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
Russia on Saturday vetoed a UN draft resolution demanding an end to the bombing of Aleppo, but its own rival measure on a truce in Syria’s war-battered city was rejected.
The failure of the two resolutions deepened divisions at the Security Council between Damascus ally Moscow and the Western powers backing opposition rebels in the war.
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Time For Truth: (Yahoo News) – Divided UN council fails to act to 'save Aleppo'
Leaders say warfare in the coming decades will be fundamentally different from the past 25 years.
To envision the wars of the future, first remember those of the distant past, with their soul-numbing artillery barrages and unstinting waves of conventional enemy forces. Then speed up that mental newsreel and imagine a ground war accelerated by artificial intelligence and precision munitions, nested in a larger strategic sphere where everything is moving at Internet velocity.
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Time For Truth: (Defence One) – Army Warns that Future War with Russia or China Would Be ‘Extremely Lethal and Fast’
Voters in Switzerland have endorsed new laws extending the authority of the country’s spy agencies to monitor internet traffic, tap phones, deploy spy drones and hack foreign computer systems to combat militant attacks.
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Time For Truth: (Russia Today) – Privacy or security? Swiss voters back new mass surveillance laws
The Muslim Brotherhood won seats in Tuesday’s Jordanian parliamentary elections, a mostly symbolic victory that revives the movement’s presence in the country’s legislature for the first time in nearly a decade.
Results of the of the vote were disclosed on Thursday.
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Time For Truth: (Wall Street Journal) – Muslim Brotherhood Regains Foothold in Jordan’s Parliament