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Thai police say an Iranian man bought the airfares for two men who boarded a missing plane with stolen passports. Three days after the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people vanished between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, a search operation involving several countries has found no sign of the aircraft. The airline has said search and rescue teams are expanding the scope of their search beyond the plane's flight path to western Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. Malaysia's civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman earlier said the pair were "not Asian-looking men".
Oscar Pistorius faces another difficult day in court as a pathologist continues giving evidence about injuries Reeva Steenkamp suffered when the athlete shot her. Pistorius was sick in court as Professor Gert Saayman gave graphic details of a post-mortem examination he carried out on the model during his first day of evidence. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the move was needed to "respect the decency" of Ms Steenkamp and her family and friends. :: Sky News' live coverage of the trial is under way, and a special highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm.
A woman who says she has almost two stone (12 kilos) of spare skin after losing more than half her body weight is supporting new national guidelines for corrective surgery. Kerry Trotter, 39, wants a body contouring operation to remove excess skin on her stomach, arms and legs after a gastric bypass helped reduce her weight from 27 stone (171 kilos) four years ago to 11 stone (70 kilos) today.
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.
Jump racing's showpiece The Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Tuesday but the 2014 edition will be known as the 'year of the cloud' according to leading Irish trainer Willie Mullins because of a doping case involving another Irish handler.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping for deja vu when the Gunners face Bayern Munich away in Tuesday's Champions League last 16, second-leg clash.
Theresa Riggi, who killed her three children in an Edinburgh flat in 2010, has been found dead at a high security hospital. The 49-year-old was jailed for 16 years for killing her children, twins Gianluca and Austin, aged eight, and five-year-old Cecilia. After killing the three children, Riggi was badly injured after creating a gas explosion and jumping from the second floor balcony of the property. When emergency services arrived, Riggi was also found to have stab wounds which were believed to have been self-inflicted.
A British terror convict has told a New York trial he met Osama bin Laden up to 50 times and was recruited by Al-Qaeda to blow up a passenger jet.
A Russian academic embroiled in an international tug-of-love dispute with his British-based former wife has gone into hiding with their two sons in defiance of a court order, lawyers say.
World powers will meet in London today to thrash out details of sanctions to be levelled against senior Russian officials if Moscow fails to reduce tensions in Ukraine.
London will on Tuesday host a meeting of international partners to discuss possible sanctions on Russia following its incursion into Ukraine.
Human rights groups have questioned the wisdom of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London taking a production of Hamlet to North Korea, but stopped short of calling for the plan to be scrapped.
Men dressed in police uniforms are said to have snatched and torn passports belonging to pro-Ukrainians amid allegations of voter intimidation in Crimea. The Mayor of the Crimean capital, Simferopol, has told Sky News gangs of men have reportedly demanded documents from anyone suspected of intending to vote against Crimea becoming part of Russia in a referendum on March 16. He told Sky News: "On the way to work, I was stopped by two policemen. "In my district, I saw groups of men, some dressed in uniforms, going from house to house checking passports.
Dozens of ships and aircraft from multiple nations scoured an expanded swathe of Southeast Asia Tuesday for any sign of a Malaysian jet that vanished with 239 people on board, as frustration mounted over the baffling disappearance.
By Eveline Danubrata and Mark Hosenball KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The so-far fruitless search for a missing Malaysian airliner entered its fourth day on Tuesday, as sources in Europe, the United States and Asia voiced growing scepticism that the flight lost with 239 people on board was the target of an attack. The massive search has drawn in navies, military aircraft, coastguard and civilian vessels from 10 nations, but failed to turn up any trace of the Boeing 777-200ER that vanished about an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early on Saturday. "Until now, with all of our efforts, there is very little hope for any good news about this plane," said the head of Vietnam's search and rescue effort, Pham Quy Tieu. The search was widened on Tuesday to a larger swathe of the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, around where the plane lost radio contact and vanished from radar screens.
El Salvador's presidential runoff was hung up Monday in a near tie between an ex-guerrilla leader and an arch conservative mayor as tension mounted over who would be proclaimed the winner.
By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said on Monday. The deaths of Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, and of a protester shot in the border state of Tachira, brought to at least 22 the number of fatalities in five weeks of unrest. "She was ambushed by extreme right-wing groups ... She was vilely murdered with a shot in the eye," Alexis Ramirez, the governor of Merida state, told reporters, blaming the killing of Rubilar on unidentified demonstrators in the Andean city. Students and militant opponents of President Nicolas Maduro have been maintaining street barricades in various cities since last month, demanding the president's resignation and solutions to problems of rampant crime and economic shortages.
Instead, it flows out second by second on TV, radio, websites and Twitter - as fast as reporters can relay it. After being hailed as the most accessible trial for the media and the public in South African history, the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius temporarily became one of the most restrictive. The blackout was prompted by pathologist Dr Gert Saayman who argued that his testimony on the post-mortem examination of Reeva Steenkamp was too sensitive to be heard. Dr Saayman said the "live streaming" of the evidence would be "disrespectful" to the victim and "against public morals".