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Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to new ceasefire agreement

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to new ceasefire agreement

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Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a new temporary ceasefire agreement beginning on midnight Sunday after military skirmishes and bombing of civilians escalated the conflict between the two countries. "The Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia have agreed to a humanitarian truce," Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry said a written statement on Saturday, as reported by the Azerbaijan-based Anadolu news agency. Advertisement Diplomats from both sides have been negotiating a ceasefire in Moscow, as part of the so-called OSCE Minsk Group made up of government officials from Russia, France and the United States. But so far, attempts to negotiate peacefully have not held. Tensions escalated Saturday in the conflict after shelling destroyed homes and kill...
Antarctic Ice Sheet to melt, raise sea levels by 8.5 feet even under Paris Agreement

Antarctic Ice Sheet to melt, raise sea levels by 8.5 feet even under Paris Agreement

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Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The Antarctic Ice Sheet will suffer irreversible ice loss raising ocean levels by 8.5 feet even if the world meets global warming goals laid out by the Paris Agreement on Climate change, scientists said in a report published Wednesday. The analysis determined there are a number of temperature thresholds above pre-industrial levels that will ultimately lead to increasing sea levels if the world's nations don't rein in emissions and global warming. Advertisement The study, published Wednesday in the journal nature, was conducted by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the University of Potsdam in Germany, Columbia University in New York City, and Stockholm University in Sweden. The researchers determined that if global warming is maintained ...
Ambassador: Time is right for new arms control agreement

Ambassador: Time is right for new arms control agreement

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The Trump administration has sketched out a framework that it hopes will avoid a three-way arms raceBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressSeptember 16, 2020, 10:08 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Trump administration has sketched out a framework that it hopes will avoid a three-way arms race as a deadline nears for extending the only remaining nuclear arms control deal with Russia and as China looks to expand its nuclear forces.Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, the special presidential envoy for arms control, spoke with The Associated Press about negotiations with Russia while touring some of the top nuclear research labs and production sites in the United States.Last week’s visit to New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee comes as faciliti
Brazil signs $127M agreement to produce COVID-19 vaccine

Brazil signs $127M agreement to produce COVID-19 vaccine

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June 27 (UPI) -- Brazil's government announced Saturday that it has signed a $ 127 million agreement to start producing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca. The vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, a British pharmaceutical manufacturer, is considered the world's leading candidate and most likely to be licensed as an official vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Advertisement In May AstraZeneca, which has been working since the end of May to develop a vaccine against the virus, began working with Oxford University on a trial to test a vaccine candidate. Earlier this month the company announced that it has reached an agreement with the Inclusive Vaccines Alliance of Europe to supply as many as 400 million doses of the University of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine, with delive...
As U.S.-Taliban near agreement, fate of intra-Afghan talks remains unclear

As U.S.-Taliban near agreement, fate of intra-Afghan talks remains unclear

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- WASHINGTON -- With the possible signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal in the works, the disputed results of the recent Afghan election could complicate the ability of government representatives to negotiate with the Taliban, experts on the 19-year U.S. involvement in Afghanistan say. After weeks of discussions, the United States reached an "understanding" with the Taliban, negotiating a "significant, nationwide reduction in violence," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The week of reduced violence in the region is expected to begin midnight Friday, officials said. "Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward," Pompeo added. "We are preparing for the signing to take place on Feb. 29." A key pa...