Asia Pacific Topics

Sep 12, 2014

South Korea to hike cigarette price by 80%

South Korea on Thursday proposed a steep 80 percent hike in cigarette prices to cut consumption in a nation with one of the world’s highest male smoking rates. The decision requires parliamentary approval, but Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo said it was necessary to counter ...

Sep 12, 2014

West Australia scraps divisive shark cull policy

The government of Western Australia on Friday said it would abandon its controversial catch-and-kill shark policy after objections from the state’s environmental agency, in a move welcomed by conservationists. Premier Colin Barnett ruled out further use of drum lines to hook sharks off the ...

Aug 24, 2014

Australian spider grows bigger in city: study

A new study has found that at least one species of spider thrives on city life, growing bigger in urban areas. The University of Sydney’s Elizabeth Lowe said that while research shows invertebrates are sensitive to urbanization, not all species are negatively affected by ...