A multiple dwelling explosion has triggered a building collapse and fire in New York City, killing at least one person and injuring 15 others. Witnesses reported hearing a large explosion in an apartment building around 9am. Eoin Hayes, 26, said the explosion shook his entire apartment building.
Footage has emerged of relatives furious at the lack of progress in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people. Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said the search had been extended to cover the South China Sea and Strait of Malacca. "Each day that passes I fear that the search and rescue becomes just a search, but we never give up hope." :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight at 4.30pm.
Aviation experts told Sky News pilot suicide is a possible explanation, although Malaysia Airlines chiefs say there is "no reason to believe" crew had anything to do with the Boeing 777-200's disappearance. As the mystery deepened, Australian aviation consultant Neil Hansford accused the Malaysian government of not telling the full story of what happened. He told Sky News: "I'm finding in any interviews I'm doing with Malaysians, there is a fair bit of spin, there's a fair bit of denial of the boarding procedures and the manifest checking with the stolen passport list, and inconsistencies all the time. "I think you're now finding the Malaysian authorities have got a lot to answer for."
Ed Miliband has effectively ruled out an EU in-out referendum, saying there would only be a vote in the event of a significant Brussels power grab. The key initiative from the Labour leader is what he calls a "new lock" which means no in-out referendum unless there is a transfer of powers from the UK to the EU. However, he pointed out there were no current proposals for such a transfer of powers so it is unlikely any Labour government would introduce an EU membership vote. In a speech in central London on Wednesday morning he said: "Now, there are no current proposals from other countries for such a transfer of powers.
A bill of rights should be created to govern the Internet in the wake of revelations about the depth of government surveillance, the inventor of the World Wide Web said on Wednesday.
Chinese maths teachers are to come to England to give masterclasses in the subject as part of a fresh bid to boost standards.
Scotland coach Scott Johnson on Wednesday announced a 13-man shortlist of backs from which he will select seven for his side's final Six Nations game against Wales on Saturday.
Billionaire financier George Soros warned on Wednesday that Britain could suffer job losses if it decides to leave the European Union (EU). Political wrangling over Britain's role in the EU escalated earlier, with the opposition Labour party saying a vote on membership was unlikely this decade if it won power in next year's election, contrasting with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron's promise for an in or out vote by the end of 2017. Soros, in London to promote his book "The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?", was asked his view on Britain leaving the 28-member bloc.
Sire de Grugy recorded a fairytale win on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday as he landed the feature race Queen Mother Champion Chase, giving jockey Jamie Moore his first ever win at the meeting.
Publicist Max Clifford ordered a teenage girl to strip in his office telling her she could be the next Jodie Foster, a court has heard. Jurors listened as the woman described how Clifford had charmed her by telling her: "You could be the UK version of Jodie Foster." She said Clifford had spent several minutes persuading her to take her clothes off, reminding her of how he had seen her in a bikini during a recent Spanish holiday where they had first met. Initially, she had been reluctant to meet him but then she arranged to visit him at his central London office after receiving a call from a man named Terry Miller, who the prosecution say was really Clifford.
Britain will stand firm against attempts to delegitimise or boycott Israel, Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs in Jerusalem on Wednesday, shortly before Palestinian militants fired at least 25 rockets at the Jewish state.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to spend £20 million kitting out the UK's new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
The Attorney General is to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling that he has unlawfully prevented the public seeing letters the Prince of Wales wrote to government ministers.
Discount retailer Poundland's remarkable rise in Britain was capped on Wednesday as it debuted on the London stock market -- largely unnoticed by customers browsing the piles of chocolate and bottles of detergent in its shops.
Gaza militants have fired more than 50 rockets at southern Israel and are still firing them, an Israeli security source told AFP on Wednesday.
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two buildings collapsed in an explosion in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, killing at least one person, injuring at least 17 and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, witnesses and officials said. We had no idea what was going on," said Robert Pauline, 56, a Columbia University data processor whose apartment six blocks away was rocked by the explosion. Another nearby resident, Chasity Bergos, 23, said she received worried calls from friends who "woke up thinking it was an earthquake." Police spokesman Martin Speechley said the cause of the explosion was under investigation. Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed to the scene, where a cascade of twisted and burnt metal blocked the sidewalk and covered parked cars.
Two residential buildings in Manhattan collapsed in an explosion on Wednesday, killing two women and injuring at least 17 other people as a serious fire spewed out thick smoke, officials said.
An eleventh-hour effort is being made aimed at averting a fresh crisis over Ukraine ahead of a breakaway vote in Crimea. US Secretary of State John Kerry is travelling to London to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday. Mr Kerry has said he will present Mr Lavrov a "series of options" in a bid to resolve the dispute. The frantic diplomatic effort comes ahead of a critical referendum in Ukraine's southern region of Crimea on whether to join Russia.
Oscar Pistorius was on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a court has heard, contradicting his previous claims. South African police forensic expert Johannes Vermuelen knelt down in court and swung Pistorius’ cricket bat at the door as part of a reconstruction of the night in question. :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm. Pistorius is charged with the murder of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot through the locked toilet door on Valentine's Day last year.