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  1. French investigators hunt second black box from Germanwings jet

    French investigators hunt second black box from Germanwings jet

    Seyne-les-Alpes (France) (AFP) - Dozens of specialised police and rescue workers kicked off a fourth day of recovery operations on Friday at the scene of the crashed Germanwings jet, hunting for its second black box.

  2. Saudi bombs Yemen rebel camps, lashes out at Iran

    Saudi bombs Yemen rebel camps, lashes out at Iran

    Sanaa (AFP) - Arab coalition warplanes bombed rebel camps in Yemen on Friday in a second straight day of strikes led by Saudi Arabia, which accused Iran of "aggression" across the region.

  3. Amanda Knox drama nears finale in Italy's high court

    Amanda Knox drama nears finale in Italy's high court

    Rome (AFP) - Italy's top court was Friday considering whether to definitively convict Amanda Knox for murder in what could be the final act of an eight-year legal drama dripping with blood, sex and intrigue.

  4. Rouhani writes to Obama as Iran talks near deadline

    Rouhani writes to Obama as Iran talks near deadline

    Lausanne (AFP) - Iran's president appealed to global leaders including Barack Obama as negotiators raced against the clock to agree the outlines of a deal that puts an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach.

  5. Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

    Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

    Abuja (AFP) - Campaigning has wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections, with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters before the crunch vote.

  6. Kate performs final pre-baby visits

    Kate performs final pre-baby visits

    The Duchess of Cambridge will take part in events on Friday that are expected to be her last official public appearances before her second child is born.

  7. Germanwings co-pilot had suffered depression: report

    Germanwings co-pilot had suffered depression: report

    Berlin (AFP) - The Germanwings co-pilot said to have deliberately crashed his Airbus with 149 others aboard into the French Alps suffered serious depression six years ago, German daily Bild reported Friday.

  8. Failed death row appeal good news: Jakarta

    The appeal bid of a prisoner on death row in Indonesia with Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has been hastily dispensed with by the Supreme Court.

  9. Protesters, police scuffle in Taiwan over China flight route

    Protesters, police scuffle in Taiwan over China flight route

    Taipei (AFP) - Taiwanese protesters scuffled with police for the second day in a row on Friday ahead of China's planned launch of a controversial new flight route which has sparked security concerns.

  10. Japan PM calls time on late evening working

    Japan PM calls time on late evening working

    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's famously long working hours will get a shakeup this summer, the government announced Friday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushing early starts and European-style flexibility.

  11. Singapore overwhelmed by huge crowds mourning Lee

    Singapore overwhelmed by huge crowds mourning Lee

    Singapore (AFP) - Overwhelmed by the huge crowds who have turned out to pay respects to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore tried Friday to discourage citizens from joining the queues but many said they were undeterred by the up to 10-hour wait.

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