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The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Bob Crow, has died at the age of 52 after suffering a suspected heart attack. Mr Crow was taken to hospital after reportedly complaining of feeling unwell on Monday but died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who regularly sparred with Mr Crow, said he was a "fighter and a man of character". :: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.
One of two men who used false passports to board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was an Iranian asylum seeker and not believed to belong to a terrorist group, say police. The development came as rescue teams enlarged their search for the aircraft to include a vast area on the west peninsula of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight MH370 at 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm, and 8.30pm. But Malaysian police have said that one of the two men was an 19-year-old Iranian asylum seeker trying to reach Germany.
Oscar Pistorius "laughed" after firing his gun through the sunroof of a car while with friends, a court has heard. He said he asked Pistorius if he was " ******* mad". :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm. He denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran in retaliation for a US strike on an Iranian passenger plane, a documentary has claimed.
More than half of women drink more than the recommended limits during the first three months of pregnancy, a study suggests.
African elephants can differentiate between human languages and move away from those considered a threat, a skill they have honed to survive in the wild, researchers said.
The Queen musical "We Will Rock You" is to close in its London home after 12 straight years, producers said Tuesday.
A quarter of all available shares in Manchester United on the New York Stock Exchange have been bought by a US investment firm, it has emerged. The club's investor relations website confirmed that Baron Capital now owns 24% of the stock, representing a total 2.5% stake in the club. The Glazers, who purchased United in 2005, still retain a 90% stake. On its website, Baron said it remained positive on United's prospects, despite a slump in form on the pitch since the departure of club manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the 2012/13 season.
A woman who alleged Max Clifford attempted to indecently assault her went on to describe him as a "dirty old b******" and a "pervert" to colleagues, a court has heard. A friend and former colleague of the woman told Southwark Crown Court that the alleged victim described the assault taking place after she had met Clifford at a Wimpy bar in south-west London when she was 14. The witness said Clifford appeared on television at their office around six years ago and another colleague commented that he was a "lovely man". The alleged victim then recounted the 1966 incident in Morden.
The alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets is "as serious as" the Libor rate rigging scandal that rocked the financial sector, Bank of England governor Mark Carney said Tuesday.
A gunman shot dead a Swedish-British journalist at close range in central Kabul on Tuesday in an unexplained daylight murder that shocked foreign residents living in a city on high alert ahead of elections.
By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Regulators should deal quickly with allegations that banks have rigged the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market to avoid harming Britain's reputation as a financial centre, a top industry official said on Tuesday. Chris Cummings, chief executive of finance sector lobby group The CityUK, said the sooner the allegations are dealt with the better for London, which accounts for 40 percent of the global currency market. The global investigation into manipulation allegations centre on the so-called "London fixing" that is set daily. Our reputation as a leading financial centre is built on good business and clean business," Cummings said.
A Westminster worker thought "Oh God! He's doing it to me now!" after "drunk" MP Nigel Evans put his hand down the back of his trousers in a pub, a court heard.
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor (Reuters) - In the year since his surprise election, Pope Francis has raised so many hopes of imminent changes in Church teaching that managing all those expectations is going to be a challenge. The Argentine-born pontiff has caught world attention by suggesting he might ease the Catholic Church's strict rules on divorce, birth control, married or women priests and gay unions. Off-the-cuff comments such as "who am I to judge?" about gays has contrasted with the more distant style of his predecessors John Paul and Benedict. But while his words and public appearances have struck a chord with many Catholics, anyone hoping for a quick turnaround on those headline-grabbers is likely to be disappointed, said Boston College theologian Richard Gaillardetz.
By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet will take over the presidency of Chile on Tuesday in a ceremony loaded with symbolism, promising to stick to her tax-and-spend campaign pledges despite a sharp economic slowdown. Bachelet will accept the presidential sash from Senate head Isabel Allende, the daughter of deposed socialist president Salvador Allende, whose overthrow in 1973 ushered in the seventeen-year dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Returning to Chile's top job after a spell with the United Nations, Bachelet heads a coalition that ranges from moderate leftists to communists. Her swearing-in in the port city of Valparaiso, the seat of Chile's Congress, will be attended by presidents from around the region, with the notable exception of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who was due to come but cancelled at the last minute, according to local media.
A senior US senator on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of illegally searching computers of Senate staff members who were investigating a CIA interrogation program.
:: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight MH370 at 4.30pm, 6.30pm, and 8.30pm. The plane's manifest contained 12 crew from Malaysia and 227 passengers from 14 different countries: 153 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French, three Americans, two each from Iran (both travelling on fake passports), New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada, and 1 each from Russia, Taiwan and Netherlands. Among the passengers was a 19-strong group of prominent artists returning from an exhibition in Malaysia. Four areas of investigation are focused on the possibility of human involvement: hijacking, sabotage, psychological problems or personal problems with passengers or crew.
Ukraine's Crimea peninsula voted on Tuesday for full independence from Ukraine in preparation for a referendum to join Russia while France threatened sanctions against Moscow as early as this week.
Rahul Gandhi, the heir to the dynasty that leads India's ruling party, on Tuesday compared opposition leader Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler - his sharpest attack yet on a rival who is forecast to beat him in an upcoming general election. Modi, the pro-business candidate for prime minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has topped several opinion polls as the most popular choice to head the next government. He has electrified the campaign with promises of getting India out of its economic downturn and creating jobs for its burgeoning young population. He has denied wrongdoing and India's Supreme Court did not find enough evidence to prosecute him.
Up to a million children are trapped in areas under siege in Syria, more than twice as many as 12 months ago, according to a Unicef report. The report - called Under Siege, the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria - tells the story of children whose lives have been devastated by the three-year-old war. "For Syria's children, the past three years have been the longest of their lives. The report warns that the future of those children inside Syria and living as refugees in neighbouring countries hangs in the balance as violence, the collapse of health and education services, severe psychological distress and the worsening economic impact on families take their toll.