A video posted on YouTube reputedly showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley.
Islamic State militia (IS) today claimed they had killed Foley, after he was held captive for more than 600 days in Syria.

Do Journal readers support action in Iraq? Our poll asks for your opinions

After the murder of journalist James Foley, we ask what you think the UK's stance should be on Iraq and extremism in the UK

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border

Blaydon MP calls for the recall of Parliament to urge intervention in Iraq

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson said Great Britain should act to save the lives of thousands from Islamic terrorists

Easington MP Grahame Morris

North East MP warns transatlantic trade deal could threaten the NHS

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Easington MP Grahame Morris has raised concerns that a trade deal between UK and American bureaucrats is putting the NHS at serious risk of privatisation

Alison Davison from Morpeth Northumberland whose husband Glenn died from familial Alzheimer's

Dementia cases rise in the North East - with some areas having the highest rates in England

New figures have revealed that some parts of the North East have the highest rates of dementia diagnosis in England

Barry Sweeney

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

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

Prime Minister David Cameron (left), Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (centre) and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband

Journal poll suggests tough times ahead for Labour

When asked which of the party leaders do they think would make the best Prime Minister, some 25% of the North East said Mr Cameron, versus just 16% for Ed Miliband

Lord Jeremy Beecham at the opening of a street in Benwell in his name and a wooden bench in his wifes memory.

Peer backs right to die as Lords debate change to law

Newcastle peer Lord Beecham told the House of Lords his wife's experience with cancer convinced him the law should be changed

Michael Gove

Farewell to Michael Gove, the Education Secretary who repeatedly attacked North East schools

The demotion of Michael Gove could mark a turning point in relations between the Department of Education and North East schools, says Jonathan Walker

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

Royal Mail sale error cost taxpayers £1bn, says MPs

A highly critical report has been published by a committee of MPs, claiming Royal Mail was way undervalued when it was privatised

David Cameron addresses FSB conference

David Cameron drawn into row over Northumberland school transport

Prime Minister is accused by Labour councillors of wrongly saying the local authority could use a bursary fund for transport

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council

Row over school transport charges in Northumberland reaches new heights

Northumberland County Council claims an extraordinary meeting called amid a row over transport charges for students will cost taxpayers £80,000

Home Secretary Theresa May

Criminal checks needed to make sure MPs are safe to work with children, Commons told

A North East MP has called for checks to ensure MPs are safe to work with children and vulnerable adults

UKIP's North East MEP says his party is coming after Labour

Ukip's first MEP for the North East has criticised David Cameron's failure to block Jean-Claude Juncker from taking the EU's top job

Transport, business, innovation and schools programm

Business, transport and schools to gain from massive investment in the North East

Transport, business, innovation - and that schools challenge we desperately need - all boosted as Government unveils £300m programme of investment for North East

Lord Michael Heseltine

'I wouldn't have had a vote. I would have just done it': Michael Heseltine on a mayor for the North East

In a wide ranging interview with the Journal, Lord Heseltine insists the North East is booming - but it would be even better with a mayor

First school children in class

Shocking new statistics reveal thousands of children taught in oversized classes

The number of infants taught in classes of more than 30 has more than doubled in the North East, offiical figures show

Direct elections to run Northumberland National Park signalled in Queen's Speech

North East MP issues warning after Government presses ahead with fracking saying North East must not become a testing ground

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg and David Cameron confirm Coalition commitment ahead of Queen's Speech

Liberal Dem leader Nick Clegg confirms his commitment to the Coalition in advance of the Queen's Speech

North East Conservative MEP Martin Callanan

Former North East MEP Martin Callanan tipped as next EU commissioner for Britain

Former MEP Martin Callanan says the new European Commissioner role needs a strong candidate

Home Secretary Theresa May

Denise Robertson: Turn fire on those who make mistakes, not who points

Theresa May’s address to the Police Federation did not go down well with PC Ken Davies from Cheshire Police Federation


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