BBC news for County Durham

Charlene Walker stabbed to death over 'missing £21'

Julie Gowling stabbed Charlene Walker in the chest in a row over money, Teesside Crown Court hears.

Middlesbrough: Victor Valdes & Brad Guzan to leave club

Middlesbrough goalkeepers Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan are both to leave the relegated Premier League club.

Thomas Brown funeral: Coffin pulled by tractor

Thomas Brown's family said they wanted the day to be a "celebration" of his life.

Appleby Horse Fair: Finishing touches put to stopover sites for visitors

It is hoped the temporary sites will reduce the number of unauthorised encampments.

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Trump 'determined to pursue peace' after Pope meeting

US president says he is "more determined than ever" to seek global peace after his Vatican audience.

Taiwan's top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

The decision paves the way for Taiwan to become the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriages.

Ex-officer helps exonerate US prisoner after 24 years

"You know, time heals all wounds", Shaurn Thomas says as he leaves the Pennsylvania prison.

Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 34 drown

Rescuers tell of a frantic mission to save about 200 people who fell from a packed boat off Libya.