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Thai police say an Iranian man may have bought the airfares for two men who boarded a missing plane with stolen passports.
Other relatives have shouted at airline officials, even throwing plastic bottles. Many are angry with Malaysia Airlines for the lack of information but there is anger, too, with the Chinese authorities, with some saying they want senior government officials to visit them. Maira Elizabeth Nari, the daughter of chief steward Andrew Nari, wrote on Twitter: "God, the only thing I want is my father. Guo Qishun, whose son-in-law was on the missing plane, said: "We don't want to go to Malaysia now.
Oscar Pistorius has thrown up in court as details of the post-mortem examination of Reeva Steenkamp were read out. Sky's Alex Crawford tweeted from court: "Oscar Pistorius is making regular loud retching noises and appears to be vomiting as details of post-mortem examination are read out." The judge repeatedly asked whether Pistorius is well enough to continue, and his lawyer Barry Roux said he wanted the evidence to carry on. Sky's Martin Brunt said: "He's cut a pretty sorry figure in the dock.
The discovery of changes in the blood may signify the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease and scientists have developed a new test which could detect if a person will develop dementia within three years. For the first time, they have shown differences in blood biomarkers between those with Alzheimer's before symptoms occur and those who will not develop it. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC examined 525 participants aged 70 and over and monitored them for five years. One of the study's authors, Professor Howard Federoff, said: "We consider our results a major step toward the commercialisation of a preclinical disease biomarker test that could be useful for large-scale screening to identify at-risk individuals."
Worried scientists said Sunday they had found four new ozone-destroying gases in the atmosphere, most likely put there by humans in the last 50-odd years despite a ban on these dangerous compounds.
A two-year-old poodle called Ricky won the Best in Show award at the Crufts festival, the world's largest annual dog show that this year attracted more than 21,000 entrants.
By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Potential support for anti-European Union party UKIP far exceeds that suggested by opinion polls, with almost a third of voters holding views in line with its supporters, according to a study to be published this week. The UK Independence Party under its leader Nigel Farage is hoping to beat both Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party at European elections in May, and threatens to split the centre-right vote in a national election next year. ...
Theresa Riggi, who killed her three children in an Edinburgh flat in 2010, has been found dead at a high security hospital. Sky sources say she is believed to have committed suicide at Rampton High Security Hospital in Nottinghamshire. The 49-year-old was jailed for 16 years for killing her children, twins Gianluca and Austin, aged eight, and five-year-old Cecilia. After killing the three children, Riggi created a gas explosion and jumped from the second floor balcony of the property.
Drink-fuelled MP Nigel Evans used his "powerful" political influence to sexually take advantage of seven young men, a court heard.
England batsman Joe Root will miss the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and be replaced by Ian Bell, the International Cricket Council announced on Monday.
A soldier who police suspect was murdered at a barracks in Shropshire has been named as Corporal Geoffrey McNeill. The 32-year-old, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill at 9am on Saturday. A 23-year-old serving at the barracks has been arrested on suspicion of Corporal McNeill's murder. Jason McNeill has paid tribute to his brother, who was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim.
A woman has said she was "frozen in fear" during an alleged sex attack by Max Clifford.
Britain's Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Durex condoms, is expanding into K-Y sexual lubricants, the consumer goods company revealed on Monday.
Labour is including a £5.5bn "jobs guarantee" in its manifesto under which the long-term unemployed will be told to take up taxpayer-subsidised work or lose their benefits. The party is to fund the policy with a tax on bankers' bonuses and by reducing the rate of pension tax relief among higher earners to 20% from 45%. Labour had initially pledged the jobs guarantee scheme for one year when it was first unveiled in January , however, now it will run until 2020, if the party is successful in 2015.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former security contractor Edward Snowden, facing arrest if he steps foot on U.S. soil, said the changes the American government and private companies have made about managing massive amounts of data helped vindicate his leaks of classified material. Speaking to a sympathetic and tech-savvy crowd at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, via a video link from Russia, Snowden added that the U.S. government still has no idea what material he has provided to journalists. Last year, Snowden, who had been working at a National Security Agency facility as an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, leaked a raft of secret documents that revealed a vast U.S. government system for monitoring phone and Internet data.
Crimea's pro-Russian authorities sought to boost their claim to break from Ukraine Monday as volunteer soldiers swore an oath of allegiance in front of prime minister Sergei Aksyonov.
By Nelson Renteria and Michael O'Boyle SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A former Marxist rebel commander's tiny lead in El Salvador's presidential election is irreversible, the country's electoral tribunal said on Monday even as his right-wing challenger declared he was the real winner. Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which as a rebel group fought a string of U.S.-backed governments in the 1980-92 civil war, claimed victory on Sunday after preliminary results showed he won 50.11 percent support. Challenger Norman Quijano, the 67-year-old former mayor of San Salvador and candidate of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) party, had 49.89 percent support.
Italy will have to wait to judge whether planned structural reforms will affect its ability to meet strict European Union budget limits, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Monday. Speaking after a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels, Padoan said that it was generally accepted that structural reform measures, which took time to bear fruit, could have a temporary impact on public finances. We will see." He said the principle was generally accepted by Italy's Eurogroup partners.
By Andrew Osborn SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Unidentified armed men fired in the air as they moved into a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea on Monday in the latest confrontation since Russian military groups seized control of the Black Sea peninsula. 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. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who said he would address the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, put the blame for the crisis on Russia and accused Moscow of undermining the global security system by taking control of Crimea. Russian forces have in little more than a week taken over military installations across Crimea, home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Russian territory until Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1954.
The father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza has said he believes his son would have killed him "in a heartbeat" if given the chance. In his first comments since the 2012 massacre, Peter Lanza also said he wishes his son had never been born. "With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance," Peter Lanza told The New Yorker magazine. Peter Lanza said he now wishes his son had never been born, and that he cannot think of him outside of his action on December 14, 2012.