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  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 30- The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's license, German prosecutors said on Monday. Investigators believe Lubitz, serving as co-pilot on a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24th,...

  • *Lubitz had treatment before getting pilot's licence- prosecutor. BERLIN, March 30- The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies, German state prosecutors said on Monday. "Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot was in a long...

  • PARIS, March 30- French investigators hope to speed up identification of the 150 people killed in last week's Germanwings plane crash by digging a roadtrack that will allow direct access to the disaster zone high on a remote Alpine mountainside. They hope that will build on the information from a first flight recorder that has led judicial investigators to...

  • Duesseldorf prosecutors say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, had received psychotherapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies" for several years before becoming a pilot. Lubitz trained to be a pilot both in Germany and at the Lufthansa training facility in Phoenix, Arizona. All 150 people on board were killed when the Airbus A320 plane flying from Barcelona to...

  • *More than 160,000 jobs lost across 24 banks in two years- data. LONDON, March 30- Top European and U.S. banks axed 59,000 jobs last year as they restructured and cut costs, with headcount expected to shrink further in Europe as bosses strive to improve profitability that has been hit hard by tougher regulation. "The screws will stay tight on headcount," said Aymen Saleh,...

  • MONTABAUR, Germany— The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27- year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France. French prosecutors haven't questioned the family yet "out of decency and respect...

  • Germanwings pilot may have had eye trouble Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 11:55 AM ET
    Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg, Germany, in this Sept. 13, 2009 photo.

    The pilot who crashed a Germanwings jet sought treatment for vision problems, The New York Times reported Saturday.

  • STOCKHOLM— Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. "So more or less you will have unlimited financial damage," said Marco Abate, a German aviation lawyer. To avoid liability, a...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for March, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for February, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases international trade data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases...

  • Spain's 2014 budget deficit below that set by EU Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain says its budget deficit in 2014 ended up slightly above its target but below that sought by the European Union. Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said Friday the country's deficit amounted to 5.7 percent of Spain's GDP. Spain has pledged to get it down to 2.8 percent in 2016— below the 3 percent rule for countries that use the euro.

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 27- German authorities 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, which he apparently hid from the airline. French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the...

  • DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 27- The pilot who crashed a plane in the French Alps had received a sick note from doctors showing he suffered a health condition that would have prevented him flying the day of the crash, which he apparently hid from his employer, German prosecutors said. "Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing...

  • European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:37 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark— The European Union's aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane. Before the recommendation, Lufthansa said it would move to the two-person rule "as...

  • MONTABAUR, Germany— Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers— including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside. Searches conducted at...

  • A church service in honor of the victims has been held in Duesseldorf, where the Germanwings plane was headed when it crashed into a French mountain, killing all 150 people aboard Tuesday. Detlev Toonen, a Lutheran priest based at Duesseldorf airport who has been counseling relatives of the crash victims, says "the church... wants to show solidarity with the...

  • WASHINGTON— There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said. Authorities believe the 27- year-old German deliberately sought to destroy the Airbus A320 as it flew...

  • PARIS/ SEYNE-LES-ALPES, March 26- A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, French prosecutors said on Thursday. They offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the...

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— A lawyer for a fugitive Colombian millionaire at the center of the South American nation's biggest financial scandal says his client has been arrested in Spain. Attorney Ivan Cancino tells The Associated Press that former investment executive Victor Maldonado was captured Thursday in Madrid. Maldonado was the largest shareholder of...

  • *Named as Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen. After listening to "black box" voice recordings, French prosecutors left no doubt that they believe 28- year-old Andreas Lubitz was in control of the Airbus A320 and set it on its fatal descent. Prosecutors in the German city of Duesseldorf said police were searching his home for evidence.

  • MADRID/ MILAN March 26- The euro zone credit cycle is a whisker away from turning positive but don't expect a rapid recovery. Bank lending to the private sector fell 0.1 percent in February, data from the European Central Bank showed on Thursday, dashing expectations for an increase but inching ever closer to positive growth after nearly three years of...