• Lufthansa: Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode

    Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday.

  • Heavy winds sweep Germany, disrupt transport

    Heavy winds have caused disruption to transport across Germany, prompting the national railway to suspend services in part of the country and forcing flight delays and cancellations.

  • Banned leftist group in Turkey takes prosecutor hostage

    Members of a banned leftist group took a prosecutor hostage in his office Tuesday inside a courthouse in Istanbul, authorities said. Police said negotiators were speaking to two militants in attempts to end the standoff.

  • French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules

    French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine "systemic weaknesses" like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash — issues that could affect the worldwide aviation industry.

  • Syria aid pledges top $2 billion as donors meet

    The European Union and other donors pledged more than US$2 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir called the worst in "modern history".

  • UN rights chief warns Yemen on verge of 'total collapse'

    The UN rights chief expressed alarm Tuesday at the situation in Yemen as Arab warplanes pounded the country for a sixth day, warning it appeared about to collapse.

  • IS executes at least 37 civilians in central Syria: Monitor

    The Islamic State jihadist group Tuesday executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, a monitor said.

  • UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

    Myanmar's president Tuesday hailed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups that the UN described as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war.

  • Anne Frank died earlier than thought, new study says

    Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death, a new study said on Tuesday.

  • RI frees 24 Indonesians detained in Yemen

    The Indonesian Embassy in Yemen has rescued 24 Indonesians detained in turbulent Yemen and has provided them with shelter at the embassy, a diplomat said on Tuesday.

  • Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

    Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

  • S. Korea creates cyber-security post to counter North's threat

    Concerned by the growing threat of cyber-attacks from North Korea, South Korea's cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a new presidential post handling cyber-security.

  • No country for old men

    A Palestinian girl walks next to destroyed houses in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City on Monday. Despondent over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, displaced Gazans have begun to return to their damaged homes, patching up structures with blankets and plastic sheets and living in unstable and unsafe structures while they wait for promised aid to arrive. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Japan company makes tear-free onions

    The sobbing of a chef as he chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable.

  • Investigation

    A Transportation Safety Board investigator inspects an engine on Monday at the crash site of Air Canada AC624, which went down early Sunday during a snowstorm at Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at the airport, the lead investigator said Monday. (AP/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)

  • Thai junta to replace martial law but retain key powers

    Thailand's junta chief said Tuesday he had asked the king for permission to lift martial law, after coming under pressure from foreign governments, but added that the military would retain sweeping powers.

  • Journalists held as Malaysian arrests mount

    Malaysian police detained a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges Tuesday, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown.

  • Make food safety a priority: WHO

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia Regional office is calling upon countries, policy makers, farmers, food handlers, families and individuals to make food safety a priority as an estimated 700,000 children die of diarrhea every year in the region.

  • 'Heaviest' Arab raids rock Yemen capital

    Explosions lit up the sky above the Yemeni capital as Arab coalition warplanes pounded rebel positions in the heaviest raids yet of the six-day-old Saudi-led operation, witnesses said Tuesday.

  • Beijing rebuffs Taiwan's infrastructure bank application

    China signalled on Tuesday that Taiwan would not be allowed to join the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is seen as a counterweight to the Washington-based World Bank.

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