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  • UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews

    LONDON (AP) — It wasn’t quite a debate, but back-to-back live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband were billed Thursday as the unofficial campaign kickoff six weeks before Britain’s…

  • Co-pilot was ‘very happy’ with Germanwings job

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot’s job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in…

  • Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

    PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people…

  • Disbelief, shock worldwide at co-pilot’s role in Alps crash

    Incredulity, shock, disbelief and horror. Around the world, from leaders to pilots to victims’ relatives to ordinary people, the news that prosecutors believe a 27-year-old co-pilot deliberately sent Germanwings Flight 9525 straight into a French…

  • MIT expert: US rules make chances of cockpit takeover slim

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. flight regulations make it unlikely that a single jetliner pilot could barricade himself or herself inside the cockpit like French prosecutors say the Germanwings co-pilot did before crashing his airliner…

  • Romanian official under house arrest for alleged bribery

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court has ruled that Romania’s former finance minister, who is suspected of accepting a Renoir painting, gold bars and cash as bribes, should be put under house arrest. The High…

  • The Latest: US identifies 3rd American plane crash victim

    9:15 p.m. (2015 GMT, 4:15 p.m. EDT) In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke identified Robert Oliver as the third American citizen killed in the crash. He provided no further details Thursday, but Oliver’s…

  • Airlines to require 2 crew members in cockpit at all times

    LONDON (AP) — Airlines and officials around the world on Thursday began requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently…

  • US, Iran nuke talks enter critical round ahead of deadline

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran entered a critical phase on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Iranian counterpart less than a week away from…

  • Pope’s sex abuse commission alarmed by bishop appointment

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Several members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he…

  • Pressure rises on Greece as savers drain bank deposits

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek bank deposits dropped by more than 7.5 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in February, ramping up pressure on the country’s teetering financial system as its government scrambles to reach a deal…

  • Albania: 2 MPs arrested on false murder plot claim

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police on Thursday arrested two lawmakers accused of giving false testimony over claims that the parliament speaker was behind an alleged assassination plot to kill two deputies. The arrests came…

  • French, Iranian leaders talk amid nuclear negotiations

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande’s office says he spoke by telephone with Iran’s president and urged progress toward a “lasting, robust and verifiable” deal ensuring that Iran does not have access to nuclear…

  • Italy uncovers European tax-avoiding fuel scam

    ROME (AP) — Italian police and Europol say eight people have been arrested in a half-dozen European countries for allegedly operating a diesel import scam that avoided taxes by disguising the fuel as it transited…

  • Cyprus draws Norway parallel after latest gas quest failure

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president sought to draw a parallel with oil-rich Norway after the latest failure in the Mediterranean island nation’s quest for gas. President Nicos Anastasiades told reporters Thursday he’s not disheartened…