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The last words from the cockpit of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been revealed as the search for the aircraft widens to new areas. India has now been asked to help scour the Andaman Sea, off Malaysia's west coast, authorities said during a separate news conference in Kuala Lumpur. Defence and Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said the search was also covering the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca. Malaysia's air force chief confirmed 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 on Saturday - 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. :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight at 6.30pm. 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.
A multiple dwelling explosion has triggered a building collapse and fire in New York City, killing at least one person and injuring 15 others. Witnesses reported hearing a large explosion in an apartment building around 9am. Eoin Hayes, 26, said the explosion shook his entire apartment building.
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.
Publicist Max Clifford ordered a teenage girl to strip in his office telling her she could be the next Jodie Foster, a court has heard. Jurors listened as the woman described how Clifford had charmed her by telling her: "You could be the UK version of Jodie Foster." She said Clifford had spent several minutes persuading her to take her clothes off, reminding her of how he had seen her in a bikini during a recent Spanish holiday where they had first met. Initially, she had been reluctant to meet him but then she arranged to visit him at his central London office after receiving a call from a man named Terry Miller, who the prosecution say was really Clifford.
Lionel Messi was partnered by Neymar in attack as there were no surprises in Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino's side for the Catalans' Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Manchester City on Wednesday.
A man snared by an internet "paedophile hunter" after being duped into believing he was meeting a young girl for sex took his own life just days after police had questioned him.
A young man who demanded MP Nigel Evans resign after allegedly sexually molesting him was told "it can't be done" before the general election by the Tory chief whip, a court has heard.
A same-sex couple who lost a legal fight to marry eight years ago will become the first in the UK to have their union legally recognised.
David Cameron has condemned "unreservedly" a rocket attack from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza which saw at least 30 missiles fired over the border into southern Israel.
Britain will stand firm against attempts to delegitimise or boycott Israel, Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs in Jerusalem on Wednesday, shortly before Palestinian militants fired at least 25 rockets at the Jewish state.
A House of Commons worker who claims he was sexually assaulted by MP Nigel Evans has accused the Conservative Party of failing to deal adequately with his complaint about the incident. Mr Evans, a former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, is on trial at Preston Crown Court accused of nine charges, including one of rape. One of the seven alleged victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said he had been staying at Mr Evans' constituency home and was sleeping on the sofa when he woke up to find the MP had his hand inside his boxer shorts. In the following days he told then-Tory whip Michael Fabricant MP about the incident.
President Bashar al-Assad visited displaced Syrians in the town of Adra on Wednesday, state media said, in a rare public appearance outside the heart of Damascus. State television said Assad inspected a shelter for people displaced by fighting in Adra, which lies about 12 miles (20 km) northeast of central Damascus and was partly captured by rebels three months ago. Footage showed Assad in a dark jacket and white shirt touring shelters for displaced people, shaking hands, kissing cheeks and talking with groups of men, women and children. We are concerned for every one of you, and for every displaced person everywhere in Syria," he said.
By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - African Union peacekeepers and the Somali army have begun a major offensive against al Shabaab militants, the U.N.'s Special Representative to Somalia said on Wednesday, urging donors to fund logistical support. U.N.-backed peacekeepers pushed the Islamist fighters out of Mogadishu in 2011, but the al Qaeda-linked group has continued to launch guerrilla-style attacks there and kept control of several towns and many rural areas. A new offensive to capture the remaining territory had been expected ever since the U.N. Security Council in November authorised an increase of more than 4,000 peacekeepers for the African peacekeeping force known as AMISOM, from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Sierra Leone.
Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Ankara and Istanbul on Wednesday as tens of thousands took to the streets to mourn a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered in last year's anti-government protests.
Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza fired scores of rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday, causing no casualties but prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn of a tough response.
About 3,000 Venezuelan students marched Wednesday to mark a month since the first deaths in anti-government protests that have now claimed at least 21 lives.
A major explosion caused by a gas leak flattened two residential buildings in Manhattan on Wednesday, killing two women and injuring 24 people as thick white smoke billowed into the sky.