Russia scraps plutonium agreement with US

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Russia scraps plutonium agreement with US

Tensions are escalating in ties between the US and Russia as Moscow suspends a post-Cold War deal with the US on disposal of plutonium from decommissioned nuclear warheads. Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree suspending an agreement concluded in 2000, under which Moscow and Washington were obliged to dispose some 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium. This amount of plutonium is enough to build about 17,000 nuclear warheads. Russia has cited Washington’s “unfriendly actions” and US inability to fulfill its obligations under the deal as reasons behind the decision.

Colombia peace hangs in balance 

The rejection of the truce and peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in a referendum has caught the two sides off guard. The leader of the FARC has said the group will observe the ceasefire although it now hangs in the balance after Colombians narrowly rejected it on Sunday. He also said the outcome of the vote shows the FARC and Bogota have to be stronger to achieve peace in Colombia. 

Occupy Wall Street anniversary 

Over five years have passed since the beginning of a movement that rocked the foundations of the capitalist system in the United States. The Occupy Wall Street Movement began in mid-September in Zuccoti Park in New York, but hit the headlines worldwide after 700 activists were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on the first day of October 2011. The movement soon spread to other major US cities where Occupy Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, and Occupy Seattle were born.

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