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Top court rejects appeals for tobacco damages

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The top court rejected the last legal appeals for ailing smokers seeking compensation from the nation's leading tobacco maker on Thursday, saying there is no correlation between smoking and lung cancer. Upholding a lower court's ruling and ending a 15-year-long legal battle, the Supreme Court threw out two damages suits brought on by 30 lung cancer patients and their families against the government and KT

CVS kicks the tobacco habit - industry waits to see if it's a retail rebel, or the future

It has long been gospel among retailers that tobacco pulls so much business into stores, with smokers also picking up water, gum or a bag of chips, that dumping it would be a sales killer. However, with pressure from anti-smoking forces growing, tobacco use waning and now a national drugstore chain jettisoning cigarettes for good, is this calculus starting to crack?

Social pressures force Tunisia women to fake virginity

It happens every April ahead of the summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynaecologist Faouzi Hajri -- desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them "virgins" again for their wedding night. Fearing rejection as "used" women in a conservative Muslim country where premarital sex is nevertheless common, Tunisian women are increasingly opting for the sort of surgery offered by Doctor Hajri. But it doesn't stop them regretting the need to convince new husbands of their purity.

Sebelius at conference: Health is 'great global connector,' nations cannot ignore disease

BOULDER, Colo. - Health is the "great global connector" and ignoring disease in other nations will punish people everywhere as the world increasingly is connected by air travel and food transported across the globe, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday. Speaking at the opening of the University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs, Sebelius said nations not only have a practical and economic reason but also a humanitarian one to work together to innovate and share knowledge about advances in fighting disease, whether it's cancer or cholera.

Uganda arrests U.S.-funded health project staffer over gay law

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - A U.S.-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state. Uganda enacted legislation in February that strengthened punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for "aggravated homosexuality" -- including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive.

Golf: Masters card of the course

The card of Augusta National, venue for the Masters on April 10-13: Hole Yards Par 1. 445 4 2. 575 5 3. 350 4 4. 240 3 5. 455 4 6. 180 3 7. 450 4 8. 570 5 9. 460 4 Out 3725 par 36 10. 495 4 11. 505 4 12. 155 3 13. 510 5 14. 440 4 15. 530 5 16. 170 3 17. 440 4 18. 465 4 In 3710 par 36 Total 7435 yards, par 72 afp

Calls to U.S. poison centers involving e-cigarettes jump: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Calls to U.S. poison control centers involving electronic cigarettes rose sharply between 2010 and 2014 as the nicotine delivery devices grew in popularity, health officials said on Thursday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of calls each month involving exposure to the liquid nicotine in the devices rose from one in September 2010 to 215 in February 2014.

Belgian PM in gay rights plea to African leaders

Belgian Prime Minster Elio Di Rupo urged African leaders attending an EU-Africa summit to respect the rights of minorities, including those victimised for their sexual orientation. The remarks were made at a welcome dinner on Wednesday for some 80 EU and African leaders attending a summit including the presidents of Uganda and Nigeria, where draconian anti-gay laws were recently implemented to international outcry.

Australia's cigarette plain packaging debate clouded by lack of data

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than a year after Australia became the first country to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, there is little hard evidence to prove the trailblazing move is worth emulating. Challenges to the stringent laws remain bogged down in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the tobacco lobby is taking control of a debate characterized by a paucity of data.

Love, sex and football: a Brazilian extravaganza awaits

Calling all football lovers ...and lovers. June 12, Brazil. Put it in your diary. The date isn't just the big kick-off as Brazil get the World Cup underway against Croatia; it's also Lovers' Day in the host nation. The coincidence of dates heralds a boon for entrepreneurs plying their wares in Brazil's expanding sex toy market. Manufacturers see a host of opportunities on what they have already dubbed "green and yellow sex day" in honor of the national colors.
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