Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Argentine congress, approved a bill Wednesday to expropriate Aerolineas Argentinas, calling it a "public utility." It is expected to be passed by the Senate this month. AR owner Grupo Marsans has threatened to make a $1 billion claim at the World Bank's arbitration tribunal if the expropriation goes ahead (ATWOnline, Nov. 25). The government has been running AR since summer and said it would not assume any of the carrier's "illegitimate debt." A ...

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