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News Summary: Lufthansa strike at 3 airports

STRIKE STRANDING: Lufthansa flight attendants walked off the job at three major German airports Tuesday, stranding thousands of passengers in an escalating labor battle.

GROUND STOP: The walkouts at Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich airports followed the Friday launch of the flight attendant union's strike campaign, called after it declared 13-months of talks failed. The union threatened a nationwide 24-hour strike starting this Friday.

BUDGET DOGFIGHTS: Lufthansa is trying to implement an ambitious cost-cutting program amid tough competition from European budget carriers.

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