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By Chine Labbé and Mathieu Bonkougou PARIS/OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday. Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack. Sadly, there are no survivors," French President Francois Hollande told reporters. A column of 100 soldiers and 30 vehicles from the French force stationed in the region arrived early on Friday morning to secure the crash site near the northern Mali town of Gossi and to recover bodies, a Defence Ministry official said.
Rupert Murdoch's media empire 21st Century Fox has struck a mega deal with British satellite television group BSkyB to create a pan-European pay-TV giant, the two companies announced on Friday. BSkyB, 39-percent owned by 21st Century Fox, said it had agreed to buy Fox's 100-percent stake in Sky Italia and its 57.4-percent interest in Sky Deutschland. The new project, named "Sky Europe" by observers, is being seen as a bid by media mogul Murdoch to strengthen his European television operations as the telecommunications sector enters the market to screen live football matches featuring some the world's biggest clubs. Analysts said the deal would give 21st Century Fox an opportunity also to make a renewed bid for rival Time Warner.