WTO says U.S. subsidized Boeing

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GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. planemaker Boeing received billions of dollars of unfair subsidies from the U.S. government, the World Trade Organization said on Thursday.

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The subsidies included banned support in the form of research and development aid from the NASA space agency.

The ruling by a panel of trade judges is the latest chapter in a six-year battle over state support for the industry's two giants in what has become the world's largest trade dispute.

A separate WTO trade panel condemned European support for Boeing rival Airbus in a parallel case last year.

(Reporting by Andrew Callus, Tim Hepher)