• North Korea's Kim Jong-Un accused of cruelty

    07/Jul/2016 // 331 Viewers

     

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waves from a balcony of the Grand People's Study House following a mass parade marking the end of the 7th Workers Party Congress in Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang on May 10, 2016 (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

    North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-Un, who was personally blacklisted by the United States for the first time over allegations of human rights abuses, has repeatedly shrugged off pressure by the international community while asserting absolute control over the reclusive state.

    In his late 20s when he took over from his late father Kim Jong-Il four and a half years ago, the younger Kim was considered untested, vulnerable and likely to be manipulated by senior figures.

    But he has proved his mettle in dealing harshly -- sometimes brutally -- with any sign of dissent, even at the highest levels, while maintaining an aggressively provocative stance with the international community.

    The latest move by the United States marks the first time that Kim has been sanctioned personally, and the first linked to the systemic human rights abuses in the country, where between 80,000 and 120,000 prisoners languish in political prison camps.

    "Under Kim Jong-Un, North Korea continues to inflict intolerable cruelty and hardship on millions of its own people," said Adam Szubin, the US Treasury's acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

    The new blacklist, which also names 10 other top officials, follows a ramping up of United Nations sanctions on the country in the wake of a series of nuclear and missile tests this year.

    But Kim has repeatedly shown he will not be cowed by international criticism or pressure, as he has carried out further weapons tests while cementing the personality cult that surrounds him at home.

    In late June, Kim was named chairman of a new supreme governing commission, underlining the 33-year-old's absolute control over every aspect of state policy in the isolated, nuclear-armed nation -- including the country's network of detention centres and labour camps, according to Washington.

    After his father's death, the young Kim was expected to initially rely on a coterie of powerful aides, including his uncle Jang Song-Thaek.

    But that expected tutelage was short-lived as Kim started to remove any potential challenges to his authority by executing Jang.

    Other purges of high-ranking officials followed.

    - Short-tempered, intolerant -

    Kim Jong-Un was born to his father's third wife, Japan-born ethnic-Korean dancer Ko Yong-Hi, who is believed to have died of breast cancer in 2004.

    He was sent to school in Switzerland, where he was looked after by his maternal aunt Ko Yong-Suk and her husband.

    School staff and friends, who were reportedly unaware that he was a member of North Korea's ruling family, remembered him as a shy boy who liked skiing and Hollywood tough guy Jean-Claude Van Damme.

    Meanwhile in a recent interview with the Washington Post, Ko -- who defected to the US in 1998 -- described Kim as short-tempered and lacking in tolerance.

    He was also basketball mad, according to Ko, and even slept with a basketball.

    Kim knew from his eighth birthday that he would become North Korea's leader, but he only entered the public eye in 2008 when his father suffered a stroke and Pyongyang revved up plans for the nation's second dynastic succession.

    But he has distanced himself from his father's legacy and shown himself willing to alienate the North's sole major ally, China, with his unstinting efforts to advance the country's nuclear and missile programmes.

    Just two days before his 33rd birthday on January 8, 2016, Pyongyang said it had successfully tested a Hydrogen bomb, a claim widely refuted by international experts.

    But with the H-bomb claim, Kim's nuclear achievements outstrip those of the country's founding leader Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.

    Kim Il-Sung is still widely revered in North Korea, something his grandson has sought to play on by appearing to mimic his hairstyle, dress, mannerisms and public speaking style.

    The younger Kim has also continued the time-tested ways of his forebears in selectively stoking tensions with rival South Korea, occasionally extending an olive branch only to snatch it away again.


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  • South Korea, U.S. begin exercises as North Korea threatens attack

    07/Mar/2016 // 239 Viewers

     

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. troops began large-scale military exercises on Monday in an annual test of their defenses against North Korea, which called the drills "nuclear war moves" and threatened to respond with an all-out offensive.

     

    South Korea said the exercises would be the largest ever following North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch last month that triggered a U.N. Security Council resolution and tough new sanctions.

    Isolated North Korea has rejected criticism of is nuclear and rocket programs, even from old ally China, and last week leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use nuclear weapons in the face of what he sees as growing threats from enemies.

    The joint U.S. and South Korean military command said it had notified North Korea of "the non-provocative nature of this training" involving about 17,000 American troops and more than 300,000 South Koreans.

    South Korea's Defence Ministry said it had seen no sign of any unusual military activity by the North.

