PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Investigators rule out mid-air explosion as cause of Alps crash

Weather also not to blame say French experts, who have extracted data from the black box

Citizenship

Congress ready to pass bill giving nationality to Sephardic Jews

Ancestors of those expelled in 1492 must now show links to Spain to obtain citizenship

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Rajoy: “We want to repatriate the victims in the best possible manner”

Spanish PM holds joint press conference with Hollande and Merkel near French crash site

Latin America

UK plan to upgrade Falklands military installations upsets Argentina

London believes there is a “very live threat” of invasion by Buenos Aires

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Rajoy and Mas fly together to crash site

Politicians put their differences over sovereignty aside to offer a joint response to crisis French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also on scene

Latin America

Maduro accuses Spain’s ex-PM of working as “lobbyist” for coup plotters

Venezuelan leader’s attack comes after González’s pledge to defend jailed opponents

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Authorities raise number of Spanish victims in Germanwings crash to 51

Government initially stated there were 45 people on board “with Spanish surnames” Secretary of state for security insists that this is still a “provisional” figure

Al Qaeda in Spain founder obtained citizenship through sham marriage

Group’s one-time number four used marriage of convenience to get freedom of movement

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Probe opened into offensive messages posted on Twitter

A number of users wrote insulting tweets after news of the Germanwings crash “I hope all the dead in the plane accident are Catalan,” read one example

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Three Britons among those who died on Germanwings flight

Profiles emerge of passengers on the Airbus that crashed on its route to Düsseldorf

Barcelona museum chief resigns after row over sculpture of ex-Spanish king

Dispute over inclusion of work in Macba show also prompts dismissal of two curators

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Black box from A320 damaged but will yield information, says minister

Recovery efforts restarted this morning at the crash site at first light Spain to send six police officers and civil guards to assist with the identification of victims