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'Safe' burials for Ebola victims will 'help curb virus'

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New research has claimed that the safe burial of Ebola victims may have the greatest impact in curbing the deadly virus.

The need for safe burials has been known from the beginning of the epidemic last spring, when people who attended the funeral of a faith healer in Guinea became infected.

U.S. guidelines call for workers wearing full protective gear to wrap the remains of Ebola victims, which have an extremely high concentration of the virus, in a plastic shroud and then place them in two body bags. The body should not be washed or handled in any way, something that has been a common practice in much of West Africa.

The new findings, published in the journal Science, are based on a mathematical model being developed by Ebola researchers at Yale School of Public Health.


Death toll from Wichita plane crash rises to four

Four people have now been confirmed dead and five are injured after a plane crashed into an airport building in Wichita, local TV outlet KSN reports.

Approximately 100 people were reportedly in the FlightSafety International building when the plane hit, although only four people are officially missing.

Wichita Fire Department said the fire in the building is now out.

Nato reports increase in Russian flights in EU airspace

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RAF fighters were scrambled to intercept a pair of Russian long-range bombers over the North Sea yesterday, as Nato marks an "unusual" spike in Russian military flights in European airspace.

Typhoon fighter jets from RAF Lossiemouth were scrambled to track a pair of Tu-95 Bear H bombers through UK airspace when Nato radars picked up several Russian aircraft formations carrying out "significant military manoeuvres" from the Black Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.

A statement on the Nato website said.

"These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace."

– Nato statement
A Bear is intercepted by RAF jets on an earlier incursion into UK airspace. Credit: PA/MOD

The two Russian Bears headed towards the UK without filing flight-plans where they were picked up by the RAF Control and Reporting Centre at Boulmer in Northumberland, which scrambled the Typhoons.

"The RAF Typhoon pilots visually identified the Russian aircraft and escorted them through the UK flight information region," the Ministry of Defence said.

The Bears continued on over the Atlantic to the west of Portugal, where they were intercepted by Portuguese Air Force F-16s before turning back.

Burkina Faso: 'Five dead' in anti-government clashes

Soldiers attempt to stop anti-government protesters from entering the parliament building in Ouagadougou. Credit: Reuters/Joe Penney

At least five people have been killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and soldiers in Burkina Faso, BBC News have reported.


Israel 're-opens al-l-Aqsa mosque compound'

Israeli authorities have re-opened the al-l-Aqsa mosque complex, according to news agency AFP.

The Israeli government closed the site after the shooting of Jewish activist Yehuda Glick last night.

The area is known as Noble Sanctuary to Muslims and includes the third most holy site in Islam, the al-Aqsa Mosque.

But it also the holiest site for Jews, who call it Temple Mount.

Burkina Faso: Protesters storm state TV buildings

Thousands of people have stormed parliament and state television buildings in the country. Credit: Reuters/Joe Penney

Anti-government protesters have stormed the state television buildings in in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, in protest over the president's plans to change the law to allow him to stand for re-election next year.

US calls for violence in Burkina Faso to end

The United States has joined calls for the violence in Burkina Faso to end.

Barack Obama's National Security Council have tweeted:

Thousands of people have stormed parliament and state television buildings in protest at plans by President Blaise Compaore to change the law to enable him to stand for re-election next year.

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