Tag: Treaties

Pentagon Chief in Favor of Deploying U.S. Missiles to Asia

SYDNEY, Australia — The American defense secretary, Mark T. Esper, said Saturday that he was in favor of deploying ground-based missiles to Asia, a day after the United States formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms treaty that directly limited such weapons. Mr. Esper, speaking to reporters on his way to Australia, said he […]

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End of Missile Treaty Leaves a Major Vacuum in NATO Defense

BRUSSELS — NATO repeated its support for the United States’ decision to abandon the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement on Friday and said it would respond in a “measured and responsible way” to a deployment of missiles by Moscow that violated the pact. “Russia bears sole responsibility for the demise of the treaty,” the alliance […]

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U.S. Ends Cold War Missile Treaty, With Aim of Countering China

WASHINGTON — The United States on Friday terminated a major treaty of the Cold War, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement, and it is already planning to start testing a new class of missiles later this summer. But the new missiles are unlikely to be deployed to counter the treaty’s other nuclear power, Russia, which the […]

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Senate Approves Tax Treaties for First Time in Decade

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve updates to international tax treaties, some of which were negotiated in the early years of the Obama administration, in a bipartisan victory for multinational companies. The so-called treaty protocols with Switzerland, Japan and Luxembourg were approved a day after senators passed a protocol with Spain. […]

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As Nations Look to Tax Tech Firms, U.S. Scrambles to Broker a Deal

WASHINGTON — For most of the 21st century, wealthy nations have engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxes, cutting rates in an effort to poach business activity across borders. Very quickly, that script has flipped. Developed countries are now moving to impose new taxes on technology companies, like Facebook and Google, that […]

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Should Neil Armstrong’s Bootprints Be on the Moon Forever?

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin visited the moon 50 years ago, they left roughly 100 objects behind, including a portion of their lunar lander, the American flag and, yes, various kinds […]

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NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

BRUSSELS — NATO military officials are exploring whether to upgrade their defenses to make them capable of shooting down newly deployed Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles after a landmark arms treaty dissolves next month, according to three European officials. Any change to the stated mission of NATO’s current missile defense system — aimed at threats from […]

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