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Authorities have resumed their search for a British tourist who was swept away at Josephine Falls south of Cairns late yesterday.

Authorities search for missing tourist

Authorities have resumed their search for a British tourist who was swept away at Josephine Falls south of Cairns late yesterday.

The 25-year-old man had been swimming with a woman in treacherous conditions and disappeared about 5:30pm.

The woman injured her ankle but a helicopter has failed to find any trace of the man.

Senior Constable Russell Parker says the man and the woman had jumped into the water and become separated.

Crossbench senator attempts to delay voting law changes

Crossbench senator Bob Day is attempting to delay the Federal Government's changes to voting laws, in a bid to prevent a double dissolution election.

Under the Family First senator's proposal, a six-month review would be implemented that would take it past the election cut-off date.

The changes, already introduced into Parliament, are designed to make it harder for crossbenchers to get elected if they have a tiny proportion of the vote.

They are due to pass with the support of the Greens and Senator Nick Xenophon.

Obama outlines plan to close Guantanamo Bay

US President Barrack Obama has presented plans to close the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Obama has suggested low-risk detainees be transferred to other countries, which will reportedly save US taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

The Guantanamo Bay prison was opened in 2002 on a US naval base in Cuba after the 9/11 terrorist attacks for prisoners considered “enemy combatants”.

Mr Obama says the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance US national security, but in fact undermines it.

Mass evictions in Jakarta red light district

Thousands of people living in Jakarta’s red light district Kalijodo are facing eviction as bulldozers are set to demolish the area early next week.

The area is home to around three-thousand people, including many legal businesses and families, who were all handed eviction notices about a week ago.

Residents say authorities arrived with around 250 police offices and gave them a deadline to leave their homes by Monday.