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Sir Peter Fahy: We are bothered about Syria

A centre aimed at taking aid to Syria has opened in Manchester today.

It is being supported by the police and city council, and aims at providing an alternative to travelling to Syria to help or fight.

It is believed that twin sisters Salma and Zahra Halane, from Manchester, left home last month in order to travel to the war-torn country.

When asked if he thought the Syria Relief centre could have helped stop the girls fleeing the country in order to help fight, Sir Peter Fahy said it could have.

He said: "Sometimes, some people in the Muslim community have felt we aren't bothered about Syria. But that's not the case. I think we're all bothered about Syria."

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Louis Van Gaal 'excited' by Man United challenge

Louis van Gaal Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal says he is relishing the opportunity to manage Manchester United after leading the Netherlands to third place at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The 62-year-old Dutchman is refusing to go on holiday and will have just two days off at home before officially taking charge this week.

He told MUFC.co.uk: "That is no problem for me, I don't need a holiday”

“It's great to have such an exciting challenge. To work daily with young people is something that I don't need time off for."

He added: “I hope at Man United I can do my best. I will do my best. Whether that's enough for the fans I will wait and see, but I genuinely hope that will be the case.”

Manchester United seal £70m-a-year deal with Adidas

Old Trafford stadium Credit: PA

Manchester United have agreed a £70m per year deal with Adidas.

The ten year deal comes after sports brand Nike last week confirmed they would not extend their contract with United beyond the end of next season.

Wayne Rooney models latest kit Credit: MUFC

The contract serves as a boost for United as new manager Louis van Gaal gets set to begin his reign in charge after steering Holland to a third placed finish at the World Cup.

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Law firm 'relieved' after Butler-Sloss decision

A law firm representing alleged victims of assaults in institutions linked to the child abuse inquiry has welcomed Baroness Butler-Sloss' decision to stand down.

"We are relieved that Lady Butler-Sloss has taken this decision to stand down," Alison Millar of Leigh Day said.

"This was the only sensible decision to ensure that survivors and the public could feel confident that the inquiry was not going to be jeopardised by accusations of bias," she added.

The issue was never the integrity of Lady Butler-Sloss or what she knew of her brother's actions as the chief legal adviser to the Government. It was always the fact that she would ultimately have to judge those actions.

This would never have been acceptable for an inquiry which requires not only to be transparent but to be seen as such by those who have in the past been so badly failed by the establishment.

– Alison Millar, Leigh Day law firm

Rare parrot being hand-reared at Chester Zoo

Rare parrot being hand-reared at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

A rare parrot is being hand-reared by keepers at Chester Zoo.

The hyacinth macaw chick was hatched in an incubator four weeks ago.

Rare parrot being hand-reared at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

The chick, which is described as looking like a “cross between a dinosaur and a plucked chicken”, is so small that it is being kept in a Tupperware tub.

Keepers have given the youngster the unisex name Jessie, as it will be some time until it develops feathers that they can send away for DNA analysis in order to sex the youngster.

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