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Crash pilot was psychiatric patient

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so " everyone will know my name" , a German daily said.
The Bild newspaper published an interview with a woman who said she had had a relationship in 2014 with Andreas Lubitz, the man French prosecutors believe locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus last Tuesday and steered it into the French Alps, killing all on board.
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Kim wants ‘guerrilla-style’ athletes

North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un has urged athletes to adopt "guerrilla-style" tactics in an effort to improve the nation's underwhelming impact on the global sporting stage.
In a letter to a national meeting of sportsmen and officials, Kim, an avid sports fan, lamented the fact that North Korea was "trailing behind the world" in sports science and strategy.
The message - couched in militaristic rhetoric - said sport provided a crucial opportunity to promote North Korea overseas.
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France bans ‘racist’ cupcakes

A French court has banned the display of cupcakes topped with the naked figures of a man and woman wrought in dark chocolate in a pastry shop near Nice after a watchdog described them as “racist”.
The ‘God’ and ‘Goddess’ cupcakes - which have been on sale in the shop in the town of Grasse for about 15 years - are stuffed with ganache and topped with the chocolate figures of a plump man and woman with pink lips and protruding genitalia.
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France bans ‘racist’ cupcakes

A French court has banned the display of cupcakes topped with the naked figures of a man and woman wrought in dark chocolate in a pastry shop near Nice after a watchdog described them as “racist”.
The ‘God’ and ‘Goddess’ cupcakes - which have been on sale in the shop in the town of Grasse for about 15 years - are stuffed with ganache and topped with the chocolate figures of a plump man and woman with pink lips and protruding genitalia.
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Kim wants ‘guerrilla-style’ athletes

North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un has urged athletes to adopt "guerrilla-style" tactics in an effort to improve the nation's underwhelming impact on the global sporting stage.
In a letter to a national meeting of sportsmen and officials, Kim, an avid sports fan, lamented the fact that North Korea was "trailing behind the world" in sports science and strategy.
The message - couched in militaristic rhetoric - said sport provided a crucial opportunity to promote North Korea overseas.
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Pilot was locked out before crash

Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that crashed into the Alps, killing everyone on board, officials said on Wednesday.
The New York Times reported that evidence from the recordings showed that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the flight went down.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” an unnamed investigator told the Times, citing the recordings. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”
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Boko Haram ‘using human shields’

Boko Haram is using an unknown number of civilians as human shields as its fighters flee an offensive by multinational forces, a top Nigerian official said on Wednesday.
Mike Omeri, the director-general of the National Orientation Agency, would not say how many people are being used.
Omeri stressed this was not new and that the authorities are investigating.
Instead, he said that as troops advanced, Boko Haram rushed to a school where people had been held after the insurgents had seized the town late last year.
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Ex-Child soldier apologises for killings

A former child soldier from Democratic Republic of Congo told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday he was sorry for the harm he caused after he was forcefully recruited from his school by an armed group at age 12.
"We killed, we looted," said Junior Nzita Nsuami, now 30. "We transported cases of ammunition, we walked thousands of kilometres with just one belief - we must fire on everything that moves out of fear that we will be fired upon."
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TB Joshua engineer says foundation solid

An engineer for a Nigerian church where 116 people were killed in a building collapse ruled out on Wednesday a weak foundation as the cause of the tragedy.
Most of the victims were South Africans.
Joseph Ibikunle Folayan, who was hired to test the soil at the Synagogue Church of All Nations' sprawling site in Nigeria's financial hub Lagos, said the foundations were strong.
"There is no evidence on [the] ground or in theory to support the theory that the six-storey [building] failed because of weak foundations," he told a coroner's inquest probing the collapse.
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De Morais charged over diamond book

A renowned Angolan journalist has been put on trial on charges of defaming military generals after he accused them of links to the "blood diamond" trade.
Rafael Marques de Morais accused seven generals of being linked to murder, torture and land grabs in Angola's lucrative diamond fields.
Several people were reportedly arrested for protesting against the trial.
Mr de Morais is a long-standing critic of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' 35-year rule in Angola.
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