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Recovery of bodies from Germanwings crash site complete

The final human remains from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane crash have been recovered today, according to reports.

French emergency rescue services worked among debris of the Germanwings passenger jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, to recover passenger remains Credit: AP Photo/Yves Malenfer, Ministere de l'Interieur

The Associated Press reported that Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, who has been involved in the recovery operation, had confirmed "there are no longer any visible remains" at the crash site.

Forensic experts will now begin the task of trying to match the remains with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed in the crash.


Chad army 'kills hundreds of Boko Haram militants'

Hundreds of Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria have been killed by armed forces from neighbouring Chad, an army spokesman has said.

Col Azem Bermandoa said Chadian forces were carrying out mopping-up operations in northern areas around the border town of Malam Fatori, which was recently claimed back from by the Islamist extremist group.

Nine Chad soldiers were killed and 16 injured in the fighting, he added.

Three killed in French Alps avalanche

Three people have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps, according to reports.

Officials confirmed that two Austrians and an Italian had died in the snow slide in the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon.

A fourth tourist was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble with unspecified injuries following the mid-afternoon avalanche, and seven other skiers remain 'holed up' in a refuge building nearby.

The avalanche happened at the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon Credit: Google Maps

UK 'in contact' with Turkey over arrested Britons

A Foreign Office spokesperson has told ITV News that it is "in contact with the Turkish authorities" in relation to reports that nine British nationals have been arrested trying to cross the border into Syria.

We are in contact with the Turkish authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance as required.

– Foreign Office spokesperson

In a statement, the Turkish military said the group had been arrested in Hatay province, which shares a border with Syria.


Yoko Ono pays tribute to John Lennon's first wife

Yoko Ono said Cynthia Lennon 'was a great person and a wonderful mother'. Credit: Hugo Philpott / PA Archive

Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, has issued a statement paying tribute to his first wife Cynthia who has died at the age of 75.

I'm very saddened by Cynthia's death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian.

She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family.

Please join me in sending love and support to Julian at this very sad time. Love, Yoko

– Yoko Ono

Sir Paul McCartney also paid tribute.

He said: "The news of Cynthia's passing is very sad. She was a lovely lady who I've known since our early days together in Liverpool.

"She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all but I will always have great memories of our times together."

And Ringo Starr tweeted a message of support for her son Julian.

'You can hear screaming' in final Germanwings recording

A French journalist has spoken tonight of how he has seen a recording of the final moments of the fatal Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps.

Olivier Royant, editor of Paris Match magazine, described "people screaming" in different languages in the video, apparently contained on a SIM card recovered from the wreckage of the plane.

ITV News' Paul Davies reports:

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