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Record number of states punishing human rights activism

The UN flag.A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated in the past year against citizens who cooperate with the United Nations, the U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday.


Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

A nuclear blast.Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.


Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns

Handguns.The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials.


Northrop Grumman to buy missile maker Orbital for $7.8 billion

Northrop Grumman is acquiring Orbital ATK.U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp said on Monday it would buy Orbital ATK Inc for about $7.8 billion in a deal that gives it greater access to lucrative government contracts and expands its arsenal of missile defense systems and space rockets.


Qatar to buy 24 Typhoon jets from BAE Systems

Eurofighter Typhoons.Qatar’s defence minister has signed a letter of intent to purchase 24 Typhoon jets from British defence group BAE Systems, in a move that could anger other Gulf countries boycotting Doha.


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