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The Guardian, By Xan Rice

April 17, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi’s forces mounted a heavy assault on Libyan rebels holding the key town of Ajdabiya on Sunday in a sign that the regime is stepping up efforts to regain territory in the east of the country.

Explosions were heard for several hours in the morning, forcing some of the few remaining families to flee to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, 90 miles away. (more…)

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November 11, 2010
VIENTIANE (AFP)

A 10-year-old girl died and her sister was injured when a leftover cluster munition exploded, an official said Thursday as global delegates met in Laos aiming to speed removal of the bombs.

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By Murray Wardrop
Published: 8:41AM BST 06 Jul 2009

Lord Bingham, who retired last year as a senior law lord, said the aircraft could follow other weapons considered “so cruel as to be beyond the pale of human tolerance” in being consigned to the history books. (more…)

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By PATRICK QUINN – 18 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government’s failure to grasp the scope of its land mine and bomb problem has derailed efforts to clear what is considered one of the world’s most contaminated countries, two United Nations agencies said Wednesday. (more…)

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By Human Rights Watch

The loss of lives and livelihoods from cluster munitions used by Russia and Georgia during the August 2008 armed conflict reinforces the importance of the new treaty banning the weapon, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United States, China, Russia, Georgia, and other countries opposed to the ban treaty are meeting in Geneva this week in a last-ditch attempt to conclude a separate, far weaker treaty. The 80-page report, “A Dying Practice: Use of Cluster Munitions by Russia and Georgia in August 2008,” is the first comprehensive report on cluster munition use by Russia and Georgia in their week-long conflict over the separatist enclave of South Ossetia. Human Rights Watch field investigations in August, September, and October 2008 documented dozens of civilian deaths and injuries from the use of cluster munitions, including casualties after the fighting ended. Unexploded submunitions continue to threaten civilians.

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