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Profits at Nigeria's Stanbic IBTC more than double

Profits at Nigeria's Stanbic IBTC more than doubleLAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's Stanbic IBTC Holdings, a unit of South Africa's Standard Bank, said on Thursday its 2013 pretax profit rose to 24.62 billion naira, an increase of 116 percent from 11.41 billion naira a year earlier. Gross earnings grew to 111.22 billion naira during the period, compared with 91.86 billion naira in 2012, it said in a filing with the Nigeria Stock Exchange. Stanbic IBTC proposed a dividend of 0.10 naira per

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Most cigarettes sold in New York were smuggled out of state

Most cigarettes sold in New York were smuggled out of stateA new study claims that higher cigarette taxes have led to a surge in black market sales of tobacco in New York and other states.

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Ralph Bakshi's son discovers lost footage from 'Lord of the Rings' animated film

Ralph Bakshi's son discovers lost footage from 'Lord of the Rings' animated filmIt's not The Lord of The Rings that most audiences identify with today, but Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film was an impressive feat for its time. In creating the film — the first full-length adaptation of Tolkien's classic — Bakshi went with a strategy that combined both traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage. Critics were split on whether The Lord of The Rings was actually a good movie, but the visual exp

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Review: 'Only Lovers' a moody vampire movie

Review: 'Only Lovers' a moody vampire movieLOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Thin Man" with blood cocktails, an ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism, Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive" is an addictive mood and tone piece, a nocturnal reverie that incidentally celebrates a marriage that has lasted untold centuries. Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, i

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Israeli Miss World's anti-rape crusade goes global

Israeli Miss World's anti-rape crusade goes globalNETANYA, Israel (AP) — When 18-year-old Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998, the tears streaming down her cheeks appeared to be the overwhelming joy of a young woman fulfilling a childhood dream. Few knew the painful truth behind them — that just six weeks earlier she had been raped at knifepoint.

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US stock futures little changed

US stock futures little changedNEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures were little changed on Tuesday, suggesting that a three-day slump in the market may abate. Investors will also start to focus on company earnings this week.

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