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Germanwings’ passenger jet with 148 on board crashes in France

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A German low-cost airline Germanwings’ passenger jet  carrying 148 people has crashed in southern France.

The aircraft crashed around 11 a.m. in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southern France, Xinhua reported citing BFMTV.

The ill-fated passenger jet was carrying 142 passengers and six crew members when the tragedy occurred. The plane was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

Germanwings is the low-cost subsidiary of Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines, Europe’s largest carrier.

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Catalan Former Leader Faces Extradition Threat Again

Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday faced fresh threats of extradition from Germany, where a regional prosecutor's office has requested that he be sent to Spain to face charges of rebellion.

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Activists protest with a giant Catalan flag during a mass rally against Catalonia's declaration of independence, in Barcelona, Spain. VOA

Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday faced fresh threats of extradition from Germany, where a regional prosecutor’s office has requested that he be sent to Spain to face charges of rebellion.

The Spanish judiciary had sent new documents to German authorities regarding the charges being issued against Puigdemont, meaning the Schleswig-Holstein regional prosecution has requested that an extradition request issued by Spain be considered again by courts, sources from the prosecutor’s office told Efe news.

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The regional court had previously refused to extradite Puigdemont on rebellion charges and was studying whether to hand him over to Spain to face trial over alleged misuse of public funds.

Puigdemont is wanted in Spain for an investigation into possible rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for his alleged role in Catalonia’s separatist referendum and subsequent declaration of independence, deemed unconstitutional by the Spanish judiciary.

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He fled to Belgium before he could be arrested but was later detained in Germany. (IANS)

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