An Italian court has postponed until Friday, March 27 its ruling on whether to uphold the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
Italy's highest appeals court was meant to make the decision on Wednesday. But due to the length of the prosecutor's and the lawyer's statements during a morning hearing, the court decided to postpone the decision until Friday.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers challenged many of the arguments that made the 2007 murder of British student, Meredith Kercher, a headline-making case. The Court of Cassation in Rome was reportedly mobbed by members of the news media, and the presiding judge, Gennaro Marasca, moved the proceedings to the court's grand hall because the originally scheduled courtroom was too small to hold the many observers, according to The New York Times. Sollecito was present in the courtroom on Wednesday, but Knox remained in the U.S. for the verdict. more >>
German media reports have revealed that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 who deliberately crashed the plane and killed all 150 people on board, suffered from depression. Lubitz's flight training was interrupted due to a "severe depressive episode'" six years ago, which required treatment for a year and a half.
The German newspaper Bild cited medical records shared by police and airline sources that showed that in 2009, Lubitz's flight training was put on hold after a "severe depressive episode." The pilot required 18 months of psychiatric treatment before he was allowed to continue his training.
On Thursday, police searched an apartment belonging to Lubitz in Dusseldorf, as well as the home of his parents in Montabaur in western Germany. more >>
The latest reports allege that One Direction band member Zayn Malik may finally be leaving the pop group. The 22-year-old hitmaker is now "exploring his legal options to get out of the group permanently."
Citing sources close to the British singer, Hollywood Life reported that the troubled Malik had already had too much of the stress he is currently undergoing.
"At the moment he's convinced he wants out. He is finding it all too much and wants to quit the group," the anonymous informer told Daily Star. more >>
The Church of England has announced that the Rev. Canon Alison White will be consecrated as its second female bishop since the Church voted last year to allow women to become bishops.
The announcement was made just hours before the BBC reported that Rachel Treweek, the archdeacon of Hackney in the diocese of London, will become the new Bishop of Gloucester.
"Two women bishops have already been appointed, but Archdeacon Treweek, 52, is the first woman to run a diocese and will be one rank below archbishop," the BBC reported Thursday. " It is understood she will also become the first female bishop to enter the House of Lords." more >>
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 >>