The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been expanded to two areas, five days after the Beijing-bound flight disappeared without a trace. Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said the search had been extended to cover the South China Sea and Strait of Malacca. "Each day that passes I fear that the search and rescue becomes just a search, but we never give up hope." 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. 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. "I think you're now finding the Malaysian authorities have got a lot to answer for."
The bathroom in which Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius has been reconstructed in court. The crime scene has been rebuilt in the courtroom - including the bathroom door through which shots were fired. Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in court, said: "The courtroom is packed with people, with the reconstruction of the crime scene sitting in the corner next to the witness stand. :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm.
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.
For the first time, all 4,000 pieces of the UK's largest treasure trove, the Staffordshire Hoard, have been brought together in secret to be analysed by experts. The Anglo-Saxon metalwork and gold was found in a field nearly five years ago by a local man with his metal detector. Deb Klemperer, curator at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, said: "Science has shown us in the last two years how exciting the workmanship is for us, in that the gold was alloyed with copper and silver to make it stronger.
The world's biggest security firm G4S has agreed to repay 108.9 million pounds ($181 million) plus tax to the British government after overcharging it won a contract to tag offenders, raising the prospect a ban on new work could soon be lifted. The repayment, much higher than the 24 million pounds G4S offered in November, came as the firm on Wednesday posted annual profit below market forecasts and outlined a raft of heavy charges. After a disastrous 2012, in which it failed to provide enough guards for the London Olympics, G4S has overhauled its management and embarked on a restructuring to revive its fortunes.
The Bank of England is not urgently considering raising interest rates which will probably increase only gradually when the time comes, deputy governor Charlie Bean was quoted as saying on Wednesday. "Inevitably there's a lot of focus on what date the Bank Rate will go up. That depends on how the economy unfolds," Bean said in an interview with the Evening Gazette newspaper in Middlesborough, northeast England.
The Court of Appeal has quashed a decision taken by the Attorney General to block the disclosure of communications between Prince Charles and seven Government ministers. Judges ruled that Dominic Grieve, the Government's principle legal adviser, had "no good reason" for using his ministerial veto to block their publication following an appeal from Guardian journalist Rob Evans. The Upper Tribunal permitted the publication of the letters in September 2012 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), and under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Although the Government departments concerned did not object to the ruling, the Attorney General issued a certificate under section 53 of the FOIA and used his ministerial veto the following month to block their disclosure.
Ed Miliband has said his approach to the European Union will be driven by Britain's national interest as he confirmed that a future Labour government would legislate to require any transfer of power to Brussels to be put to the country in an in/out referendum.
Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband Wednesday effectively ruled out a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU before 2020 if he wins next year's election, except in the "unlikely" event of a further transfer of powers to Brussels.
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 pledged on Wednesday. In a political gamble that lowered the chances of Britain leaving the bloc, Miliband, who would be prime minister if Labour wins the 2015 election, said he would only hold an in-out vote if there were to be substantial transfers of powers from London to Brussels. That 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. Miliband's pledge, appearing first in the Financial Times newspaper and later to be outlined in a speech, contrasts sharply with current Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to try to reach a new settlement with the EU before holding an in/out vote by the end of 2017.
By Martin Santa and Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. The seven-page document describes in detail the restrictive measures to be taken against Moscow if it does not reverse course in Crimea and begin talks with international mediators on efforts to resolve the crisis over Ukraine. If approved by EU foreign ministers at a meeting on Monday, they would be the first sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia since the end of the Cold War, marking a severe deterioration in East-West relations. "Member states shall take the necessary measures to prevent the entry into, or transit through, their territories of the natural persons responsible for actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine," reads Article 1 of the document.
The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, called on Wednesday for bill of rights to protect freedom of speech on the Internet and users' rights after leaks about government surveillance of online activity. Exactly 25 years since the London-born computer scientist invented the web, Berners-Lee said there was a need for a charter like England's historic Magna Carta to help guarantee fundamental principles online. Web privacy and freedom have come under scrutiny since former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year leaked a raft of secret documents revealing a vast U.S. government system for monitoring phone and Internet data.
David Cameron has said the UK will push for an EU-wide travel ban to be imposed on a number of "prominent Russian MPs" if talks over the Ukraine fail to materialise. The Prime Minister said Britain had "put on the table" the idea of targeting high-profile individuals. He refused to provide a specific number but Downing Street sources suggested it was likely to be between 15 and 20 MPs who had backed the "violation" of Ukraine's territory. "I'm not naming names today," Mr Cameron said, although he did outline the type of politicians he wanted to include.
Around 150 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a six-storey apartment building under construction in downtown San Francisco. Eyewitness Ethan Weiss wrote on Twitter it was "absolutely out of control" and his eyes were burning because of the smoke. A wall of the structure on Fourth Street collapsed around an hour later and soon afterwards a corner of the building was consumed in flames, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told the Los Angeles Times: "We are not quite contained, but we will be there in a few more hours."
TRIPOLI/VALETTA (Reuters) - Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has fled to Europe after parliament voted him out of office on Tuesday over his failure to stop rebels exporting oil independently in a brazen challenge to the nation's fragile unity. Zeidan was in Malta for two hours late on Tuesday on a refuelling stop before going to "another European country", Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told state-owned television TVM. But no European government had confirmed his arrival by late morning on Wednesday. The standoff over control of oil exports threatens to deepen dangerous regional and tribal faultlines in Libya where rival militias with powerbases in the east and west back competing political factions in the transitional government.