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An Emirates Airbus A-380 opens the Dubai Air Show earlier this week. Airbus later inked one of the largest aviation deals in history at the air show. Photo: Kamran Jebreili / AP

Airbus inked one of the largest aviation deals in history at the Dubai Air Show today, signing a preliminary order with equity firm Indigo Partners for 430 jets with a list price of $49.5 billion, per CNBC. Indigo Partners has a stake in four airlines around the world, including Frontier Airlines in the United States.

Why it matters: Even though Airbus "regretfully" won't be getting the full list price for the bulk order, it's a much-needed win for the European aircraft manufacturer which had been lagging behind its American counterpart Boeing in sales this year, especially after losing out on a massive jumbo jet order from Emirates at the air show earlier this week.

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The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

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Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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