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Eagles of Death Metal, the American rock band who witnessed and survived a jihadist attack on their concert in Paris last month, have returned to the stage in a rescheduled gig alongside U2 (photo via intagram)

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Falling coal prices are causing mining company Glencore to cut jobs at a North Queensland mine.

Glencore cited one of the toughest coal markets in recent memory as the driving factor behind the decision to axe more than half of their employees at Collinsville coal mine in the Bowen Basin, with the cuts expected to take effect in March of next year.

C-F-M-E-U representative Stephen Smyth says the decision will devastate the community.

Fate of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel Refinery depends on state government

Clive Palmer’s north Queensland Nickel Refinery may go into administration after his company Mineralogy lost a bid against a former partner.

The 700 employees of the refinery received a letter this morning saying the fate of Queensland Nickel rests in the hands of the state government and employees must band together to try and save it.

The letter also says there would be extreme consequences if the refinery were to close and asks employees to contact Townsville’s MP’s to stress potential unemployment numbers in which three thousand families would be affected.

In national news…

Rabbits in Canberra dying from deadly virus

An outbreak of a deadly and infectious hemorrhagic virus is killing rabbits in Canberra.

After the deaths of several rabbits last week in the care of the RSPCA, the organisation went to the ACT Government for help and after lab tests were conducted, it was confirmed that the rabbits were infected with a strain of calicivirus (cal·i·ci·vi·rus)

The new strain is being called R-H-D-V-2 and has not been tested for vaccine effectiveness, but the ACT RSPCA says they have revaccinated all of their rabbits.

Peak environmental report: Sand Mining practices damaging local wildlife

The peak environmental body in the Northern Territory has hit out at sand mining practices east of Darwin, with a report showing current projects may be damaging populations of threatened species.

The Top End’s Environment Protection Authority found mines operating on the Howard sand plains have been avoiding environmental assessments from both Territory and Federal Governments for years.

The region has been mined extensively for the last three decades, with the EPA saying threatened species had been neglected for most of that time.

In international news…

Eagles of Death Metal return to stage in France alongside U2

Eagles of Death Metal, the American rock band who witnessed and survived a jihadist attack on their concert in Paris last month, have returned to the stage in a rescheduled gig alongside U2, in a concert attendees have described as carrying great emotional weight.

The concert was held at AccorHotels Arena had many references to the tragic terror attacks and saw Bono from U2 embracing Eagles frontman Jesse Hughes before the bands performed People Have Power by Patti Smith.

Bono urged the audience to also think of the perpetrators families who had been robbed of their loved ones.

Oil rig fire in the Caspian Sea

A fire burning on the platform of an oil rig in the Caspian Sea is sparking fears of a leak if the fire spreads to the wells below.

The rig has been evacuated by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (Uh - z uh - b ay - sz ah n) in charge of the site, however 33 people had to be rescued and one body has been pulled from the water.

The company are battling severe weather on the inland sea to extinguish the fire as the blaze enters its fifth day.