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Delta may place order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets: sources

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PARIS/NEW YORK Delta Air Lines looked close on Wednesday to placing an order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets in a boost for the European planemaker as it tries to narrow a 2017 order gap against Boeing , two people familiar with the matter said.

Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney

PARIS Dassault Aviation said on Wednesday that it would drop a contract with Safran for the development of a Falcon business jet engine and that it would launch a new project powered by U.S. rival engine maker Pratt & Whitney.

Report shows 1,300 unfilled jobs, strain for German defense procurement

BERLIN The German military's procurement agency has 1,300 unfilled jobs, accounting for about 20 percent of its entire workforce, a report by the Defence Ministry showed on Wednesday, putting further strains on an already troubled acquisition system.

Top U.S. official calls for clarity on post-Brexit aviation safety

BRUSSELS The United States is urgently calling for clarity on which aviation safety regime the British aerospace industry will operate under after the country leaves the European Union, to avoid increased certification costs for airlines and manufacturers.

Honeywell sees higher 2018 profit, says tax bill could spur investment

Honeywell International Inc on Wednesday forecast higher 2018 earnings and said a sweeping tax overhaul could lead it to deploy more cash in the United States for investments, which might include acquisitions.

Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure

WASHINGTON/SEOUL U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations. | Video

Airbus leadership under fire as crisis deepens

TOULOUSE/PARIS Airbus is engulfed in a fresh bout of speculation over the future of senior managers as corruption probes rattle the aerospace company and add fuel to a long-running clash of egos at the top, people familiar with the group said.

Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy

MOSCOW From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents: Kremlin

MOSCOW Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. | Video

Russia ready to consider easing arms embargo for Libya: Ifx cites diplomat

MOSCOW Russia is ready to consider easing an arms embargo for Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday.

South Korean army says it conducted successful helicopter missile drill

SEOUL The South Korean army said on Wednesday it conducted a successful air-to-air missile firing drill from Apache helicopters which was designed to respond to "any provocation from the enemy".

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Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties

LONDON/NEW YORK As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds.