The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on the previous flight that morning to Barcelona before the plane crashed into a mountainside in March on its way back to Germany, French air accident investigators said in a new report released Wednesday.
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz repeatedly set the plane into a descent, then brought it back up again on a flight on the same A320 jet from Duesseldorf to Barcelona, the BEA investigation agency said in the report.
The report said the pilot appeared to have left the cockpit during that flight as well.
Cockpit data shows that he put the plane into descent mode five times in a four and half-minute period during the Duesseldorf-Barcelona leg.
Polish border guards on Monday blocked entry into Poland for 10 Russian bikers who said they were following a path commemorating the Red Army victory’s over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.
Border guard spokesman Dariusz Sienicki announced the decision after members of the Night Wolves, a nationalistic Russian group loyal to President Vladimir Putin, approached the border and tried to enter Poland.
Polish authorities said last week they would ban entry for the group, with leaders calling their plans to ride through Poland as part of World War II commemorations a provocation. The Night Wolves vowed to enter anyway and 15 were seen Monday morning at the border crossing between Brest, Belarus, and Terespol, Poland.
Belarusian guards let them pass but they were then held in a hangar by Polish officials.
“These people will not cross into Poland. Each of them will individually receive a decision denying them entry into Poland’s territory,” Sienicki said.
But according to the right it’s us who live under tyranny…
A court in southern Russia has sentenced three young women to brief jail terms for making a video showing them twerking next to a World War II memorial.
Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Allies’ victory in the World War II next month, an emotionally charged holiday the Kremlin has been using for propaganda purposes.
The sentencing in the Novorossiysk district court of a 19-year-old woman to 15 days in jail and two women in their 20s to 10 days comes after prosecutors launched a probe into a video showing a group of women twerking next to the memorial on the Black Sea. Twerking is a sexually provocative dance involving thrusting of the hips.
93-year-old former guard accused of being accessory to the murder of 300,000 people in Auschwitz between May and June 1944.
The absence of a coherent ‘plan B’ for post-Gadafy Libya is one of the main problems behind the Mediterranean migrant crisis, according to Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
Speaking to the RTL radio, Mr Renzi said: “The international community didn’t really ask itself what would happen after (the fall of) Gadafy. Libya has been torn apart and now we need a precise strategy…”
Speaking ahead of a summit of EU Foreign and Interior Ministers today in Luxemburg on Monday, Mr Renzi said Italy would be asking its European partners to consider the Libyan crisis “in a more serious manner than in the past”.
The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc’s foreign ministers would perform an initial assessment of the accident in Luxembourg on Monday.
As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants sank off Libya’s coast on Sunday. If confirmed, the disaster could be one of the worst in the Mediterranean, along with another one last week, when 400 refugees died in a similar tragedy.
“We cannot remain insensitive when every day there is a massacre in the Mediterranean,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, calling for an emergency meeting of the bloc’s leaders this week. His Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras supported the proposal, saying southern European countries needed to coordinate proposals to prevent migrant tragedies.
If you have followed the history of the far right and indelibly fascist FN in France anytime at all then you will suspect that this is just artifice; a dumb show to give Marine some separation from her father’s reprehensible past.
But the 86-year-old former paratrooper told Le Figaro in an interview that he was disappointed by his daughter and would not quit politics, showing that the family feud that could emerge as a threat to the FN’s bid for power is not necessarily over.
Marine Le Pen, who in 2011 took over as FN party leader from her father, has been trying to persuade him to retire both from the December regional polls and from politics altogether.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has been convicted for incitement to racial hatred, last week defended his view that Nazi gas chambers were a mere “detail” of war. That prompted his daughter to demand that his role in the party be discussed at a meeting of FN executives on Friday.
All eyes are on the Kremlin to see what transpires in a controversial meeting between the Greek and Russian leaders.
The Greek Prime Minister is insisting he has not asked Moscow for any money to help meet its debt repayments, saying he wants to work within the framework of the EU.
Alexis Tsipras laid a wreath on Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier in Moscow, a day before a new deadline for debt repayments.
Following on the heels of a significant white nationalist conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, this past weekend, another overseas event featuring European, Russian and American racists is set to take place in Belgium next month. On April 18, the far-right Flemish student movement Nationalistische Studentenvereniging (Nationalist Student Union), along with the white nationalist publishing house Arktos, has organized a colloquium titled “Europe, Beyond the West.”
The event, just the latest example of the ongoing international bridge-building on the radical right, is to take place at Antwerp University’s Flanders campus.
Here is a rundown of the extremist speakers scheduled to address the gathering:
Note: Nationalistische Studentenvereniging is abbreviated “NSV” in Belgium, and they’ve got a long history of sympathy with Neo Nazi causes and far right Flemish separatist parties like Vlaams Belang. See here where they get a mention along with the VB youth groups:
France’s opposition conservative UMP Party has made big gains in local elections, at the expense of the ruling Socialists.
The UMP, led by ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, boosted the number of councils it controls from 40 to 67 in the vote.
President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and other leftists won 34 councils - down from 61 previously.
Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN) won at least 60 seats but failed to get control of any council.
The elections are seen as a key test of public opinion ahead of the 2017 presidential election.