Leigh-Anna Needham speaks as search continues for the brother she never met

We're a family that's lived in hope... and what do you do when that hope's all gone? How do you continue when there's nothing left?

– Leigh-Anna Needham

The sister of Ben Needham has spoken to Good Morning Britain about the anguish her family is feeling as the search for her missing brother continues on the Greek island of Kos, where he went missing over two decades ago.

Leigh-Anna now fears that they will never get a happy ending to the search, as hopes for her brother, who went missing 25 years ago, fade.

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  1. The sister of Ben Needham has spoken to Good Morning Britain about the anguish she and her family are feeling as the search for Ben continues on the island of Kos. Leighanne Needham, who never got to meet her brother, is hoping for an outcome as the family have been told to prepare for the worst.

  2. One in four firms have 'cut recruitment' following the introduction of the living wage. Of the 1,600 business leaders questioned, a third planned to scale back hiring staff if the £7.20 an hour rate for adults increases to £9 by 2020. The survey showed others were looking to change staff hours, benefits or pay growth.

  3. The most senior lawyer working for the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales, Ben Emmerson QC, has stepped down. In his resignation letter, Mr Emmerson said he was no longer the 'right person' for the role. He was suspended on Wednesday due to 'concerns about his leadership'. Speaking last night, Prime Minister Theresa May has said she still has confidence in the inquiry.

  4. One in six young people eat fast food twice a day, a new survey has found. The BBC Good Food Nation Survey found that most people eat fast food on an average of two days per week. But in the 16 to 20 year old category one in six ate fast food at least twice a day, with one in eight eating the same among 21 to 34 year olds.

  5. An inquiry has been launched into the New Jersey Transit train crash which killed one and injured over 100 people in the state yesterday

Don't call me babe: Should sexist nicknames be banned?

Bird, doll and chick are the top three demeaning nicknames women would like to see banned, according to a survey out today.

Hormonal, drama queen, ball breaker and diva were listed as hated sex slurs in a poll of 2,000 women taken by Special K. It also found nearly a third aged 16-24 have been told to 'man up' by work colleagues.

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts and actress Lisa Faulkner are behind the campaign to banish the words from everyday vocabulary and joined us in the studio.

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Widow wins High Court bid to keep 'last chance' embryos

It means I get to keep part of him

– Samantha Jefferies

The widow of a Falklands war veteran has won a High Court bid to keep frozen embryos that they created.

After Clive Jefferies died suddenly in 2014 his wife Samantha was told that her embryos could not be stored for longer than two years - despite the couple consenting to 10.

The case was taken to High Court, where the judge said it was 'obviously right' that they were stored for ten years and said he was sorry Samantha had gone through so much stress because of the mistakes of others.

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  1. The Telegraph has revealed yet more alleged corruption in football, including reports that assistant manager of Barnsley FC, Tommy Wright, accepted a £5,000 bung to place players at his club. He has since been suspended. QPR manager Jimmy Floyd and Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino have also been involved in hidden deals, according to the newspaper.

  2. Police are this morning urging parents in Oxford not to let their children walk to school alone after a teenage girl in her school uniform was taken from the street by two men in a car and seriously sexually assaulted.

  3. Common painkillers used by millions of people in the UK are linked to an increased risk of heart failure, experts have said. Drugs such as ibuprofen could increase the risk of being admitted to hospital with the health problem, a study found. Previous studies have linked the drugs to abnormal heart rhythm and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke if taken regularly.

  4. A survey has revealed 46 per cent of women do not check their breasts regularly or have never checked themselves for signs and symptoms of breast cancer. The majority of these women say the reason they don't check is because they forget, according to the new research carried out by Breast Cancer Now. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in the UK, with more than 50,000 women diagnosed every year.

  5. The widow of a Falklands war veteran has won a High Court bid to keep frozen embryos she created with her husband. Clive Jefferies died suddenly in 2014 - and his wife Samantha was told the embryos could not be stored for longer than two years - despite consenting to 10. She joins us today to talk about her ' last chance' of having his child.

Ricky Tomlinson 'glad' he didn't know about Caroline Aherne's cancer

I'm so glad I didn't know she had it

– Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne's brother Patrick joined GMB for the first time to speak about the death of the much-loved actress after a secret battle with lung cancer earlier this year.

Her brother opened up about growing up with the Mrs Merton and Royle Family star and of how cancer affected their lives.

Meanwhile, joining us from his home in Liverpool, her onscreen father Ricky told us he was relieved he didn't know she was suffering with the disease because he watched his father die from it.

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Charlotte schoolgirl's emotional plea to end violence

We need our mothers and fathers to be by our side

– Zianna Oliphant

An emotional appeal made by a nine-year-old schoolgirl from Charlotte has highlighted the need for racial equality in the city.

Zianna Oliphant broke down crying as she made her testimony to the City Council on racism and policing after African-American Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot last week.

"We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this. We shouldn't have to protest because you're treating us wrong," the girl said tearfully on Monday. "We do this because we need to and have rights."

Watch her incredibly moving speech above.

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  1. In a GMB exclusive Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne's brother Patrick speak for the first time about the death of the much-loved actress from cancer earlier this year

  2. In his speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference today, Jeremy Corbyn will refuse to cut the number of migrants entering UK. The re-elected leader will say he 'will not fan the flames of fear' - but instead provide relief to communities in Britain struggling with immigration.

  3. Fertility expert Dr Luciano Nardo joins us today to say women should freeze their eggs by the age of 35, if they haven't already had children, as the chances of conceiving dip steeply. But it isn't cheap and there's no guarantee of success. Is the best answer to get pregnant early?

  4. The UK has around 110,000 'sandwich generation' carers who are looking after a parent with cancer as well as their own children, figures suggest. New data from Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that almost one in 10 cancer carers are 'sandwich carers' and most of them are also juggling a job.

  5. A schoolgirl has given an emotional and passionate speech in Charlotte, pleading for the violence to stop and black people to be given greater respect and protection, Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant, who said the decision to address City Council was a last-minute one, said: "I was just feeling like what the police are doing to us, just because of our skin, is not right."