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Manitoba set to prohibit flavoured tobacco in effort to stop youth smoking

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is set to join the list of provinces that restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Healthy Living Minister Sharon Blady (BLAY'-dee) says the aim is to stop tobacco companies from luring young people into smoking through cigarillos and other flavoured products. Blady says details will be revealed in a proposed law she is expected to bring forward Wednesday. Ontario and Alberta have already announced similar measures, but have run into opposition from some quarters.

Tobacco on TV tied to adult smoking rates

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed patterns in TV smoking over more than 50 years and found that they tracked with changes in adult tobacco use, suggesting that even established smokers are influenced to light up by seeing it done on the small screen.

U.N. warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal would weaken the foundations of "genuine and lasting" peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top United Nations human rights official said. Nepal, home to Mount Everest and birthplace of Lord Buddha, is still recovering from a brutal conflict that ended in 2006 in which more than 16,000 died, hundreds disappeared and thousands were wounded or displaced.

China condemns British rights report and cancels talks

China expressed anger at Britain Tuesday for a report criticising its human rights record, a day after London said Beijing called off a dialogue between the countries on the issue. China was last week listed as one of 28 "Countries of Concern" in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Human Rights Report, which said "civil and political rights remain subject to significant restrictions" in the country.

South Korean gamer arrested after son starves to death

South Korean police said Tuesday they had arrested a man for apparently allowing his infant son to starve to death while spending days playing online games at Internet cafes. The case will likely fuel an ongoing debate about the problem of compulsive online gaming in South Korea, where parliament is considering a bill to classify the activity as potentially addictive as drugs, gambling and alcohol.

U.N. Security Council has mandate to work on NK human rights issue: COI chief

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 14 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council will be held accountable by history if it does not take the proper steps to address prevalent human rights abuse in North Korea, a chief U.N. investigator said Monday. Michael Kirby, head of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), said the role of the council is of more importance especially as dialogue with North Korea, including the six-way talks, is suspended.

Violated children get new path to rights thanks to Canadian champion

UNDATED, - A Canadian woman who has campaigned eight years to bolster children's rights around the world is celebrating a landmark addition to international law, although her own country has yet to get on board. Sara Austin, from Woodbridge, Ont., addressed a special event at United Nations headquarters in New York City on Monday as the global body called into force a new treaty she designed.

Computer hacking expert says more bad news to come from Heartbleed

OTTAWA - The fallout from the Heartbleed bug could go far beyond just 900 social insurance numbers compromised at the Canada Revenue agency. Alberta computer security expert John Zabiuk suspects there's a wave of problems coming. "Right now, we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg," he said. "This is probably the largest flaw that's hit the Internet in history." Zabiuk is with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, where, as an ethical hacker, he teaches students to protect computer systems by approaching the problem from a hacker's perspective.

Privacy watchdog wants Ont. police to stop sharing suicide data with U.S.

TORONTO - Ontario's privacy watchdog issued a special report Monday demanding police stop sharing information about suicide attempts with U.S. officials, who used the mental health data to block at least four Canadians from entering the United States.

Obama: religious violence has no place in US

President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer," Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas.
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