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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Martin Santa and Aleksandar Vasovic BRUSSELS/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - The EU agreed a framework on Thursday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many had expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the effort to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea. The EU sanctions, outlined in a document seen by Reuters, would slap travel bans and asset freezes on an as-yet-undecided list of people and firms accused by Brussels of violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the measures would be imposed on Monday unless diplomatic progress was made. Shares in Moscow dropped 2.6 percent and the central bank was forced to spend $1.5 billion to prop up the rouble as investors confronted the prospect that Russia could face unexpectedly serious consequences for its plans to annex Crimea.
By Dasha Afanasieva and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Riot police clashed with demonstrators in several Turkish cities for a second day on Wednesday as mourners buried a teenager wounded in protests last summer, unrest which a defiant Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan cast as a plot against the state. Police fired water cannon, tear gas and rubber pellets on a major Istanbul avenue to stop tens of thousands of people chanting anti-government slogans from reaching the central Taksim square. Berkin Elvan's death on Tuesday after nine months in a coma touched off the worst unrest in Turkey since the nationwide anti-government demonstrations last June, adding to Erdogan's woes as he battles a graft scandal that has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power. Alevis are a religious minority in mainly Sunni Muslim Turkey who espouse a liberal version of Islam and have often been at odds with Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government.
The United Arab Emirates summoned Iraq's ambassador on Wednesday to protest against his prime minister's accusation that its ally Saudi Arabia was funding "terrorism", state news agency WAM reported. Saudi Arabia has already rejected Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's assertion on Saturday that it and Qatar were funding Sunni Muslim insurgents fighting in Iraq's western Anbar province. Maliki has long had chilly ties with Sunni-led Gulf Arab states, which in turn view him as too close to Shi'ite Muslim Iran. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that Maliki's statements were "completely untrue and not based on any accurate assessment of the situation in the region with regards to terrorism," WAM reported.
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.
Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday they have been investigating Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov's eldest daughter on suspicion of money laundering since late last year.