BBC news for County Durham

Waste firm fined over fly infestation and tyre breach

Niramax admits breaching its environmental permit and failing to comply with an enforcement notice.

Transport for the North unveil £70bn travel masterplan

The plan includes building new rail lines to cut journey times and ease congestion on the roads.

Firefighters flood rescue unit boost

The vehicle has already been operational in recent rescues on the River Tees.

BDO World Championships: Glen Durrant successfully defends his title

Glen Durrant wins his second BDO world title in a row, defeating Mark McGeeney 7-6 in a thrilling final at Lakeside.

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Trump's cognitive ability is normal, says White House doctor

The US president, 71, displays no abnormal signs following a cognitive exam, his doctor says.

Joshua Wong receives second jail term over 2014 protests

Joshua Wong, a leader of the protests, was found guilty of obstructing clearances of barricades.

Jessica Falkholt: Home and Away actress has died, hospital says

Jessica Falkholt was injured in a Christmas crash which killed her parents, sister and another driver.

Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims in Chile

A private meeting with victims is held, amid a papal visit overshadowed by Church sex scandals.