Gerhard Lueck, CEO of ViennaFlight, shows the door locking system of an Airbus A320 inside a flight simulator in Vienna.

Cockpits secured against hijackers can also protect rogue pilots

Investigators of the Germanwings crash that killed 150 believe a rogue co-pilot locked out his colleague.

about 20 hours ago

 Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet into the French Alps on Tuesday.

Report: Germanwings co-pilot had previous 'serious depressive episode'

Also, German prosecutors say they found evidence that Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers.

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 The coffin of England’s King Richard III is carried Thursday by pallbearers during a reinterment service for his remains at Leicester Cathedral in Leicester, England. The remains of Richard III, the last English king killed in battle, were found three years ago under a parking lot. Queen Elizabeth II called the reinterment of “great international significance.” Richard III died in 1485.

King Richard III of England is reburied in Leicester Cathedral

Some scholars questioned the image of Richard that has come down through the centuries: a hideous, bloodstained villain.

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Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

Fears are grouping that there could be a disruption to oil supplies,and that conflict could lead to a wider sectarian war.

about 20 hours ago

U.S. airstrikes on Tikrit prompt boycott by Shiite fighters, and threats

Too great or abrupt a withdrawal by militia forces, analysts said, could complicate the entire Iraqi counteroffensive.

about 20 hours ago

Report: DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by cartels

The report does not specify the country where the parties occurred, but an official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia.

about 20 hours ago

World Briefs: Iran bidding to end impasse in nuclear talks

Plus: Netanyahu chided; Prince Charles letters; arrests in nun’s rape; and more.

about 20 hours ago

U.S. launches airstrikes against IS

U.S. air coalition has joined the fight alongside Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces to recapture the city of Tikrit.

1 day ago

Files on Yemen spies for U.S. are captured by militia chiefs

U.S. officials say secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces have been looted by Iran-backed militias.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Nigerian militants nab hundreds

Plus: Pakistan offensive; cybercrime targeted; oligarch dismissed; BBC axes Clarkson; Chinese fugitives in U.S.

1 day ago

 Andreas Guenter Lubitz, who was the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed Tuesday into the French Alps. "There is no reason to suspect a terrorist attack," French prosecutor Brice Robin said.

Germanwings plane crash called ‘deliberate’ act

The conclusions were based on cockpit flight recordings recovered from the wreckage the Germanwings passenger jet.

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 Debris of the crashed Germanwings passenger jet is scattered on the mountain side near Seyne les Alpes, French Alps.

Report: Pilot was locked out of cockpit in crash

Evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated that one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

1 day ago

Obama slows U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan

The United States will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year.

2 days ago

U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran not providing needed information, access

Failure by Iran to comply with IAEA demands would undermine its efforts to win the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

2 days ago

World Briefs: Israel disputes report of nuke talks spying

Plus: Fight for Tikrit evolves; Saudi Arabia shifts military; Indian online law ends; and more.

2 days ago

 Family members of passengers that were aboard a passenger jet that crashed in the French Alps react Tuesday at Barcelona’s El Prat airport. All 150 aboard the flight, an Airbus operated by a subsidiary of German-owned Lufthansa, are feared dead after the plan plummeted into a remote region of southern France.

Plane crash kills 150 people in French Alps; Europe in shock

The Airbus from a German budget airline crashed in an alpine skiing and hiking region, hard for rescue services to reach.

2 days ago

Afghan, American leaders huddle

A meeting of Pentagon and State Department leaders with the Afghan president helped to reset relations between the two nations.

3 days ago

Saudis say they may act in Yemen

Saudi Arabia said it would take “necessary” step to stabilize Yemen if peace talks fail to remedy conflict there.

3 days ago

Netanyahu apologizes to Israel’s Arabs over remarks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Monday to Israeli Arabs for seemingly disparaging remarks about them,

3 days ago

Iran hard-liners lie low on nuke talks

Hard-liners in Iran of late have been notably silent about the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

3 days ago

World Briefs: Afghans push for action over lynching

Plus: Massive asteroid impact; Okinawa project friction; Tsipras, Merkel meet; Libya fighting rages

3 days ago

Yemen rebels seize southern city

Shiite rebels took over Taiz, which sparked local protests.

4 days ago

 FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2006, file photo, a plane sprays coca fields in San Miguel, on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador. The new labeling on Thursday, March 19, 2015, of the world’s most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer could jeopardize the future of an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez,File)

Anti-drug efforts use harmful spray

New labeling on the world’s most popular weed killer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia.

4 days ago

Greece revives claims over Nazi atrocities

Athens is seeking to turn the tables on its single biggest paymaster. Who, the Greeks are asking, truly owes whom?

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 Afghan women’s rights activists carry the coffin of Farkhunda, 28, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire Thursday, during her burial ceremony Sunday in Kabul.

Afghans: Lynched woman didn’t burn Quran

In a rare sight, Farkhunda’s coffin was carried to the grave site in north Kabul’s Khair Khana neighborhood by a dozen women.

4 days ago

World briefs: Russia warns Denmark on missile shield

PLUS: U.S. doubting Netanyahu, U.N. ends Uber partnership, Tunisia fighting terrorism.

4 days ago

 From left, the reactor containment building, cooling tower and spent fuel storage building. First Energy's modifications, which have been made as a response to the March 2011 disaster that unfolded at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, which had meltdowns in three of its reactors.

At Beaver Valley, upgrades are underway in response to Fukushima disaster

Four years after the Japanese nuclear disaster, U.S. nuclear operators have stepped up plant modifications and altered their philosophy.

