2 million theft together. The driver has since vanished and is feared murdered. Guthrie's case has been adjourned until June. Also appearing in court - a Brisbane courier driver who's convinced he's a policeman.

But with four convictions for impersonating an officer on his record,

Sam Sao will never get that badge.

I'm not lying. I don't lie. It's just that people ask me stupid questions so I give them stupid answers. The serial offender has been fined $8,000. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Convicted Bali bomber Amrozi claims he was tortured into confessing to the role he played in the 2002 attacks. Dubbed 'the smiling assassin', Amrozi claims four police beat him until he admitted to taking part in the blast that killed 88 Australians. Amrozi along with brother Mukhlas and the bombing mastermind Imam Samudra are all on death row in a prison on the island of Java. More than 100 people are dead after a plane filled with passengers plunged into the Black Sea.

Most of the dead are Armenian citizens. 26 Russians also aboard. The remnants of an airbus A320. Rescue workers bringing parts of the twisted wreckage back to the resort town of Sochi. Grieving relatives choking back tears as they try and comprehend the size of the tragedy. 113 people killed when the Armenian airliner plummeted into the Black Sea. This man's nephew, just 24, was aboard. He says "It's all too much to bear." Visibility was poor and it was raining heavily when the plane crashed approaching the airport in Adler. Divers still trying to retrieve the airline's black box with the hope of piecing together what caused the disaster.

The Russian and Armenian Presidents have declared Friday a day of mourning in both countries. Veronica Buck, Ten News. It's been one of the most unusual wins in AFL history but today the Fremantle Dockers are two points better off on the ladder. After a four hour meeting yesterday the AFL Commission ruled that the game against St Kilda was over

when the timekeeper pressed the siren

despite the field umpires's failure to react. It's a relief to get the result. We always believed that we'd won the game and it is a relief. St Kilda has not ruled out taking legal action over the decision. Rugby league - and New Zealand's Benji Marshall has been cleared to play in tomorrow night's showdown with Australia after a secret fitness test. Kiwi officials also taking out special insurance on their halfback. Concerned about Benji Marshall's suspect shoulder, the Wests Tigers sent their head trainer to Queensland to check him out. New Zealand officials won't say how much they paid to insure him but have promised to use him responsibly in Friday night's test. We're not gonna ruin them or put them out of the game. It would be criminal to do that. There might be injury concerns over Marshall and his Kiwi team-mate Sonny Bill Williams but they're still considered a major threat to the Australians

who flew into Brisbane yesterday afternoon. I dunno how many times I'm gonna play them, you know. I'm coming to the end of my career so I'd like to make an impact on their psyche that they played against me and I had an impact on them. Australia's halfback hoping his international swansong will go sweetly. He's never been a crowd favourite in Brisbane when playing for club or State. They usually boo and grandmas used to give me the finger up here so we'll see what happens on Friday. Leanne West, Ten News. Tiger Woods's father, Earl, has died after losing his battle with cancer. Woods senior was 74-years-old

and had been fighting prostate cancer since 1998. He was a regular face in the PGA Tour galleries prior to his illness and he played a key role in shaping the career of the World's No.1 golfer. More finance news with Kath and business investment tipped to soar? Yes, Bill. Australia's economy is showing no signs of slowing down

with business investment likely to continue growing solidly.

According to an Access Economics monitor strong demand from China will push up spending with business investment to rise by 28%. And in the wake of yesterday's rate hike, Labor is calling on the Treasurer to ease the strain on Australian households in next week's Budget.

But the Treasurer says that's unlikely

and that tax cuts aren't aimed at undoing the effect of interest rate rises.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: The jury reaches a verdict in the trial against the only man charged

over the September 11 attacks. We cross to our US Bureau after the break to find out more.

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You're with Ten's Early News. Drilling under way in Tasmania through the last few metres of rock separating two trapped miners and rescue workers. Tonga rocked by a massive earthquake which sparked fears of a tsunami. Gordon Wood back in Australia and formally charged with the murder of his girlfriend. And Russia and Armenia grieve the loss of more than 100 nationals in a plane crash in the Black Sea. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: Finance news now and Kath, Fairfax goes on a shopping spree?

Regional paper 'The Albury Wodonga's Border Mail' is its newest acquisition costing Fairfax $155 million. Shareholders in the unlisted company will be offered either cash or stock.

And that's the latest in business and finance, Bill.

Metres of rock still separates miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb from their rescuers in Tasmania. A machine is being used to dig a 16m tunnel to the pair trapped underground at Beaconsfield. The effort could take days with fears of further rock falls. Joining us now with more is Bill Shorten from the AMU. He's at Beaconsfield. Bill, thanks for your time.

