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Police investigating the Germanwings crash said they had made a 'significant discovery' at the home of pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately ploughed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps. Officers refused to reveal details of the potential breakthrough but said it was not a suicide note. Speaking outside the flat on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, police said they had 'found something' that would now be taken for tests, adding it may be a 'clue' as to what happened to the doomed jet.

German detectives were also pictured carrying evidence from another property in Montabaur, a town 40 miles from Bonn, that Lubitz is believed to have shared with his parents. The forensic find comes hours after it emerged that Lubitz was forced to postpone his pilot training in 2008 because of mental health problems, with a friend saying he was 'in depression'. Andreas Nick is CDU member of parliament for Montabaur.


Last night the election campaign proper began with the first televised set piece event of the general election campaign. Dramatically titled 'Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10' , it saw the two men who could be prime minister after May 7th facing questions from both Jeremy Paxman and a studio audience  Our assistant political editor Norman Smith was watching. 


With time running ever shorter for an accord to ease Greece's debt crisis and cash crunch, talks this week have brought little in the way of good news for the Greek government. The stand-off between Athens and Europe's financial institutions, not to mention leaders, continues. Business presenter Simon Jack has been speaking to the billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros.


It's emerged that adults convicted of offences in England and Wales will have to pay up to £1200 each towards the court costs of their case, on top of fines, compensation orders and legal fees.  The Magistrates Association has expressed concerns that the new rules, which come into force next month, leave courts with no discretion and will place a further burden on people with little income. However the government says those who commit crime should pay their way. Richard Monkhouse is national chairman of the Magistrates Association.


The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane which crashed in the Alps, killing all 150 people on board, has been blamed for the tragedy. A French prosecutor said Andreas Lubitz, who was 27, sent the plane into a descent, while the captain was locked out of the cockpit. Since 1976 eight crashes are thought to have been caused by pilot suicide. In October 1999: An EgyptAir Boeing 767 went into a rapid descent 30 minutes after taking off from New York, killing 217 people. An investigation suggested that the crash was caused deliberately by the relief first officer but the evidence was not conclusive. Bruno Masson lost both his parents in that crash.


Our chief correspondent Matthew Price went to the marginal seat of Lincoln, apparently the oldest constituency in the country and also a swing seat. It’s Conservative at the moment but it swings back and forth between them and Labour. In Lincoln, close to the cathedral, Price gathered a group of five voters to sit down and watch the televised set piece with Cameron and Miliband.


The role of SNP in propping up a future Labour government featured in Thursday night's opening election television interviews.  Ed Miliband was urged to make clear what agreement he would make with the SNP, prompting him to renew his pledge not to scrap Trident. He added: "I'm not going to get into a bargaining game with Alex Salmond."  Nicola Sturgeon is leader of the SNP and Scotland’s First Minister.


Police investigating the Germanwings crash said they had made a 'significant discovery' at the home of pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately ploughed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps (see 0710). Tom Bateman reports live from Montabaur. Professor Robert Bor is a former pilot and aviation psychologist.


Last night the election campaign proper began with the first televised set piece event of the general election campaign. Dramatically titled 'Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10' (see 0715). But what did the spin doctors make of the outcome? We speak to Grant Shapps and Douglas Alexander.


Saudi Arabian warplanes have again bombed targets in Yemen as operations continue against Houthi rebels in the country. Powerful explosions were reported in the capital, Sana'a, to the north at a military base held by troops loyal to the former president and to the south. Saudi Arabia said it would continue its campaign until the military capabilities of the Houthi rebels were severely diminished. Mohamed Qubaty is former ambassador to Lebanon and former political advisor to the Yemeni Prime Minister.


English Heritage will separate into two organisations on April 1st.  Historic England, will be the new name for the public body that champions and protects England's historic environment, everything from prehistoric remains to post-war office buildings, and The English Heritage Trust, a new independent charity (retaining the name English Heritage) will look after, on behalf of the nation, the National Heritage Collection. That includes more than 400 historic sites across England including Stonehenge, Dover Castle and some of the best preserved parts of Hadrian's Wall. What will this mean for the millions of visitors English Heritage sites attract every year? Will these changes be enough to sufficiently increase visitor numbers to meet the organisation’s repair bill? Anna Eavis is curatorial director of English Heritage. Simon Jenkins is a journalist and deputy chairman of English Heritage from 1985 to 1990.


The official target of keeping global temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius has come under fire from a lead author of the International Panel on Climate Change.  She’s Petra Tschakert, from Pennsylvania State University. Our Science reporter Tom Feilden asked her what was wrong with the target.


The new edition of the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature is published today. It is the first time is has been for over 30 years.  The amendments show just how significant those three decades have been for children’s books, with 900 new entries added to it, including Mr Magnolia, The Cat in the Hat, Terry Pratchett, and Quidditch. Its editor, David Hahn, says “you can make a case that more has happened in the last 30 years in children’s books than in all the years before.” Daniel Hahn is editor of the new edition of The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature. Francesca Simon is author of the popular Horrid Henry series of children's books.

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