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Hammond: Ceasefire collapse is 'extremely depressing'

The quick breakdown of the ceasefire in Gaza is "extremely depressing," according to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, but he said that ending suffering remained the top priority.

He said: "Diplomacy is never dead. We have always got to keep trying but it is obviously extremely depressing that this ceasefire that we've all worked so hard to get broke down so quickly."


Israeli soldier reportedly captured 'not a UK dual citizen'

The Israeli soldier apparently captured by Hamas militants this morning is not a UK dual citizen, according to the Reuters reporter in the region Dan Williams.

Earlier reports from Channel 4 News claimed Hadar Goldin was the British-Israeli cousin of Israel's defence minister.


Official word is pending, but so far British sources indicate the Israeli army officer believed captured in Gaza is not a dual UK citizen.


Captured Israeli officer's father asks the army to "turn over every stone" in Gaza to retrieve him.

Read: Every hour an innocent child dies in the Gaza conflict

Donald Trump Ebola tweet sparks outcry

US entrepreneur Donald Trump has sparked outcry on Twitter by suggesting that the US patients who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, should remain in the West African nation for treatment.


Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!

Within minutes of the inflammatory tweet, dozens of people criticised the American business tycoon.


@realdonaldtrump Donald, you and some of your petrified followers should really have researched all of this before speaking up.

However, some appeared to agree with the former presidential candidate and outspoken critic of President Barack Obama.

Son's drugs death 'like having a limb ripped off'

Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs say their son Daniel
Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs say their son Daniel Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

The mother of a 16-year-old boy who died after taking the drug MDMA at a rave gave a "moving" witness statement that left some in the court in tears.

It is like having a limb ripped off without any anaesthetic. It it like having an enormous wound but it is much worse. I would choose either of those things than losing my son.

– Fiona Spargo-Mabbs

In her statement at the trial of drug dealer Nicqueel Pitrora, Mrs Spargo-Mabbs said she suffers from exhaustion, has lost an enormous amount of weight and is having counselling. Her husband is on anti-depressants and Daniel's 19 year-old brother had problems trying to settle down as he started university.

"How can someone who has been such a part of my life, his mother for 16 years, not be there when I am?" she asked.


Dealer 'bears weight of responsibility' for teen's death

The judge sentencing 18-year-old drug dealer Nicqueel Pitrora said he bore a "heavy weight of responsibility" for the death of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, a 16-year-old who died of multiple organ failure three days after taking MDMA.

I keep well in mind that you are being sentenced for being concerned in supply and not for manslaughter.

But there can be no question that you bear a heavy weight of responsibility for the death of Daniel.

– Judge Martin Edmunds QC

Pitrora was sentenced to five years for being concerned with the supply of MDMA, plus two years and four months to be served concurrently for the supply of cannabis. No penalty was added for a count of simple possession.

Hamas 'deliberately threw away' chance for peace

Hamas has "deliberately thrown away" a chance for peace in Gaza, the Israeli prime minister's spokesman has said.

Mark Regev said Hamas opened fire on Israeli forces and captured a soldier "barely an hour and a half" after the ceasefire commenced.

An Israeli soldier carries a shell at a mobile artillery unit as it fires on the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli soldier carries a shell at a mobile artillery unit as it fires on the Gaza Strip. Credit: REUTERS/ Baz Ratner

"Since then, Hamas has targeted the border area with mortar shells and have shot rockets deep into Israel," he continued.

"Let's be clear, not only has Israel taken casualties but Hamas has deliberately, yet again, thrown away a chance for humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza, by deliberately violating this ceasefire."

Ebola outbreak 'moving faster than efforts to control it'

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is moving faster than efforts to control it, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Director-general of WHO Dr Margaret Chan claimed governments may need to impose restrictions on population movements and public gatherings in order to contain the deadly virus, which has killed 729 people.

Director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Margaret Chan. Credit: Reuters

An emergency committee will meet next week to decide if the crisis constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern".

Speaking to the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, Chan said the virus can be contained but the severity of the issue has outstripped their countries' capacity to respond.

Police may also have to be used to guarantee the safety of Ebola response teams, Chan added.

Read: Your Ebola questions answered

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