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EU adopts new chemical weapons sanctions

Luxembourg - The EU set up a new sanctions mechanism targeting those who use and develop chemical weapons on Monday, as part of a crackdown in the wake of the Skripal attack.

Thousands evacuated as explosions spark fire at Ukraine arms depot

Kiev - More than 12,000 people were evacuated after ammunition stored at an arms depot in northern Ukraine began exploding early on Tuesday sparking a huge fire, authorities said.

Fire and explosions erupt at Ukraine arms depot

Kiev - Some 12,000 people were evacuated after a fire and a series of explosions at an arms depot containing thousands of tonnes of ammunition in the north of Ukraine early Tuesday, authorities said.

Dutch government denies it will register gun owners' race, religion

Den Haag - The Dutch government rowed back Thursday after an uproar over reported plans to register the race and religion of gun owners following a string of European terror attacks.

China summons US ambassador over military sanctions

Bejing - China summoned the US ambassador on Saturday to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by the United States against a Chinese military organisation for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles, state media said.

China summons US ambassador over military sanctions

Bejing - China summoned the US ambassador on Saturday to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by the United States against a Chinese military organisation for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles, state media said.

China, Russia warn US of consequences over sanctions

Moscow - Moscow and Beijing lashed out Friday at Washington's new anti-Russian sanctions that also target China for the first time, warning the United States could face consequences.

US hits Chinese unit with sanctions for buying Russian jets, missiles

Washington - The United States hit a Chinese military organization with punishing financial sanctions for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles as it stepped up pressure on Moscow over its "malign activities.

Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns wanted for sex with minor

Washington - A Texas man who has played a central role in the US debate over 3D-printed weapons and caused panic by publishing firearm blueprints online is wanted for having sex with a 16-year-old, police said Wednesday.

'Good people' back Brazil pro-gun stab victim presidential candidate

Rio De Janeiro - Armando Piccinini's father was gunned down outside a bank 16 years ago, but now the 53-year-old is a gun-ownership advocate who says weapons are self-defense necessities in crime-ridden Brazil.

Microwave weapon suspected in mystery attacks on US diplomats: report

Washington - Doctors and scientists increasingly suspect attacks with unconventional microwave weapons as the cause of the mysterious ailments that have stricken more than three dozen American diplomats and their families in Cuba and China, The New York Times repor...

Stolen Paraguayan police rifles replaced with toy guns

Asunci - Paraguayan police are investigating the theft of 42 rifles from a depot that were replaced with toy ones, Minister of the Interior, Ernesto Villamayor said on Monday. The air rifles were replaced with replicas made from plastic or wood.

France, Britain, US put UN hold on Chinese arms deliveries to C. Africa

New York - France, Britain and the United States on Thursday put a hold on a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese weapons deliveries for its national forces.

Banned weapons stoke deadly violence in Nigeria

Kano - A flood of illegal small arms has swamped Nigeria, bringing with it a surge of violence that has left hundreds dead.

Lurid tale of bribery and murder looms anew for Malaysia's Najib

Kuala Lumpur - Ousted Malaysian premier Najib Razak is already in hot water over allegations he looted state funds, but his legal woes could worsen as calls grow for a fresh look at an even darker past scandal involving the grisly slaying of a young model.

Latest shooting revives US arms control debate

Washington - The shooting at a Texas high school has revived the perennial hot-button issue of arms control in the United States, and the ease with which weapons can be purchased.

Lurid tale of bribery and murder looms anew for Malaysia's Najib

Ousted Malaysian premier Najib Razak is already in hot water over allegations he looted state funds, but his legal woes could worsen as calls grow for a fresh look at an even darker past scandal involving the grisly slaying of a young model.

The relentless cycle of school shootings in the United States

Santa Fe - The United States is the only developed country in the world that suffers from a relentless cycle of school shootings, such as the rampage that took yet more lives at a Texas high school on Friday.

'Obvious' that Syria didn't eradicate chemical arsenal: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday an alleged toxic gas attack blamed on Damascus showed that President Bashar al-Assad's regime failed to eradicate its chemical arsenal, but she ruled out joining any military action against Syria."We...

Rights groups target France over weapons link to Yemen war

Paris - France may have broken international law by providing weapons and technical help to Saudi Arabia and the UAE which are fighting Huthi rebels in Yemen, a report commissioned by rights groups said Tuesday.

Moscow claims Syria rebels plan to 'stage' chemical attack

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday claimed that Syrian rebels were planning to stage a chemical attack to give the US-led coalition a pretext to strike Damascus.

10 years after massacre, Norway to ban semi-automatic weapons

Oslo - Norway plans to ban semi-automatic firearms as of 2021, a decade after right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik's mass shooting that left 69 people dead, a Norwegian lawmaker said Tuesday.

Pro-Iranian militia used US Abrams tanks in Syria: Pentagon

Washington - US Abrams tanks sold to Iraq have been used by a pro-Iranian paramilitary group in fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday.

Iran president rules out negotiations over missiles

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that negotiations on the country's missile programme were out of the question.

US to Russia: respect nuclear limits under New START Treaty

Washington - The United States, which unveiled a new aggressive nuclear strategy, has met the limits set on its arsenal under the New START Treaty, which enters a new phase Monday, and reminded Russia to uphold its commitments.

Fear and diplomacy fuel Qatar's military spending

Doha - Since the Qatar diplomatic crisis started, one response by the emirate has become increasingly clear -- Doha is using its extraordinary wealth to fund a massive push in defence spending.

Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa

New York - Russia has asked the UN Security Council for permission to supply light arms and ammunition to the struggling armed forces of the Central African Republic beginning next week, according to a request obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike

Ottawa - The general in command of US nuclear forces said Saturday that he would resist any "illegal" presidential order for a strike and work to find an alternative.

A grieving father takes aim at the US gun lobby

Collinsville - A teddy bear on the bed, a pair of dance shoes, a university diploma: Alison Parker's brutally shortened life is summed up in her bedroom, which her parents keep as a memorial.

N. Korea chemical arms a concern for peace: watchdog

Den Haag - North Korea's chemical weapons stockpile is a "concern for peace and stability" on the Korean peninsula and beyond, the world's chemical watchdog said Wednesday.
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