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UN set to adopt treaty banning nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS: A global treaty banning nuclear weapons is set to be adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Supporters describe the treaty as a historic achievement but the nuclear-armed states have dismissed the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 nuclear weapons. Led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand, 141 countries have taken…