BOARDING PASS PLEASE: An image shows a terminal at Basra international airport in southern Iraq. (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP)
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Airbus has decided to further increase the production rate for its A320 family, matching market demand.
Japan's environment minister has denied wrongdoing after a newspaper said his office appeared to have received improper funds.
The SA wine and brandy industry has welcomed a concession from government on the latest excise duty increases.
A majority of German lawmakers are expected to back an extension of Greece's rescue package, despite plans by conservatives to rebel against Merkel's government.
Asian markets have been mixed after US inflation data renewed speculation of an interest rate hike, as Tokyo advanced to a fresh high.
European shares have dipped, pausing after their best start to the year since regional benchmarks began in late 1986.
Malaysia-based AirAsia's net profit has slid by nearly a quarter in 2014, dragged down by high operating costs and foreign exchange losses.
US energy giant ExxonMobil says that US and European Union sanctions against Russia cost it $1bn last year.