Father of British Islamic State hostage dies

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The terminally ill father of a British Islamic State (IS) hostage has died from "complications following pneumonia", his family have said.

Paul Cantlie, 80, had made a desperate plea to his son John's kidnappers to release the war journalist just days before he passed away.

Paul died not knowing if his cries were heard by IS despite "urgent" attempts to contact the militants, his family said in a statement.

The failure of communication to date has inevitably led to a terrible sense of abandonment, particularly for John's father, with the family feeling ignored.

This burden has been especially hard these last few days, as we have so needed to tell John that his father, whom he so loved, has died.

Paul Cantlie will be remembered by many for his fortitude, quiet courage, wry humour and keen intelligence, as well as for his great gentleness.

– The Cantlie family

A private funeral will be held on October 30.

One in six foreign offenders 'has disappeared'

One in every six - or 760 out of the 4,200 - foreign prisoners living in the UK have disappeared, according to a damning report from the government's spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said 58 of the missing criminals were considered "high harm" and had not been heard of by authorities for at least four years.

The strongly worded report gave a damning inditement of how easy it was for foreign criminals to slip through the net, with police failing to conduct overseas criminal record checks on more than two thirds of arrested foreign nationals.

About £1 billion of taxpayer money was spent last year on foreign criminals living in the UK, the NAO added.

Charlotte, Sean and Laura make stockings!

Good Morning Britain's Christmas Stocking competition has lunched as we search for Britain's craftiest kid who can draw the most seasonal festive stocking!

The winning design will be made into a craft kit and then sold in Hobbycraft stores nationwide with a donation (50p) from each kit bought going to ITV's Text Santa Appeal.

But just how crafty are our presenters? We put Sean, Charlotte, and Laura to the test to see what they could come up with, and be warned, this video contains Christmas jumpers!

Find out how you can enter our Christmas stocking competition!

Sean surprises our Breakfast in America winners!

Good Morning Britain's Sean Fletcher is off to Orlando in November and 100 viewers will be joining him. We had over 28,000 entries to our Breakfast in America competition, and this week he's surprising some of the the 50 winners.

The winners plus one companion will jet off with British Airways from London Gatwick airport on Monday 17th November for a 6 night stay in either Disney's Port Orlean resort or Universal's Cabana Beach resort.

The winner and a companion will also get a one day passes to Walt Disney Resorts Florida and a one day pass to Universal's Orlando parks. They will also have free time to relax, chill out and visit some other Orlando attractions.

Catch up with Good Morning Britain on ITV Player

Oscar Pistorius to learn his fate

Fallen Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius will find out whether he is to spend the next 15 years of his life behind bars for killing of his former girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The South African athlete was found guilty of manslaughter (or culpable homicide as it is called in South Africa) last month and could be behind bars until his 40s.

Culpable homicide has a wide sentencing scope in South Africa. He could walk away with a fine and community service or spend up to 15 years in prison.

Pistorius' defence are asking for a three-year community service sentence because: