News Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents; the Bonanno crime family committed acts of extortion and arson, including the airport heist, a brazen crime made famous by the 1990 film 'Goodfellas'

For more than 35 years the mobsters behind one of the largest cash thefts in US history – a heist so brazen it was used as one of the central themes of the film Goodfellas — seemed to have got clean away.

Rolls-Royce faces legal action over engine failure

Qantas laid the groundwork yesterday for legal action against Rolls-Royce in the absence of a compensation deal after the engine explosion that grounded the airline's fleet of superjumbos last month.

Qantas launches lawsuit over superjumbo engines

Qantas has launched preliminary legal action against Rolls-Royce, the manufacturer of the engine that exploded on one of its A380 superjumbos in mid-air last month.

Ask the traveller: aircraft safety

We have seen concern over the A380 engines on Qantas. What about other airlines that have the same aircraft/engine combination? The travelling public need assurance that the aircraft we are flying in are safe.

Peter Hyde

40 engines need to be replaced on A380s, says Qantas

Up to half of the Rolls-Royce engines of the type that disintegrated on an Airbus superjumbo this month may need to be replaced by the three carriers in Australia, Singapore and Germany that use them, the Qantas chief executive said today.

Rolls-Royce replacing A380 engines after scare

Rolls-Royce is to temporarily replace complete jet engines suffering from oil leaks which came to light after one disintegrated in flight, aviation sources said today.

BA fined €104m over cargo cartel

British Airways, Air France-KLM and nine other airlines have been fined €779m (£672m) for fixing air cargo prices over a six-year period, while Germany's Lufthansa and its subsidiary, Swiss, escaped penalties for bringing the cartel to the European Commission's attention.

Superjumbo engine explodes in mid-air but all 459 on board escape

Qantas grounds entire Airbus A380 fleet for investigations as passengers say engine blew up and 'shot a hole through wing'

Main attraction: Cruise through Germany between Europe's two great rivers – the Rhine and the Danube

When the deck hand waved at me, I gave a shy little wave back. The crew on board the Premicon Queen had been nothing if not friendly, so I was left reflecting to myself on the intimate bonhomie of river cruises. Then he gave me a really big, rather more urgent, wave: he was doing a sweep of the top deck to warn us of fast-approaching low bridges, for which Germany's Main river is renowned.

Lufthansa plane in accident in Saudi Arabia

Lufthansa said one of its cargo planes was involved in an accident today in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh and Saudi witnesses and an airport official said it caught fire and crashed on landing.

EU clears BA-Iberia merger for take-off

The European Commission has signed off both the merger of British Airways and Iberia and proposals for the newly merged group to tie up with American Airlines (AA).

Airlines are recovering everywhere but Europe

Europe's aviation industry is facing worsening losses, even as the rest of the world's airlines are expected to return to profit, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) warned yesterday.

Simon Calder: Shortest route for the world's biggest plane

Imagine: you call a cab, and at the appointed time a stretched limousine draws up outside. You might be intrigued and impressed, but also anxious about the likely fare. Then you discover that the price is actually one-third lower than usual. That is the terrestrial equivalent to the biggest aviation story of the summer: the world's largest plane is to fly on one of the shortest international routes.

Simon Calder: The ashen clouds will have a silver lining for travellers

Britain is far more exposed to this disruption than any other nation
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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen