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UN chief urges end to 'madness' of nuclear weapons testing

Vienna - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for the US, China and other nuclear-armed states to end the "madness" of atomic testing by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which turns 20 this year.

Military spending rises again in 2015

Stockholm - Rising tensions worldwide helped push up military expenditure in 2015, the first increase after four years of declining spending, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report published on Tuesday.

Families of Dunblane massacre victims cling to gun control legacy

London - As Britain marks the 20th anniversary of a school massacre on Sunday, survivors and victims' families cling to tighter gun control as a positive legacy as the issue swirls in the United States.

Coalition bombs IS chemical sites after snaring 'emir'

Washington - The US-led coalition has carried out the first air strikes on Islamic State chemical weapons sites, the Pentagon said Thursday, acting on information from a senior operative described as the extremists' top chemical expert.

Paris police to be equipped with assault rifles

Paris - Parisian police will be given assault rifles and Kalashnikov-resistant shields in a first for the French capital's officers nearly four months after a devastating terror attack killed 130 people, the interior minister said Monday.

U.S. firearms industry marketing to children: Report

Washington - The American firearms industry is targeting children as young as six with brightly colored guns and encouraging parents to let children take up shooting at an early age, according to a new report.

Mustard gas 'used in Iraq' in August

Den Haag - Mustard gas was used in two attacks in Iraq near the Kurdish capital of Arbil in August last year, sources close to the world's chemical watchdog said on Monday.

CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

Washington - CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported.

House arrest for man arrested with guns at Disneyland Paris

Meaux - A man found with guns in a Disneyland Paris hotel was on Tuesday condemned by a French court to six months' house arrest and made to wear an electronic tagging bracelet.

S.F. waterfront slaying suspect claims 2015 killing was accident

San Francisco - The suspect in what seems to have been a random slaying on the San Francisco waterfront has asked for the most serious charge against him — second-degree murder — to be dismissed.

France jails man caught with photo of Paris suspect, weapons

Valence - A French court jailed a man for three years on Friday after police found a photo of key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in his car and a stash of weapons at his home.

PTSD nation? US shootings inflict growing mental toll

Los Angeles - Mass shootings from Newtown to San Bernardino are weighing ever more heavily on Americans, with signs of post-traumatic stress spreading far beyond the circle of survivors and loved ones, experts say.

Syria's declared chemical arms '100% destroyed': watchdog

Den Haag - Syria's declared chemical weapons arsenal has been completely destroyed capping more than two years of work, a global arms watchdog said Tuesday, amid concern sarin gas is still being unleashed in the country's complex civil war.

America's penchant for guns stronger than ever after attacks

Randolph - The Paris and San Bernardino attacks have fueled a surge in US gun sales, as Americans seek to protect themselves -- and stock up in case lawmakers finally act to tighten firearms controls.

Syria denies using chemical weapons in civil war

Den Haag - Syria on Monday denied ever using chemical weapons in its four-year-old civil war, telling a global watchdog it was cooperating fully with the destruction of its toxic stockpile.

Crackdown after Paris attacks leads to 1,200 searches, 165 arrests

Paris - French police have carried out more than 1,200 searches, arrested 165 people and seized 230 weapons in the security crackdown since the attacks in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve said Tuesday.

French expert says chemical attack unlikely despite PM's warning

Paris - The French premier's warning of a chemical or biological weapons attack cannot be excluded, a security expert said Thursday, but stressed this was unlikely as it would be extremely difficult to stage.

Kiev completes arms pullout from eastern front: army

Ukraine - Ukraine's military said Saturday it has finished withdrawing its weapons from the eastern frontline with pro-Russia rebels, where clashes have erupted in recent days despite a ceasefire.

UN watchdog confirms Syria mustard gas use, chlorine attack

Den Haag - The UN chemical weapons watchdog Friday confirmed with "utmost confidence" that mustard gas was used in Syria in August during fighting between rebels and jihadists and "likely" killed a child.

Ukraine rebels complete small arms withdrawal

Donetsk - Ukraine's pro-Russian insurgents said Thursday they had withdrawn all of their smaller weapons from a deadly buffer zone in the ex-Soviet state's separatist east.

Israelis invest in firepower as knife attacks rise

Telavi - Cars are double- and even triple-parked outside a gun shop in Israel's coastal city of Tel Aviv. Inside, customers jostle each other as they wait to be served.

Russia seeks victory over the West in Syria campaign: Analysts

Moscow - Cruise missiles fired from warships, the latest jets pounding far-off targets: Russian President Vladimir Putin's show of strength in Syria looks aimed at proving that a resurgent Moscow can rival the West, analysts said.

U.S. boy, 11, kills girl, eight, over puppy

White Pine - A simple childish spat over a puppy led an 11-year-old boy to shoot and kill his eight-year-old neighbor in the US state of Tennessee, the girl's grieving mother said.

Guns a way of life in U.S. college massacre town

Roseburg - Guns, jewelry and guitars may not immediately seem the most obvious items to sell together in one shop.

Thirteen weapons recovered from US gunman: official

Roseburg - Thirteen weapons have been recovered from the gunman behind the mass shooting at a US community college, and all were purchased legally, officials said on Friday."So far we have recovered 13 weapons.

Ukraine, rebels agree full small weapons withdrawal

Kiev - Kiev and pro-Russian insurgents struck a vital agreement on Wednesday to withdraw their entire arsenal of smaller weapons from the buffer zone splitting eastern rebel-held lands from the rest of Ukraine.

Summer of bloodshed as U.S. murder rates rise

Washington - Dre, who turns 15 this month, has been unable to walk or talk since he was shot in the head, his plight a sad example of the toll taken by worsening US gun violence.

France vows weapons crackdown after Marseille shooting

Paris - The French government said Sunday it was determined to choke off the supply of weapons and disarm criminal gangs, several hours after a man was shot dead in the centre of Marseille, the southern city known for its high crime levels.

Russia lifts UN hold on Syria chemical attacks probe: diplomats

New York - Russia has lifted its objections to a UN investigation into chemical attacks in Syria, clearing the way for the probe to begin, diplomats said.

US unveils Predator drones at Latvian airbase

- The US Air Force on Tuesday showed off its advanced MQ-1 "Predator" drone at a Latvian airbase, marking the first time the cutting-edge aircraft has been deployed in Europe.
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