• 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

  • 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

  • EU fails to agree to impose new sanctions on Russia

    Meeting in Brussels on 21 October, EU leaders could not reach an agreement on sanctions to punish Russia for its military actions in Syria. Although the leaders said they would consider "all available options" as they headed into their 20-21 October summit, they failed to respond to

  • North Korea vows to continue launching satellites

    North Korea's National Aerospace Development Agency (NADA) announced on 20 October that it intends to continue launching satellites into space, Yonhap news agency reported. NADA said it would ignore international criticism and carry out more such launches, a declaration that suggests the regime in

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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