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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  2. Weather: Dry evening, but patchy rain on the way

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    It should be a mostly dry evening but patchy rain will slowly drift across the region through the night. It'll be breezy but mild.

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    Video caption: BBC Weather for the North West

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  3. Boy, 7, with rare condition takes first steps unaided

    BBC North West Tonight

    A seven-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition has taken his first steps unaided.

    Rhys Taylor, from Bolton, has angel-man syndrome, which affects his development and speech.

    Watch him taking his first steps.

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    Video caption: 7 year old Rhys Taylor with a rare genetic condition, has taken his first steps unaided.
  4. Football: Manchester United sign midfielder from Borussia Dortmund

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United have signed Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from German club Borussia Dortmund.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    The 27-year-old joins United for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal, with the option of a further year.

    The Armenia captain was the 2015-16 Bundesliga player of the season and scored 23 goals in all competitions.

  5. Autism campaigner begins glass box challenge

    Steve Young is hoping the stunt will help raise money and awareness for an autism charity, because his 23- year-old daughter lives with the condition.   

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  6. Man, 70, beaten after confronting 'urinating' man

    A 70-year-old man was viciously attacked after confronting a man he saw urinating on a wall at his partner's home in Failsworth.

    Derek Laidlaw

    Derek Laidlaw was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched before the attacker, described as white, stocky and aged in his 40s or 50s, fled towards Kew Road.

    Police have issued a photograph showing Mr Laidlaw's injuries in the hope that people will come forward with information about the 2 July assault. 

  7. Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • The families of two soldiers from Cheshire and Manchester who were killed in Iraq have spoken out following the publication of the Chilcot report into the 2003 conflict
    • A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a newborn baby boy is found unconscious in the toilets at Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
    • A bus company is investigating after a double-decker bus had its roof ripped off going under a railway bridge in Middleton
  8. Travel: Traffic lights failure in Manchester causing delays

    BBC Travel

    A traffic lights failure at the junction between Princess Street and Portland Street in Manchester is causing delays.

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  9. Soldier's family say son 'should never have been sent to Iraq' after Chilcot report release

    The family of a soldier from Manchester who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq have said he should never have been there in the first place. 

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    Video caption: 23 year killed by roadside bomb in 2006

    Private Lee Ellis, of Wythenshawe, was 23 when he died in Amarah after a homemade bomb exploded under the vehicle he was travelling in, in 2006.

    His family have spoken out following the publication of the Chilcot report, which ruled the 2003 invasion was based on “flawed intelligence and assessments” that went unchallenged.

  10. Father of Warrington soldier killed in Iraq speaks out after Chilcot report

    The father of a 21-year-old soldier from Warrington who was killed in Iraq has said the release of the Chilcot report into the conflict marks the second worst day of his life.

    Kingsman Alex Green

    Kingsman Alex Green died in January 2007 after he was shot during a mission in Basra.

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he takes full responsibility for mistakes made over the Iraq war after the Chilcot report found the 2003 invasion was "not a last resort".

    Kingsman Green's father Bill Stewardson said: "I have pinned my existence on the fact that Alex was an honest and intelligent young man who went through the rigorous requirements of being graded good enough to pull on a British military uniform.

    "And you do expect the people who take the decisions to be of the same grade. That turned out not to be the case, and it's really really shook me."

  11. Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • The father of a 21-year-old soldier from Warrington who was killed in Iraq says the release of the Chilcot report into the conflict marks the second worst day of his life
    • A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a newborn baby boy is found unconscious in the toilets at Wigan's Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
    • A bus company is investigating after a double-decker bus had its roof ripped off going under a railway bridge in Middleton
  12. Energy firm given more time to fund £800m Trafford power station

    The firm behind plans for an £800m gas-fired power station in Greater Manchester has been granted more time to find investors to complete the project.

    Power plant plans

    Carlton Power wants to build a plant in Trafford capable of generating enough electricity to power two million homes. 

    The firm secured £30m a year for 15 years from the government, but was given until September to find the necessary extra funding - or else the contract would be terminated.

    It now has until 19 December and bosses said "talks were ongoing".

  13. Calls for fire authority chairman to resign amid job cuts and shift changes

    The Fire Brigade Union has called for the chairman of Greater Manchester's fire authority to resign after controversial plans to axe about 250 jobs were approved.

    GMFRS

    The union has passed a vote of no confidence in David Acton after the authority also backed plans to put firefighters on 12-hour shifts, which the union says are detrimental to workers' family lives.

    The authority has admitted the changes could put people at risk, but said central government funding cuts were to blame.

  14. Attempted murder arrest after newborn baby found in Wigan hospital toilets

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a newborn baby was found unconscious and abandoned in a hospital's toilets.

    Wigan Hospital

    Police were called to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, where the baby boy was discovered by security staff shortly after midnight.

    He was taken to the A&E ward, where he was resuscitated and was said to be recovering well.

    A 31-year-old man is being questioned by detectives, and police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

  15. Beyonce gig was heard eight miles away from Old Trafford venue

    BBC Newsbeat

    People living near Old Trafford cricket ground say they could hear every note of Beyonce's concert on Tuesday night.

    Beyonce

    Residents eight miles away went on social media to say they'd been disturbed by the music.

    Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts said her friends in Manchester had messaged her saying they could hear the gig.

    "They treated themselves to a back garden pass," she said.

  16. Police appeal over Oldham one-punch attack

    Police investigating a one-punch attack on a man in Oldham have issued a CCTV image of a suspect they are searching for.

    Assault suspect

    The 22-year-old was knocked unconscious in the attack in Rock Street, in the early hours of 4 June, Greater Manchester Police said.

    He was not badly injured but Det Con Andrew Swettenham said the force is keen to find the suspect.