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In Pictures: Memorial for aid worker Alan Henning

A private memorial service to remember murdered British aid worker Alan Henning has taken place at Eccles Parish Church in Manchester..

A 'hero' bouquet of flowers was laid in memory of British aid worker Alan Henning. Credit: ITV
Yellow ribbons lined the entrance to the church where the service took place. Credit: ITV
A memorial stone was unveiled in memory of Alan Henning by family and friends. Credit: Andy Kelvin/PA
Alan Henning was kidnapped in December by Islamic State militants in Syria. Credit: ITV

Pro-Independence paper set to launch in Scotland

'The National' newspaper, which launches on Monday, supports Scottish independence. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A daily newspaper supporting independence from the United Kingdom will launch in Scotland on Monday.

The Herald and Times group, part of the Newsquest publishing arm of U.S.-based firm Gannett, said it will produce a tabloid-style newspaper called 'The National' in a week-long trial run.

Herald and Times group managing director, Tim Blott, said: "The National is an exciting opportunity to meet the needs of a very politically-engaged section of the Scottish population.

"We recognise that launching a newspaper in 2014 is to some extent counter-intuitive but we consistently argue for the power of great journalism and informed opinion."


Mali monitoring 310 people amid fresh Ebola case

Officials in Mali are monitoring 310 people in a bid to help limit the spread of the Ebola, after another case of the deadly virus was confirmed inside the country.

Health workers spray a mosque on November 15 after a Guinean imam died on the virus. Credit: Reuters

Officially five people have died on the virus in the country.

The deaths are linked to a 70-year-old imam who was brought to the country's capital Bamako, from Guinea, where the regional Ebola epidemic first began.

The World Health Organisation says more than 5,400 people have died in the current outbreak, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

UK condemns Kenya attack which left 28 people dead

The UK has condemned the attack which reportedly targeted Christians.

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has condemned a terrorist attack in north-east Kenya which killed 28 people.

The dawn attack on a bus near the Kenya-Somali border is believed to have been carried out by militant group al-Shabaab.

Gunmen shot a rocket-propelled grenade at the bus to stop it, and then separated and killed passengers who appeared to be non-Muslims.

Mr Swire said: "I strongly condemn the attack that took place in Mandera county, Kenya, killing 28 people. I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died.

"There can be no place for such senseless acts of violence in our societies. The UK stands by the Kenyan government in its fight against terrorism and in its efforts to bring those responsible for this barbaric act to justice."

German authorities confirm second case of bird flu

German authorities have confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.

A second case of H5N8 bird flu has been detected in a wild bird in Germany. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans.

In a statement agriculture minister Christian Schmidt said: "For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

"With that the suspicion is strengthened that wild birds are connected with the cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as in the Netherlands and Britain."

Balcony collapse removal men named by police

Two removal men died while delivering sofas at an address in Cadogan Square, London. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two removal men who died when balcony railings gave way as they carried a sofa into a home have been named by police.

Polish nationals Tomasz Procko, 22, from Greenford, and Karol Szymanski, 29, from Wembley, were killed yesterday in Knightsbridge, central London.

At least six others, also believed to be removal men, were injured in the incident.

Mr Procko was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Szymanski was taken to hospital in a critical condition and later died.


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Aid worker's widow: Alan was killed 'for being selfless'

Barbara Henning, the widow of Alan Henning, arrives at the memorial service. Credit: PA

The widow of murdered British aid worker Alan Henning has told a memorial service he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring".

The 47-year-old taxi driver was kidnapped in December by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and held captive before a video showing his beheading was released last month.

A private memorial service at Eccles Parish Church in Greater Manchester for invited guests was held, and audio was relayed outside the church. It was decked with yellow ribbons like those well-wishers had sported when there was still hope he would be freed.

His widow Barbara and daughter Lucy walked in with Bethany and Michael Haines, the daughter and brother of David Haines from, Scone, Scotland, who was also murdered by IS.

Mrs Henning told the memorial: "We must never forget the reason why he went to Syria and the reason he was taken from us - for being what we all should be, selfless and caring."

She said her thoughts were with the families of John Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Peter Kassig, the other Westerners who were beheaded by IS.

She added: "I hope and pray that John Cantlie will be released and returned to his family so that they are spared the horror."

Family and friends wear yellow scarfs, ribbons or ties at the service Credit: PA Images

Mrs Henning asked for donations to be made to Hostage UK, a charity which helps the families of kidnap victims.

Many in attendance at the town centre church wore yellow ties or scarves as an echo of the yellow ribbons seen throughout Eccles.

Mr Henning's murder is thought to have been at the hands of "Jihadi John", an IS fighter who speaks with a London accent and who is apparently responsible for the four other hostage killings.

Kenyan army launch ground and air raid

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) launched ground and air raid attacks against a camp believed to have been used as a base for the al-Shabaab attackers who have claimed responsibility for ambushing a bus and killing 28 civilians.

People gather round the ambushed bus near Mandera town. Credit: Reuters

KDF spokesman KDF said they will continue their operation until they arrest the attackers.

Kenyan army : Massacre victims 'mostly Christians'

Kenya's Inspector General David Kimaiyo has confirmed that the 28 bus passengers who were murdered near Mandera Town are believed to have been "mostly Christians".

At a press conference held today he also confirmed there was believed to be 60 people on the bus at the time it was hijacked, Reuters reports:

Mandera's security forces have also confirmed the attackers ordered passengers thought to be non-Muslims out of the bus before sparing those who could recite verses from the Koran.

Security force official Ahmed Maalim said: "The women and men (remaining outside) were separated, then shot at close range. None survived."

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