Belarus has agreed to donate eight surplus MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ fighter aircraft plus two Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) air defence systems to Serbia. Serbian defence minister Zoran Djordjevic said that the equipment was donated free of cost, although Serbia will pay for the general overhaul and modernisation of the equipment in Belarus. Source IHS Jane’s 360
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Billionaire investor George Soros has given away nearly $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, transforming it into the “second largest” charity in the US after the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation. Source: RT
Xi Jinping has heralded the dawn of a “new era” of Chinese politics and power at the start of a historic Communist party congress celebrating the end of his first term in office. Source: The Guadiaan