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Iran FM confident of nuclear deal

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Tortuous negotiations aimed at ending fears that Iran will acquire nuclear arms have shifted into top gear with the Iranian foreign minister saying he was confident the outstanding hurdles blocking a deal could be overcome.

German pilot used to visit glider field near crash site

2015-03-28 18:03

The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club.

UK's Cameron launches election campaign

2015-03-28 15:37

British Prime Minister David Cameron has kicked off his re-election campaign for May's tight poll by echoing his main rival with a new promise to improve the state-run National Health Service.

Clinton wiped e-mail server 'clean'

2015-03-28 14:08

Hillary Clinton wiped "clean" her private server that hosted her emails while secretary of state, permanently deleting all correspondence, and did not turn over more of the messages, lawmakers say.

Negotiations 'only way' to prevent long Yemen conflict

2015-03-28 14:08

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says negotiations are the only way to prevent a long-term conflict in Yemen.

Report: Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

2015-03-28 10:03
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The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, told his ex-girlfriend that "one day everyone will know my name", according to German newspaper Bild.

 
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Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back'

2015-03-28 14:08

Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.

Germany to hold national memorial for crash victims

2015-03-28 14:08

Germany will hold a national memorial ceremony and service for victims of a Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, on April 17, regional authorities say.

UN evacuating staff from Yemeni capital

2015-03-28 13:27

The United Nations has begunj evacuating international staff from Sana'a due to the security situation in the Yemeni capital, where a Saudi-led air campaign has been targeting Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces, a UN source says.

Italian court throws out Knox conviction

2015-03-28 08:07

Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, has been vindicated after Italy's highest court threw out their convictions.

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Greek ferry reaches island port

2015-03-27 22:34

The Greek ferry has reached a remote island port after being stranded for 2 days, helped by lull in gales.

Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen's Sana'a

2015-03-27 19:40

Yemen's beleaguered government says Saudi-led airstrikes against its Houthi militia opponents would not last long on the second day of a mainly Gulf Arab campaign.

Assad: Syria would welcome Russian naval presence

2015-03-27 17:11

Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad has said in an interview with Russian news channels.

Germanwings co-pilot hid sick leave note for crash day

2015-03-27 14:40

The co-pilot thought to have deliberately crashed his Germanwings jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, kept secret the fact that he was written off sick on the day.

French investigators hunt black box from doomed jet

2015-03-27 14:18

Dozens of specialised police and rescue workers have kicked off a fourth day of recovery operations at the scene of the crashed Germanwings jet, hunting for its second black box.

US Senate passes budget, aims to repeal 'Obamacare'

2015-03-27 12:32

The Republican-led US Senate has approved a 2016 budget blueprint, one that would balance federal spending in 10 years without raising taxes, trim trillions of spending dollars and repeal ‘Obamacare’.

'Racist' cupcakes banned from French shop window

2015-03-27 12:32

A French court has banned the display of cupcakes topped with the naked figures of a man and woman wrought in dark chocolate in a pastry shop near Nice after a watchdog described them as ‘racist’.

Germanwings co-pilot suffered depression - report

2015-03-27 11:14

The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his Airbus with 149 others aboard into the French Alps suffered serious depression six years ago, German daily Bild reported Friday.

UK to release Prince Charles 'black spider memos'

2015-03-27 11:15

UK’s top court has ruled that secret letters from Prince Charles to government ministries should be published, in a potential setback for the monarchy seen as a victory for media freedoms.

Shock and anger after 'deliberate' Germanwings crash

2015-03-27 10:03

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight appears to have deliberately crashed the plane after locking his captain out of the cockpit, French officials said, with the "unimaginable" development sparking global shock and anger among victims' loved ones.

Singapore urges restraint as Lee mourners queue for 10 hours

2015-03-27 10:04

Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours.

Flooding in Chilean desert region kills 6

2015-03-27 08:48

Flash floods in a normally bone-dry region of northern Chile has killed six people and left 19 missing, officials say, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency and send in the army.

3 buildings collapse in New York City fire, 19 hurt

2015-03-27 06:03

Four apartment buildings have caught fire in New York's East Village neighbourhood after an apparent gas explosion, three of which have since collapsed, injuring 19 people, authorities say.

