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Investigators say a yellow object seen floating in the sea is not a life raft from the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared with 239 people on board. Earlier reports of debris spotted in the South China Sea, including an aircraft door, have not been confirmed, while a possible sighting of a section of the plane's tail has been ruled out. Tests are also being carried out on oil from two slicks in the South China Sea, which may finally provide answers for relatives of those on board.
The brother of one of the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight has said he will "not give up hope", despite a warning from officials to expect the worst. Tom Wood's brother Philip was among three Americans on board flight MH370 when it disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Also on board the Boeing 777-200 was Paul Weeks, a New Zealander who survived the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in 2011. Many of the 239 passengers on the plane were from China, where a group of families have signed a statement, demanding Malaysia Airlines "publicise the truth" about what happened to the plane.
Oscar Pistorius has thrown up in court as details of the post-mortem examination of Reeva Steenkamp are read out. Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in court, said: "Oscar Pistorius is making regular loud retching noises and appears to be vomiting as details of post-mortem examination are read out." She said a court official lifted a microphone away from Pistorius to "lessen the sound". The judge has repeatedly asked whether Pistorius was well enough to continue, and his lawyer Barry Roux has said he wants the evidence to carry on.
The discovery of changes in the blood may signify the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease and scientists have developed a new test which could detect if a person will develop dementia within three years. For the first time, they have shown differences in blood biomarkers between those with Alzheimer's before symptoms occur and those who will not develop it. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC examined 525 participants aged 70 and over and monitored them for five years. One of the study's authors, Professor Howard Federoff, said: "We consider our results a major step toward the commercialisation of a preclinical disease biomarker test that could be useful for large-scale screening to identify at-risk individuals."
Worried scientists said Sunday they had found four new ozone-destroying gases in the atmosphere, most likely put there by humans in the last 50-odd years despite a ban on these dangerous compounds.
A two-year-old poodle called Ricky won the Best in Show award at the Crufts festival, the world's largest annual dog show that this year attracted more than 21,000 entrants.
The size of the UK economy will surpass its pre-recession peak by the summer, according to an upgraded forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce. The business lobby group believes the UK will grow by 2.8% this year and that the second quarter will see gross domestic product rise to the level seen in the first quarter of 2008. The group's director general, John Longworth, said Britain's economic recovery is gaining momentum. "Businesses across the UK are expanding and creating jobs, and our increasingly sunny predictions for growth are a testament to their drive and ambition," he said.
Partially-sighted Kelly Gallagher has won Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal with victory in the Women's Super-G. The 28-year-old and her guide Charlotte Evans were the first skiers out on the Rosa Khutor course in Sochi and clocked one minute 28.72 seconds. Jade Etherington won bronze with the help of guide Caroline Powell for her second medal of the competition. Britain has had athletes in every Winter Paralympics since the first event in 1976, but had never won gold.
X Factor singer Ray Quinn on Sunday said he was "absolutely privileged" after being voted the last-ever champion of ITV's Dancing on Ice.
(This corrected version of the story fixes first paragraph in Sunday story to indicate questioning is this week, not next week, on Tuesday) By William Schomberg and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Mark Carney faces probably his toughest questioning so far as Bank of England governor on Tuesday when lawmakers will seize on a foreign exchange scandal to press their demands for tighter oversight of the central bank. Carney arrived from Canada last July as an outsider with a mandate to shake up the 320 year-old institution, from monetary policy to its relationship with the powerful banks of the City of London. A group of influential members of parliament wants Carney to change the way the BoE polices itself too. Their long-standing frustrations with what they say is the Bank's outdated governance system broke out again last week when the BoE suspended an official amid an internal review into whether Bank staff turned a blind eye to possible manipulation of key rates by foreign exchange traders.
Oxford is the UK's least affordable city, a study finds, because homes there cost 11 times the average local wage. According to the report, by Lloyds Bank, the average cost of a property in the university city was almost £341,000. Winchester, Truro, Bath and Brighton made up the top five list of "least affordable" places to live, while Westminster in central London came in seventh place. Although property prices in Westminster are among the highest in the UK, relatively high earnings in the heart of London stopped Westminster from coming higher on the list.
The youngest Briton to fight in World War I was just 12 years old -- but Sidney Lewis' identity remained a secret for almost a century until the chance discovery of faded documents revealed his extraordinary story.
GlaxoSmithKline has lifted its stake in the group's Indian subsidiary to 75 percent, the British drugmaker said on Monday.
A South African court blocked all live broadcasts Monday of graphic post-mortem details of Oscar Pistorius's slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the star sprinter's murder trial.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A North Korean-flagged tanker has finished loading crude at the Libyan rebel-controlled port of Es Sider but has not yet left the terminal, Libyan oil officials said on Monday. Libya's government has threatened to bomb the Morning Glory should the tanker try sailing off with crude from the eastern port, one of three seized by armed protesters demanding a share of oil revenues and political autonomy. "The tanker has finished loading but is still anchored in Es Sider," a senior oil official said. ...
The chief suspect in the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway will be extradited to the US - but only after he completes a prison sentence for murder in 24 years. Joran van der Sloot is serving 28 years in Peru after being convicted of killing 21-year-old Peruvian student Stephany Flores, who he met in a Lima casino. A decree published in Peru's official gazette says he will be extradited in 2038 under an indictment in US District Court in the state of Alabama. Ms Holloway vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba on May 30, 2005.
A group of nuns kidnapped in a Syrian village were freed Monday, part of a rare prisoner swap in a three-year war whose brutality is highlighted in a new Amnesty report.
Malaysia said Monday it was sending ships to investigate a sighting of what could be a life raft, as an international rescue force searched for traces of an aircraft carrying 239 people to China which vanished two days ago.