Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who allegedly crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps this week, had been declared "unfit to work" by a doctor but he concealed that fact from his employer, prosecutors said. His ex-girlfriend said he told her he wanted to do something to be remembered in history.
"Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors," said the prosecutors' office in Dusseldorf, the home of the 27-year-old German co-pilot, according to Reuters.
The prosecutors, who found torn-up sick notes in his house, said Lubitz had "hidden his illness from his employer and his colleagues." more >>
Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that they will soon be launching "Everybody's Gone to the Rapture" for PS4 soon, with a release of a gameplay teaser on YouTube.
Initially unveiled during Gamescom 2013 in Germany, Sony Computer Entertainment and games developer The Chinese Room has released information they are putting the finishing touches to "Everybody's Gone to the Rapture," which will be launched for PlayStation 4 in the very near future.
In a teaser trailer recently posted on IGN's YouTube channel, gamers were treated to a spectacularly rendered rural English village set in an apocalyptic time. Created using CryEngine advanced development, the game will allow players to explore an open-world environment shortly after the occurrence of an apocalyptic event. more >>
A female archdeacon belonging to the Church of England will soon be promoted to the position of a senior bishop, breaking new ground in the prominence of women in the Church of England.
The Ven. Rachel Treweek, a former speech therapist ordained in 1994, will become the head of the Diocese of Gloucester.
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 >>