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UN deploys RADA radars in Mali

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Unorganized/RADA_MHR.jpg The United Nations’ mission in Mali is using RADA radars to protect its bases by providing early warning against incoming projectiles. This is according to...

Qatar donates armoured vehicles to Somalia

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Egypt overhauling M60 engines

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Another drug bust in the Arabian Sea

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Atalanta airborne ops

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Crew kidnapped in pirate attack off Benin

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Police and protesters clash in Sudan

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Tripoli death toll hits 10

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Massive strike in Tunisia

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Hundreds arrested as Zimbabwe violence continues

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Suspected SANParks field rangers named

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Morocco foils 89 000 illegal immigration attempts

Morocco stopped 89,000 people from illegally migrating in 2018, up 37% on a year earlier, the interior ministry said. Morocco, which other Africans can...

Kruger rangers arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching

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Spanish migrant rescue boat operations halted

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Gunmen kill Ghanaian journalist

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Zimbabwean activist pastor to be charged with subversion

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Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso found dead

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“False news” sees renewed detention in Egypt

A Cairo criminal court renewed the detention of a woman interviewed by the BBC in a report critical of the country's human rights record. The...

Blast claimed by Islamic State kills U.S. troops in Syria

A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed two U.S. troops and two civilians working for the U.S. military in northern Syria on Wednesday,...

Taliban threatens to pull out of peace talks with U.S.

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Houthis threaten more drone attacks

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U.S.-led coalition withdrawing equipment from Syria

The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State added to confusion surrounding the U.S. withdrawal from Syria on Friday by saying it had started the pullout...

U.N. members owe $2 billion in debt to peacekeeping, U.S. owes a third

U.N. member states owe nearly $2 billion (1.54 billion pounds) in peacekeeping funds, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned, with the United States...

Preoccupied Western powers fall silent on human rights

Global powers have become so diverted by populism and domestic discontent that they lack the capacity or inclination to defend human rights or even...

Embraer warns of little or no profit in next two years

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Combat aircraft market to reach $500 billion by 2026

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Airbus announces Africa’s top ten tech start-ups for accelerator programme

Airbus and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have announced the top 10 African tech start-ups that will take part in the latest...

Victory for SA space science

South Africa has been recognised as a leading player in the space science sector. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected by...

The inevitable convergence of physical and cybersecurity

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Impacting Airbus aircraft design

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El Salvador sends more MD 500s to Mali

El Salvador has sent a second aviation unit with three MD 500E helicopters to Mali, where they have taken over from the German Tiger...

Nigerian Air Force loses Mi-35 helicopter in combat against Boko Haram

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lost an Mi-35M attack helicopter in combat while providing close air support to soldiers fighting Boko Haram terrorists...

Lesotho Defence Force receives H125 helicopter

The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Air Wing has taken delivery of an H125 light utility helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, replacing a crashed EC135. The aircraft...

Additional AW109s destined for Nigeria

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Unrest sees Zimbabwe flights cancelled

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Airbus loses to Boeing in annual jet order race

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Boeing unveils refreshed jet concept with ultra-thin wings

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Fatalities on commercial passenger aircraft rise in 2018

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Hensoldt tests UAV collision warning radar

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Sale of armed UAVs growing to the Middle East

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Canada cracks down on drones with new rules

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Yemen’s Houthis threaten more drone attacks

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