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A photo of Andreas Lubitz, from his Facebook profile Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight, named as Andreas Lubitz, intentionally started the plane's descent before it crashed into the French Alps, officials say.


A320 cockpit

Airlines change cockpit procedures

Airlines across the world have begun requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, in the wake of the French Alps crash.



France 1-3 Brazil

Brazil record their seventh win since their 2014 World Cup humiliation as they come from behind to beat France in Paris.


Deep within the moon's oceans, life may endure

Europa may be home to alien life

Deep within the moon's oceans, life may endure


Psychology of lying: what spy agencies can teach us about spotting fibbers

How to catch a liar

Take a few tricks from spy agencies to catch someone in a fib.


All-wheel-drive Maserati leads the charge

Italy power-slides into US

The mid-size Italian luxury sedan is making the case for a sustained Italian presence on North American roads.


Why secret journals fascinate

Anne Frank: The cult of the diary

From Samuel Pepys to Bridget Jones, the private journal combines the mundane with the confessional. Lucy Scholes reveals why the diary still fascinates readers.


How to spot manipulation and get your way

The hidden tricks of persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.


In search of the picturesque mountains that stood in for the Catskills

'Nobody puts Baby in a corner'

The movie that launched a million slumber-party fantasies wasn’t filmed in the Catskills, where it was set, but in North Carolina and Virginia.

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Man praying

China's city where Islam took hold

Xi’an is more than a bustling metropolis - it is the hub which brought Arab and Persian traders to spread the religion of Islam as they travelled the legendary Silk Road.

Concrete ideas


More than a teenage wasteland

Online shopping may have cannibalised the profits of department stores, but these centres of consumerism are thriving all the same. BBC Culture takes a look at their enduring appeal.

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Acts of kindness, for yourself

Many depression sufferers say that helping others improves their own outlook. Discover other surprising mood boosters here.




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