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 5:55 AM   The co-pilot 'voluntarily' initiated the descent of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps, the lead investigator says.

Prince Charles' 'black spider memos' 

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

Britain's highest court has cleared the way for private letters written by Prince Charles to be made public, which could prove deeply embarrassing for the royal family.

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 9:47 AM   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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Germanwings: Pilot breakdown six years ago offers clue

Andreas Lubitz

Patrick Sawer 9:58 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".

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

A file image of an Airbus A320 cockpit

Abby Ohlheiser and Sarah Larimer 9:06 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.

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.

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.

Key legal case delaying Bali nine executions is 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.

Amnesty report condemns Palestinian armed groups over war crimes

Amnesty report: The grandmother of Israeli soldier Jordan Bensimon at his funeral on July 22, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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.

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.

9:53 PM   A list of plane crashes and near misses related to cockpit door locks.

Crash co-pilot on job 18 months

A file image of an Airbus A320 cockpit

9:25 PM   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.

A320 pilot says co-pilot can be locked out of cockpit

A view of the cockpit of the Airbus A320 type aircraft.

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.

Lawyer queries Airbus control system

Reassurance sought: A rescue helicopter from the French Gendarmerie hovers in front of the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes. All 150 people on board died.

Rania Spooner, Tammy Mills 6:16 PM   The public needs to be reassured following the French Alps crash that Airbus computer system and sensors were functioning, says lawyer.

Chile: Heaviest rains in 20 years close mines, leave two dead, 20 missing

Locals gather near a flooded road after heavy rains in Copiapo city, Chile, March 25, 2015.

Anthony Esposito and Rosalba O'Brien 4:22 PM   The heaviest rains to hit Chile's northern desert regions in 20 years have left caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving thousands of residents stranded.

Germanwings plane crash: pilot locked out of cockpit

Night falls on the alps near the area where the plane crashed.

Nicola Clark, Dan Bilefsky 4:09 PM   As officials struggled to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane‚Äôs descent and was unable to get back in.

Germanwings plane crash: the victims

Bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak was on board the flight.

Raphael Minder, Alison Smale 3:57 PM   Seventy-two Germans and 35 Spaniards were killed when the Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps. Citizens of Australia, Argentina, Iran, Venezuela, Britain, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium and Israel were also on board.