Issue: June 07, 2011   (Archive)
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US cigarette smokers are a dying breed, say health authorities
The number of cigarette smokers in the United States has dropped to about 15 percent of the population, its lowest point in decades.

More relics at risk as temple loss snapped
Satellite images show the main temple in Syria's Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State.

Journos in the clear on navy trafficking link
Two journalists, including an Australian editor, have been found not guilty of criminal defamation by a court in Phuket, their lawyer said, over a report implicating the Thai navy in human trafficking.

Singapore's voters up for a count
Campaigning for Singapore's September 11 election began yesterday with the opposition seeking a bigger role as voters chafe at immigration and expensive living.

Merkel backs refugee distribution formula
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says refugees should be distributed across the European Union according to member states' ability to receive them, as part of a strategy to cope with Europe's migration crisis.

Med crossing risked by 350,000
More than 350,000 migrants have risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean this year, and some 2,600 have died while making the perilous journey to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said.

Affair not over for adultery site
Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the past week, parent company Avid Life Media said, even after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients.

Show of strength by under-fire leader
Malaysia's government reclaimed the streets of the capital yesterday after massive weekend protests demanding the premier's ouster, staging its own show of force with National Day celebrations attended by thousands.

Angry workers firing up Indonesia
Indonesian trade union chiefs expect tens of thousands of workers to call for higher pay at a mass protest against job cuts today, upping pressure on a government struggling with an economy growing at its slowest in six years.

Stiff border checks spell road to chaos
Austrian authorities toughened controls along the country's eastern borders yesterday, stopping hundreds of refugees and arresting five traffickers in a clampdown that followed last week's discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck.



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