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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.
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 were read out.
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 Bank of England will delay raising interest rates from their record low 0.5 percent if sterling strengthens further, deputy governor Charlie Bean said on Monday. Bean said in a question and answer session after a speech that sterling's current level was fine, but that a further appreciation might cause the BoE to undershoot its 2 percent inflation target over the medium term. "If sterling appreciated, it would potentially reduce inflation because import prices would be weaker ... so we would be more likely to undershoot the inflation target in the medium term, and that would mean we would need to keep policy looser for longer than would otherwise be the case," he said.
LONDON (Reuters) - British outsourcer Capita was named as the preferred bidder for a 10-year contract to manage the government's 21 billion pound ($35 billion) military estate, gaining an edge over rival Serco to the post. The move comes as a blow to embattled rival Serco, which had hoped to win the contract to help ease fears over the state of its relationship with the British government following a series of high profile contact failures such as the tagging of criminals. ...
CCTV footage of a ram raid on a computer store has been released by police hunting thieves who made off with video game consoles. A stolen black Vauxhall Vectra estate was twice driven into the roller shutters of the premises, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Former deputy speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans used his "powerful" influence to sexually assault seven young men, a court has been told.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a soldier was found at a barracks in Shropshire.
Pc Keith 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 crew of injured and able-bodied servicemen who completed the gruelling task of rowing across the Atlantic have been congratulated by Prince Harry.
Singer Harry Styles has won permanent High Court orders against four members of the paparazzi in his legal battle to end the "crazy pursuit" of him.
A decade after Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers blew apart four Madrid commuter trains, killing 191 people, Spain's government warned the country remains a target.
By Feras Bosalum and Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues. The two sides seemed to be heading for military confrontation after a North Korean-flagged tanker finished loading crude worth $30 million (18 million pounds) at rebel-held Es Sider port despite a government threat to bomb the ship. Western powers worry the North African country will slide deeper into chaos or even break apart as the government struggles to control militias who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority. Parliament ordered the formation of a military force made up of regular soldiers and allied militias from across Libya to free the ports, which previously handled a total of more than 700,000 barrels of oil per day.
Colombian voters showed lukewarm support for peace talks with guerrillas by giving the country's president a majority in Congress, but also electing his conservative rival, ex-president Alvaro Uribe, to the senate.
Russia has drawn up proposals for resolving the Ukraine crisis to send to the US. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the proposals aimed to "resolve the situation on the basis of international law and take into account the interests of all Ukrainians without exception". The minister met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the creation of an "international contact group" on Ukraine - an idea that has been floated by Germany to increase dialogue between Western powers and Russia. Mr Lavrov said he had invited US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Russia, but his US counterpart wanted to postpone the visit.
A notorious drug lord falsely reported dead in 2010 has been killed in a Mexican shootout.
By Helen Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos heads into presidential elections for a second straight term with his lead all but certain, even while seats for his ruling coalition were trimmed in a congressional vote that cemented his fiercest rival as the main opposition, results showed on Monday. With most of Sunday's congressional vote counted, Santos' backers had won enough seats in the Senate and lower house to support ongoing peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels and provide a snapshot of national support for the centre-right president. ...