Lufthansa flight attendants launch 24-hour strike

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Lufthansa canceled hundreds of flights Friday after flight attendants walked off the job at airports around the country in an escalating battle with Germany’s largest airline, but signs emerged that the two sides may be prepared to return to the negotiating table.

The flight attendants started their 24-hour walkout midnight Thursday in a battle with the airline, which is struggling to compete against European budget carriers and government-owned airlines from the Persian Gulf.

The strike was the most extensive of three work stoppages over the past week after 13 months of contract negotiations broke down over differences in pay, and union demands that the airline agrees not to outsource jobs or employ temporary cabin crew employees.

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