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Alps Crash Victims May Never All Be Found

Written By andika jamanta on Selasa, 31 Maret 2015 | 18.25

Alps Crash Victims May Never All Be Found

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The relatives of the Germanwings victims may have to wait months for their loved ones to be identified, with no guarantees they will all be found, Germany's Bild newspaper has reported.

The head of the Criminal Research Institute at France's National Gendarmerie said it would take forensic teams between two and four months to complete the DNA identification process, according to Bild.

Even then, "we cannot promise that we will be able to identify all of the victims," Colonel Francois Daoust said.

The violence with which the plane crashed into the mountainside in the French Alps last week has severely hampered the identification of the remains of the 150 people on board.

Recovery teams scouring the crash site have said not a single body has been found intact.

Some 78 different DNA profiles have been isolated so far from around 400 body parts, although none have been directly linked to the victims.

Family members have been asked to provide forensic teams with DNA samples to help in the identification.

Investigators are currently working on the theory that the 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the plane.

The voice recorder suggested he locked the pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally put the Airbus A320 into a descent.

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  1. Gallery: The Victims Of The Germanwings Crash

    American Emily Selke, a recent graduate, was on the plane with her mother Yvonne. Raymond Selke has described his wife and daughter as 'amazing people'. Pic: Facebook

Iranian sports journalist Hussein Javadi was on his way to Austria to cover a football match. A friend said he was 'a kind, loving, caring man'. Pic: Maysam Bizær/Hossein Javadi

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Argentinian Sebastian Greco was on board with his girlfriend. Pic: Facebook

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Argentinian Gabriela Maumus, 28, was the daughter of a firefighter. Pic: Facebook

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Spanish victim Carles Milla Masanas, 37. The businessman was on his way to a food industry fayre. Pic: Facebook

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Alps Crash Victims May Never All Be Found

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The relatives of the Germanwings victims may have to wait months for their loved ones to be identified, with no guarantees they will all be found, Germany's Bild newspaper has reported.

The head of the Criminal Research Institute at France's National Gendarmerie said it would take forensic teams between two and four months to complete the DNA identification process, according to Bild.

Even then, "we cannot promise that we will be able to identify all of the victims," Colonel Francois Daoust said.

The violence with which the plane crashed into the mountainside in the French Alps last week has severely hampered the identification of the remains of the 150 people on board.

Recovery teams scouring the crash site have said not a single body has been found intact.

Some 78 different DNA profiles have been isolated so far from around 400 body parts, although none have been directly linked to the victims.

Family members have been asked to provide forensic teams with DNA samples to help in the identification.

Investigators are currently working on the theory that the 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, deliberately crashed the plane.

The voice recorder suggested he locked the pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally put the Airbus A320 into a descent.

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  1. Gallery: The Victims Of The Germanwings Crash

    American Emily Selke, a recent graduate, was on the plane with her mother Yvonne. Raymond Selke has described his wife and daughter as 'amazing people'. Pic: Facebook

Iranian sports journalist Hussein Javadi was on his way to Austria to cover a football match. A friend said he was 'a kind, loving, caring man'. Pic: Maysam Bizær/Hossein Javadi

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Argentinian Sebastian Greco was on board with his girlfriend. Pic: Facebook

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Argentinian Gabriela Maumus, 28, was the daughter of a firefighter. Pic: Facebook

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Spanish victim Carles Milla Masanas, 37. The businessman was on his way to a food industry fayre. Pic: Facebook

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Labour To Cut Rates For Small Businesses

Labour has pledged to reverse the Government's final cut in corporation tax to pay for a reduction in rates for small businesses.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has also promised smaller firms they will be the first to benefit from future tax cuts if Labour takes power in the General Election.

Mr Balls said that reversing the corporation tax cut would allow Labour to slash business rates on 1.5 million small business premises.

:: For full coverage of the General Election 2015 click here

Labour argues that 17 small firms would benefit from the cut for every large business helped by the reduction in corporation tax.

The party claims the coalition spent £7bn over the last parliament cutting the main rate of corporation tax to the benefit of larger firms, while revenues from business rates rose by £3bn.

Speaking as he visited a small business, Mr Balls said: "Unleashing the potential of smaller businesses to grow, create more good jobs and raise living standards is a vital part of Labour's better plan.

