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Equipment shortages impair German military ahead of key NATO mission

BERLIN Germany is coming under mounting pressure to tackle equipment shortages in its military that fellow NATO nations fear is eroding German readiness as it prepares to take the command of a NATO rapid response force.

Iran cannot confirm missing plane found, freeze hampers search

LONDON The wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board was found in central Iran, state media said on Monday, but aviation authorities could not confirm the report.

All 65 passengers, crew feared dead in Iranian plane crash

DUBAI All 65 passengers and crew were feared dead in a plane crash in central Iran on Sunday after the domestic flight came down in bad weather in a mountainous region. | Video

Reports of hundreds of Russians killed in Syria attempt to exploit war : RIA cites Lavrov

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that reports that hundreds of Russian mercenaries had been killed in Syria recently were an attempt to exploit the war there, the RIA news agency reported.

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's 'empire'

MUNICH Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. | Video

Two killed in Mexican helicopter crash, minister survives

MEXICO CITY A military helicopter carrying Mexico's interior minister and the governor of the southern state of Oaxaca crashed on Friday killing two people during a tour of damage from an earthquake earlier in the day, but the senior officials survived.

Exclusive: GE exploring industrial gas engine business sale - sources

General Electric Co is exploring a sale of its industrial gas engine business that could be worth as much as $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

U.S. charges three with exporting drone parts to Lebanon's Hezbollah

WASHINGTON Federal authorities have charged three men with illegally exporting drone parts and other material from the United States to Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Huntington Ingalls wins $1.43 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

WASHINGTON Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc is being awarded a $1.43 billion modification to a previously awarded contract for the procurement of the detail design and construction of a landing platform dock, the Pentagon said on Friday.

GE faces shareholder lawsuit over insurance shortfall, SEC probe

NEW YORK General Electric Co was sued on Friday by a shareholder who accused the conglomerate of concealing mounting insurance liabilities and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe, saying it cost shareholders tens of billions of dollars.

Airbus concerned about German coalition's tougher stance on arm sales

MUNICH The head of Airbus's defense unit criticized Germany on Friday for not spending more on defense and said the new coalition agreement's call for a tougher approach to arms exports could prompt the weapons maker to re-examine its business plans.

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Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018

WASHINGTON Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia.