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Smoke-free world? Cigarette maker in partnership with asthma inhaler firm

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In a unique move, cigarette maker Philip Morris have entered a tender period with asthma inhaler firm Vectura shareholders

The move has sparked controversy with campaign groups sharply criticising tobacco giants for advocating themselves as part of the move to a smoke-free world.

Earlier this month, an open letter signed by 35 health charities and public health experts urged Vectura board members to reject a takeover bid.

They warned that Vectura may lose access to government grants due to a UN tobacco control treaty under which 180 countries agreed to curb the influence of the tobacco industry on health policy.

“Many university and hospital collaborations are likely to be rejected and participation in clinical trials blocked, disrupting crucial drug development – one of Vectura’s major business activities,” the signatories said.

“A takeover by PMI is therefore likely to cause significant disruption to Vectura’s operations and future profitability for its shareholders.”

Despite this Phillip Morris says they are committed to making their company “smoke free”

Jack is a journalist and producer at Ticker NEWS. He's previously worked for digital media publications in Australia and the US. Jack is particularly interested in reporting on international affairs and sport.

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Ex-military contractor escapes house arrest

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Mastermind of the largest corruption scandal in US Navy history is on the run after cutting of his ankle bracelet

A former military contractor who was at the centre of the largest corruption scandal in U.S. Navy history, has escaped house arrest.

It comes just three weeks before he was set to face sentencing.

The fugitive, known to many as “Fat Leonard”, pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges in 2015.

He bribed U.S. Navy officials with cash, prostitutes, and all-expenses paid trips, in exchange for access to military intelligence, earning him millions.

According to authorities, when police arrived at Francis’ home, all that they found was an ankle bracelet he had cut off and left in a portable cooler.

This all comes as the U.S. Military is reporting a 13 per cent spike in the number of sexual assaults last year.

It’s understood 36,000 service members had experienced unwanted sexual assault, with the Army reporting its largest spike in nearly a decade.

Despite this, the Pentagon says it is working to stamp out this poor behaviour.

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Another tanker got stuck in the Suez Canal – here’s the rescue mission

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Another ship got stuck in the Suez Canal

A crude oil tanker has been re-floated after blocking the famous Canal in Egypt.

According to a spokesman for Suez Canal Authority… the Affinity-V vessel became stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal – but not as long as the last giant tanker of 20-21 that we all remember

The Affinity was refloated after tugboats were deployed to assist.

Affinity V was floating again about five hours later, authority spokesperson George Safwat said. 

Affinity V was travelling from Portugal to Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port of Yanbu.

It’s unclear how much oil the Singaporean-flagged ship was carrying, but ABC reported it has a capacity to carry more than 110,000 tonnes. 

It’s been 18 months since the Ever Given container ship blocked the canal for six days.

The blockage created a massive traffic jam that held up 9 billion a day in global trade.

Thankfully… the Affinity isn’t in the same boat.

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Bojo relaxes on the beaches of Greece

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Outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has well and truly taken his foot off the gas, relaxing on the beaches of Greece as the leadership battle plays out back home

Downing Street has now confirmed Johnson will not be working on his holiday unless he is needed urgently.

It comes as he doges accusations of running a so-called ‘zombie government’ until a new leader is sworn in.

This recent trip to Greece is Johnson’s second break abroad within three weeks, as British resident struggle through a worsening energy crisis.

Meanwhile, as the outgoing P-M stretches out on the beach, two large removal trucks have turned up at Number 10 to begin his transition out of the official residence.

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