"This is part of our plan to deliver a simpler and fairer tax system for small businesses. This is the right priority when money is tight.

"And it will mean that the tax burden on small businesses will be lower with Labour than under the Tories."

The announcement comes a day after the launch of Ed Miliband's business manifesto was overshadowed by a row over Labour's use of business leaders' quotes in an advert for the party's stance on the EU.

Mr Miliband faced a backlash over the advertisement in the Financial Times, published as Mr Miliband warned voters that leaving the European Union was a "clear and present danger" to British business.

The Conservatives have argued that abandoning the cut in corporation tax would jeopardise economic security.

Treasury Minister David Gauke said: "This would be the first time corporation tax has risen in over 40 years and Labour's plans could cost 96,400 jobs - it would put people's economic security at risk.

"The Conservative Party is helping businesses small and large as part of our long-term economic plan - we don't divide them up for the sake of making a political point."

David Cameron said reversing the corporation tax cut was a "crazy thing to do when the economy is growing".

The Conservative leader today pledged a Conservative government will help business create two million new jobs over the course of the next parliament.

Nick Clegg was speaking earlier to promised an additional £3.5bn over the next parliament, with the aim of "revolutionising" adult and child mental health care.


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PM Says Britain Needs To Take Cuts 'Medicine'

By Niall Paterson, Sky News Correspondent

The Conservative leader has refused to say where welfare cuts will fall but insisted that British families still needed to take "the medicine" to help put the country back on track.

In a round of interviews setting out a pledge to create two million extra jobs over the course of the next parliament, David Cameron admitted there were more cuts to be made but would not say where they would fall.

The Conservatives have said they will find £12bn of welfare cuts over the next parliament if they are returned to power on 7 May but have indicated they will not tell voters of the details before the vote.

:: For full coverage of the General Election 2015 click here

Tackled on where the cuts would fall on Sky News Mr Cameron said: "The medicine is that we need to - for two more years - do what we have done for the last five, which is find £1 out of every £100 the Government spends and save it.

"So the choice at this election, if you simplify it, really is: do you want to find that £1 saving out of every £100, which families and businesses up and down the country have had to do or do you want to scrap that plan and put up taxes and borrow more."

Mr Cameron said that they had managed to find £20bn of welfare savings in the last five years.

Answering claims he would go down as the "biggest Scrooge prime minister", Mr Cameron said he didn't come into office to make cuts but when he came to power Britain had a budget deficit forecast to be bigger than that of Greece and he had to do the job.

He also dismissed criticism over using his outgoing address at Number 10, at which he officially announces the General Election, to attack his opponent Ed Miliband.

He was the first prime minister to use the platform to speak against the opposition leader but when asked if it was "not cricket", Mr Cameron told Sky's Eamonn Holmes: "In cricket there are two opposing teams".

And after reports of meetings between Tory MPs and UKIP members he denied he had been in "secret talks" over a coalition and intended to spend the next 37 days working for a majority.

He also said that his wife, Samantha, had not been behind his decision to announce he would only serve two terms as Prime Minister.

Mr Cameron believes the Tories can match the job creation of the past five years, during which the Coalition created an average of 1,000 new jobs every day. Although he got his figures mixed up during the interview on Sky News and claimed it had been 10,000 a day.

As the second day of campaigning gets under way, the Prime Minister said: "We are the jobs party - and over the next month, we will be fighting for every man and woman who wants to work and earn a wage."

The pledge comes exactly a year after Chancellor George Osborne set a goal of full employment for Britain.

Mr Cameron argues an additional two million jobs is a feasible target thanks to government assistance for business, competitive tax rates, a parliament-long campaign against red tape, plus investment in infrastructure.

He said Labour's plan to reverse corporation tax cuts - as a way of paying for a reduction in rates for small businesses - was a "crazy thing to do when the economy is growing".

The Prime Minister's first outing of the election campaign proper was to address a rally of supporters at a school in Chippenham - a marginal constituency they need to take if they are to stand any chance of winning a majority.

Speaking at the event, Mr Cameron admitted he is not the "perfect" Prime Minister - but insisted he has a record to be "proud" of.

It came figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that the UK economy grew faster than had been expected - 2.8% in 2014, which was 0.2% higher than earlier estimates.

Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats sought to distinguish themselves from the Conservatives, and other parties, by focusing on mental health with a pledge of extra funding.

He accused the Tories of trying to "pull the wool over people's eyes" on NHS funding by refusing to set out clearly for voters how it would pay for its pledges on the health service.

The Lib Dems were the first party to commit to meeting the extra £8bn the NHS chief Simon Stevens said was needed for the health service to survive by 2020.

Mr Clegg also criticised Mr Cameron's refusal to say where welfare cuts will fall and said: "The Conservatives are trying to treat people like fools. They say they are going to take £12 billion away from the poorest families in the country but they won't spell out how or where. They are promising everybody lashings of tax cuts but won't tell people how they are going to pay for it."

On the first day of Labour's campaign, Mr Miliband tried to win over business with the launch of the party's first "mini manifesto".

:: Watch the seven-way leaders' debate live and in full from 8pm on Thursday on Sky News, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 132, Freesat channel 202, and on the Sky News website.


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Miliband: EU Exit 'Clear And Present Danger'

Written By andika jamanta on Senin, 30 Maret 2015 | 18.25

By Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent

Leaving the European Union is a "clear and present danger" to British business, the Labour leader has warned.

As the official election campaign kicks off, Ed Miliband is setting out his pitch to business leaders in a speech in the City of London.

The Labour leader said: "There could be nothing worse for our country or for our great exporting businesses than playing political games with our membership of the EU. David Cameron used to understand that. But in the past five years our place in the European Union has become less and less secure.

"He used to say he would campaign to keep Britain in Europe. But now he won't rule out campaigning to leave.

"He used to say he would be able to negotiate treaty change in Europe. But now he prefers to keep quiet about that too.

"He came to power promising to stop his party 'banging on about Europe'. Now if he carries on this way, he'll have us inside the European Union banging on the door to leave."

:: For full coverage of General Election 2015 click here

David Cameron has promised a referendum by 2017 if he wins the election - something that Mr Miliband described as "a recipe for two years of uncertainty."

The Labour leader added: "We'll show strong leadership to get the best for Britain, but we won't condemn this country to years of uncertainty, years of insecurity, by threatening our European future."

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg joined in with the criticism of Mr Cameron's stance by saying he would never "play footsie " with Britain's membership of the EU.

He also warned that the country did not need a lurch to the left or the right but said the Lib Dems would keep any future goverment "anchored in the centre ground".

Labour's 22-page A Better Plan For Business, launched today in Bloomberg's offices, is an attempt to fight back against concerns that Mr Miliband would put the economic recovery at risk.

It is the first of a series of "mini manifestos" on key policy issues Labour will launch during the campaign.

Business insiders have told Sky News they are faced with a difficult choice between a Conservative party who would put Britain's EU membership at risk and a Labour Party perceived as anti-business. 

Mr Miliband was sharply criticised by the Boots boss Stefano Pessina earlier this year, who warned a Labour government would be a "catastrophe" for Britain.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Dr Assem Allam - who has donated £400,000 to the Labour party - described the Conservatives as "the best party in Europe" to manage the economy, and criticised Mr Miliband for wanting to "penalise" wealth creators with a mansion tax and a rise in the top rate if tax.

Mr Cameron has visited the Queen to ask for Parliament to be dissolved.

After the visit, he will officially launch the Conservative campaign and argue that a Labour government would cause "economic chaos" and "hike taxes and increase debt."

UKIP will announce its key policies today, speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Farage said UKIP would not win the election but could be key in helping shape a future Government.

He said Mr Cameron had been "forced into" promising a 2017 referendum on Britain's membership of the UK and that his party's job was to "hold his feet to the fire to make sure that the referendum is not a stitch-up".

He added: "I don't want this to be kicked into the long grass until the end of 2017. I think it should be before the end of this year."


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Alps Crash Final Moments Revealed As DNA Found

More details of the final moments of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 have emerged as investigators find the DNA of more than half the victims of the crash.

A summary of the transcript of recordings from the voice recorder on board the aircraft reveals co-pilot Andreas Lubitz began the descent after the captain left to cockpit.

In the transcript, published by German newspaper Bild, the captain apologises to passengers for a delay on leaving Barcelona.

