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China to control public smoking nationwide by year-end

SHANGHAI: China, the world’s biggest cigarette producer and consumer, aims to impose national smoking-control regulations by the end of this year, authorities said Tuesday. The Asian giant has the world’s largest smoking population, with 28 per cent of all adults and half of its adult men estimated to regularly use cigarettes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says a million people in China die of tobacco-related illnesses annually, with second-hand smoke contributing to some 100,000 deaths each year. In June 2015…

Nokia gains control of Alcatel-Lucent

PARIS: Finnish telecoms giant Nokia has gained control of nearly 80 percent of its French-American rival Alcatel-Lucent, France's stock market regulator said Monday.