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News Digest: Missing sailor found floating on hull of boat after 66 days

By Staff Reporters

A man whose family reported him missing at sea more than two months ago was found floating on the overturned hull of his boat 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.

Coast Guard officials in Portsmouth, Virginia, said they received word from a container ship indicating they spotted a man and his sailboat 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras.

A helicopter crew flew to the ship and airlifted Louis Jordan to a hospital, said Coast Guard Lieutenant Krystyn Pecora.

She said Mr Jordan (37) had a shoulder injury but was otherwise healthy and he had said he had survived by eating fish he caught. His parents spoke to him by phone and said they were overjoyed.

Air crash co-pilot 'sped up descent'

The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight repeatedly sped up the plane as he used the automatic pilot to descend the A320 into the Alps, the French air accident investigation agency said.

The chilling new detail from the BEA agency is based on an initial reading of the plane's black box data recorder, found blackened and buried at the crash site.

It strengthens investigators' initial suspicions that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally destroyed the plane - though prosecutors are still trying to work out why.

All 150 people aboard Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf were killed in the March 24 crash.

The BEA said the preliminary reading of the data recorder shows that the pilot used the automatic pilot to put the plane into a descent and then repeatedly during the descent adjusted the automatic pilot to speed up the plane.

The agency says it will continue studying the black box for more details of what happened.

Based on recordings from the plane's other black box, the cockpit voice recorder, investigators say Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed.

Far-Right protesters clash with Muslims at mosque

Right-wing protesters have clashed with Muslims attending afternoon prayers.

Around 100 members of Britain First and the English Defence League shouted and chanted outside the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre yesterday as hundreds of men, women and children moved inside for prayers.

Some protesters chanted anti-Islamic messages, while others waved banners and placards.

The protesters, who said they were antagonised by some of the worshippers, had to be restrained by up to 100 police officers.

Shiites capture presidential palace in blow to Saudis

Shiite rebels and their allies fought their way through the commercial centre of Aden and seized the presidential palace on a strategic hilltop, security officials said yesterday.

The capture was a major blow to the Saudi-led coalition, which has been carrying out airstrikes for a week across Yemen, including in the capital Sanaa, in a campaign meant to halt the advance of the Iran-backed Houthis rebels.

The Maasheeq palace in Aden was president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's last seat of power before he fled to Saudi Arabia last month.

Clarifications and corrections

A headline in yesterday’s Belfast Telegraph ‘Minister voices concern as one in five in West Belfast gets DLA’ (News, P6) was wrong. The person voicing concern was, in fact, DUP MLA Gregory Campbell. The minister in question, Mervyn Storey, did not voice concern, as the story made clear.

In a report in Thursday’s edition ‘Police Scotland to probe NI shooting’ it was stated that teenager Martin Tighe was murdered when the RUC opened fire on a hayshed in Co Armagh in 1982.

The word murdered should not have been used. We are happy to make this clear and apologise for the error.

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