As the North East's three new MEPs were welcomed into the European Parliament, UKIP's representatives turned their backs.
A mysterious super yacht has been talk of the Toon since it arrived at the Port of Tyne. Captain Dale Smith is delighted to be back home.
Iraqi students, who are all studying in the North East, have held a demonstration to highlight the ongoing turmoil in their home country.
The family of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney - who was killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash - has met the Prime Minister David Cameron today to discuss the investigation into the incident.
Barry Sweeney, Liam's father, together with his mother and other family members, left for London from Newcastle Central station early this morning for this afternoon's meeting.
They were also representing the family of John Alder, another fan who died on the flight.
Our correspondent Gregg Easteal joined the Sweeney famliy and has the hour-by-hour story of what was a difficult and emotional day.
The family of a Newcastle United fan killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine are travelling to Downing Street today (July 29).
The family of Liam Sweeney are meeting David Cameron to discuss the progress of the investigation into what happened to flight MH17.
Forensic experts have formally identified the first of 298 MH17 victims, AFP reported.
A statement from the Dutch Government said: “The first victim of the flight MH17 disaster was identified.
"It's a Dutch citizen and the victim's family and mayor of where they lived have been informed.”
A team of 200 specialists are involved in the identification process but it could take months for it to be completed.
The Dutch are in charge of identifying all the victims from the July 17 disaster over rebel-held Ukraine, 194 of whom were Dutch nationals.
So far 227 coffins with the remains of people from 17 countries have been flown back.
Liam Sweeney's father Barry travelled to the Netherlands to witness the return of 44 bodies from the wreckage of flight MH17. ITV News Tyne Tees was invited to join him on the emotional journey. See Kenny Toal's full report here.
Liam Sweeney's father Barry has placed a wreath outside of Schiphol Airport in memory of his son and fellow Newcastle United fan John Alder. Both men were killed on flight MH17 on their way to support their beloved team.
Tributes have been left at Schiphol Airport to those who died in the MH17 Malaysia Airlines flight disaster. Barry Sweeney, father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney, will be laying a wreath here later. Barry says he is also there as a representative of John Alder's relatives.
There's an anxious wait tonight (July 23) for the father of one of the two Newcastle United fans killed aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which was downed in the Ukraine last Thursday. Barry Sweeney has travelled to Einhoven to see if the body of his son Liam, and that of John Alder, were among those flown back to the Netherlands this afternoon.
The bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines disaster in eastern Ukraine have been arriving in the Netherlands.
Crowds have been gathering to pay their respects near the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
The family of Liam Sweeney, the 28-year-old Newcastle fan who died in the incident, travelled to Eindhoven today (Wednesday 23rd July). 63-year-old Magpies fan John Alder was also killed in the suspected attack.
About 60 coffins containing victims of the MH17 disaster are expected in the Netherlands on the first flights from Kharkiv, a Dutch government spokesperson has said.
Two military transport planes, one each from the Netherlands and Australia, are currently flying the bodies to Eindhoven Airport.
There was some confusion about how many of the 282 corpses the rebels said they had found were on the train which arrived yesterday in Kharkiv.
A Dutch official in charge of the international team dealing with the dead said that at least 200 bodies were aboard the train and that more remains could be found once the body bags are examined fully.
A plane carrying the bodies of some victims of the MH17 air disaster has departed for the Netherlands from Ukraine. The families of some of the victims, including Liam Sweeney's family, are gathering in Amsterdam.