Record numbers set to appeal GCSE results

Up and down the country, thousands of teenagers will find out their GCSE results today.

Record numbers of appeals are expected this year amid a toughening up of the qualifications.

Katy Fawcett is live at a school in Manchester with nervous pupils.

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. An international manhunt has been launched by both MI5 and the FBI to find the suspected British executioner of James Foley.

  2. Teenagers waking up to their GCSE results are being warned they may face disappointment with head teachers reporting a fall in grades after the biggest shake up of the exam system for 26 years.

  3. Energy suppliers who don't treat their customers fairly could lose their licenses under new proposals by Labour.

  4. MH17 plane crash victim Liam Sweeney will be buried in Newcastle today. It's the first funeral of the ten British victims to die in the Malaysian Airways' flight, which was shot down over Ukraine five weeks ago.

  5. It's emerged that one in every five people travelling to Switzerland to take their own lives are British.

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Higher uptake of apprenticeships expected

These days apprenticeships are seen by many as a preferable option to university, but just how useful are they in the real world? And do they give young people the skills they really need?

In response to that, the government's been working with employers on a new set of guidelines, to make sure that apprentices get the most out of their time with a company. We're joined by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Martin Lewis' higher education finance guide

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Shoppers turn their backs on supermarkets

Most of us love a good bargain and when it comes to the weekly food shop, finding the best deal is often a priority for many. A OnePoll survey for Good Morning Britain found that nearly half of you say price - above quality, location or loyalty - determines where you shop.

And we want to know if you've changed your supermarket recently? And if so, was it down to costs or another reason?

Let us know by getting in touch via Twitter, Facebook, or by emailing by 8am on Wednesday 20 August and we may use your comments on the show. You must be 18 and over, terms at

Tensions in Missouri stoked by second shooting

Police stand at the ready before dispersing a crowd

Tensions in Ferguson in Missouri have been stoked by a second fatal shooting by police yesterday - this time of a man they claim was armed and attempting to rob a shop.

A grand jury in the state will consider today whether to press charges against a policeman accused of shooting dead the teenager Michael Brown.

Michael Brown's cousin says his death was a 'blatant assassination'

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Non-violent domestic abuse may be criminalised

We're looking to make this in law so there's no doubt about it.

– Home Office minister Norman Baker

Psychological abuse in relationships could become just as criminal as physical violence, under a proposed new law.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has launched a consultation to look at strengthening the law on domestic violence by creating a new offence of domestic abuse.

It would offer victims protection from controlling and coercive behaviour such as being threatened with violence, cut off from friends and family, or denied access to money.

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US journalist 'executed by Islamic State'

An American journalist has been killed by Islamic State militants, the group claims. The White House is working to determine whether a video of the alleged execution of James Foley is authentic.

A US Government spokeswoman said:

If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.

– US Government spokeswoman

Mr Foley went missing in Syria in 2012. We spoke to journalist Sara Williams who said "it's devastating news thinking about these people's families and friends and the organisations that work with them".

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