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HSBC closes bank account of Bolton based charity

A Muslim charity has accused a bank of putting lives at risk for shutting down its account.

The Ummah Welfare Trust based in Bolton has distributed 70 million pounds to projects in 20 countries. It has had a presence in Gaza for the past 10 years.

But the charity has now received a letter from the HSBC to tell them their account is being closed for being beyond the bank's "risk appetite".

Ashley Derricott reports:

HSBC closes Bolton charity's bank account

A Bolton-based Muslim charity has accused a bank of putting lives at risk for shutting down its account.

The Ummah Welfare Trust has distributed 70 million pounds to projects in 20 countries. And it's had a presence in Gaza for the past 10 years.

But the charity has now received a letter from the HSBC to tell them their account is being closed for being beyond the bank's "risk appetite".

Mohammad Ahmad is from the charity.

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Schoolchildren's World War 1 journey of discovery

by Tim Scott

There's just a week to go until the 100th anniversary of this country entering the First World War. To mark the occasion the families of many servicemen who fought and died are travelling to France to honour the dead at war memorials and cemeteries over the next few days. And one group of schoolchildren from St Helens have already been to see for themselves the sacrifice made by so many.

Tributes for Liverpool man killed in Mali plane crash

Tributes are continuing for a man from Liverpool who was killed in a plane crash in Africa.

David Morgan died along with 116 other people when the Air Algerie flight crashed in Mali on Thursday. He was working abroad in Zambia as a teacher.

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David Morgan Credit: Facebook

PE teacher Andy Vasily posted on Twitter that Mr Morgan had previously worked at Nanjing International School in eastern China.

He wrote: "RIP Dave Morgan. Truly tragic. Prayers to his family and other victims."

Hanri de Swardt, a fellow teacher, from South Africa, wrote on Facebook: "Rest in peace Captain Dave Masher Morgan. Thanks for all the support and help in Lusaka. You will always be in my thoughts. God bless."

She added: "Remember the nice evening at Brentwood with all our last food before leaving Zambia."

The plane's black box has now been recovered but the cause of the crash is still unknown.

Read: Tributes to British teacher after Air Algerie plane crash

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Tributes pour in for British man killed in Air Algerie crash

Tributes have poured in for David Morgan, the British teacher who is understood to have been killed when the Air Algerie flight crashed in Mali.

PE teacher Andy Vasily posted tweeted: "RIP Dave Morgan. Truly tragic. Prayers to his family and other victims."

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Former @nischina teacher killed in Algerian plane crash. RIP Dave Morgan. Truly tragic. Prayers to his family and other victims.

He added that Mr Morgan had previously worked at Nanjing International School in eastern China.

Others including Hanri de Swardt from South Africa, paid their respects on Facebook.

De Swardt, a fellow teacher, wrote: "Rest in peace Captain Dave Masher Morgan. Thanks for all the support and help in Lusaka. You will always be in my thoughts. God bless."

She added: "Remember the nice evening at Brentwood with all our last food before leaving Zambia."

Another teacher Annabelle Mambwe from the Luanda International School, in Angola, wrote: "Just lost a teacher colleague in the Algiers disaster. Dave Morgan!! He was Denise's Maths teacher...such an easy-go-fella! These planes falling from the sky are getting to me!"

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HMS Mersey sails in to Liverpool for a four day visit affiliation visit

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HMS Mersey due in Liverpool for 4 day visit Credit: Ministry of Defence

The River Class patrol ship can be used for anything from fire-fighting to disaster relief operations, working at least 275 days a year at sea enforcing British and European fisheries law. The 80 metre ship has a crew of five officers and 24 senior and junior ratings and a range of 7,800 sea miles.

Aussie couple are Coronation Street's real life love match

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Keith Monks proposes to Charlie Acton. Credit: Manchester Evening News

The boyfriend of an Australian Coronation Street fan plotted a surprise marriage proposal on the cobbles from 9,000 miles away.

Charlie Acton had no idea what Keith Monks had in store when she began the tour of the former Corrie set in Manchester.

She stepped onto the street and saw childhood sweat-heart Keith, 31, on bended knee holding a ring with a huge banner behind which read: “Charlie, will you marry me?”

She answered immediately ‘yes’.

The pair, from Perth, had travelled to the UK to visit friends and Keith secretly enlisted the help of the Coronation Street Tour which began earlier this year when filming was moved from the old Quay Street set to Trafford Quays.

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Charlie said Credit: Manchester Evening News

“Charlie is a huge fan of Coronation Street and so I thought it would be a great idea to propose on the tour.

"I was so happy that it was a surprise for her, it will be a fantastic story to tell our grandkids in the future.”

– Keith Monks
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A crowd of supporters cheered the couple. Credit: Manchester Evening News

“I had absolutely no idea.

"I am a die-hard Coronation Street fan and this was just brilliant. "Even though we live in Australia I never miss an episode. "I am so happy.”

– Charlie Acton
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A crowd of supporters cheered as Keith and Charlie got engaged. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Charlie’s tour guide, Andy Steele, made sure that she was the one to open the door to Nick’s Bistro for the grand reveal onto the Street.

Waiting outside the doors were close friends Ellie-May Flannery and her partner Jay Pennington who were holding the banner and Keith who waited with baited breath on one knee.

A crowd of supporters also formed to cheer the couple and congratulate them on their engagement.

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Keith planned the proposal with help from pals and tour staff. Credit: Manchester Evening News
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Killed Briton's brother: Today is 'a symbolic moment'

The family of Khuram Shaikh, the Briton murdered in Sri Lanka in 2011, said today's sentencing of Mr Shaikh's killers is "a symbolic moment."

"Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time," said the victim's elder brother Nasser Shaikh.

Today, the country has done what many people hoped and prayed for. Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time. Our campaign was not only about justice, but to bring awareness of the wonderful work my brother did around the world, working in humanitarian aid. He is a true inspiration for many and we hope his legacy continues with those he left behind.

– Nasser Shaikh, brother of Khuram Shaikh

The 32-year old Red Cross worker from Rochdale was murdered at a southern tourist resort on Christmas Day 2011.

Read: Sri Lankan politician jailed for killing a British tourist

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