Germanwings co-pilot lived quiet life

2015-03-26 23:30

The co-pilot believed to have deliberately brought down the Germanwings plane in the French Alps grew up in the small town of Montabaur in western Germany and lived later in a flat in Dusseldorf.

Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight

2015-03-26 22:22

The flight started like any other, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board.

Air crash victims' hometown angry and shocked

2015-03-26 22:24

The town and school of the 16 students who died in a plane disaster in the French Alps said they were shocked by the news that the co-pilot may have deliberately crashed the jet.

Indian police arrest 2 suspects in gang rape of nun

2015-03-26 19:50

Police have arrested two suspects in the gang rape of an elderly nun in a Catholic missionary school, in a crime that focused attention on the scourge of sexual violence in India.

Man acquitted after secret UK terrorism retrial

2015-03-26 19:00

A man suspected of possibly planning to target former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been found not guilty of preparing a terrorist act after a retrial.

Lufthansa chief stunned by co-pilot reports

2015-03-26 17:25

Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr has said he was "stunned" by suggestions the co-pilot of the jet operated by its Germanwings subsidiary had deliberately crashed the plane.

Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot grounded

2015-03-27 22:35

German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy.

Keeper dies after tiger attack at China zoo

2015-03-27 19:47

A tiger has killed a zookeeper in eastern China, attacking him while he was cleaning the animal’s enclosure.

4 000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands - agency

2015-03-27 15:38

An estimated 4 000 foreign fishermen are stranded on a number of remote islands in eastern Indonesia, including men who revealed to have been enslaved, an aid group says.

Group accuses Israel of war crimes during Gaza war

2015-03-27 14:18

The Israeli army committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last year’s offensive in Gaza, a right group says.

Police find no 'smoking gun' in crash pilot's home

2015-03-27 13:06

Police searching a home of the German co-pilot who officials say appears to have deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps say they have seized evidence but no ‘smoking gun’.

West wants to weaken Russia, says Assad

2015-03-27 12:32
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Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he says has also been used against his own country.

Stampede in Bangladesh kills at least 10 pilgrims

2015-03-27 11:14

At least 10 Hindu pilgrims have been killed and dozens more injured in a stampede outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police and witnesses say.

Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels

2015-03-27 11:15

The turmoil in Yemen has grown into a regional conflict, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials say a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.

Amanda Knox's fate in hands of Italy's top court

2015-03-27 10:04

Amanda Knox is set to discover if she is to be definitely convicted of murder, as Italy’s top court resumes a hearing on the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher.

Pilots must have regular medical check-ups - UN

2015-03-27 08:48

Pilots must have regular mental and physical check-ups, the UN world aviation body says, after a Germanwings first officer deliberately crashed his plane this week killing all 150 on board.

8 gang members in El Salvador killed in shoot-out with cops

2015-03-27 08:48

Eight gang members have been killed in a confrontation with police on a coffee farm in El Salvador, police say, the same day as hundreds of thousands of people marched around the country for an end to rising violence.

Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job

2015-03-27 05:49

Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, say those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager.

Indian village bans kissing in public

2015-03-27 05:00

An Indian village in a western coastal state has imposed a ban on couples kissing in public, claiming the sight of such "obscene" behaviour is unwanted by local residents.

Trains collide in Thailand, 22 injured

2015-03-26 20:56

Thai authorities say two passenger trains have collided north of Thailand's capital, injuring several people.

Boston bombing jury hears details of explosives

2015-03-26 19:49

The bombs that tore through the crowd at the Boston Marathon in a deadly 2013 attack were sparked by a remote control from a toy car and powered by flash powder, FBI experts say.

Norwegian Air orders 2 crew in cockpits during flights

2015-03-26 19:00

Europe's third largest budget airline, Norwegian Air Shuttle, says it plans to adopt new rules requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit of a flying aircraft.

California police say "no evidence" supporting claims of woman's abduction

2015-03-26 18:17

Police in California said there was "no evidence" supporting the reported story that a San Francisco Bay Area woman was kidnapped for ransom earlier this week before reappearing alone and unharmed.

Indian police make first arrest in nun's rape

2015-03-26 16:54

Indian police have made their first arrest over the rape of an elderly nun that has shocked the country, a senior official said.

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