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 1. A new and improved HPV vaccine has been approved.

The latest vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) will protect women from more strains of the virus than previous models.

There are currently more than 100 known strains of HPV, around 40 of which are sexually transmitted.  HPV can cause genital warts and various cancers, most commonly cervical cancer.

The HPV vaccine helps protect from sexually transmitted diseases like genital warts, and cervical cancer.

While the first release of the HPV vacccine only protected against four of the most common strains, the latest version — ‘Gardasil 9’ — will cover a further five strains which cause an estimated 20 per cent of cervical cancers.

Related: The teen vaccine your son or daughter has to have.

According to iO9, the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) said: “Gardasil 9 has the potential to prevent approximately 90 percent of cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers, up from about 70 percent protection with the current vaccine.”

The vaccine is available to both women, aged 9-26, and men, aged 9-15. The vaccine will become available in the US in the coming months and is most successful when administered prior to a woman becoming sexually active.

2. Women to get confidential domestic violence help online.

An new website is helping women get practical and private advice on domestic violence online.

I-DECIDE aims to provide confidential help to women aged 16 to 50, suffering from domestic violence or abuse.

The projects was started by Professor Kelsey Hegarty and Dr Laura Tarzia from the University of Melbourne, who hope to offer domestic violence help to a larger scope of women.

“I’ve worked with a lot of GPs and women who come to general practice [to seek relationship help], and of course, that only reaches a certain number of women,” Professor Hegarty told Mamamia.

“[Through I-DECIDE] we’re reaching out to a broader range of women, including those who live in regional areas, or disable women… Essentially, women who are unable to access face-to-face support.”

The website will offer confidential and personal advice to women in abusive and unhealthy relationships.

The interactive site will ask you to answer a range of questions before developing a personalised care package offering carefully selected advice to help each woman navigate their relationship.


The site also includes features that encourage women to manage and reflect upon their relationship progress and personal goals.

The team at I-DECIDE are currently seeking female volunteers aged 16-50 to participate in a free trial. Visit for more information.

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3. Clooney reminds the world not to forget the mass rapes in Darfur.

Hollywood superstar George Clooney has urged to consider the severity of crimes being committed against people in Darfur, including the horrific mass rapes of local women.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Clooney writes: “After that spike in attention and concern, the world has largely forgotten about Darfur. Unfortunately, the government of Sudan has not.”

Clooney focuses on “torture rapes” of Darfur women, specifically the recent mass rape of 221 women over a 36-hour period, as part of a Sudanese military assault on the Darfur town, Tabit.

George Clooney with his wife, Amal.

“These “torture rapes” are just one tool in Sudan’s criminal arsenal, which also includes aerial bombing of hospitals and agricultural fields, burning of villages and the denial of food aid,” Clooney wrote.

The 53-year-old actor claims the Sudanese government is blocking international intervention, and warns not to let our “short attention spans” shift from this devastating issue.

Recently, 221 women were raped and tortured over a 36-hour period, in Tabit, Darfur.

“The ‘torture rapes’ in Tabit are a reminder to the world that the same conditions that led to the United States’ declaration of genocide in Darfur are still firmly in place, with devastating human consequences,” he wrote.

“We must not forget the survivors, and we must impose deterrent costs on the orchestrators and their enablers.”

4. Jimmy Savile abused hospital patients, staff and visitors: report.

Former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile sexually abused more than 60 patients, staff and visitors at a hospital where he volunteered, according to a report released by the UK government.

A UK government report into Savile’s history of abuse revealed her abused 63 people, including an eight-year-old, at Stoke Mandeville Hostpital between 1969 and 1992.

Jimmy Savile is believed to have assaulted 63 people at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The report said he was known to hospital staff as a “sex pest”.

“People were either too dazzled or too intimidated by the nation’s favourite celebrity to confront the evil predator we now know he was,” British health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons in a statement.

The former TV and radio presenter is believed to have abused more than 170 people, mostly women and girls, the ABC reported.


5. Beauty queen faces jail for insulting Instagram post.

A former beauty queen could be sent to prison for posting a selfie on Instagram, captioned with a satirical poem of Turkey’s president.

Merve Buyuksarac, a former Miss Turkey winner, is being taken to court for insulting a public official, and could face a jail sentence of up to two years, Fairfax Media reported.

Merve Buyuksarac could be jailed for two years for making “insulting” comments about the Turkish president.

Ms Buyuksarac, 26, posted the photo to her nearly 15,000 Instagram followers. It has since been taken down.

She was detained after posting the photo, but denies the charges, saying she thought the poem about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “funny”.

The poem originally appeared in Hyuksak – a Turkish political magazine.

5. Dine-and-dash couple return to pay the bill after viral social media man-hunt.


A French couple who left a restaurant in WA’s South-West without paying a $230 bill have come forward after a social media appeal.

On Thursday afternoon the pair returned to Mojo’s Restaurant in the city of Bunbury, 175 kilometres south of Perth, to pay for a four-course meal and alcohol they had four days ago.

They had pretended to go out for a cigarette break and left the restaurant without paying.

The couple were caught on security cameras in the cafe – an image which was later posted to social media.

A post on the Mojo’s Restaurant Facebook page appealing for them to return and pay went viral, and security camera stills of the blonde woman and tattooed man were subsequently televised across the country.

The couple had been working at a farm in nearby Manjimup on a working holiday visa.

On Thursday their employer contacted Mojo’s after recognising them from the still image.

The pair returned to Mojo cafe after their employer turned them in.

The employer told the restaurant he had sacked them and told the pair to rectify the situation.

“They were a little bit coy when they were in the restaurant so I think they probably realised how much it’s exploded,” Mojo’s manager Jake Atkinson said.

“But they’re out here on holidays and it was just a silly mistake on their behalf.”

This article was originally published by the ABC and was republished here with full permission. 

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