The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been expanded to two areas, five days after the Beijing-bound flight disappeared without a trace. Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said the search had been extended to cover the South China Sea and Strait of Malacca. "Each day that passes I fear that the search and rescue becomes just a search, but we never give up hope." Malaysia's air force chief said military radar detected what could have been the airliner in an area in the north of the Strait of Malacca at around 2.15am local time - 45 minutes after the plane vanished from air traffic control screens.
Aviation experts told Sky News pilot suicide is a possible explanation, although Malaysia Airlines chiefs say there is "no reason to believe" crew had anything to do with the Boeing 777-200's disappearance. As the mystery deepened, Australian aviation consultant Neil Hansford accused the Malaysian government of not telling the full story of what happened. He told Sky News: "I'm finding in any interviews I'm doing with Malaysians, there is a fair bit of spin, there's a fair bit of denial of the boarding procedures and the manifest checking with the stolen passport list, and inconsistencies all the time. "I think you're now finding the Malaysian authorities have got a lot to answer for."
The bathroom in which Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius has been reconstructed in court. The crime scene has been rebuilt in the courtroom - including the bathroom door through which shots were fired. Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in court, said: "The courtroom is packed with people, with the reconstruction of the crime scene sitting in the corner next to the witness stand. :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm.
Ed Miliband has effectively ruled out an EU in-out referendum, saying there would only be a vote in the event of a significant Brussels power grab. Refusing to guarantee a referendum, the key initiative from the Labour leader is what he calls a "new lock: there would be no transfer of powers from the UK to the EU without a referendum on our continued membership of the EU". The Labour leader views a referendum as an unattractive, as well as an unlikely option. Labour has been under pressure to address the referendum question from the moment David Cameron promised that a Conservative government would offer the British people a vote in 2017.
A bill of rights should be created to govern the Internet in the wake of revelations about the depth of government surveillance, the inventor of the World Wide Web said on Wednesday.
Chinese maths teachers are to come to England to give masterclasses in the subject as part of a fresh bid to boost standards.
Britain's financial regulator has appointed Julia Hoggett to head supervision of investment banks, drawing on her experience as a managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Hoggett is currently managing director for debt capital markets products at Bank of America and will start her new job in early May, reporting to Will Amos, the FCA's director of wholesale banking and investment management.
David Cameron has arrived in Israel on his first visit as Prime Minister, vowing to add his weight to a US-led effort to rekindle the Middle East peace process.
Scotland's national football stadium has begun its transformation into a world-class athletics arena as the countdown to Glasgow 2014 continues.
A High Court judge is to investigate after a woman said her estranged Islamic husband was "negatively influencing" their 12-year-old son with "radical fundamentalist thought, which is associated with terrorism".
The national minimum wage is to increase by 19p an hour to £6.50 later this year, giving more than a million workers a pay rise.
Ministers' pension contributions are being pushed up by hundreds of pounds a year to share the pain of the public sector.
A 23-year-old serving soldier has been charged with murdering a corporal found dead at their barracks.
A man who has been on death row for a quarter of a century has walked free after his murder conviction was overturned. Glenn Ford, who was found guilty over the 1983 killing of jeweller Isadore Rozeman, was exonerated after new evidence came to light. As he walked out of a maximum security prison in Angola, Louisiana, the 64-year-old said: "My mind is going in all kinds of directions but it feels good." The overturning of his conviction and sentence by a judge was based on new information that corroborated his claim that he was not present or involved in Mr Rozeman's death, Mr Ford's lawyers said.
But next year is likely to be memorable for all the wrong reasons in Latin America's biggest economy. President Dilma Rousseff, or whoever wins the election, will have to make deep budget cuts, raise taxes and take other painful steps to address Brazil's growing financial imbalances. Economists currently expect Brazil's gross domestic product to grow 1.68 percent this year, and 2 percent in 2015, according to a weekly survey by the central bank. "No matter who wins (the election), it's going to be a difficult year, worse than many believe," said Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who was president from 1995 to 2003 and still retains considerable influence in financial circles as a leader of the main opposition party.
A man who spent 30 years on death row in Louisiana has walked free after a court threw out his murder conviction.
Tens of thousands of people flocked Wednesday to the funeral of a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests that swept the country, an AFP photographer said.
By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - France's opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande's justice minister to quit after it emerged the government knew that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was being tapped, contrary to her earlier statement. Sarkozy's conservatives have accused Hollande's government of using the surveillance, launched by investigators as part of a party funding inquiry, to discredit them ahead local elections later this month where ruling Socialists risk losing ground. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on Monday dismissed that accusation, saying she had not been aware of the surveillance until it was publicly revealed by Le Monde newspaper last week. But Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said late Tuesday that both he and Taubira were told of the phone-tapping last month.