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Investigators searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared with 239 people on board have said all security checks were followed. Malaysia's civil aviation chief said two passengers travelling on stolen passports - one issued by Italy and the other by Austria - were "not Asian-looking men". Meanwhile, samples of oil taken from a slick in the South China Sea came from a ship, not the missing aircraft, it has been confirmed. 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.
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 is well enough to continue, and his lawyer Barry Roux says 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.
By Andy Bruce DARLINGTON, England (Reuters) - Britain will find it harder to enjoy a solid export-based recovery if sterling strengthens any more, Bank of England deputy governor Charlie Bean said on Monday in a rare comment by the central bank on the level of the pound. Bean also cautioned against getting "too hung up" about exactly when the central bank will raise interest rates from their record low 0.5 percent, after financial markets and other policymakers pointed to spring 2015 as a possibility. ...
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a soldier was found at Clive Barracks in Shropshire. The 32-year-old, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was discovered at the barracks in Tern Hill at 9am on Saturday morning. Detective inspector Steve Tonks, of West Mercia Police, said: "We have made an arrest in connection with the death. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: "We are assisting West Mercia Police with their inquiries.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London will take a production of Hamlet to North Korea next year as part of a vast world tour, it said on Monday.
Pc Blakelock curled up in a ball and screamed for help as a mob hacked him to death during the Broadwater Farm riots, an eyewitness has told the Old Bailey.
A parliamentary committee has taken the unusual step of summoning an education minister back to give more evidence, after describing her response to its report into Sure Start children's centres "inadequate".
"Caution" has been urged on new figures suggesting that the number of workers on zero-hours contracts has increased threefold since 2010.
The number of cases of the highly-contagious scarlet fever have soared to a 24-year-high, figures show.
A road in a key transport-link town is to be closed over fears that a sinkhole exists deep under the surface.
By Eveline Danubrata and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam (Reuters) - T he disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board. Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The area of the search would be widened from Tuesday, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters. A senior police official told Reuters that people armed with explosives and carrying false identity papers had tried to fly out of Kuala Lumpur in the past, and that current investigations were focused on two passengers who were on the missing plane with stolen passports.
Russell Crowe's epic £75m ($125m) film Noah has been banned in three Arab countries on religious grounds. Noah, who in the Bible's Book of Genesis built the ark that saved his family and many pairs of animals from a great flood, is revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The National Media Council (NMC), the UAE body responsible for approving films, said Noah, directed by Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky,"conflicts with (many) religions". "Out of respect for these religious sentiments, we are banning the film," said Juma Obaid al Leem, director of the Media Content Tracking Department at the NMC.
A notorious drug lord falsely reported dead in 2010 has been killed in a Mexican shootout.
A group of UN-mandated investigators launch a probe Monday of human right violations in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
US President Barack Obama is to hold talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House as part of the diplomatic efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis peacefully. Wednesday's meeting sends a clear signal to Moscow that the US considers Mr Yatsenyuk and his interim government to be legitimate. The White House said Mr Yatsenyuk's visit would "highlight the strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine" in the face of the "ongoing military intervention in Crimea". The meeting between Mr Obama and Mr Yatsenyuk will take place just days before a planned March 16 referendum on whether Crimea should break away from Ukraine and join Russia.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has submitted a request to settle permanently in Switzerland, a spokeswoman said on Monday. The 50-year-old former oil tycoon was granted a three-month Schengen visa by Switzerland at the end of last year and arrived by train in Basel from Berlin at the start of January to take his two youngest sons back to school. A spokeswoman for Khodorkovsky confirmed he had submitted a request for permanent residency in Switzerland, but she declined to give any further details on where exactly he was hoping to make his home. ...