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Labour’s nuclear weapons stance needs a rethink Letters

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You report (Labour to state ‘non-negotiable’ support for UK’s nuclear weapons, 25 February) that the shadow defence secretary, John Healey, says his party’s commitment to nuclear weapons is “non-negotiable”, seemingly...

The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s plans to increase nuclear weapons

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The announcement that US and Iranian negotiators will join talks in Vienna this week to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran is a rare advance at a time when global efforts to prevent the proliferation of nucle...

Gaza weapons boast may come back to haunt Hamas

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In the rounds of fighting and violence between Hamas and Israel in Gaza in the last dozen years, one thing always has appeared baked into the proposition. For all their industriousness and attempts at innovation in de...

Explosive weapons used in cities kill civilians 91% of time, finds study

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Civilians accounted for 91% of those killed or injured by explosive weapons in populated areas worldwide over the last 10 years – a total of 238,892 people – according to a study of thousands of incidents. The stark s...

Boyfriend Dungeon review – a video game where you can date your weapons

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In the many decades that video games have had us battling through monster-filled dungeons, we’ve seen hundreds of variations on the format – but Boyfriend Dungeon marks the first time that we’ve been able to go on dat...

California scrambles to ban ‘ghost guns’ as untraceable weapons’ popularity soars

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Cities across California are ramping up efforts to try to stop the flow of so-called ghost guns into their jurisdictions, as the do-it-yourself weapons appear with increasing frequency at homicide scenes, traffic stop...

Pakistani nuclear weapons scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan dies aged 85

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Abdul Qadeer Khan, considered to be the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme and later accused of smuggling technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, has died aged 85. The atomic scientist, who spent the la...

Biden’s $500m Saudi deal contradicts policy on ‘offensive’ weapons, critics say

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The Biden administration’s new $500m military contract with Saudi Arabia contradicts the spirit of the White House’s public policy to bar all “offensive” weapons sales to the kingdom for use against the Houthis in Yem...

US accuses Russia of ‘dangerous’ behavior after anti-satellite weapons test

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The US has accused Russia of “dangerous and irresponsible behavior” after it conducted an anti-satellite weapons test that forced astronauts on the International Space Station to prepare for evacuation. Russia fired a...

The EU border where refugees are treated as human weapons

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How the humanitarian crisis playing out on the border of Poland and Belarus became the latest front in the battle between President Lukashenko and the European Union How to ...

California to let citizens enforce ban on assault weapons, echoing Texas abortion law

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California governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state, citing the same authority claimed by conservative lawmakers in Tex...

North Korea fires railway-borne missiles in third weapons test this month

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North Korea’s third weapons test this month involved the firing drill of a railway-borne missile, state media KCNA has said. South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said it had detected what it presumed were two short-ran...

UK supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, MPs told

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Britain has begun supplying Ukraine with new light anti-tank weapons in response to “the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia”, the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has announced The ratcheting up of militar...

Democrats urge Biden to keep pledge to limit nuclear weapons

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Leading Democrats have written to Joe Biden appealing to him to stick to his promise to reduce the US reliance on nuclear weapons for its defence and to revive arms control. The letter, signed by 55 senators and repre...

What are thermobaric weapons and how do they work?

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Fears have risen over the use of thermobaric weapons by Russia after the Ukrainian ambassador to the US said a vacuum bomb – another term for the weapon – had been used during the invasion. The use of such weapons, wh...

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