Demise of key nuclear pact looms as US, Russia meet
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is demanding that Russia comply with arms control treaties as the formal demise of a key Cold War-era nuclear pact looms in just two weeks.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 150-year-old document that allowed Navajos to return to their homeland in the Four Corners region where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet is destined for a...
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister are sitting down...
BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man who smuggled rare lizards from the Philippines to the U.S. by hiding them in socks and placing them inside electronic equipment has pleaded guilty.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees were on opposite sides of two of three cases that the justices decided Tuesday.
Europeans urge Russia to return to arms-control treaty
BERLIN (AP) — A group of European nations is urging Russia not to abandon a nuclear weapons treaty with the United States.
Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are also calling for new arms...
US calls for compliance with nuclear treaties
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. has called for other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The call Thursday by Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson in Beijing comes as the U.S. is preparing to withdraw from a separate pact, the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the former Soviet Union.
Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply.
Putin issues ominous warning on rising nuclear war threat
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, putting the blame squarely on the U.S., which he accused of irresponsibly pulling out of arms control treaties.
Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin warned that "it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole and maybe even our planet."
Pompeo takes aim at global institutions, gets pushback
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo questioned whether many pillars of international trade and diplomacy are still relevant as he singled out China, Iran and Russia on Tuesday for violating treaties and multistate agreements.
US takes aim at China, Iran, Russia over treaty violations
BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is taking aim at China, Iran and Russia for violating numerous treaties and multi-state agreements.
Voters in German state approve abolishing death penalty
BERLIN (AP) — Voters have approved a constitutional change abolishing the death penalty in Hesse, the last German state to have capital punishment on the books.
The move is purely symbolic, because Germany's federal constitution and European treaties the country has signed already ban the death penalty. These override state law.
Editorials from around New York
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:
The Wall Street Journal on withdrawing from the nuclear arms-control treaty
Donald Trump says the U.S. plans to withdraw from the 1987 INF nuclear arms-control treaty that everyone agrees Russia has been violating for a decade. Yet somehow this is said to be reckless behavior by — Donald Trump? Welcome to the high church of arms control in which treaties are sacrosanct no matter the violation.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case in which a Crow tribal member and former tribal game warden from Montana is asserting his right under a 150-year-old treaty with the U.S. government to hunt elk in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming, The Billings Gazette reports .
Gorbachev: Putin, Trump should focus on arms control
MOSCOW (AP) — Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says if Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump hold a summit, they should focus on curbing the U.S.-Russia arms race and ensuring strategic stability.
Gorbachev's comments Friday to the Interfax news agency comes amid speculation that the U.S. and Russian presidents will meet next month. He hopes the two leaders "will confirm adherence to the main nuclear disarmament treaties — the START and INF Treaties."
HFORT LARAMIE—The Tribal Nations of the Northern Great Plains and the Fort Laramie National Historic Site are coming together to honor a significant time in Wyoming and U.S. history at the 150th anniversary of the signing of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie to be held at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while opening weekend activities will continue through May 1. A full schedule is available here.
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A.R. (Ravi) Ravishankara, Colorado State University
Supreme Court case tests weight of old Native American treaties in 21st century
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Monte Mills, The University of Montana
John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, is talking like a war criminal. Acting on his argument in favor of the preemptive use of nuclear weapons against North Korea and/or Iran without congressional authorization would define the United States as a “rogue” state in violation of existing international treaties and law. Those agreements did not exist when World War II was concluded with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And, as horrific as those actions were, they were in response to a long and deadly conflict with the possibility of much more to come. Furthermore, however lame the excuse might seem to some, they were not preemptive.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Labor Organization is investigating if Venezuela's government violated global accords that protect the political and economic rights of employers. The ILO said Wednesday it had set up a commission to determine whether Venezuela violated treaties related to the right of employers to form associations and be consulted when minimum wages are set.
LONDON (AP) — The use of Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter makes it "highly likely" that Russia was involved, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday.
Novichok refers to a class of nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War. The agents were ostensibly created in an attempt to avoid the international chemical weapons treaty that had just been signed; any new substances wouldn't be subject to past treaties.
Germany: War reparations to Poland resolved but debate OK
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that an experts group could be created to look into calls from some of Poland's nationalist leaders that the country should be paid World War II reparations from Berlin.
However, Sigmar Gabriel also made very clear during his meeting with new Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz that under international law and according to bilateral treaties between the two nations, the question of reparations has long been concluded.
Trump’s security paper offers stark vision of global rivalry
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's "America First" vision is a stark worldview that sees rivals battling each other for supremacy or relevance and has little use for alliances, treaties and other international agreements unless they directly benefit the United States, its industry and workers.
Smithsonian museum to exhibit post from pipeline protest
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A centerpiece of a sprawling camp that evolved on disputed land in southern North Dakota to protest the four-state Dakota Access pipeline is going on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
North Korea says it plans to launch many more satellites
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador said Tuesday the country plans to launch many more satellites and accused the United States of trying to block its efforts to help peacefully develop outer space.
