Amid U.S. air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice.

Austrian Airlines resumes service to eastern Ukraine 22 Aug 2014

VIENNA - Lufthansa unit Austrian Airlines restarted flights to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkov and Dnipropetrovsk on Friday that had been suspended after the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet in the region in July.

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Malaysia mourns as bodies of MH17 victims finally come home 22 Aug 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - People across Malaysia held a minute's silence and wore black on Friday as the Southeast Asian country observed a day of mourning to mark the return of the first 20 bodies among its citizens killed when a jetliner was downed last month. | Video

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Norwegian Air to set up London long-haul base 22 Aug 2014

OSLO - Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle will establish a long-haul base at London's Gatwick airport and plans to move many pilots currently based in Bangkok to the British base, it said on Friday.

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Etihad plan to buy Darwin stake fails to meet Swiss rules - agency 21 Aug 2014

ZURICH - Swiss authorities have warned that a plan by Etihad Airways to buy a third of Switzerland's Darwin Airline does not meet legal requirements to be approved, as foreign stakes in European airlines come under increasing scrutiny.

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Ryanair to hold talks on possible Cyprus Airways takeover 21 Aug 2014

DUBLIN - Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary is to travel to Cyprus on Thursday for talks with the government about the possible takeover of loss-making carrier Cyprus Airways , he told journalists.

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Air Berlin announces new turnaround measures, shares rise 21 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Loss-making German airline Air Berlin presented new measures to return to profit, including fleet cuts, route changes and plans for closer cooperation with alliance partners, helping to boost its shares in Thursday.

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AirAsia's prospects seen improving as MAS prepares restructuring 21 Aug 2014

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE - Budget carrier AirAsia Bhd's quarterly results point to early signs of a recovery in its Malaysian market ahead of a restructuring by Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) that is expected to reduce intense competition in the sector.

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Former Malaysia Airlines CEO Jala says not returning to carrier 21 Aug 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - A top Malaysian economic policymaker said on Thursday he would not rejoin ailing carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) as chief executive, dismissing a report that he was among several candidates to replace the current management.

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Top policymaker could be tapped to lead Malaysia Airlines -report 20 Aug 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is considering tapping one of its top economic policymakers to lead an overhaul of Malaysia Airlines that aims to transform the troubled carrier into a "premium airline", a newspaper reported on Wednesday.