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The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union leader Bob Crow has died at the age of 52, according to the Press Association.
One of two men who used false passports to board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was an Iranian asylum seeker and not believed to belong to a terrorist group, say police. It came as search and rescue teams expanded their search for the aircraft to include a vast area on the west peninsula of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. :: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight MH370 at 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm, and 8.30pm. Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad was travelling with the stolen Austrian passport.
Oscar Pistorius "laughed" after firing his gun through the sunroof of a car while with friends, a court has heard. Darren Fresco, identified by witnesses as being with the runner on two occasions when a gun was fired in public, told North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria the gunshot made him flinch. He said he asked Pistorius if he was "mad". The athlete's girlfriend at the time Samantha Taylor, who gave evidence to the trial last week, was also in the vehicle.
The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran in retaliation for a US strike on an Iranian passenger plane, a documentary has claimed.
More than half of women drink more than the recommended limits during the first three months of pregnancy, a study suggests.
African elephants can differentiate between human languages and move away from those considered a threat, a skill they have honed to survive in the wild, researchers said.
Lusaka (Reuters) - Standard Chartered's private equity arm has acquired around a quarter of Zambia's Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc for $57 million (£34.27 million), its first such investment in the growing African power industry. Standard Chartered, the London-based bank focused on emerging markets, and Lusaka-listed Copperbelt Energy made the announcement in a joint statement on Tuesday. (Reporting by Chris Mfula, writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ed Stoddard)
A gunman shot dead a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul on Tuesday, officials told AFP, a rare daylight murder of an expatriate in a city often hit by Taliban suicide attacks.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday the amount of spare capacity in Britain's economy is probably slightly more than 1.5 percent, putting him on the dovish side of views on the Monetary Policy Committee. "We ranged in the February inflation report (that spare capacity) was 1-1.5 percent," said Carney in comments to lawmakers.
British manufacturers started 2014 on a solid footing in January but bad weather caused the broader measure of growth in industrial output to slow sharply, official data showed on Tuesday. Manufacturing output grew by 0.4 percent in January from December - despite a big fall in output in the pharmaceutical industry - and was 3.3 percent higher than in the same month last year, the Office for National Statistics said. Overall industrial output, which includes power generation and Britain's North Sea oil production as well as manufacturing, climbed 0.1 percent on the month, a sharp slowdown from growth of 0.5 percent in December. Compared with a year ago, industrial output was up 2.9 percent, the ONS said.
Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans used his "power and influence" to sexually assault men despite being warned about his behaviour, a court has heard. The prosecutor said Evans used his position to abuse seven young men, even raping one of them last year, in the belief that his standing meant no one would complain about him. Prosecuting, Mark Heywood QC said: "Mr Evans was spoken to.
London equities rose at the start of trading Tuesday, as markets clawed back some of the heavy losses of the previous session when shares plunged on gloomy economic data from Asia.
Britain's Co-operative Group's chief executive Euan Sutherland has offered to resign in a letter in which he describes the member-owned group as "ungovernable", the BBC reported on Tuesday. The BBC said Sutherland, who joined in May last year, had written a resignation letter and that the board was trying to persuade him to stay. The Co-op, a well-known high street presence with banks, supermarkets and funeral homes, has been rocked in the past year by the discovery of a 1.5 billion pound ($2.5 billion) capital hole in its banking arm and a drugs scandal involving the unit's ex-chairman, Methodist minister Paul Flowers. In response, Sutherland wrote a post on the Co-op's Facebook page on March 9 saying that the leak had come from the group's boardroom, and that there appeared to be "disaffected people who are determined to make life difficult and embarrassing for The Co-operative." He said the remuneration report was still not finalised.
By Eveline Danubrata and Siva Govindasamy KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is investigating whether any passengers or crew aboard a missing airliner had personal or psychological problems that might explain its disappearance, along with the possibility of a hijack, sabotage or mechanical failure, police said on Tuesday. A massive search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER is in its fourth day, with no trace yet of the aircraft or the 239 people on board, one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history. Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early on Saturday morning, vanishing from radar screens about an hour after take-off over the sea separating Malaysia from the southern tip of Vietnam. "Maybe somebody on the flight has bought a huge sum of insurance, who wants family to gain from it or somebody who has owed somebody so much money, you know, we are looking at all possibilities," Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference.
Deposed Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych has insisted he remains his country's legitimate president. And, as commander-in-chief of the military, Mr Yanukovych said, he was sure soldiers would not "obey criminal orders". Speaking in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, the pro-Kremlin ex-leader of Ukraine remained unswayed in his argument that "extremists" had taken power in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Making his first appearing since fleeing his country last month, Mr Yanukovych told journalists that a presidential election set for May 25 would be illegal.
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's former prime minister Ivo Sanader and the country's biggest party were found guilty on Tuesday of rigging public tenders and abusing state funds. Sanader, sentenced to 10 years' jail in another corruption trial in 2012, was given a new nine-year sentence by the Zagreb county court. The conservative HDZ party, now in opposition, was ordered to pay back about 29 million kuna (3.16 million pounds). ...
Ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday said that he remained Ukraine's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, saying he believed he would be able to return to Kiev soon.
Taylor Swift's global tour helped her become the top earning musician last year, taking home a huge $39.7m (£23.8m).
By Andrew Osborn and Natalia Zinets SEVASTOPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - A pro-Russian force opened fire in seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Monday and NATO announced reconnaissance flights along its eastern frontiers as confrontation around the Black Sea peninsula showed no sign of easing. Ukrainian activists trying to cross into Crimea to show solidarity with opponents of last week's Russian military takeover there said they were halted by men in uniforms of the now outlawed riot police. With diplomacy at a standstill, Russia said the United States had spurned an invitation to hold new talks on resolving the crisis, the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War - although Washington said later a meeting of foreign ministers was possible this week, if Moscow shows it is ready to "engage". The U.S.-led NATO defence alliance said AWACS early warning aircraft, once designed to counter feared Soviet nuclear missile strikes, would start reconnaissance flights on Tuesday over Poland and Romania to monitor the situation in Ukraine, flying from bases in Germany and Britain.