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U.S. rebuffed in push to head off cluster bomb ban

GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.S.-led push to regulate, rather than ban, cluster munitions failed Friday after 50 countries objected, following humanitarian campaigners’ claims that anything less than a outright ban would be an unprecedented reversal of human rights law. While the United States, China and Russia want rules about the…

Disarmament group slams U.S.-led cluster bomb treaty

GENEVA — Disarmament campaigners accused the United States on Wednesday of negotiating a treaty on cluster munitions which it says could encourage the use of the deadly weapon. Negotiations began in Geneva this week among member states of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as they attempt to conclude…

UN condemns ‘cluster bomb use’ by Libyan regime

GENEVA — The UN human rights chief on Wednesday slammed the Libyan regime for the alleged use of cluster bombs in Misrata, saying such attacks on densely populated urban areas could be international crimes. In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay “condemned the reported repeated use…

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