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The Anglican Dean of Brisbane has offered St John's as a place of sanctuary for asylum seekers who may be deported. Image Source: WikiCommons

AGL ceases CSG operations in NSW & QLD

Energy giant AGL has announced it will cease all coal seam gas operations in Queensland and New South Wales.

AGL has announced no changes to its commercial and retail gas activities and will pay a six-hundred and forty million dollar after-tax impairment charge.

Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said it is smart and strategic for AGL to get out of a fossil fuel industry that was floundering in the face of public opposition.

Anglican Dean offers church as sanctuary for asylum seekers

The Anglican Dean of Brisbane said he is prepared to put himself between authorities and asylum seekers, offering the asylum seekers sanctuary to stop them being taken to Nauru.

Dr Peter Catt of St John’s Anglican Church said he will lock the doors and face the consequences that would come if authorities were to break down the doors.

University of Sydney refugee law expert Professor Mary Crock said there is no legal basis for the actions of the church and Dr Catt could face charges if he were to shield asylum seekers.

Adani may cease coal mine operations until coal price recovers

Coal giant Adani is rumoured to have suspended all investment in the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland until the coal market price recovers.

A stock briefings analyst in India revealed the suspension amid speculations the company would abandon the mine in favour of a company move into solar energy.

Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters has labelled the coal mine plans as a pollution bomb that threatened local agriculture and the Great Barrier Reef, and called upon the state government and opposition to rule out using taxpayer funds on the project.

Recall issued for Woolworths and Coles lettuce

Victoria’s Department of Health has issued a voluntary recall on Tripod-brand pre-packed lettuce from Coles and Woolworths.

The recall comes after a higher than usual number of salmonella cases were reported in relation to consumption of the product.

Department of Health and Human Services senior medical advisor Dr Finn Romanes says the outbreak may have been caused by a fertiliser used to grow the lettuce.

Mass exodus in Aleppo after Russian bombing

Russian bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo are forcing a mass exodus of tens of thousands of people towards the Turkish border.

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says up 70,000 people are fleeing the area and that the city is threatened with what he called a “siege of starvation”.

Opposition forces in Aleppo say they are losing ground to Assad government forces with Russian support after the most intensive week of bombing in the five year war.

Israeli teens accused of kidnapping handed prison sentences

Two Israeli teenagers who kidnapped and murdered Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014 have been handed lengthy jail sentences.

The men aged 16 and 17 at the time of the killing were sentenced to 21 and 28 years prison respectively.

The murder prompted international condemnation and local disturbances as gruesome details of the killing emerged.