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The last words from the cockpit of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been revealed as the search for the aircraft widens to new areas. India has now been asked to help scour the Andaman Sea, off Malaysia's west coast, authorities said during a separate news conference in Kuala Lumpur. Defence and Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said the search was also covering the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca. Malaysia's air force chief confirmed 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 on Saturday - 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. :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight at 6.30pm. 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.
A multiple dwelling explosion has triggered a building collapse and fire in New York City, killing at least one person and injuring 15 others. Witnesses reported hearing a large explosion in an apartment building around 9am. Eoin Hayes, 26, said the explosion shook his entire apartment building.
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. The key initiative from the Labour leader is what he calls a "new lock" which means no in-out referendum unless there is a transfer of powers from the UK to the EU. However, he pointed out there were no current proposals for such a transfer of powers so it is unlikely any Labour government would introduce an EU membership vote. In a speech in central London on Wednesday morning he said: "Now, there are no current proposals from other countries for such a transfer of powers.
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.
The on-off boyfriend of model Kelly Brook has been fined after crashing a van of dead badgers into a bus stop during a cull in Gloucestershire. David McIntosh - a former Royal Marine who has also appeared on the TV show Gladiators - had been hired to transport the animals in September last year. "Between his time acting, modeling and celebrity personal training David couldn't let go of the action and danger he was accustomed to as a Royal Marine and still works in various hot spots around the world as a hired security operative fighting Terrorism and Piracy in Africa," it adds. A Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman said: "We are aware that David McIntosh pleaded guilty today to driving without due care and attention and driving other than in accordance with a licence, following a road traffic collision in September last year.
Big serving Canadian Milos Raonic powered past fifth-seeded Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters.
A House of Commons worker who claims he was sexually assaulted by MP Nigel Evans has accused the Conservative Party of failing to deal adequately with his complaint about the incident. Mr Evans, a former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, is on trial at Preston Crown Court accused of nine charges, including one of rape. One of the seven alleged victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said he had been staying at Mr Evans' constituency home and was sleeping on the sofa when he woke up to find the MP had his hand inside his boxer shorts. In the following days he told then-Tory whip Michael Fabricant MP about the incident.
Publicist Max Clifford ordered a teenage girl to strip in his office telling her she could be the next Jodie Foster, a court has heard. Jurors listened as the woman described how Clifford had charmed her by telling her: "You could be the UK version of Jodie Foster." She said Clifford had spent several minutes persuading her to take her clothes off, reminding her of how he had seen her in a bikini during a recent Spanish holiday where they had first met. Initially, she had been reluctant to meet him but then she arranged to visit him at his central London office after receiving a call from a man named Terry Miller, who the prosecution say was really Clifford.
Lionel Messi was partnered by Neymar in attack as there were no surprises in Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino's side for the Catalans' Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Manchester City on Wednesday.
A man snared by an internet "paedophile hunter" after being duped into believing he was meeting a young girl for sex took his own life just days after police had questioned him.
A young man who demanded MP Nigel Evans resign after allegedly sexually molesting him was told "it can't be done" before the general election by the Tory chief whip, a court has heard.
A same-sex couple who lost a legal fight to marry eight years ago will become the first in the UK to have their union legally recognised.
Malaysia denied that the hunt for a missing jet was in disarray after the search veered far from the plane's planned route and China said that conflicting information about its course was "pretty chaotic".
By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - France's justice minister on Wednesday defied calls for her to quit after it emerged that she knew former President Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was being tapped, apparently contradicting an earlier statement from her. Sarkozy's opposition conservatives accuse the government of using the surveillance, ordered as part of a party funding inquiry, to discredit them before this month's local elections in which President Francois Hollande's Socialists risk losing ground. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira dismissed that accusation on Monday, saying she had not been informed about the phone-tapping before Le Monde newspaper revealed it last week. Barely 24 hours later, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault acknowledged on television late on Tuesday that he and Taubira did know of the surveillance.
Israeli warplanes hit a number of targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday night in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state earlier, Palestinian eyewitnesses said.
By Martin Santa and Aleksandar Vasovic BRUSSELS/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - The EU agreed a framework on Wednesday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many had expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the effort to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea. The EU sanctions, outlined in a document seen by Reuters, would slap travel bans and asset freezes on an as-yet-undecided list of people and firms accused by Brussels of violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the measures would be imposed on Monday unless diplomatic progress was made. Shares in Moscow dropped 2.6 percent and the central bank was forced to spend $1.5 billion to prop up the rouble as investors confronted the prospect that Russia could face unexpectedly serious consequences for its plans to annex Crimea.
By Dasha Afanasieva and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Riot police clashed with demonstrators in several Turkish cities for a second day on Wednesday as mourners buried a teenager wounded in protests last summer, unrest which a defiant Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan cast as a plot against the state. Police fired water cannon, tear gas and rubber pellets on a major Istanbul avenue to stop tens of thousands of people chanting anti-government slogans from reaching the central Taksim square. Berkin Elvan's death on Tuesday after nine months in a coma touched off the worst unrest in Turkey since the nationwide anti-government demonstrations last June, adding to Erdogan's woes as he battles a graft scandal that has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power. Alevis are a religious minority in mainly Sunni Muslim Turkey who espouse a liberal version of Islam and have often been at odds with Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government.
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will resign on Thursday to become campaign director for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ageing independence leader who is running for re-election, a source close to the presidency said on Wednesday. Bouteflika, 77, registered his candidacy for the April 17 vote last week, one of the few times he has spoken in public since suffering a stroke last year that has raised opposition questions about his ability to govern. Sellal will be replaced as premier by Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi, the source told Reuters. Backed by the National Liberation Front (FLN) party and the army, Bouteflika is almost assured five more years in power.