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Airline blames engine for superjumbo drama

The engine failure that forced a Qantas Airbus A380 to make an emergency landing was "probably" caused by a material failure or a design fault, the Australian airline said today.

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The engine failure on the A380 superjumbo is a potentially serious blow to the European aircraft industry – and especially to the British engine-maker Rolls-Royce.

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Bear joke. You know the Bear Joke. Abbreviated version: hunter, gun, slaughter. Vast bear survives. Bear inflicts sexual indignities on hunter. Hunter limps painfully home, comes back next day with increased firepower, more carnage. Bear escalates bestial revenge. Third day. Hunter crawls back, bruised and bleeding, with tank, flame-thrower, reduces forest to charred smoking stumps, bleak silence littered with charred fauna. Bear appears. Looks at hunter. Hunter looks at bear. Bear says: "Be honest. This isn't about hunting, is it?"

Pratt sues Rolls over patent

The US aircraft engine-maker Pratt & Whitney sued its British rival Rolls-Royce yesterday, claiming that a Rolls-Royce patent on a fan blade it uses in jet engines is invalid.

Airbus to call for truce with Boeing

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is preparing a private approach to US rival Boeing to end their long-running trade feud, in an attempt to avoid emerging nations eating into their market.

US told to withdraw $20bn Boeing aid, says Europeans

The World Trade Organisation has found that the aircraft maker Boeing received more than $20bn in US government subsidies challenged by the European Union and called for them to be withdrawn, a European source told the Reuters news agency last night. The ruling, if confirmed, would add weight to European calls for a negotiated settlement to the transatlantic row over the aerospace industry – the biggest bilateral trade dispute – following WTO condemnation in June of illegal European subsidies for Boeing rival Airbus.

A showbiz reception for the tycoon who fled in secret

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The ranting and raving that has recently been coming out of the South African Rugby Union has been a wonder to behold.

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