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Historic Nigeria election won by retired general Buhari

ImageA former military dictator has won Nigeria's presidential election. Standing on an anti-corruption ticket, Muhammadu Buhari swept to power with over two million more votes than the incumbent president.


Germanwings co-pilot told Lufthansa flight school of 'serious depressive episode'

ImageAndreas Lubitz told his flight school in 2009 about previous mental health issues, Lufthansa has said. Meanwhile, a French and a German paper are claiming to have seen video footage from within the cabin.

Human Rights

Amnesty International reports global 2014 spike in death sentences

ImageWorld governments issued 500 more death sentences in 2014 than 2013, according to Amnesty International. However, the rights group asserted that other figures show how "the death penalty is becoming a thing of the past."

Arms Exports

Obama unblocks military aid for Egypt

President Obama has approved sending twelve fighter jets, 20 Harpoon missiles and 125 tank kits to Egypt, the White House has said. The military aid had been suspended after the army seized power in Cairo in 2013.


Hostage-takers killed as Istanbul siege ends

Two gunmen who took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage have been killed in a shootout with Turkish police. The captive, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, has died in hospital in the aftermath of the attack.


EU ditches milk quotas, to mixed response

European Union milk quotas have been lifted after more than three decades, prompting predictions ranging from "chronic price collapses are inevitable" through to dairy farmers being "freed from the costs of the quota."

European Ties

France and Germany show new unity

The sorrow shared over last week's plane crash has brought France and Germany closer together. At inter-government consultations in Berlin, President Hollande invoked their deep friendship.


1.4.1930: "The Blue Angel" Premieres


1929: Milan Kundera

Days to remember

1939: Spanish Civil War ends