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British America Tobacco is aiming to become the UK’s lead supplier of e-cigarettes after it became the first major tobacco company to put them on sale this week.

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The Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said on Monday that three years of anti-corruption reforms have banished his country's image as the “sick man of Asia” but added he has lost patience over continuing problems such as large-scale smuggling and declared a tougher crackdown against wrongdoing in government.

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Facebook moves into new markets as low-powered app hits 100 million users

Facebook have announced a new milestone with more than 100 million people using Facebook For Every Phone each month.  The app, which is designed for low-tech feature phones to use as little data as possible, is powering the company’s growth in new markets.

Car dealership HR Owen fends off bid from Vincent Tan

One of London’s oldest car dealerships today urged shareholders to reject a £32.5 million offer for the business from Malaysian billionaire and owner of Premier League football club Cardiff City Vincent Tan.

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Saudi princess living in the US charged with human trafficking

Meshael Alayban was arrested in California and charged with allegedly holding a Kenyan maid against her will. She could face up to 12 years in prison

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Oh baby! Justin Bieber hits pedestrian with his white Ferrari in Hollywood, Los Angeles police confirm

Justin Bieber struck a pedestrian with his car in Hollywood late last night, according to Los Angeles police.

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Nurse cleared in Stepping Hill Hospital poisoning investigation to sue police

A nurse who was arrested and then later freed over the alleged poisoning deaths of hospital patients is to sue the police.

Six killed in explosion in Manila apartment complex

The death toll from a powerful explosion that ripped through an upscale apartment complex in the Philippine capital has risen to six, including the crew of a passing delivery van that was hit by debris, authorities said on Saturday.

Fiji: An island in turmoil

The South Pacific island idyll of Fiji has been in political turmoil since separating from Britain in 1970.

Taiwan's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao speaks during a press conference in Taipei saying she had refused to see Philippine special envoy Amadeo Perez in regards to Philippine coastguards shooting dead a 65-year-old fisherman last week after they said his vessel strayed into Manila's territorial waters

Taiwan rejects Manila apology for fisherman death

Taiwan slammed Manila's apology for the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman as informal and insincere, and said it is recalling its representative and will discourage travel to the Philippines.

Five climbers killed after Mayon volcano erupts in Philippines

More than a dozen injured in first major activity in three years

A young girl stands amid the burned ruins of Baga, Nigeria

Voices in Danger: Nigeria added to list of most dangerous countries for journalists

Nigeria has been added to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists' annual list of most dangerous countries

Nigeria joins journalist danger list on World Press Freedom day

Nigeria today joined the list of countries where journalists are routinely murdered and assaulted without any convictions for their attackers.

Thousands march in May Day protests in Dhaka over lax safety regulations

Bangladesh workers rally to demand safer working conditions and death penalty for owner of collapsed factory as death toll passes 400

Thousands march in May Day protests in Dhaka over lax safety regulations

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