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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 the Strait of Malacca. :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight at 6.30pm. Malaysia's air force chief said military radar detected what could have been the airliner in an area in the north of the Strait of Malacca at around 2.15am local time - 45 minutes after the plane vanished from air traffic control screens.
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. :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight at 6.30pm. 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.
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.
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 man who was horrifically injured in a motorbike crash has had his face rebuilt using 3D printing technology. Stephen Power is one of the first patients in the world to have 3D printing used at every stage of the procedure.
The maker of the addictive mobile game Candy Crush hopes to raise as much as $532.8 million in a New York IPO that would value the company at up to $7.6 billion.
By Guy Faulconbridge and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - A future Labour government is unlikely to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union this decade, party leader Ed Miliband said in a political gamble that lowers the chances of Britain leaving the 28-member bloc. Seeking to define the battle lines of the 2015 election, Miliband said he wanted to fight Prime Minister David Cameron on the 'cost of living' rather than spooking businesses with the prospect of a British exit from the EU. In sharp contrast to Cameron's promise to reach a new settlement with the EU before holding an in/out vote by the end of 2017, the 44-year-old head of the opposition Labour party said he would only hold a referendum if more powers were transferred to Brussels. Such a transfer is unlikely at this stage, particularly since future European political and economic integration would probably come within the euro zone, of which Britain is not a member.
Discount retailer Poundland's remarkable rise in Britain was capped on Wednesday as it debuted on the London stock market -- largely unnoticed by customers browsing the piles of chocolate and bottles of detergent in its shops.
London shares closed lower on Wednesday as G4S tumbled after the troubled outsourcing firm revealed the impact of problems in Europe and the US, dealers said.
Ed Miliband has reaffirmed his belief that Britain's future "lies in the EU" as he made clear a future Labour government is unlikely to stage a referendum on the UK's membership in the next parliament.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to spend £20 million on parts for the UK's new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
Police have clashed with protesters in several cities across Turkey following the funeral of a teenager who died from injuries suffered during violent anti-government demonstrations last year. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to stop thousands of protesters reaching Istanbul's Taksim square, the focus of last summer's anti-government movement. Violence erupted shortly after tens of thousands of people marched alongside the funeral procession for 15-year-old Berkin Elvan. Many chanted "Berkin Elvan is immortal", while others shouted "government resign" and "murderer Tayyip", referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Ankara and Istanbul on Wednesday as tens of thousands took to the streets to mourn a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered in last year's anti-government protests.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who rushed to the scene in East Harlem, where a cascade of twisted and burnt metal blocked the sidewalk and covered parked cars, said preliminary information showed the explosion was caused by a gas leak. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this incident," the White House said in a statement.
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 30 rockets into Israel on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, in the heaviest such barrage in two years. The rocket fire, which police said caused no casualties, was claimed by the Islamic Jihad group and came a day after Israel killed three of its members in a Gaza air strike. A military spokesman said more than 30 rockets hit Israel, "in a simultaneous coordinated attack", and that eight landed in built-up areas. Israeli forces fired tank shells in response at what the spokesman described as "two terrorist locations" in the Gaza Strip.
A major explosion caused by a gas leak reduced two residential buildings in Manhattan to rubble on Wednesday, killing two women and injuring 22 people, with a number of others missing.
By Gareth Jones ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the jailing of army officers, academics and journalists on coup plot charges last year as a key moment in his drive to tame Turkey's army. The slow collapse of the "Ergenekon" case has exposed the judiciary - central to efforts to anchor democracy in Turkey - as a system in disarray, caught in a new power struggle between Erdogan and an Islamist cleric. The men include former armed forces chief retired General Ilker Basbug and other high-ranking military officers, prominent journalists, ultra-nationalist lawyers and even the convicted killers of Christian missionaries and an Ankara judge. These must surely be evaluated and innocent people should not be charged." The Ergenekon defendants were all caught up in a trial targeting nationalist, secularist opponents of Turkey's ruling AK Party that was strongly backed at first by Erdogan as well as by his then-ally Fethullah Gulen, an influential preacher.