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100 years since the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I

Paris - At 3:50 pm on June 28, 1919 crowds erupted in joy and salvos of celebratory gunfire rang out: the Treaty of Versailles had just been signed. World War I was finally over.

Russia 'probably' violating nuclear test treaty: US general

Washington - A top US military officer said Wednesday that Russia is "probably" violating the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, opening a new area of disagreement as the two powers negotiate arms control.

EU slams Trump's withdrawal from UN arms trade treaty

Apo - The European Union warned Saturday that US President Donald Trump's rejection of a UN treaty designed to regulate the global arms trade would hamper the global fight against illicit weapons trafficking.

EU slams Trump's withdrawal from UN arms trade treaty

Apo - The European Union warned Saturday that US President Donald Trump's rejection of a UN treaty designed to regulate the global arms trade would hamper the global fight against illicit weapons trafficking.

Trump rejects UN arms trade treaty

Indianapolis - President Donald Trump announced Friday that the United States would not abide by a UN treaty aimed at regulating the global arms trade, calling it "misguided" and an encroachment on US sovereignty.

UN talks on space peace treaty fail to reach consensus

Geneva - United Nations-backed talks to prevent an arms race in outer space ended without agreement on Friday, delivering another blow to global disarmament diplomacy.

US accuses Russia, China of undermining space peace push

Geneva - The US on Tuesday accused Russia and China of raising the risk of conflict in space, notably by developing anti-satellite weapons, as diplomats held talks on a treaty to keep space peaceful.

Global arms control architecture 'collapsing': UN

Geneva - The international arms control system is facing collapse, the United Nations chief said Monday, as he urged Russia and the US to stop the imminent demise of a crucial nuclear treaty.

Trump vows to outspend Russia without new missile pact

Washington - President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday that the United States would outspend Russia on missiles without a fresh international accord after he ditched a landmark Cold War treaty.

Latvia seeks international treaty after ill-fated missile pact

Washington - Latvia's foreign minister called Tuesday for long-term diplomacy to reach a new international agreement on intermediate-range missiles after the collapse of a landmark treaty between Russia and the United States.

Russia to develop new missile systems in 2 years after treaty pullout

Moscow - Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday said the country must develop new types of missile systems in the next two years after Washington and Moscow ripped up a key arms control treaty.

Russia must develop new types of missiles in next 2 years: defence minister

Moscow - Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday said the country must develop new types of missile systems in the next two years after Washington and Moscow ripped up a key arms control treaty.

China opposes US withdrawal from INF

Bejing - China on Saturday said it opposes the US decision to withdraw from a landmark Cold War nuclear missile treaty and urged Washington and Russia to hold "constructive" discussions.

Russia suspends nuclear missile treaty after US move

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia was suspending its participation in a key Cold War-era missile treaty in a mirror response to a US move the day before.

Russia suspends nuclear missile treaty after US move

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia was suspending its participation in a key Cold War-era missile treaty in a mirror response to a US move the day before.

US says to withdraw from INF missile treaty with Russia

Washington - The United States said Friday it was withdrawing from the landmark Cold War INF missile treaty with Russia, saying Moscow was in violation.

US bolts Cold War missile treaty as Russia warns of arms race

Washington - The United States said Friday it would exit a landmark Cold War nuclear missile treaty due to purported violations by Russia, which has warned of a new arms race in Europe.

Germany says missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Bucharest - Germany said Friday that Russia had "de facto invalidated" a landmark Cold War missile reduction treaty which the US is poised to abandon, with Europe anxious at the prospect of a new arms race.

Russia says 'no progress' on nuclear treaty ahead of deadline

Moscow - Moscow and Washington have made "no progress" in talks on saving a key arms control treaty, a Russian diplomat said on Thursday, with the United States expected to begin withdrawal this weekend.

NATO says no progress in Russia talks on arms treaty

Apo - Senior NATO and Russian officials failed to make a breakthrough Friday in talks on saving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, raising the spectre of a renewed arms race in Europe.

NATO says no progress in Russia talks on arms treaty

Apo - Senior NATO and Russian officials made no progress Friday in talks on saving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, raising the spectre of a renewed arms race in Europe.

World must save imperilled nuclear arms pact: Nobel-winner ICAN

Geneva - The world needs to "stop being passive" while the US and Russia decide whether to let a crucial nuclear arms control treaty collapse, the head of the Nobel prize-winning group ICAN told AFP.

Germany urges Russia to destroy missile to save nuclear treaty

Moscow - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday called on Russia to destroy a controversial missile system Washington says breaches a key arms control treaty.

Russia, US in war of words over arms treaty

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of being uncooperative on efforts to save a crucial arms control treaty, only to be accused by the US of dishonesty.

Russia ready to work with US to 'save' INF arms treaty: Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow was ready to work with Washington to save a key arms control treaty, calling on Europe to help in the talks.

Nuclear arms treaty faces collapse after failed US-Russia talks

Geneva - The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt Tuesday after the US and Russia blamed each other for pushing the agreement to the brink of collapse.

Russia in 'material breach' of key nuclear treaty: US

Geneva - Russia remains "in material breach" of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the US said Tuesday, raising the prospect that Washington will follow through on threats to ditch the agreement over alleged violations by Moscow.

At 70, universal rights declaration facing uncertain future

Geneva - As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, there are signs that the goals outlined in the text are facing unprecedented threats, from rising nationalism to a worldwide assault on multilateral institutions.

US calls ruling a defeat for Iran, ends treaty

Washington - The United States on Wednesday called an international court ruling against its Iran sanctions a defeat for Tehran as it terminated a 1955 treaty on which the case was based.

Battle for lungs and minds as tobacco control treaty meeting opens

Geneva - A meeting on a global tobacco control treaty opened in Geneva Monday, with organisers scrambling to keep cigarette companies at bay, even as the industry demanded a seat at the table.
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