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UN urges measures to stop arms trafficking fueling Haiti’s gang wars

Reuters The head of the United Nation’s drugs and crime office on Thursday warned of a “vicious cycle” of arms trafficking to increasingly powerful Haitian gangs, fueling an internal conflict and worsening violence across the Caribbean. “It’s more important than ever to take every measure possible to prevent illicit flows,” the UNODC’s executive director, Ghada […]

Lebanon Christian cleric urges state control of weapons after clash

Beirut Reuters Lebanon’s top Christian cleric called for state control over weapons on Sunday, days after a deadly clash between Christian villagers and the heavily armed group Hezbollah over an overturned truck of ammunition.  A Hezbollah member and a Christian resident were killed in Wednesday’s exchange of fire in the village of Kahaleh, near Beirut, […]

Pope Francis calls for AI ethics free from violence and discrimination

Pope Francis gestures on the day he meets with aid and charity representatives at "Centro Paroquial de Serafina" during his apostolic journey to Portugal on the occasion of the XXXVII World Youth Day, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 4th August, 2023.

Vatican CityRNS Pope Francis wants the next World Day of Peace to focus on the impact, opportunities and dangers of artificial intelligence as the technology develops and influences a growing number of fields, from information to warfare. Pope Francis gestures on the day he meets with aid and charity representatives at “Centro Paroquial de Serafina” […]

Zelenskiy says Russia is evading sanctions on weapons; Ukraine’s military urges “silence” ahead of expected counter-offensive

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on 14th May, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday said that Russia was using a network of suppliers to evade international sanctions designed to prevent it from making missiles and other weapons. In a video address, Zelenskiy said unnamed countries and companies were helping Russia acquire technology with the emphasis on producing missiles. Russia has launched […]

UN expert says Russia, China sending deadly aid to Myanmar’s military

Soldiers stand next to military vehicles as people gather to protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, on 15th February, 2021.

Washington DC, USReuters Myanmar’s military has imported at least $US1 billion in arms and other material since it staged a coup in February 2021, a UN expert said on Wednesday in a new report that calls out Russia and China for aiding the junta’s deadly campaign to crush its opposition. Since the military seized power […]

Caribbean armed violence fuelled by small-scale gun traffickers – report

Mexico CityReuters High rates of gun violence in the Caribbean are being fueled by small-scale trafficking, largely from the United States, via shipping firms, commercial airlines and by post, according to a new report by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey. Caribbean countries suffer three times more violent deaths than the global average, often caused by […]

Iran exploits quake relief mission to fly weapons to Syria – sources

People ride a motorbike past buildings damaged by an earthquake that hit Syria on February 6, in the rebel-held town of Jandaris, Syria, on 29th March, 2023.

Amman, JordanReuters Iran has used earthquake relief flights to bring weapons and military equipment into its strategic ally Syria, nine Syrian, Iranian, Israeli and Western sources said. The sources told Reuters that the goal was to buttress Iran’s defences against Israel in Syria and to strengthen Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters is the first to report […]