What's the latest? We hear the tunnel length's been extended? rise. Oath enter in the rescue rise. Oath enter in the rescue tunnel

was thing given last week we didn't

know whether the men were alive. As a result we found result we found that the men were

alive and in good health alive and in good health and they

gave us information as to where they

are. There is a 16 metre distance.

When they normally come up to solid

rocks if they normally use blasting

but that is another

but that is another question. but that is another question. Powders

finishing work? If the first 24

members was drilled and blast members was drilled and blast but the

60 metres they use the machine and

uncapped its tour concrete pad uncapped its tour concrete pad and

drive it to the wet weather men are.

They used a pilot hole which is 18

metres, and I cannot be more pleased

than the earth, they have made up than the earth, they have made up to

half the distance to the pilot hole.

It is very good. How have the

families of the miners rejected? The families of the miners rejected? The

families were informed first but families were informed first but the

drilling had status about teatime

last night. The families arresting, last night. The families arresting,

as they should. There has been a

giant media interest in him. Luckily, giant media interest in him. Luckily,

the families want their men the families want their men out of the ground

the ground but they are a lot more at

ease than last week when they didn't

know whether they were alive or A tsunami warning, prompted by a massive earthquake in Tonga, has been cancelled. The quake registered a magnitude of 8 underwater early this morning - the country's worst in 27 years. Fiji and New Zealand were placed on alert

fearing the earthquake had the capability to cause a tsunami. More than 100,00 people died when a similar underwater earthquake started a tsunami in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day, 2004. The man accused of killing his former girlfriend 11 years ago has been formally charged with her murder. Gordon Wood arrived in Sydney last night after being extradited from the UK and will face the court this morning.

Whisked from Sydney Airport to a police cell Gordon Wood has spent an uncomfortable night awaiting his court appearance accused of murder. It's taken police 11 years to charge the 43-year-old over the death of his model girlfriend Caroline Byrne whose body was found at the bottom of Sydney's norotious Gap in June 1995. He left Australia 8 years ago under a cloud of suspicion

living recently in a plush London apartment. Wood had been earning $4,000 a week in the UK as a consultant to a fitness company. That life ended on Tuesday when he boarded a Qantas jet at Heathrow bound for Sydney. Making a brief stopover in Singapore where he strolled around the terminal under tight police security. REPORTER: How are you feeling? Good flight?

He arrived in Sydney overnight - police formally charging Wood with murder. He's expected to apply for bail in a Sydney court this morning.

James Boyce, Ten News. 113 people have been killed in a plane crash in Russia. The Armenian airliner plummeted into the Black Sea in heavy rain and poor visibility. It was destined for the Russian resort town of Sochi. Rescue workers are continuing to pull the twisted wreckage from the water as family of the mainly Russian and Armenian passengers wait

to identify bodies that have been retrieved. Divers are searching for the plane's black box recorder to try and establish what caused the crash. Now to breaking news - a US jury has reached a verdict in the trial of the only man charged over the September 11 attacks. Ten's US Bureau Chief, Leisa Goddard-Roles, joins us now live from America. Leisa, what's the outcome? know whether they were alive or not.

He will serve a life in prison. The

jury was faced with a decision of

whether he will be put to death or

put behind bars for life. He put behind bars for life. He warned put behind bars for life. He warned

now spend the rest of his life in jail. The Fremantle Dockers are this morning celebrating an historic victory four days after their match against St Kilda ended in a chaotic draw. It took an unprecedented 4-hour AFL Commission meeting to rule in the Dockers' favour. Yesterday's marathon AFL Commission meeting handed down the historic finding

claiming the decision was about staying true to the spirit of the game. The AFL Commission has determined that the correct interpretation of the relevant rules and regulation is that the match concluded immediately after the siren was first sounded to end the match in the final quarter. Effective in this interpretation

is that the Fremantle Football Club won the match. St Kilda is considering further legal action over the decision claiming it undermines the integrity of the game, the umpires and the AFL. But the Dockers are delighted with securing their four premiership points and moving above the Saints on the ladder and into sixth spot. It's a relief to get the result. We always believed that we'd won the game and it is a relief. All sirens will be checked at AFL venues before the weekend.

