China is stepping up its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, five days after the Beijing-bound flight disappeared without a trace. We have to look at every possibility," civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said. The plane was last detected by civilian authorities off Malaysia's east coast, but military data reportedly suggested the jet was on the other side of the country. But there was confusion after Malaysia's air force chief Rodzali Daud denied saying that the military last tracked the plane in that area, over the Strait of Malacca.
Malaysia Airlines is investigating claims the co-pilot on its missing plane invited two women into the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago.
As the search for Flight MH370 continues, we answer 13 questions about the disappearance and what could have happened.
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. Refusing to guarantee a referendum, the key initiative from the Labour leader is what he calls a "new lock: there would be no transfer of powers from the UK to the EU without a referendum on our continued membership of the EU". The Labour leader views a referendum as an unattractive, as well as an unlikely option. Labour has been under pressure to address the referendum question from the moment David Cameron promised that a Conservative government would offer the British people a vote in 2017.
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.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party on Tuesday pledged to hold a vote on the country's membership of the European Union only if the bloc legislated to transfer more powers from London.
London stocks opened on a weak note Wednesday taking cue from the dismal performance in New York and Asia overnight.
By Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - Security firm G4S missed annual profit forecasts on Wednesday and took a raft of heavy charges related to restructuring and a troubled British tagging contract that has further hit its reputation. After a disastrous 2012, in which it failed to provide enough guards for the London Olympics, G4S's attempts to restore its reputation have been undermined by more woe in 2013, the most notable being a ban on winning new British government work after it was found to have overcharged on a contract to tag offenders.
The only known specimen of the first official banknote issued in Australia, uncovered in Scotland, is expected to fetch at least Aus$250,000 (US$224,000) at an auction in Sydney this month, officials said Wednesday.
Forced to choose between food and their books, Bulgarian and Romanian students in Britain are hitting back at the government's decision to suspend their financial lifeline.
Australia has no plans to change its flag, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said, adding there is little public appetite for removing the British Union Jack from the national symbol.
The bathroom in which Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius has been reconstructed in court. Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in court, said: "The courtroom is packed with people, with the reconstruction of the murder scene sitting in the corner next to the witness stand. :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm. He brought out the cricket bat Pistorius used to break down the bathroom door.
By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - An elegant 1940s square in an affluent area of the Venezuelan capital has become a charred battleground at the heart of violent protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. A couple of months back, Plaza Altamira was hosting book fairs, food festivals and open-air concerts around its landmark obelisk. Children played, and lovers sat round a fountain in one of Caracas' most pleasant open-air spaces. Now though, the protesters have made the square their base of operations, with a militant hard core battling security forces most evenings.
China will step up its hunt for corrupt officials who have fled abroad, confiscate illegal assets of overseas fugitives and stop suspect offenders leaving the country, as it intensifies the fight against graft, state media said on Wednesday, citing the country's top prosecutor. Cao Jianming, the head of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, said China will "work more closely with judicial organs abroad to expand channels and measures to hunt those who have fled and to recover ill-gotten gains", the China Daily newspaper said. China has long grappled with the problem of so-called "naked officials", the term for government workers whose husbands, wives or children are all overseas, have used their foreign family connections to illegally move assets or avoid probes. The estimated number of mainland officials and their family members shifting assets offshore varies among academics, with some putting it at more than 1 million in the past five years.
Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition has risen thanks to her prominent role in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the stand-off with Russia over Ukraine, according to a new poll released on Wednesday. Merkel's conservatives were up 2 points at 42 percent in the Forsa poll for Stern magazine and broadcaster RTL and her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners rose 1 point to 23 percent. "The chancellor, who is in constant contact with U.S. President (Barack) Obama and Russian President (Vladimir) Putin, continues to be perceived as a crisis manager," said Forsa chief Manfred Guellner. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, from the SPD which formed a coalition with Merkel late last year, has also played a high-profile role in diplomatic attempts to resolve the conflict over Russia's occupation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
By Emma Farge BAMAKO (Reuters) - President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won power with a pledge to resurrect a "strong and united" Mali from the ashes of a war against Islamists militants yet six months later he has done little to heal the wounds of the conflict. Elected with a reputation as a strongman, Keita has focused on restoring control over Mali's army after a March 2012 coup. The putsch plunged Mali into chaos that allowed Islamists to seize the north, forcing France to intervene in its ex-colony. Restoring stability to north Mali is a crucial step in stamping out al Qaeda cells and traffickers operating in the arid Sahel belt south of the Sahara.
By Stuart Grudgings and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC, Vietnam (Reuters) - The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded on Wednesday to cover a swathe of Southeast Asia, from the South China Sea to India's territorial waters, with authorities no closer to explaining what happened to the plane or the 239 people on board. Vietnam briefly scaled down search operations in waters off its southern coast, saying it was receiving scanty and confusing information from Malaysia over where the aircraft may have headed after it lost contact with air traffic control. The seas off India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also being combed for traces of the lost jet.
By Noe Torres SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The runner-up in El Salvador's presidential election asked the electoral tribunal on Tuesday to annul the tight contest and threatened to go to the Supreme Court if necessary. Norman Quijano of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) trailed Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in Sunday's vote by 0.22 percentage points, or fewer than 7,000 votes. "We cannot allow such a blatant fraud," said Prudencia Aparicio, a 25-year-old owner of a cake shop. "WE HAVE BEEN ROBBED" After Arena filed a petition with the tribunal, Quijano said that he doubted the electoral authority would accept his challenge and that he would probably have to take his complaint to El Salvador's Supreme Court.