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Leaders see horror of French Alps crash as probe gathers pace

Investigators on Wednesday made the first breakthrough in the probe into the crash of an airliner in the French Alps, as President Francois Hollande vowed everything would be done to explain the tragedy that killed 150 people. Officials from the BEA crash investigation agency said they had extracted “usable data” ...

Precedents of pilots downing their planes

Mar 27, 2015

Precedents of pilots downing their planes

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. While rare, there have been previous such incidents in which a pilot or co-pilot have brought down an aircraft. — ...

Mar 27, 2015

Japan takes South Korea's decision to join China-led AIIB calmly

Japanese government officials reacted calmly to South Korea’s decision Thursday to join the planned Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The South Korean decision “is not surprising,” a senior Finance Ministry official said. A high-ranking government official noted that Japan’s stance toward the AIIB “has ...

Mar 27, 2015

Experimental Ebola vaccine effective in monkeys: study

An experimental Ebola vaccine has been shown to effectively protect monkeys against the often-deadly virus, according to a study published Thursday. The new medicine, described in the journal Science, is what is known as a “whole virus” vaccine. This means it is based on ...

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

Mar 27, 2015

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

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. Lubitz, 28, had flown for Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary for nearly two years and belonged ...

Mar 27, 2015

Illinois National Guardsman, cousin accused of trying to aid Islamic State

An Illinois National Guard specialist and his cousin were arrested on federal charges that they conspired to aid Islamic State terrorists. Guardsman Hasan Edmonds, 22, was picked up Wednesday at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. Jonas Edmonds, 29, was apprehended at his Aurora, Illinois, home, ...