North Korean rocket launch condemned - and more 8am Zedlines:

A recent North Korean rocket launch has been condemned by the United Nations Security Council with fears it will ramp up work on sanctions. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons.) *The pictured rocket is not the same as the one launched.

Stop and start continues for Adani's Carmichael Mine:

A coal industry analyst is in doubt that Adani will walk away from its Carmichael coal project but suggests it may be postponed until global prices recover.

Minelife senior analyst, Gavin Wendt, predicts that Adani has come too far in establishing the coal mine to abandon it, however he says it is difficult to see the project going ahead until the global coal price increases by at least $20-$25 per tonne.

The predictions come off the back of a recent publication from global finance and insurance company Axis Capital saying Adani would not put any capital into the Carmichael project in the next financial year and would not make any further investments until global coal prices improve.

Brisbane rallies behind asylum seekers facing deportation:

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Brisbane to fight back against the Federal Government’s plan to send some 270 asylum seekers back to Nauru.

About 400 locals gathered at the entrance of the Department of Immigration in Brisbane’s CBD on Friday demanding that asylum seekers who had been in Australia for medical treatment not be returned to Nauru.

It is feared that sending these people back to Nauru will result in sexual and physical assault that would be detrimental to their health and mental wellbeing.

Federal Opposition backs the Coalition over it's own members:

Leading on from the state stance on the return of asylum seekers to Nauru, Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has stopped short of backing the calls from State leaders.

Federal Labor senators joined forces with Coalition politicians last week to vote down the Greens motion to grant amnesty to the asylum seekers facing resettlement on Nauru.

Mr Shorten said he shares the frustration of state counterparts, yet he still moved to vote down the motion saying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to do something about what's happening on Manus and Nauru.

Aid pledged to combat Zika virus:

Australia has pledged up to $500,000 in aid to Tonga in a bid to help combat the spread of the Zika virus.

Pacific Minister Steven Ciobo said Australia will work with the World Health Organisation and the Tongan government to control the mosquito population and increase access to testing.

Some of the Aid will be going to the WHO’s Zika Virus Action Plan for the Pacific to ensure a coordinated response.

North Korean rocket launch condemned:

The United Nations Security Council has condemned a North Korean rocket launch saying it will speed up work on a sanctions resolution in response to the dangerous violations.

The rocket launch put a satellite into orbit, as broadcast on state TV where it was announced North Korea was legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes, with plans to launch more satellites in the future.

However, the launch was deemed to be a serious violation of Security Council resolutions and follows North Korea’s fourth nuclear test on January 6, another action that drew international condemnation and prompted China and the US to open negotiations on new, tougher UN sanctions.

Turkey vows to help Syrian refugees:

Turkey has vowed to allow entry to Syrians fleeing a major Russian-backed regime offensive if necessary as aid agencies warn of a desperate situation.

However, Turkey’s Oncupinar border crossing with Syria remained closed on Sunday for the third day with Syrian’s waiting desperately for the gate to open.

Thousands are currently stranded at the Turkish border after an exodus triggered by fierce fighting near Syria’s second city Aleppo.