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  • Pilot 'planned a place in history'

    An ex-girlfriend of the co-pilot who deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane, killing all 150 on board, has told how he vowed to "do something" history would remember him by, according to reports. Anderas Lubitz, 27, had hidden a sick note declaring him unfit to work on the day of the disaster before boarding the Dusseldorf-bound Airbus A320 and piloting it into a mountain in the southern French Alps. According to German newspaper Bild, an ex-girlfriend of Lubitz, identified only as Mary W, said he had told her last year: "One day I will do something that will change the whole system, and then all will know my name and remember it." She added: "I never knew what he meant, but now it makes sense." And the stewardess, 26, said the pilot, who took a break in his training due to reported "burnout-syndrome", had suffered nightmares and his behaviour had scared her.

    Press Association
  • Kate and William's 'daughter' given direct right to throne in RADICAL new rules

    A radical shake-up which came into force after Australia brought its laws into line with the others, means that if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a girl she can no longer be superseded in the line of succession by a younger brother. Under the changes in the Succession to the Crown Act, a member of the Royal Family can now also marry a Roman Catholic and become monarch but Catholics are still banned from being King or Queen. The new law also replaces the outdated Royal Marriages Act 1772 and means that only the first six in line to the throne need the Queen's consent to marry - replacing a long-standing requirement affecting hundreds of distant royal relations who are descendants of George II. Princess Eugenie, who is seventh in line to the throne, no longer needs her grandmother's permission to wed, while Princess Beatrice still needs the Queen's consent - but only if she gets engaged before the arrival of William and Kate's second child, after which Beatrice drops down to seventh in line.

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  • Dumped fiance Jilted John's snaps from honeymoon with a STRANGER

    John Whitbread, 32, from Donisthorpe, Leicestershire, only met his pretty blonde travelling companion at the airport before the seven-hour flight, after raffling the spare ticket to his dream honeymoon after his fiancée left him. Now John has shared his pictures of his 'whirlwind adventure' in the Dominican Republic with Kelly Wood, 36, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, in which the duo cavort in a pool and pose on the beach.

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  • Sacked 'Top Gear' star Clarkson defends attack victim

    The outspoken former presenter of hit car show "Top Gear" Jeremy Clarkson on Thursday defended the co-worker he attacked in a fracas that led to his sacking by Britain's BBC. Clarkson's contract was not renewed after an internal BBC investigation found he physically attacked a "Top Gear" producer, Oisin Tymon, after a lengthy verbal tirade.

    AFP
  • 'Chilling Revelations' Of Plane's Final Moments

    The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps intentionally sent the jet into its doomed descent. Here are the details of the Airbus A320's final moments that emerged at a news conference given by Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin.

    Sky News
  • Zayn Malik Quits One Direction: Louis Walsh Hints That Perrie Edwards Is To Blame

    With every Tom, Richard and Harry having their say on the real reason Zayn Malik quit One Direction, X Factor judge Louis Walsh has decided to air his view - and he seems to be placing blame on Perrie Edwards. After already admitting that he 'knew' the band were 'having problems', the 62-year-old has hinted that he reckons a certain fiancée has something to do with Zayn's decision. Zayn is a big boy and we're *pretty* sure he's able to make decisions about his wellbeing, his happiness and his future all by himself.

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  • Isis war on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is huge PR own goal

    It is rare that you find similarities between the leafy boulevards and smart cafes of Jerusalem's Jaffa Street and the hectic, traffic-snarled chaos of Ramallah's Al Manara Square, but on El Clasico matchdays the flags in both Israel and Palestine are the same – blue, red and white. The one thing (perhaps the only thing) that Israelis and Palestinians of all stripes can agree on is a love for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, and the few times a year that the Spanish titans meet are the times when the heavy and often ugly tension that so often hangs in the air in both cities is refreshingly absent. A love for Spanish football is something that applies throughout the Middle East and whether you are a Westerner, Arab, Kurd or Jew, you will be expected to come down on one side of the El Clasico divide, and be prepared to defend your choice forcefully and convincingly.

