In Nigeria, the gambling industry has seen a huge boom in recent years, benefiting state coffers. One of the most popular games is lotto, but there's a growing addiction among people who are already down on their luck due to poverty or unemployment.
Though alcohol and tobacco consumption have both dropped, Germans remain among the leading consumers in the developed world. Authorities are also worried about the rise in citizens addicted to gambling.
The government insists casinos as part of "integrated resorts" will create jobs and attract tourists. Opponents say they will encourage gambling addiction and strengthen underworld gangs. Julian Ryall reports.
An Australian woman is seeking an injunction against a slot machine she says misleads players about their chances of winning. Problem gambling is rampant in Australia, with poker machines widely available in pubs.
The man who attacked a casino in the Philippines was an indebted gambling addict, not an Islamist terrorist, Filipino officials said. The "Islamic State" previously claimed responsibility for the deadly rampage.
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