    North Korea's National Defence Commission said the North Korean army and people would "realize the greatest desire of the Korean nation through a sacred war of justice for reunification", in response to any attack by U.S. and South Korean forces.

    "The army and people of the DPRK will launch an all-out offensive to decisively counter the U.S. and its followers' hysterical nuclear war moves," the North Korean commission said in a statement carried by the North's KCNA news agency.

    The North, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it is officially known, routinely issues threats of military action in response to the annual exercises that it sees as preparation for war against it.

    The threat on Monday was in line with the usual rhetoric it uses to denounce the drills.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei noted that North Korea had already said it opposed the drills, adding that Beijing was "deeply concerned" about the exercises.

    "China is linked to the Korean Peninsula. In terms of the peninsula's security, China is deeply concerned and firmly opposed to any trouble-making behavior on the peninsula's doorstep. We urge all sides to keep calm, exercise restraint and not escalate tensions," he told a daily news briefing.

    The latest U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea were drafted by the United States and China as punishment for its nuclear test and satellite launch, which the United States and others say was really a test of ballistic missile technology.

    South Korea's spy agency said it would hold an emergency cyber-security meeting on Tuesday to check readiness against any threat of cyber attack from the North, after detecting evidence of attempts by the North to hack into South Korean mobile phones.

    South Korea has been on heightened cyber alert since the nuclear test and the rocket launch.

    South Korea and the U.S. militaries began talks on Friday on the deployment of an advanced anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea.


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  • Australian navy seizes weapons cache on Somali-bound boat

    07/Mar/2016 // 329 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 8, 2016: (DGW) - A Somalia-bound fishing boat with a large weapons cache has been intercepted and seized by the Australian Navy, DailyGlobeWatch can authoritatively reveal.

    Australian warship, HMAS Darwin on counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East while conducting a flag verification boarding intercepted a fishing boat with weapons on board about (194 miles) from Oman.

    Weapons found on board the boat are 1,989 AK-47 assault rifles, 49PKM general purpose machine guns, 36 PKM spare barrels, 100 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 20 60mm mortar tubes.

    As of the time of filing this report the origin of the weapons and boat in question were not known as the boat crew kept sealed lips.


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  • Teenager found alive 50 hours after Pakistan factory collapse

    07/Nov/2015 // 338 Viewers

     AFP | Officials have said at least 150 people were in the factory when it came down on November 4, 2015, and it was unclear how many -- dead or alive -- may still be trapped

     

    LAHORE (PAKISTAN) (AFP) - 

    Rescuers in Pakistan have pulled a teenage boy alive from the rubble of a collapsed factory near Lahore 50 hours after the structure toppled, officials said on Saturday.

    The teenager had been trapped for more than two days after the collapse and his family, thinking him dead, had already identified and buried another recovered body they believed to be his.

    "An 18-year-old Muhammad Shahid was also evacuated alive 50 hours after the building collapsed by the blessing of God," Muhammad Usman, a top administration official in Lahore, told AFP.

    The four-storey Rajput Polyester polythene bag factory came crashing down on Wednesday evening, and at least 37 bodies have so far been recovered from the wreckage.

    Shahid's discovery ignited emotional scenes at the site as workers chanted "Allah-O-Akbar (God is great)" and encouraged each other to boost morale.

    The news was a welcome surprise to his family who had mistakenly identified the dead body of another boy earlier this week as Shahid and buried the remains in their ancestral town of Kabirwala, some 265 kilometres (164 miles) from Lahore.

    Officials have said at least 150 people were in the factory when it came down and it was unclear how many -- dead or alive -- may still be trapped.

    Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the factory may have suffered structural damage in the October 26 quake, which killed almost 400 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Provincial labour minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that an enquiry into the collapse "is being conducted and we will probe all angles", with a report to be submitted within two weeks.

    At least 24 people died last year when a mosque collapsed in the same city, while more than 200 people lost their lives, mostly due to collapsed roofs, following torrential rain and flooding in 2014.

    In 2012, at least 255 workers were killed when a fire tore through a clothing factory in Karachi, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in Pakistani history.


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  • Breaking: 75 killed in bomb blast!

    08/Aug/2016 // 1238 Viewers

     

    PARIS, AUGUST 8, 2016: (DGW) - No fewer than 75 mourners have been reportedly bombed to death at the accident and emergency unit at a certain hospital, Al Jazeera has just reported.

    The blast occurred where a group of lawyers had gathered at a certain hospital in Quetta, Pakistan mourning colleagues who was murdered in cold-blood. 

