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Plane Crash Kills 150 People In French Alps; Black Box Found

Plane Crash Kills 150 People In French Alps; Black Box Found

A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board.

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This is aerial picture of the crash site showing the key elements of the plane

The victims included two babies, two opera singers and 16 German high school students and their teachers returning from an exchange trip to Spain. It was the deadliest crash in France in decades. read more

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The Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse is casting its shadow across Europe as millions of people defy gloomy weather forecasts to watch the rare astronomical spectacle.

Live reaction as Britain watches an astronomical spectacle that will not be seen in the UK for another 10 years.

If the smog clears up and the weather behaves, today’s partial solar eclipse is set to be the most spectacular seen in Britain for 15 years.

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Plane Crashes Into Taiwan River Both Engines Failed Before the  Crash

Plane Crashes Into Taiwan River Both Engines Failed Before the Crash

A TransAsia Airways flight GE235 has crashed into a Taipei river leaving 22 people dead and dozens injured.

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Rescue personnel work to free passengers from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into a river outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei on tody Photo: Getty

A plane with 58 people on board has crashed into a river after hitting a bridge in Taiwan’s capital Taipei, leaving at least 22 people dead.

One of the engines of the ATR 71-600 went idle just 37 seconds after take-off, before the aircraft dropped out of the sky, narrowly avoiding apartment buildings and leaving at least 35 people dead. read more

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New York Subway Train Derails In Tunnel

New York Subway Train Derails In Tunnel

It is not clear if anyone has been injured in the incident involving an express F train bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn

The derailment involved an express F train bound for Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Emergency services are on the scene, though it is not clear if there are any injuries.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) read more

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Landslide Swallow Cars In Street In Baltimore

Landslide Swallow Cars In Street In Baltimore


Dramatic footage captures the moment the earth fell away from the edge of a Baltimore street, taking a row of parked cars with it.

Footage has captured the moment a Baltimore street collapsed, sending cars sliding down a steep embankment on to a railway.

The landslide, initially thought to have been a sinkhole, happened after a 120-year-old retaining wall buckled and caved in amid heavy rain in the Charles Village neighbourhood in city’s northeast.

Many of those watching the earth start to move screamed as the collapse swallowed more than half a dozen cars and a streetlight on Wednesday afternoon. read more

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Malaysia Airlines Plane ‘Crashes Near Vietnam’

Malaysia Airlines Plane ‘Crashes Near Vietnam’

A passenger plane disappears off radar two hours into its flight

A Boeing 777-200 from Kuala Lumpur to  Beijing

Nearly 240 people are feared dead after two large oil slicks were spotted where a passenger plane reportedly crashed into the sea off Vietnam.

The two parallel slicks – both between 10 miles (16km) and 12 miles (19km) long and 500 metres apart – were seen by two Vietnamese air force jets off the south coast of Vietnam. read more

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A woman finds a puma in her kitchen

A woman finds a puma in her kitchen

A woman got a shock when she went downstairs, started making breakfast and found a puma roaming around in her kitchen.

Amalin Haddad screamed as she made the startling discovery in the family home in the Lo Curro area of Santiago, Chile.

At first, she thought it was a dog but then realised it was a puma and promptly locked it in the kitchen before calling authorities.

Ms Haddad’s son, Nicolas Selma, said he was awoken by his mother’s screams and went down to see what was happening. read more

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Prosecutors seek death penalty in Boston bombing case

Prosecutors seek death penalty in Boston bombing case

Federal prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The 20-year-old is accused of helping orchestrate the April 15 blasts that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

Seventeen of the 30 federal charges levelled against Tsarnaev carried the possibility of the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

US Attorney General Eric Holder made the decision to press for execution. read more

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Michael Schumacher is ‘responding’ to instructions

Michael Schumacher is ‘responding’ to instructions

Michael Schumacher is being brought out of his coma and is “responding to instructions”.

The seven-time Formula One champion has been in a Grenoble hospital with severe injuries since the accident on December 29.

His manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a statement that the 45-year-old was slowly being woken from his induced coma and he has been “responding to simple instructions”.

“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process, which may take a long time,” Ms Kehm said. read more

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Russian Mine Blast: 15 Trapped Underground

Russian Mine Blast: 15 Trapped Underground

Prokopyevsk in Russia

The blast took place in Prokopyevsk in Russia

At least one coal miner has died and three others were missing after a blast at a Russian coal mine, reports Interfax news agency.

A local law enforcement official said 101 of the 105 miners who had been in the mine in the city of Prokopyevsk in the Kemerovo region of Siberia had made it to the surface.

A miner’s body was found after the blast at the Dzerzhinsky mine in a coal-rich section of central Siberia known as the Kuzbass. read more

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