Australia to impose lower ‘backpacker tax’ after outcry

Australia to impose lower ‘backpacker tax’ after outcry

Image copyright Ian Waldie Image caption At present working holiday visitors do not pay any tax until their yearly income exceeds a certain amount The Australian government says it will support imposing a 15% tax rate on working holiday visitors from overseas. The new “backpacker tax” proposal is lower than the government’s original plan for […]

New Zealand geyser erupts, shooting water into the air

New Zealand geyser erupts, shooting water into the air

Image caption The Rotorura area has seen geothermal activity like this before A geyser shot water high into the air from New Zealand’s Lake Rotorua early on Monday morning, panicking some local residents. The eruptions at about 04:30 (15:30 GMT Sunday) woke people living in Ohinemutu, in New Zealand’s North Island. Reports said the water […]

Australia flags introducing 15% ‘backpacker tax’

Australia flags introducing 15% ‘backpacker tax’

Image copyright Getty Images The Australian government says it will support imposing a 15% tax rate on working holiday visitors from overseas. The government’s original “backpacker tax”, which was due to take effect on 1 July, would have taken 32.5 cents from every dollar. But the tourism and farming sectors, which rely on temporary workers, […]

K-pop video director Cha Eun-taek charged in South Korea corruption scandal

K-pop video director Cha Eun-taek charged in South Korea corruption scandal

Image copyright EPA/YONHAP Image caption K-pop music video director Cha Eun-taek has worked with some of South Korea’s biggest stars A pop music video director in South Korea has been charged in a corruption scandal that threatens to engulf the country’s president, Park Geun-Hye. Cha Eun-taek will stand trial for allegedly using his ties to […]

‘Thunderstorm asthma’ deaths in Melbourne rise to six

‘Thunderstorm asthma’ deaths in Melbourne rise to six

Image copyright Matthew Wu Image caption Paramedics were flooded with calls after the storm hit The number of people dying in the Australian city of Melbourne from a rare phenomenon called thunderstorm asthma has risen to six. Three others are in a critical condition. Heavy rains and winds on Monday triggered thousands of pollen allergy […]

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

Image copyright AFP Image caption Canadian-trained Gen Bajwa has commanded the elite X Corps Pakistan has named Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the country’s new army chief. Canadian-trained and an officer for 35 years, he will take over one of the most powerful roles in the country on Tuesday. He will succeed the popular […]

New Zealand: Bodies wash up from boat tragedy

New Zealand: Bodies wash up from boat tragedy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An aerial effort could be hampered by bad weather (File photo) Two more bodies have washed up on a New Zealand shoreline after a fishing boat capsized killing at least seven people, police say. Eleven people were on board the vessel. Three survivors were rescued after the incident in […]

Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash ‘still alive’

Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash ‘still alive’

Image caption Neil Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, appeared in IS propaganda videos An Australian militant thought dead is still alive and under arrest in the Middle East, according to reports. The Australian government in May said Neil Prakash, a senior recruiter for the so-called Islamic State group, had been killed in a […]

S Korea sees largest protests against President Park Geun-hye

S Korea sees largest protests against President Park Geun-hye

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters held up candles as they rallied against President Park Hundreds of thousands have rallied in South Korea for what is thought to be the largest protests so far demanding President Park Geun-hye steps down. Ms Park is accused of allowing her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to manipulate power from behind […]

Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash ‘still alive’

Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash ‘still alive’

Image caption Neil Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, appeared in IS propaganda videos An Australian militant thought dead is still alive and under arrest in the Middle East, according to reports. The Australian government in May said Neil Prakash, a senior recruiter for the so-called Islamic State group, had been killed in a […]