Ian Cohen, Ten News. A secret fitness test has cleared New Zealand star Benji Marshall to play in tomorrow night's rugby league test against Australia in Brisbane. His Wests Tigers club sending a trainer to Queensland to check out his suspect shoulder. The New Zealand Rugby League promising to look after their young playmaker. We recognise that the clubs contract these players

and they live and die by these players' performances. We don't want to put a player on the field and jeopardise his future. The Kiwis have also taken out a special insurance policy against Marshall being injured. Finance news and Kath, BHP may be selling off assets? It might be, Bill. The world's biggest miner is reportedly considering selling off its 50% stake in Cascade Oil. The assets are located in the Gulf of Mexico

and oil was discovered at the site in 2002. BHP isn't responding to the reports it's considering a sale. And the good news story out of the yesterday's rate hike - the Australian dollar. It's shot up to its highest levels in 7 months - trading above US 77 cents.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day:

Let's take a look at what's making news around the country: 'The Adelaide Advertiser' claims that the 45-year-old cafe owner, who died in a gas blast on Tuesday morning

is now suspected of deliberately causing the explosion. 'The Australia Financial Review' reports the comments of MLC chief Steve Tucker, who thinks payment by commission is outdated, 'The Northern Territory News' says that school uniforms look set to become compulsory for all primary and middle school students in the Territory. Stay with Ten's Early News. Up next - accused murderer Gordon Wood back in Australia and preparing to front court.

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Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Making headlines - two trapped miners in Tasmania

help direct their own dangerous recovery operation almost 1km underground. Kim Beazley scraps unpopular Labor policies introduced by former leader Mark Latham in his run to the next election. Smiling Bali assassin Amrozi claims he was beaten by police into confession.

And in sport - an historic win for Fremantle at the AFL Commission. The league awarding them victoty

after changing the result of their controversial game against St Kilda. Drilling continues at the Beaconsfield Gold mine rescuers inching close to the two trapped men underground now for more than a week. It's still not clear when Brant Webb and Todd Russell will be plucked to safety. Ten reporter Nicole Strahan is at Beaconsfield and joins us now live. Nicole, do we know just how long it will be until the miners emerge?

jail. Enter do do it oath move it

certainly seems that way. So far they

have drilled in eight metre pilot

hole which is a small hole. hole which is a small hole. Back at

length but they have to drill has length but they have to drill has

been extended

been extended from 12 to 16 metres.

It is considered the safest route to

get the men out. Rescuers are quite

excited. Hull rescuers communicating

with the men? In digital cameras we with the men? In digital cameras we here. Imitation

here. Imitation has been made with

the men throughout this whole rescue

of pureed operation operation.How

they're feeling, whether there is any

danger of for them. It may cause

disruption to rocks around the men. disruption to rocks around the men.

The digital cameras were given to the

men so they can photograph be area men so they can photograph be area

around them in give the rescuers are

better picture of what they're coming into. It's been said the miners other greatest asset but the rescuers have in this rescue operation. Another tragic set of events in Tasmania overnight with four people dying in a fiery car crash just outside Hobart. Two cars burst into flames after colliding head on at Constitution Hill, 40km north of the capital. It's not known what caused the crash. The Midland Highway is still closed as police investigate. Labor has dumped two of Mark Latham's most controversial policies -

Medicare Gold and the school funding hit-list. The Opposition instead focusing on the fight for Middle Australia.

Kim Beazley wants to breathe new life into Labor by killing off popular policies of the past. The first to go - Mark Latham's private school funding hit-list. Mr Beazley instead promising not to discriminate. If you are receiving a particular level of resources when the Australian Labor Party is elected at the next election, you will not fall below that level.

That means funding all schools on the basis of need. I think it's a very significant shift. It sends a signal that the divisiveness, certainly in schooling policies, is a thing of the past. Gone too - Mark Latham's Medical Gold policy which promised free hospital care for Australians aged 75 and over. We will not proceed with Medicare Gold in the way in which we had in the last election. We will not be going ahead with that. Kim Beazley is making a strong pitch to Middle Australia

signalling the next election campaign is already under way. My fight is with John Howard and that's the fight of my political life. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. There will be a court appearance this morning for the man accused of killing his model girlfriend 11 years ago. Gordon Wood arrived in Australia on a Qantas flight last night after being extradited from London. The 43-year-old was formally charged and spent the night in a police cell. The former chauffeur to the late Rene Rivkin is accused of throwing Caroline Byrne off Sydney's notorious Gap in 1995. He will apply for bail in court this morning.

