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Footage has emerged of relatives furious at the lack of progress in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people. Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said the search had been extended to cover the South China Sea and the 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 at 6.30pm.
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. :: 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.
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.
Rebekah Brooks texted Tony Blair that she was "feeling properly terrified" as she prepared for a grilling by police, the hacking trial heard today.
Rebekah Brooks has told a court her husband’s attempt to hide laptops and adult DVDs just before their flat was searched by police was a "really stupid thing to do". The former News International chief executive was giving evidence at the Old Bailey where she is standing trial for conspiracy to hack phones and to pervert the course of justice.
Education minister Liz Truss said that following a recent visit to China, she felt British teachers had much to learn from their Asian opposite numbers. Last year, the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) report ranked Britain 26th for maths and 21st for science. Under the "teacher exchange" scheme, which is due to begin in the autumn, 60 English-speaking teachers from cities such as Shanghai will be based in 30 new maths "hubs", schools specialising in the subject. In return, some British maths teachers will travel to work in schools in China, as part of the Department for Education's plan to overhaul the teaching of mathematics.
A man who was horrifically injured in a motorbike crash has had his face rebuilt using 3D printing technology. Stephen Power is one of the first patients in the world to have 3D printing used at every stage of the procedure.
The maker of the addictive mobile game Candy Crush hopes to raise as much as $532.8 million in a New York IPO that would value the company at up to $7.6 billion.
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 said in a political gamble that lowers the chances of Britain leaving the 28-member bloc. Seeking to define the battle lines of the 2015 election, Miliband said he wanted to fight Prime Minister David Cameron on the 'cost of living' rather than spooking businesses with the prospect of a British exit from the EU. In sharp contrast to Cameron's promise to reach a new settlement with the EU before holding an in/out vote by the end of 2017, the 44-year-old head of the opposition Labour party said he would only hold a referendum if more powers were transferred to Brussels. Such a transfer 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.
An eleventh-hour effort is being made aimed at averting a fresh crisis over Ukraine ahead of a breakaway vote in Crimea. US Secretary of State John Kerry is travelling to London to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday. Mr Kerry has said he will present Mr Lavrov a "series of options" in a bid to resolve the dispute. "We will offer certain choices to Foreign Minister Lavrov and to President Putin through him and to Russia, with hopes, and I think the hopes of the world, that we will be able to find a way forward that defuses this," Mr Kerry told a House hearing in Washington.
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.
Nearly 100 journalists have suffered arbitrary arrests, robberies or physical attacks and harassment covering protests in Venezuela, the national press workers union SNTP said Wednesday.
Police have clashed with protesters in several cities across Turkey following the funeral of a teenager who died from injuries suffered during violent anti-government demonstrations last year. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to stop thousands of protesters reaching Istanbul's Taksim square, the focus of last summer's anti-government movement. Violence erupted shortly after tens of thousands of people marched alongside the funeral procession for 15-year-old Berkin Elvan. Many chanted "Berkin Elvan is immortal", while others shouted "government resign" and "murderer Tayyip", referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who rushed to the scene in East Harlem, where a cascade of twisted and burnt metal blocked the sidewalk and covered parked cars, said preliminary information showed the explosion was caused by a gas leak. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this incident," the White House said in a statement.