Kennedy Center Honorees Tom Hanks, and Sting share a laugh as they gather with Patricia McBride, front left, Lily Tomlin, front right, and Al Green, right, following the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the State Department in Washington

Sting lined up with Tom Hanks for prestigious honours in Washington DC

President Obama was in attendance to watch the Wallsend-born singer pick up a Kennedy Center Honor in December

U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron

Journal poll shows public split on what to do in Ukraine and the Middle East

Our poll show some people in the North East back military intervention but others want economic sanctions and diplomacy

U.S. President Barack Obama

Denise Robertson: Obama's failure to make change is disappointing

If you're a columnist for any length of time there will come a moment when you have to eat your words. In 2009 I wrote that there was a new President in the White House and his name was HOPE

US ambassador Matthew Barzun (centre) with students and staff at Durham University

US ambassador Matthew Barzun meets Durham University students

The US ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun met Durham University students and scholars during a trip to the region

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

Denise Robertson: Wind farms paid to stand idle as Britain hit by storms

Denise Robertson speaks her mind on Britain's wind farms which have been paid a record £30m to stand idle

U.S. President Barack Obama

Default looms as US government shutdown continues

The United States moved closer to a default that could seriously harm the economy and a partial government shutdown entered its third week

President Obama

Andrew Miller: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the US

As I write this, the US federal government is in a state of partial shutdown, which culminates a week of remarkable legislative strategic fumbling

President Obama

George Hepburn gives his view on President Obama's reaction to the Syria crisis

Dear President Obama, I am one of your greatest fans. I still the remember the day of your first inauguration

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

North East MP warns on chaos if West strikes Syria

A military strike on Syria could spread chaos across neighbouring Middle East countries, a senior North East MP has warned

Boris Johnson warns about arming rebels, and David Cameron arrives at the G8 summit

Morning news headlines for June 17

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Syria and trade dominate G8 summit

Interview: Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine

Despite an alarming reputation, SIMON RUSHWORTH finds Megadeth’s frontman in mellow mood as the band head for Tyneside

Gateshead FC 2 Alfreton Town 0

ON the night Barack Obama sought a second term as president of the United States, Gateshead secured the first back-to-back wins of their own swinging campaign.

Hatem Ben Arfa in action for Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa owes French call to Tyneside

HATEM Ben Arfa is preparing for his first major tournament after being “tamed” on Tyneside.

Chelsea 0 Sunderland 3

IN a soaring triumph of ambition and youthful audacity, scintillating Sunderland routed champions to Chelsea to record their most impressive Premier League victory for nigh on a decade.

Answer to our prayers or mere fantasy?

IT is impossible not to be impressed by the idea of a Newcastle United Football Club run by supporters for supporters, yet it is far easier to doubt it is a viable proposition.

The biggest battle is for fans' hearts and minds

CAN Newcastle United really fall under supporter control? Mark Douglas reports on moves to buy out current owner Mike Ashley.

Bruce blasts back in Beckham TV rumpus

AN UNDER-STRENGTH England finished their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 home win, with goals scored by two men hoping to push claims for South Africa.

Survey comments - Q3: Was Kinnear justified in his outburst against the national press?

Sometimes the press forgets that the games are the show, not them.

Sarah Green

A year it was all happening here

As 2007 draws to a close and we look forward to 2008 with hope and just a little foreboding, nebusiness asks a few notable members of the North business community to express their feelings about the year past and the year ahead.


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Culture Editor
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Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer