First open transgender woman elected in Virginia and more Zedlines...

A transgender woman has unseated one of Virginia's most socially conservative lawmakers, becoming the first openly transgender person elected and then seated in an American state legislature. (Image sourced from Wikipedia)

Democrat Danica Roem, 32, beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall, 73, in the northern Virginia district near Washington DC.

Mr Marshall is the man who unsuccessfully pushed a bill that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use, and as such, it is believed the election was seen by some as a referendum on rights for gay and transgender people.

Four people rescued after a helicopter crash in the Whitsundays.

Four people have been rescued near the Whitsundays after a small helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing on the water yesterday afternoon.

An RACQ rescue helicopter was dispatched from Mackay, however, was not needed as the four people on board were rescued by a boat in the area

The four people remained uninjured.

Queensland fire inspector charged with official corruption.

A Queensland fire inspector has been charged with official corruption following an investigation led by the state’s corruption watchdog.

The Teneriffe man, involved in corrupt procurement practices, was arrested on Wednesday morning and taken to the Brisbane City Watchhouse where he was charged with four counts of official corruption.

Crime and Corruption Commission chairman Alan MacSporran stated that the charges should be a reminder to public servants they should act transparently and with integrity at all times.

Johnathan Thurston named as Queensland’s 2018 Australian of the year.

North Queensland football star Johnathan Thurston has been named as Queensland’s 2018 Australian of the year.

Thurston was recognized during the awards ceremony for using his high sports profile to help indigenous people throughout Queensland reach their full potential.

Thurston says he is very passionate about his culture and is trying to inspire the next generation of his culture and young Australians.

Malcolm Turnbull backpedals on previous comments, criticises Labor after citizenship meeting.

The prime minister has reversed his position from yesterday and accused the opposition leader of exploiting the dual citizenship issue for political gain.

A meeting between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor’s Bill Shorten yesterday ended without agreement about how to ensure all members of parliament are eligible under the constitution, with Mr Turnbull describing the meeting as constructive.

Today Mr Turnbull changed that view, accusing Mr Shorten of not being ‘fair dinkum’ and wanting to exploit and prolong the issue.

The EU to impose arms sanctions on Venezuela.

The European Union will impose a weapons ban on Venezuela as the economic and political crisis in the country worsens.

The EU has imposed these bans after Canada and the United States already imposed sanctions on Venezuala, all of whom believe that the United Socialist Party is linked to human rights abuses.

Ambassadors of the member countries agreed to the sanctions on Wednesday, days after opposition politician Freddy Guevara was stripped of his immunity from prosecution by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

Guevara is one of the many opposition leaders prosecuted, jailed or stripped of their political rights since Nicolas Maduro became president in 2013.