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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 missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to include a vast area on the west peninsula of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. Inspector General of Police Khalid Tan Sri said: "To date we have uncovered two passengers which was travelling on a stolen passport. The new search area, well beyond the projected flight path of the plane, was confirmed by Malaysia Airlines on Tuesday morning as they continue to look at the possibility the plane attempted to turn back towards Kuala Lumpur.
The pathologist who conducted a post-mortem examination on Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend has given his evidence at the athelete's murder trial.
The chief executive of the Co-operative Group, Euan Sutherland, has quit amid continuing turmoil at the mutual, Sky sources say. It was understood that he had resigned on a point of principle and cited the Group's structure as 'ungovernable'.
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.
Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans used his "power and influence" to sexually assault men despite being warned about his behaviour, a court has heard. The prosecutor said Evans used his position to abuse seven young men, even raping one of them last year, in the belief that his standing meant no one would complain about him. Prosecuting, Mark Heywood QC said: "Mr Evans was spoken to.
London equities rose at the start of trading Tuesday, as markets clawed back some of the heavy losses of the previous session when shares plunged on gloomy economic data from Asia.
Britain's Co-operative Group's chief executive Euan Sutherland has offered to resign in a letter in which he describes the member-owned group as "ungovernable", the BBC reported on Tuesday. The BBC said Sutherland, who joined in May last year, had written a resignation letter and that the board was trying to persuade him to stay. The Co-op, a well-known high street presence with banks, supermarkets and funeral homes, has been rocked in the past year by the discovery of a 1.5 billion pound ($2.5 billion) capital hole in its banking arm and a drugs scandal involving the unit's ex-chairman, Methodist minister Paul Flowers. In response, Sutherland wrote a post on the Co-op's Facebook page on March 9 saying that the leak had come from the group's boardroom, and that there appeared to be "disaffected people who are determined to make life difficult and embarrassing for The Co-operative." He said the remuneration report was still not finalised.
The number of cases of highly contagious scarlet fever has hit a 24-year peak, according to new figures. Public Health England (PHE) said the increase had been recorded in most parts of England apart from the North West. A report into scarlet fever outbreaks said: "Routine monitoring of surveillance data has identified widespread increases in scarlet fever notifications in February 2014, beyond those seasonally expected. A PHE spokeswoman said there are seasonal rises in scarlet fever between December and April each year.
London will on Tuesday host a meeting of international partners to discuss possible sanctions on Russia following its incursion into Ukraine.
British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the first visit of his premiership to Israel this week, officials said.
The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons sexually abused young men in parliament and at a Conservative party conference, a court has heard.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping for deja vu when the Gunners face Bayern Munich away in Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second-leg clash.
Men dressed in police uniforms are said to have snatched and torn passports belonging to pro-Ukrainians amid allegations of voter intimidation in Crimea. The Mayor of the Crimean capital, Simferopol, has told Sky News gangs of men have reportedly demanded documents from anyone suspected of intending to vote against Crimea becoming part of Russia in a referendum on March 16. He told Sky News: "On the way to work, I was stopped by two policemen. "In my district, I saw groups of men, some dressed in uniforms, going from house to house checking passports.
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is expected to lift a state of emergency in Bangkok, almost two months after it was imposed to quell anti-government protests, because of pressure from businesses and in light of improving security, a top official said on Tuesday. Protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and end what they see as the pervasive influence of her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, have been on the streets for four months. Twenty-three people have been killed, most of them in shootings and grenade blasts, since late November and the bloodshed is scaring tourists away from Bangkok. National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr said there was a "very high chance" the emergency in Bangkok and some surrounding areas would be lifted soon.
North Korea announced on Tuesday the winners of an election to its Supreme People's Assembly, including a senior army man whose re-election will dispel talk that he had been purged by leader Kim Jong Un. Since Kim executed his powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek in December for treason speculation has been rife that the young leader was running a ruthless campaign to purge the secretive state's old elite. The list of winners, however, did offer a glimpse of who was in favour, and who has lost out since the 31-year-old Kim succeeded his late father, Kim Jong Il in late 2011. The re-election of Choe Ryong Hae, the political chief of the North's military, and the man generally considered only second in rank to Kim, laid to rest talk that he may have run foul of the young leader.
By Andrew Osborn and Natalia Zinets SEVASTOPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - A pro-Russian force opened fire in seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Monday and NATO announced reconnaissance flights along its eastern frontiers as confrontation around the Black Sea peninsula showed no sign of easing. Ukrainian activists trying to cross into Crimea to show solidarity with opponents of last week's Russian military takeover there said they were halted by men in uniforms of the now outlawed riot police. With diplomacy at a standstill, Russia said the United States had spurned an invitation to hold new talks on resolving the crisis, the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War - although Washington said later a meeting of foreign ministers was possible this week, if Moscow shows it is ready to "engage". The U.S.-led NATO defence alliance said AWACS early warning aircraft, once designed to counter feared Soviet nuclear missile strikes, would start reconnaissance flights on Tuesday over Poland and Romania to monitor the situation in Ukraine, flying from bases in Germany and Britain.
A decade on, Spain remembers Tuesday as the day Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers ripped asunder four packed commuter trains, killing 191 people, as its security forces now grapple with new and emerging jihadist threats.
Malaysian police said Tuesday one of two suspect passengers who boarded a missing passenger jet was an Iranian illegal immigrant, as relatives of some of the 239 people on board said they were losing hope for a miracle.