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Lib Dems pledge to allow safe standing at matches

The Liberal Democrats will allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing at stadiums, under plans in its 2015 general election manifesto.

In the wake of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, clubs in England's top two divisions were required to ensure all fans were seated at matches.

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Rail seats at Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium, which are only allowed to be used at Bristol Rugby matches. Credit: Football Supporters' Federation

The party says rail seats, which can be locked in an upright position to allow fans to stand and lean against a barrier, should be considered in English football, following examples in leagues across Europe.

It insists it is not campaigning for a return to open terracing.

The Football Supporters' Federation has long campaigned for the introduction of safe standing, claiming it improves the atmosphere at games and cuts ticket prices.

Robin Williams' ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in San Francisco Bay following his suicide, according to the late comedian's death certificate.

Robin Williams was found dead at his California home last week. Credit: Reuters

The 63-year-old - who was suffering from severe depression and experiencing the early stages of Parkinson's disease - was found dead at his home in California last week.

His ashes were scattered on August 12, the day after his death, according to the document.

Williams' death sparked a global outpouring of grief, with President Obama and stars of Hollywood among those to pay tribute to the actor.


Ebola survivor's emotional goodbye to hospital staff

A picture showing Ebola survivor Dr Kent Brantly's emotional goodbye to the medical staff who helped save his life has emerged.

Earlier Dr Brantly said he was "thrilled to be alive" after his recovery from the deadly virus.

Dr Sanjay Gupta,CNN's chief medical correspondent, shared the image.


a picture you won't soon forget. dr kent brantly says good bye to the team that saved him. #ebola


Ebola: US workers recover as Ireland awaits test results

As medics await test results on a man from Ireland who may have contracted the Ebola virus, two US aid workers have been discharged after making a full recovery.

Dr Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol underwent intensive, experimental treatment at Emory University Hospital after contracting the disease while in Liberia.

ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:


Food shortages in Ebola-hit nations due to travel bans

Travel and trade restrictions in West Africa could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas, the World Health Organisation has warned.

Experts said Ebola-hit countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were already starting to suffer as fuel, food and basic supplies struggle to get through due to border closures and restrictions.

Violent clashes erupted in the West Point slum of Liberia's capital Monrovia yesterday after authorities quarantined the entire neighbourhood
Violent clashes erupted in the West Point slum of Liberia's capital Monrovia yesterday after authorities quarantined the entire neighbourhood Credit: Reuters

Violent clashes erupted in the West Point slum of Liberia's capital Monrovia yesterday after authorities quarantined the entire neighbourhood, and riot police were called to stop people trying to escape.

Today, police were there again, beating back some locals with canes as hundreds of people fought for a share of water and rice delivered on trucks.

Aid workers helped distribute the rations, but many are still going hungry.

US: 'ISIS are more than just a terrorist group'

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al Qaeda, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen.

– Chuck Hagel, US Defence Secretary

Asked if ISIS posed a threat comparable to that of the attacks of 9/11, Hagel said the group was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen."

US revealed failed rescue bid 'as news outlets knew'

The US government decided to reveal the failed attempt to rescue James Foley and his fellow hostages in Syria as "several news outlets" were aware of the operation, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel. Credit: RTV

Hagel told a news conference, "The underlying objective, as the President has said, was to rescue these hostages knowing that their lives were in danger ... it's the responsibility of our government and our leaders to do all we can to take action."

We'll do everything that we need to do, that the American people would expect from their leaders to continue to do everything we can to get our hostages back.

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