Germanwings: Bereaved families in French Alps

Nick Miller 6:17 AM   A mountain range loomed over the field where the bereaved families gathered.

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Co-pilot seemed to 'want to destroy' plane

A picture from Facebook of a man believed to be 28-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Nick Miller 11:26 AM   The co-pilot 'voluntarily' initiated the descent of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps, the lead investigator says.

Case delaying Bali nine executions rejected

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso maintains she was deceived by an acquaintance and did not know the drugs were in the lining of her suitcase.

Jewel Topsfield 12:33 AM   The case review was expected to take up to three months, buying time for those on death row, but the request has been rejected.

Explosion and fire rip through NYC building

Fire shoots from the roof of a building after it collapsed and burst into flames in New York City's East Village.

Josephine Tovey 12:54 PM   A massive explosion has torn through a building in New York City, sparking a huge fire and emergency response and possibly sparking a building collapse.

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Pilot 'rocked by personal crisis'

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz: police are investigating a 'personal life crisis'.

Rachel Olding and Miriam Steffens 12:54 PM   The co-pilot who deliberately crashed Germanwing Flight 49525 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, was rocked by a deep personal crisis following relationship problems with his girlfriend, according to a German media report.

Germanwings plane crash: how the cockpit door lock works

12:44 PM   How the aircraft crew is supposed to lock and unlock the cockpit door, based on a video by Airbus.

Germanwings crash: other pilot-caused tragedies

Andreas Libutz

12:24 PM   The following is a list of airliner accidents involving possible or rumoured pilot suicide, compiled by the Aviation Safety Network.

Germanwings: Pilot breakdown six years ago offers clue

Andreas Lubitz

Patrick Sawer 12:07 PM   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".

Head of endangered black rhino a legal hunting trophy

Rhino horns are so valuable that in some African nations, anti-poaching teams are detailed to guard individual beasts.

Darryl Fears 11:34 AM   Big game hunter Corey Knowlton's long wait to kill an endangered black rhinoceros in Africa is finally over.

Germanwings crash: French jet scrambled when plane lost contact

An Airbus A320 flown by the Germanwings airline.

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.

Germanwings plane crash: co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was 'happy he had the job' with airline

"Playful chatter, like normal pilots": A file image of an Airbus A320 cockpit.

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.

Plane crashes and near misses related to cockpit door locks

Tragedy: A Germanwings Airbus A320 similar to the one that crashed in the French Alps.

11:09 AM   A list of plane crashes and near misses related to cockpit door locks.

Crash co-pilot on job 18 months

"Playful chatter, like normal pilots": A file image of an Airbus A320 cockpit.

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.

How the deliberate crashing unfolded

Heard breathing until the end: Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 investigators say he deliberately crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday.

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.

Indonesian President too busy to talk to Abbott on Bali pair

Preoccupied: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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.

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Shiite militias quit siege of Islamic State over US role

Iraqi security forces prepare to attack Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit on Thursday.

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.

Liberian ex-president must spend life in British jail: court

Charles Taylor waves in 2003 as he leaves for exile in Nigeria.

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.

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 8.4 per cent in 2014

Cutting carbon: Britain makes big gains.

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.

Germanwings plane crash: Bereaved families of Flight 4U9525 passengers gather in French Alps

 A woman (second from right) believed to be a relative of a deceased crew member on Germanwings flight 4U9525 is comforted at a reception centre in Le Vernet, France.

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.

Study shows acceleration in melting of Antarctic ice shelves

More ice cover doesn't mean more ice overall.

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.

Iran upbeat about reaching ground-breaking nuclear deal as talks hit final stretch

Looking to make a deal and lift sanctions ... Iranian Foreign Mohammad Minister Javad Zarif , right, waits for the start of a meeting with a US delegation at a hotel in Lausanne Switzerland  on Thursday.

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.

Richard III finally gets burial fit for a king

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a distant relative of the late king, read a poem at the service at Leicester Cathedral.

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.

Prince Charles' 'black spider memos' to be released

Prince Charles' office are not happy with the decision, saying they're "disappointed the principle of privacy has not been upheld."

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.

The area in Tunisia where Star Wars was filmed is now a 'way-station' for jihadists

Scene from <i>Star Wars</i> which was filmed in Tataouine, Tunisia.

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.

Saudi Arabia starts military operations in Yemen

Yemenis run from gunfire at an army base in Aden.

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.

German town mourns 18 young lives lost in plane crash

Students at the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school mourn their friends who were killed in the Germanwings crash.

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.