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Islamic state urges sympathizers to Kill U.S. service members identified on website

The group said that the approximately 100 personnel had participated in efforts to defeat it in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.

5 days ago

Protest targets new bishop in Chile

The new Catholic bishop, Juan Barros, is accused of complicity in a notorious case of clerical sexual abuse.

5 days ago

Obama scolds Israeli prime minister over remarks

The president makes his first public comments on the matter since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in Tuesday’s elections.

5 days ago

From Minneapolis to the Islamic State

The journey of a young man from Minneapolis to a soldier on the front lines of the Islamic State is a chilling tale.

5 days ago

 In this May 27, 2010 photo, Mexican wrestler Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, poses for photographers at the start of a news conference in Mexico City. Ramirez, the son of a wrestling legend in the country, died early Saturday March 21, 2015, from a hit suffered in the ring in Tijuana, the Baja California state prosecutor's office said. (AP Photo/Enrique Ordonez-CUARTOSCURO.COM) MEXICO OUT - NO PUBLICAR EN MEXICO - MANDATORY CREDIT - CREDITO OBLIGATORIO

Son of Mexican pro wrestling legend dies from hit in ring

Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, fell unconscious on the ropes, apparently after receiving a flying kick.

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Pope asks Naples mobsters to repent and stop "mothers' tears"

Pope Francis urges residents to stand firm against organized crime.

5 days ago

 Members of a militia group loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, known as the Popular Committees, chew qat, Yemen's favorite drug, as they sit next to their tank, guarding a major intersection in Aden, Yemen, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Yemen's Shiite rebels issued a call to arms Saturday to battle forces loyal to the embattled President Hadi, as U.S. troops evacuated a southern air base over al-Qaida militants seizing a nearby city, authorities said. (AP Photo/Hamza Hendawi)

Shiite rebels call for Yemen offensive; US troops evacuate

U.N. Security Council to meet today to discuss situation in Yemen.

5 days ago

World briefs: Kurd calls for truce with Turks

Plus: Museum-raid arrests; assassination plot foiled; talks focus on North Korea; coke shipment seized.

5 days ago

Nuclear talks near deal, Iranian official says; Obama sends taped message

Iran nuclear pact talks broke off for five days in deference to the funeral for the Iranian president’s mother.

6 days ago

Operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State stalled by heavy casualties, discord

Iraqi military’s prospective assault to oust the Islamic State militants from Tikrit bogs down three weeks on.

6 days ago

World Briefs: Top cardinal resigns amid sex claims

Plus: Boehner to visit Israel; scores of corpses found; call for currency union; and more.

6 days ago

 People stand amid bodies covered with blankets Friday in a mosque after a suicide attack during the noon prayer in Sanaa, Yemen. Triple suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques crowded with worshippers in the capital on Friday, causing heavy casualties.

Over 100 killed as Islamic State affiliate strikes in Yemen

The attacks on mosques used by supporters of the Shiite Muslim Houthi fighters were the deadliest in a yearslong campaign of violence.

6 days ago

 World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan listens during a question-and-answer session at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on March 5. In a delay that may have cost lives, WHO resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until the summer of 2014, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a senior manager called for a drastic change in strategy, The Associated Press has learned.

Emails: UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

The two-month delay, some argue, may have cost lives.

1 week ago

Netanyahu: No reversal on two-state solution

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu reversed his election campaign declaration against an independent Palestinian state.

1 week ago

Nuclear talks with Iran hit bumps

U.S. officials told Congress that some constraints on Tehran would continue indefinitely in any possible pact.

1 week ago

Yemen president’s stronghold in the south attacked by rivals

Attack on Aden’s international airport and bombing of presidential palace there signal Yemen’s civil strife has not yet ended.

1 week ago

World Briefs: U.N. agency accuses ISIS of genocide

Plus: Lifting Russia sanctions; Afghan police chief killed; Lost Malaysian jet; Japan, China hold talks

1 week ago

 Four German police cars were set on fire Wednesday by anti-capitalist protesters burn near the European Central Bank building hours before the official opening of its new headquarters in Frankfurt.

Protesters and police clash near European Central Bank's new headquarters

Anti-austerity unionized workers and protesters rallied violently in Frankfurt at the new headquarters of the ECB.

1 week ago

Serbia arrests 8 suspects in 1995 Srebrenica massacre

Serbian prosecutors, working with Bosnian counterparts, have arrested eight men suspected of direct participation in the massacre.

1 week ago

 Tunisian Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli, second from right, and House Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur, right, attend the funerals of elite security member Aymen Morjen Thursday. Mr. Morjen was killed in the Wednesday attack at the Bardo National museum.

Islamic State takes credit for deadly Tunisia museum attack

Hundreds of Tunisians rallied Thursday to proclaim their solidarity with the victims and with Tunisia's fledgling democracy.

1 week ago

World briefs: Russia marks annexation of Crimea

PLUS: Leaflets dropped on Mosul; U.N. peacekeeping forces; Comedian found guilty.

1 week ago

 Israeli Likud Party supporters react to the exit polls while they wait for the announcement of the first official results of Israel's parliamentary elections Tuesday.

Netanyahu moves to form new Israeli government

The election was widely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu, who has governed the country for the past six years.

1 week ago

 Tourists and visitors from the Bardo museum are evacuated today in Tunis, Tunisia. Gunmen opened fire at a leading museum in Tunisia's capital, killing 19 people, including 17 tourists, the Tunisian Prime Minister said.

At least 20 killed in terrorist attack at Tunisia museum

Two gunmen were killed, but Prime Minister Habib Essid said a manhunt was on for at least two or three others.

1 week ago


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