Congress approves airline aid
The US Congress has approved at least $3.2bn ('2bn) in aid for struggling airlines, despite objections from the White House that the sector was being bailed out too readily.
The aid package is in response to complaints from airlines that the Iraqi war was causing an unprecedented collapse in ticket sales, at a time when major carriers were already weak.
Two separate proposals made their way through the legislature - a $3.2bn plan in the House of Representatives and a $3.5bn package in the Senate.
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