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The deadly irukandji jellyfish is tiny and only resides in warm waters, but has a painful and sometimes deadly sting. Image Source: WikiCommons

Six stings attributed to deadly irukandji jellyfish

A series of marine stings along the Queensland coast have been attributed to an influx of the deadly irukandji jellyfish.

The jellyfish is thought to be responsible for six stings this week, with the most recent off Hamilton Island on Wednesday.

James Cook University toxicologist and irukandji expert Associate Professor Jamie Seymour said the irukandji are restrained by warm waters but with rising ocean temperatures will soon turn up in South-East Queensland.

QLD Government extends domestic violence and family violence court

The Queensland government has extended the first domestic violence and family violence court trial by eighteen months in hopes to assess how similar courts could be extended statewide.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said there has been a substantial increase in applications to the court since it began hearing cases in Southport on September 1st.

Mrs D’Ath said the increase in applications suggest people suffering from domestic and family violence are more confident in coming forward which is a great outcome.

Youth body looking to be refunded under Turnbull government

The national peak body for young people has called for a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in hopes to secure a financial lifeline after being defunded in the 2014 budget.

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition advises federal government departments and appears at Senate inquiries in hopes of representing the four-million Australians aged between 12 and 25, and could soon be closed.

Chairperson Katie Acheson said the group must be able to continue its work with political apathy and radicalisation threats within the younger community being important issues.

Greens leader against party lines on GM crops

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale said he does not believe genetically modified crops pose a significant threat to human health, breaking his party’s policy on the issue.

Senator Di Natale said genetically modified crops have not had widespread and significant impacts on human health, but the real problem lies with how the technology is applied.

Mr Di Natale said it is important farmers are given the choice to grow non-GM products if they choose and we must make sure these technologies do not simply drive up the use of herbicides and pesticides.

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of airstrikes on embassy in Yemen

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of carrying out airstrikes on the Iranian embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, leaving several guards injured and the building damaged.

Witnesses said the building is still intact while Saudi officials have described the airstrike accusation as propaganda from the Iranian government.

Tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been rising since the Saudi execution of a prominent Shia cleric on New Year’s Day.

Bombing of police training station leaves 47 dead in Libya

47 people have been killed and 118 more injured in an apparent suicide bombing at a police training station in the western Libyan town of Zliten.

The Libya Herald reported a fuel tanker carrying a bomb was driven into a large group of coast guards and police cadets before being detonated.

Many of the injured were taken to the nearby Misrata Central Hospital, prompting appeals for blood donations to the hospital.