Gay Russian speaks about detention in Chechnya and more Zedlines

A 30-year-old Russian man is claiming he was detained in Chechnya ‘anti-gay purge’ camp and is urging the government in Moscow to investigate.

Maxim Lapunov held a press conference in Moscow, says he was detained on the street in the main city by men in plain clothes and taken to a police station.

Lapunov is the first victim to come forward since reports in March revealed gay men were being imprisoned and beaten in the mainly Muslim region.

Somalia Blast
Following the devastating truck explosion in Somalia’s capital city, the government has declared three days of mourning.

A truck strapped with hundreds of kilos of explosives ran through a checkpoint in Mogadishu, causing the explosives to set off also igniting a nearby fuel tanker creating a massive fireball.

Officials expect the death toll to be more than 300.

Australia wins UNHRC seat
Australia will use its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council to push for the empowerment of women, indigenous rights and the abolition of the death penalty.

Australia was elected unopposed to the council on Tuesday (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), joining Spain as a Western European and other States representative for a three-year term, replacing the Netherlands and Portugal.

The empowerment of women around the globe, indigenous rights, the abolition of the death penalty and crises in North Korea and Syria were nominated as the issues Australia would pursue during its tenure.

Gravitational waves
A scientist at the University of Sydney has used an advanced CSIRO telescope to confirm radio signals that were emitted from the collision of two neutron stars.

The waves were caused by two neutron stars colliding in a galaxy 130 million light-years from Earth, according to the researchers.

Visual confirmation came 11 hours after the event and was detected by a number of groups around the world, and X-ray emissions were found nine days later.

The Park researches bullying
During Queensland’s Mental Health Week, the Park Centre took the opportunity to shed light on some of the groundbreaking work the Centre is undertaking.

For the past three years, researchers studied cyber and traditional bullying in schools, with hopes the results will help form anti-bullying policies across Australia schools.

Research shows bullying among adolescents is complicated, with some schools handling cases more effectively than others.

Hormones to revolutionise food production
The Universities of Queensland and Sydney have collaborated on a study that has found a group of hormones in plants that could revolutionise food production by improving yields.

The study has found about 130 CLE peptide hormones that are essential to growth and development.

Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Integrative Legume Research Brett Ferguson mentioned that these peptides have critical roles in controlling the development of plants.