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122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

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Nuclear-armed states dismiss the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 atomic weapons

UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 7, 2017) — A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday, July 7, despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Continue reading 122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

Massive Kabul truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds

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GROUND ZERO. An Afghan security force member stands at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. Shah Marai/AFP

No group has so far claimed the powerful blast, which a Western diplomatic source says was caused by 1,500 kilograms of explosives hidden inside a water tanker, in what appeared to be a major intelligence failure

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jun. 1, 2017) — At least 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday, May 31, when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital just days into the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Continue reading Massive Kabul truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds

30 dead, hundreds wounded as Taliban attack rattles Kabul

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TALIBAN ATTACK. Afghan security officials inspect the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the premises of the Ministry of Defense, in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 19, 2016. Photo by Hedayatullah Amid/EPA
Many of the wounded are fighting for their lives, says an interior ministry spokesman

KABUL, Afghanistan (Apr. 19,  2016) — At least 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a Taliban truck bomb tore through central Kabul on Tuesday, April 19, triggering a fierce firefight, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.

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Afghan child casualties soar as urban warfare escalates

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VULNERABLE. An internally displaced Afghan child stands outside a temporary shelter in Herat, Afghanistan, January 20, 2015. File photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan says 161 children were killed and 449 others injured in the first quarter of 2016 alone

KABUL, Afghanistan (Apr. 17, 2016) – Child casualties have soared in Afghanistan this year as the Taliban stepped up attacks in urban areas, the United Nations said Sunday, April 17, branding the figures “appalling.”

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Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

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GERMANY POLICE PATROLS. Armed members of the German police patrol the area at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, 22 March 2016. Photo by David Young/EPA
Belgium locks down the capital, home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, and imposes its highest level of security alert after the explosions

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 23, 2016) — Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights and European railways froze links with Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, after a series of bomb blasts killed around 35 Continue reading Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

ISIS expanding in Libya, fueling arms race

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ISIS IN LIBYA. A view shows damage at the scene after an airstrike by US warplanes against a jihadist training camp in Sabratha, Libya, February 19, 2016. File photo by EPA
ISIS jihadists have cemented their hold on the coastal city of Sirte, wiping out opposition and the group is ‘currently the most significant political and military actor in the region’

UNITED NATIONS (Mar. 11, 2016) — The Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) group has significantly expanded its control over Libya, fueling demand by the country’s warring parties for more arms to confront the threat, UN experts have told the Security Council.

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Over 50 dead as Tunisia foils ’emirate’ bid on Libya border

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It is the second deadly attack in the Tunisia-Libya border area in less than a week

BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia (Mar. 7, 2016) — Tunisian forces repelled a jihadist assault Monday, March 7, on a town near the Libyan border, killing 36 assailants in what authorities said was a thwarted effort to establish an Islamic emirate.

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EU unveils 700M-euro migrant aid plan for Greece

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WORSENING CRISIS. Refugees wait to take the permission to pass the Greek-FYROM borders at the refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece, March 2, 2016. Photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA
The funds would be allocated over 3 years under the plan, which must be approved by a majority of member states and the European Parliament

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 2, 2016) — The EU on Wednesday, March 2, proposed 700 million euros in emergency aid for Greece and other states as it began to tackle the migrant crisis within its borders like humanitarian disasters in developing countries.

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28 killed in Ankara bomb attack on Turkish military

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UP IN FLAMES. Firefighters try to extinguish the flames at the scene of a car bomb detonation close to buildings of the Turkish military, in Ankara, Turkey, February 17, 2016. Stringer/EPA
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation against the perpetrators of the attack, which came on the heels of a spate of deadly strikes in Turkey blamed on jihadists but also on Kurdish rebels

ANKARA, Turkey (Feb. 18, 2016) — At least 28 people were killed and 61 wounded Wednesday, February 17, by a car bomb targeting the Turkish military in the heart of the capital Ankara, the latest in a string of attacks to shake the country.

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Refugee crisis ‘a near existential’ threat to Europe

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KERRY IN MUNICH. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on February 13, 2016. Sven Hoppe/EPA
Kerry on the refugee influx: ‘We are not saying, ‘This is your problem, not ours’. This is our problem’

MUNICH, Germany (Feb. 13, 2016) — The mass influx of refugees and other migrants into Europe spells a “near existential threat” to the continent, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday, February 13.

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