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Australia delays tobacco rules

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has postponed by five months a planned prohibition on tobacco companies displaying their distinctive colors, brand designs and logos on cigarette packs.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said Wednesday that her government now intends to introduce so-called plain packaging laws starting December next year because the Senate has yet to pass the necessary bills.

Chinese navy delivers medical aid to Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dozens of doctors and nurses fanned out from a Chinese navy hospital ship Tuesday to treat poor Jamaicans as part of a global humanitarian mission to portray China's rapidly growing military as a responsible power.

The People's Liberation Army's 584-foot-long Peace Ark carries more than 100 medical volunteers who provide free surgery, CAT scans, eye care and other procedures.

The floating hospital was launched three years ago and is making its second foreign trip, the Chinese Embassy said.

Mexican army seizes smugglers' catapults

HERMOSILLO, Mexico — The Mexican army says soldiers have seized two catapults that were being used by drug smugglers to fling packages of marijuana across the border into Arizona.

A military statement Tuesday says an anonymous tip led troops to a house in the border city of Agua Prieta where they found a catapult in the bed of a pickup truck and another inside the house.

It says soldiers also seized 1.4 tons of marijuana during Monday's raid in Agua Prieta, which is across the border from Douglas, Arizona.

Mexican troops also seized two catapults in the area last January. Authorities said then that it was the first time they had seen this smuggling method used by local traffickers.

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