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Brisbane student accommodation under fire

Student accommodation building Iglu, due to open this month in Brisbane, has been barred from housing residents over safety issues.

The building has not been certified due to concerns it was constructed with materials that are unsafe due to fire safety.

Brisbane City Council lifestyle chairperson Krista Adams said the council was alerted of the fire safety concerns by Queensland Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni’s office and started their own investigation.

SES warn of afternoon super-cell

The State Emergency Services are warning extreme weather and severe storms are due for south-east Queensland this afternoon.

SES regional manager for Brisbane Steve Waddell said people should have emergency kits ready with food, water and medication.

Mr Waddell said the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted up to 100 millilitres of rain to fall in some cases, which is a timely reminder not to enter flood waters.

Bill Shorten fires at Ted Cruz over gun control comments

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has lashed out at US Republican Senator Ted Cruz over his comments relating Australia’s gun buyback to an increase in sexual assaults and rape.

Mr Shorten said Senator Cruz’ comments are offensive and incorrect, and tightening Australia’s gun ownership restrictions was indisputably the right thing to do.

The Washington Post reported no correlation between the gun law change and an increase in sexual assault and rape in Australia, and labelled Senator Cruz’ comments as a significant factual error.

Prison officers union calls for more facilities in NSW

The union representing police officers in New South Wales says jails are facing violent incidents because the state government has failed to see the need for more prisons.

A violent incident on the 26th of January in Goulburn maximum security prison resulted in staff firing warning shots and tear gas in attempts to break up a fight between five inmates.

Steve McMahon from the Prison Officers’ Branch of the Public Service Association said jails in New South Wales are overcrowded which is stopping guards from separating rival gangs.

New South Wales saw a twelve percent increase in the adult prison population over 2014 and 2015, significantly more than the national average of seven percent.

Japan's economy minister resigns over bribery allegations

Japan’s economy minister is due to resign after allegations arose of him taking money from an unnamed construction company executive.

Akira Amari said he is resigning to prevent the allegations from distracting Japan from the government’s attempts to pull the country out of chronic deflation.

Japanese weekly magazine, Shukan Bunshun, alleged Mr Amari and his aids had accepted at least twelve million Yen in cash from the executive, which Mr Amari said were to be recorded as political donations.

25 dead after refugee boat sinks in Greek waters

At least twenty five people have died after a refugee boat sunk near a Greek island en route from North Africa to Italy.

Coast guard and European border patrol agency vessels took part in the recovery operation, rescuing ten people and recovering twenty five bodies.

This follows another boat sinking off the Greek island of Kos on Wednesday which left seven dead.