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Blood tests on suspected Ebola death victim in Ireland

Blood test results will reveal tomorrow whether a man found dead in Ireland was infected with Ebola, health chiefs have said.

The man's body was found in Co Donegal early this morning. He had recently returned from one of the West African nations hit by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus.

Blood tests are being carried out on the man's remains
Blood tests are being carried out on the man's body. Credit: PA

Bosses at the country's Health Service Executive (HSE) said the risk of transmission was "extremely low", but all guidelines were being followed as a precaution. The unnamed man's body will be kept in the mortuary until a diagnosis has been confirmed.

Head of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dr Darina O'Flanagan, said:

We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease. The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution.

– Dr Darina O'Flanagan, HSE

US continues air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Iraq

The US military has launched six air strikes against Islamic State fighters today in the vicinity of Iraq's Mosul Dam, US Central Command has said.

"The strikes destroyed or damaged three Isil Humvees, one Isil vehicle, and multiple IED [improvised explosive devices] emplacements," it said in a statement.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam after taking it from Islamic State militants.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam after taking it from Islamic State militants. Credit: REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

"All aircraft exited the strike area safely."

The US has conducted a total of 90 air strikes on Islamic State targets across Iraq since August 8.

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US special forces had failed to rescue Syria hostages

US special forces had tried to rescue hostages in Syria this summer, including James Foley, senior officials in the Obama administration have revealed.

The mission was authorised after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location where the hostages were being held.

However, the special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find the hostages, and engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants before departing.

ITV News' James Mates reports from Washington:

Campaign calls for law change as 'suicide tourism' rises

Right to die campaigners are calling for a change in the law after it was revealed that one in five people who go to Switzerland for an assisted suicide are British.

Supporters say a big increase in so-called "suicide tourism" shows that terminally ill Britons should be able to end their lives at home.

ITV News Correspondent Harry Smith reports.

Read: Suicide tourism numbers 'double in four years'

Half the Brit jihadists who fought with Isis are back in UK

ITV News has learned that half of the 500 British jihadists believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State militants have returned to Britain.

The Government has insisted it is taking tough action to prevent any more returning and creating a threat here, but its detractors claim not enough is being done.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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Weather: Cold with brighter skies

by - ITV Weather Presenter

Temperatures are still struggling.

It will be chilly for the time of year again tonight - and another cool feel for most of us again tomorrow. But at least there'll be brighter skies and sunny spells.

Any showers will tend to be few and far between.

Like most of the near continent temperatures will remain on the low side for mid August. We'll need to wait until the tail end of next week before things slowly start to warm up again.

Two US aid workers make full recovery from Ebola

Two US aid workers have made a full recovery after contracting the deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia.

Dr Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol have now been discharged from Emory University Hospital after contracting the disease while working in Liberia.

ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

Read: Ebola survivor 'thankful to God for sparing my life'

Read: New Ebola advice drawn up after US workers' recovery

US and Britain hunt fighter who murdered James Foley

US and British intelligence services have pooled resources in their hunt for the Islamic State fighter who murdered journalist James Foley.

Reports claim the hooded figure was one of three British men guarding foreign hostages - a group dubbed 'The Beatles'.

Warning: ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner's report contains images you may find distressing.

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