A 7-year-old girl is raising money for victims of a typhoon in the Philippines by busking in Dumfries
A group of women who overcame breast cancer and formed a fundraising group to raise cash to help others, are holding a fashion show.
A Cumbrian soldier who took on the role of his absent officer to get supplies to one of the deadliest regions in Afghanistan is awarded.
People around the world have been mourning the death of the former South African president Nelson Mandela. The freedom campaigner touched the lives of people in our region too.
Mandela was instrumental in bringing the two suspects to court in the Lockerbie bombing. And at the height of the struggle against apartheid, Cumbria became the first shire county in England to adopt a formal declaration against the regime in South Africa.
Matthew Taylor reports:
South African flag flying at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside Scottish Government headquarters http://t.co/B3D7S5Ar4G
First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“The death of Nelson Mandela marks the passing of a great statesman and a global icon, so it is only appropriate that we here in Scotland, a land Mr Mandela had great affinity with, mark his passing appropriately.
“That is why I have today instructed that the South African national flag should fly at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside St Andrew's House in Edinburgh.
“The whole world is marking the loss of a great leader – all of Scotland feels that loss, and we join the people of South Africa in particular in marking Mr Mandela’s passing.”
Kendal Town Hall's flag is flying at half mast in respect for the death of Nelson Mandela, and South Lakeland District Council has also lowered the flag on Ulverston Town Hall.
Leader of South Lakeland District Council, Peter Thornton, said:
"I've asked for our flags to fly at half-mast to mark the passing of a statesman whose reach extended far beyond politics."
An author from Southern Scotland heads to Syria this week to help refugee children caught up in the country's conflict.
Robin Yassin-Kassab, whose father is Syrian, is part of an international group raising thousands of pounds to provide supplies for refugees facing up to winter without homes, food or adequate clothing.
And as Ryan Dollard found out this afternoon, they have taken a novel approach to stand out from other charity appeals this Christmas.
Watch his full report below.
Robin Yassin-Kassab, who's father is Syrian, is part of an international group raising thousands of pounds to provide supplies for refugees.
Robin Yassin-Kassab is raising money by shaving off his eyebrows to help Syrian refugees.
The money raised will go towards buying hats, coats and blankets for children out in the country.
A British-Syrian writer who lives in Castle Douglas is raising money for Syrian refugees by shaving his moustache and monobrow to create eyebrows .
Robin Yassin-Kassab is heading out to the Turkish border later this week to help the Syrian refugees.
Robin is part of a team that has raised $30,000 so far, with donations as far afield as the United States as well as the United Kingdom.
$20 will buy a coat, blanket and hat for a child out in Syria.
To find out how you can donate, click here.
Spain's Prime Minister has suggested Scotland would have to apply to join the European Union after a 'Yes' vote in next year's independence referendum.
Mariano Rajoy's intervention prompted heated exchanges at First Minister's questions today as Alex Salmond clashed with Labour leader Johann Lamont.
Watch the full report from our Political Editor Peter MacMahon below.
The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has clashed with Labour leader Johann Lamont today over an independent Scotland's membership of the European Union.
Spain's Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy has suggested that Scotland would have to apply to join the EU after a referendum Yes vote.
His intervention led to heated exchanges at First Minister's Questions at Holyrood this afternoon.
A suggestion that an independent Scotland would have to apply for membership of the European Union as a new state has been dismissed by a member of Alex Salmond's cabinet.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said if there was a Yes vote in next year's referendum, Scotland would negotiate to become an independent member of the EU from within Europe.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, he said the country would enjoy a:
– Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead
"seamless transition because we have the unique position that we're not joining Europe from outside of Europe, we're joining Europe from within Europe."
He spoke out after Spanish prime minster Mariano Rajoy said that if part of an existing member state became independent, it would be "left out of the European Union" and would need to apply for membership as a new state.
Mr Rajoy reportedly told a press conference in Madrid yesterday:
– Mariano Rajoy, Spanish Prime Minister
"I would like to see the consequences of secession presented to Scots in a realist way. Citizens have the right to be well-informed.
"If part of a member state becomes independent, it would be left out of the European Union and it would be good for citizens (in the EU) and Scots to know that. EU entry would need to be be approved by all 28 member states."