India nears $2.5 bln deal for Boeing military helicopters

NEW DELHI, Aug 30 - India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, an Indian defence ministry official said on Saturday, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and Washington.

10:48am BST

Quake hits Iceland volcano, no sign of fresh eruption - Met office

STOCKHOLM, Aug 30 - A large earthquake hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system early on Saturday, but there was no sign of a fresh eruption, the country's Meteorological Office said.

10:28am BST

Russia demands publication of recordings from downed flight MH17

* Defence official asks why black box data not made public

10:27am BST

Ukrainian cargo plane with 7 on board crashes in Algeria -official

ALGIERS, Aug 30 - A Ukrainian cargo plane with seven people on board crashed in Algeria's far south on Saturday, an Algerian transport ministry official said.

10:18am BST
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