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German police: No suicide note in Lubitz's home

German prosecutors say they have not found a suicide note inside the home of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

Police said Andreas Lubitz hid his illness from his employers. Credit: RTV

They also found evidence that Lubitz was receiving medical treatment, but that he hid his illness from his employers.

They also said they found no evidence or any political or religious motive for him to apparently deliberately crash the plane, killing 149 people as well as himself.

Miliband 'caught up in rough and tumble' with protesters

The Labour Party has admitted that Ed Miliband was caught up in "campaign rough and tumble" involving demonstrators yesterday - but denied claims its leader was punched in the chest.

Miliband arriving for last night's programme. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The alleged incident was "shrugged off" by Miliband after taking place in London yesterday morning, the party said.

The Mirror had reported that around six demonstrators had surrounded the opposition leader.

The paper cited an activist who claimed: "Ed had to push his way through them to get into the car. It was over very quickly but it was shocking."

Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron later appeared separately on television for a live question-and-answer session.


Nigerian army 'captures Boko Haram headquarters'

The Nigerian army said it has captured the strategically significant town of Gwoza from Boko Haram.

Making the announcement on social media, the army said it had killed several members of the group and that a "mop-up" was now underway.

Nigerian media are reporting that more than two hundred of the girls captured in Chibok in April 2014 are being held in the town, in Bornea State.

Read: Girls' abuse at hands of Boko Haram revealed

The kidnap of the Nigerian girls sparked campaigns all over Nigeria for their return. Credit: Reuters

A 56-year-old woman who was kidnapped by the group in 2014 and held in two locations by the group told the International Centre for Investigative Reporting that she was held along with the girls under very tight security in a house in Gwoza.

The town was first captured by Islamist fighter last year, and was declared the headquarter of the group's Caliphate.

Video shows view from Saudi jets as they bomb Yemen

Video released by the Saudi Press Agency show the view from Saudi military jets as they bomb Yemen's Rahaba Airport in Sanaa. The video was filmed today, the Saudi Press Agency said.

Warplanes continue to hit Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital and the Shi'ite Muslim group's northern heartland, in the second day of Saudi-led airstrikes.

The Saudi-led intervention is an attempt to roll back Houthi gains and shore up the authority of embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

IPCC probe further Met Police 'cover up' allegations

The Metropolitan Police is being investigated over allegations it covered up child abuse claims. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) today said it was investigating three more allegations about alleged Metropolitan Police corruption, including claims officers dropped a probe into alleged sex abuse committed by MPs, judges, media entertainers, police, actors and clergy.

According to the IPCC, it is alleged that an initial police examination gathered evidence about the high profile figures before a senior Met Police officer called for the case to be dropped.

The police watchdog is also investigating one further complaint about the same investigation, as well as an allegation relating to police actions during a child abuse investigation in the 1980s.

No further details on the new claims was made available.


Top Gear producer does not want to press charges

Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson during a row over food, has told North Yorkshire Police he does not want to press charges, his lawyer Paul Daniels has said.

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Credit: Press Association.

The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.

Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand.

Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC's stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.

– Paul Daniels, lawyer for Oisin Tymon

North Yorkshire Police said they are still investigating the incident. A spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing."

Google loses bid to prevent consumers suing it in the UK

Google has lost a Court of Appeal bid to prevent British consumers having the right to sue it in the UK.

Google has lost its Court of Appeal bid. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wir

A group known as Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking want to take legal action in the English courts over the internet giant's Apple Safari internet browser.

They accuse Google of bypassing security settings in order to track their online browsing and to target them with personalised advertisements.

Reports: Captain 'tried to open cockpit with an axe'

As police in Germany are reported to have made a "significant" discovery at the home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, reports have emerged that the captain of the plane tried to use an axe to get back into the cockpit.

A rescue helicopter seen over the crash site in the Alps. Credit: Reuters

German tabloid Bild cited security sources saying that the captain Patrick Sonderheimer, took an axe to break down the armoured door of the cockpit.

The report has not been confirmed, but a spokesman for Germanwings confirmed to AFP that an axe was on board the plane as part of the standard safety equipment.

Yesterday the French prosecutor said the audio evidence from the black box appeared to suggest that the captain was deliberately locked out of the cockpit by the co-pilot, who then deliberately took the plane into a descent, killing 149 people along with himself. The captain can be heard knocking on the door, investigators said, and the knocking got louder and louder before he could be heard trying to break down the door.

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