United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates said in Baghdad on Monday he was in favour of a short pause in troop drawdowns from Iraq after about 30Â 000 soldiers have been sent home by July. Gates said the security situation in Baghdad remained ''fragile'', a comment echoed on the streets of the capital, which was rocked by two car bombings.
Attention hip-hop stars and billionaires: the world's biggest airliner, the 73m-long Airbus A380 super jumbo, has been ordered by a mysterious buyer for private use. The order could be seen as setting new heights in the private-jet sector, leaving the Learjet, which used to be the ultimate symbol of ostentatious air travel, in second class.
Surging oil prices continue to weigh heavily on airlines' earnings around the world, as carriers press hard to cut costs so rising fuel costs do not eat into revenue generated by a rise in passenger traffic. After a three-year slump, international passenger and cargo traffic has risen by 8,3% since the beginning of the year.