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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. The development came as rescue teams enlarged 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. But Malaysian police have said that one of the two men was an 19-year-old Iranian asylum seeker trying to reach Germany.
:: Sky News will be showing a 12-minute special report on the story so far of the missing flight MH370 at 4.30pm, 6.30pm, and 8.30pm. The plane's manifest contained 12 crew from Malaysia and 227 passengers from 14 different countries: 153 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French, three Americans, two each from Iran (both travelling on fake passports), New Zealand, Ukraine and Canada, and 1 each from Russia, Taiwan and Netherlands. Among the passengers was a 19-strong group of prominent artists returning from an exhibition in Malaysia. Four areas of investigation are focused on the possibility of human involvement: hijacking, sabotage, psychological problems or personal problems with passengers or crew.
Oscar Pistorius "laughed" after firing his gun through the sunroof of a car while with friends, a court has heard. He said he asked Pistorius if he was " ******* mad". :: A special Sky News highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm. He denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
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.
The Queen musical "We Will Rock You" is to close in its London home after 12 straight years, producers said Tuesday.
Britain's air traffic controller Nats has produced a video showing what plane-filled skies look like on a typical summer day. Nats says a few highlights include the North Atlantic tracks that connect Europe with North America, the airways that run up the spine of the UK, the holding stacks at London's capacity-stretched airports and the military manoeuvres off Anglesey in Wales "Airspace might be the invisible infrastructure," Nats says. It is the lifeblood of our island economy, connecting the UK to the rest of the world.
Britain's economic growth quickened slightly in the three months to the end of February and is on course to recover its pre-recession peak over the course of this year, a leading economic research body estimated on Tuesday. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said Britain's economy likely grew by 0.8 percent in the three months to the end of February, compared with 0.7 percent in the three months to the end of January. That implies Britain's economy is now only less than 1 percent below its pre-recession peak in January 2008, NIESR said - although that is still a worse situation than almost all of Britain's major economic peers. Britain's recovery to date has been driven by household spending and a revival in the property market, and the Bank of England wants to see more exports and business investment driving growth this year.
The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Bob Crow, has died at the age of 52 after suffering a suspected heart attack. Mr Crow was taken to hospital after reportedly complaining of feeling unwell on Monday but died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who regularly sparred with Mr Crow, said he was a "fighter and a man of character". :: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.
A quarter of all available shares in Manchester United on the New York Stock Exchange have been bought by a US investment firm, it has emerged. The club's investor relations website confirmed that Baron Capital now owns 24% of the stock, representing a total 2.5% stake in the club. The Glazers, who purchased United in 2005, still retain a 90% stake. On its website, Baron said it remained positive on United's prospects, despite a slump in form on the pitch since the departure of club manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the 2012/13 season.
A woman who alleged Max Clifford attempted to indecently assault her went on to describe him as a "dirty old b******" and a "pervert" to colleagues, a court has heard. A friend and former colleague of the woman told Southwark Crown Court that the alleged victim described the assault taking place after she had met Clifford at a Wimpy bar in south-west London when she was 14. The witness said Clifford appeared on television at their office around six years ago and another colleague commented that he was a "lovely man". The alleged victim then recounted the 1966 incident in Morden.
The alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets is "as serious as" the Libor rate rigging scandal that rocked the financial sector, Bank of England governor Mark Carney said Tuesday.
A gunman shot dead a Swedish-British journalist at close range in central Kabul on Tuesday in an unexplained daylight murder that shocked foreign residents living in a city on high alert ahead of elections.
A French court on Tuesday threw out a plea by Nicolas Sarkozy against the seizure of his diaries by judges probing a corruption case, in what has the potential to harm his chances of a political comeback.
By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - The trial of a U.S. Army general charged with sexual assault was delayed indefinitely after the prosecution's case hit a stumbling block when a judge ruled that politics fuelled the decision to court-martial the military commander. The judge, Colonel James Pohl, found on Monday that politics had been unlawfully injected into the rare court-martial of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, but refused to dismiss the sexual assault charges. Sinclair was charged with forcible sodomy based on allegations by a female U.S. Army captain that could send the 51-year-old general to prison for life. The judge said he would allow Sinclair to renew a previous offer, rejected by military leaders at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for the most serious allegations of coercive sex acts being dropped.
Dressed in mourning black, Spaniards commemorated Tuesday their country's deadliest peacetime attack, a decade to the day since Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers blew up four packed commuter trains and killed 191 people.
By Ayman al-Warfalli ES SIDER, Libya (Reuters) - A North Korean-flagged tanker that loaded crude oil at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya is in international waters after escaping the navy following a brief firefight, rebels at the harbour and a state oil company official said on Tuesday. In another worrying sign for the Tripoli government, gunmen blocked the gate to an airbase in Sirte, a city located close to the Es Sider port where rebels have sought to sell oil independently to get a greater share of Libya's mineral wealth. Top officials including Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said late on Monday the navy had seized the ship after the vessel loaded oil in Es Sider and was escorting it to a harbour controlled by the government. The conflict over oil wealth is increasing fears that the OPEC member country may slide deeper into chaos or splinter as the government fails to rein in dozens of militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority.
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor (Reuters) - In the year since his surprise election, Pope Francis has raised so many hopes of imminent changes in Church teaching that managing all those expectations is going to be a challenge. The Argentine-born pontiff has caught world attention by suggesting he might ease the Catholic Church's strict rules on divorce, birth control, married or women priests and gay unions. Off-the-cuff comments such as "who am I to judge?" about gays has contrasted with the more distant style of his predecessors John Paul and Benedict. But while his words and public appearances have struck a chord with many Catholics, anyone hoping for a quick turnaround on those headline-grabbers is likely to be disappointed, said Boston College theologian Richard Gaillardetz.
By Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet will take over the presidency of Chile on Tuesday in a ceremony loaded with symbolism, promising to stick to her tax-and-spend campaign pledges despite a sharp economic slowdown. Bachelet will accept the presidential sash from Senate head Isabel Allende, the daughter of deposed socialist president Salvador Allende, whose overthrow in 1973 ushered in the seventeen-year dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Returning to Chile's top job after a spell with the United Nations, Bachelet heads a coalition that ranges from moderate leftists to communists. Her swearing-in in the port city of Valparaiso, the seat of Chile's Congress, will be attended by presidents from around the region, with the notable exception of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who was due to come but cancelled at the last minute, according to local media.