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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.
Bob Crow left school at 16 and took a job as an apprentice track worker. The 52-year-old was born in east London on June 13, 1961, and moved with his family to Essex as a toddler. He became one of the most high-profile, left-wing union leaders of his generation, sparking as much anger among passengers hit by rail and Tube strikes as praise from his members for winning pay rises. His first job was on London Underground as an apprentice track worker and he soon became involved in union activity, becoming a local representative at the age of 20 for what was then the National Union of Railwaymen.
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. The development came as rescue teams enlarged 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.
The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran in retaliation for a US strike on an Iranian passenger plane, a documentary has claimed.
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By Brenda Goh and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of Britain's Co-operative Group, Euan Sutherland, has offered to resign after a tumultuous 10 months in the job, saying he believes the mutual group is 'ungovernable', a source close to the matter said. Sutherland's intention to quit the group, whose businesses include a bank, supermarkets and funeral homes, sparked an emergency board meeting on Monday to discuss reforming its unwieldy governance structure to bring a higher level of corporate experience to the highly indebted group. Sutherland's resignation letter follows his outburst on the group's social network Facebook at the weekend that accused unidentified board members of seeking to undermine him by leaking details of his 3.7 million pound pay package - more than double his predecessor - to the media.
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.
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.
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.
A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday. In addition to assisting Mali in its war against Islamists, France sent troops four months ago to the majority Christian Central African Republic, where predominantly Muslim "Seleka" rebels seized power a year ago. The al Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a well-known Islamist website, created six posters as part of a campaign it dubbed, "We will not be silent, O France," SITE said.
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.
Ukraine's Crimea peninsula voted on Tuesday for full independence from Ukraine ahead of a referendum to join Russia while France threatened sanctions against Moscow as early as this week.
By Niluksi Koswanage and Eveline Danubrata KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's military believes a jetliner missing for almost four days turned and flew hundreds of kilometres to the west after it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a senior officer told Reuters on Tuesday. In one of the most baffling mysteries in recent aviation history, a massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has so far found no trace of the aircraft or the 239 passengers and crew. Malaysian authorities have previously said flight MH370 disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for the Chinese capital Beijing. It made it into the Malacca Strait," the senior military officer, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters.