United States And Afghanistan; Hope Of An Agreement

military strike. Yet it may come as a surprise that the United States has still not destroyed all of its massive supply of deadly nerve agents. In fact, neither has Russia. Both Washington and Moscow signed the Chemical Weapons Convention of the 1990s, which forbid the use, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons. And both countries missed the convention’s extended deadline last year to destroy all of their chemical weapons. This fact was highlighted during Friday’s ceremony awarding the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons , which is helping to eliminate the Syrian army’s stockpiles of poison gas. “Certain states have not observed the deadline, which was April 2012, for destroying their chemical weapons,” the Nobel committee noted in its official announcement of the coveted peace prize. “This applies especially to the USA and Russia.” The United States estimates it will be at least another decade before it completes destruction of the remaining 10% of its chemical weapons, estimated at more than 3,100 tons. Russia has more than five times that amount left to destroy, according to the OPCW. While it’s unclear exactly how many chemical weapons Syria has, U.S. intelligence and other estimates put its chemical weapons stockpile at about 1,000 tons stored in dozens of sites.

demand to retain legal jurisdiction over the troops that will remain in Afghanistan, which would give them immunity from Afghan law. It will be up to the country’s Loya Jirga, an assembly of elders, leaders and other influential people, to decide whether to accept it. “Tonight we reached some sort of agreements,” Karzai told a news conference, speaking through an interpreter. U.S. officials said they wanted the pact finalized by the end of October and Kerry’s visit was seen as a last-ditch effort to push the deal through before the deadline. The United States is insisting it cannot agree to a deal unless it is granted the right to try US citizens who break the law in Afghanistan at home in the United States. A senior US administration official said the sides had agreed on language in the draft deal that covers the issue of immunity and “that can be put to his Loya Jirga for their consideration.” “We need to say that if the issue of jurisdiction cannot be resolved, then unfortunately there cannot be a bilateral security agreement,” Kerry told a news conference. Karzai said the talks had focused on protecting Afghan sovereignty and that major differences had been resolved, including a US request to run independent counter-terrorism missions on Afghan territory. Such operations carried out by the United States have long infuriated the Afghan president, who had been demanding Washington agree to share intelligence instead. Karzai said the U.S. snatching of a senior Pakistani Taliban commander was an example of the kind of action that Afghanistan wanted to avoid. “This is an issue that we have raised in earnest with the United States in the past few days as we have all previous occasions of such arrests in which the Afghan laws were disregarded,” Karzai said, referring to the capture of commander Latif Mehsud. “Therefore our discussion today in particular has been focused on making sure that through the bilateral security agreement such violations are not repeated.” Kerry attributed the complaint to a misunderstanding. “We followed the normal procedures that the United States follows, we did what we are supposed to do,” he said.

Bionic Man Visits United States for the First Time

The parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. This is the first time theyve been assembled together, says Richard Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project. (Its) an attempt to showcase just how far medical science has gotten, he says. The robot making appearances in the U.S. for the first time this week. Having crossed the Atlantic tucked inside two metal trunks and after a brief holdup in customs thebionicmanwill strut his stuff at the New York Comic Con festival on Friday. Walker says the robot has about 60 to 70 percent of the function of a human. It stands six-and-a-half feet tall and can step, sit and stand with the help of a Rex walking machine thats used by people whove lost the ability to walk due to a spinal injury. It also has a functioning heart that, using an electronic pump, beats and circulates artificial blood, which carries oxygen just like human blood. An artificial, implantable kidney, meanwhile, replaces the function of a modern-day dialysis unit. Although the parts used in the robot work, many of them are a long way from being used in humans. The kidney, for example, is only a prototype.

The United States pre-World Cup schedule keeps filling up

Soccer keeps reminding us how few opportunities there will be to gather the first team ahead of next summers World Cup. No opportunity can be wasted. Thats why the United States Soccer federation has announced its latest friendly, set for Nov. 19 in Vienna against Austria . These teams havent met since 1998. That match will follow a Nov. 15 contest against Scotland at Glasgows famed Hampden Park. Thats the last well see of the national team until the annual January camp which will look quite different this time around. U.S. Soccer isnt officially talking about the January camp yet, but officials will quietly allow that part of the camp will take place in Brazil. It will still be a camp for MLS types and for any Scandinavian league men on break. So that means 14-16 first-choice types wont be able to take advantage of a trip that is mostly about getting familiar with the terrain.