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Ambassador: Time is right for new arms control agreement

Ambassador: Time is right for new arms control agreement

Technology
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

World
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

World
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...
NFL owners approve terms of new collective bargaining agreement proposal

NFL owners approve terms of new collective bargaining agreement proposal

Sports
Feb. 20 (UPI) -- NFL owners approved the negotiated terms of a new collective bargaining agreement proposal between the league and the NFL Players Association, the NFL said in a statement Thursday. All 32 NFL owners met Thursday in New York City for an update on the current CBA proposal. With league ownership accepting the terms, the vote will be sent to the players union ahead of a potential agreement between the parties. Three-fourths of the owners must agree to the collective bargaining agreement for it to be ratified. According to ESPN, the proposal didn't receive unanimous approval but garnered enough support to pass. The league's statement Thursday read, "Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a compre...
Paris Agreement: Trump confirms US will leave climate accord

Paris Agreement: Trump confirms US will leave climate accord

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The US will definitely withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump has confirmed.He made the announcement at an energy conference in Pittsburgh on a stage flanked by men in hard hats.He described the accord as a bad deal and said his pro fossil fuel policies had made the US an energy superpower.The earliest he can formally start the process of withdrawing the US from the Paris accord is 4 November.The pull-out will take effect a year later - the day after the 2020 US presidential election – assuming that Mr Trump is re-elected.The Paris agreement brought together 195 nations in the battle to combat climate change.It committed the US to cutting greenhouse gases up to 28% by 2025 based