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Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for the car bomb that killed 37 people in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday. Source: Wiki Commons

Evocca College to close a third of campuses

Training school Evocca College will close a third of its campuses, cutting more than two hundred jobs in response to the federal government’s crackdown on VET fee help loans last year.

Around nine hundred students will be affected by the closures with the option to transfer campus or study online.

Queensland campuses affected include Browns Plains, Morayfield, Southport, and Woodridge.

Half a million attend Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Visitor numbers have reached half a million at the eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Featuring regional visual artists, the exhibition includes special screenings, talks, dance performances, live music, as well as kids programs.

The exhibition closes in three weeks, on April 10.

NSW Cancer Council Calls for more Aboriginal employees in cancer services

Turning to news around Australia, New South Wales’ Cancer Council has called for more Aboriginal employees in cancer services, with the hope of driving down Indigenous mortality rates.

The call comes after Cancer Council released research showing a significant gap in bowel cancer survival rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Cancer Council senior Dianne O’Connell says the gap may be due to cultural barriers and reduced access to follow-up care, which would be aided by more Aboriginal Australians working in the sector.

Aboriginal Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda says the mortality gap is the responsibility of all levels of government and the healthcare system.

Telstra customers experience another service outage

Telstra customers experienced yet another nationwide interruption to data, call and text services, on Thursday with half of Telstra’s 16 million users affected.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn expressed his deep disappointment, offering customers a free unlimited data day as a gesture of apology.

Mr Penn says Thursday’s issue was due to congestion.

It’s the third interruption to services in a month, with a Mid-February outage affecting millions blamed on human error.

US urges release of student sentenced to 15 years hard labour

The US is urging the immediate release of a student sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea for allegedly stealing a propaganda sign from his hotel.

21-year-old Otto Warmbier was travelling with a backpacking tour group when he was detained in early January.

His conviction in court on Wednesday saw him accused of committing the crime as part of a US plan to undermine the North Korean government and the unity of its people.

The conviction follows a new round of sanctions on North Korea by the UN security council, which experts say has only increased tension between the nation and US government.

Kurdish militants claim responsibility for car bomb that killed 37 people

Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for the car bomb that killed 37 people in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday.

Radical group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, claim they carried out the attack in retaliation to the Turkish government’s continued security operations in Kurdish Southeastern regions, and had targeted security forces.

Authorities have issued travel and security warnings, urging citizens and visitors to avoid crowded public places and public transport.