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The co-pilot was named as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, who had joined Germanwings last year

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The Fieldbrook Stump, in California, not long after it was felled in 1890. Cuttings from it have been cultivated at the Eden Project

It would have been the biggest tree alive today had it not been so ignominiously felled in 1890 – reputedly to satisfy a drunken bet about making a table big enough to seat 40 guests from a single slice of tree-trunk

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The provocative image was photoshopped by Der Spiegel for its latest edition under the headline: “How Europeans see the Germans: The German Ubermacht (superior power)”

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Shaimaa Sabbagh who was killed by police died from her wounds as she was too thin, a spokesman for Egypt’s medical examiner claims

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The burial of a woman who was brutally killed in Kabul for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran, saw Afghan women help to carry the 27-year-old’s coffin to its final resting place

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A partial solar eclipse is seen from near Bridgwater, in south western England

Many in the UK missed out on the eclipse, as a cold front brought a blanket of cloud that covered up the view. But for those who managed to sneak a picture through the holes in the clouds, the view was beautiful

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British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds up the red despatch box containing his pre-election budgetas as he departs No 11 Downing Street, Westminster, central London prior to delivering his budget speech to the House of Commons

A Budget today, and a supremely political one. But what will determine our financial futures over the next Parliament is what will happen to the world economy

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Tourists and visitors from the Bardo museum are evacuated in Tunis. Gunmen opened fire at a leading museum in Tunisia's capital, killing 19 people including 17 tourists. A later raid by security forces left two gunmen and one security officer dead but ended the standoff

Security officials have killed two gunmen to end a standoff at a leading Tunisian Museum where 17 tourists and one police officer were fatally killed

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, visits a construction site in Har Homa, east Jerusalem, a day ahead of legislative elections. Netanyahu is seeking his fourth term as prime minister

“I have not yet seen one young person leave the country because of the Iranian threat or the Islamic State, but I have met many young people abroad who left the country because they lost all hope”

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Forget the weasel riding/dive-bombing a woodpecker, a new cinematic war is raging amongst countryside wildlife – bumblebee vs. hummingbird

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'Monster' storm that devastated South Pacific island of Vanuatu caused by climate change

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Carix cyanotype photogram circa 1850

The botanist and photographer's unique and beautiful cyanotype photograms

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Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi, a Romanian photographer based in London, toured cities asking passers-by of all ages what their biggest regret in life was

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced the winners of its 2015 photographic competition ‘Changing World’

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Selfie shot posted on Facebook shows contestants for the tragedy hit French TV reality show

Three French sports stars are among 10 people killed when two helicopters carrying them crashed in a remote part of Argentina, authorities say.

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Jagger, who competed under the name Thendara Satisfaction, died on Friday evening

Owners of a prize-winning dog who competed at an international competition before dying of poison have spoken of their loss as two more pedigree competitors allegedly fall ill at the same show

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Israeli medics and a policeman evacuate an injured person from the scene of an attack in Jerusalem

Five people have been hurt and a suspect shot in a suspected terror attack in Jersuleum

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A photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Ayesha Ali

Disturbing diaries reveal punishments meted out to eight-year-old girl before she was tortured to death by her mother

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Becky Watts' stepbrother and his girlfriend have been named locally as the two people arrested on suspicion of her murder

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Police have issued an urgent appeal for help tracking down 17 suspected “dangerous” criminals feared to be hiding out in the UK after committing the most severe crimes abroad

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After 31 years of lying dormant the Villarica volcano in southern Chile has erupted, shooting plumes of lava thousands of metres into the sky

Environment

"The woodpecker left with its life, the weasel disappeared hungry"

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Hyenas are seen “hugging” their tamers and sitting on command as baboons wearing football shirts take money from onlookers in wild animal shows in Nigeria

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As mourners from around the world gather in Moscow for the funeral of murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov today, many unanswered questions still surround his death

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This year’s Brit awards ceremony looked set to fade from memory like so many others in recent history until Madonna fell down the stairs after a serious wardrobe malfunction

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The first train to complete a journey on the world’s longest railway line, connecting Spain and China, has returned home

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Judges for the Sony World Photography Awards have undergone the “monumental task” of whittling down 177,444 images – a record number of entries – for the 2015 shortlist

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Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu won the Oscar for best director for Birdman, his deeply satirical take on show business

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The Atlas of Beauty is a project which aims to challenge the ideals of beauty dictated by the women’s fashion magazine industry

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Fireworks explode at the River Hongbao Lunar New Year Celebrations along Marina Bay in Singapore. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram)

The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on 19 February and celebrations for the year of the goat, also known as the year of the sheep or ram, are already underway in China and across Asia

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Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent – is the period of self-restraint and abstention for Christians prior to Easter

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Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
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The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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