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DUBLIN -- An international treaty banning the use of cluster bombs was signed by 111 nations in May. Cluster bombs disperse thousands of "bomblets" over a target that detonate in a devastating cloud of shrapnel.

Unfortunately, a small percentage of these bomblets routinely do not explode, remaining a menace to small children and farm animals for decades. The new treaty aims to prohibit the use of such weapons under all circumstances. The United States, which previously refused to join a global landmine ban, was a lone holdout among major Western powers.
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Title Annotation:signs of the times; banning the use of cluster bombs
Author:Clarke, Kevin
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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