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AL JAZEERA, FRANCE 24, HÜRRIYET (Turkey)

BRUSSELS - NATO is holding a special meeting in Brussels on Tuesday at Ankara's request, after Syria shot down a Turkish warplane last week, an incident which Turkey has branded an "act of aggression."

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke for the first time about the incident Tuesday, saying the Turkish Armed Forces had changed its rules of engagement in the wake of the crisis: "The Turkish military will retaliate against border violations by Syria," the Turkish daily newspaper Hürriyet reports.

According to France 24, The Turkish prime minister called the act a "cowardly attack". In his speech, Erdogan said the Turkish plane was shot down in international air space and crashed into Syrian waters, adding that Syrian helicopters had violated Turkey's airspace five times, but were peacefully warned to leave.

It is only the second time that NATO will convene under Article 4 of its charter, which provides for consultations when a member state feels its territorial integrity, political independence or security is under threat. The only other time was in 2003 to discuss the Iraq war, which was also at the request of Turkey, Al Jazeera reports.

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Premium-Economy Pivot? Airlines Adjust Seat Size, Hope For Travel Rebound

Airlines are eyeing premium economy seating options to woo money-conscious business class travelers, and possibly weary economy passengers, back to air travel.

Changing travel patterns have led to airlines offering new products and reconfiguring cabins

René Armas Maes

-Analysis-

SANTIAGO — Back in May, I wrote that full-service airlines should start analyzing the costs, benefits, and impact of the demand of business travel, and see whether they would profit from reducing seats in executive class cabins, and from developing products like the premium economy class, which lies between business and economy in terms of comfort and price. They should start doing this in the last quarter of 2021 — I wrote back in May — especially considering that the demand for business class seats and its revenues were unlikely to recover in the following 12 months. And that is what is happening now.

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