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Malaysia Airlines seeks new widebody planes as jets fill up

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LONDON Malaysia Airlines is looking to lease widebody planes to boost its network from next year and will make a decision on a order of new planes for delivery from 2019 later this year, the carrier's chief executive told Reuters.

India eyes deal to repair Afghan aircraft, deepening military ties

KABUL India is considering whether to pay for repairs to grounded helicopters and transport planes from Afghanistan's air force, signalling a willingness to step up military assistance for Kabul that has irked Pakistan in the past.

Armenia arrests opposition activist for weapon smuggling

YEREVAN Armenia's national security service arrested an opposition activist on weapon smuggling charges on Wednesday, in a move critics say is politically motivated.

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UK to ask insurers to be realistic over airline laptop curbs

LONDON British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said he would be contacting insurers on Wednesday to ask them to be "realistic" about the curbs on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Rafale appears in the lead as Malaysia seeks new fighter jets - defence source

LANGKAWI, Malaysia France's Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation's defence ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defence spending this year.

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Former Monte Paschi chairman Profumo to stand trial in usury case - document

MILAN An Italian judge has ordered former chairman of Monte dei Paschi di Siena to face trial in a case of alleged usury, a court document said.

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Exclusive - North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms: envoy

GENEVA North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programmes, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday. | Video

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Hungary can speed up increases in defence spending, minister says

BUDAPEST Hungary could increase defence spending to NATO's target of 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2024, two years earlier than originally planned, Defence Minister Istvan Simicsko said on Wednesday.

South Korea military says North Korea missile launch did not go off normally

SEOUL South Korea believes a North Korean missile launch on Wednesday did not go off normally, the South Korean defence ministry said, adding it was conducting analysis for further details.

German refusals for arms exports to Turkey spike in past months - report

BERLIN Germany has rejected an unusually high number of requests for arms exports to Turkey in recent months due to mounting concerns about deteriorating human rights in the NATO country, the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Security experts question impact of carry-on electronics ban

PARIS/LONDON New rules banning many electronic items from passenger cabins on U.S.-bound flights will force a rethink now on fire safety concerns in consigning them to the hold, and some experts question whether the limited ban can improve passenger security.

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China's Chery files trademark complaint against Mercedes over green car brand

BEIJING Chinese automaker Chery Automobile Co Ltd [CHERY.UL] has filed a complaint with the country's trademark regulator over Mercedes-Benz's use of the "EQ" name for a line of green-energy vehicles, throwing up a potential road block for the Daimler AG unit in the world's largest electric car market.