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Several items removed from co-pilot's addresses

Police investigating the Germanwing's plane crash have taken away several items from the co-pilot's flat in Dusseldorf and his parents home in Montabaur.

Prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the flight killing himself and 149 passengers.

German police took away several items after search Andreas Lubitz's flat in Dusseldorf. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Police also took away bags of items from Lubitz's parents home near Frankfurt. Credit: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski
A German police officer was also seen apparently taking away a computer from the parent's property. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
A suitcase was also removed from the home in Montabaur by investigators. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Italian court to rule on Knox and Sollecito convictions

American Amanda Knox will find out if her conviction for murder has been upheld. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly

An Italian court's decision on whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher is due to be made today.

Italy's highest court had been expected to reach its decision on Wednesday but closing arguments took longer than expected.

Ms Kercher, a 21-year-old from Coulsdon, Surrey, was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her bedroom in 2007 while studying in Perugia, Italy.

Her flatmate Knox, a student from Seattle in the US, and Knox's then-boyfriend Sollecito spent four years in jail for the murder but were acquitted on appeal in 2011.

Knox returned to the US before an appeal court threw out the acquittal and reinstated her and Sollecito's guilty verdicts last year.

Italy's Supreme Court in Rome must decide if it finally upholds those convictions.

A spokeswoman for the court said: "The public hearing will continue at 9am, when one of the lawyers of the appeal will intervene. The panel of judges will go into chambers and then deliver their verdicts."

Liam Payne: Zayn's departure 'the worst time for band'

Liam Payne said Zayn Malik's departure did not mean the end for One Direction. Credit: Ian West / PA WIRE

One Direction star Liam Payne has described Zayn Malik's departure as "the worst" time for the band, but reassured fans it did not mean the end for the group.

The 21-year-old singer posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after the announcement that Malik had left the world's biggest boy band.

Payne said he felt "deeply saddened" but promised there was more to come from the group.


Four in 'critical condition' after apparent NY gas blast

The apparent gas explosion in New York damaged buildings containing 49 apartments. Credit: APTN

Four people are in 'critical condition' after three apartment buildings collapsed in New York's East Village neighborhood from an apparent gas explosion, authorities said.

The blast injured a total of 19 people and sent flames leaping into the sky.

Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion.

A Fire Department spokesman said four buildings had caught fire and three had collapsed or partially collapsed.

Advice for parents on leaving children home alone

Parents are reportedly confused about the age when a child can be left home alone. Credit: Geoff Kirby / Freelance Contributors

A parent is arrested every day for leaving their child or children at home alone, according to new figures, but the law does not specify at which age a child can be left without supervision.

Here is what the NSPCC says about leaving children at home alone:

  • Never leave a baby or young child home alone, not even for a few minutes, regardless of whether they are sleeping or awake.
  • If your child is under the age of 12 they may not be mature enough to cope with an emergency. If you do need to leave them, ensure it is only for a short time. Make sure the obvious dangers such as medicines, matches and sharp objects are out of reach.
  • If leaving older children alone make sure they are happy about the arrangement and know when and how to contact you and emergency services.
  • If your child is under the age of 16 they should not be left alone overnight.
  • Teach your child about what to do if there is ever a problem. Keep your mobile phone with you and make sure your child knows your number so they can call you if you are needed. Leave a list of people you trust for them to go to or call, such as a neighbour, relative or close friend.
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