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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.
Airbus Group showed stellar performance in the first half of the year, raising net profits by half thanks to strong sales of airliners, it reported on Wednesday. The results coupled with a confirmed outlook for performance, pushed Airbus shares up sharply. The European aerospace group, which has changed its name from EADS, builds equipment for the defence and space industries, but most of its sales and profits come from making Airbus airliners. In common with its main rival, US group Boeing, it has taken huge orders for airliners in the last 18 months.