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Syria destroys three chemical weapons sites

New York - Syria has destroyed three of its 12 chemical weapons production sites but is unable to dismantle three other facilities because of security conditions, the OPCW chemical watchdog said in its latest report.

Colombia puts Chinese ship captain under house arrest

Estanzuela - A judge has ordered house arrest for the Chinese captain of a freighter Colombia stopped in port for carrying unregistered Cuba-bound weapons and materiel, a prosecutor said Sunday.

Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

New York - Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.

Arms removal or relocation? Ukraine ceasefire observers in the dark

Donetsk - Government forces in Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists they have been battling for 10 months insist they are withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline, as called for by a February ceasefire deal.

Kiev says starting withdrawal of heavy weapons from frontline  

Kiev - Ukraine's military said Thursday it was starting the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the frontline with pro-Russian rebels, a key step in a stuttering peace plan.

Russia warns U.S. arms to Ukraine will cause 'colossal damage' to ties

Moscow - Russia on Thursday warned the United States against sending weapons to Ukraine, saying such action would cause "colossal damage" to ties between the former Cold War foes.

Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Berlin - Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of "instability in the region," German daily Bild reported on Sunday.

Paris jihadists had serious — but available — weapons

Paris - The weapons wielded by gunmen sowing mayhem at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris this week were powerful but -- for those in the know -- available in France, experts say.

Global arms treaty enters into force on Wednesday

New York - A treaty laying down international rules for the $85 billion dollar global arms trade goes into force on Wednesday, with campaigners vowing to make sure it is strictly implemented.

Israel to ease gun controls for self-defence after attack

Jerusalem - Israel is to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defence in the wake of a deadly Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Tuesday.

'Systematic problems' threaten US nuclear force: Hagel

Washington - The US nuclear force is plagued by low morale, manpower shortages and mismanagement that could jeopardize its safety and effectivenesss, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

Hagel to unveil reforms for troubled US nuclear force

Washington - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will unveil measures Friday designed to shore up the US military's troubled nuclear force after a spate of embarrassing incidents exposed management and morale problems, officials said.

Syria escalates barrel bomb attacks as world attention shifts

Beirut - With global attention focused on the fight against jihadists, Syria's regime has in recent weeks stepped up its use of deadly barrel bomb strikes, killing civilians and wreaking devastation.

Op-Ed: Ferguson police chief should be fired

Ferguson - If there still was anyone in the country who thought Tom Jackson could continue as police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, the video "apology" he posted Thursday surely disabused them of any such notion.

Man burgles friend's house hours after he dies in car accident

Zaragoza - A man has been arrested in Valareña, Zaragoza after allegedly breaking into and robbing the home of a friend, only hours after he and two others died in a serious car crash.

Boots on the ground: 40 German soldiers headed to Iraq

Berlin - German officials have announced plans to send 40 soldiers to Iraqi Kurdistan to train Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS.

Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: Rights group

Damascus - Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria's regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Abbott government agrees to fly guns and ammo into Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Sunday that Australia has agreed to a request from the United States for air transportation to fly military weapons and supplies from other nations into Northern Iraq for Kurdish fighters.

ACLU: A terrifying report on the military weapons U.S. cops have

The town of Ferguson, Missouri saw massive riots this weekend in response to the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, and cops showed up with a heavily armed SWAT team.

Aviation officials call for anti-air weapons law

Montreal - Aviation officials called for better dissemination of flight risks and a UN law restricting anti-aircraft weapons use, at an emergency meeting Tuesday on the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

US urges Russia to get rid of 'prohibited' arms

Washington - The United States on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy all weapons banned under a series of pacts, warning that Moscow is in "violation of its obligations" under a 1987 treaty.

Federal judge overturns Washington DC ban on guns in public

Washington - A federal judge has ruled that a ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital Washington DC is unconstitutional.

Federal judge overturns Washington DC ban on guns in public

Washington - A federal judge ruled that the ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital is unconstitutional.

Did a missile down the Malaysian jet over Ukraine?

Washington - If a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday as alleged by Kiev, military analysts say a medium-range missile was the most likely culprit.

Syrian chemical weapons transferred to US ship

Gioia Tauro - The international operation to destroy Syrian chemical weapons entered its final phase on Wednesday, with the stockpile being loaded onto a US military ship equipped to dispose of them.

Panama judge acquits North Korean crew over arms row

Panama City - A Panamanian judge acquitted and ordered the immediate release of three North Koreans detained last year for trying to transport undeclared Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal.

Last dangerous chemicals shipped from Syria: watchdog

The Hague - The last of Syria's declared chemical agents have been shipped from the war-torn country after months of delays and are en route for destruction at sea, the world's chemical watchdog said.

Last dangerous chemicals shipped from Syria: watchdog

The Hague - The last of Syria's declared chemical agents have been shipped from the war-torn country after months of delays and are en route for destruction at sea, the world's chemical watchdog said on Monday.

World's nuclear arsenal reduction slows down: Stockholm institute

Stockholm - The number of nuclear weapons in the world continue to decline, but at a slower pace than in previous years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said Monday.

Former UN envoy warns Syria becoming 'another Somalia'

Berlin - Former UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that the war-torn country was heading toward becoming "another Somalia" ruled by warlords, in an interview published in a German weekly this weekend.
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