    Mohammed Omar Baloch, health secretary of Balochistan, said at least 75 people were killed in the suicide blast on Monday morning.

    He added that there were fears that the death toll could rise further, as more than 50 others were wounded in the attack.

    Sarfraz Bugti, Balochistan home minister, said the blast “occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital, following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning”.

    Many of the dead appeared to be wearing black suits and ties.

    The attack on the hospital has been described as “heartless”, with citizens asking where patients would be taken to, if hospitals are no longer spared from such attacks.

    Imran Khan, a Pakistani politician, described the act as cowardly, saying hospitals are spared in war.


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  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Challenges of the G7 Summit and Global Health In Japan

    08/Feb/2016 // 391 Viewers

     

     
    PARIS, FEBRUARY 8, 2016: (DGW) - Nigeria's immediate past Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is in Japan on an invitation from the Vice President to attend the conference on the 'Challenges of the G7 Summit and Global Health, DailyGlobe Watch understands.

    Invited to join the discussion and help make policy recommendations is Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala on global health challenges, explore the role of the private sector and exchange opinions with patients facing the infection, address issues on global health and how to make vaccines work for every child.
    In attendance are the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida, Minister of Health Labour and Welfare, Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Keizio Takemi, Liberal Democratic Party member of the House of Councillors, Joan Carter Rizarutsu , Rizarutsu Education Fund Executive Director, Shinichi Kitaoka Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

    Others are President, Takewaka Keizo International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director-General, infection patient representative , the Cabinet Secretariat , the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare , the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and many other Japanese top government functionaries.
     


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  • Damning evidence of dead bodies in CHINA processed into corned beef, export to Africa markets (PHOTOS: Viewers' discretion advised!)

    08/Jan/2017 // 1239 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 8, 2017: (DGW) Recently what could be best described as rumour was on the grapevine that China instead of burying their dead have not convert it to material gains by producing corned beef with their dead bodies for export for human consumption in Africa.

    Although here in Europe, many Chinese retail outlets have been busted by the Police over substandard products and many of them end up in prison and their business premises sealed.

    In fact, it has happened across the country here in France with many of them languishing in French jails. DailyGlobeWatch unavoidably had to make contacts with China and here came these outrageous photos emailed to our newsroom here in the French capital of Paris thus confirming what we have initially dismissed as a rumour.

    To our greatest chagrin, it was discovered that in china that they produce corned beef with their dead bodies which are sent exported to African markets for human consumption.

    Pictures, they often say, do not lie. The below picture shows the shop in china that sells human bodies as meat.


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  • North Korea Threats: 'We will respond in the strongest form' - USA

    08/Mar/2016 // 718 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MARCH 8, 2016: (DGW) The United States of America has threatened to respond in the strongest form should the rogue regime in Pyongyang make any move to carry out its threats to use nuclear weapons, DailyGlobeWatch has reliably gathered.

    Following the threats by North Korea that its nuclear weapons are on standby, the USA and South Korea commenced large-scale joint military drills, a move which Russia says could heighten tension in the region.

    The hermit kingdom reacted to UN Security Council sanctions by firing projectiles into the Sea of Japan and threatened to use nuclear weapons against its enemies.

    In a swift reaction to the threat by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the USA and South Korea began  large-scale military exercises on Monday which it called ''nuclear war moves'' and threatened to respond with an all-out offensive.

     

     

     

     


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  • The Latest: Little improvement for women at work since 1995

    08/Mar/2016 // 154 Viewers

     

    A new International Labor Organization report says women still face "significant obstacles" in getting decent jobs and there have been only marginal improvements in the last 20 years.

    The report says women's significant progress in educational achievements since 1995 has not translated into comparable improvements in the workplace.

    In many regions, it says women are more likely to lose jobs and remain unemployed, and when they do find work they often have to accept lower quality jobs.

    The report was released Tuesday, International Women's Day. The day carried the theme "Pledge for Parity."

    The report calls for more — and higher quality — jobs for women, universal social protection and redistribution of unpaid care and household work.

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    3 a.m.

    The International Criminal Court is calling for greater coordination around the world to stop sexual and gender-based crimes.

    The Netherlands-based court points out on Tuesday — International Women's Day — that women bear the brunt of rape, sexual slavery and other sexual violence during armed conflict.

