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  • Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    *Berlin and Paris to step up cooperation on energy, drones. BERLIN, March 31- The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's new government disagrees with sanctions against Russia, and wants to boost trade ties with the country, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said before a visit to Moscow next week. The U.S. and the EU imposed crippling economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and support for an insurgency in...

  • Germany, France, Italy plan to develop military drones Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    BERLIN— The militaries of Germany and France plan to work together with Italy to develop surveillance drones that could also carry weapons. The U.S. practice of using drones for lethal strikes against terror suspects has caused unease in Germany. However, Merkel says she's confident there is "acceptance" in Germany for the idea of developing surveillance...

  • Germany's Merkel says no time to lose on Greece Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    BERLIN, March 31- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Greece needed to stick to its commitments and though there was some leeway for the new government to make some changes, it needed to fulfill the general framework of what had been agreed.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Talks between Greece and its creditors have wrapped up for now without a deal to unlock remaining Greek bailout funds urgently needed to stave off a potential default. A Greek government official said Tuesday that the current phase of talks held in Brussels between Greece and its creditors at the European Central Bank, International Monetary...

  • The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen when he resumed his training there in 2009 after an interruption of several months. Authorities say the 27- year-old Lubitz, who in the past had been treated for suicidal tendencies, locked his captain out of the cockpit before...

  • SEYNE-LES-ALPES/ PARIS, March 26- Just one of the two pilots of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps was in the cockpit at the time it went down, a German state prosecutor said on Thursday. The statement came after the New York Times reported that "black box" recordings showed one of the pilots had left the cockpit and could not get back in before the...

  • PARIS, March 26- France cut its budget deficit target for this year on Thursday and said economic growth could beat the government's 1 percent forecast, after reporting a smaller-than-expected fiscal gap for 2014.. Finance Minister Michel Sapin said France, which has repeatedly missed its fiscal targets, is confident it will finally bring the deficit below an...

  • *One of two pilots locked out of cockpit- New York Times. *Lufthansa says it has no information on Times report. SEYNE-LES-ALPES/ PARIS, March 26- Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing everyone onboard, the New York Times reported.

  • *One of two pilots locked out of cockpit- New York Times. *Lufthansa says it has no information on Times report. SEYNE-LES-ALPES/ PARIS, March 26- Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing everyone onboard, the New York Times reported.

  • *Co-pilot locked out of cockpit- New York Times. *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain visit crash area. The New York Times reported that evidence from the recordings showed that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the flight went down.

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain visit crash area. The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy travelled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish. "We have just been able to extract a useable audio data file," BEA director Remi...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain visit crash area. The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy traveled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish. "We have just been able to extract a useable audio data file," BEA director Remi...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain visit crash area. The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy travelled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish. "We have just been able to extract a useable audio data file," BEA director Remi...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- Investigators have extracted cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps and expect to have a read-out of their content within days, an official said on Wednesday. The casing of a second black box has been found but not the box...

  • Hollande pledges to shed full light on Alps plane crash Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that authorities would find out what caused the plane crash that killed 150 passengers on Tuesday in the French Alps. "Dear Angela, dear Mariano, rest assured... we will find out everything and we will shed full light on the circumstances of this catastrophe," Hollande told...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived together by helicopter on Wednesday in the remote Alpine region where an Airbus plane smashed into a mountain, ahead of an international tribute to the 150 victims. Spain's Mariano Rajoy later...

  • Hollande, Merkel arrive in Alps for crash victims homage Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 9:28 AM ET

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived together by helicopter on Wednesday in the remote Alpine region where an Airbus plane smashed into a mountain, ahead of an international homage to the 150 victims. Spain's Mariano Rajoy joined them in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, where...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- Lufthansa said on Wednesday it could not explain why its Germanwings Airbus had crashed into an Alpine ravine killing all 150 on board as investigators tried to discover what had caused the worst air disaster in France in 15 years. "It is inexplicable this could happen to a...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French investigators on Wednesday searched for the reason why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board including 16 teenagers returning from a school trip to Spain. Helicopters flew over the site where the A320 operated by Lufthansa's...