The United States finally agrees not to make new landmines anymore

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Landmines are responsible for 15,000 to 20,000 deaths every year around the globe, the vast majority of them (80 percent) civilians, according to the United Nations. Many more people are injured by the explosives, which are scattered throughout conflict zones in 78 countries. Back in late 1997, a bunch of countries agreed that they should try and put a stop to these preventable horrors, so they signed a treaty in Ottawa, Canada, vowing not to use, stockpile or trade in anti-personnel mines. But the United States conspicuously resisted signing the treaty, despite holding a general position against landmine usage and plowing tons of money into their removal. That changed today: the US government officially announced it will stop…

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