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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.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a soldier was found at a barracks in Shropshire.
Rebekah Brooks was asked to approve cash payments to public officials for stories such as a wife-swapping mayor, the phone-hacking trial has heard.
Hollywood stars Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston will compete for the best actor honour at this year's O livier Awards, but there is no room for Daniel Radcliffe on the shortlist.
A teenager has been charged with the murders of two men found stabbed in a car, Scotland Yard said.
Labour is including a £5.5bn "jobs guarantee" in its manifesto under which the long-term unemployed will be told to take up taxpayer-subsidised work or lose their benefits. The party is to fund the policy with a tax on bankers' bonuses and by reducing the rate of pension tax relief among higher earners to 20% from 45%. Labour had initially pledged the jobs guarantee scheme for one year when it was first unveiled in January , however, now it will run until 2020, if the party is successful in 2015.
By Andy Bruce DARLINGTON, England (Reuters) - Britain will find it harder to enjoy a solid export-based recovery if sterling strengthens any more, Bank of England deputy governor Charlie Bean said on Monday in a rare comment by the central bank on the level of the pound. Bean 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. ...
Nine MPs and two former MPs have been named as prosecution witnesses in the trial of the former deputy speaker Nigel Evans, who is accused of sex assaults against seven men. Among them are House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and the former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik. Also named were MPs Sarah Wollaston, Michael Fabricant, Alexander John Randall, Conor Burns and Tom Blenkinsopp, and the former MP Adam Pryce. On the first day of the trial of the Conservative MP for Ribble Valley, the jury at Preston Crown Court was told by the judge to put political views out of their minds when considering the case.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London will take a production of Hamlet to North Korea next year as part of a vast world tour, it said on Monday.
Iran on Monday criticised European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton over an "unsanctioned" meeting she held with rights activists, although newspapers hailed her weekend visit to Tehran.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of a United Nations inquiry said on Monday it was seeking to establish who should face prosecution for killings and other crimes in Central African Republic in order to halt for good bloodshed that has raised fears of genocide. "We want to present to the Security Council a complete file so that the appropriate action can be taken," Bernard Acho Muna, who chairs a commission of inquiry set up by the U.N. Security Council in December, told a news briefing. "The Central African Republic has had many coup d'etats. And basically after each coup d'etat there is reconciliation, and nobody is held accountable and then in the end we have people sitting in the cabinet, in government with blood on their hands and this has never helped the situation." Muna, a former judge in Cameroon, said that a team of U.N. investigators would arrive in Bangui on Tuesday to begin interviewing Christian and Muslim victims of attacks, senior political and military officials and activist groups.
US President Barack Obama is to hold talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House as part of the diplomatic efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis peacefully. Wednesday's meeting sends a clear signal to Moscow that the US considers Mr Yatsenyuk and his interim government to be legitimate. The White House said Mr Yatsenyuk's visit would "highlight the strong support of the United States for the people of Ukraine" in the face of the "ongoing military intervention in Crimea". The meeting between Mr Obama and Mr Yatsenyuk will take place just days before a planned March 16 referendum on whether Crimea should break away from Ukraine and join Russia.
By Eveline Danubrata and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam (Reuters) - T he disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board. Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. The area of the search would be widened from Tuesday, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters. A senior police official told Reuters that people armed with explosives and carrying false identity papers had tried to fly out of Kuala Lumpur in the past, and that current investigations were focused on two passengers who were on the missing plane with stolen passports.
Russell Crowe's epic £75m ($125m) film Noah has been banned in three Arab countries on religious grounds. Noah, who in the Bible's Book of Genesis built the ark that saved his family and many pairs of animals from a great flood, is revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The National Media Council (NMC), the UAE body responsible for approving films, said Noah, directed by Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky,"conflicts with (many) religions". "Out of respect for these religious sentiments, we are banning the film," said Juma Obaid al Leem, director of the Media Content Tracking Department at the NMC.
A notorious drug lord falsely reported dead in 2010 has been killed in a Mexican shootout.