Daphne Benoit
correspondent defense AFP Paris.
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/ 11 February 2008

Gates eyes pause in US troop cuts in Iraq

United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates said in Baghdad on Monday he was in favour of a short pause in troop drawdowns from Iraq after about 30 000 soldiers have been sent home by July. Gates said the security situation in Baghdad remained ”fragile”, a comment echoed on the streets of the capital, which was rocked by two car bombings.

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/ 23 November 2005

Airlines dragged down by fuel costs

Surging oil prices continue to weigh heavily on airlines’ earnings around the world, as carriers press hard to cut costs so rising fuel costs do not eat into revenue generated by a rise in passenger traffic. After a three-year slump, international passenger and cargo traffic has risen by 8,3% since the beginning of the year.