Anti-nuclear group wins Nobel Prize for Peace and more Zedlines...

A coalition of non-government groups campaigning to eliminate nuclear weapons has won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons originated in Australia, and was launched internationally in 2007.

Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Anderson says the organisation received the award for its efforts to draw attention to the catastrophic consequences nuclear weapons can have, and its work towards a treaty-based ban.

Beatrice Fihn, director of the organisation, says they want to send the message to countries relying on nuclear weapons for security that threatening to kill civilians is unacceptable.

UQ study finds companion animals delay women from leaving abusive relationships

A new Queensland study has found that women experiencing domestic violence may delay leaving abusive relationships due to fears their partner may harm their animals left at home.

The study, conducted by a team from the University of Queensland, found that all participants reported that their pets were threatened or abused by abusive partners, leading women to remain in the relationship longer.

Dr Deborah Walsh from the UQ School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work said that in many cases, the abusive partner would exploit the close relationship between the woman and the animal to gain power or control.

Dr Walsh says more education is needed through domestic violence organisations about where people can go to seek help for their animals.

Aboriginal scholarship founder pays tribute to the woman who made it possible

The founder of one of the most successful Indigenous education programs in Australia is paying homage to the primary school teacher who made it all possible.

Nearly 40 years ago Aboriginal student, Waverley Stanley, was noticed to have great potential by his teacher Rosemary Bishop, who organised a scholarship for him at Toowoomba Grammar school, later becoming the school’s first Aboriginal student to graduate grade 12.

In 2006 Mr Stanley decided to offer the same opportunity to more kids and founded the non-for-profit scholarship program Yalari.

In 2017 the program offered scholarships to 172 students across 27 boarding schools, and Waverley hopes the program continues to work to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal school students.

Controversy surrounding the death of an Aboriginal man in custody

The family of an Aboriginal man who died in custody are sceptical of the information being provided to them by New South Wales Corrective Services.

22 year-old Tane Chatfield was found unconscious in his cell at Tamworth Correctional Centre and died two days later in hospital.

The night before Mr Chatfield was found his cellmate was moved to another cell, despite The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommending that Aboriginal detainees do not occupy a cell on their own, or at least are under careful surveillance.

Relatives of Chatfield are unhappy with false information being given to them about why his cellmate was moved and are demanding an explanation from Corrective Services NSW.

New research to help tackle Zika and other infectious diseases

Regional efforts to combat Zika and other diseases will be strengthened with a new research grant that will help minimise the spread of infectious diseases in the Indo-Pacific.

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University has been awarded a $1.8 million research grant which will help respond to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases like Zika.

World leading clinician and researcher, Professor Emma McBryde, says one major element of this grant is that the team and herself will be able to work with partners in Papua New Guinea to strengthen local capacity to detect, treat and prevent cases of infectious diseases.

Dove controversy over racist ad

Personal Care brand Dove have been caught up in controversy after the company published an overtly racist ad on Facebook.

The ad shows a black woman becoming white implying that the selected Dove products will make customer’s skin lighter and whiter.

This isn't the first time the brand has been criticised for their advertising, with the company publishing a similar ad back in 2011 which contained the same underlying message.

Dove has since apologised for their latest Facebook ad on their Twitter page.