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No smokes, many drinks for North’s Kim at summit: reports

SEOUL: North Korean leader and known heavy smoker Kim Jong Un refrained from lighting up during a summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in, but enthusiastically accepted every offer of a drink. Kim has often been seen with a cigarette dangling from his fingers -- riding a subway train, visiting hospitals or schools, even when inspecting a ballistic missile. In 2012 he was seen holding a cigarette while watching a sports event with his pregnant wife Ri Sol Ju. But Kim was not seen smoking throughout Friday's…

Saudi Arabia to implement ‘sin tax’ from June 10

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is set to start taxing cigarettes, energy drinks and carbonated drinks from second week of June, reported the Saudi media. According to Saudi Gazette, the move will make KSA the first country in the Gulf Co-operation Council to fix the implementation date. On May 23, the decision was taken by the General Secretariat of Gulf Co-operation Council to impose 100 per cent tax on cigarettes, and energy drinks, and 50 per cent on carbonated drinks. The Zakat Authority is responsible for collecting VAT…

WHO urges price hikes on sugary drinks in obesity fight

GENEVA: The UN health agency on Tuesday urged countries to start taxing sugary beverages as they fight against an obesity epidemic, pointing to evidence that price hikes can dramatically reduce consumption. The World Health Organization's recommendations on sweetened beverages came as the world seeks to bring down whopping obesity rates, with one in three adults overweight. "There is reasonable and increasing evidence that appropriately designed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages would result in proportional reductions in…