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Thai police say an Iranian man bought the airfares for two men who boarded a missing plane with stolen passports. Nearly three days after the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people vanished between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, a search operation involving several countries has found no sign of the aircraft. Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman earlier said the pair were "not Asian-looking men". Thai Police Lt Col Ratchthapong Tia-sood has revealed that a travel agency in the beach resort of Pattaya, Grand Horizon, sold the tickets for the two men to an Iranian man known only as Mr Ali.
Other relatives have shouted at airline officials, even throwing plastic bottles. Many are angry with Malaysia Airlines for the lack of information but there is anger, too, with the Chinese authorities, with some saying they want senior government officials to visit them. Maira Elizabeth Nari, the daughter of chief steward Andrew Nari, wrote on Twitter: "God, the only thing I want is my father. Guo Qishun, whose son-in-law was on the missing plane, said: "We don't want to go to Malaysia now.
Oscar Pistorius has thrown up in court as details of the post-mortem examination of Reeva Steenkamp were read out. Sky's Alex Crawford tweeted from court: "Oscar Pistorius is making regular loud retching noises and appears to be vomiting as details of post-mortem examination are read out." The judge repeatedly asked whether Pistorius is well enough to continue, and his lawyer Barry Roux said he wanted the evidence to carry on. Sky's Martin Brunt said: "He's cut a pretty sorry figure in the dock.
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.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray survived the determined challenge of young Czech Jiri Vesely Monday to reach the fourth round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters.
The number of cases of highly-contagious scarlet fever has hit a 24-year peak, according to new figures. Health officials were notified of 868 cases of the bacterial illness in the four weeks to February 23 compared to an average of 444 cases over the last four years. Public Health England (PHE) said the increase has taken place in most parts of England apart from the North West. A report into scarlet fever outbreaks said: "Routine monitoring of surveillance data has identified widespread increases in scarlet fever notifications in February 2014, beyond those seasonally expected.
Theresa Riggi, who killed her three children in an Edinburgh flat in 2010, has been found dead at a high security hospital. The 49-year-old was jailed for 16 years for killing her children, twins Gianluca and Austin, aged eight, and five-year-old Cecilia. After killing the three children, Riggi was badly injured after creating a gas explosion and jumping from the second floor balcony of the property. When emergency services arrived, Riggi was also found to have stab wounds which were believed to have been self-inflicted.
A woman had her arm mauled and broken during a second dog attack in the same city in just 24 hours.
The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons sexually abused young men in parliament and at a Conservative party conference, a court heard on Monday.
British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the first visit of his premiership to Israel this week, officials said Monday.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dubbed Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second-leg clash at holders Bayern Munich as "Mission Possible" as they attempt to over-turn a two-goal deficit.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is to appear before a disciplinary commission on Tuesday after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler.
By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said on Monday. The death of Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, brought to at least 21 the total number of fatalities in five weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government. "She was ambushed by extreme right-wing groups ... She was vilely murdered with a shot in the eye," Alexis Ramirez, the governor of Merida state, told reporters, blaming the killing on unidentified demonstrators in the Andean city. Students and militant opponents of Maduro have been maintaining street barricades in various cities since last month, demanding the president's resignation and solutions to problems of rampant crime and economic shortages.
The Swedish government has condemned an attack over the weekend in which four people were wounded, saying violence by far-right groups was hurting the country's image. Four people were beaten and cut in a fight in the early hours of Sunday in the city of Malmo after a march to celebrate International Women's Day, police said. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a statement: "Incidences of nazism and racism besmirch much of what people think is good about Sweden. "You can't exclude the possibility that there is a Swedish Anders Breivik among these groups and it is SAPO's duty to investigate them," he told Sweden's national news agency, referring to the Norwegian who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun attack in 2011.
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. experts say Libya has become a primary source of illicit weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles, which have been trafficked to at least 14 countries and are fuelling conflicts on several continents, Rwanda's U.N. envoy said on Monday. Rwandan Ambassador Eugene Gasana, chair of the U.N. Security Council's Libya sanctions committee, briefed the 15-member council on the final report of the independent panel of experts who monitor violations of the world body's sanctions regime. A U.N. arms embargo was imposed on Libya at the start of an uprising in 2011 that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.
By Nelson Renteria and Michael O'Boyle SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A former Marxist rebel commander's tiny lead in El Salvador's presidential election is irreversible, the country's electoral tribunal said on Monday even as his right-wing challenger declared he was the real winner. Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a rebel group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in the 1980-92 civil war, claimed victory on Sunday after preliminary results showed he won 50.11 percent support. Challenger Norman Quijano, the 67-year-old former mayor of San Salvador and candidate of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) party, had 49.89 percent support. "We put our technical teams to work all night, which is why I can tell you with certainty that the result of this election is irreversible," Eugenio Chicas, head of El Salvador's electoral tribunal, told reporters.
Japan on Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away 18,000 victims, destroyed coastal communities, and sparked a nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power.
Nato will fly surveillance aircraft through Polish and Romanian airspace to monitor the situation in Crimea; Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft based at Waddington in Lincolnshire and Geilenkirchen in Germany, and flown solely by the RAF, will track Russian troop and flight movements over an area of 312,000 square miles. In reality, the aircraft don't need to be flown over Poland or Romania, as three Awacs flying in co-ordination could cover most of central Europe. If Russian jets were to make an incursion into Nato-controlled airspace, they could be intercepted by US F-16s operating in Lithuania as part of Nato's east European air policing operation.