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Sierra Leone's Health Minister has been dismissed over her handling of the Ebola epidemic.
President Ernest Bai Koroma fired the minister, Miatta Kargbo, saying she was removed "to create a conducive environment for efficient and effective handling of the Ebola outbreak".
She will be replaced by her deputy, Dr Abubakarr Fofanah.
The Ebola virus has killed more than 400 people in Sierra Leone since the outbreak took hold.
The response to the Ebola outbreak across West Africa has been badly hampered by a local mistrust of health care workers, officials have said.
Many have developed suspicions against the workers, who are often clad in plastic protective gear and protective face masks, and have shunned their help - preferring instead to die in their own homes.
In Guinea, riots broke out in the southern city of Nzerekore after rumours began circulating that officials had sprayed the market with Ebola to deliberately infect people.
And some health workers have contributed to the spread of the disease after unknowingly contracting the virus, and carrying it to the very communities they are trying to help.
More than 120 care workers have died in the epidemic to date, and Liberia reported five new cases of infection among them in just one day this week.
The battery on the feeding system of missing five-year-old boy Ashya King is "now likely to have expired", police have said.
Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm yesterday, before travelling on a ferry to France around two hours later.
Hampshire Police Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead said medical experts had told them in the last hour that the battery life on the machine which feeds him would have died by now.
– Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead, Hampshire Police
We don't know whether the King family have any spares, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery. If they don't, without properly administered food, Ashya's condition will deteriorate very quickly. With each hour that passes our concern for him grows.
Three RNLI lifeboats involved in the search for a child missing in waters off Anglesey have been stood down for the evening, ITV News has been told.
Crews from Porthdinllaen, Holyhead and Trearddur Bay were called to assist with the search at around one o'clock this afternoon.
Coastguards, Sea King rescue helicopters from RAF Valley and North Wales Police have all been scouring the coastline for the boy.
The number of Ebola cases has risen more this week than any other week since the epidemic began, health officials have warned.
The World Health Organisation labelled the latest figures as a clear sign the outbreak is spiralling out of control, saying it was an "international health emergency".
A new mobile laboratory has opened this week in Sierra Leone's capital city Freetown to test local cases, with the aim of speeding up the response time.
It has also unveiled a £296 million ($490m) plan to try to contain the epidemic.
A small volcanic eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga system has now stopped, and all airspace restrictions have been lifted.
But experts have warned the worst may not be over, with a major eruption causing an ash cloud similar to the 2010 eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano still a possibility.
Nick Petford, a vulcanology expert at the University of Northampton, said:
– Nick Petford, University of Northampton
Exactly the same thing happened in 2010 with the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The main eruption was in April, but in March there was a fissure eruption which was a precursor to the much larger eruption.
He said scientists would now begin examining the volcano to try to detect any quakes deeper below the surface.
– Nick Petford, University of Northampton
Those are pretty clear evidence that large amounts of magma are being stored within the volcano and that's a good indication it will explode.
The country's Met Office earlier reduced its ash warning level down from red to orange, after finding there was no threat to aircraft.
The supplier behind charms believed to contain high levels of cancer-causing chemicals has said they immediately suspended sales after the discovery.
Manchester-based RMS International, which provided the charms to The Entertainer, said it had also started re-testing all other relevant products.
A spokesman said:
– RMS International spokesman
We have been importing loom bands into the UK for a number of months and more recently added the charms. Our quality control department maintains due diligence and holds all the required paperwork and test reports.
When we became aware of other products in the market that may contain phthalates we suspended delivery and further shipments of any item containing a PVC charm. We also re-initiated testing of all relevant products.
They added that the problem only involved some of the PVC loom charms, not the loom bands, and advised any customers with concerns to return their product to where they bought it from.