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'Significant efforts made to conceal body' found in river

Scotland Yard Commander Graham McNulty said officers had not yet formally identified a body found in the River Brent last night but said they disappearance of Alice Gross was now a murder investigation.

Scotland Yard Commander Graham McNulty. Credit: ITV News

He said "significant efforts" had been made to conceal the body.

Thousands of protesters remain on streets of Hong Kong

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters remained on the streets of Hong Kong today, some of them jeering Chinese National Day celebrations.

Protesters gather around the Golden Bauhinia Square during an official flag raising ceremony to commemorate the Chinese National Day in Hong Kong. Credit: Reuters

There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of the mass campaign, whose aim has been to occupy sections of the city and express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election.

Protesters hold signs and banners in Hong Kong. Credit: Reuters
People walk on an empty road leading to Hong Kong's financial Central district. Credit: Reuters


Taliban claims responsibility for deadly Kabul bombing

Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked the Afghan capital this morning, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, government officials said.

The Taliban, fighting to oust foreign forces and the US-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attacks in the east and west of Kabul.

"Double martyrdom attack has rocked #Kabul city this morning amid current year's ongoing #Khaibar operation," the Taliban said on Twitter, referring to their yearly summer fighting offensive.

Officials from Afghanistan and the United States signed a deal on Tuesday allowing American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.


Armed convict was allowed to share lift with Obama

Another incident has come to light for which President Obama's Secret Service protection team is facing criticism.

A private security agent who had a gun shared an elevator with Obama in Atlanta on September 16, three days before the White House intrusion, a Secret Service official said.

Barack Obama pictured at the White House yesterday. Credit: Reuters

The man, who was operating an elevator carrying Obama and his Secret Service detail during the president's visit to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aroused suspicion when he began taking pictures and video of Obama on his phone, the official said.

During questioning, the man's supervisor asked for his gun, startling Secret Service agents.

Under agency rules, people with access to the president need special clearance to carry guns.

The Washington Post, which along with the Washington Examiner, first reported the incident, said the man had three convictions for assault and battery.

US Ebola patient flew to Texas from Liberia

A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said.

The patient is being treated in an isolation room at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Credit: Reuters

The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on September 20th, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

On Tuesday, Frieden and other health authorities said they were taking every step possible to ensure the virus did not spread widely.

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