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Ebola survivor's emotional goodbye to hospital staff

A picture showing Ebola survivor Dr Kent Brantly's emotional goodbye to the medical staff who helped save his life has emerged.

Earlier Dr Brantly said he was "thrilled to be alive" after his recovery from the deadly virus.

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Ebola: US workers recover as Ireland awaits test results

As medics await test results on a man from Ireland who may have contracted the Ebola virus, two US aid workers have been discharged after making a full recovery.

Dr Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol underwent intensive, experimental treatment at Emory University Hospital after contracting the disease while in Liberia.

ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

Food shortages in Ebola-hit nations due to travel bans

Travel and trade restrictions in West Africa could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas, the World Health Organisation has warned.

Experts said Ebola-hit countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were already starting to suffer as fuel, food and basic supplies struggle to get through due to border closures and restrictions.

Violent clashes erupted in the West Point slum of Liberia's capital Monrovia yesterday after authorities quarantined the entire neighbourhood
Violent clashes erupted in the West Point slum of Liberia's capital Monrovia yesterday after authorities quarantined the entire neighbourhood Credit: Reuters

Violent clashes erupted in the West Point slum of Liberia's capital Monrovia yesterday after authorities quarantined the entire neighbourhood, and riot police were called to stop people trying to escape.

Today, police were there again, beating back some locals with canes as hundreds of people fought for a share of water and rice delivered on trucks.

Aid workers helped distribute the rations, but many are still going hungry.

US: 'ISIS are more than just a terrorist group'

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al Qaeda, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen.

– Chuck Hagel, US Defence Secretary

Asked if ISIS posed a threat comparable to that of the attacks of 9/11, Hagel said the group was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen."

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US revealed failed rescue bid 'as news outlets knew'

The US government decided to reveal the failed attempt to rescue James Foley and his fellow hostages in Syria as "several news outlets" were aware of the operation, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel. Credit: RTV

Hagel told a news conference, "The underlying objective, as the President has said, was to rescue these hostages knowing that their lives were in danger ... it's the responsibility of our government and our leaders to do all we can to take action."

We'll do everything that we need to do, that the American people would expect from their leaders to continue to do everything we can to get our hostages back.

National Guard troops to withdraw from Ferguson

The governor of Missouri has ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri.

Tensions in the town have eased after protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager.

National Guard troops
National Guard troops in Ferguson, Missouri. Credit: Reuters

Peaceful demonstrations overnight were the calmest street gatherings in the small St. Louis suburb since riots erupted over the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Chad to close borders with Nigeria in bid to stop Ebola

The African nation of Chad has said it will follow in South Africa's footsteps and introduce travel restrictions to countries suffering from the Ebola outbreak.

Prime Minister Kalzeubet Payimi Deubet said the country would close its border with Nigeria as part of efforts to prevent Ebola from entering the country.

Liberia has quarantined entire neighbourhoods to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus
Liberia has quarantined entire neighbourhoods to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus Credit: Reuters

He said the decision would have an "economic impact" on the region, but it was necessary for "public health needs".

It comes after South Africa banned entry to the country to all non-citizens travelling from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, while Liberia has quarantined entire neighbourhoods to try to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

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