A hostage threatened by Islamic State militants has been identified as a "passionate" former taxi driver from Manchester who "took that extra risk" to deliver aid.
A new rhino has arrived at Chester Zoo from Germany, to lead a programme aimed at successful breeding of the rare species. Twenty-nine-year-old Kifaru - an Eastern black rhino - is settling in to his new home after travelling from Hannover Zoo. Staff in Chester hope their new arrival will sire a number of new calves and bring vital new blood to the European population of Eastern black rhinos – a species classed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered in the wild.
The people of Scotland are having their say - do they want to become an independent country or stay in the United Kingdom? But while only Scots will have the chance to vote, the result of the referendum north of the border will affect us all. Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt decided to gauge opinion in two towns - one in Lancashire, one in Lothian - with one very important thing in common:
Quizzed by Peter Wilcock QC, representing seven bereaved families, it was suggested the jury could not rely on Mr Thomas's previous evidence about smelling alcohol in the air. The barrister asked if the witness might have got a bit carried away. The witness answered: "I can't possibly remember whether I did or not, to be honest. I’m trying to think back 25 years."
Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a woman from Leeds who has gone missing and is thought to be in Blackpool. 41 year old Elizabeth Cooper from Farnley is believed to be with her ex-partner Andrew Thomas who is wanted by police in Cheshire on recall to prison for breaching his parole licence conditions. Ms Cooper is described as white, of medium build, with brown hair. Mr Thomas is 34 years old, white, 6ft tall, and has short dark brown hair.
Greater Manchester tops the list in the region for hospital admissions for emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease. The North West and the North East have the highest number of admissions in England according to a new map created by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Death rates linked to alcohol-related liver disease have risen "considerably" over the last few decades, according to the NHS The place with the highest rate of admissions was Greater Manchester where 45.8 people out of every 100,000 living in the region were admitted as an emergency. In Merseyside there were 41.3 admissions per every 100,000 people and in Lancashire there were 38.9 admissions per 100,000 of the population. HSCIC chairman Kingsley Manning said: "This map paints a powerful picture of one of the many impacts that alcohol has on patients and the NHS in this country." Learn more here www.hscic.gov.uk.
The end-of-season play-offs get underway in Super League tonight with the reigning champions Wigan Warriors kicking things off at home to Huddersfield Giants.
It's a qualifying play-off which means the winners go straight through to the semi-finals while the losers get a second bite of the cherry next week.
But Wigan Head Coach Shaun Wane doesn't want to take that chance.