A NSW man has appeared in court charged over Queensland's biggest armoured van robbery. Police say Ian Guthrie was one of the masterminds behind the multimillion-dollar heist seven years ago. Ian Guthrie flew from New South Wales to hand himself in to Queensland police. There was no pressure put on him to come up. He thought he should bring this to a head.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest two years ago over the 1999 Brinks heist. They suspect he, and the armoured van's driver Matthew Kelly, planned the $2.2 million theft together. The driver has since vanished and is feared murdered. Guthrie's case has been adjourned until June. Also appearing in court - a Brisbane courier driver who's convinced he's a policeman. But with four convictions for impersonating an officer on his record, Sam Sao will never get that badge. I'm not lying. I don't lie. It's just that people ask me stupid questions so I give them stupid answers. The serial offender has been fined $8,000. Kate Donnison, Ten News. Convicted Bali bomber Amrozi claims he was tortured into confessing to the role he played in the 2002 attacks. Dubbed 'the smiling assassin', Amrozi claims four police beat him until he admitted to taking part in the blast that killed 88 Australians. Amrozi along with brother Mukhlas and the bombing mastermind Imam Samudra are all on death row in a prison on the island of Java. A shock verdict in the case of the only man to be charged over the September 11 terrorist attacks. Zacarius Moussaoui has been sentenced to life in prison and not the death sentence. Jurors refused to give him his wish to become a martyr. It took them seven days to reach the verdict. During the trial Moussaoui said he felt no remorse and said he would like to see another 9/11. It's been one of the most unusual wins in AFL history but today the Fremantle Dockers are two points better off on the ladder.

After a 4-hour meeting yesterday the AFL Commission ruled that the game against St Kilda was over when the timekeeper pressed the siren despite the field umpires's failure to react. It's a relief to get the result. We always believed that we'd won the game and it is a relief. St Kilda has not ruled out taking legal action over the decision. Essendon has sprung a surprise by appointing 24-year-old ruckman David Hille as acting captain for the rest of the season. And no-one was more surprised than Hille to be given the job of replacing the injured Matthew Lloyd. It's a great honour. It's very humbling. Former skipper James Hird did not want to return to the role full-time. Rugby league - and New Zealand's Benji Marshall has been cleared to play in tomorrow night's showdown with Australia after a secret fitness test. Kiwi officials also taking out special insurance on their halfback. Concerned about Benji Marshall's suspect shoulder, the Wests Tigers sent their head trainer to Queensland

to check him out. New Zealand officials won't say how much they paid to insure him but have promised to use him responsibly in Friday night's test. We're not gonna ruin him or put him out of the game. It would be criminal to do that. There might be injury concerns over Marshall and his Kiwi team-mate Sonny Bill Williams but they're still considered a major threat to the Australians who flew into Brisbane yesterday afternoon. I dunno how many times I'm gonna play them, you know. I'm coming to the end of my career so I'd like to make an impact on their psyche that they played against me and I had an impact on them. Australia's halfback hoping his international Swansong will go sweetly. He's never been a crowd favourite in Brisbane when playing for club or State. They usually boo and grandmas used to give me the finger up here so we'll see what happens on Friday. Leanne West, Ten News. Kath's back now with our last look on finance. Thanks, Bill. Before we recap the markets - a final look at interest rates with the Opposition calling for tax reforms in the wake of yesterday's rate rise. But while the Treasurer has called the RBA's decision a "line-ball call" disagreeing that the rise was necessary to catch inflation before it takes off, Peter Costello says Budgets aren't about undoing the effects of changes to monetary policy. The Reserve Bank's decision to life interest rates by 0.25% caught many economists off guard. The RBA says rising inflation and a strong global economy were among the reasons behind the decision. The Reserve Bank has put two and two together strong economy, slightly disappointing inflationary report, and has decided to edge rates up by 0.25%. Mortgage holders can expect payments Mortgage holders can expect repayments to jump. At 7.5% - that will mean that people will be paying more in relation to their mortgage. Attention is now turning to tax relief in next week's Federal Budget. We won't look favourably on tax cuts that dud Middle Australia again. The Treasurer says tax cuts shouldn't be relied on. Peter Costello has told 'The Sydney Morning Herald' Budgets aren't aimed at undoing the effects of interest rate hikes. Those comments raising the possibility tax cuts next may not be as big as first thought. Matthew Taylor, Ten News.

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for the end of the year. Villages right across Mexico are celebrating the Day of the Donkey. The annual festival celebrates the animals' highly valued work that dates back to the 16th century. This year donkey races, donkey polo and donkey rodeo featured in the celebrations. As did a special award ceremony for the best costumed donkey and an award for Miss Donkey 2006. Around 10,000 people along with many donkeys apparently turned out to take part in the celebrations. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day: And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. I'm Bill Woods. Bye for now. And I'm Kath Robinson. Good morning. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au