Relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight say they hear ringtones when they phone their loved ones. Mystery deepens »
Vietnam is scaling back its air and sea search for missing flight MH370 as China said it will step up its search and rescue efforts to include land areas.
Malaysia Airlines is investigating claims the co-pilot on its missing plane invited two women into the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago.
A friend of Oscar Pistorius who says the athlete had "a big love for weapons" is set to continue giving evidence in his murder trial. Darren Fresco told North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that Pistorius, who denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, laughed after firing a gun through the sunroof of a car. :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm. Mr Fresco recalled an occasion when Pistorius asked him to pass him his gun at a restaurant in Johannesburg on January 13 last year.
An application for a further appeal against the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber will be submitted by victims' families "within weeks", it has been revealed.
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.
Out-of-shape people are more likely to change their lifestyle and improve their health if offered a cash incentive, research has found. Newcastle University researchers looked at 16 previous studies and found sums as small as £3 could make people up to 50% more likely to make changes than with standard interventions. Newcastle University Research Associate, Dr Emma Giles, said: "This was an interesting finding and we were surprised at just how strong the effect was. Dr Jean Adams, senior lecturer in public health, said: "We were surprised how few studies we found which had looked at the impact financial incentives can have.
For the first time, all 4,000 pieces of the UK's largest treasure trove, the Staffordshire Hoard, have been brought together in secret to be analysed by experts. The Anglo-Saxon metalwork and gold was found in a field nearly five years ago by a local man with his metal detector. Deb Klemperer, curator at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, said: "Science has shown us in the last two years how exciting the workmanship is for us, in that the gold was alloyed with copper and silver to make it stronger.
Forced to choose between food and their books, Bulgarian and Romanian students in Britain are hitting back at the government's decision to suspend their financial lifeline.
Heathrow bosses due to open a new £2.5 billion terminal in a few weeks are determined not to repeat the mistakes which led to the catastrophic launch of the west London airport's Terminal 5 (T5) six years ago.
The Court of Appeal rules today on whether the Attorney General acted unlawfully when he vetoed a tribunal ruling in favour of letting the public see letters the Prince of Wales wrote to government ministers.
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.
The performer, real name Stephen Manderson, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and later rearrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in November. The 30-year-old - married to Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh - was held after police were called to an alleged robbery in Tyrwhitt Road in Lewisham, southeast London, at around 2.40am on November 3. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Stephen Manderson, aged 30, of Tyrwhitt Road, has this evening been charged with drink-driving following an incident on November 3 in Tyrwhitt Road.
Lives will be put at risk by cuts to NHS funding for mental health services, experts and doctors have warned.
By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded on Wednesday to cover an area stretching from China to the Andaman Sea, with authorities no closer to explaining what happened to the plane or the 239 people on board. Vietnam briefly scaled down search operations in waters off its southern coast, saying it was receiving scanty and confusing information from Malaysia over where the aircraft may have headed after it lost contact with air traffic control. China also said its air force would sweep land areas, although it did not specify where. "We are expanding to the east of the expected route of the flight and on land," Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Vietnam's deputy army chief of staff and spokesman for its search and rescue committee, told reporters.
Pro-Russian forces have taken over the main airport in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, leading to scores of flights being cancelled in and out of the region. It is also claimed that Crimean airspace is under the control of Russian military after soldiers were seen at the entrance to the air traffic control centre on the outskirts of the capital. At least one flight from Kiev was told to turn around in mid-air and leave Crimean airspace, according to Ukrainian sources. Passenger Demjin Doroshenko, originally from Ukraine, was on a flight told to return to Kiev.
By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the United Nation's refugee agency said on Tuesday it must be ready in case Ukraine's crisis causes refugees to flee Crimea, but his biggest worry is that "a total disaster" could occur if the international community diverts its attention away from Syria's conflict. Antonio Guterres, the head of the U.N.'s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said in an interview that little progress was being made in efforts by the United States and Russia, now at loggerheads over Ukraine, to bring Syria's warring sides together after the collapse of talks in Geneva last month. "In the moment in which we need the most relevant countries in the world to be able to come together to narrow their differences and to try to find a way to move into peace for Syria, this tension around Ukraine will obviously not help," Guterres told Reuters while visiting Washington to discuss Syria's refugee crisis.
Around 150 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a six-storey apartment building under construction in downtown San Francisco. Eyewitness Ethan Weiss wrote on Twitter it was "absolutely out of control" and his eyes were burning because of the smoke. A wall of the structure on Fourth Street collapsed around an hour later and soon afterwards a corner of the building was consumed in flames, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told the Los Angeles Times: "We are not quite contained, but we will be there in a few more hours."
The search for a missing Malaysian jet swung northwest towards the Andaman Sea on Wednesday, far from its intended flight path, exposing Malaysia to mounting criticism that its response was in disarray.
By Andrew Osborn and Alastair Macdonald SEVASTOPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalise rule from Moscow within days. With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in their bases, the new authorities in Kiev painted a sorry picture of the military bequeathed them by the pro-Moscow president overthrown two weeks ago. The prime minister, heading for talks at the White House and United Nations, told parliament in Kiev he wanted the United States and Britain, as guarantors of a 1994 treaty that saw Ukraine give up its Soviet nuclear weapons, to intervene both diplomatically and militarily to fend off Russian "aggression".