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Analysts, who are looking to Farnborough to take the pulse of the industry’s health, expect the event to be more upbeat than last year’s sister show in Le Bourget outside Paris, but they aren’t holding their breath for commercial plane orders anywhere near the record-breaking $88.7 billion worth announced in Farnborough in 2008.


Parliament to debate burqa ban

MADRID | Spanish lawmakers will debate barring burqas in public, joining other European countries considering similar moves on the grounds that the body-covering garments are degrading to women, the leading opposition party said Sunday.

Top officials of the ruling Socialist Party have indicated they will support the proposal by the opposition Popular Party, making a ban likely unless the country’s highest court rules it unconstitutional.

A debate in Spain’s lower house has been set by the Popular Party for Tuesday or Wednesday, the party said.

No vote will be scheduled until after the debate, and Spain’s Parliament usually goes on vacation for a month starting in late July or early August.


3 million party on highway

BERLIN | Millions of people partied on a highway in Germany, some of them sitting at a 37-mile-long table, as part of a cultural festival.

A festival spokesman said an estimated 3 million people turned out Sunday to celebrate on a closed autobahn between Dortmund and Bochum, in western Germany.

Oliver Haenig said tens of thousands were sitting at what organizers said was the world’s longest table, which was made up of 20,000 individual tables. The highway, which crosses North Rhine-Westphalia state, is normally one of Europe’s busiest.

The event, called “Still-life,” was part of a wider cultural festival celebrating the Ruhr region.