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." :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight MH370 at 2.30pm.
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."
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.
The world's biggest security firm, G4S, has confirmed it took a £386m accounting hit in 2013 - another tough year for the company in the wake of the London Olympics fiasco. G4S, which was publicly humiliated after it failed to provide enough staff to cover the Games in 2012, suffered further woes last year when it was banned from winning new Government work after it was found to have overcharged on a contract to tag offenders. It said later on Wednesday, after announcing the charge, that it had agreed a repayment settlement, which Sky News reported on Tuesday was looming , with ministers of £108.9m relating to the tagging scandal. In its earlier annual results statement, G4S admitted the last 12 months had been "challenging", with its recent troubles over Government contracts pushing it into the red.
Scotland coach Scott Johnson on Wednesday announced a 13-man shortlist of backs from which he will select seven for his side's final Six Nations game against Wales on Saturday.
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 principal 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.
By Emma Thomasson LONDON (Reuters) - Tesco Plc Chief Executive Philip Clarke does not feel investors are running out of patience with his leadership even after the market share of Britain's biggest retailer fell to a decade low, he said on Wednesday. Tesco, the world's third-largest retailer, is 22 months into a turnaround programme under Clarke, but sales are still falling at its 3,150 British stores despite spending on refits, more staff and new product ranges. Its market share fell to 28.7 percent - the lowest since 2004 - in the 12 weeks to March 2, from 29.6 percent in the same period a year before, data from market researcher Kantar Worldpanel showed on Tuesday. Speaking at the annual Retail Week Live conference, Clarke, who took over as CEO in 2011 after a long career at Tesco, said he did not expect to be in the job as long as his predecessor Terry Leahy, who led the company for 13 years.
The Oversight Committee of the Bank of England's governing body has appointed lawyer Anthony Grabiner to lead an investigation into the role of central bank officials in relation to the possible manipulation of foreign exchange rates, the BoE said on Wednesday. Last week, the BoE suspended an employee as part of an internal review into whether staff turned a blind eye to signs of manipulation in the $5.3 trillion-a-day global market, for which London is the main hub. Grabiner is a London-based commercial lawyer who has been involved in high-profile litigation cases, the BoE said in a statement. The FCA and the BoE were among authorities to open investigations into the allegations last October.
The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have been granted a new 10-year licence. Mendip District Council said the council "saw no reason not to grant the festival its new licence". Councillor Nigel Taylor said the council had worked closely with organisers "to make this one of the best-run festivals in the world". Emily Eavis, the youngest daughter of the festival's founder Michael Eavis, described the announcement as "fantastic news".
Billionaire financier George Soros said on Wednesday it would not be practical for an independent Scotland to keep sterling but that a separate currency would be "potentially dangerous". "I don't think that Scotland leaving and becoming independent and yet remaining part of sterling and (the) Bank of England is actually practical," Soros said in London. He said an independent currency would be "very inefficient and potentially dangerous", adding that the alternative was for Scotland to become a member of the euro zone.
Protestors clashed with police in Turkey on Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to mourn a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests.
Ukraine's acting president told AFP he would not wage war over Crimea as the ex-Soviet state's premier prepared Wednesday to seek US President Barack Obama's help against Russia's expansionist threat.
By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - A little-known militant group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in the Afghan capital, saying he was a spy for British intelligence. Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality, was shot dead outside a restaurant one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections. "Nils Horner was killed in this attack. He was not a journalist.
Oscar Pistorius was on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a court has heard, contradicting his previous claims. South African police forensic expert Johannes Vermuelen knelt down in court and swung Pistorius’ cricket bat at the door as part of a reconstruction of the night in question. :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm. Pistorius is charged with the murder of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot through the locked toilet door on Valentine's Day last year.
Michael Schumacher is showing "small, encouraging signs" of recovery from injuries sustained in a ski accident, his family said Wednesday, while acknowledging the Formula One legend faced a long battle ahead.
Malaysia denied Wednesday that the hunt for a missing jet was in disarray, after the search veered far from its planned route and China said that conflicting information about its course was "pretty chaotic".
By Eveline Danubrata and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC, Vietnam (Reuters) - Malaysia's military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area near India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, hundreds of miles from its last known position, the country's air force chief said on Wednesday. After a series of at times conflicting statements, the latest revelation underlined that authorities remain uncertain even where to look for the plane, and no closer to explaining what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 or the 239 people on board. The flight disappeared from civilian radar screens shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, as it flew northeast across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand bound for Beijing. Malaysian air force chief Rodzali Daud told a news conference that an aircraft was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m., 200 miles (320 km) northwest of Penang Island off Malaysia's west coast.