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Knox and Sollecito cleared in Italy
Italy's top appeals court acquits Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007.
Alps crash co-pilot 'hid illness'
Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid details of an existing illness from his employers, German prosecutors say.
Duo begin year-long space trip
US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko take off on a 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.
Ten dead in Somali hotel attack
Militants storm a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least ten people including a senior diplomat.
Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria 'retaken'
The Nigerian army says it has retaken the north-eastern town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Silicon Valley firm wins bias case
A California jury has found that a venture capital firm did not discriminate against a female employee in a closely watched case in Silicon Valley.
Fresh air strikes hit Yemen rebels
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bomb Yemen for a third night, targeting Shia Houthi rebels as they advance in and around the port of Aden.
Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown
The authorities in Sierra Leone enforce a three-day national lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, except for short windows to pray.
Calls to 'boycott' Indiana after law
Activists are encouraging a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a "religious freedom" law which they say discriminates against gay people.
US gives permit to rhino hunter
A man who won an auction to shoot an endangered black rhino in Namibia has been given a US permit to import the trophy if he kills one.
Several missing after NYC blast
At least two people are missing and one other is unaccounted for after an explosion caused three Manhattan buildings to collapse.
Sex abuse 'cover-up' inquiry extended
Three new investigations into alleged corruption by the Metropolitan Police over claims of child abuse are to be managed by the police watchdog.
VIDEO: Alps rescuer: 'The scene was surreal'
Jean Sebastien Beaud from the mountain police, who arrived at the French Alps site soon after the plane crash, describes the scene as "surreal".
VIDEO: Does your pet have 'separation anxiety'?
Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change.
VIDEO: China warning over global warming
The head of China's weather bureau warns that the country faces serious problems as a result of climate change.
VIDEO: India 'looking strong' in World Cup
India have looked very impressive in the cricket World Cup, and cricket columnist Ayaz Memon has been speaking to the BBC in Mumbai on their chances of winning the tournament.
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VIDEO: Yemen 'on the brink' of civil war
The United Nations envoy to Yemen has warned that the country could slide into prolonged conflict like Iraq, Syria or Libya.
VIDEO: Bringing a giant puppet eagle to life
BBC News meets the makers of the giant puppets of Spanish Theatre Company Carros de Foc.
VIDEO: Londonderry fire temple to peace
A huge temple that overlooked Londonderry for the past week has been burnt down as a gesture of letting go of the past and looking to the future.
Yahoo World News
Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded
By Tom Käckenhoff DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board. "Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors," said the prosecutors' office in Duesseldorf, where the co-pilot lived and where the doomed flight from Barcelona was heading. Germanwings said Lubitz had not submitted any sick note that would have grounded him on Tuesday, March 24, the day of the crash.
Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy's top court
By Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, fully acquitted her of the charge. The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict to have been passed on Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 31, for the murder, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict either of them.
Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks: U.S.
By Louis Charbonneau and John Irish LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Negotiations between six world powers and Iran over its nuclear program have been "tough and very serious" and the next few days will show whether Tehran is ready to make the necessary hard decisions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's move to reach out to the leaders of the six powers on Thursday is "hopefully a sign that Iran is ready to make some of the tough decisions," the senior State Department official added on condition of anonymity. Tehran and the powers are struggling to hammer out a political framework accord by the end of this month that would lay the foundations for a full settlement by June 30. Under a final accord, Tehran would halt sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade and in exchange, international financial and oil and some U.N. sanctions on Iran would be lifted.
Nigerians vote in first genuine contest since end of dictatorship
By Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerians vote on Saturday in what looks set to be the first genuine electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999, one in which an opposition aspirant has a fighting chance of unseating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan, seeking a second elected term, faces former military ruler and main opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in a tense race with an electorate divided along ethnic, regional and in some cases sectarian lines. A fair, credible and peaceful poll would be a new chapter in the often troubled history of Africa's most populous nation, biggest economy and top oil producer, a past blighted by graft, secessionist movements, military coups and in the last six years an Islamist Boko Haram insurgency that has killed thousands. Fearing a contested poll could spill even more blood this time, world powers, including U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the European Union are pressuring both sides to chill the tempers of their supporters.
