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Unicef appeals for $200m to fight Ebola outbreak

UN aid agency Unicef has launched an appeal to raise $200m to fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

It is part of a broader appeal from governments and other humanitarian groups for almost $1 billion to fight the disease.

Unicef, which is responsible for the welfare of children in emergency situations, estimates that 8.5 million children and people under the age of 20 live in affected areas in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

Afshan Khan, Unicef's Director of Emergency Programmes, said: “It is closing schools, destroying health systems and threatening the very fabric of communities. This is a crisis of enormous proportions.”


Coastguard officer winched down to assess crash site

The aircraft is believed to have been returning to Humberside Airport when the incident occurred.

The Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a call at 1340 this afternoon that a small helicopter had gone into the water below the cliff, between the lighthouse and Flamborough Head Golf Course.

A coastguard officer was winched down to assess the crash site by the search and rescue helicopter from Leconfield.

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Helicopter eye-witnesses 'heard loud crack' before crash

Eye-witness Chris Palmer said he heard a loud "crack" and the helicopter disappeared out of sight behind the cliffs. He told BBC Radio 5 Live:

We heard the helicopter. It was like a white, private helicopter going along the coast. We all heard this really loud crack and looked up again. The helicopter started to descend, almost like a plane when it lands. It then went behind the cliff and that's when I called the emergency services. I never actually heard it hit the sea.

Chris Feast, from Flamborough Head Golf Club, said a number of golfers had spotted a helicopter trying to land near the 17th green and then reported hearing a "loud bang and crash".

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Police called to reports of helicopter in the sea

Humberside Police say emergency services were called to reports that a helicopter was in the sea off the coast of Flamborough.

An area has been cordonend off while the emergency services and coast guard continue their work. Initial inquiries are being made in order to try and establish the circumstances which led to the helicopter coming down. Members of public and the media are asked to stay away from the area until further notice due to the site being close to dangerous cliff edges and there also being a quantity of what appears to be aviation fuel in the water around the crash site making it potentially unsafe at present.

– Humberside Police


Friend of murdered Brit expressed anguish over death

David Miller, pictured, was a friend of Sean McAnna and was planning on meeting up the night he was killed. Credit: Family of David Miller

One of the friends of one of the British tourists who were found dead on a beach at the Thai resort island of Koh Tao has taken to Facebook to express his grief over his death.

Sean McAnna was also visiting Thailand and had planned to meet up with his friend David Miller when he realised they were both on the same island.

"I loved you so f***ing much, brother." Mr McAnna said on Facebook, "I know you tried to save her." - referring to fellow Brit Hannah Witheridge who was also killed on the island.

Hagel outlines plans in fighting Islamic State

The US Defence Department are in complete agreement that the United States and its allies must take action against the Islamic State, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told a hearing in Capitol Hill.

American military power alone cannot eradicate the threats posed by ISIL to the United States, our allies, and our friends and partners in the region.

ISIL poses a real threat to all countries in the Middle East, our European allies, and to America.

More than 40 nations have already expressed their willingness to participate in this effort, and more than 30 nations have indicated their readiness to offer military support. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Kerry and I and others have been working in recent weeks to unite and expand this coalition.

– Chuck Hagel, US Secretary of Defence
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