Increased fears about global stability and the rise of new military powers is driving a return to steady growth in worldwide defence spending.

A new analysis of arms spending from Jane’s Defence Budgets report found that outlays on weapons, equipment rose 1pc in 2016, to a global total of $1.57 trillion.

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Time For Truth: (The Telegraph) – $1,570,000,000,000: how much the world spent on arms this year

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The decision to increase the budget of the European Defence Agency (EDA) to 31 million euro was made by the Council of the European Union, according to a source.

The Council of the European Union decided on Wednesday to increase the budget of the European Defence Agency (EDA) from 30.5 million euro ($32.7 million) to 31 million euro, a source said.

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Although virtually unknown, the European Defence Agency could be a vital element if the EU hopes to forge tighter defence links in the future.

Currently, the organisation has a relatively tiny budget, staff of just 130 people, and is run by diplomats not military chiefs.

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For some, it’s 13 going on $5 million for the Jewish rite of passage as industry families “outdo one another … and the Grammys and the Emmys.”

Bar mitzvahs in Hollywood aren’t just parties — they also can be auditions.

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Time For Truth: (Hollywood Reporter) – Hollywood's Battles For The Best Bar Mitzvah: $5m Budgets, Justin Bieber And Camels

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How did you like the 15th century? Not so much? Too bad because syphilis is making a comeback.

According to a new report issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a spike in the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea, but syphilis came out on top with a whopping 19 percent rise over just last year. The spike was felt most by young people ages 15 to 24.

Read the Full Article: Source – New York Post
Time For Truth: (New York Post) – Tinder might be to blame for rise in syphilis among millennials

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