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.
Ten new stamps celebrating the variety and originality of the UK's seaside architecture are being launched by the Royal Mail today.
The selection features distinctive types of architecture from resorts large and small, from the Victorian and art deco eras, to 1930s' modernism up to the present day. Among six special stamps is Blackpool pleasure beach.
Royal Mail said all of the attractions have been newly photographed to mark the "resurgence of interest in the British seaside" in the past two decades.
Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said: "This stamp issue captures the spirit of the seaside experience through the buildings and structures that are so distinctive of the UK's resorts, which were designed for the pleasure of the visitor."
All ten stamps can be bought in a presentation pack for £10.05. The miniature sheet depicting four pier stamps is available for £3.80.
Mario Balotelli has apparently shown his heart is in the right place after appearing to have made a generous donation to Manchester Dogs’ Home.
The millionaire ex-City striker who now plays for Liverpool is thought to have given a five-figure sum to the home after 60 dogs were killed in a blaze a week ago today.
Staff at the dogs home suspect the dog-loving Italian is behind the generous handout - and have revealed how the Premier League star previously volunteered for their charity during his time at Manchester City.
Madcap Mario offered his free time walking abandoned dogs for the Harpurhey home while his pet pooch was in quarantine in Italy ahead of a move to Manchester. Read more here.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously assaulted in Moss Side. Police were called to Cadogan Street at 4:30 yesterday to find the 37 year old with a head injury. She was taken to Hope Hospital where she is currently undergoing surgery.
A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Enquiries are ongoing.
Vernon Kay, Gary Lineker and Gok Wan will be joining 200 runners on Sunday 21st September for a charity runway run at Manchester Airport.
The 4k run is in aid of two special children’s charities Flying Start and a medical centre in the african country of Uganda.
Runners and walkers will wear red outfits to complete the course around the edge of the runway.
POLICE across Lancashire are highlighting the dangers of irresponsible drinking as part of a week of action. They're asking people to think about drinking responsibly and consider the impact excessive drinking has on police resources. Drink related anti-social behaviour is the most common form that people experience and the force says 72% of assaults requiring treatment are alcohol related.
Liverpool Wire zip wire challenge will be playing host to a group of Santas who will be flying high over the city centre this morning.
The group will be dressed in full Santa suits as they embark on the zip wire challenge to help launch this year's Liverpool Santa Dash.
Around 10,000 people are expected to take part in the 2014 event on 7 December.
The Manchester Food and Drink festival gets under way today.
The event, based at Albert Square and around the city, lasts twelve days and promises to showcase the finest cuisine the region has to offer.
The event's motto this year is 'eat, drink, dance', with more live music than ever before.
Click here to visit their website and see what's on and where.
And watch below as festival organiser Phil Jones talks about what the Festival brings to the city.
A British aid worker who was with Alan Henning when he was captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has pleaded for mercy for his friend.
In an interview with BBC News, Majid Freeman had this message for Mr Henning's captors:
He also spoke of Mr Henning's motivation in going to Syria:
Video footage of British hostage Alan Henning filmed the day before his capture in Syria has been released in which he describes his trips to the country as "worthwhile".
The 47 year old was kidnapped while travelling with a humanitarian aid convoy shortly after crossing into Syria from Turkey.
"It's all worthwhile when you see what is needed, as you get where it needs to go. That makes it all worthwhile," Mr Henning says in the video, filmed on Christmas Day 2013.
"No sacrifice we do is nothing compared to what they are going through every day," he adds.
More than 100 Muslim leaders from across the UK have signed an open letter calling for the release of British aid worker Alan Henning.
The letter, printed in The Independent, is also supported by the Muslim Council of Britain which represents more than 500 Muslim organisations: