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. Refusing to guarantee a referendum, the key initiative from the Labour leader is what he calls a "new lock: there would be no transfer of powers from the UK to the EU without a referendum on our continued membership of the EU". The Labour leader views a referendum as an unattractive, as well as an unlikely option. Labour has been under pressure to address the referendum question from the moment David Cameron promised that a Conservative government would offer the British people a vote in 2017.
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.
A ruling which blocks the public from seeing letters the Prince of Wales wrote to government ministers is "unlawful". In September 2012, the Upper Tribunal granted Guardian journalist Rob Evans the right to see the letters 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, a month later the Attorney General issued a certificate under section 53 of the FOIA and his ministerial veto to block their publication.
Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke only expects to do the job for "a few years" although he does not feel any personal pressure from investors despite the market share of Britain's biggest retailer falling to a decade low. Tesco, the world's third-largest retailer, is being squeezed between the hard discounters Aldi and Lidl and upmarket grocers Waitrose and Marks & Spencer in its home market. Its market share fell to 28.7 percent -- its lowest since 2004 -- from 29.6 percent, in the 12 weeks to March 2 compared with the same period the year before, data from market researcher Kantar Worldpanel showed on Tuesday. Asked whether he was feeling pressure from investors over Tesco's falling market share, Clarke said: "I don't feel it at all.
The Attorney General's use of a ministerial veto to stop the public seeing letters the Prince of Wales wrote to government ministers has been ruled unlawful.
Richard Farrell, who has been in custody at Shrewsbury police station since his arrest at the weekend, is due to appear at Telford Magistrates' Court. The soldier, whose rank has not been confirmed, is charged with killing Corporal Geoffrey McNeill, of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment. The victim's brother, Jason McNeill, paid tribute to his sibling, who was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim.
British discount retailer Poundland floated its shares on the London stock market on Wednesday, and the company said that the operation valued it at £750 million ($1.2 billion, 900 million euros).
West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt will be unavailable for around five to six weeks because of a knee injury, the relegation-threatened Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
Insurance giant Prudential said on Wednesday that net profits slumped by nearly 40 percent last year, as it suffered from turbulence in emerging markets.
A man who spent 30 years on death row in Louisiana has walked free after a court threw out his murder conviction.
Tens of thousands of people flocked Wednesday to the funeral of a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests that swept the country, an AFP photographer said.
By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - France's opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande's justice minister to quit after it emerged the government knew that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was being tapped, contrary to her earlier statement. Sarkozy's conservatives have accused Hollande's government of using the surveillance, launched by investigators as part of a party funding inquiry, to discredit them ahead local elections later this month where ruling Socialists risk losing ground. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on Monday dismissed that accusation, saying she had not been aware of the surveillance until it was publicly revealed by Le Monde newspaper last week. But Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said late Tuesday that both he and Taubira were told of the phone-tapping last month.
By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police in Hong Kong and China have arrested nine men with suspected links to organised crime for the stabbing of a prominent Hong Kong journalist, the territory's chief of police said on Wednesday, an attack that was seen by many as an assault on press freedom. Thousands of protesters dressed in black and wearing blue ribbons, symbolizing press freedom, marched in condemnation of the attack this month. Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a freewheeling capitalist hub which enjoys a high degree of autonomy and freedom, but Beijing's Communist Party leaders have resisted public pressure for full democracy. Two men had been arrested in China, and seven in Hong Kong in connection with the attack on Kevin Lau, a former editor of the respected Ming Pao newspaper, who was seriously wounded.
Michael Schumacher is showing "small signs of encouragement" more than two months after his skiing accident, according to his agent. But Sabine Kehm said the former F1 star still faces a long fight to recover after suffering brain damage in a skiing accident.