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Nations close to deal on U.N. arms trade treaty: envoys

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations members on Wednesday were close to a deal on the first international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade, though delegates and rights groups said India, Iran or others could still block agreement. Arms control campaigners and human rights groups say one person dies every minute worldwide as a result of armed violence and a treaty is needed to halt the uncontrolled flow of arms and ammunition they say fuels wars, atrocities and rights abuses. Continue reading

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Germany, France paper over euro cracks in show of unity

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts French President Francois Hollande and his government on Tuesday for a celebration marking half a century of post-war partnership, even as their countries struggle to forge a common vision for crisis-hit Europe. Fifty years after Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle signed the Elysee Treaty that sealed a reconciliation between the former adversaries, Berlin and Paris are determined to put on a rousing display of unity. .. Continue reading

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Global telecom treaty without Net controls signed by 89 nations

DUBAI (Reuters) – An international telecommunications treaty signed by 89 countries out of a possible 144 on Friday will have little impact on how carriers operate or how consumers surf the web or make calls around the world when it comes into effect in 2015. But the acrimonious debate over the treaty – and refusal of so many countries, including the United States and much of Europe, to sign up immediately – have exposed a deep split in the international community. Continue reading

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Internet governance talks in jeopardy as Arab states, Russia ally

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A landmark attempt to set global rules for overseeing the Internet threatened to fall apart on Friday as a rift pitting the United States and some Western countries against the rest of the world widened, participants in the talks said. A 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, taking place in Dubai, is supposed to result in the adoption of a new international treaty governing trans-border communications. But in a critical session at the midpoint of the conference on Friday, delegates refused to adopt a U.S. Continue reading

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Iran slams anti-nuclear weapons treaty as discriminatory

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Discriminatory implementation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has left many countries feeling that being a party to the anti-atom bomb pact hinders cooperation in the field atomic energy, Iran's U.N. Continue reading

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North Korea says its rockets can hit U.S. mainland

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has rockets that can hit the U.S. mainland, it said on Tuesday, two days after South Korea struck a deal with the United States to extend the range of its ballistic missiles. North and South Korea have been technically at war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, and regional powers have for years been trying to rein in North Korea's nuclear weapons program Continue reading

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Appeal For Couple On The Run In Cyprus

A fugitive couple are thought to be living in northern Cyprus, which has no extradition treaty with Britain. Continue reading

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Ban Ki-moon pleads for arms pact, Palestinians demand seat

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded on Tuesday for a binding pact to regulate the more than $60 billion global weapons market, while delegates at a treaty drafting conference worked to defuse a dispute over Palestinian participation. Continue reading

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A battle for Internet freedom as UN meeting nears

A year after the Internet helped fuel the Arab Spring uprisings, the role cyberspace plays in launching revolutions is being threatened by proposed changes to a United Nations telecommunications treaty that could allow countries to clamp down on the free flow of information. Continue reading

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Al-Qaida urges Egypt to cancel treaty with Israel

Al-Qaida’s leader has urged Egypt to cancel its peace treaty with Israel and to establish Islamic rule, according to an audio message released Sunday. Continue reading

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