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Hope for regulating global arms sales?

Could this be the time to regulate global arms sales? The foreign ministers of Europe's leading arms-selling nations seem to think so. Next, is Europe an albatross around the neck of an unsuspecting United Kingdom? Finally, maybe you should pay close attention to the demeanour of your next taxi driver before stepping in. A new study has some scary examples of just how dodgy the whole affair can be.

Unlike most globally traded comododities, arms are actually not governed by major international treaties. As The Independent reports, a conference begins today with an eye to coming to an agreement on how to better regulate everything from guns to tanks. 

In the Guardian, the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany call on their colleagues to help come up with a meaningful deal. Lurking in the background, of course, is Syria, which has managed to build up one of the region's biggest arms supplies, in spite of a series of embargoes. 

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised over the weekend that he will put forward a referendum on the relationship between Europe and the UK. But The Express wants him to get on it with it, already:  "We can't carry the albatross of the euro, the weight of a failing currency, and a ruthless Brussels-based regime that seeks to destroy our sovereignty, and over-rides our laws!"

Finally, we read in The Independent of a study on Europe's taxis, which reveals cabbies cruising at double the speed limit, failing to switch on the meter, swearing, and behaving rather badly. The most interesting example was in Amsterdam, where one driver picked up a second passenger, drove a circuitous route, before charging both passengers inflated rates!

By Kyle G. Brown

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