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Russian military official - Nusra Front could be behind attack on Syria refugee camp

MOSCOW Russian military official Igor Konashenkov said on Friday that no Russian aircraft or drones had overflown a Syrian refugee camp which was reportedly hit by air strikes.

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Finmeccanica lifts orders, cash guidance on Eurofighter deal

MILAN Italian aerospace and defence group Finmeccanica raised its 2016 forecasts for orders and cash flow on Thursday, helped by a multi-billion-euro Eurofighter contract, but its shares fell as quarterly results missed some traders' expectations.

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Europe to urgently assess risk of drones hitting planes

FRANKFURT European aviation safety authorities have set up a task force to urgently assess the dangers of collisions between drones and aircraft after a rise in near-misses with passenger planes.

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Cuba scrambles to keep pace with U.S.-fuelled tourism boom

HAVANA The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba has nearly doubled this year, its tourism minister said on Wednesday, as the island races to build hotels and expand Havana airport to keep up with booming demand.

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Rousseff's woes mount as Brazilian senator backs impeachment trial

BRASILIA Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's chances of remaining in office plummeted on Wednesday after a key senator recommended the leftist leader face an impeachment trial and a top prosecutor said she should be included in a vast corruption investigation.

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Russia withdraws 30 aircraft from Syria - TASS cites defence ministry

MOSCOW Russia has withdrawn around 30 aircraft from Syria, including all of its Su-25 attack planes stationed in the country, TASS news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

Air France-KLM posts first-quarter rebound, warns of risks

PARIS Air France-KLM posted a stronger-than-expected recovery in the first quarter due in part to low oil prices, but warned of geopolitical risks and airline overcapacity while reaffirming its targets for the year.

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Singapore set to pick military helicopters as arms spending rises

SINGAPORE Singapore will soon pick the winner of a $1 billion (687 million pound) tender for military utility helicopters, the first of several lucrative deals the island nation is pursuing as it modernises its air force and navy amid rising tensions in the region.

Kosovo airport closes after Turkish Airlines jet skids off runway

PRISTINA A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 143 passengers and eight crew from Istanbul skidded off the runway on Monday when landing at Kosovo's sole airport, officials said.

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Virgin Australia warns business travel cooling as election simmers

SYDNEY Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd joined rival Qantas Airways Ltd in slashing seating capacity, warning firms like mining companies are delaying business travel during a 10-week election campaign that will fuel doubts on economic policy.

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Exclusive: Apple's Tim Cook to visit China for government meetings - source

BEIJING Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.