Libya forces said to leave bases near oil ports; hopes they may reopen
Forces loyal to a rival Libyan government controlling the capital Tripoli have withdrawn from frontline bases near the country's biggest oil ports, a spokesman said on Friday, raising hopes the ports might soon be reopened. A Tripoli official said the internationally recognized government and the rival administration, which have fought since December over the two biggest oil ports in eastern Libya, had reached an agreement to withdraw. Libya is divided with factions allied to two governments -- the internationally recognized one in the east and the rival administration in Tripoli - vying for control of territory and oil facilities. COMPLEX STRUGGLE Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for an oil port protection force loyal to the official government, said the rival force had left positions west of Es Sider.
Turkey says U.S.-led campaign to train Syria rebels delayed by Washington
By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A campaign to train Syrian opposition forces to fight hardline Islamic State militants, which was due to start this month, has been delayed by Washington, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday. U.S. officials have said they plan to train about 5,000 Syrian fighters annually for three years as part of a program to counter Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. In Washington, the Pentagon said on Friday that about 2,200 potential recruits for the U.S. military's training program had been identified so far and more than 400 of those were in the "pre-screening process." Full screening would follow. "Because of U.S. (geographic) distance, there has been a minor delay but everything is fine both politically and technically," Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with Turkey's NTV television, adding there was "no delay" from the Turkish side.
Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court
ROME (AP) — Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.
15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros — Serena Williams.
Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the Indonesian government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration in Indonesia, which released the number Friday. However, others have been trapped on the islands for years, after being dumped by fishing boats or escaping into the jungle.
'Car park king' Richard III's tomb revealed
The stone tomb covering the grave of Richard III was unveiled Friday, the last act in the reburial of the 15th-century king found beneath a car park. The 2.3-tonne slab of Swaledale fossil stone went on public display the day after he was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, central England, in the presence of royalty. The light-coloured stone was quarried from land that Richard once owned in Yorkshire, his northern English stronghold. Richard's coffin was reburied in the Leicester Cathedral on Thursday, across the street from where his remains were discovered in 2012.
Venezuela to present anti-US petition at summit with Obama
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression.
Montenegro-Russia match abandoned; Sweden, Austria win
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia was abandoned Friday after Russia's goalkeeper was hit by a flare and a 30-minute suspension of the game was followed by a brawl between players.
Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030.
Timeline of Meredith Kercher murder probe and trial
Rome (AFP) - Italy's top court on Friday quashed the convictions of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Montgomerie, Durant top Champions Tour leaderboard
SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) — Colin Montgomerie and Joe Durant shared the lead at 5-under 67 on Friday after the breezy first round of the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Kercher's mother 'shocked' by Italy verdict
Meredith Kercher's mother said Friday she was "surprised and very shocked" by Italy's top court clearing Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of her daughter's murder. Arline Kercher said the decision by the Court of Cassation in Rome was "odd" given the pair had been convicted twice following the British student's killing in 2007. Judges cleared Knox and Sollecito after 10 hours of deliberations, concluding an eight-year legal drama. Arline Kercher said she had heard little more about the decision other than the verdict.
Britain offers Saudis support over Yemen strikes
Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday offered Britain's "firm political support" to Saudi Arabia over its air strikes on rebel camps in Yemen. Cameron and Saudi Arabia's King Salman spoke for the first time since the monarch came to the throne in January, with the prime minister giving his clear backing to the action. Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Huthi rebel camps in Yemen on Friday in a second day of strikes as embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt for talks with Arab allies. "The prime minister emphasised the UK's firm political support for the Saudi action in Yemen, noting that it was right to do everything possible to deter Huthi aggression, to support President Hadi and his legitimate government," said a spokeswoman for Cameron's Downing Street office.
Guatemala arrests gang suspect in journalist's killing
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An alleged gang member suspected of ordering the recent killing of a young journalist has been arrested, President Otto Perez Molina said Friday.
Fitch downgrades Greece amid bailout uncertainty
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece's sovereign rating amid growing uncertainty over the new government's pledge to overhaul reforms needed to restart bailout loan payments and avoid default.
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