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First Germanwings crash victims' bodies repatriated

The first bodies from the Germanwings plane that was deliberately crashed in the French Alps were being repatriated to Germany on Tuesday.

A special flight operated by Lufthansa was carrying the remains of 44 Germans, among the 150 onboard when the jet crashed on March 24, from the southern French city of Marseille to Duesseldorf in western Germany.

A Lufthansa MD-11 cargo plane took off from Marseille airport at 1903 GMT on Tuesday, an AFP reporter said. Lufthansa, the parent company of budget airline Germanwings, said in a press release that the plane was due to arrive in Duesseldorf at 2030 GMT.


White House press room evacuated during briefing due to bomb threat

The White House press room was briefly evacuated on Tuesday after police received a telephoned bomb threat, interrupting the daily briefing, but no device was found.

Secret Service agents entered the room, a short distance from the Oval Office, and stopped the news conference.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that President Barack Obama, who was in the White House at the time, was not deemed to be in danger and was not moved.


ISIS claims capture of Libyan city of Sirte

The Islamic State group claimed to have seized full control Tuesday of the Libyan city of Sirte from the Fajr Libya militia, including a power plant, according to a US monitor.

SITE Intelligence Group said the jihadist group had published photographs of IS fighters engaged in clashes, sitting atop heavy guns, exploring the power plant and town, as well as bodies of dead Fajr Libya fighters.

The claim comes nearly two weeks after IS overran the airport in Sirte the home town of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the group's first such military gain in Libya.


Search for escaped US killers narrows on small New York town: media

A manhunt for two convicted killers on the run from a maximum security US prison narrowed Tuesday to a small town where reports suggested the fugitives may have been cornered.

Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35, whom officials have called violent and vicious, used power tools to cut through walls at the Clinton Correctional Facility in the small New York town of Dannemora on Saturday.

Law enforcement alerted authorities in Canada and Mexico in case they fled the country, but on Tuesday the search appeared to focus on the town of Willsboro, around 60km south of the jail.


Football: France beat England 1-0 in Women's World Cup opener

Speedy forward Eugenie Le Sommer struck with a superb long-range goal in the first half to set up a 1-0 victory for France over England in their Group F Women's World Cup opener in Moncton on Tuesday.

Le Sommer, the French League's top player, took advantage of a defensive mix-up by Katie Chapman and Laura Bassett and fired in a thunderous shot from the edge of the area in the 29th minute.

England struggled to create chances in wet and windy conditions while Les Bleues, who finished fourth at both the 2011 World Cup and 2012 London Olympics, posed a continual threat with Le Sommer leading the way.


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