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AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has issued a profit warning for the fourth quarter, saying results will be worse than most analysts are expecting due to a mix of lower than expected production, higher than expected costs, and a worse than expected performance by its refining division. The company gave provisional, unaudited figures of net profit of $1.8 billion for the quarter, down from $6.7 billion in the same period a year ago. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 0900 GMT.
BERLIN — The German military says a Tornado combat jet crashed on a training mission but both the pilot and co-pilot were able to eject to safety. The Bundeswehr says the jet crashed Thursday night in western Germany near the city of Koblenz, a few kilometers (miles) from its base. SENT: 130 words.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Let the robot race begin. Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to give demonstrations of possible applications. The first: the deceptively simple task of delivering a glass of milk to a patient in a mock-up hospital room. By Toby Sterling. UPCOMING: 1100 words, photos.