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The UN finalized a treaty today that would ban all nuclear weapons, destroy existing weapons, and prohibit their use forever, per NYT. Its negotiation stems in part from some nations' disappointment that the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has not led to disarmament.

Although 130 countries' negotiators participated, none were from the world's nine nuclear-armed countries (U.S., Russia, North Korea, China, Britain, France, India, Pakistan, Israel.)

The U.S. has called it misguided and reckless, and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley noted: "We have to be realistic…Is there anyone who thinks that North Korea would ban nuclear weapons?"

What's next: Countries will be able to start signing on to the ban September 20 at the annual General Assembly. Disarmament hopefuls want to use evidence of public acceptance to pressure the nine nuclear-armed countries to eventually sign on.

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Israel and Sudan begin normalization process after call with Trump

Trump announces the news in the Oval Office. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Sudan and Israel announced today that they will “end the state of belligerence” between them and start the process of normalizing ties.

Driving the news: The announcement came after a phone call hosted by President Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and the head of Sudan's governing council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

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We're all guinea pigs for Tesla's latest self-driving tech

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Tesla is beta-testing its latest self-driving technology with a small group of early adopters, a move that alarms experts and makes every road user — including other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists — unwitting subjects in its ongoing safety experiment.

Why it matters: Tesla hailed the limited rollout of its "full self-driving" beta software as a key milestone, but the warnings on the car's touchscreen underscore the risk in using its own customers — rather than trained safety drivers — to validate the technology.

Trump removes Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list

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President Trump signed Friday an order to remove Sudan from the State Department’s state sponsors of terrorism list, senior U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: Trump’s signature paves the way for the U.S. and Sudan to move forward on a larger deal — which will also include a Sudanese announcement on normalizing its relations with Israel.

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