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Ebola outbreak 'moving faster than efforts to control it'

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is moving faster than efforts to control it, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Director-general of WHO Dr Margaret Chan claimed governments may need to impose restrictions on population movements and public gatherings in order to contain the deadly virus, which has killed 729 people.

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Director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Margaret Chan. Credit: Reuters

An emergency committee will meet next week to decide if the crisis constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern".

Speaking to the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, Chan said the virus can be contained but the severity of the issue has outstripped their countries' capacity to respond.

Police may also have to be used to guarantee the safety of Ebola response teams, Chan added.

Read: Your Ebola questions answered

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Teenage drug dealer given five years after MDMA death

Nicqueel Pitrora admitted supplying Class A drugs.
Nicqueel Pitrora admitted supplying Class A drugs.

An 18 year-old drug dealer who targeted schoolboys has been sentenced to five years in prison after a youngster "with everything to live for" died after taking ecstasy.

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, 16, of Croydon, died of multiple organ failure three days after taking MDMA, or ecstasy, when he went to a a rave in Hayes, west London, in January.

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs died after taking MDMA at a rave.
Daniel Spargo-Mabbs died after taking MDMA Credit: PA

He was among of group of five friends who had asked for the class A drug before the party.

Nicqueel Pitrora, of Croydon, admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs on January 17.

He also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class B drugs between January 1 2013 and January 16 2014, and possession of class B drugs (cannabis) on January 21.

Nicola Adams wins spot in boxing final

England's boxer Nicola Adams wins women's fly semi final
England's boxer Nicola Adams wins women's fly semi final Credit: Press Association

Nicola Adams' hopes of boxing gold at the Commonwealth Games are a step nearer after winning the women's fly semi-final. She beat Canada's Mandy Bujold 3 - 0.

Adams will now go through to the final on Saturday against Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh, when she will be in with a chance of being crowned the Games' first women's boxing champion.

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Israel names soldier suspected to have been captured

The Israeli military has named the soldier believed to have been captured by Hamas militants this morning:

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2nd. Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23 from Kfar Saba, is the soldier suspected to be kidnapped by Hamas earlier today.

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We suspect that a group of Hamas terrorists, including a suicide attacker, kidnapped 2nd. Lt. Goldin at 9:30AM & dragged him into a tunnel.

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Hamas terrorists killed two IDF soldiers during the suspected kidnapping of 2nd Lt. Goldin this morning.

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