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Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

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JERUSALEM Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.

Airbus voices concern about 'hard Brexit'

PARIS Planemaker Airbus expressed concern on Wednesday about the prospect of a clean break between Britain and the European Union under what has been dubbed "hard Brexit".

Russia says teams up with Turkey for first time to bomb Syrian militants

MOSCOW Russia said its war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets for the first time on Wednesday to target Islamic State militants holding the town of al-Bab in northern Syria, evidence of increasingly close cooperation between Moscow and Ankara.

Exclusive: EDF to start talks to sell Polish power plants to local consortium - sources

WARSAW/PARIS French power group EDF has agreed to talks with a consortium of Polish state-run utilities about selling its local power plants after Poland blocked a sale to foreign investors, sources familiar with the situation said.

Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future

SYDNEY Australia said on Wednesday it was not ruling out a future underwater search for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as families of those on board criticised the decision to suspend the hunt after three fruitless years. | Video

Search suspended for plane that crashed in Lake Erie

Search and rescue efforts for a small plane that crashed in Lake Erie last month have been suspended, and the remains of three of the six people aboard have been recovered, city officials said on Tuesday.

Brazil Air Force to privatize air traffic control telecom system

BRASILIA The Brazilian Air Force is planning to privatize the running of its telecom network used for defense, surveillance and air traffic control, an Air Force spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Wilbur Ross, Trump's Commerce pick, offshored 2,700 jobs since 2004

WASHINGTON Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running businesses that have offshored thousands of U.S. jobs, according to Labor Department data attained by Reuters. | Video

Wal-Mart, General Motors reaffirm jobs long planned, Trump says thanks

Wal-Mart Stores Inc and General Motors Co on Tuesday became the latest companies to win praise from President-elect Donald Trump for adding U.S. jobs and investment, even though much of their plans were previously announced. | Video

Rolls-Royce to pay more than $800 million to settle bribery charges - U.S.

WASHINGTON Rolls-Royce Plc agreed to pay authorities more than $800 million to resolve charges of bribing officials in six countries in schemes that lasted more than a decade, the U.S. Justice Department and UK Serious Fraud Office said in statements on Tuesday.

U.N. urges 'credible pressure' by Security Council on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations doubts the willingness of the South Sudan government to cooperate with the deployment of thousands more peacekeepers and urged the Security Council to apply "credible pressure," according to a report seen by Reuters on Tuesday.