Asia’s biggest gay pride parade takes place in Taiwan and more zedlines...

Tens of thousands of people marched through Taipei on Saturday in the annual Taiwan gay pride parade, the biggest of its kind in Asia.

Taiwan’s LGBT Pride Community, the parade’s organiser, estimated that around 123 000 people, from over 20 countries, attended the parade this year - a record turnout.

The parade is the first since Taiwan’s court ruled in favour of same sex marriage in May this year, with the country being set to become the first Asian nation to legalise gay marriage.

However, many attendees of the parade expressed frustration at the lack of progress made in changing the marriage laws since May, and called for swifter change to the legislation.

QLD Election Date Confirmed

After much speculation, the Premier has finally confirmed a date for the next state election.

Queenslanders will head to the polls on Saturday the 25th of November, leaving Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and opposition leader Tim Nicholls with just under four weeks to sway voters.

It is already looking like this election will be a close one, with analysts unable to confidently predict how the result will look.

Biosecurity threat likened to the introduction of the cane toad

A species of pest fish located in a far north Queensland river has been classed as a biosecurity threat, with it being likened to the that of the introduction of the cane toad.

Spotted tilapia have been located in a river in the Mitchell river catchment, leaving biosecurity authorities rushing to figure out whether the fish can be eradicated before they reach the Gulf of Carpentaria.

James Cook University researcher Brendan Ebner says the potential repercussions are massive, arguing that the the pest fish is comparable to the cane toad moving across from the eastern seaboard through northern Australia.

Biosecurity authorities fear that the pest fish could spread to Australia’s multi-million dollar barramundi and prawn industries, potentially damaging the region's fisheries.

New immunotherapy approved for deadly form of blood cancer 

A new kind of medicine that treats a common blood cancer by activating the patient’s immune system to identify and kill cancer cells when other treatments have failed is being welcomed by experts at a medical conference in Sydney.

The therapy, known as Darzalex, has been approved for use in combination with existing therapies for patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least one therapy, or as a single agent for patients who do not respond to standard therapies.

Professor Miles Prince, Director of Molecular Oncology and Cancer Immunology at Epworth Healthcare, said that it was important to have a new medicine approved for use in multiple myeloma, which he claims is one of the most challenging cancers.

Second careers give Aussies a new lease on life

A new report reveals that 4 in 5 Australians over the age of 40 are feeling pressure to find additional sources of income as they look towards retirement.

It also shows nearly 20% of Baby Boomers are likely to start their own business in the next 12 months, with a further 1 in 3 in the next five years.

Managing director of XERO says that with life expectancy increasing and the average retirement age steadily rising, people are taking risks that they haven't been able to before and pursuing something new without letting their age hold them back.

With new technology, careers and more choice and opportunities, baby boomer entrepreneurs are finding a second career in something more fulfilling than the average day job.

Hundreds of thousands march for unity in Spain

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in downtown Barcelona to defend Spain’s unity.

This comes just two days after a separatist majority in Catalonia’s parliament successfully voted for the wealthy region to break away from Spain.

The demonstration was organised by grassroots group Societat Civil Catalan, who say the majority of Catalans who support Spanish unity are sick of being silenced.