Islamic State fighters evacuate Raqqa using civilians as human shields and more Zedlines...

US forces have launched a final attack on Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa, after a convoy of Islamic State fighters evacuated the city.

Syrian officials say during the evacuation, around 400 civilians were used as human shields.

The Syrian Democratic Forces are now positioned to take Raqqa after four months of battle, however Colonel Ryan Dylan of the US coalition backing the Forces says they still expect there to be difficult fighting ahead.

UQ’s campaign to create change

A possible cure for dementia and saving the Great Barrier Reef from invasive crown-of-thorns starfish are now within reach as UQ launches a historic $500 million philanthropic campaign.

Today UQ launches their ‘Not if, When’ campaign, which aims to change the lives within our community and around the globe by encouraging support for research, disadvantaged students and teaching leadership.

The campaign will connect UQ donors with causes they are passionate about and help researchers save lives and millions of dollars in health costs.

So far more than 200 million doses of cervical cancer vaccines have been distributed across 130 countries, which would have not been possible without donations.

Restart a Heart Day

In celebration of Restart a Heart Day, Queensland Ambulance Service Paramedics will be providing free CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) demonstrations to the public today.

Data reveals that 76 per cent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home, and CPR performed while medical help is on the way could double or triple the chance of survival.

Restart a Heart Day aims to raise awareness of the vital role family members and friends play in the chain of survival for cardiac arrest patients and that CPR is an easy and necessary skill to have in an emergency.

Free CPR and AED demonstrations will be held across Queensland, including Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Size and scope of “paradigm shift in cancer therapy” revealed

Thousands of Australians who face imminent death from cancer could live longer if the use of new medicines that harness the immune system to fight cancer cells became the norm.

A report by Deloitte Access Economics has concluded that nearly one in six Australians facing death from cancer this year could benefit from being treated with a type of immunotherapy, known as checkpoint inhibitors.

This treatment could reduce tumour size by more than 30 percent in the thousands of Australians who are most likely to benefit, which could be associated with increased chances of survival or better quality of life.

The report also found that immunotherapy is currently being received by just 20 per cent of Australians for whom this treatment could be most effective.

Online portal helps Australians impacted by image-based abuse

An online portal launched today will provide support and advice for Australians who have had intimate photos or videos leaked without their consent.

eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant says that Australians will be able to report images or videos shared without consent through the portal, and the eSafety Office will then work with social media providers and search engines to facilitate the removal of the image-based abuse.

Research by the eSafety Office has found that as many as 1 in 5 women between 18 and 45 have experienced image-based abuse.

The research has also found that, despite the abuse having severe impact on the mental and physical health of the victims, only one in four people affected took action.

Over 200 killed in a Mogadishu truck bomb

A truck bomb that exploded in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has claimed the lives of over 200 people and left hundreds more injured.

Director of Mogadishu's ambulance service, Abdulkadir Abdirahman, says he could hear and feel the explosion from his office over a kilometer away from the incident.

Abdulkadir was one of the first responders on the scene and says the entire area was destroyed; buildings had collapsed, and the tarmac was covered with injured people, corpses, and pieces of clothing.

Mogadishu has never seen an attack as damaging as this and hospitals are being forced to treat people in the hallways as everywhere else is full.