Friends of a former Sunderland University student who was on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 say they are fearing the worst as search and rescue teams look for possible wreckage seen on satellite.
They have described Huan Peen Chan as "one of life's lovely guys".
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Penny the Pointer from North Yorkshire and Suki the Schnauzer from Sunderland have been selected as finalists in the pet survivor awards.
Northumberland has won Silver in the Best UK Holiday Destination/County in the prestigious 2015 British Travel awards last night.
Police from five forces have carried out raids today aimed at stopping an escalating feud in the travelling community.