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International headlines 3/9/11

Mar 09, 2011 4:54 pm
Shops to be banned from displaying tobacco products
The Guardian reports that tobacco displays in England will have to be kept out of sight in shops from April 2012 for large stores and April 2015 for all other shops, according to a government announcement. Ministers will also start a public consultation over whether England should become the first country in Europe to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products while insisting they are keeping "an open mind" on the issue.

China to build 10 million low-cost homes
The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong reports that China will invest around 1.3 trillion yuan this year in affordable housing, according to a senior official's May 8 pronouncement. Beijing is struggling to address mounting public concern over runaway property prices.

Rebel leader calls for no-fly zone; bounty offered for him
CNN reports that the head of the interim government in eastern Libya pleaded Wednesday for the international community to move quickly to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, declaring that any delay would result in more casualties. Abdul Jalil resigned his post as minister of justice several weeks ago when he broke with the government of Moammar Gadhafi. His remarks, meanwhile, came shortly after Gadhafi's regime announced a reward Wednesday for Abdul Jalil's capture, branding him "an agent spy."

Copts, Muslims clash in Cairo
At least 11 people have been killed and around 100 others injured in the second set of religious clashes with Muslims in the Egyptian capital Cairo this week. A security source told Al Jazeera that of the 11 that were killed on Tuesday, six were Coptic, five were Muslim and that at least 25 people were arrested by the country's military police for their involvement in the clashes.

Governments 'not ready' for new European privacy law
The BBC is reporting that European rules aimed at giving consumers more control over how their web browsing is tracked will not be enforced come May. No European government has yet drawn up the guidelines for how the ePrivacy directive will be enforced. The laws are supposed to ensure that websites seek consent from users before using tracking technologies.
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