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Police appeal to find 'distressed' woman in Manchester

Police said the woman was seen looking 'distressed' in the back of a car on John Street, Rochdale. Credit: Google maps

Police are trying to trace a 'distressed' woman who was seen in the back of a car, shouting for help and struggling to get out on John Street in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, at 11.20am today.

Officers said she was pulled back into the green Toyota Avensis by one of two men in the car and it sped off.

Police arrived on the scene and followed the vehicle to Dewhirst Road, but lost sight of it during the chase. It was soon found abandoned and empty in an alleyway behind Bishop Street.

Detective Inspector Andrew Butterworth said: "We are still trying to ascertain what the circumstances of this incident are. We do not know if we are dealing with a potential kidnapping or perhaps a domestic incident.

"What is clear, though, is that the woman was in great distress."

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NHS volunteers depart for Christmas at Sierra Leone

Thirty NHS volunteers are now on their way to the heart of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The doctors, nurses and support staff are the first of several NHS teams who are giving up their Christmases at home to join British soldiers, scientists and aid workers already in Sierra Leone.

Sejal Karia met them as they said a final goodbye to their loved ones at Heathrow.

Sturgeon pledges to 'build a progressive coalition'

Scotland's new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said her party would team up with others across England and Wales to build an alliance against "austerity economics".

Nicola Sturgeon, addressing delegates at conference in Glasgow today. Credit: Press Association.

Speaking to supporters in Glasgow, Sturgeon said her party would "seek to build alliances with progressive forces across these islands" if there is a hung parliament after next May's general election.

The old Westminster system doesn't work for Scotland, we know that all too well.

But you know what, it doesn't work for many other parties other UK either. So when we send a strong team of SNP MPs to Westminster, we will seek to build alliances with progressive forces across these islands.

– Nicola Sturgeon

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Hitler watercolour sells for 130,000 Euros at auction

The watercolour depicts the old registry office in Munich. Credit: Reuters

A 1914 watercolour by Adolf Hitler has sold for 130,000 euros (£102,870) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg.

The private buyer, who is from the Middle East, attended the sale in person according to Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house. She said there had also been inquiries from Asia and America.

The painting, entitled 'Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen' or 'Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich', is one of about 2,000 works that Hitler painted between about 1905 and 1920 as a struggling young artist.

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.

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