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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. Mr Crow was taken to hospital after reportedly complaining of feeling unwell on Monday but died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who regularly sparred with Mr Crow, said he was a "fighter and a man of character". :: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.
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.
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.
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.
A woman who alleged Max Clifford attempted to indecently assault her went on to describe him as a "dirty old b******" and a "pervert" to colleagues, a court has heard. A friend and former colleague of the woman told Southwark Crown Court that the alleged victim described the assault taking place after she had met Clifford at a Wimpy bar in south-west London when she was 14. The witness said Clifford appeared on television at their office around six years ago and another colleague commented that he was a "lovely man". The alleged victim then recounted the incident.
The Co-op said today it has accepted the resignation of chief executive Euan Sutherland after less than a year at the helm.
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.
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.
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.
Pakistani judges hearing treason charges against Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday adjourned his formal indictment to the end of the week after an official report said the former military ruler's life was under threat.
By Mehmet Emin Caliskan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Police and protesters clashed in Turkey's two biggest cities on Tuesday following the death of a 15-year-old boy who suffered a head injury during anti-government demonstrations last summer. Berkin Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles in Istanbul between police and protesters on June 16 after going out to buy bread for his family. Police fired tear gas and water cannon in the capital Ankara to disperse more than 2,000 people, mainly students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTU), who blocked a main highway to protest against the teenager's death. Police also used tear gas in Istanbul after a crowd outside the hospital where Elvan died began pelting a police minibus with objects.
Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Tuesday landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) of over half a year, which saw the Olympic torch paraded in space.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee did not hack into CIA computers to obtain an internal report on interrogations and detentions, the committee chairwoman said on Tuesday. Senator Dianne Feinstein, in a scathing statement on the Senate floor aimed at the CIA's handling of the documents, said she had "grave concerns" that the agency's search of the committee's computers was illegal.
By Siva Govindasamy, Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Investigators trying to solve the disappearance without trace of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner face an extremely rare challenge that could hinder their efforts: they lack the powers of a formal air safety investigation. Malaysian officials are conducting their own informal investigations, in cooperation with other governments and foreign agencies, but they lack the legal powers that would come with a formal international probe under U.N.-sanctioned rules. A senior official familiar with the preliminary Malaysian probe said Malaysian authorities could not yet convene a formal investigation due to a lack of evidence on where - namely, in which national jurisdiction - the Boeing 777-200ER jet crashed. "There have been no issues in getting that information." But Southeast Asian waters are rife with territorial disputes, and any decision by Malaysia to unilaterally open a formal investigation under U.N. rules could be seen as a subtle assertion of sovereignty if the crash site turns out to be inside another country's territory.
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.