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The Rail, Maritime and Transport union leader Bob Crow has died at the age of 52. In a brief statement the RMT said: "It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our general secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning. "RMT would request that all media respect the privacy of the friends and family of Bob Crow at this distressing time." Mr Crow died of an aneurysm and a heart attack, according to LBC radio station.
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. It came as search and rescue teams expanded 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.
One of Britain's highest-profile union leaders, Bob Crow, died suddenly on Tuesday, just weeks after leading the latest train drivers' strike to cause havoc on London's underground railway. The Rail Maritime and Transport workers' union (RMT) said Crow, 52, died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. "It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our general secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning," the union said in a statement. An imposing, stocky man with a penchant for wearing duffel coats and flat caps, Crow was a larger-than-life character and one of the "awkward squad" of left-wing British union leaders who have come to power since the turn of the century.
By David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney signalled he was not concerned that Britain's economy was close to overheating, despite a strong recovery since last year, putting himself in the dovish camp among policymakers. Speaking to lawmakers on Tuesday, Carney said the amount of spare capacity in the economy was probably slightly more than 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, suggesting the BoE can hold off on raising interest rates for longer. Carney also said Britain's natural rate of unemployment could be less than the Bank has estimated, meaning the labour market can strengthen further without pushing up inflation.
One Direction, Katy Perry and Kings Of Leon are among dozens of stars backing a new scheme to encourage young people to help fight global poverty. Music fans will be able to win tickets through a points system after registering with the scheme, by performing a variety of actions such as signing petitions, sharing content via social networking sites and contacting their local MPs about issues involving food and hunger. The 1D boys said: "We are absolutely proud to join so many amazing artists to inspire people to take action to end extreme poverty." Around a fifth of the world's population is estimated to be affected by extreme poverty.
One of Britain's most powerful and militant trade union leaders, Bob Crow, who led strikes that shut down the London Tube on numerous occasions, died on Tuesday at the age of 52, his union announced.
A High Court judge has described a compensation scheme set up to cater for victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile as a "sensible and pragmatic" attempt at solving a "complex situation".
A lost settlement which housed the Anglo-Saxon royalty who created the famous Sutton Hoo burial mounds has been unearthed.
Rail union leader Bob Crow has died, it has been announced.
By Alastair Macdonald and Andrew Osborn KIEV/SEVASTOPOL (Reuters) - Ukraine's interim leaders established a new National Guard on Tuesday and appealed to the United States and Britain for assistance against what they called Russian aggression in Crimea under a post-Cold War treaty. Blaming their ousted predecessors for the weakness of their own armed forces, acting ministers told parliament Ukraine had as few as 6,000 combat-ready infantry and that the air force was outnumbered nearly 100 to 1 by Moscow's superpower forces. There was no let-up in the war of words, with the pro-Russian regional parliament in Crimea approving a declaration of independence that will take effect if people on the Black Sea peninsula vote to unite with Russia in a referendum on Sunday.
A man convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Sergio Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, California, was accused of pointing a green laser 13 times more powerful than typical devices at a Fresno Police Department helicopter in 2012. The helicopter had been called to an apartment building where an emergency helicopter for a children's hospital had also reported being targeted by a laser. Prosecutors said Rodriguez aimed his laser at police on purpose, and in December he was found guilty of attempting to interfere with the safe operation of an aircraft and aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.
Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyers on Tuesday probed a pathologist's explosive testimony that Reeva Steenkamp ate hours before she was killed, a claim that again put the Paralympian's version of events in doubt.
By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Opposition challenger Narendra Modi's hunt for allies to emerge from India's April-May election with a coalition large enough to rule is gaining momentum, with regional politicians flocking to team up with his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Foes flock to Pied Piper Modi," read a headline in the Mail Today newspaper on Tuesday. "This is a sign of forming confidence," said Sanjay Kumar of the CSDS polling group, who sees the BJP's candidate for prime minister as the clear frontrunner heading into the five-week-long election that starts on April 7. Modi wants control over at least 272 of the 543 lower house seats at stake to form a majority government, a feat the BJP has never achieved on its own because its mainly Hindu constituency is not spread evenly across the world's largest democracy.
The U.N. anti-drugs chief has praised Iran's fight against narcotics trafficking despite what human rights groups describe as a surge in executions in the country, many of people convicted of drug-related offences. Yury Fedotov, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the Vienna-based agency opposes the death penalty and he planned to raise the issue again with Iranian officials later this week. "But on the other side, Iran takes a very active role to fight against illicit drugs," he told reporters before a international meeting in Vienna on March 13-14 on global efforts to combat narcotics. In 2012, Iran seized 388 tonnes of opium, the equivalent of 72 percent of all such seizures around the world.
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.