He then tells Lubitz he has not had time to go to the toilet before departure, to which the co-pilot replies he can go "at any time".

After completing mid-flight checks for landing, Lubitz then tells the captain, named in reports as Patrick Sondheimer, that: "You can go now."

Minutes later the captain leaves the cockpit, saying: "You can take over."

The click of the cockpit door closing can then be heard.

But shortly afterwards there is a loud bang, believed to be the sound of someone trying to enter the cockpit, followed by the captain shouting "For God's sake, open the door!"

There are then repeated blows to the cockpit door, thought to have been made by an axe or crow bar.

An automated warning triggers in the cockpit as the plane continues to descend, saying: "Terrain. Pull up."

The pilot can then be heard shouting: "Open the damn door."

The right wing of the aircraft then clips a mountain and the final sounds are those of passengers screaming, Bild reports.

French officials say the plane's black box voice recorder indicates Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit of the Airbus jet and deliberately crashed the plane.

Investigators have so far been unable to find the aircraft's second black box which would provide technical flight data on its final moments.

All 150 people on board the Germanwings plane, which was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, were killed in the crash in southern France on Tuesday.

French prosecutors said the DNA of 78 people of those on board have been identified.

But investigators have described the difficulty of the search for victims and the second black box as "unprecedented" because of both the mountainous terrain and the violence of the impact.

"We haven't found a single body intact," said Patrick Touron, deputy director of the French police's criminal research institute. 

"We have slopes of 40 to 60 degrees, falling rocks, and ground that tends to crumble.

"Some things have to be done by abseiling. Since safety is key, the recovery process is a bit slow, which is a great regret," he added.

Mr Touron added: "In catastrophes, normally around 90% of identifications are done through dental records", but in the case of Flight 4U 9525, DNA would most likely to play a greater role than normal.

Lubitz had been given a sick note on the day of the crash, but the note was never submitted to Germanwings.

Dusseldorf University Hospital said he had been evaluated at its clinic in February and on 10 March, but did not comment on why he was being treated because of patient privacy laws.

Police found medicines for the treatment of psychological conditions during searches of the 27-year-old's home in Dusseldorf and officials told the New York Times he had sought treatment for vision problems.


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Cameron Meets Queen To Dissolve Parliament

David Cameron has left Buckingham Palace after asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament.

The Conservative leader left the palace as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrived to meet with the Queen in his role as President of the Privy Council.

The final act of pomp and ceremony of the coalition government fires the starting gun on the General Election campaign.

As the formalities played out at Buckingham Palace, Ed Miliband was attempting to win over business with the launch of its first "mini manifestos" in which the Labour leader warned of the "clear and present danger" of leaving the EU.

Mr Cameron's meeting with the Queen will be followed by a statement on the steps of Number 10 in which the Tory leader will say the country faces "a stark choice" between the Conservatives and Labour.

He will warn that a Labour government would mean a £3,000 tax hike for every working family in Britain.

In a video message released by the Conservatives on YouTube this morning Mr Cameron said: Mr Cameron said: "This election is a big choice. Either I will come back to Downing Street and carry on with the plan that's turning the country round and funding our public services, or Ed Miliband will walk into Downing Street with more debt, more spending, more taxes - all the things that got this country into a mess in the first place."

As the parties' election campaigns began in earnest, Nick Clegg warned voters not to lurch to the Left or Right because it was "about the very last thing the country needs".

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  1. Gallery: The Queen And Her 12 Prime Ministers

    Winston Churchill was the first prime minister to serve under Queen Elizabeth. His second term under Queen Elizabeth lasted from 1951-55

Anthony Eden served from 1955-57. Eden strongly believed in keeping the Queen informed of state affairs and was the first prime minister to show her secret government papers

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Clarkson Row: BBC Boss 'Sent Death Threats'

Written By andika jamanta on Minggu, 29 Maret 2015 | 18.25

Clarkson Row: BBC Boss 'Sent Death Threats'

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Police are investigating allegations of threats to kill BBC director general Tony Hall, reportedly linked to his decision to drop presenter Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.

Lord Hall, 64, and his wife Cynthia have been under 24-hour guard at their Oxfordshire home since the threats were made on Wednesday, according to reports.

"Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill. The allegation was reported to police on Wednesday, 25 March.

