French officials said on Thursday that the Germanwings Flight 9525 plane crash that killed all 150 people on board was deliberately carried out, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locking himself in the cockpit with the intention to "destroy the plane."
"The most plausible interpretation is that the co-pilot, through a voluntary act, had refused to open the cabin door to let the captain in. He pushed the button to trigger the aircraft to lose altitude. He operated this button for a reason we don't know yet, but it appears that the reason was to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said.
Rescuers in the remote French Alps have set out on their second day of searching for answers in the Germanwings Flight 9525 mystery, with authorities confirming that all 150 people on board, including two Americans, are likely dead. Searchers will be attempting to start retrieving the bodies of the victims, which have reportedly been "strewn for hundreds of meters."
Germanwings' chief executive Thomas Winklelmann told reporters in Cologne on Wednesday that the dead also "included 72 Germans and 35 Spaniards. There were two victims each from Australia, Argentina, Iran and Venezuela. One each came from Britain, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium and Israel," USA Today reports.
CNN reported on Wednesday that the near vertical mountain slopes and the tiny pieces of debris from the plane, which was almost completely destroyed in the crash on Tuesday, are further obstacles adding to the snow forecast for the area. more >>
Some 150 people on board an Airbus operated by Lufthansa's low cost airline Germanwings are now all feared dead after it crashed in a remote region of the French Alps Tuesday.
In an earlier Reuters report, French President Francois Hollande, said there were 148 people on board the Airbus and there appeared to be no survivors. Lufthansa later confirm the number of people on the carrier to be 150.
"There were 148 people on board. The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors," said Hollande. more >>
Terror group ISIS is training hundreds of British jihadists to carry out what a chemical expert called a "highly likely" chlorine gas attack on trains and sports games in the U.K., a report said.
"I am convinced that IS (another name for ISIS) fighters are all being given training in chemical weapons and the British ones, who are likely to be more educated, will all be targeted in the hope they may return home," said Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the retired head of chemical and biological weapons for the British Army, according to the Mail Online.
"They will have a reasonable idea on how to use chlorine and other toxic chemicals as a terror weapon," he added. more >>
Pope Francis has been credited with performing a miracle in Naples on Saturday by the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.
During a visit to Naples Cathedral, the pontiff venerated a vial of blood belonging to the Neapolitan patron St. Gennaro, who was once the bishop of Naples until he was martyred in 305, and it began to liquify. The dry blood turned to liquid after the pontiff prayed the "Our Father" over it and kissed the relic, prompting the Archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe, to declare the rare phenomenon a miracle.
Atheist author Richard Dawkins has been placed on Block Bot, a program that hides people on Twitter deemed to be offensive or abusive. Dawkins, who has been accused by users of being racist and a "rape-apologist," said that he objects to being libelled.
"I have no objection to being blocked. Please block me if you wish. What I object to is being libelled, and linked with spammers and harassers," Dawkins wrote on Twitter in response.