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Iran close to Airbus deal, to get first jets in 2017: official

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PARIS Iran is close to finalizing a deal to buy dozens of passenger jets from Europe's Airbus, having signed a $16.6 billion deal with Boeing earlier on Sunday, an Iranian official told Reuters.

Iran signs $16.6 billion deal for 80 Boeing planes: IRNA

DUBAI IranAir said it signed a deal on Sunday to buy 80 passenger planes from U.S. aircraft maker Boeing , state news agency IRNA reported, in the biggest U.S.-Iran deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Taiwan says China air force conducts long-range drills

TAIPEI Chinese military aircraft on Saturday flew over waterways near Taiwan as part of long-range exercises, Taiwan said, the first such flights since a telephone call between Taiwan's leader and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump irked China.

EU bans Iran's Aseman Airlines from flying in Europe

BRUSSELS The European Union has banned Iran's Aseman Airlines from operating within the EU due to safety concerns, in a blow to Tehran which is buying new jets to renew the country's ageing fleet following the lifting of long-term sanctions.

Russia says Syrian government controls 93 percent of Aleppo

MOSCOW The Syrian government now controls 93 percent of Aleppo, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Saturday.

Trump floats ban on defense firms hiring military procurement officials

BATON ROUGE, La./WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday said he was considering imposing a lifetime ban on U.S. military procurement officials going to work for defense contractors, a move that could dramatically reshape the defense industry.

Brazil prosecutors say Lula acted for Saab to win jets order

SAO PAULO Brazilian federal prosecutors on Friday formally accused former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of having interfered in a government tender to buy new fighter jets in favor of Swedish plane maker Saab AB.

Contenders for senior jobs in Trump's administration

The following are people mentioned as contenders for senior roles as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump works to form his administration before taking office on Jan. 20, according to Reuters sources and media reports.

OSCE to replace drones shot down over east Ukraine

HAMBURG The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday launched a tender for long-range drones after losing eight such aircraft over eastern Ukraine since it began a monitoring mission there.

U.S. decision on Polish Patriot deal seen in coming months: agency

WARSAW Poland may be granted U.S. government export approval to buy eight Patriot missile defence systems from Raytheon Co within the next few months, a senior Raytheon official told a Polish news agency on Friday.

Exclusive: Switzerland's Pilatus Aircraft considering an IPO in 2017 - sources

FRANKFURT/ZURICH Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft is considering listing its shares in an initial public offering next year which could value the firm at around 3 billion Swiss francs ($2.95 billion), according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in the U.S. via software update

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless.