Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk


KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian separatists said on Tuesday they had pushed government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk and their aim was to expand their control to the entire region.


Aer Lingus board recommends $1.5 billion offer from BA-owner IAG 5:49pm GMT

DUBLIN - The board of Irish airline Aer Lingus has recommended a raised 1.36-billion-euro (0.99 billion pounds) takeover offer from the owner of British Airways, which must now soothe Irish government concerns to win approval.

Factbox - U.S. Northeast transit resumes limited service after blizzard 4:35pm GMT

- After a blizzard that blanketed the northeastern United States but proved less powerful in New York City than predicted, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways resumed limited operations on Tuesday.

Indonesia to announce new safety ratings for airlines - minister 11:53am GMT

JAKARTA - Indonesia's transport minister announced plans on Tuesday to introduce safety ratings for all airlines operating in the country starting as early as next month.


EasyJet sees better first half on lower fuel bill 11:50am GMT

LONDON - British budget airline easyJet said losses in the quieter winter season would shrink this year, helped by a lower fuel bill and flying more planes on popular routes such as London to Geneva.


Dubai airport claims top spot for global passenger traffic in 2014 10:15am GMT

DUBAI - Dubai International Airport was the world's busiest for international passenger traffic last year, it said on Tuesday, taking that title for the first time from London's Heathrow Airport, which has been running into capacity constraints.


Exclusive - AirAsia probe vets possible computer glitch, crew response 10:01am GMT

SINGAPORE/PARIS - Investigators probing the crash of an AirAsia jetliner are examining maintenance records of a key part of its automated control systems, and how the pilots may have handled the plane if it failed, two people familiar with the matter said.

Profits at China's big state-owned industrial firms slide in 2014 8:04am GMT

BEIJING - Profits from core operations at China's large state-owned industrial conglomerates fell a hefty 12.3 percent in 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday, adding urgency to central government plans to overhaul the country's inefficient state sector.


Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle 1:12am GMT

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. | Video


Aer Lingus to recommend $1.5 billion offer from BA-owner - RTE 12:41am GMT

DUBLIN - Aer Lingus's board is set to recommend an improved 1.36 billion euro (1 billion pounds) takeover offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) , Irish national broadcaster RTE said. | Video