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Investigators searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared with 239 people on board have said all security checks were followed. Malaysia's civil aviation chief said two passengers travelling on stolen passports - one issued by Italy and the other by Austria - were "not Asian-looking men". Asked for a description of the pair, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman added: "Do you know a footballer by the name of (Mario) Balotelli? Meanwhile, samples of oil taken from a slick in the South China Sea came from a ship, not the missing aircraft, it has been confirmed.
Three days since flight MH370 went missing and relatives in Beijing are becoming increasingly upset, frustrated and angry.
Oscar Pistorius has thrown up in court as details of the post-mortem examination of Reeva Steenkamp were read out.
The discovery of changes in the blood may signify the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease and scientists have developed a new test which could detect if a person will develop dementia within three years. For the first time, they have shown differences in blood biomarkers between those with Alzheimer's before symptoms occur and those who will not develop it. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC examined 525 participants aged 70 and over and monitored them for five years. One of the study's authors, Professor Howard Federoff, said: "We consider our results a major step toward the commercialisation of a preclinical disease biomarker test that could be useful for large-scale screening to identify at-risk individuals."
Worried scientists said Sunday they had found four new ozone-destroying gases in the atmosphere, most likely put there by humans in the last 50-odd years despite a ban on these dangerous compounds.
A two-year-old poodle called Ricky won the Best in Show award at the Crufts festival, the world's largest annual dog show that this year attracted more than 21,000 entrants.
Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans used his "power and influence" to sexually assault men despite being warned about his behaviour, a court has heard. Mark Heywood QC said: "Within the Palace of Westminster, in his constituency and in his own political party, Mr Evans was, during the decade with which you are concerned, a very well-known and powerful individual. "The prosecution case against Mr Evans is that he, often when in drink, pressed his sexual attentions on those younger men, using or trading on his position of influence." Mr Evans, who was then shadow secretary of state for Wales, was moved away by a Conservative Party Board member but returned 10 minutes later and "did exactly the same thing again".
A soldier found dead at a barracks in Shropshire at the weekend has been named as Corporal Geoffrey McNeill. The 32-year-old, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill at 9am on Saturday. Jason McNeill has paid tribute to his brother, who was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.
A soldier who was murdered at an Army barracks " served his country with the highest degree of honour and dedication", his family said today.
A woman has said she was "frozen in fear" during an alleged sex attack by Max Clifford. She was 14 years old at the time and claims Clifford, then in his 20s, offered her a lift in his car and said he had "something to show her". She told Southwark Crown Court: "He put my seat right back and then he tried to force himself upon me basically.
A man who took part in a frenzied assault on PC Keith Blakelock has told a court he saw the officer curl into a ball and scream for help. The witness was giving evidence at the trial of Nicky Jacobs, 45, who is accused of murdering the officer at the height of the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985. Using a pseudonym and with his voice digitally disguised, the man said how he saw Jacobs stab PC Blakelock several times with a machete in what was described as a "free for all". Prosecutor Richard Whittam asked: "Did he say anything?"
International powers are to meet in London tomorrow to work on drawing up a list of Russian figures who could face asset freezes and travel bans if Moscow fails to de-escalate the current crisis over Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs.
The number of cases of highly-contagious scarlet fever has hit a 24-year peak, according to new figures. Health officials were notified of 868 cases of the bacterial illness in the four weeks to February 23 compared to an average of 444 cases over the last four years. Public Health England (PHE) said the increase has taken place 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.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London will take a production of Hamlet to North Korea next year as part of a vast world tour, it said on Monday.
By Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues. The conflict over oil wealth is increasing fears that Libya may slide deeper into chaos or even splinter as the fragile government fails to rein in dozens of militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority. ...
An emotional Oscar Pistorius became physically sick in court on Monday as he listened to harrowing testimony about the autopsy of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he is accused of murdering.
By Andrew Osborn SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Unidentified armed men fired in the air as they moved into a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea on Monday in the latest confrontation since Russian military groups seized control of the Black Sea peninsula. 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. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who said he would address the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, put the blame for the crisis on Russia and accused Moscow of undermining the global security system by taking control of Crimea. Russian forces have in little more than a week taken over military installations across Crimea, home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Russian territory until Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1954.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, displaying on Monday what Israel said were seized, Iranian-supplied missiles bound for militants in Gaza, urged the West not to be fooled by Tehran's diplomacy on its nuclear programme. Netanyahu was briefed by intelligence officers during a live broadcast on the weapons and shipping documentation that connected the stockpile to Iran. Iran and Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, both hostile to the Jewish state, rejected the Israeli findings as fabrications. "(The world) wants to delude themselves that Iran has changed its intention to obtain nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said.
Iran on Monday criticised European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton over an "unsanctioned" meeting she held with rights activists, although newspapers hailed her weekend visit to Tehran.
By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - The separatist Parti Quebecois is no longer in the lead in Quebec's provincial election campaign, though it would likely win the most seats in the April 7 vote if current support holds, according to a recent poll. An Internet survey by the polling firm CROP released on Sunday night puts support for the ruling Parti Quebecois (PQ), which wants Quebec to separate from Canada, at 36 percent. This is the same level as the pro-Canada Liberal Party of Quebec, with the smaller Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) at 17 percent. ...