China is stepping up its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, five days after the Beijing-bound flight disappeared without a trace. We have to look at every possibility," civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said. The plane was last detected by civilian authorities off Malaysia's east coast, but military data reportedly suggested the jet was on the other side of the country. But there was confusion after Malaysia's air force chief Rodzali Daud denied saying that the military last tracked the plane in that area, over the Strait of Malacca.
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.
The bathroom in which Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius has been reconstructed in court. Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in court, said: "The courtroom is packed with people, with the reconstruction of the murder scene sitting in the corner next to the witness stand. :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm. Colonel JG Vermeulen, a forensic investigator who examined the scene, is now giving evidence.
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. Refusing to guarantee a referendum, the key initiative from the Labour leader is what he calls a "new lock: there would be no transfer of powers from the UK to the EU without a referendum on our continued membership of the EU". The Labour leader views a referendum as an unattractive, as well as an unlikely option. Labour has been under pressure to address the referendum question from the moment David Cameron promised that a Conservative government would offer the British people a vote in 2017.
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.
Richard Farrell, who has been in custody at Shrewsbury police station since his arrest at the weekend, is due to appear at Telford Magistrates' Court. The soldier, whose rank has not been confirmed, is charged with killing Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment. The victim's brother, Jason McNeill, paid tribute to his sibling, who was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim.
Insurance giant Prudential said on Wednesday that net profits slumped by nearly 40 percent last year, as it suffered from turbulence in emerging markets.
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.
Ed Miliband has faced a backlash from Labour Eurosceptics after effectively ruling out a referendum unless Brussels makes a grab for fresh powers, something he made clear was "unlikely" before 2020.
Holders Bayern Munich kept their hopes alive of becoming the first team to retain the Champions League trophy while Atletico Madrid also progressed to the quarter-finals of this season's competition on Tuesday.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party on Tuesday pledged to hold a vote on the country's membership of the European Union only if the bloc legislated to transfer more powers from London.
London stocks opened on a weak note Wednesday taking cue from the dismal performance in New York and Asia overnight.
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".
A man who has been on death row for a quarter of a century has walked free after his murder conviction was overturned. Glenn Ford, who was found guilty over the 1983 killing of jeweller Isadore Rozeman, was exonerated after new evidence came to light. As he walked out of a maximum security prison in Angola, Louisiana, the 64-year-old said: "My mind is going in all kinds of directions but it feels good." The overturning of his conviction and sentence by a judge was based on new information that corroborated his claim that he was not present or involved in Mr Rozeman's death, Mr Ford's lawyers said.
Ukraine's prime minister heads for talks Wednesday with US President Barack Obama aimed at winning vital aid and moral backing amid Crimea's plans to join Russia in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
The bloodiest days of Ukraine's revolution are still shrouded in a dark mystery that is shaking the new government even as it struggles to defend national unity in the face of Russian expansionism.
By Yara Bayoumy and Sylvia Westall DUBAI/KUWAIT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's fierce campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, already on the run in its Egyptian birthplace, has divided a Gulf Arab bloc, causing discomfort in some member states where the Islamist group is embedded in daily politics. Feuding with Qatar over Islam's place in a turbulent Arab world, Riyadh recalled its ambassador from Doha last week and branded the Brotherhood, a Qatari ally, a terrorist group. Saudi Arabia has swung firmly behind the Egyptian military, which deposed President Mohamed Mursi last year after mass protests against the Brotherhood leader. Riyadh has since pumped billions of dollars into Egypt's creaking economy.
Michael Schumacher is showing "small signs of encouragement" more than two months after his skiing accident, according to his agent. But Sabine Kehm said the former F1 star still faces a long fight to recover after suffering brain damage in a skiing accident.