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  • A pedestrian uses a mobile device to photograph the New York Stock Exchange.

    Europe closed sharply up on Tuesday, as sentiment was lifted by positive U.S. trade, and strong gains from banks, insurers and retailers.

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    Europe's highest court upholds tough EU law on standardising cigarette packaging and banning advertising of e-cigarettes.

  • Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud attends the GCC-Morocco Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on April 20, 2016.

    European stocks ended trade in the red, amid weak sentiment across the globe, as a sharp decline in mining stocks weighed on the wider benchmarks.

  • European stocks ended sharply lower on Thursday, as bank and commodity stocks sold off and investors remained jittery over the global economy's health.

  • A pile of Benson & Hedges Gold cigarettes, produced by British American Tobacco Plc.

    An adviser to Europe's highest court said an EU law on cigarettes was valid, rebuffing a challenge from British American Tobacco.

  • LUXEMBOURG/ LONDON, Dec 23- An adviser to Europe's highest court said an EU law on cigarettes was valid, rebuffing a challenge from Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, though the court still has to deliver a final ruling. The opinion, if adopted by the court in Luxembourg, would be a blow to Big Tobacco companies, which had lobbied vigorously...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Imperial Tobacco Group plans to drop "tobacco" from its name and call itself Imperial Brands, which is more in keeping with its business now, it said on Tuesday. Imperial's portfolio spans cigarettes, including Gauloises and Davidoff, the Tabacalarea cigar business, the Fontem Ventures e-cigarette business and the Logista logistics business.

  • THE HAGUE, Dec 11- Electronic cigarettes and water pipes will be banned in the Netherlands for children under 18 from next year, the government said, after finding that the devices were more damaging to health than expected. Tobacco companies, including BAT, Philip Morris, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco, are all jostling for position in the emerging vaping...

  • Companies including Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group are challenging the legislation because it will prohibit all forms of branding on tobacco packaging, including colors and logos. "Smoking is catastrophic for your health and kills over 100,000 people every year in the UK," said...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Big Tobacco took the British government to court on Thursday, arguing that the UK's "plain packaging" law which will take effect next May, unlawfully takes away its intellectual property. Companies including Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group are challenging the...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 7- Russia is considering a bill to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 as part of an ongoing drive to improve public health in a nation of heavy smokers. Japan Tobacco Inc, Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco together control 90 percent of the $16 billion Russian cigarette market, based on 2014 results,...

  • Europe traded sharply lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the minutes of the Fed's meeting last month and oil prices tumbled.

  • European stock markets ended sharply higher Wednesday after hints that Greece may have edge closer to finalizing a deal with its euro zone creditors.

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    European equities closed mostly higher on Wednesday as investors reacted to a slew of earnings reports and data, as the euro rallied against the dollar.

  • Imperial Tobacco's underlying net revenue took a 3 percent hit in its growth markets due to instability in Iraq in the 6 months to March.

  • Packs of Camel cigarettes, manufactured by Reynolds American, are shown on a newsstand counter in London.

    The Federal Trade Commission is considering allowing a merger between Reynolds American and Lorillard, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • An illustration of how a UK cigarette packet would look if the plain packaging regulations were introduced.

    British politicians are expected to approve laws to enforce plain, standardized packaging for cigarettes.

  • European equities ended higher on Thursday as investors cheering a peace deal agreed between Ukraine and Russia.

  • European equities ticked higher on Friday after a strong U.S. jobs data, while Greece's talks with Germany were met with mixed success.

  • A pack of Camel cigarettes, manufactured by Reynolds American, is in a display rack in a newsstand in London.

    Susan Cameron is confident regulators will allow the tobacco giant to acquire Lorillard for $24.7 billion.