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Militants reinforce siege against UN peacekeepers

Islamist militants have reinforced the siege against 40 Filipino peacekeepers trapped in Syria's Golan Heights, according to diplomatic sources at the United Nations.

More than 20 vehicles carrying armed fighters were seen approaching the region which has been demilitarized and monitored by the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force since Israel and Syria signed an armistice in 1974.

Earlier, nearly three dozen peacekeepers who were trapped by militants in the Golan Heights were successfully extracted, according to UN officials.

Babysitter shot six-year-old boy 'multiple times'

A six-year-old boy was shot "multiple times" by his babysitter who then hid the body, NBC News reported.

Scottie Willet is accused of killing a six-year-old boy that he was babysitting.
Scottie Willet is accused of killing a six-year-old boy that he was babysitting. Credit: Callaway County Sheriffs office.

Scott Willet was looking after the youngster while the boy's mother was at work, police said, adding that was family friend who had lived with them in their Missouri home since January.

After hiding the body in his room the 27-year-old took the family car and drove to a nearby town where police caught up with him. He did not resist arrest they said.

Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane told a news conference: “Anytime you have a child death it’s bad. Even if it’s an adult and it’s a homicide it’s bad. Thank God we don’t see this a lot. If I never had one it would be OK with me."

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Ebola health workers go on strike in Sierra Leona

Health workers battling the Ebola outbreak at a major state run treatment centre in Sierra Leone have gone on strike over pay and working conditions.

Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the clinic in the city of Kenema, in the country's east said: "The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools."

He added that clothing to protect health workers being infected is inadequate and there is only one broken stretcher which is used to carry both patients and corpses.

More than 20 health workers have already died from Ebola at the Kenema health clinic after catching the highly contagious virus from the patients they are fighting to save.

Ashya King's Marbella family home pictured

As the focus of the search for the terminally ill five-year-old Ashya King shifts to Spain, ITV News has secured a picture of the family's property in Marbella.

The King family property in Marbella, Spain.
The King family property in Marbella, Spain. Credit: ITV News

Police have warned there is a "shrinking window" of time in which to find the youngster who is suffering from a brain tumor.

His family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm on Thursday and travelled on a ferry to France some two hours later.

They have turned their attention towards Spain and there were several sightings of their vehicle yesterday, according to Hampshire Constabulary assistant chief constable Chris Shead.

Incoming EU chief vows to address Britain's concerns

The incoming president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has pledged to address the concerns of Britain in his new role.

He said the EU and he personally would take on the concerns voiced by Britain about the EU. "No reasonable person can imagine the EU without the UK," he said.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on continued EU membership by 2017.

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CAA: ATOL certificate 'protects' money paid to bust firm

Any customers who received and Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL) certificate when booking with the now bust Student Adventures travel company are protected for the money they paid directly to the company, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.

They said that GBCE, Student Adventures parent company held an ATOL certificate until March 31 this year.

They added: "Consumers who received an ATOL certificate when booking are protected for any money they paid directly to the company."

"We understand there are approximately 100 consumers currently abroad, but these people will have scheduled airline tickets so will be able to travel home as planned. We are looking into the impact on forward bookings and will publish advice for consumers who are yet to travel shortly."

Student 'cheated' by travel company collapse

A student who was due to climb Mount Everest said she feels "cheated" by the collapse of a travel firm who texted her about their collapse as she waited at the airport.

Rosie Cleere, 19, said she received a text from travel firm Student Adventures on Thursday morning - the day of departure - reminding her to meet at Heathrow Airport at 4:45pm.

But with just 15 minutes to spare at 4:30pm, a text message arrived from the company advising her to check her email.

The email informed the students that the company had ceased trading and said it was "unable to provide any services for you as a customer of ours whilst you are in-country in Nepal."

Cleere who said she spent hundreds of pounds and months training for the trip, said: "I was devastated, I was sobbing. Some of my other friends were sobbing. I was still crying even today when I've been talking about it." She added: "It feels as though we've been completely cheated."

The English Literature student at Newcastle University, added that the company should have informed them before they travelled to the airport.

Polish PM Donald Tusk chosen as new EU council head

Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk has been chosen by European Union leaders to become the new president of the European Council.

The top official will chair EU summits and mediate between the 28 governments for the next two-and-a-half years.

Polish leader Donald Tusk has been chosen as the new president of the European Council.
Polish leader Donald Tusk has been chosen as the new president of the European Council. Credit: PA

Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister, has also replaced Catherine Ashton as the EU's foreign policy chief.

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