World Briefs: Germanwings crash not deliberate: Pilot's dad

Germanwings crash not deliberate: Pilot's dad

BERLIN • Yesterday, on the second anniversary of the deadly Germanwings crash in the French Alps, the father of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz spoke out publicly to dispute that he had deliberately downed the plane.

Both the message and the timing of the first public appearance by a close family member of Mr Lubitz since the crash were criticised by victims' families, who held their own sombre events to mark the occasion. The 2015 tragedy claimed 150 lives.


US gives final approval for Keystone XL project

WASHINGTON • United States President Donald Trump's administration said yesterday that it has given final approval for TransCanada to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project his predecessor Barack Obama had blocked over environmental concerns.

Issuing the presidential permit, under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon said the project would "serve the national interest".


Swiss probe possible spying on expat Turks

ZURICH • Switzerland has opened a criminal probe into possible spying involving the country's Turkish community, said federal prosecutors yesterday.

The Swiss Foreign Minister told his Turkish counterpart on Thursday that Bern would "rigorously investigate" any illegal spying by Ankara on expatriate Turks before an April 16 referendum that could expand Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's powers.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe