BBC news for County Durham

Windlestone Hall home fraudster ordered to repay £100,500

The 61-year-old will face a further 18 months in jail if the sum is not settled within three months.

Middlesbrough-Sheffield United brawl: Fans given banning orders

Violence flared after a game at the Riverside Stadium in August.

Durham County Council agrees TA dispute pay offer

Teaching assistants have staged several strikes over plans to pay them for 40 weeks rather than 52.

Birds found in oily substance on North East coast

Some birds have died after being found covered in the substance along a 75-mile stretch of coast.

Live BBC World News

Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school

Tuesday's huge quake killed at least 223 people, including children at a school in the capital.

Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico without power

Hurricane Maria has knocked out electricity for the entire island, home to more than 3.5m people.

Canada MP sorry for Catherine McKenna 'climate Barbie' remark

Conservative Gerry Ritz apologised over a remark he aimed at environment minister Catherine McKenna.

Catalonia referendum: Spain PM calls for 'escalation' to stop

Mariano Rajoy appeals to Catalan separatists in a televised speech after a day of unrest in Barcelona.