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San Diego County joins legal battle over Tijuana sewage
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County is hoping to protect its southern beaches by joining a growing legal campaign to force the federal government to do more to stop sewage from spilling over the border from Tijuana.
Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego in September filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The panel oversees water treaties with Mexico.
Analysis: Nobel says to Korea nuke players: We are watching
BANGKOK (AP) — They couldn't award it to Kim Jong Un or Donald Trump. That much was certain.
But the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons opened itself to a clear interpretation across Asia: When it comes to the nuclear-saturated war of words on the Korean Peninsula, attention must be paid and treaties must be signed. And it must be done in a preventative way, at top speed, before something happens that can't be undone.
RUSHVILLE — As the era of Indian wars were reaching an end, treaties specified that in exchange for agreeing to live on reservations tribes would receive food, clothing and other supplies. Agencies were generally overseen by a civilian agent and protected by a nearby military garrison, such as the arrangement between the Red Cloud Agency and Camp Robinson (later Fort Robinson.)
Survey: Citizens of many US allies trust Putin over Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign in France (all times local):
Far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon has advocated for an "independent France which will be the world champion of peace".
Melenchon and the 10 other presidential candidates appeared on a television program Thursday night where they are scheduled to speak one after another.
McCullough talks Trump, history and his new book
NEW YORK (AP) — David McCullough, worried about a president he calls "a cloud" on the American horizon, knows well the consolations of history.
"We've been through much harder times than we're in now," the Pulitzer Prize-winning author told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "Yes, we have had problems and have had dishonest and evil people in positions of responsibility. But we have overcome those challenges and we're often better for it."
The Latest: White House congratulates European Union
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming European Union summit (all times local):
The White House Office of the Press Secretary released a statement congratulating the European Union on the sixtieth anniversary of the 1957 Treaties of Rome and the founding of the European Economic Community.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Germany's finance minister says he is confident that Britain will pay what it owes the European Union as it negotiates its exit from the bloc.
The EU wants Britain to pay a hefty divorce bill to cover pension liabilities for EU staff and other commitments that it has agreed to. British negotiators are sure to argue about the size of the bill.
In September 1851, two miles southwest of present-day Morrill, 12,000 Plains Indians — men, women and children — came together for the largest tribal gathering ever recorded.
They came for a treaty between themselves and the white man over the protection of the emigrant trails — Oregon, California, Pony Express and Mormon — and for compensation for the use of tribal lands and resources. It is one of the most significant treaties ever signed in western Nebraska.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court has been revoked, the United Nations secretary-general says, stalling what would have been the first-ever departure from the tribunal that pursues the world's worst atrocities.
The Fort Atkinson Club will kick off its Spring Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 14, with a talk titled “American Indian Treaties of the Upper Great Lakes: How We Know What We Know.”
Anthony Gulig, an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, will examine how we know what we know about American Indian treaties of this area and why such understanding is important.
Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed brother of N. Korean leader
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to vomit, Malaysian police said Friday. It was...
NATO chief concerned if Russia missile reports prove true
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's chief says the military alliance would be concerned if reports that Russia has violated a Cold War-era treaty by deploying a cruise missile prove true.
U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that the missile became operational late last year, possibly violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on the development and testing of cruise missiles.
The Latest: Sanders says Trump may be right about his voters
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):
Sen. Bernie Sanders says President Donald Trump may be right in claiming he won the general election votes of some former Sanders supporters.
Chester, Lopez-Hoffman: We should not end 100 years of breaking down walls to help wildlife
Once a policy prospect, a hardened wall along the Mexico border has morphed into an imminent construction project. Conservationists have been fighting the idea for years out of concern for migratory species as pronghorn antelope and desert tortoises. But the millions of birds, bats and winged insects that can fly over a physical border are confronting a wall of a different sort - one made not of iron, wire and cinderblocks, but of antipathy, enmity and discord. These species cannot thrive without international cooperation.
This is in response to to Deb Kekaualua’s letter in TGI on Sunday.
U.S. President Grover Cleveland, a Democrat, was a friend of Lili’uokalani and refused to allow a Treaty of Annexation. In December 1893 he staged warship exercises in Hawaii to try to intimidate the Hawaiian revolutionary government to step down and restore the ex-queen to the throne. So the Hawaii government waited four years until Cleveland’s successor McKinley, a Republican, became president in 1897.
Panel rejects British company’s $1.3B case against Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An international tribunal has ruled against a London-listed mining company seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from Indonesia's government for terminating coal mining licenses that were forged by an Indonesian business partner.
After attacking the North American Free Trade Agreement repeatedly during his campaign, Donald Trump notably failed to include NAFTA on his agenda for his first day in the Oval Office. Perhaps he has learned that the Constitution prevents the president from terminating our trade agreements by himself.