The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has called on "the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband", describing him as a "peaceful, selfless man".
Controversial Muslim scholars have joined calls for the release of a Salford aid worker Alan Henning who's being held by extremists in Syria.
They describe the threats against him as "totally prohibited" under Islamic law.
Labour activists will gather today ahead of the start of the party's annual conference following Scotland's decision to reject independence.
Ed Miliband arrived in Manchester as Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to ensure English MPs were the only politicians allowed to vote on issues that affect England.
But Mr Miliband said he wants a national debate on the issue of constitutional reform.
Any moves to restrict Scottish MPs' votes on English matters could undermine any future Labour Government.
The Labour event is due to begin with a women's conference as Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero all address activists.
Hundreds of people are watching the skies above Southport this weekend as the annual air show takes place.
The highlights include the Red Arrows display team and a Second World War Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
A funeral is taking place in Salford for Labour MP Jim Dobbin who died two weeks ago aged 73 on a trip to Poland.
Friends and relatives are attending a service at St John's Catholic Cathedral followed by a private burial.
Mr Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester, had been in the Commons since 1997.
He won the seat with a 5,971 majority in 2010.
The former microbiologist was on a trip to Slupsk in Poland organised by the Council of Europe when he died.