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Grief shrouds German town as air crash victims mourned

Haltern - The small German town of Haltern am See on Wednesday held an emotional memorial service for the 16 pupils and two teachers from a local school who were killed in the French Alps air disaster.

German ex-cop jailed for cannibalism website killing

Dresden - A court sentenced a German former police officer to eight years and six months in jail Wednesday for killing a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.

Lufthansa says Germanwings co-pilot had 'severe depression'

Berlin - The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane told his bosses he had suffered from severe depression, Lufthansa has revealed, as the airlines' chief executives announced plans to visit the crash site on Wednesday.

Lufthansa chief visits crash area as 'cabin video' emerges

Le Vernet - The heads of Lufthansa and Germanwings paid their respects Wednesday near the spot where one of their planes slammed into the French Alps, following reports that a video has emerged showing the final terrifying seconds in the cabin.

Franco-German couple publish memoirs of Nazi-hunting years

Paris - France's most famous Nazi hunters, Serge Klarsfeld and his German wife Beate, this week launched their "Memoirs" about their decades spent tracking down Hitler's henchmen and dragging them out of hiding into the public glare.

Hollande assures Berlin France will stick to reforms

Berlin - French President Francois Hollande insisted on a visit to Berlin Tuesday that France would stick to its reform course despite his Socialist party's setback in local elections.

Recovery of bodies from Germanwings crash site ends: Authorities

La Seyne-sur-mer - The bodies of victims from the Germanwings plane disaster have all been recovered from the crash site in the French Alps, authorities said Tuesday."There are no more bodies at the crash site.

Lufthansa says Germanwings co-pilot admitted 'severe depression'

Berlin - The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane in the French Alps had informed his employer that he had undergone a "previous episode of severe depression", Lufthansa said Tuesday.

Lufthansa, Germanwings bosses to visit crash area Wednesday

France - The chief executives of Lufthansa and Germanwings will on Wednesday travel to the area near last week's plane crash in the French Alps, the airline said.

Search teams use new road to reach Germanwings crash site

France - With a new road built to the crash site of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps, investigators on Tuesday resumed their grim search through debris and body parts.

Mexico to require two in cockpit after Alps crash

- Mexico became the latest country on Monday to require the presence of two airline crew members in cockpits at all times, following the apparently deliberate Germanwings crash by the co-pilot.

Alps crash pilot's hidden illness sparks privacy debate

Berlin - Findings that the co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane hid psychological problems from his employer prompted a charged debate in Germany on Monday on patients' right to privacy.

Alps crash pilot had suicidal tendencies in past: prosecutors

Deutschland - The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane into the French Alps was classified as suicidal "several years ago" but had appeared more stable of late, German prosecutors said Monday.

Hunt resumes for Alps plane crash DNA, black box

France - Investigators sifting through the wreckage of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps were forced Monday to resume the hunt on foot as bad weather hampered helicopter flights.

Last minutes of ill-fated Germanwings flight

Berlin - The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict.

Theories behind riddle of Alps crash co-pilot's actions

Berlin - The crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 Tuesday has sparked a range of possible theories to explain the actions of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who investigators believe deliberately flew the plane into a mountainside.

DNA from 78 Germanwings crash victims found

Marseille - Forensic teams have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts at the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, while investigators continued their grim task in the arduous mountain terrain.

Alps crash captain shouted 'open the damn door'

Berlin - The captain of a passenger jet that investigators believe was deliberately crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, shouted at the co-pilot to "open the damn door" as he desperately tried to get back into the locked cockpit, a German newsp...

French Alps faithful pray for crash vicitms

Digne - Before the altar of a French Alps cathedral, 150 candles on Saturday burned brightly for all those who perished in this week's Germanwings crash and their families.

Medicine for psychological illness found at co-pilot's home: Report

Berlin - German police have found medical treatments for psychological illness at the home of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet into the French Alps, killing 149 people and himself, a German newspaper said Saturday.

Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

Berlin - The personality of a co-pilot suspected of deliberately flying a Germanwings passenger jet into a mountainside in the Alps is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one, a French investigator said Saturday.

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

Montabaur - The co-pilot who investigators believe crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, worried "health problems" would dash his dreams and vowed one day to do something to "change the whole system", an ex-girlfriend told a German ...

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".
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