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The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Bob Crow, has died at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack. The news was followed by tributes from across the political spectrum to a man viewed in his lifetime by some as a working class hero and by others simply as a force for disruption. London mayor Boris Johnson, with whom Mr Crow had traded numerous blows, said: "Bob Crow was a fighter and a man of character. Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone paid tribute to Mr Crow saying that his work had a huge influence on young people coming up through the trade union movement and would create a "better generation of trade union leader in the future".
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. It came as search and rescue teams expanded 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. Darren Fresco, identified by witnesses as being with the runner on two occasions when a gun was fired in public, told North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria the gunshot was fired with "no warning" and made him "flinch" and "duck down". He said he asked Pistorius if he was " ******* mad". 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.
Industrial output across Britain rose by only 0.1 percent in January compared with activity in December, as stormy weather affected North Sea energy production, official data showed on Tuesday.
Singer Cheryl Cole is set to return as a judge on TV talent show X Factor after signing a reported £1.5 million deal, it was revealed on Tuesday.
One of Britain's highest-profile union leaders, Bob Crow, died suddenly on Tuesday, just weeks after leading the latest train drivers' strike to cause havoc on London's underground railway. The Rail Maritime and Transport workers' union (RMT) said Crow, 52, died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. "It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our general secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning," the union said in a statement. An imposing, stocky man with a penchant for wearing duffel coats and flat caps, Crow was a larger-than-life character and one of the "awkward squad" of left-wing British union leaders who have come to power since the turn of the century.
One of Britain's most powerful and militant trade union leaders, Bob Crow, who led strikes that shut down the London Tube on numerous occasions, died on Tuesday at the age of 52, his union announced.
By David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney signalled he was not concerned that Britain's economy was close to overheating, despite a strong recovery since last year, putting himself in the dovish camp among policymakers. Speaking to lawmakers on Tuesday, Carney said the amount of spare capacity in the economy was probably slightly more than 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, suggesting the BoE can hold off on raising interest rates for longer. Carney also said Britain's natural rate of unemployment could be less than the Bank has estimated, meaning the labour market can strengthen further without pushing up inflation.
One Direction, Katy Perry and Kings Of Leon are among dozens of stars backing a new scheme to encourage young people to help fight global poverty. Music fans will be able to win tickets through a points system after registering with the scheme, by performing a variety of actions such as signing petitions, sharing content via social networking sites and contacting their local MPs about issues involving food and hunger. The 1D boys said: "We are absolutely proud to join so many amazing artists to inspire people to take action to end extreme poverty." Around a fifth of the world's population is estimated to be affected by extreme poverty.
A High Court judge has described a compensation scheme set up to cater for victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile as a "sensible and pragmatic" attempt at solving a "complex situation".
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ruled out any deal with the Palestinians unless they recognise Israel as the Jewish state and give up their refugees' right of return.
By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent U.N. sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued on Tuesday said. It said North Korea was also making use of more complicated financial countermeasures and techniques "pioneered by drug-trafficking organisations" that made tracking the isolated state's purchase of prohibited goods more difficult. The report, compiled by a panel of eight U.N. experts, is part of an annual accounting of North Korea's compliance with layers of U.N. sanctions imposed in response to Pyongyang's banned nuclear weapons and missile programmes. "From the incidents analysed in the period under review, the panel has found that (North Korea) makes increasing use of multiple and tiered circumvention techniques," a summary of the 127-page report said.
Ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday said that he was still the country's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, predicting he would be able to return to Kiev soon.
Fifteen years have passed since the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland joined the NATO military alliance, a decision the ex-Soviet satellites now see as fortuitous given today's Ukraine standoff between Russia and the West.
Malaysian police said Tuesday one of two suspect passengers who flew on a missing passenger jet was an Iranian illegal immigrant, as relatives of some of the 239 people on board said their hopes for a miracle were ebbing away.
A man convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Sergio Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, California, was accused of pointing a green laser 13 times more powerful than typical devices at a Fresno Police Department helicopter in 2012. The helicopter had been called to an apartment building where an emergency helicopter for a children's hospital had also reported being targeted by a laser. Prosecutors said Rodriguez aimed his laser at police on purpose, and in December he was found guilty of attempting to interfere with the safe operation of an aircraft and aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.
By Ayman al-Warfalli ES SIDER, Libya (Reuters) - A North Korean-flagged tanker that loaded crude oil at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya is now in international waters, rebels at the harbour and a state oil company official said on Tuesday. If confirmed, the news would be a huge embarrassment for the government after top officials including Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said late on Monday the navy had seized the tanker and would escort it to a harbour controlled by Tripoli. The tanker had docked on Saturday at Es Sider, one of three ports controlled by rebels who want to sell oil independently to get a greater share of Libya's mineral wealth. The Libyan navy and oil-related government officials contacted by Reuters declined to comment.