    The court says in a news release that it's committed to holding perpetrators accountable. It notes that its founding treaty, the Rome Statute, includes sexual and gender-based crimes in the definitions of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

    The court says in the release that it complements national efforts to prosecute such crimes, so "increased cooperation will make efforts on both sides more efficient and effective."

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    1:45 a.m.

    The president of the U.N. General Assembly is calling for more female diplomats and ambassadors — and perhaps the first-ever female U.N. secretary-general.

    Mogens Lykketoft told a U.N. event commemorating International Women's Day that there must be increased participation of women not just in politics but across society to reach the U.N. goal of gender equality by 2030.

    Ban Ki-moon's term as secretary-general ends on Dec. 31 and some U.N. member states are pushing for a female successor. Three of the seven current candidates to succeed him are women.

    Lykketoft called it "a glass ceiling for women for over 70 years."

    She also called for a "head-on" campaign against gender stereotyping, saying violence against women and male control over "the bodies and the futures" of women and girls are unacceptable and must end.

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    1:40 a.m.

    The United Nations' children's and populations agencies are announcing an international initiative to end child marriage by 2030.

    UNICEF and UNFPA say they have started a program to prevent girls from marrying too young by involving families, communities, governments and young people in their effort. The announcement comes on International Women's Day.

    The initiative focuses on increasing girls' access to education and health care services, educating parents and communities on the dangers of child marriage, increasing economic support to families and strengthening laws that establish age 18 as the minimum for marriage.

    Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA's executive director, says the agency will work with governments to uphold the rights of adolescent girls "so that girls can reach their potential."

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    10:40 p.m.

    Romanians gave gifts of flowers and dedicated songs and poems to their mothers, wives, girlfriends and colleagues to celebrate International Women's Day.

    Women, some dressed in bright colors, could be seen on a sunny Tuesday in the Romanian capital carrying flowers, and also in Bulgaria where the day is also celebrated.

    Elsewhere in Bucharest, some women marked the feminist origins of the day in an outdoor performance outside the National Theater, where they dressed in black. Women brandished a banner saying "March 8 is for fighting."

    A survey published by the Romanian national news agency Agerpres on Tuesday said more than half of Romanians mark the day.

    International Women's Day traces its history to the early 1900s.

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    10:25 p.m.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is marking International Women's Day by recalling scenes from his childhood in post-war South Korea.

    Ban remembers that as a boy he saw that women going into labor would leave their shoes outside the door and then look back in fear. He says his mother explained that "they are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again."

    More than half a century later Ban said women still risk death in childbirth.

    The U.N. chief said maternal mortality is "one of many preventable perils."

    He also cites girls being subjected to "genital mutilation" and being attacked on the way to school. He also mentions women's bodies being used "as battlefields in wars" and widows left shunned and impoverished.

    Ban said the key to ending these practices is empowering women.

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    10 p.m.

    The U.N.'s women's rights organization has kicked off its inaugural HeForShe Arts Week in celebration of International Women's Day in New York.

    Actors Emma Watson, the UN Women global goodwill ambassador, and Forest Whitaker, a UNESCO special envoy for peace, joined UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at The Public Theater in Manhattan to announce a week of arts events aimed at initiating a dialogue about gender equality.

    Watson says it's not enough for people to rationally understand the necessity of gender equality. She says, "it's also about making them feel it in their bones."

    Arts venues around New York City, including ballets, Broadway theaters, museums and galleries, will take part in the initiative.

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    9:20 p.m.

    The U.N. cultural agency says girls are the first to be excluded from education, with more than 63 million out of school in more than 200 countries across the world.

    Almost 16 million girls between the ages of 6 and 11 will never get the chance to learn to read or write in primary school compared to about 8 million boys "if current trends continue," according to a report from UNESCO's Institute for Statistics released as part of International Women's Day.

    UNESCO says gender disparities remain highest in the Arab States, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia.

    The agency says that "across sub-Saharan Africa, 9.5 million girls will never set foot in a classroom compared to 5 million boys."

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    7 p.m.

    Cambodia is one of the few countries where International Women's Day is a public holiday, and its long-serving leader marked the occasion with a tongue-in-cheek call for protecting men's rights.

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, better known for savaging his political enemies than joking about family life, said many men in Cambodia are oppressed by wives who do not let them go to wedding parties for fear that they would eye prettier women. He said he didn't think he was being extreme in demanding that an association be set up to promote men's rights.

    However, Hun Sen did not ignore the many problems besetting Cambodia's women, highlighting unequal pay, fewer educational opportunities and domestic violence.

