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May 25, 2010
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May 18, 2010
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May 13, 2010
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Thousands of travelers are to be impacted because of a strike by British Airways cabin crew that the union says will last for 23 days between May 18 and June 9.

Are you affected by a BA strike?

Are you affected by a BA strike?

But it's not only passengers that are bracing themselves for travel chaos - so is the airline.

BA has made arrangements to stave off the worst effects of this strike, hiring additional aircraft that have its own cabin crew and has even bought seats on 50 other airlines to keep passengers from making alternate plans.

The first set of strike dates will be between May 18 – 22, followed by May 24 – 28, May 30 – June 3 and finally June 5 – 9.

For the first five days, BA claims it will be able to operate 60 per cent of long-haul flights and more than 50 per cent short-haul on flights operating to and from Heathrow

London's Gatwick Airport and London City Airport will not be affected by the strike

Passengers booked on flights that have been canceled by the strike will be offered seats on flights with BA or other airlines, or will be offered a full refund, the airline said.

Have you changed your travel plans?

Are you being affected by the strike? Have you already had to make changes? Are BA being co-operative with making alternative arrangements?

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May 11, 2010
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May 10, 2010
Posted: 1311 GMT

Europe's finance ministers approved in an emergency meeting a "stabilization mechanism" that could provide at least 440 billion euros (US $560 billion) for a crisis aid package aimed at ensuring financial stability across Europe.

Will the EU's crisis fund ensure financial stability across Europe?

On Sunday, the International Monetary Fund approved a 30 billion euro ($38.6 billion) loan for Greece as part of a larger European Union-led effort to help ease the country's economic crisis.

The three-year deal makes about 5.5 billion euros (US $7 billion) immediately available to Greece's battered economy, the IMF said in a statement announcing the loan.

The emergency measure comes just a week after stock markets experienced heavy losses and as large scale protests plagued the Greek capital of Athens.

Financial markets across Europe and Asia surged while the euro strengthened against the dollar Monday, hours after Europe's finance ministers approved the package.

By mid-morning trading, the Paris CAC 40 was up by nearly 7 percent, London's FTSE 100 edged above 5 percent, while the Frankfurt DAX was ahead by 4.67 percent. In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei index closed up 1.6 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced to 2.54 percent by the close of play.

The euro soared above $1.30 from $1.2755 on Friday.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think the EU resuce package will do enough to help save countries like Greece, Spain and Portugal? Is the rescue package big enough?

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May 5, 2010
Posted: 926 GMT
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May 4, 2010
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