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What rising gay support means for France's far-right National Front

Beauvais - Sebastien Chenu, a former gay activist, does not seem a typical member of France's far-right National Front (FN), a party accused of deeply reactionary views with a history of homophobia.

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

Montabaur - 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.

Germanwings offers families initial aid of 50,000 euros

Berlin - Germanwings has offered the families of the victims of the French Alps air disaster "up to 50,000 euros ($54,806) per passenger" towards their immediate costs, a spokesman said Friday.

Depression, suicide and the workplace — Q&A

Paris - Expert opinions on the potential link between depression and the suspected mass murder-suicide of a Germanwings co-pilot who flew an Airbus into the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board:Q: What is the link between depression and suicide...

European airlines told to have two in cockpit at all times

Berlin - The European Aviation Safety Agency recommended Friday that at least two people be present in the cockpit of planes at all times, following the apparently deliberate crashing of the Germanwings flight this week.

German airlines adopt two-person cockpit rule: aviation body

Berlin - German airlines have agreed new rules to ensure that two crew members are in a planes's cockpit at all times, the aviation association BDL announced Friday.

Germanwings crash co-pilot hid illness from airline

Montabaur - The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, hid a serious illness from the airline, prosecutors said Friday amid reports he was severely depressed.

French investigators hunt second black box from Germanwings jet

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

Germanwings co-pilot had suffered depression: Report

Berlin - 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.

German police find no 'smoking gun' in crash pilot's home

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

Germanwings crash probe turns on 'depressed' co-pilot

Montabaur - The Germanwings co-pilot who flew his Airbus into a French mountainside, killing all 150 aboard, suffered serious depression, a German newspaper reported Friday, raising new questions over how he was cleared to fly.

Crash investigation focuses on Germanwings co-pilot

Nice - Authorities in Germany searched the Montabaur home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on Thursday, looking for clues to why the young flier apparently flew a Germanwings jetliner into a mountain in southern France, killing all 150 passengers and crew.

Airlines scramble for new cockpit rules after crash

Paris - Airlines and policy makers rushed to mandate two crew members be in the cockpit at all times following revelations that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight deliberately crashed the plane when left alone at the controls.

Pilots must have regular medical check-ups: UN agency

Montr - Pilots must have regular mental and physical check-ups, the UN world aviation body said Thursday, after it emerged that a Germanwings first officer deliberately crashed his plane killing all 150 on board.

German aviation association 'seeks two-person cockpit rule'

Berlin - Germany's aviation association BDL announced plans Thursday to introduce a two-person cockpit rule after it emerged that the co-pilot on a Germanwings flight deliberately crashed after being left alone.

Air crash victims' hometown 'angry', 'shocked' by new findings

Frankfurt - 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.

Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight

Marignane - The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525.

Germanwings crash generates giant wave of solidarity

Digne - From offers of accommodation to freshly baked cookies, locals near the crash site of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 have rallied 'round with everything at their disposal to ease -- in a small way -- the pain of victims' families.

France's painstaking and risky recovery operation at crash site

Seyne - Anchored with ropes on perilously steep slopes, the French teams recovering debris and human remains from the site of the German airliner crash in the Alps are carrying out a painstaking and risky task.

Germanwings co-pilot a friendly pro who 'dreamed' of flying

Berlin - Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet, was a life-long flying enthusiast who had passed all the airline's psychological tests and had no known terrorist links.

Investigators search German homes of co-pilot

Berlin - Investigators carried out searches Thursday at two homes of the German co-pilot who officials say appears to have deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps, a German prosecutor said.

Precedents of pilots downing their planes

France - Investigators believe the co-pilot of a German airliner deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps earlier this week, killing all 150 people aboard.

Merkel says crash findings add 'absolutely unimaginable dimension'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday findings that a Germanwings co-pilot appeared to have deliberately slammed a jet into the French Alps added an "absolutely unimaginable dimension" to the tragedy.

Norwegian Air Shuttle to require two people in cockpit

Oslo - Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said Thursday it would require two people in the cockpit at all times for safety reasons.

Shock in Europe after 'deliberate' Germanwings crash

Marignane - 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 Thursday, in revelations that sparked global shock and prompted some airlines to review t...

Families of Germanwings crash victims arrive in France

Marignane - Families of victims from the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps arrived in France on Thursday, an interior ministry spokesman said.

Germanwings co-pilot had 630 hours' flying experience: Lufthansa

Frankfurt - The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps was on the job since September 2013 and had 630 hours of flying experience, the parent company, German flag carrier Lufthansa, said on Thursday.

Pilot locked out of cockpit before mystery French Alps crash

Seyne-les-alpes - One of the pilots on the doomed Germanwings flight was locked out of the cockpit shortly before the plane crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, a source told AFP, raising new questions for investigators trying to make sense of the tragedy...

Remains of victims being airlifted from French Alps crash site

France - Helicopters began airlifting the remains of the victims of a Germanwings plane crash from the disaster site in the French Alps Wednesday afternoon, a source close to the investigation told AFP.

French school head charged with sexual assault on pupils

Grenoble - A primary school head teacher was charged Wednesday with having tricked blindfolded pupils into oral sex during a workshop on experiencing new tastes, justice officials said.
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