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Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

DUESSELDORF - 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. | Video

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Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll

ABUJA - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday's presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for fear of post-election clashes.

7:45pm IST

Suicidal pilots hard to spot, say experts

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY - As investigators try to find out why a young German pilot deliberately crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, pilots and psychologists warn it may be impossible to prevent similar incidents in the future.

7:00pm IST

Turkey passes tough new security law, raising fears of election crackdowns

ANKARA - Turkey's parliament overwhelmingly passed a security law on Friday to broaden police powers and allow the use of firearms against demonstrators, deepening fears of crackdowns on dissent ahead of parliamentary elections.

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Sierra Leone capital 'eerily quiet' amid Ebola lockdown

FREETOWN - The capital of Sierra Leone was "eerily quiet" on Friday at the start of a three-day national lockdown aimed at accelerating the end of an Ebola epidemic in the worst affected country.

8:45pm IST

Britain's Hammond: Saudis cannot accept Iranian-backed regime in Yemen

WASHINGTON - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday that Saudi Arabia felt it necessary to intervene in Yemen to avoid an Iranian-backed regime taking over the country along its southern border.

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