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Sir Alex Ferguson to take on teaching role at Harvard

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to take on a teaching role at Harvard Business School.

Sir Alex Ferguson is to take on a teaching post at Harvard University. Credit: Press Association

As the most successful manager in British footballing history, Sir Alex will be teaching US students taking a university course in 'The Business of Entertainment Media and Sport'.

He said: "Iā€™m delighted to have the opportunity and privilege to contribute to such a respected centre of excellence.

"The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.ā€

Fears grow for Stockport student imprisoned in Iran

Concern is growing for a student from Stockport who has spent the past five months in prison in Iran.

Roya Nobakht was arrested by police over comments she is alleged to have posted on facebook.

It is understood she has been accused of insulting Islam and intending to commit a crime against national security.

Her family insist she has done nothing wrong.

Rob Smith reports.


Stockport student in prison in Iran over facebook comments

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht Credit: Manchester Evening News

A student from Stockport is in prison in Iran over comments she is alleged to have made to friends on Facebook.

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, who was visiting family was arrested five months ago as she got off a plane in Shiraz.

Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht and husband Daryoush Taghipoor Credit: Manchester Evening News

The 47-year-old was arrested on suspicion of plotting to commit crimes against security and insulting Islam.

Her husband Daryoush Taghipoor told the Manchester Evening News "It's a very bad situation. We don't know what's going on.

Roya is not well at all. She has lost three stone and is frightened. She is scared that the government will kill her."

Andrew Stunell, Hazel Grove MP, said: ā€œI am concerned about this arbitrary arrest and am urgently asking the Foreign Office to make inquiries on her behalf.ā€

Former soldiers jailed in India for months could soon be on their way home

Former soldiers on the Seaman Guard Ohio who've been detained in an Indian jail since October.
Former soldiers on the Seaman Guard Ohio who've been detained in an Indian jail since October. Credit: ITV Granada

It's hoped two former soldiers from the North West, who've been jailed in India since October, could soon be on their way home.

Paul Towers from Bootle and Ray Tindall from Chester were among six men providing security for ship crews, when they were arrested and charged with weapons offences.

Today Mr Tindall was granted bail - a further application for Mr Towers is expected in the next few days.

Paul Towers from Merseyside in shorts and t-shirt after his arrest in India
Paul Towers from Merseyside Credit: ITV Granada

It's emerged a hearing to have the charges dropped against all the men will be held next week.

Father pays tribute to daughter killed in US shooting

The father of Alex Hollinghurst who died following a police shooting in the US has paid tribute to her. The 17 year old and her boyfriend, who are suspected of killing the officer, died from gunshot wounds in Orlando. Police have revealed they left suicide notes before their deaths.

Alex had moved with her family from the North West to Florida a few years earlier. Tom Hollinghurst posted this message on Facebook.

Firstly, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of police officer German for their loss. Three families have been left devastated by this tragedy. Alex was a bright beautiful girl who will always be missed and loved, Alex's death has caused a void in our lives that will never be filled.

We understand that this is news but we need time to grieve and would really appreciate the press and media giving us time to do so, we do not have any statements to make now or in the near future our thoughts are our own and will remain that way we would like to thank our family and friends for their love and concern it was gratefully received.

– Tom Hollinghurst, father


Police release suicide note of teenager shot in US

Alex Hollinghurst's handwritten suicide note
Suicide note written by Alex Hollinghurst Credit: NBC News Channel

The County Sheriff's Office has released several notes left by the teenagers accused of shooting dead a US police officer.

17 year old Alex Hollinghurst ,who's originally from Glossop told her mother ' I could write you for days, but I know nothing would actually make a difference to you."

Two other notes, one to Hollinghurst's father and sister were also found.

"I hope you never take a wrong turn like I did," Hollinghurst writes in a letter addressed to Hannah. "I hope you realize that you are ever so beautiful. I love you."

"I love you to death, but I just couldn't do it anymore. Every day became harder and harder," Hollinghurst says to her father.

Brother wants justice for his brother shot dead in Sri Lanka

The brother of a Red Cross worker from Rochdale who was murdered in Sri Lanka says he wants justice in the courts.

Khuram Shaikh was allegedly shot trying to stop a gang of men from attacking a woman in a bar on Christmas Day in 2011. She was later raped.

Six men go on trial tomorrow charged with his murder and her rape in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

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