"The threat was made by email.

"Enquiries continue to establish from where the email was sent, although the content of the message suggests from outside the UK."

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  1. Gallery: Who Could Replace Jeremy Clarkson?

    Model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd is a well-known car expert and amateur racing driver. She currently presents The Classic Car Show on Channel 5

Actor and comedian Stephen Fry famously drives a black cab around London and would be a popular choice for many

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Chris Evans has repeatedly denied that he is interested in the job but bookies still seem to think he's a hot contender

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Comedian Steve Coogan has appeared on Top Gear several times, but since then has been critical of the show's brand of humour

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Former racing driver Eddie Irvine would certainly tick the boxes in terms of car knowledge, but his lack of TV experience could count against him

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Clarkson Row: BBC Boss 'Sent Death Threats'

We use cookies to give you the best experience. If you do nothing we'll assume that it's ok.

Police are investigating allegations of threats to kill BBC director general Tony Hall, reportedly linked to his decision to drop presenter Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.

Lord Hall, 64, and his wife Cynthia have been under 24-hour guard at their Oxfordshire home since the threats were made on Wednesday, according to reports.

"Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill. The allegation was reported to police on Wednesday, 25 March.

"The threat was made by email.

"Enquiries continue to establish from where the email was sent, although the content of the message suggests from outside the UK."

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  1. Gallery: Who Could Replace Jeremy Clarkson?

    Model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd is a well-known car expert and amateur racing driver. She currently presents The Classic Car Show on Channel 5

Actor and comedian Stephen Fry famously drives a black cab around London and would be a popular choice for many

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Chris Evans has repeatedly denied that he is interested in the job but bookies still seem to think he's a hot contender

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Comedian Steve Coogan has appeared on Top Gear several times, but since then has been critical of the show's brand of humour

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Former racing driver Eddie Irvine would certainly tick the boxes in terms of car knowledge, but his lack of TV experience could count against him

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Crash Captain Screamed 'Open The Damn Door!'

Crash Captain Screamed 'Open The Damn Door!'

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The captain of the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps reportedly screamed at his co-pilot to "open the damn door" as he tried to get in the cockpit.

Andreas Lubitz, 27, apparently locked the captain out of the cabin and deliberately flew the Germanwings jet into a mountain, killing 150 people.

The older pilot left to use the toilet and then desperately tried to open the cockpit door during Flight 4U 9525's eight-minute descent, according to the black box voice recorder.

Germany's Bild on Sunday newspaper said he is heard shouting: "For God's sake, open the door!" as passengers scream in the background.

He then tries to smash through the heavily-reinforced door with an axe, while yelling at a silent Lubitz to "open the damn door".

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  1. Gallery: The Victims Of The Germanwings Crash

    American Emily Selke, a recent graduate, was on the plane with her mother Yvonne. Raymond Selke has described his wife and daughter as 'amazing people'. Pic: Facebook

Iranian sports journalist Hussein Javadi was on his way to Austria to cover a football match. A friend said he was 'a kind, loving, caring man'. Pic: Maysam Bizær/Hossein Javadi

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Argentinian Sebastian Greco was on board with his girlfriend. Pic: Facebook

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Argentinian Gabriela Maumus, 28, was the daughter of a firefighter. Pic: Facebook

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Spanish victim Carles Milla Masanas, 37. The businessman was on his way to a food industry fayre. Pic: Facebook

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Crash Captain Screamed 'Open The Damn Door!'

We use cookies to give you the best experience. If you do nothing we'll assume that it's ok.

The captain of the Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps reportedly screamed at his co-pilot to "open the damn door" as he tried to get in the cockpit.

Andreas Lubitz, 27, apparently locked the captain out of the cabin and deliberately flew the Germanwings jet into a mountain, killing 150 people.

The older pilot left to use the toilet and then desperately tried to open the cockpit door during Flight 4U 9525's eight-minute descent, according to the black box voice recorder.

Germany's Bild on Sunday newspaper said he is heard shouting: "For God's sake, open the door!" as passengers scream in the background.

He then tries to smash through the heavily-reinforced door with an axe, while yelling at a silent Lubitz to "open the damn door".

