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U.N. fails to reach global arms trade treaty

United Nations

States miss deadline for arms treaty

Member states failed to reach agreement Friday on a U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade, and some diplomats and supporters blamed the United States for triggering the unraveling of the monthlong negotiating conference. Hopes had been raised that agreement could be reached on a revised treaty text that closed some major loopholes by Friday's deadline. But the United States announced Friday morning that it needed more time to consider the proposed treaty — and Russia and China then also asked for more time. Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritan of Argentina, the conference chairman, said there are several options for moving forward in the General Assembly.

ROCHESTER, Minn.

Jesse Jackson Jr. in Mayo Clinic

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.) is being treated for depression at the Mayo Clinic, the hospital said Friday in a statement. It provided the first details about his whereabouts and condition since he mysteriously went on a medical leave from Congress several weeks ago. The hospital said he's undergoing an inpatient evaluation for depression and for gastrointestinal issues. The statement didn't address his previous whereabouts. His staff had said he was grappling with emotional issues.

Boston

Explorers find sunken U-boat

Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under a withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket. The U-550 was found Monday by a privately funded group organized by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani. Using side-scan sonar, the seven-man team located the wreck listing to its side in deep water about 70 miles south of Nantucket. The U-550 is one of several World War II-era German U-boats that have been discovered off the U.S. coast, but is the only one that sank in that area, Mazraani said.

Elsewhere

Whitesville, W.Va.: Families of the 29 men killed in the Upper Big Branch mine dedicated a memorial Friday to their fallen relatives and those injured in the April 2010 explosion.

Iraq: Fifteen neighborhood officials in the Iraqi city of Baqubah have resigned to protest what they said was the government's inability to protect them from al-Qaida infiltrators, Iraqi officials said Friday.

Times wires

U.N. fails to reach global arms trade treaty 07/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 11:03pm]
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