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More details of final moments before plane crash revealed

The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings flight, killing all 150 people on board, put an oxygen mask on as he watched the plane plummet from the sky, new evidence suggests.

More details have emerged of the final moments of the ill-fated flight, including suggestions that Captain Patrick Sondheimer first tried to break back into the cockpit using an oxygen tank before asking for a crowbar from the back of the plane, as co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is heard breathing normally.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:

There were also conflicting reports that mobile phone footage has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane, filmed by one of the passengers, recording the panic on board the flight in the minutes before the crash.

While newspapers in France and Germany claim to have seen the video, the Gendarmerie in France told ITV News that they knew of the reports but were not aware of the existence of the video.

Plane fault forces England squad to stay in Italy

Roy Hodgson and his players will be sticking around. Credit: PA

The England football team will need to stay in Italy for an extra night after their plane suffered a technical issue.

It is now hoped that the team will be able to return to England on Wednesday morning, which could annoy a few club managers.

Nigel Farage fears a 'shouting match' at ITV Leaders' Debate

Nigel Farage has admitted he is nervous about Thursday's ITV Leaders' Debate, telling reporters at a pub in Dover he has concerns over how host Julie Etchingham will "control" the seven leaders.

Ukip Leader Nigel Farage unveiled his party's latest general election campaign poster in Dover, Kent, today Credit: ITV News

Had it been a panel of four, or maybe five, I would have looked forward to it much more, but I think with seven - how on earth she's going to control it I just don't know.

I fear it will generate into a bit of a shouting match as everyone's desperate to make their mark.

– Nigel Farage

He told ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kacharoo that he thought his position in the podium line-up is "Pretty good".

"Tucked inbetween Cleggers and Miliband, that's alright," he said. "It'd be nice to be next to David but I don't think he'd like it very much."

The Ukip leader said that he thought the Prime Minister would be "delighted" with his position at the far end of the seven leaders "far away...from maybe Ed," who he praised as standing up to Jeremy Paxman "remarkably well" in last week's Q&A show.


Turkish Foreign minister: Prosecutor dies after stand-off

The Turkish Foreign Minister has said on Twitter that the prosecutor injured in a hostage standoff has died.

The prosecutor was critically injured and two of his captors were killed after security forces stormed the courthouse where a far-left group had taken the prosecutor hostage, Istanbul's police chief said.

Members of Turkish police special forces unit as they prepared to enter the Justice Palace in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Mehmet Selim Kiraz had been shot three times in the head and twice in the body. Kiraz was leading an investigation into the death last March of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died after nine months in a coma from a head wound sustained in anti-government protests.

The leftist group DHKP-C said on its website it wanted the police officer it blames for Elvan's death to confess on television, the officers involved to be tried in "people's courts", and charges against those who attended protests for Elvan to be dropped.

New First Lady of Nigeria hails 'truimph of democracy'

The new First Lady of Nigeria has hailed a "triumphant show of democracy" after her husband and opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari won the country's election.

All Progressives Congress leader Buhari, who said he had been "converted" to democracy after first seizing power three decades ago in a military coup, is the first Nigerian to oust a sitting president through the ballot box.

Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari has won the election Credit: Reuters

His wife, Aisha Buhari, took to Twitter to share her joy as the results rolled in, saying she was "so proud" of her husband and his team.

Scenes of jubilation in Nigeria after APC claim victory

Voters in Nigeria have taken to the streets waving banners and flags in celebration after the opposition All Progressives Congress took power after the country's general election.

Supporters of the APC celebrate after the election Credit: Reuters

APC leader Muhammadu Buhari claimed victory over President Goodluck Jonathan's People's Democratic Party in the election - the first time in the country's history that a sitting government has been ousted in a purely democratic vote.

Celebrations spilled out into the streets as the election results poured in, with young men performing motorbike stunts and dancing as reports emerged claiming Jonathan had conceded defeat, allaying fears he might refuse to relinquish power.

APC supporters ran through the streets with flags and banners Credit: Reuters
The APC is the first party to oust a sitting government in a purely democratic election in Nigeria's history Credit: Reuters
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