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.
Footage has emerged of relatives furious at the lack of progress in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people. Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, 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." :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight at 2.30pm.
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."
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.
A former Conservative councillor has told Preston Crown Court he had to help physically restrain the former deputy speaker Nigel Evans to stop him indecently assaulting a man during a party conference. Jurors heard Mark Formosa was drinking in the No. 10 bar of Blackpool's Imperial Hotel in 2003 when he saw Mr Evans getting closer and closer to a younger man. "I saw the younger man thrashing about wildly from side to side, trying to wrench himself free from Evans' grip," Mr Formosa said. Evans, 56, is on trial accused of one count of rape, two of indecent assault and six of sexual assault.
King Digital Entertainment, the British developer behind the wildly-addictive mobile game Candy Crush, said on Wednesday that it could be valued at up to $7.6 billion in its eagerly-awaited upcoming flotation.
Tesco, the world's third-largest retailer, expects to source more clothes from Ethiopia, but wants the nascent industry there to uphold high ethical standards as global chains seek to prevent factory disasters like those seen in Bangladesh. "Ethiopia is a very exciting potential country to grow a supply chain but needs to grow up to be a well regulated, ethical new industry," Giles Bolton, ethical trading director at Tesco, told the Retail Week Live conference on Wednesday. Hennes & Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, said in January it saw good opportunities for producing clothing in sub-Saharan Africa, as it seeks to diversify from relying on Asian sourcing. The Swedish company is one of the biggest buyers of garments from Bangladesh, where the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory last April killed more than 1,100 people, drawing global attention to the poor conditions in many Asian factories.
Britain could face around 11.5 gigawatts (GW) of power plant capacity going off line by the end of 2023 due to tighter European Union pollution rules, Reuters calculations based on government data show. EU power plant operators have had to inform their relevant environment regulator about which stations will not install emissions-cutting technology to comply with the so-called EU Industrial Emissions Directive from 2016. Britain's Defra published a list of operators which have requested the opt-out on Wednesday, but has said they can change their minds up until January 1, 2016.
Britain's minimum wage is likely to rise faster than inflation for several years to come, so long as the economy continues to improve, the body which advises Britain's government on the topic said on Wednesday. Earlier in the day the government agreed to the Low Pay Commission's recommendation for a 3 percent increase in Britain's minimum wage this year to 6.50 pounds ($10.80), which will be the first above-inflation increase since 2008. "Provided the economy continues to improve we expect to recommend further progressive real increases in the minimum wage, so that 2014 will mark the start of a new phase of bigger increases," said David Norgrove, who chairs the commission. Finance minister George Osborne said in January that he would like to see the minimum wage rise faster than inflation, after several years in which Britons' living standards have fallen in real terms.
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.
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday voiced opposition to boycotts of Israel, in an address to parliament on the first day of an official visit to the Holy Land.
By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy will grow faster than any other G7 nation in coming quarters, but the Bank of England will not raise interest rates until next year to avoid choking off the recovery, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. The poll of over 50 economists, taken this week, suggested Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) will grow 0.6 percent per quarter through to September 2015. If those forecasts are met, Britain's economy will be back to its pre-crisis size by the end of June and be the fastest growing amongst the group of seven major industrialised nations. "The story on the UK remains very positive, with business surveys pointing to robust activity, confidence indicators bouncing strongly, credit growth strengthening and asset prices rising," said James Knightley at ING.
An eleventh-hour effort is being made aimed at averting a fresh crisis over Ukraine ahead of a breakaway vote in Crimea.
A residential building in Manhattan exploded and collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring 17 others as a serious fire engulfed the area in thick smoke, officials said.
Palestinian militants fired at least 25 rockets at Israel on Wednesday, a senior Israeli security source told AFP, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Russia and the United States on Wednesday to help revive stalled peace talks aimed at ending Syria's three-year-old civil war, saying it was time to put an end to the bloodshed that has torn Syria apart. "Syria is now the biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world, with violence reaching unthinkable levels," Ban's press office said in a statement issued on the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising. "Syria's neighbours are bearing the increasingly unbearable humanitarian, security, political and socio-economic effects of this conflict," the statement said. With the Syrian conflict now entering a fourth year this week and more people fleeing the war, the United Nations has warned that Syrians are about to replace Afghans as the world's largest refugee population.
A residential building in Manhattan exploded and collapsed on Wednesday, injuring at least 15 people and sparking a serious fire as thick smoke engulfed the area, officials said.
By William James JERUSALEM (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Iran's government as a "despotic regime" in a speech to Israel's parliament on Wednesday and accused Tehran of making "despicable" efforts to arm Palestinian militants. His address to the Knesset was staunchly pro-Israeli, and he delighted his hosts by claiming Jewish ancestral roots and talking tough on Iran, which is in negotiations with world powers on curbing its contested nuclear ambitions. "I share your deep scepticism and great concern about Iran," Cameron said. "I am not starry eyed about the new regime," he added, referring to the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani, seen as a relative moderate in Iran.