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The father of Liam Sweeney who died in the MH17 crash will meet with David Cameron

Barry Sweeney

Mr Sweeney of Westerhope in Newcastle has been invited to meet with the Prime Minister in London

Family tell how they tried to save Fish Quay drowning victim

Paul Fairley, pictured holding can at bottom of photo, who died in the sea at the Fish Quay at North Shields. Pictured with friends and son Glen, far right in blue t-shirt
Paul Fairley, 46, of North Shields, died despite his girlfriend's efforts to save him when he fell into the water

North East firms call for Government reforms to help create more apprenticeships

Dianne Sharp, the regional director for the CBI
The demands coincide with the Journnal's 'Proud to Back Apprenticeships' campaign

Newcastle Airport urges more support for North East in £1m Heathrow competition

Newcastle International Airport
The North East is in with the chance of winning £1m of free advertising at the world's third busiest airport

North East peers launch attack on Government farming policies

Matt Ridley
Viscount Ridley leads call for an end to wasteful public subsidy for organic farms

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today over staff shortages

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today
Extra staff were drafted in earlier this year to help the agency deal with a 30,000 backlog in applications
The Lords of Lightning, will perform at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony

Lords of Lightning announced as part of Great North Run celebrations

Event will celebrate millionth runner to finish the half marathon and more acts are being announced all the time

The father of Liam Sweeney who died in the MH17 crash will meet with David Cameron

Barry Sweeney
Mr Sweeney of Westerhope in Newcastle has been invited to meet with the Prime Minister in London

Newcastle Airport urges more support for North East in £1m Heathrow competition

Newcastle International Airport
The North East is in with the chance of winning £1m of free advertising at the world's third busiest airport

A support group is helping HIV sufferers in the North East educate the community

Professor of Music at Newcastle University, Paul Atinello who is HIV positive and has set up a support group for the North East
A lecturer at Newcastle University today talks about living with HIV and how he is working to educate the community about the condition
David Quayle, director of H&H Land and Property

Farmers advised to act soon on RPA scheme changes

Claimants must enrol anew online for the Basic Payment Scheme by the Rural Payment Agency

Visualsoft to treble turnover and create 50 new jobs after MBO

Visualsoft managing director Dean Benson, front, with (l to r) operations director Matt Burton, development director Tim Johnson and online marketing director David Duke
North East e-commerce firm Visualsoft aims to be at 'cutting edge' of the e-commerce sector

Bad Boy expands European sales from North East base

John Paul Gardner of martial arts group Bad Boy Europe
North Tyneside mixed martial arts brand Bad Boy says growing interest in MMA sports across European is fuelling demand for its products

Tyneside care home operator creates 100 jobs in Wakefield

A computer generated image of what Holyrood House will look like
Crown Care, the care home division of Tyneside-based Ladhar Group, has opened a luxury home in Wakefield
Newcastle United's Loic Remy

Newcastle could be tempted to move for Loic Remy after last season's hero fails medical

Will Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew take a risk with a proven goalscorer with clear health issues?

Sunderland closing in Atletico Madrid midfielder Cristian Rodriguez

Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez
Reports in Spain claim Cristian Rodriguez's agent has flown to London to discuss a move to Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Fabio Borini at £14million? It's good business for Sunderland

Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland
Italian striker is not worth the amount that Black Cats will pay for him, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay that much
Durham cricketer Paul Collingwood

Durham lose their opening One-Day Cup clash against Somerset

Paul Collingwood took heart from Durham’s performance after they suffered a losing start to their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign at Taunton

Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon has chance of a lifetime at the Commonwealth Games

Sunderland Strollers' Alyson Dixon
The Commonwealth Games athletics programme starts on Sunday and there is serious North East interest, as Mark Douglas reports

Sunderland will not give up on Marcos Alonso pursuit despite signing Patrick van Aanholt

Marcos Alonso of Sunderland in action
Sunderland want to make recruitment progress this week and are eyeing Jack Rodwell, Abel Hernandez and Alonso
Alphabetti Spaghetti owner Ali Pritchard

Alphabetti Spaghetti founder on his big plans for the stage

Ali Pritchard honed his drama skills at Northumbria University and is now putting them into practice

Kingdom buffet restaurant closes at Haymarket Metro Station

Kingdom Buffet restaurant at Haymarket Metro Station
The Kingdom buffet restaurant had operated on the first floor of the £20m Haymarket Metro Station building since 2012

Festival returns to Darlington with lots of thrifty delights

John Orchard, left, with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, co-founders of the Festival of Thrift
If it isn't the thriftiest festival in the country, it certainly should be. David Whetstone looks ahead to the second Festival of Thrift
Kingdom Buffet restaurant at Haymarket Metro Station

Kingdom buffet restaurant closes at Haymarket Metro Station

The Kingdom buffet restaurant had operated on the first floor of the £20m Haymarket Metro Station building since 2012

Offshore 44 becomes Hop & Cleaver on the Quayside

The Hop and Cleaver, on Newcastle Quayside.
Ladhar Leisure spending £700,000 on revamp and creating 30 jobs

North East pair out to tempt us with Peruvian street cuisine

The latest on the list of international street delicacies come from Peru and marmalade doesn't get a look-in

Videos & Photos

Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle Airport urges more support for North East in £1m Heathrow competition

Floriot Randrianarmangason who is over from Madagascar to learn how to look after the Madagascan Pochard duck at Washington Wildfowl Centre

North experts help world's rarest duck

Michaela Strachan, opens the new Farmyard attraction at Adventure Valley in County Durham.

Springwatch star Michaela Strachan enjoys some animal magic in Durham

 
 
Police remove the baby from the hot car after breaking the window to gain entry

Mother cautioned after police rescue six-month-old baby from boiling hot car

Officers were forced to smash a window of the vehicle to rescue the infant

Commonwealth Games quiz: test your knowledge of dancing delicacies and top teams

Commonwealth Games 2014: Test your knowledge of the Glasgow games with our Friday quiz

Watch: Tulisa speaks of "outrage" at V Festival assault conviction and says she plans to appeal

Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement to the waiting media as she leaves Stratford Magistrates Court in London where she was found guilty of hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V-Festival in Essex
26-year-old singer was found guilty of hitting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan in the face at the V Festival last year

Air Algerie flight AH5017 crashes with 116 on board

Air Algerie flight carrying over 100 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappears in northern Mali
Passenger jet AH5017 was travelling from Burkino Faso to Algeria when it lost contact with aviation authorities

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