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Southwest challenged engine maker over speed of safety checks

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Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine-maker CFM over the timing and cost of proposed inspections after a 2016 engine accident, months before the explosion this week of a similar engine on a Southwest jet that led to the death of a passenger, public documents showed.

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U.S. FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. | Video

Rockets hit airport in Libya's capital, damaging passenger jet

TRIPOLI Rockets hit Libya's main airport and damaged a plane as it was waiting to take off early on Thursday, a security force said, underscoring fragile security.

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Trade tensions with U.S. testing resolve of Chinese consumers

BEIJING Guo Qingshan delights in riding his 400,000 yuan ($63,839) Harley-Davidson motorbike around Beijing's suburbs.

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Trump launches effort to boost U.S. weapons sales abroad

WASHINGTON The Trump administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of U.S. arms export policy on Thursday aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it will bolster the American defence industry and create jobs at home.

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North Korea seeks 'complete denuclearisation,' Moon says; U.S. vows pressure

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but Washington remains wary and has vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. | Video

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Shire, commodity stocks lift FTSE to 10-week high

MILAN/LONDON The UK's top share index rose on Thursday as surging crude oil prices boosted commodity stocks and Shire's shares jumped as bid talk heated up.

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Top Russian, NATO generals hold rare face-to-face meeting

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS The head of Russia's military general staff and NATO's supreme allied commander held a rare face-to-face meeting on Thursday to try to ease the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War.

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Trump hopes for successful North Korea summit, but warns he could walk away

PALM BEACH, Fla. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he hoped an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be successful after a recent visit to Pyongyang by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but warned he would call it off if he did not think it would produce results. | Video

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Airlines mishandling fewer bags as technology improves - SITA report

SINGAPORE Airlines are improving their baggage management practices, with the rate of mishandled bags falling by 70.5 percent over the last decade to a record low as technology allows for better tracking, according to a report released on Thursday.

Ultra Electronics under SFO investigation over suspected corruption in Algeria

LONDON Ultra Electronics on Thursday announced that the UK's Serious Fraud Office had opened a criminal investigation into "suspected corruption in the conduct of business" by the British defence contractor in Algeria.

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Consumer activists, experts advise against buying ZTE phones

Consumer activists and technology experts are advising consumers to hold off on buying Android handsets from China's ZTE until the company clarifies whether U.S. sanctions against the company prevent it from providing operating system updates for its devices.