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Paralysed patients may soon be able to walk again thanks to a revolutionary bionic spine. Image source: WikiCommons.

Brisbane City Council hands tied over demolition of heritage buildings

Brisbane City Council has said it’s unable to stop the demolition of three heritage valued houses in Highgate Hill after developers were granted a demolition licence by the state government.

The houses date back to the 1880's and are being investigated by Council due to their historic nature, with a councillor saying the development proposal does not suit the area and is yet to be approved.

The demolition licence was granted after the homes slipped through the City Plan 2014’s heritage listing process, and is now up to the developers to honor community wishes not to bulldoze the properties.

Family and friends of toddler killed in wall collapse donate to rescue helicopter service

The family and friends of a two-year-old boy who died in hospital in January after the collapse of a wall near Toowoomba, have sold three pens of cattle in the Darlings Downs and donated the proceeds to the helicopter service Careflight which flew the boy to hospital.

A spokesperson for the organisation said the $14,000 donation was a generous donation and would play an important role in Careflight’s operation.

Each mission costs $12,500 and the organisation’s helicopters are busiest in southern Queensland.

Human Trials for Australian-made Bionic Spine

Patients left paralysed by injury or illness could be back on their feet again thanks to a breakthrough by Melbourne researchers who have designed a revolutionary bionic spine.

The key to the bionic spine, is the use of a stent that can collect electrical activity. The stent is inserted into the jugular artery, and pushed up into the motor cortex of the brain which control movement, and is no larger than a small paperclip.

Using a vein as a highway to transport the stent means patients will avoid invasive brain surgery and hospital stays, with the technique instead requiring little more than a day procedure accounting for a few hours.

Patrick Dodson sceptical of Closing the Gap merits

Yawuru elder Patrick Dodson has questioned the foundations of the Closing the Gap strategy a day ahead of the 2016 report.

Mr Dodson said the policy has failed to adequately engage Indigenous community organisations, criticising Mr Turnbull and past governments for failing to address Indigenous affairs seriously.

This year’s report follows a slump in progress across all areas of the Closing the Gap policy in 2015.

Torture and extermination in Syrian jails: UN report

United Nations investigators revealed widespread torture and horrific jail conditions in Syria saying the mass scale of deaths in custody amounts to extermination.

The UN report is based on interviews with former prisoners who gave accounts of their own treatment in Syrian detention centres, detailing common incidents where prisoners were beaten, contracted illnesses and were starved and left to die.

Children as young as seven have also died in the custody of the Syrian Government according to the report, which says it’s likely high-ranking officials are aware of the incidents they documented.

Laptop bomb potentially behind Somalian flight explosion

A bomb explosion which blew a hole in the side of a passenger plane leaving Somalia could have been hidden in a laptop, U.S officials say.

Arrests have been made in relation to the incident which left one man dead after he was sucked out of the hole, with investigators saying the explosion was intended to take down the whole Daallo Airlines flight.

The incident occurred shortly after takeoff in Mogadishu and the pilot was able to make an emergency landing.

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