Barbara Henning, the wife of British hostage Alan Henning, has urged his Islamic State captors to "please release him, we need him back home".
Manchester City were left facing another uphill battle to advance in the Champions League after an unconvincing 1-1 draw at home to Roma.
Sergio Aguero's fourth-minute penalty was cancelled out by a superbly-taken equaliser from the evergreen Francesco Totti in a clash at the Etihad Stadium dominated by the Italian side.
The result left City third with just one point from their opening two games in Group E and already five behind leaders Bayern Munich. They next face CSKA Moscow in crucial back-to-back games starting with a trip to the Russian capital in three weeks.
One lane closed due to accident on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe).
Teachers in Liverpool will walk out today in a row over proposed changes to sick pay. Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, will hold the first of six days of strike action at Nugent House School in Billinge and St Catherine’s Secure Centre in St Helens.
Plans for the first part of a £40m regeneration programme in the Collyhurst area of Manchester are set to go before the city council's executive today.
The north Manchester suburb, close to the city centre fringe, was one of the last PFI schemes to be scrapped by government in 2006,.
The first phase of the 15-year masterplan will address the issues and concerns that arose from a major consultation in April, which will include completing the wide scale refurbishments of homes constructing new roads to open up the area, carrying out environmental improvements and bringing forward plans for new residential development.
Phase one plans will also include the completion of demolition of older properties to allow new sites for high quality housing developments, while bringing potential site forward for future development as part of the Manchester Place initiative.
Phase two of the masterplan will see significant further new build homes for sale and market rent together with further demolitions of older properties and work to bring forward future development opportunities.
Get the full details on what's planned here.
Childre's charity the NSPCC is launching a £1m appeal to take their message into schools across the Greater Manchester.
ChildLine Founder, Esther Rantzen CBE, and John Amaechi, Psychologist, former NBA basketball star and NSPCC Ambassador, will kick off the appeal to support the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service.
The aim is to raise £1 million to enable the NSPCC to deliver special school assemblies across the area by 2016, and every two years thereafter, helping nine to 11 year olds to understand abuse, give them the confidence to report it and find help.
One of the most senior officers in charge of crowd control at Hillsborough has told new inquests he 'profoundly regrets' not delaying kick off. Andy Bonner has been listening to the senior officer's memories of the disaster unfolding
Barbara Henning has made a poignant appeal for the release of her husband Alan. He is being held by Islamic State after being abducted on an aid convoy in Syria.