europeanvoice.com. "Battle over e-cigarettes dominates negotiations on tobacco legislation" - The question of how to regulate electronic cigarettes is the biggest remaining obstacle to an agreement between MEPs and the member states on revising the European Union's laws on tobacco.
eurasianet.org. "Media Forum Hears Calls for Greater Press Freedom" -Participants at an annual gathering of Kazakhstan’s journalist community have called for authorities to ease tight restrictions on freedom of the media.
trend.az. "Some 2,700 drug-related crimes uncovered in Kazakhstan" - Around 2,700 drug-related crimes were revealed in Kazakhstan in 2013, the Committee on combating drug trafficking said. "Some 2,700 drug-related crimes were revealed, over 1,700 sales were prevented and about 2.2 tons of drug, including 131 kilograms of heroin were seized in Kazakhstan in 2013," the committee said.
nih.gov. “NIH Statement On World Aids Day 2013” - In the 25 years that have passed since the first annual commemoration of World AIDS Day, extraordinary scientific progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. That progress has turned an HIV diagnosis from an almost-certain death sentence to what is now for many, a manageable medical condition and nearly normal lifespan. We have come far, yet not far enough.
cnn.com. “Police: 3 sisters imprisoned in Tucson home, tortured with music” - Three sisters who were imprisoned for possibly two years in a Tucson, Arizona, home were bombarded by a constant barrage of music or white noise day and night, police said Wednesday.
cnn.com. "Russian security forces detain 14 suspected radical Islamists” - Authorities in Russia detained 14 suspected radical Islamists in a raid in eastern Moscow overnight and seized explosive devices and weapons, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.