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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.

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Oneworld's aim is air supremacy

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BA links with Hong Kong airline

BRITISH AIRWAYS and American Airlines are expected to announce a link-up with Cathay Pacific on Monday morning. The link is likely also to involve the Australian flag-carrier, Qantas. BA has had a 25 per cent stake in Qantas since 1993 and already has code-sharing and joint marketing agreements with Qantas on routes between Australia and Europe.

BA braced for merger ruling

Europe to approve deal with American Airlines, but the price may be higher than British Airways had hoped

The Independent Recommends: Classical Music

THE A CAPELLA sextet, The King's Singers, incredibly notch up their 30th anniversary this year, yet continue to sing out loud with a range of vibrant, up-to-the-minute repertoire, as they team up with virtuoso percusssionist Evelyn Glennie (right). Steve Martland, Michael Gordon, David Horne and even Paul Simon are among the eclectic line-up of composers represented.

French transport strikes threaten to wreck World Cup

THE World Cup could be thrown into chaos by a series of French transport strikes timed to coincide with the arrival of millions of foreign football fans.

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Travel: On your marks in Munich

As the pound hits its highest level against the German currency for nin e years, Muthena Paul Alkazraji sees Bavaria's capital from his bike

British Midland to fly London-Manchester

British Midland, the country's second biggest scheduled airline, is set to break British Airways' monopoly on the London-Manchester route by launching a rival service next year. As Michael Harrison reports, the arrival of a second carrier also poses a threat to Richard Branson's Virgin Trains.

Germany to sell pounds 1.7bn stake in Lufthansa

The German government yesterday unveiled plans to sell its remaining 35.7 per cent stake in the national airline Lufthansa.

Airport alert over grandmother's gun

A 66-year-old grandmother was stopped boarding a flight to Germany yesterday with a handgun in her luggage.

CLASSICAL Lufthansa Baroque Festival St James's, Piccadilly

The career-minded musicologist could happily establish a reputation for perceptive scholarship without ever listening to a note of a particular composer's output, toiling among the archives to become an expert on the same composer's life and times. Joshua Rifkin, whose expertise is most closely associated with the works of JS Bach and the ragtime king Scott Joplin, is a paid-up member of the scholar performer community, one of those rare birds with the ability to test theory against practice and challenge the lifetime performing habits of other musicians. Almost two decades after Rifkin suggested that Bach's choral works were effectively performed using one voice per part, the case for and against is still being rehearsed in learned journals and condemned by conductors who prefer the sound of a "big" choir.

BA plans for alliance hit fresh turbulence in US

A full year since it was first unveiled, the proposed transatlantic alliance of British Airways and American Airlines met renewed turbulence yesterday after US officials urged that both carriers surrender more landing slots at Heathrow airport than either have so far envisaged.
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