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Move prevents adoption of first-ever international treaty to regulate the $70bn global conventional weapons trade.
Despite potential opposition from Syria, Iran and India, world body says agreement on $70bn trade likely to be passed.
Negotiators from 150 countries are trying to reach a deal to halt the uncontrolled flow of weapons and ammunition.
In the middle of an intense debate on gun control, the UN will meet in March aiming to finalise an arms trade treaty.
Negotiators scramble to reach consensus on treaty cracking down on the $60bn business of illicit trading in small arms.
Shipments of tear gas, bullets and cartridges have continued, even as security forces used them against protesters.
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UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
 
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