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Lincoln volunteer meets with local MP to discuss experiences at Syrian refugee camp

The former Chief Executive of Lincoln Cathedral who recently returned from a volunteering trip at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos has met with local MP Karl McCartney to discuss his experiences and call for more action from the Government.

Philip Hamlyn Williams and Karl McCartney

Philip Hamlyn Williams spent ten days at Moria Refugee Camp with his wife Maggie. The couple who returned last month say they witnessed the crisis first hand and are calling for more to be done. Lincoln MP Karl McCartney says he has listened to what Mr Hamlyn Williams had to say and will now feed the information back to David Cameron.

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Ex-OneD star tops list of sexiest Asian men

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has topped the 2015 list of the world's 50 Sexiest Asian Men.

Zayn Malik

Bradford-born Malik, who left the group earlier this year to be a "normal 22-year-old", is also the youngest person ever to top the list.

This year marks the 12th edition of the annual poll by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper.

Last year's winner Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan slipped into second place this year, with Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar in third place.

Malik was in ninth position last year but ended up topping this year's list following votes from across the globe.

The top five is completed with Indian TV star Barun Sobti in fourth position and actor Vivian Dsena in fifth position.

Other notable names in the top 10 are Bollywood heavy weight Salman Khan in seventh spot, and Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as the King of Bollywood, holding the ninth spot.

Family flee war-torn Syria for Yorkshire sanctuary

The Yorkshire region is to take in 1,500 refugees, who are fleeing the war in Syria, over the next few years with 21 local councils agreeing to help.

It is part of what the government has described as our "moral responsibility" to those living in camps on the border with the war-torn country.

Around 100 have already arrived and our correspondent Katie Oscroft has been to see one Syrian family who are settling in to life in the Calendar region.

Leeds' man's Thailand holiday death fall

A man from West Yorkshire has died after falling from a balcony while on holiday in Thailand.

Naami Keyghobad, 28, from Leeds, is believed to have fallen from the fourth floor of a guest house where he had been staying in the popular holiday resort of Pattaya.

His family have now confirmed that Naami had traveled to Thailand on December 4 and was due to spend Christmas abroad, before returning to the UK just before New Year.

It has been reported that four transgender women have been arrested by Thai police in connection with his death, which happened at around 7.30pm on Tuesday.

He was reportedly found in an alleyway and taken to a local hospital where he later died.

"Naami, who was 28 years old, travelled to Thailand on holiday on December 4 and was due to return on December 30.

"We are obviously very distressed by the news of his death and are concerned that there will be unhelpful speculation about the circumstances in which he died.

"We are asking the media to consider carefully the impact that reporting such speculation can have on us at what is a very difficult time.

"We are requesting that the media allow us complete privacy to deal with our grief and should recognise that any contact from them will be unwelcome."

– Family statement

"We are providing support to the family of a British national who died in Thailand on 15 December, and are also in contact with local authorities regarding the death."

– Foreign Office spokesperson
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