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Darryl Fears 11:34 AM Big game hunter Corey Knowlton's long wait to kill an endangered black rhinoceros in Africa is finally over.
Patrick Sawer 11:33 AM In Andreas Lubitz's home town, the sense of disbelief was palpable. Everyone who had encountered the 27-year-old, who grew up dreaming of becoming a pilot, described him as quiet, polite and "normal".
11:32 AM France's air force said it scrambled a Mirage fighter jet to the area when the Germanwings flight lost radar contact, but arrived too late to help.
Abby Ohlheiser and Sarah Larimer 11:30 AM Andreas Lubitz first took to the skies as a teenage glider pilot flying from a grass runway in western Germany and never showed any sign he was anything but thrilled to have landed a job with Germanwings, those who taught him the trade say.
11:09 AM A list of plane crashes and near misses related to cockpit door locks.
11:05 AM The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps had been with the airline since September 2013 and had 630 hours of flying experience.
Gordon Rayner 10:57 AM As they climbed towards their cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, the conversation between Captain Patrick Sonderheimer and his co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was the sort of banter that goes on in any cockpit on a commercial flight.
10:52 AM The following is a list of airliner accidents involving possible or rumored pilot suicide, compiled by the Aviation Safety Network.
David Wroe 8:19 AM Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy to return Tony Abbott's phone call about the fate of the Bali Nine pair on death row, Jakarta's envoy in Australia has said.
Rod Nordland 7:48 AM Three major Shiite militia groups have pulled out of the fight for Tikrit, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground.
Thomas Escritt 7:18 AM Former Liberian President Charles Taylor must spend the rest of his life in a British jail after judges denied his request to serve his 50-year prison sentence in Rwanda.
6:27 AM Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 8.4 per cent in 2014 due to a decline in fossil-fuel power generation, preliminary government data showed on Thursday.
Nick Miller 6:17 AM A snow-striped mountain range, its peak shrouded in cloud, loomed over the field where the bereaved families of the Germanwings tragedy gathered.
6:13 AM Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 per cent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.
Siavosh Ghazi and Cecile Feuillatre 4:49 AM Lausanne: Iran's nuclear chief said Thursday he was "optimistic" about reaching a ground-breaking nuclear deal, as US and Iranian diplomats launched down-to-the-wire talks chasing a March 31 deadline.
Robin Millard 3:54 AM England's slain King Richard III, exhumed from an undignified grave under a car park, has been finally buried with honour, 530 years after his death on the battlefield.
Karla Adam 3:10 AM Britain's highest court cleared the way for private letters written by Prince Charles to government ministers to be made public, the contents of which could prove deeply embarrassing for the royal family.
Ishaan Tharoor 3:07 AM In the Star Wars universe, the barren planet of Tatooine, illuminated by twin suns, is a fringe player in George Lucas' grand space opera of dark emperors, Jedi knights and giant orblike weapons of planetary destruction.
2:04 AM Saudi Arabia has started military operations in Yemen, the beginning of an offensive to restore a Yemeni government that had collapsed after rebel forces took control of large swaths of the country.
Oliver Barth 1:31 AM The deaths of 16 teenage students and two young teachers in the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps left the lakeside town of Haltern am See in a state of shock.
Ruth Pollard 10:04 PM Amnesty International's latest report on the 2014 conflict in the Gaza Strip has catalogued war crimes by Palestinian militant groups.
Jamie Freed 7:23 PM It is possible for one pilot of an Airbus A320 to lock the other out of the cockpit, says an Australian pilot of an A320.