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Germanwings pilot ripped up sick note issued for day of plane crash

Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor’s note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an ...

Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

Mar 29, 2015

Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark Saturday as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. The usually glittering nighttime majesty of the Empire State Building was set to “faint sparkle” ...

Citizen journalism given a boost

Mar 29, 2015

Citizen journalism given a boost

by Rob Lever

When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York on Thursday, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch. The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter’s new livestream app Periscope, ...

Alps crash captain shouted, 'Open the damn door!'

Mar 29, 2015

Alps crash captain shouted, 'Open the damn door!'

The captain of the passenger jet that investigators believe was deliberately crashed into the French Alps last Tuesday, killing all 150 aboard, shouted at the co-pilot to “open the damn door” as he made desperate attempts to return to the locked cockpit, according to ...

Mar 29, 2015

Mexico sets 25% pollution cut goal by 2030 for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include “black carbon,” essentially soot produced by burning wood, dung, ...

Diplomats,  U.N. staffers flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

Mar 29, 2015

Diplomats, U.N. staffers flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

Aden REUTERS Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen on Saturday and the United Nations pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led airstrikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters. Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and ...

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

Mar 29, 2015

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida’s branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy ...

Mar 28, 2015

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

The co-pilot who 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 newspaper. The 26-year-old woman, identified ...

Ebola crisis 'exposed failures of aid system'

Mar 28, 2015

Ebola crisis 'exposed failures of aid system'

by Eric Randolph

Aid agency Doctors Without Borders marked the first anniversary of Africa’s Ebola outbreak on March 23 with a report slamming the international community’s slow response and detailing the “indescribable horror” faced by its staff. More than 10,000 people have been killed and nearly 25,000 ...