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Australia Cigarette Plain Packaging Law Upheld by Court

Australia's highest court has upheld a new government law on mandatory packaging for cigarettes that removes brand colours and logos from packaging. The law requires cigarettes to be sold in olive green packets, with graphic images warning of the consequences of smoking. Leading global tobacco manufacturers, including British American Tobacco and Philip Morris, had challenged the law, but authorities have s ...

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Syria’s Ex-Pm Riad Hijab Says Regime is Collapsing

Former Syrian PM Riad Hijab, who defected to Jordan last week, has said the Syrian regime is collapsing "morally, financially and militarily". Speaking in the Jordanian capital, Amman, he said the regime did not control more than 30% of the territory, as he called on the opposition abroad to unite and on the Syrian army to stand alongside its people. ...

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London 2012′s Top-10 Sporting Moments

Olympic Park, London - From the mythology of the Ancient Games more than 2,000 years ago to the spectacle of modern-day athletic gladiators such as Usain Bolt, the Olympics has long been an inspiring event. It is with good reason that Olympiads have a history reaching back thousands of years: the spectacle of watching the world's greatest athletic talents go head-to-head is an awe-inspiring and captivating ...

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NBA: Howard dealt to Lakers in four-team trade

The NBA reported today that All-Star center Dwight Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers; "the last act of his long, drawn-out departure from the Orlando Magic." In the four-team trade the Orlando Magic acquired Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a few future draft picks. The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Dwight Howard, Denver Nuggets acquired Andre Iguodala, and Philadelphia ...

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UK to Give Extra £5m to Rebels

Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK's commitment of an extra £5m in non-lethal equipment to the Free Syrian Army is "the right thing to do". The extra practical support for the opposition FSA will include more radio and satellite equipment, as well as portable power generators. However, the assistance will not include any weapons. Speaking at a press conference, Mr Hague said the £5m was "in additio ...

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Bo Xilai Scandal: Gu Kailai Trial for Heywood Murder Ends

The trial of Gu Kailai for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood has ended in the Chinese city of Hefei, after one day. Ms Gu had not contested the charge that she killed Mr Heywood by poisoning in 2011. The date of the verdict would be announced later, the official said. Ms Gu is the wife of former high-flying politician Bo Xilai, whose career in office was ended by the scandal surrounding Mr Heyw ...

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Syria Conflict: Assad Forces Claim Advance in Aleppo

Government forces have taken full control of a strategic district in the biggest city, Aleppo, after fierce fighting. However, rebel commanders denied they had retreated from the Salah al-Din district, amidst reports of a push by army tanks and armoured vehicles. Images have emerged of dead bodies in shattered buildings, after the bombardment of a town near Aleppo. The use of heavy weapons has been condemne ...

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US Held Responsible

An unconfirmed report from the rebels has suggested that three of the 48 hostages they are holding have been killed by army shelling. Mr Jalili, who heads Iran's supreme national Security Council and is considered a senior aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had travelled to Damascus from Lebanon. He said "kidnapping innocent people is not acceptable anywhere". Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hoss ...

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North Korea Seeks Immediate Food Aid after Floods

The United Nations says North Korea has requested immediate food aid after devastating floods last month. UN officials in Pyongyang said the need for aid was urgent after visiting flood-hit parts of the country to assess damage. North Korea has stated that at least 119 people died and tens of thousands were left homeless. Damage to infrastructure and farmland has affected the country's already dire food sho ...

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