>> Five tobacco companies have sued the US Food and Drug Administration over a new law that would force them to place graphic health warnings on cigarette packets.
They argue the plan violates their constitutional right to free speech, as it requires firms to promote the government’s anti-smoking message.
>> Chinese Internet activist Wang Lihong went on trial on August 12. She faces up to five years in prison for “creating a disturbance”. She was detained in March amid a sweeping crackdown on the rights movement, apparently triggered by government fears of protests inspired by the Arab spring.
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