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China considers tougher tobacco controls: Xinhua

China, the world's biggest tobacco market, is considering a draft regulation that would ban indoor smoking, limit outdoor smoking and end tobacco advertising, the state-run Xinhua news agency has reported.

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crash site of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine

Ukraine to close state offices, bank services in rebel-held east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued several decrees on Saturday to shut state institutions and banking services in pro-Russian eastern regions, pressing a move to cut links with the rebel-held territory.

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Russian rouble banknotes and kopeck coins

Russians buy dollars, hoard cash on rouble fears

Many Russians are buying dollars and hoarding cash, increasingly concerned by a slide in the rouble and wary of possible restrictions on bank withdrawals as President Vladimir Putin blames currency woes on speculators and the West.

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Paris, France

Rise in French speakers since 2010 a boost for France: report

The number of French speakers across the world grew 25 percent since 2010, the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) said in a report published on Wednesday, a potential boost as France seeks growth from overseas opportunities.

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Merrill Lynch

The master who teaches the Merrill herd to graze on wheatgrass and chia

At a retreat for Merrill Lynch financial advisers in a luxury Orlando hotel last month, a group of several dozen men and women in business attire swung their arms back and forth over their heads to Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" to get their circulation going.

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Fashion

London exhibition celebrates female empowerment through fashion

From a jade green wool dress suit worn by former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher to the suffragettes' lace blouses, clothes have been a defining feature of women's empowerment, according to a new exhibition in London.

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Health insurance

Insurance, income, education tied to survival after lung cancer surgery

How long patients survive after surgery to remove lung cancer may depend on factors like insurance, income and education, according to a new study.

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June Shannon

TLC cancels reality TV program 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

Cable television network TLC on Friday said it has canceled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," the popular cable reality series, about a rural Georgia family and their precocious beauty pageant daughter.

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Osenat auction house in Paris

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a "bicorne" felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what the auctioneer calls the "sale of a century" for fans of the legendary leader.

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Maternity hospital in Caracas

Venezuela music project helps low-income kids even before birth

When Adan Bello was born in Caracas, he barely cried. Then the Venezuelan baby's blinking eyes turned towards the calm melody of a duo of harpists playing Brahms' "Cradle Song" in the corner of a public hospital's maternity wing.

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Consumer

U.S. consumer sentiment rises despite Ebola fears

While the appearance of the deadly Ebola virus in Texas is worrying the nation, it has yet to lead Americans to take a more cautious view over how to spend their money, data suggested on Friday.

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Circus school in Havana

Cuban children train for circus, and a future

Inside an abandoned movie theater on a noisy avenue in a working-class section of Havana, some 70 Cuban children as young as nine pursue their dream of joining the circus.

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Sotheby's auction house

Giacometti 'Chariot' on view at $800 million Sotheby's show

A sculpture of a goddess riding a chariot and a limestone bust of a woman's head upon which the sculptor Modigliani used to light candles are the centerpieces of an eye-popping 500 million pounds ($800 million) of art put on show at Sotheby's on Friday.

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Lauren Bacall

Bonhams to auction Lauren Bacall's art collection

An art collection amassed by the late movie star Lauren Bacall, including eight sculptures by Henry Moore, will go under the hammer next year in New York, Bonhams auction house said on Friday.

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Rome Opera House

Rome opera house sacks orchestra, chorus as arts funding shrivels

Rome's opera house has sacked nearly 200 members of its permanent orchestra and chorus as Italy's worst economic crisis for decades chokes state spending on the arts.

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