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The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Bob Crow, has died at the age of 52 after suffering a suspected heart attack. Mr Crow was taken to hospital after reportedly complaining of feeling unwell on Monday but died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 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.
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.
A gunman shot dead a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul on Tuesday in an unexplained daylight murder that shocked the small international community living in a city on alert ahead of elections.
Britain's fourth-biggest grocer Wm Morrison saw its sales decline worsen over the last three months as it continued to lose market share to hard discounters Aldi and Lidl, industry data showed on Tuesday. Market researcher Kantar Worldpanel said Morrisons' sales fell 3.2 percent in the 12 weeks to March 2 compared with the same period the year before, with its market share contracting to 11.1 percent from 11.8 percent. Its sales had declined 2.5 percent in the 12 weeks to February 2, Kantar said last month. Over the key Christmas period Morrisons was by far the worst performer among Britain's so-called "big four" grocers, which also includes market leader Tesco, Wal-Mart's Asda and J Sainsbury.
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.
Maoist rebels killed at least 16 people in a massive attack on security forces in central India Tuesday, less than a month before the country holds a general election.
Oscar Pistorius was passionate about guns, a friend testified Tuesday, telling the court how the Paralympian had fired a gun through a sunroof and again inside a crowded restaurant.
Deposed Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych has insisted he remains his country's legitimate president. And as commander-in-chief of the military, Mr Yanukovych said, he was sure soldiers would not "obey criminal orders". Speaking in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, the pro-Kremlin ex-leader of Ukraine remained unswayed in his argument that "extremists" had taken power in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Making his first appearance since fleeing his country last month, Mr Yanukovych told journalists that a presidential election set for May 25 would be illegal.
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.