Counting the Cost

India's defence spending: Ramping up security through imports

Rising superpower India has been updating its ageing war arsenal and is now one of the world's biggest defence spenders.

Human Rights

Eritrean students forced into indefinite military, govt jobs: HRW

It says Eritrean secondary education is conscription machine that subjects students to forced labour, physical abuse.

Eritrean students forced into indefinite military, govt jobs: HRW

Crime

Why are troops on the streets of Cape Town?

Effectiveness of police under scrutiny as soldiers fan out across ten precincts of South African city.

Why are troops on the streets of Cape Town?

China

China warns US, allies on regional security, Taiwan

Defence white paper outlines China's military plans amid competing claims over territory including the South China Sea.

China warns US, allies on regional security, Taiwan

Turkey

Erdogan says Turkey aims to produce S-400s jointly with Russia

President says S-400s will be ready in April 2020, making Turkey the first NATO nation with Russian missile system.

Erdogan says Turkey aims to produce S-400s jointly with Russia

Turkey

Turkey: S-400 purchase 'not a preference but a necessity'

Defence minister tells US counterpart Ankara needs the Russian defence system because it faces a 'serious threat'.

China

China: US 'playing with fire' over Taiwan arms sale

Beijing says proposed $2.2bn sale 'violates' international law but Taipei defends deal saying it strengthens its forces.

China vows sanctions on US firms over Taiwan arms sale

AJ Impact

Lira drops after Ankara takes delivery of Russian missile system

The lira fell against the dollar on fears that the United States could soon impose retaliatory sanctions against Turkey.

Lira drops after Ankara takes delivery of Russian missile system

Turkey

First shipment of Russian S-400 systems delivered to Turkey

Turkey's defence ministry says missile systems, which may threaten new standoff with US, arrived at base near Ankara.

First shipment of Russian S-400 systems delivered to Turkey

Sudan

Sudan's ruling military council says coup attempt foiled

At least 16 military officers have been arrested in attempted coup d'etat, governing army council says.

Sudan's ruling military council says coup attempt foiled

Middle East

Two Qatari military training planes collide, pilots eject safely

Pilots ejected safely after Qatari military training aircraft collide in mid-air, defence ministry says.

Two Qatari military training planes collide, pilots eject safely

Sudan

Sudan protesters resume talks with military council

Negotiations restart despite protest leaders placing conditions on resumption of transition talks.

Sudan protesters resume talks with military council

Reporter's Notebook

Puerto Rico's Vieques still reels from US Navy bombing

Only 1,600 of the 4,000 hectares suspected of having munitions have been surface cleared, the EPA says.

Puerto Rico's Vieques still reels from decades of US Navy bombing

Sudan

UN 'pauses' peacekeeper pullout amid Sudan turbulence

Blue helmets are still needed to protect civilians in Darfur as Sudan is in post-Bashir chaos, Security Council decides.

UN 'pauses' peacekeeper pullout amid Sudan turbulence

Ethiopia

Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader

The failed putsch on Saturday led to the killing of five senior officials, including the army chief of staff.

Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader