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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.
The brother of one of the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight has said he will "not give up hope", despite a warning from officials to expect the worst. Tom Wood's brother Philip was among three Americans on board flight MH370 when it disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Also on board the Boeing 777-200 was Paul Weeks, a New Zealander who survived the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in 2011. Many of the 239 passengers on the plane were from China, where a group of families have signed a statement, demanding Malaysia Airlines "publicise the truth" about what happened to the plane.
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.
By Andy Bruce DARLINGTON, England (Reuters) - The Bank of England could keep interest rates lower for longer if sterling strengthens much more, the Bank deputy governor Charlie Bean said on Monday, in a rare comment by the central bank on the level of the pound. Bean said that sterling's current level was "fine", but that Britain would find it harder to enjoy a solid export-based recovery if the currency strengthened any more. He also cautioned against getting "too hung up" about exactly when the central bank will raise interest rates from their record low 0.5 percent, after financial markets and other policymakers pointed to spring 2015 as a possibility. In a speech to local businesses in Darlington, northeast England, Bean said there were clear signs Britain's economy was on the mend, but that it was "early days" and the trade deficit needed to narrow to put growth on a more solid footing.
Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans used his "power and influence" to sexually assault men despite being warned about his behaviour, a court 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".
Gordon Brown has made his first intervention in the Scottish independence debate by calling for a better power-sharing deal with Westminster. The former prime minister said that there should be a Bill of Rights clearly setting out the arrangements between Scotland and the UK parliaments. Speaking in Glasgow Mr Brown said: "The majority of Scottish people do not want separation but equally they do want change, not the status quo. Mr Brown was campaigning under the United for Labour banner, rather than the cross-party Better Together one fronted by Alistair Darling and which has been criticised by some as being lacklustre.
David Cameron has announced plans to introduce 5G to the UK - opening the possibility of downloading movies in just one second. It currently takes an average of one hour to download a two-hour HD film using 3G, while the four million people with 4G in the UK have to wait 40 seconds. 5G technology does not currently exist but its creation is a step closer after Mr Cameron announced the UK would collaborate with Germany on the next generation of wireless internet.
By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - The British government named outsourcer Capita as the preferred bidder for a 10-year, 400 million pound ($669 million) contract to manage its military estate on Monday, gaining an edge over rival Serco. The move comes as a blow to embattled rival Serco, which had hoped to win the contract to help ease fears over the state of its relationship with the British government following a series of high profile contract failures. The Ministry of Defence instead said it had chosen a consortium, led by Capita, as the front runner to work on overhauling the 21-billion pound Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) which accounts for 1 percent of the country's land mass. The Ministry of Defence said the contract has the potential to deliver substantial savings of up to 300 million pounds a year from the DIO's 3.3 billion pounds annual running costs.
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 soldier has been arrested on suspicion of murdering another serviceman at an Army barracks over the weekend.
CCTV footage of a ram raid on a computer store has been released by police hunting thieves who made off with video game consoles. A stolen black Vauxhall Vectra estate was twice driven into the roller shutters of the premises, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Shots have been reportedly fired from automatic rifles by Russian troops while taking over a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea. Sky's Ian Woods in Moscow said: "We don't know whether opening fire means in the same context as that famous incident last week when Ukrainians marched to an airbase which was in Russian hands and some Russian guards opened fire in the air just to attract their attention and halt their progress. The development came as Russia said it had drawn up proposals for resolving the Ukraine crisis to send to the US. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the proposals aimed to "resolve the situation on the basis of international law and take into account the interests of all Ukrainians without exception" - but gave no specific details.
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.
The Taliban on Monday vowed to target Afghanistan's presidential election, urging fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces before the April 5 vote to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.
Violence in the Central African Republic has forced almost all of the country's Muslim minority to flee amid fears the conflict could turn into ethnic cleansing, a top UN official warned Monday.
A decade after Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers blew apart four Madrid commuter trains, killing 191 people, Spain's government warned the country remains a target.
By Feras Bosalum and Ulf Laessing 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 two sides seemed to be heading for military confrontation after a North Korean-flagged tanker finished loading crude worth $30 million (18 million pounds) at rebel-held Es Sider port despite a government threat to bomb the ship. Western powers worry the North African country will slide deeper into chaos or even break apart as the government struggles to control militias who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority. Parliament ordered the formation of a military force made up of regular soldiers and allied militias from across Libya to free the ports, which previously handled a total of more than 700,000 barrels of oil per day.