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U.S. says progress with China on N.Korea U.N. sanctions, true test is Russia

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UNITED NATIONS The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but Russia's engagement will be the "true test," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

United Tech sales up 2.7 percent amid engine issues, weak markets

United Technologies Corp , maker of Otis Elevators, Pratt & Whitney engines and Carrier air conditioners, on Tuesday reported a 2.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher sales in three of its four business units.

No more low cost: East Europe goes up in the world

BRATISLAVA Central and Eastern Europe faces the end of an economic era.

United Tech CEO says battle with plane makers could push up prices

United Technologies Corp may need to raise prices on its engines and other aerospace products if plane makers such as Boeing Co and Airbus SE push too aggressively into the business of selling parts and service, United Tech's chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

Norwegian Air under pressure to boost finances

OSLO/LONDON Norwegian Air , the fast-growing budget airline trying to crack the transatlantic market by undercutting established rivals, faces mounting pressure to control costs and shore up its balance sheet to weather fierce competition.

China says reforms have made military more nimble

BEIJING China's military is more nimble and technologically proficient following reforms to make it more compact and responsive, rather than just relying on strength of numbers, state media on Tuesday cited President Xi Jinping as saying.

Turkey's Erdogan says signatures signed on Russian defense system

ANKARA Turkey has made progress in plans to procure an S-400 missile defense system from Russia and signatures have been signed, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday.

China says its intercept of U.S. surveillance plane was legal, necessary

BEIJING China's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that its pilots actions were legal, necessary and professional after two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend.

After spate of Chinese patrols, Taiwan says it's prepared to defend itself

TAIPEI Taiwan is prepared to defend itself against China if necessary, the self-ruled island's defense ministry said on Tuesday, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes near the island China claims as a wayward province.

As U.S. weighs Afghan strategy, hopes set on fledgling Air Force

KABUL (This version of the July 23 story corrects reference to A-29 Super Tucano in para 7. The aircraft are built in the United States under an agreement between their Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corp.)

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House panel wants Google, Facebook, AT&T CEOs to testify on internet rules

WASHINGTON The chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday asked the chief executives of Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and other companies to testify at a Sept. 7 hearing on the future of net neutrality rules.