    IB Times
  • Grand National Ladies' Day: 'Unflattering shots' banned

    Organisers of the Grand National have launched a crackdown on photographers taking unflattering pictures of Ladies' Day racegoers at this year's event. Aintree racecourse boss John Baker told the Liverpool Echo the venue wanted to protect women at the world's biggest steeplechase from "unfair" coverage. It traditionally takes place on the second day of the Grand National race meeting and is frequented by celebrities such as Wayne Rooney's wife Colleen Rooney and Steven Gerrard's wife Alex Curran.

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  • I spent £1,300 on a dating agency that had 'run out of men'

    For singletons who crave the company of a loving partner, dating websites and services can offer a welcome ray of hope. Trading Standards, a body set up to protect consumers, has recently experienced a sharp rise in the number of complaints it has received about dating websites. It says issues relating to dating rip-offs are “seriously under-reported”, mainly because people feel too embarrassed to talk about them.

    Telegraph
  • Kidnapper Hunted After Young Girl Snatched

    Specialist officers are supporting the young victim and her family. Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh said: "This investigation is very much in its early stages and we are determined to find out exactly what has happened to this young child and to catch the man who has done this.

    Sky News
  • Kelly Brook puts her shapely pins on display in high-waisted shorts

    The actress made the most of the Californian heat as she put her flat stomach and shapely legs on display for a trip to the Cienega Med spa in Beverly Hills. Kelly, 35, drew attention to her flat tum in a white floral crop top which featured a fringed hem.

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  • Co-pilot 'was hospital patient'

    Germanwings crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had an off-work sick note for the day of the disaster and was also a patient at a Dusseldorf hospital. German prosecutors are now pouring over the medical history of Lubitz, 28, who deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps last Tuesday killing all 150 people on board, including three Britons. There were also reports that the captain locked out of the flight deck after Lubitz put the plane into a descent had used an axe in an unsuccessful to break down the cockpit door.

    Press Association
  • Pakistan says it will respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office said on Thursday any threat to Saudi Arabia would "evoke a strong response" from Islamabad. Sharif chaired a "high-level meeting" in which he said Pakistan enjoyed close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, Saudi officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the U.S.-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge.

    Reuters
  • Kim Kardashian Ditches Her Blonde Hair As She Takes North West Home From Dance Class

    North West has made our hearts melt for the thousandth time by giving the paparazzi a little wave as she left dance class with mum Kim Kardashian, who's decided to ditch the blonde and go back to black.

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  • Tories pledge to deport illegal immigrants first, hear appeals later

    Illegal immigrants would be put on a plane before they get the chance to appeal under Home Secretary Theresa May's plans to rip up deportation laws should the Tories be re-elected.

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  • Sam Taylor-Johnson Quits Fifty Shades Films

    Fifty Shades Of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has announced she will not be making the next two movies in the franchise. The film, starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as his lover Anastasia Steele, left many critics underwhelmed but has been a box office smash. In a statement to US website Deadline, Taylor-Johnson, 48, said: "Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful.

    Sky News
  • Huge Asteroid To Fly Past Earth This Morning

    Conspiracy websites once again proclaimed the end of life on Earth this week as a huge asteroid hurtled towards Earth. The 3,000-foot-wide asteroid, 2014-YB35 is passing Earth today - but is in no danger of hitting us. Despite what rumour-mongers Before It’s News suggest, the asteroid 2014-YB35 won’t wipe out life as we know it.

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  • Father of 'jihadi bride' schoolgirl attended 2012 Islamist rally

    The father of one of the three schoolgirl 'jihadi brides' attended an Islamist rally led by firebrand preacher Anjem Choudary. Abase Hussen can be seen chanting 'Allahu Akbar' amid dozens of protesters and standing just yards away as the flags of Israel and U.S. are burned.

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  • Indonesia prepares to transfer Philippines drug convict for execution

    Indonesia is preparing to move a Filipina death row inmate for execution after she lost her appeal in the Supreme Court earlier this week, the attorney general's spokesman said on Friday. The planned executions of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso and nine other mostly foreign drug traffickers has drawn international criticism after repeated pleas for mercy from the United Nations and various governments have gone unheeded by President Joko Widodo. Veloso will be moved from the city of Yogyakarta to the maximum security prison on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java, where the rest of the group awaits execution by firing squad.

    Reuters
  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

    AFP