Philip Morris cigarettes charged millions after losing plain packaging case against Australia

Court of arbitration finds Philip Morris Asia case to be ‘an abuse of rights’ and says it must pay Australia’s multi-million dollar legal costs

The tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris will be forced to pay millions of dollars in legal fees to Australia after its failed case against plain packaging laws.

Big tobacco companies have fought vigorously against the Gillard government’s plain packaging laws since they were introduced in 2011.

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‘Close to the stupidest idea’: critics lash Trump-Russia cyber security plan

Republican senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Mario Rubio say Moscow cannot be trusted after its alleged election meddling

Republicans have harshly criticised Donald Trump after he revealed that he had discussed forming a cyber security unit with Vladimir Putin.

Tweeting after his first meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday, the US president said now was the time to work constructively with Moscow, pointing to a ceasefire deal in southwest Syria that came into effect on Sunday.

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Government announces Medicare security review after darknet sale revealed

Former public service head Peter Shergold will lead the review into how 200,000 health professionals access Medicare

The Turnbull government has announced a review the security of the online Medicare system and how doctors are able to access Medicare numbers after a darknet trader was discovered illegally selling patient details on request.

The former public service head Peter Shergold will lead the review, putting on notice thousands of doctors and other providers who have access to Medicare numbers via an online portal.

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