German federal prosecutors called on Wednesday for a self-confessed cannibal to be sentenced to a life jail term as an appeal against his original verdict began. Armin Meiwes, 43, was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail in January last year after being found guilty of manslaughter in a trial that fascinated and appalled Germany. The trial judges rejected prosecution calls for a murder conviction, which would have carried a life term of 15 years. Germany's highest judicial court is now to decide whether his sentence should be upgraded or whether there should be a retrial.
Europe's largest no-frills airline, Ryanair, has reported a surge in first-quarter earnings, boosted by a higher number of passengers. The Irish carrier said higher customer satisfaction was behind the figures.
Libya's national oil company has warned of a possible environmental disaster after a fire broke out at an oil depot. This comes as foreign governments warned their citizens to leave the country amid fighting.
The former owners of now-defunct Russian oil giant Yukos have been awarded billions in compensation by an international arbitration court in The Hague. It said Russia's objective was to "bankrupt" Yukos.