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The multi-role Eurofighter combat jet is made by EADS, representing France and Spain, Britain's BAE Systems and Italian weapons maker Finmeccanica, with each taking responsibility for particular campaigns. It is vying for orders in South Korea, Kuwait, Qatar, Bulgaria and Denmark, Gutierrez said.
WASHINGTON, June 19- Much of Bangkok could flood within the next two decades if global warming stays on its current trajectory, as sea levels rise and cyclones intensify, the World Bank said in a new report on Wednesday.
*Obama makes first trip to Berlin as U.S. president. BERLIN, June 19- President Barack Obama will unveil plans for a sharp reduction in nuclear warheads in a landmark speech at the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday that comes 50 years after John F. Kennedy declared "Ich bin ein Berliner" in a defiant Cold War address.
WASHINGTON/ KABUL- The United States and the Taliban raised hopes for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with commitments to meet this week after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents.
*Syria peace conference unlikely before Aug- source. SINGAPORE, June 19- Brent crude futures held above $106 a barrel on Wednesday as investors looked to a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on the outlook for a U.S. stimulus programme that has underpinned commodity prices. Brent futures for August delivery had gained 13 cents to $106.15 a barrel by 0522 GMT.
*Syria peace conference unlikely before Aug- source. SINGAPORE, June 19- Brent crude futures held above $106 a barrel on Wednesday as investors looked to a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on the outlook for a U.S. stimulus programme that has underpinned commodity prices. Brent futures for August delivery had edged down 1 cent to $106.01 a barrel by 0310 GMT.
PERTH, June 19- U.S. oil prices were steady below $99 on Wednesday as investors waited for the U.S. *NYMEX crude futures for July delivery had risen 6 cents to $98.50 a barrel by 0053 GMT, after climbing to a nine-month high of $98.74 a barrel on Monday. *Brent crude rose 6 cents to $106.08 a barrel.
Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday recommended bringing Iraq one step closer to ending all U.N. sanctions imposed on Baghdad more than two decades ago after former leader Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait In 1990.. U.S.-led troops drove Iraq out of Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War.
NEW YORK, June 18- Deloitte LLP's financial advisory unit will pay $10 million and refrain for one year from new business with certain New York banks to settle accusations over its review of money laundering controls at Standard Chartered Bank.
TORONTO, June 18- Canada's Tim Hortons Inc is under mounting pressure from activist investors to boost shareholder value a few weeks before a new CEO takes over after a second hedge fund said it had amassed a big stake in the coffee and doughnut chain.
*Putin defiant, weighs arms sales to Syria. *Obama, Putin spar over Syria. ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- Russia's Vladimir Putin derailed Barack Obama's efforts to win backing for the downfall of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad at a G8 summit on Tuesday, warning the West that arms supplied to the rebels could be used for attacks on European soil.
*Iraq says will bolster crude output. NEW YORK, June 18- Oil prices ended slightly higher on Tuesday in sluggish trading as the market awaited the Federal Reserve's policy statement on O/RWednesday that is expected to show whether it will reduce its monetary stimulus.
NEW YORK, June 18- A financial advisory unit of Deloitte LLP has agreed to pay $10 million and accept other New York state penalties to settle accusations of misconduct related to an investigation of money laundering at Standard Chartered Bank.
LONDON, June 18- Iraq aims to ramp up oil production by nearly 45 percent by the end of next year- without any input from its autonomous Kurdistan region- which suggests a lasting compromise in their long-running oil feud may be a way off.
*Putin defiant after talks, considers arms sales to Syria. *Obama, Putin spar over Syria. President Barack Obama, said the Kremlin might sell more arms to Syria.
*Market keeps an eye on standoff in Syria, fears growing conflict. NEW YORK, June 18- Oil prices were moderately higher on Tuesday after paring earlier gains made on positive U.S. economic data. Global financial markets have been on edge since Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested the central bank would be looking to pull back its stimulus program.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday it was important to build a strong opposition in Syria that could function after Bashar al-Assad loses power.
NEW YORK, June 18- Deloitte Financial Advisory Services settled with New York's banking regulator over its consulting work for Standard Chartered Bank on money-laundering issues.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18- Following are the opening sections of a communique agreed by the leaders of the G8 powers at a two-day summit in Northern Ireland. To read the full text, click: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachmenttdata/file/207583/ L o u g h t E r n e t 2 0 1 3 t G 8 t L e a d e r s t C o m m u n i q u e t t 2 t. p d f.
*Obama, Putin disagreed over Syria. Isolated at the G8, Russia's Vladimir Putin had clashed with other leaders over the conflict and resisted their attempts to get him to agree to anything that would imply Assad should step down or that Russia should tone down its support for Assad.