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    7 p.m.

    International Women's Day typically happens during China's annual ceremonial legislature. And Chinese state media are fond of marking the day with photo galleries of female journalists covering the legislature — "Beautiful Women Reporters" asking questions, checking their makeup, posing for selfies.

    The Communist Party-run People's Daily said in a front-page editorial that women "can not only help to make homes more pleasant and lively, but also contribute their valuable female perspective and efforts to the progress of the entire society." The editorial made no mention of leadership roles for women.

    Last year, the Chinese government detained five women just before International Women's Day for planning to hand out fliers denouncing sexual harassment. The women were released 37 days later but remain criminal suspects.

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    5 p.m.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for only female lawmakers to address the Indian parliament on International Women's Day included silence because there weren't enough women to speak.

    Of 543 elected members in the lower house, only 62 are women — or 12 percent — and not all of them were prepared to address the assembly.

    Those who spoke Tuesday talked about allowing women's entry into Hindu temples and better education for girls. They also demanded renewed effort in passing long-stalled legislation to require that 33 percent of lawmakers be women.

    After all the women who wanted to speak had taken their turns, there was enough time left for the Speaker to ask the men in the house for input on the day's agenda.


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  • China's smoking death toll to double to 2 million in 2030: study

    08/Oct/2015 // 282 Viewers

    AFP/File / by Mariette Le Roux | China consumes over a third of the world's cigarettes, and has a sixth of the global smoking death toll

     

    PARIS (AFP) - 

    Cigarette smoking will kill about two million Chinese in 2030, double the 2010 toll, said researchers Friday who warned of a "growing epidemic of premature death" in the world's most populous nation.

    On current trends, one in three young Chinese men will be killed by tobacco, the team wrote in The Lancet medical journal. Among women, though, there were fewer smokers and fewer deaths.

    "About two-thirds of young Chinese men become cigarette smokers, and most start before they are 20. Unless they stop, about half of them will eventually be killed by their habit," said the article's co-author Zhengming Chen from Oxford University.

    China consumes over a third of the world's cigarettes, and has a sixth of the global smoking death toll.

    "The annual number of deaths in China that are caused by tobacco will rise from about one million in 2010 to two million in 2030 and three million in 2050, unless there is widespread cessation," the researchers wrote.

    "Widespread smoking cessation offers China one of the most effective, and cost-effective, strategies to avoid disability and premature death over the next few decades."

    The 2010 death toll was made up of some 840,000 men and 130,000 women in China, which has a population of about 1.4 billion.

    Smokers have about twice the mortality rate of people who never smoked, with a higher risk of lung cancer, stroke and heart attack.

    The proportion of deaths attributed to smoking among Chinese men aged 40-79 has doubled from about 10 percent in the early 1990s to 20 percent today, said the researchers.

    - Women smoke less -

    Among city dwellers the figure was even higher -- a quarter of all male deaths, and rising.

    "Conversely, the women of working age in China now smoke much less than the older generation," said a statement from The Lancet.

    "About 10 percent of the women born in the 1930s smoked, but only about one percent of those born in the 1960s did so."

    Less than one percent of deaths in women born since 1960 are due to tobacco, said the study.

    The researchers relied on data drawn from two nationwide studies involving some 730,000 Chinese people in total.

    The first study ran over several years in the 1990s, the second started in 2006 and continues today.

    There were a few silver linings, the authors said -- including that the number of smokers who quit rose from three percent in 1991 to nine percent in 2006.

    Those who stopped smoking before they developed any serious illness had a similar disease risk ten years later than people who never smoked.

    - Price is key -

    "With effective measures to accelerate cessation, the growing epidemic of premature death from tobacco can be halted and then reversed, as in other countries," said the study led by researchers from Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

    In a comment also carried by The Lancet, Jeffrey Koplan and Michael Eriksen of the Emory Global Health Institute in Atlanta pointed out that China was not only the world's largest consumer of tobacco, but also the largest grower and cigarette manufacturer.

    "Being a government monopoly, China Tobacco (the Chinese National Tobacco Corporation) provides over seven percent of the central government's annual revenue through both taxes and net income," they wrote.

    Oxford University's Richard Peto, one of the study authors, said tobacco deaths in Western countries have been dropping for 20 years, partly because of stiff price rises.

    "For China, a substantial increase in cigarette prices could save tens of millions of lives."

    by Mariette Le Roux


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