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Obama feels heat over Syria chemical weapons claims
Obama feels heat over Syria chemical weapons claims

Growing speculation that the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons is turning up the heat on President Barack Obama, who has warned such a move would be a game changer.

Obama feels heat over Syria chemical weapons claims
UN adopts global treaty on weapons trade
UN adopts global treaty on weapons trade

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday passed the first treaty regulating the conventional arms trade in an attempt to bring transparency and protection of human rights to the often murky industry.

UN adopts global treaty on weapons trade
UN General Assembly set to adopt arms treaty
UN General Assembly set to adopt arms treaty

The UN General Assembly is expected to adopt the first global treaty on the conventional arms trade Tuesday after the 193 member states failed to reach consensus on it last week.

UN General Assembly set to adopt arms treaty
Half of Kazakhstan residents against police shooting without warning

49.2 percent of the adult population of the country’s cities opposes the legislative amendment about gives policemen the right to shoot without warning in case of a threat to their life: poll.

Half of Kazakhstan residents against police shooting without warning
N. Korea says US 'nuclear blackmail' will drive arms race
N. Korea says US 'nuclear blackmail' will drive arms race

North Korea said Monday that "nuclear blackmail" by the United States would drive more countries to follow its lead and build their own atomic weapon.

N. Korea says US 'nuclear blackmail' will drive arms race
China replaces UK in top five arms exporters: report
China replaces UK in top five arms exporters: report

China has overtaken Britain to become the world's fifth largest arms exporter with five percent of the global trade, its highest position since the Cold War.

China replaces UK in top five arms exporters: report
France and Britain willing to arm Syrian rebels
France and Britain willing to arm Syrian rebels

France has joined Britain in voicing its willingness to supply weapons to Syria's rebels if it cannot convince its European partners to lift an arms embargo as the conflict enters its third year.

France and Britain willing to arm Syrian rebels
Argentine ex-president Menem convicted arms smuggling
Argentine ex-president Menem convicted arms smuggling

Former Argentine president Carlos Menem was convicted on Friday of orchestrating arms smuggling while in office.

Argentine ex-president Menem convicted arms smuggling
Map of Iran's nuclear facilities. ©REUTERS
Nuclear weapons do not guarantee security: Kazakhstan to Iran

Kazakhstan is calling Iran to develop nuclear energy and remember that nuclear weapons can never be a guarantee of any country’s security.

Nuclear weapons do not guarantee security: Kazakhstan to Iran
Europe sharply split over military support for Syrian rebels
Europe sharply split over military support for Syrian rebels

Britain, apparently backed by a handful of European Union allies, is fighting to lift an EU arms embargo barring the supply of weapons to the Syrian rebel coalition battling President Bashar al-Assad.

Europe sharply split over military support for Syrian rebels
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UN to sanction N. Korea space agency: diplomat

The UN Security Council will order sanctions against North Korea's space agency in a resolution to be passed this week condemning a ballistic launch.

UN to sanction N. Korea space agency: diplomat
NY governor : stop the gun 'madness'
NY governor : stop the gun 'madness'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday proposed the "toughest assault weapons ban in America" in response to a rash of shooting massacres, including the tragedy last month at a Connecticut school.

NY governor : stop the gun 'madness'
Ye Htut. ©REUTERS
Myanmar denies using chemical weapons on rebels

Myanmar on Thursday denied accusations it had used chemical weapons against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin, where an escalating conflict has overshadowed wider political reforms.

Myanmar denies using chemical weapons on rebels
US teachers take up arms to prevent mass shootings
US teachers take up arms to prevent mass shootings

Several US states are considering allowing school teachers to carry weapons, and educators, determined not to allow a repeat of the Newtown massacre, are flocking to training sessions.

US teachers take up arms to prevent mass shootings
Putin in India with eyes on arms, trade deals
Putin in India with eyes on arms, trade deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in New Delhi on Monday to tighten defence ties and boost trade with India, a traditional ally and one of Russia's top clients for arms sales.

Putin in India with eyes on arms, trade deals
UN sanctions two Iran firms over Syria arms supplies
UN sanctions two Iran firms over Syria arms supplies

The UN Security Council on Thursday slapped sanctions on two Iranian firms accused of supplying arms to the Syrian government.

UN sanctions two Iran firms over Syria arms supplies
Activists convert Japanese boat for whaling campaign
Activists convert Japanese boat for whaling campaign

Activists aiming to halt Japan's whaling fleet Tuesday revealed their new weapon for their latest Antarctic campaign -- a US$2 million ship once owned by the government in Tokyo.

Activists convert Japanese boat for whaling campaign
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Weapons stolen from Australian navy vessel

An intruder robbed an Australian navy vessel of a cache of weapons Friday after overpowering military personnel on guard, the defence department said, in a major security breach.

Weapons stolen from Australian navy vessel
IAEA says key Iran nuclear site fully equipped
IAEA says key Iran nuclear site fully equipped

Iran is ready to significantly boost output at its most controversial nuclear plant, a new UN nuclear agency report showed Friday, taking Tehran closer in theory to being able to develop a nuclear weapon.

IAEA says key Iran nuclear site fully equipped
France proposes defensive weapons for Syria rebels
France proposes defensive weapons for Syria rebels

France raised the prospect of providing Syria's rebels with defensive weapons as Turkey joined it.

France proposes defensive weapons for Syria rebels