• Aleppo's rebel enclave rejects evacuation offer

    No civilians and only eight wounded opposition fighters took advantage of the Russian- and Syrian-declared ceasefire in Aleppo on 20 October to leave the besieged city, according to Moscow's Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic. Despite the apparent lack of

  • Significant improvement in operational availability of Australian submarine fleet

    Operational availability of Australia's six Collins-class submarines has improved significantly and by mid-2017 three and sometimes four boats should be available for tasking, according to an independent review of the fleet's sustainment. The report by John Coles, a former head of what was the UK

  • South Sudan faces arms embargo

    Hervé Ladsous, the head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, called on 18 October for an arms embargo on South Sudan to punish its government for obstructing the deployment of a new Regional Protection Force (RPF). "I think an arms embargo should happen now and that's even

  • Arrest of Brazil's former lower house head threatens government's congressional agenda

    EVENT On 19 October, the Brazilian Federal Police arrested Eduardo Cunha, the former head of the lower house, on corruption charges related to the Lava Jato investigation involving kickbacks from Petrobras, he has denied all charges. Cunha, who was expelled from the house last month for breaching

  • BIRD sees strong demand for its aircraft protection system upgrade

    The Israeli company BIRD Aerosystems is upgrading the Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) it has already sold to several customers by installing a radar sensor that will significantly improve its performance against man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), a company representative told IHS

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  • Another North Korean IRBM launch fails

    North Korea conducted another unsuccessful launch of what appeared to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on 20 October, according to US, Japanese, and South Korean officials. "US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected what we assess was a failed North Korean