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British Ebola victim may have caught it from baby boy

Britain's first Ebola victim may have caught the deadly virus by playing with a one-year-old boy whose mother had died, a medical colleague said.

William Pooley may have contracted the Ebola from a one-year-old boy.
William Pooley may have contracted the Ebola from a one-year-old boy. Credit: ITV News

William Pooley's supervisor Josephine Sellu said he had developed a bond with an orphaned baby boy named Sellu Borbor.

She said: "Pooley and some other nurses fell in love with the boy and would play with him in their free time."

She added that like other health workers, Pooley initially took precautions when handling the infant after his mother had died from the virus.

But after the boy he tested negative for the disease, Pooley had later played freely with him.

However, the youngster later tested positive for the virus, which he is thought to have caught from his mother's breast milk.

He died on August 24, the same day Pooley was diagnosed with the disease.

Separatist leader: Russian soldiers are fighting with us

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are being helped by Russian soldiers.
Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are being helped by Russian soldiers. Credit: Reuters

Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said serving Russian soldiers on leave from their posts are fighting Ukrainian troops alongside the rebels, Russian state television reported.

"Among us are fighting serving soldiers, who would rather take their vacation not on a beach but with us, among brothers, who are fighting for their freedom," said Zakharchenko.

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Michel Platini will not stand for Fifa presidency

Uefa president Michel Platini has ruled out standing for the Fifa presidency.

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Michel Platini. Credit: Reuters

Platini, 59, was rumoured to be preparing to challenge current president Sepp Blatter in next year's election.

He previously said Fifa - which has been blighted by corruption allegations - needed a "new breath of fresh air".

But former France international told Uefa officials at a meeting in Monaco that he had opted against standing as he wanted to concentrate on leading European football's ruling body instead.

Hollande: 'Unacceptable' for Russia to enter Ukraine

Francois Hollande said sanctions against Russia could be increased.
Francois Hollande said sanctions against Russia could be increased. Credit: PA

French president Francois Hollande said it would be "intolerable and unacceptable" if it was proved true that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory.

He told an annual conference of French diplomats:

Europe will maintain (sanctions), even increase them if the escalation increases. I don't want it because it is neither in Russia's nor our interest.

Russia cannot hope to be a 21st century power yet not respect the rules.

– Francois Hollande

World 'has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this'

The world has never seen an outbreak of the Ebola virus like the one it is currently experiencing, according to the director of the US Centers for Disease Control.

Speaking at a news conference in the Liberian capital Monrovia, Dr Tom Frieden said: "There is need for urgent action. The world has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this..... I wish I didn't have to say this, but it is going to get worse, before it gets better."

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easyJet plane makes emergency landing at Gatwick

easyJet said the safety of passengers was not threatened.
easyJet said the safety of passengers was not threatened. Credit: PA

An easyJet plane carrying 157 passengers has had to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

The Airbus A320 aircraft, en route from Liverpool to Naples, touched down safely at Gatwick airport around 7.20am today.

The plane, which had left Liverpool at 6.40am, is being checked.

An easyJet spokesman said:

The plane landed safely at Gatwick and the passengers remained calm. At no point was the safety of passengers threatened.

We now want to make sure we get the passengers to Naples as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, the plane is being inspected.

– easyJet spokesman

Police watchdog chairman: Wright position 'untenable'

Shaun Wright was in charge of children's services in Rotherham.
Shaun Wright was in charge of children's services in Rotherham. Credit: ITV News

The chairman of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel said he believed Commissioner Shaun Wright's position had become "untenable" and called on him to stand down over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Labour councillor Harry Harpham told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

He should resign at the earliest opportunity.

He can only be removed from office by resigning or unless he commits a criminal offence.

We are not able to remove him, however, I will seek an urgent meeting with Shaun to let him know my position.

– Harry Harpham

Sunny spells with some outbreaks of rain

Largely dry with outbreaks of rain across the east and Scotland.
Largely dry with outbreaks of rain across the east and Scotland. Credit: Met Office

A cloudy start a cross Scotland and many eastern parts of England with outbreaks of rain moving slowly northeastwards.

Elsewhere, it will be largely dry with sunny spells though a few showers are likely. Some of the showers will be heavy during the afternoon and may also merge into some longer spells of rain.

Windy, especially in the northwest. Maximum temperatures reaching 23C in London.

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