Asia Pacific Topics

May 3, 2016

Tobacco tax hike to add billions to Australia's coffers

Smokers in Australia could pay approximately $40 Australian dollars ($30) for a pack of cigarettes from 2020, under revenue-boosting budget measures announced Tuesday. The cost of cigarettes will rise 12.5 percent every year, starting from 2017, with a packet currently costing around AU$25, according ...

North Korea tightens security ahead of party congress

Apr 30, 2016

North Korea tightens security ahead of party congress

North Korea has tightened security ahead of its ruling party’s congress, South Korea said Friday, with authorities keen to avoid any “mishap” at the gathering, at which advances in the drive for nuclear weapons will likely be hailed. Thousands of delegates are expected in ...