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Iraq forces attack IS-held Mosul airport

Iraqi forces backed by jets, drones and gunships attacked Mosul airport Thursday, a key step in a renewed offensive against jihadists defending their stronghold on the city’s west bank.

US secretary of state in Mexico to calm tensions

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Mexico late Wednesday for a meeting with its leader to ease diplomatic tensions over President Donald Trump’s trade and immigration policies.

IMF chief ‘reassured’ after talks with Trump’s team

IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that she had been reassured by her first meetings with members of the new administration of US President Donald Trump, whose economic programme has caused global jitters.

US Fed officials say they may need to raise rates ‘fairly soon’

US central bankers say they may need to increase the key lending rate “fairly soon,” but are concerned about the uncertainty of President Donald Trump’s tax and spending policies, according to the minutes of their last meeting published Wednesday.

US existing home sales march higher in January

US sales of existing homes rose again in January to hit their fastest pace in nearly a decade despite rising prices and mortgage rates, according to data released Wednesday.

Airbus profits hit by military plane woes

European airplane maker Airbus said Wednesday that its profits nosedived last year as charges related to problems with its A400M military cargo transport plane sent earnings into a tailspin.