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[Korea - North] North Korea defector reveals late leader's fears over libido and diabetes

Scientists were tasked with developing aphrodisiacs ...They were also asked to replicate the leader's favorite western brand of cigarette - Rothmans - with tobacco imported from Africa. The scientists were sworn to secrecy and could not even tell their fa
Reuters
added Mar 12, 2016 21:32
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[California] WILLIE BROWN: Gov. Brown needs to buck big tobacco and sign antismoking bills ($$)

As a veteran of California’s tobacco wars, my advice to Gov. Jerry Brown is to buck the tobacco lobby and sign the just-passed package of bills that, among other things, raises the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.
San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
added Mar 12, 2016 10:58
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[Norway] This 19-year-old billionaire's tobacco fortune was partly built on child labour

Alexandra Andresen, 19, became the official youngest billionaire in the world this month with a $1.2 billion... On Wednesday, MailOnline highlighted publicly available records that show the bulk of the fortune comes from Tiedemanns Tobaksfabrik corporatio
Business Insider
added Mar 9, 2016 16:44
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[Bulgaria] Plovdiv’s ‘Tobacco Town’ controversy: discrepancy in documents to be checked

A key part of the investigation into the controversial attempt to demolish a historic warehouse in Plovdiv’s “Tobacco Town” is expected to be the discrepancy between different documents, one saying that the building was not a monument of culture and anot
Sofia Globe (bg)
added Mar 8, 2016 21:54
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Find Out What Became of the Smoking 9-Year-Old Girl in This Iconic Photo — The Truth Is Heartbreaking

Now 34, she lives in Lenoir, North Carolina, and is still “surrounded by crazy people and drugs.” When she was 11-years-old, she was moved into foster care and five years later became addicted to hard drugs. However, despite having such a rough upbringin
First to Know
added Mar 8, 2016 17:08
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[Russia] Meet the real ironman of spaceflight: Valery Polyakov

Mir was far from the buttoned-down environment of the ISS. If the equipment was older and more prone to failure, cosmonauts and astronauts had more freedom. They were able to drink freely,...and there were reports of cigarette smoking.
Ars Technica (blog)
added Mar 7, 2016 23:48
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[Norway] The Youngest Billionaire In The World Is A Norwegian Teenager

The company Ferd...Alexandra and Katharina’s great-great-great grandfather Johan Henrik Andresen bought J.L. Tiedemanns tobacco factory, starting what was to be the market leading cigarette maker in Norway for over 150 years. The family remained in the to
Forbes
added Mar 7, 2016 17:15
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Free flights on the company plane

When Ross Johnson was chief executive of RJR Nabisco, the tobacco-to-biscuits conglomerate, in the 1980s, he sent Rocco, his pet dog, on a 2,000-mile flight aboard the company jet. According to the story, made famous in Barbarians at the Gate, a book ab
Financial Times (uk)
added Mar 7, 2016 07:40
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[New York] Spare Times for March 4-10

Museum at Eldridge Street: ‘After Hours: Beyond the Facade Art and Architecture Tour’ Why does a 19th-century Torah ark have hands carved in the sign of the Vulcan salute? And why does the reader’s lectern have a secret compartment for snuff and chewing t
New York Times
added Mar 4, 2016 04:09
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Family finds seven rare 100-year-old Ty Cobb baseball cards worth more than $1MILLION in a crumpled paper bag in great-grandfather's dilapidated house

T206 is prized by collectors and also includes the Honus Wagner card, arguably the most famous sports card ever The Cobb cards feature a photo of the center fielder and say on the back 'TY COBB — KING OF THE SMOKING TOBACCO WORLD' in green ink
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Mar 3, 2016 22:43
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