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The es­ti­mated num­ber of smok­ers in China, where more than 1m peo­ple die ev­ery year of smok­ing-re­lated ill­nesses. While smok­ing bans ex­ist in the coun­try, they have been poorly en­forced, which con­sumes a third of the world’s cig­a­rettes. Bei­jing in­tro­duced a new law ban­ning smok­ing in public places on 1 June, with the gov­ern­ment hop­ing that im­pos­ing fines, re­duced ad­ver­tis­ing and public sham­ing will help to re­duce the habit.

− Sepp Blat­ter to a Swiss tele­vi­sion sta­tion af­ter his re-elec­tion as FIFA pres­i­dent on 29 May, shortly af­ter the ar­rest of nine cur­rent and for­mer FIFA ex­ec­u­tives on charges of bribery and cor­rup­tion. Blat­ter has served as pres­i­dent of FIFA since 1998.

FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter ges­tures dur­ing a press

con­fer­ence on 30 May in Zurich af­ter be­ing re­elected dur­ing the FIFA Congress. Blat­ter said he was “shocked” at the way the US ju­di­ciary has tar­geted foot­ball’s world body and slammed what he called a

“hate” cam­paign by Europe’s foot­ball lead­ers. “Why would I step down? That would mean I recog­nise that I did wrong.”

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