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  1. Gallery: The Victims Of The Germanwings Crash

    American Emily Selke, a recent graduate, was on the plane with her mother Yvonne. Raymond Selke has described his wife and daughter as 'amazing people'. Pic: Facebook

Iranian sports journalist Hussein Javadi was on his way to Austria to cover a football match. A friend said he was 'a kind, loving, caring man'. Pic: Maysam Bizær/Hossein Javadi

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Argentinian Sebastian Greco was on board with his girlfriend. Pic: Facebook

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Argentinian Gabriela Maumus, 28, was the daughter of a firefighter. Pic: Facebook

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Spanish victim Carles Milla Masanas, 37. The businessman was on his way to a food industry fayre. Pic: Facebook

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Man Arrested Over Six-Year-Old Girl's Kidnap

A man has been arrested over the alleged abduction of a six-year-old girl who went missing in Burnley.

The youngster was taken by a man, possibly in a large dark-coloured car, from Nairne Street in the Lancashire town at about 4pm on Thursday.

She was dropped off three miles away in Whitefield Street, Hapton, where she was found.

After she was returned home, police were called. It is thought she was with the man for around 20 minutes.

Police put out an appeal and launched a manhunt in a bid to find the man who took the girl.

A 33-year-old man from Accrington has now been arrested on suspicion of child abduction and is in custody

Officers are continuing to appeal for information about the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh said: "We need anyone who may have witnessed a black coloured car in the Nairne Street or Whitefield Street areas around the time of the abduction to contact us.

"Similarly, if anyone knows anything about this incident at all, please call us on 101."

Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.


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Amanda Knox 'Grateful' For Meredith Acquittal

Written By andika jamanta on Sabtu, 28 Maret 2015 | 18.25

Amanda Knox 'Grateful' For Meredith Acquittal

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Amanda Knox said she was "full of joy" after she and Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

A tearful Ms Knox added she was "grateful" following the judgement by Italy's top court, which brings an eight-year legal saga to a close.

"I'm still absorbing the present moment, which is full of joy," she told reporters outside her family home in Seattle.

Ms Knox also said she was thankful "for the justice I've received and for the support I've had from everyone - from my family, from my friends, to strangers. I'm so grateful to have my life back".

Asked about Ms Kercher, she replied: "Meredith was my friend. She deserved so much in this life. I'm the lucky one." 

Ms Kercher's family said they were shocked by the judges' ruling, although they knew it was a possibility.

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  1. Gallery: Meredith Kercher Murder: Key Events

    2 November 2007: The body of Meredith Kercher, 21, is found in her Perugia apartment. Investigators say she was killed the night before

Ms Kercher's flatmate, Amanda Knox, is pictured kissing her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the days after the murder

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Police investigate the scene of the crime

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6 November 2007: Knox is arrested along with Sollecito and Diya 'Patrick' Lumumba, the Congolese owner of the pub where Knox occasionally worked

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20 November 2007: Mr Lumumba, implicated by Knox in her statements to police, is released from jail for lack of evidence

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Amanda Knox 'Grateful' For Meredith Acquittal

We use cookies to give you the best experience. If you do nothing we'll assume that it's ok.

Amanda Knox said she was "full of joy" after she and Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

A tearful Ms Knox added she was "grateful" following the judgement by Italy's top court, which brings an eight-year legal saga to a close.

"I'm still absorbing the present moment, which is full of joy," she told reporters outside her family home in Seattle.

Ms Knox also said she was thankful "for the justice I've received and for the support I've had from everyone - from my family, from my friends, to strangers. I'm so grateful to have my life back".

Asked about Ms Kercher, she replied: "Meredith was my friend. She deserved so much in this life. I'm the lucky one." 

Ms Kercher's family said they were shocked by the judges' ruling, although they knew it was a possibility.

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  1. Gallery: Meredith Kercher Murder: Key Events

    2 November 2007: The body of Meredith Kercher, 21, is found in her Perugia apartment. Investigators say she was killed the night before

Ms Kercher's flatmate, Amanda Knox, is pictured kissing her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the days after the murder

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Police investigate the scene of the crime

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6 November 2007: Knox is arrested along with Sollecito and Diya 'Patrick' Lumumba, the Congolese owner of the pub where Knox occasionally worked

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20 November 2007: Mr Lumumba, implicated by Knox in her statements to police, is released from jail for lack of evidence

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