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Father of Jordanian pilot held by IS appeals for release

The father of a Jordanian pilot being held by Islamic State militants has urged his government to push forward with a proposed prisoner exchange to get his son back.

It comes just 24 hours after a video emerged revealing that a second Japanese hostage had been killed by the militants. Jordanian authorities had said they would free the failed suicide bomber the militant fighters had wanted released, but progress appears to have stalled. Duncan Golestani reports.

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Weather: Slipping temperatures and slippy surfaces

Temperatures slide away again tonight - freezing, frosty and icy through the night and into the morning.

It'll be cold, clear and crisp first thing with stunning sunshine before cloud gathers. A few showers will crop up in the same places as today - mostly rain but expect some sleety slush in places.

It'll remain terribly cold - with just a stingy 3-4C in places but we lose the cutting wind chill of the last few days.

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Donations for disabled mugging victim passes £250K

Donations to the fund set up for disabled pensioner Alan Barnes has passed a quarter of a million pound mark.

Alan Barnes. Credit: GoFundMe

Earlier today, Barnes met Katie Cutler, a local 21-year-old who set up the web page to try and raise £500. He said he was overwhelmed by people's generosity.

Al Jazeera vows to fight to free colleagues still in jail

Al Jazeera journalist Sue Turton, who was among those sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Egyptian court of "falsifying news", has called on the Egyptian government to release Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed.

Her comments are reflected by the news company, who said they will fight until all three of their staff are freed.

Fate of Egyptian Al Jazeera journalist still uncertain

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed from captivity in Egypt, after 400 days of detention, and is on his way home to his native Australia.

His release has been welcomed by journalists, rights groups and campaigners across the world, but there is growing concern about the fate of Baher Mohamed, the only Egyptian in the group of three. Richard Pallot reports.

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