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Two new Ebola cases in Nigeria

Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and are outside the group of medics who treated a man who arrived in the country with the virus, health officials have revealed.

The two new cases are the partners of medical workers who subsequently died after having direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer who flew into Nigeria in July and infected 11 other people according to Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu.

Child's death would be fourth Israeli civilian casualty

Israeli security sources have said that the four-year-old was killed in a collective farm close to the border with the Gaza Strip.

The boy would be the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the coastal territory since the outbreak of conflict on July 8, and the first Israeli death since an Egyptian-brokered truce broke down earlier this week.

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Putin could 'not wait to send aid convoy into Ukraine'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he decided to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine because he could no longer wait.

According to the Kremlin account of the phone call, President Putin expressed "serious concern" about the military escalation in eastern Ukraine.

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Iraqi forces move to retake northern towns from IS

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A fighter fires as Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters try to retake towns in northern Iraq. Credit: RTV

Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have moved in a bid to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State militants, security sources told Reuters.

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Peshmerga forces, backed by US air strikes, retook one district near Jalawla. Credit: RTV

Peshmerga forces, backed by US air strikes, retook one district near the eastern entrance to Jalawla, 70 miles (115 km) northeast of Baghdad, they said.

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Tanks and armoured vehicles fired towards targets on the outskirts of Jalawla Credit: RTV

Tanks and armoured vehicles fired towards targets on the outskirts of Jalawla after moving in a convoy towards the town overnight, while Iraqi troops advance towards the nearby town of Saadiya.

Shi'ite militia kill 68 at Sunni mosque in eastern Iraq

At least 68 people have died after Shi'ite militia forces opened fire on a Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province, a morgue official told Reuters.

The mass killing marks a setback for Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, from the majority Shi'ite community, who is seeking support from Sunnis and ethnic Kurds to take on the Islamic State insurgency that is threatening to tear Iraq apart.

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