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Nearly 50 years after tobacco advertising was banned in the UK in 1965, an advertisement showing what looks like cigarette smoke being exhaled is to show on British TV today as new rules take effect.

 

Polish employees at a Lidl supermarket in Kirkcaldy, Fife have been told to speak only English on the premises. Under threat of dismissal they were banned from using Polish at all, apparently even on their breaks.

 

A British man is thought to have been responsible for a suicide attack in Iraq which resulted in the deaths of eight police officers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Beijing today for the annual two-day summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), hosted by China's Xi Jinping.

 

A company owned by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is alleged to have organised multi-million pound deals with Saudi oil firms, which earned the former Labour leader tens of thousands of pounds.

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As always, Queen Elizabeth II led the nation in Remembrance Sunday ceremonies this weekend, ignoring heightened security after four men were arrested last week on suspicion of terrorism offences. As always, the ceremony was moving. And this year, the day held a special resonance as Britain is also commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

 

 

Festivities marking the 25th anniversary of one of the hallmark events in recent history, the fall of the Berlin Wall, have begun in the capital and across Germany.

The Marussia Formula 1 team has ceased trading and all staff will be made redundant, administrators FRP have announced.

Russia has outlined its official stance on the recent elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics (DRP, LPR) in eastern Ukraine, with presidential aide Yury Ushakov saying that although Russia 'respects' the elections, it does not necessarily mean that Moscow 'recognises' them.

 

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are due to meet in Beijing on Saturday in the run-up to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit which starts next week, a source in the Russian foreign ministry said today.

 

 

Luxembourg has come under fire from the French, German and Dutch finance ministers who have criticised the small European country for allowing multinational corporations to avoid paying billions of dollars of tax as part of complex legal arrangements. New European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker has also been the target of criticism as he was prime minister of Luxembourg at the time the laws were introduced.

The UK will only have to pay half of the proposed £1.7 billion EU contribution, chancellor George Osborne said.

British intelligence agencies have been intercepting communications between lawyers and their clients in particular cases, official MI5, MI6 and GCHQ documents have revealed. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) heard the agencies may have even used the interception of information in cases that they were involved in.

The head of the UN mission, Tony Banbury, charged with fighting Ebola in West Africa has said he does not yet have the resources necessary to defeat it. Mr Banbury said more help was urgently needed, despite significant contributions from the UK, China, Cuba and the US.

As part of an ongoing study of the EU-Russia relationship, members of Britain’s House of Lords today held a "revealing" session with Denis Volkov of the Levada Centre, an independent polling station working in Russia. What emerged was "a fascinating insight into the opinions of ordinary Russians", the committee's chairman said.

 

 

 

Queen Elizabeth II today  inaugurated a garden in London made with soil from the battlefields and cemeteries of Flanders ahead of World War I commemorations this weekend.

 

A group of Dutch investigators and OSCE monitors have begun recovering debris from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 from the crash site in Ukraine with a view to take all of the evidence found to the Netherlands. Investigators will then reconstruct part of the aircraft and continue their analysis.

Moscow today slammed Kiev for violating the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, accusing it of intensifying its military offensive against pro-independence rebels instead of de-escalating a conflict which has killed more than 4,000 people.

 

Britain's Chancellor George Osborne has said the government will be watching petrol and diesel distributors "very carefully" to ensure they pass on oil price reductions to customers. Oil has fallen by about a quarter, from $115 (£72) per barrel in June to about $84 per barrel.

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