German government supports Iran protests

Germany's government says protests against the economic and political situation in Iran "deserve our respect."

A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel says Berlin is closely watching developments in the country, which has seen growing economic ties with Germany in recent years.

Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that "in the view of the German government it's legitimate and deserves our respect when people have the courage to take to the streets with their economic and political concerns, as is currently the case in Iran."

Demmer said Germany calls on the government in Tehran to respect freedom of assembly and speech, and to show its willingness to engage in dialogue with protesters.

She says where there is violence, the state should react proportionately and within the rule of law.


Man charged with terrorism offences in Australia

A man has been charged with terrorism offences as part of a NSW police investigation, in Australia.

Police said on today that new terrorism charges had been laid against a man as part of the ongoing investigation.

The matter does not relate to any new threat, a spokesperson said in a statement.

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Tourist fatally struck by lightning in Northern Territory was carrying metal tripod

An Australian man was fatally struck by lightning while at hiking in Australia's Northern Territory on Monday.

Adelaide man, Antony Van Der Meer, 35, was hiking with four family members at the Kings Canyon Rim Walk when he was hit by lightning on Monday evening.

He died of his injuries at the scene

"The other four family members were not injured but have suffered extreme shock," a Norther Territory Police spokesperson told

It is believed Mr Van Der Meer was carrying a metal tripod, as he and his family were looking for a spot to capture the storm on camera.

"The party was about one kilometre from the carpark when the bolt hit them," Superintendent Pauline Vicary said.

"Understandably, they were extremely distressed with the loss of a family member."

Superintendent Vicary said efforts to retrieve Mr Van Der Meer's body were hampered by heaving rain and flash flooding brought on by ex-Tropical Cyclone Hylda.

It was recovered late on Monday night.