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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.

Qatar says may switch part of A350 order to biggest model

TOULOUSE, France Airbus got a boost for its largest twin-engined jet on Tuesday when Qatar Airways said it was considering upgrading some of its A350 orders to the largest model as it took delivery of the first such plane.

Corbyn warns bankers: finance will serve Britain under Labour

LONDON Britain's financial sector will be "the servant of industry not the masters of all" if the opposition Labour Party gets into power, its leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday, accusing bankers of taking the economy hostage.

Airbus sees A320neo progress, upbeat on A350 suppliers

TOULOUSE, France Airbus said it was making good progress in resolving Pratt & Whitney engine snags that were holding up some A320neo narrowbody deliveries, and gave a fresh signal it was considering raising output of its larger A350 wide-body jet.

'Big gaps' persist in German military personnel, equipment-parliamentary report

BERLIN Germany's military must move faster to tackle persistent gaps in personnel and equipment that are hampering troops at a time when the country is taking on more responsibilities in NATO, a new report said on Tuesday.

No survivors as Iran finds wreckage of plane on mountain

LONDON There were no survivors among the 65 passengers and crew on an Iranian plane that ploughed into a mountain top, where most of the bodies lie buried under snow, the first rescue team to reach the wreckage said on Tuesday.

Qatar Airways CEO says U.N. aviation body needs to do more over Gulf crisis

TOULOUSE, France The United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) body needs to do more to resolve restrictions on air routes stemming from the Gulf crisis, Qatar Airways' boss said on Tuesday.

Several dozen Russian, ex-Soviet fighters wounded in Syria clash: Russia

MOSCOW The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that several dozen Russian citizens and citizens of other countries in the former Soviet space had been wounded in recent clashes in Syria and were being treated in Russian hospitals.

Qatar Airways says some orders may be upgraded to A350-1000 planes

TOULOUSE, France Qatar Airways said some A350-900 orders may be upgraded to the Airbus A350-1000 range of planes, although it ruled out expanding orders for the Airbus A380 superjumbo for now.

Russia's Lavrov calls for Syria-Turkey talks to resolve Afrin standoff - Ifax

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the situation in Syria's Afrin could be resolved through direct dialogue between Damascus and Ankara, the Interfax news agency cited him as saying.

South Korea to announce joint military drill plan with U.S. before April

SEOUL South Korea and the United States will announce plans before April for a postponed joint military drill, South Korea's defense minister said on Tuesday. | Video

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