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WHO says new Ebola vaccine is a 'game changer'

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. Credit: Reuters

The world is one step closer to finding to eradicating Ebola, the World Health Organization said.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the results of a trial, which showed 100% effectiveness, was an "extremely promising development".

She added: "This is going to be a game changer.

"It will change the management of the current Ebola outbreak and future outbreaks."

Funeral held for Palestinian toddler killed in arson attack

A funeral has taken place for an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who died in a suspected arson attack by "Jewish terrorists".

Dozens marched through the streets following the funeral procession. Credit: Reuters

Ali Dawabshe was buried shortly after his death in line with Muslim tradition. The body is also washed and wrapped in cloth.

A mourner breaks down in tears. Credit: Reuters

The death has sparked outrage among Israeli's and president Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered security forces to "use all means" to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Mourners watch from rooftops as Ali is laid to rest. Credit: Reuters


Why people smugglers benefit from PM's crisis response

"A few miles of fencing and a few more dogs is not going to deal with this situation. It's far more serious than that."

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy explains why the Government's migrant crisis measures - though welcomed by lorry drivers - are seen to benefit the people smugglers.

She spoke from Calais as French wildcat strikers burned more tyres at the port.

Effective Ebola vaccine is 'as safe as having a flu jab'

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A new Ebola vaccine which could signal a cure of the deadly disease is as "safe as having a flu jab", an expert says.

Dr Ben Neuman, Lecturer in Virology, University of Reading, said the vaccine was "big news in the ongoing race to shut down Ebola."

But further studies still need to be done as the jab was not given to children or pregnant woman as it is unknown how it would affect them.

"The good news is that in the people tested, the vaccine was about as safe as a flu jab," Dr Neuman said.


New Ebola vaccine offers protection within 10 days

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A new Ebola vaccine, which has so far proved to be 100% effective, offers protection from the deadly disease within 10 days.

Experts say the jab, which is not yet licensed, could soon be approved for mass use giving hope a cure is on the way.

Ring vaccination, used in the past to eradicate smallpox, could then be implemented to stop the virus spreading further.

Man dead and four ill after 'substance abuse' at festival

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A man has died and four others are in hospital following suspected "substance abuse" at Kendal Calling music festival.

One woman, aged 29, is in a critical condition while another three men are described as stable.

Cumbria Police said a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and is currently being questioned.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The four-day festival at Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District features headline acts including Snoop Dogg, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs.

Trials show Ebola vaccine is 100% effective

A number of different vaccines have been trialled in the fight against Ebola. Credit: Reuters

An Ebola vaccine has proved to give 100% protection in trials carried out in Guinea.

Researchers said it could now be used to help end an outbreak of the deadly disease which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

Infections expert Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust, which helped fund the trial, described the results as "remarkable".

He said: "Our hope is that this vaccine will now help bring this epidemic to an end and be available for the inevitable future Ebola epidemics."

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