UPDATE 1-Brazil working to bring Boeing 737 MAX plane back into service this year

(Adds detail, context) BRASILIA, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Brazil is working to bring the Boeing 737 MAX airplane back to service “by the end of the year,” Civil Aviation Secretary Ronei Glanzmann said on Sunday. The MAX has been grounded for months after two deadly crashes, and U.S. airlines do not expect to see it return to service before 2020, according to their flight schedules. Glanzmann’s statement is the first by Brazil’s government on the Boeing issue. Brazil’s civil aviation regulator has been working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation…

Merkel’s Coalition Loses Big in Thuringia Vote, Exit Poll Shows

(Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners lost badly to the left and far-right in elections in the eastern state of Thuringia on Sunday, an ARD TV exit poll shows. Merkel’s Christian Democrats, who ruled Thuringia without interruption from 1992 until 2014, plummeted 11 percentage points from 2014 to 22.5%. At the same time, the populist right-wing AfD more than doubled its standing and looked set to narrowly surpass the CDU with 24%, the poll showed. The incumbent Left party gained marginally to 29.5%, but lacks an absolute majority with…

This Is How America Can Stop China From Dominating the South China Sea

Key Point: The Philippines have a role to play. The United States and the Philippines have been discussing whether the Filipino military should buy the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), a multiple rocket launcher used by the United States and other nations, according to the South China Morning Post. “If deployed, the long-range, precision-guided rockets fired by the system would be able to strike Chinese man-made islands on reefs in the Spratly chain,” the newspaper said. HIMARS is a lighter, more mobile six-barreled version of the U.S. Army’s M270 multiple…

Two U.S. B-52 bombers fly over East Sea: aviation tracker

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) — Two U.S. B-52 strategic bombers flew over the East Sea last week, an aviation tracker said, in a mission possibly designed to send a warning in response to North Korea’s recent series of missile launches. The bombers, which took off from Guam’s Anderson Air Base, “conducted a mission” in the East Sea and “possibly the South China Sea” on Friday, Aircraft Spots said on a Twitter post. Three KC-135R aerial tankers provided support for their flight. The B-52 is considered a representative strategic asset of…

China’s Advance Into the Antarctic

Editor’s Note: Major powers have never fought over Antarctica, and indeed its peaceful status is a diplomatic success that has lasted decades. David Fishman, a former Brookings intern, argues that this may be changing, a development driven in part by climate change. China, in particular, is becoming more assertive in the Antarctic, and Fishman contends that the United States needs to recognize this new reality and adapt accordingly. Daniel Byman *** The Arctic, a sprawling 5.5-million-square-mile region sandwiched between the United States and Russia, has become a site of geopolitical…