Watch: Mine clearing machine hits target with spectacular results, leaves operator shaken but unharmed

An armed land mine clearing excavator protected its operator after the Caterpillar 320 machine struck a mine which had seven kilograms of munitions in it. 

Chile's Defence Ministry released footage last week, showing the detonation of the land mine on the Peruvian border. 

The machine held strong, only rattling the operator. 

Chile has been clearing land mines that were put laid under the regime of by former dictator, Augusto Pinochet. 



Remarkable story of survival emerges from Tanzania's ferry disaster

Video footage of the survivor found in a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the deadly disaster shows him carried quickly along a busy street by health workers and military personnel as a siren wails.

Officials and state media say the man was an engineer who shut himself into the engine room as the badly overloaded ferry tipped over on the final stretch before reaching shore.

The video shows the man barefoot and unmoving. Bystanders watch in surprise.

Officials say the death toll in Thursday's capsizing on Lake Victoria has reached 209 people.

Search and rescue efforts are ending as work shifts to identifying bodies.

A man has been found alive after spending more than two days trapped under the boat. Source: BBC


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First high-speed train connecting Hong Kong to mainland China arrives at Shenzhen station

The first high-speed train connecting Hong Kong to mainland China arrived at Shenzhen station after commencing service today.

The first train left the newly built Kowloon West Station at 7am local time on Sunday for Shenzhen North Station and arrived at its destination 19 minutes later.

Costing upward of 10 billion US dollars and taking more than eight years to build, the system aims to transport more than 80-thousand passengers daily between the Asian financial centre of seven million people and the neighbouring manufacturing hub of Guangdong province.

The train will travel the 26 kilometres (16 miles) through Hong Kong to Shenzhen across the border in China in just 14 minutes, down from about one hour currently.

The project cost upward of 10 billion US dollars and took more than eight years to build. Source: Associated Press


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Aussie PM fears workplace conflict if companies forced to disclose pay gap between men and women

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he fears that workplace conflict will arise if companies have to publicly disclose how much they pay women compared to men.

The opposition today announced an election commitment to make Australian companies with more than 1000 employees disclose their gender pay gaps.

Mr Morrison says it's important to reduce the 14.5 per cent gender pay gap, but thinks Labor's policy will pit workers against each other.

"I want policies that bring Australians together. I don't want to create tensions and anger and anxiety in the workplace," he told reporters in Sydney today.

"You'd want to be confident that you weren't just going to be setting up conflict in the workplace, what matters is narrowing the pay gap."

The gender pay gap in Australia had reduced from 17.2 per cent to 14.5 per cent under the Liberal government and was trending downwards, he added.

Labor says the gender pay gap is "stubbornly high" and women working full time still get paid almost 15 per cent less than men working full time.

"It's even higher for women in some managerial positions or in some industries," deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek told reporters.

"We think it's just not fair that a full-time working woman earns about $27,000 a year less than a full-time working man."

A Labor government under Bill Shorten would also change the Fair Work Act to prohibit pay secrecy clauses, which prevent employees from discussing their salaries.

File image of man getting money from his wallet.


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Environmentalists outraged with shark killings after Queensland attacks

Baiting and killing sharks in the wake of two life-threatening attacks in the Whitsundays gives swimmers a false sense of security and will not prevent more bites, environmentalists say.

Sea Shepherd Australia and Humane Society International say human safety is paramount but that killing three tiger sharks in Cid Harbour in response to attacks on a Tasmanian woman and Melbourne girl woman is not the answer.

"Public support for these shark control methods is dropping off," HSI marine campaigner Lawrence Chlebeck told AAP today.

"We acknowledge the need for the use of technology and reducing these sorts of incidences ... but drumlines have been in the water since 1962, that's 60 years ago now.

"The technology is there and we've moved on."

The girl is Hannah Papps, who lives in Melbourne with her New Zealand parents. Source: 1 NEWS

Fisheries Queensland has dropped baited hooks into the waters where Justine Barwick, 46, and Hannah Papps, 12, were bitten 24 hours apart last week.

The state government insists killing the sharks is in the interest of public safety despite admitting it will never know if they caused the injuries.

But Mr Chlebeck and Sea Shepherd's Jonathan Clark say personal shark deterrent devices, aerial spotters, drone surveys, public education and alert systems play a bigger role in protecting ocean-goers.

They want the Queensland government to rethink its approach to preventing attacks.

"Stop the nonsense about speaking of 'effectiveness' only in terms of their ability to kill sharks," Mr Clark said.

"That bit is easy and it's lazy policy. Making beaches actually safer is much harder and unrelated to their ability to kill sharks."

Both victims in last week's attacks remain in hospitals in Brisbane.

Image taken in Isla Guadalupe in Mexico.
A file shot of a shark. Source: istock.com


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