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Britain, U.S. sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east


BRUSSELS Britain said on Wednesday it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO's biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War.

U.S. using Tunisia to conduct drone operations in Libya - U.S. sources

WASHINGTON/BERLIN The United States has begun using a Tunisian air base to conduct surveillance drone operations inside Libya, the latest expansion of its campaign against Islamic State militants in North Africa, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.


Boeing sees cash growth even if sales, production slow

Boeing Co on Wednesday beat profit expectations in the third quarter as cost-cutting offset declining revenue at the world's biggest planemaker.

EU space strategy seeks to break dependence on Russian rockets

BRUSSELS EU officials said on Wednesday they planned to invest 12 billion euros by 2020 to develop new rockets to launch satellites for defence and data-driven businesses and reduce reliance on Russian launchers.


Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions - reports

MOSCOW/STOCKHOLM Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO's build-up in the region, Russian media reported on Wednesday.

Poland concerned about Russian warship deployment in Kaliningrad

WARSAW Poland expressed concerns on Wednesday over reports that Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet in Kaliningrad by adding warships with long-range cruise missiles.


Airbus fumes over UK ban on Super Puma helicopter flights

PARIS Airbus Group voiced frustration on Wednesday at a continued ban on Super Puma oil industry flights in Britain, weeks after European safety regulators cleared the helicopter to fly again.

Russia confirms withdrawal of request for ships to refuel in Spain - RIA

MOSCOW The Russian embassy in Spain confirmed on Wednesday that Moscow had withdrawn a request for a group of warships to refuel in the Spanish port of Ceuta, the RIA news agency reported.


Airbus Helicopters says plans to cut 582 jobs in restructuring

PARIS Airbus Helicopters plans to cut 582 jobs in France over the next two years via voluntary redundancies in response to weakness in the commercial helicopter market, the company said on Wednesday.

Syrian Foreign Minister to hold Moscow talks on Aleppo this week - Russia

MOSCOW Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem will visit Moscow from Thursday to Saturday this week to talk about the situation in Aleppo and the overall battle against Islamist militants in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.


Bumpy switch to new models hits Airbus Group's third-quarter profits

PARIS Airbus Group posted lower than expected third-quarter profits on Wednesday, led by a faltering performance in its core commercial jet division and continued weakness in the commercial helicopter market, but broadly maintained its full-year financial forecasts.