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When I play shooters, there’s nothing like the feeling of acquiring the perfect weapon to take down your enemy. Everyone has their own personal favourites. It could be the sniper rifle that can hit a target with pinpoint accuracy, or it could be the shotgun that rips an enemy to shreds. Its accuracy, how it sounds, the reload time…




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Digital spy tech could face same regulation as weapons in international treaty

A consortium of international governments are working on an update to a nearly 18-year-old agreement in order to limit the export of various electronics security technologies. Citing sources familiar with the talks, The Financial Times says the UK government in particular wants to limit the movement of “complex surveillance and hacking software and cryptography,” as part of the 1996 Wassenaar Arrangement. That agreement was established in mid-1996 to control arms exports between its 41 participating countries (including the US), and could now be expanded to further limit security technologies, just like guns.

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Syria destroys chemical weapons facilities ahead of deadline

Syria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production systems, according to a document from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) obtained by Reuters. The Syrian government had until November 1st to dismantle all production, mixing, and filling equipment, as stipulated under a disarmament timetable forged by American and Russian leaders. After having inspected 21 out of the country’s 23 declared production sites, the OPCW says it is now confident that the regime has met its deadline.

“The OPCW is satisfied it has verified, and seen destroyed, all declared critical production/mixing/filling equipment from all 23 sites,” the OPCW document reads. The organization is expected to formally announce its…

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US and Russia agree to plan to destroy Syrian chemical weapons by mid-2014

After three long days of discussions in Geneva, the United States and Russia agreed to a draft framework that calls for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons facilities and munitions by the first half of 2014. Both nations “expect Syria to submit, within a week, a comprehensive listing, including names, types, and quantities of its chemical weapons agents,” as well as details — including the locations of — the government’s production, storage, and research facilities.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been in negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to agree to the proposal, said at a press conference on Saturday: “If we can make this framework a success, we save lives in the region and lay the…

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Syria’s bloody conflict escalates with chemical weapons attack

The long armed conflict between the Syrian regime and opposition rebels that began in 2011 with peaceful demonstrations escalated in early 2013, with reports of alleged nerve gas attacks. The events have put international pressure on the Obama Administration to respond following its warning that chemical warfare was a “red line.”

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US reportedly using Skype and email to warn Syrian officials against using chemical weapons

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Control of information networks has been integral to the Syrian conflict, and American officials are now using those same networks to warn off people who might distribute chemical weapons. Eli Lake, national security correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, reports that after a July suicide bombing in Syria, the US government began looking for the email addresses, phone numbers, Skype names, and social media accounts of mid-level military officials who might be in charge of missiles or sarin and mustard gas. Once they found them, they sent a “message of deterrence,” urging officials not to use or transfer weapons.

The idea isn’t just to ask them to keep arsenals safe in the case of a regime collapse — it’s to drive home that…

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Communications satellites no longer classed as weapons, US export ban lifted

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For the first time since in over a decade, American companies will be permitted to sell and export communications satellites to foreign companies. Such satellites have been in use since the mid-sixties, but although the US was a major player in the market, but in 1999 a new law passed that defined them as weapons, forbidding their export. As The New York Times reports, President Obama has signed a defense bill that reverts the ban and reclassifies communications satellites as civilian technology.

“This is a tremendous assist… it will ensure our place at the forefront of space.”

The move will benefit American companies that had their satellite programs crippled by the 1999 ban, but the new bill retains some restrictions. Companies…

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