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Spain has reported the first Zika virus case in a pregnant woman in Europe. Image Source: WikiCommons

BOM warns of heavy rainfall in central QLD

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that parts of central Queensland are set to receive the equivalent of their entire February rainfall in the next 24 hours.

There has already been some flooding in parts of Central Queensland and Wide Bay areas, with Rockhampton experiencing almost 100 milimetres of rains since Thursday morning.

A bureau spokesman said a trough is unlikely to move off shore until Tuesday.

Crash on Pacific Motorway causes major delays

There were extensive delays this morning when a crash created a 12 kilometre long traffic jam on the Pacific Motorway.

A man in his 50s was thrown from his motorcycle in the crash and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Other motorists were treated for minor injuries and the incident caused delays well into the morning.

Commonwealth Bank staff accused of alleged fraud

Commonwealth Bank staff have been implicated in an alleged $76 million fraud.

It’s alleged that staff received secret payouts as part of a Ponzi scheme in which funds were siphoned from clients accounts without their consent.

The fraud was ignored by bank management for almost five years until police were informed.

The CBA has refused to comment while the matter is before courts.

Hacking group responsible for bomb threats threaten more attacks

An online hacking group responsible for bomb threats that saw a number of Australian schools closed say they are on the verge of another attack.

Dozens of schools across the country were evacuated this week following the threats, which were issued via computerised phone messages.

The group behind the threats has issued statements saying it targeted Australia because of its ties with allies the Britain and the United States, but that some of the threats had been the work of copycats.

Spain reports first European Zika-virus case

Spain’s health ministry has announced Europe’s first reported case of a Zika-virus infected pregnant woman.

While the virus has largely been limited to the Americas, health authorities have warned it could spread worldwide, and the World Health Organisation has warned countries against accepting blood donations from people who have visited Zika-affected regions.

The virus, which is linked to severe birth abnormalities and is spread by mosquitos and in one case sexual contact, has spread quickly across Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN peacekeepers accused of rape and exploitation in Central African Republic

Investigators from the Human Rights Watch say United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic raped or exploited eight women and girls last year.

The attacks took place between October and December last year, more than a year after UN whistleblower Anders Kompass revealed the sexual abuses on children in Central African Republic’s capital, Bengui.

The UN is under increasing pressure to thoroughly investigate claims of sexual assault amongst their peacekeeping ranks after an independent report claimed their efforts were a gross institutional failure.