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IMF could provide extra $127m to deal with Ebola

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it could provide Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with an extra $127m to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.

A woman being tested for fever - a symptom of Ebola, in Sierra Leone. Credit: TT News Agency/Press Association Images

The money has not been approved by the IMF's executive board, but it could help cover gaps in the west African nations' finances.

"The Ebola outbreak is a severe human, social and economic crisis that requires a resolute response from the international community," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a statement.

Three 'illegal immigrants' arrested on motorway

Three men suspected of immigration offences have been arrested after they were spotted falling from underneath a lorry on a motorway, police said.

A member of the public saw the men on M6 near West Bromwich around 9.15am, before they were arrested near the junction with the M5.

It appears that these men may have risked their lives trying to get into the country and a passing motorist reported seeing them fall from underneath a lorry and then making their way to the central reservation.

The men believed to be from Africa and who may have hidden on a lorry travelling from Calais will be dealt with by the UK Border Force.

– Sergeant Ian Williams

Two of the men were aged 33 and a 27, police said, adding that they were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences after apparently boarding a lorry in Calais, France.


Cable: 'Businesses see 'Yes' vote as potential disaster'

The Business Secretary has said the "overwhelming bulk of businesses" considered a Yes vote as a potential disaster and called for them to speak out.

The overwhelming bulk of businesses regard it as potentially disastrous if Britain were to be broken up. It would have major potential effects on trade and business functioning within the UK.

But I think it would have a shattering effect on confidence. Mainly in Scotland but it would affect England too.

– Vince Cable speaking on LBC radio when asked about retailers

Vince Cable also warned that the effects on markets of the tightening of the race were "probably just a minor prelude" to the consequences of a "shattering" of confidence in the result of a vote in favour of splitting away from the UK.

Obama: Over 40 countries helping anti-IS effort

President Obama says "more than 40 countries" have offered to help in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.

He stressed that the US would not lead the fight alone, but would "do things differently" by building a strong international effort against the terror group, who are also known as Isis or Isil.

He told US military personnel: "We will lead a broad coalition of countries who have a stake in this fight because this is not simply America vs Isil, this is the people of the region fighting against Isil."

"It is the world rejecting the brutality of Isil and fighting for a better future for our children and our childrens' children - all of them," he added.


Scottish support for independence 'rises to 49%'

Scottish support for independence has risen to 49%, an Ipsos MORI poll for STV News suggests on the eve of the referendum.

Scottish support for independence has risen to 49%, the Ipsos MORI/STV News poll suggests. Credit: PA Wire

The poll showed support for Scotland staying in the UK was now at 51%, the broadcaster said.

Support for independence had risen seven percentage points since a similar poll on 5 August, while support for the Union had fallen by the same amount.

Scotland's future in EU 'best secured by staying in UK'

Former European Commissioners have warned Scotland that its future in the EU is "best secured by staying together in the UK".

Former British members of the European Commission warned, 'There would - and could - be no 'seamless transition'' Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

People from the President of the European Commission to the greatest living expert on EU law, to the Spanish Europe Minister and the Leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament all agree: if Scotland leaves the UK it also leaves the EU.

There would - and could - be no "seamless transition".

The contrast to those who claim, without any evidence or proof, that somehow it will be "all right on that night", could not be more stark.

– Former British members of the European Commission

Obama: I will not commit ground troops to Iraq

President Obama addressing military personnel in Florida.

President Obama has made clear that the US will not send ground troops to fight Islamic State terrorists in Iraq.

Speaking at US Central Command in Florida, Mr Obama told military personnel: "As Commander-in-Chief I will not commit you and the rest of our forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq."

He said US personnel in Iraq were there to "support Iraqi forces on the ground as they fight for their own country against these terrorists".

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