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Ebola outbreak spreads to Nigeria as death toll rises

An outbreak of Ebola, which has left more than 660 people dead across west Africa, has now spread to Nigeria.

A Liberian man vomited on board an aeroplane bound for Nigeria and later died upon arrival in the country.

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Ebola has killed more than 660 people across west Africa. Credit: Reuters

The 40-year-old had recently lost his sister to the disease, reports suggested.

Nigerian health officials said all ports of entry into Nigeria had been placed on "red alert".

The disease has now infected at least 1,093 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and now Nigeria.

Read: Inside the clinic treating the biggest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded

Restaurants 'must sign up to salt reduction targets'

Restaurants and pubs have been urged to stop "dragging their heels" and sign up to salt reduction targets.

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Councils claim some meals in restaurants and pubs contain up to 9g of salt. Credit: PA Wire

Councils said just one restaurant group, Jamie's Italian, and one fast food chain, Subway, had committed to the scheme since its launch five months ago.

The Department of Health voluntary targets aimed at cutting salt from the 10 most popular high street dishes including chips, burgers, pizzas and curries.

The Local Government Association claim some restaurant and pub meals contained up to 9g of salt despite current guidelines recommending adults consume no more than 6g of salt a day.

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Support for new homes increasing 'dramatically'

Support for new building new homes is increasing as a result of government planning reforms, a minister has claimed.

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The new planning minister has hailed government reforms for changing attitudes towards house-building. Credit: PA Wire

Planning minister Brandon Lewis said there is "a changing mind-set" when it comes to major housing schemes, hinting that the "Not In My Backyard" attitude (NIMBY) has changed.

Writing for the Telegraph, Mr Flowers said reforms giving local people control over their own local areas has increased support for housebuilding "dramatically".

The minister said support for new homes has risen from 28% in 2010 to 47% last year.

Sixty-eight Palestinians killed in Gaza in last 24 hours

Sixty-eight Palestinians - including 10 children - have been killed or their bodies recovered in the last 24 hours, the United Nations said.

At least 857 Palestinians have now been killed in the conflict, with around 649 of the fatalities reported to be civilians.

A Palestinian woman grieves during the funerals of four children from the same family.
A Palestinian woman grieves during the funerals of four children from the same family. Credit: Reuters

The UN said shelters were becoming increasingly overcrowded with many classrooms holding 80 people at one one time.

Health professions and facilities are becoming overstretched, the organisation claimed, reporting an increase in the number of miscarriages and premature births,

The updated figures come ahead of an agreed 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Read: ITV News witnesses aftermath of school attack in Gaza

Two Israeli soldiers killed during combat in Gaza

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed during fighting in Gaza, Israel's defence force said.

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Two more Israeli soldiers have died in the conflict. Credit: Reuters

The deaths increase the Israeli death toll to 39, including 37 soldiers and two civilians.

Some 865 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the 19-day conflict.

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire starting from 0800 Israeli time (0500 GMT) today.

Latest updates: Israel and Hamas agree to humanitarian ceasefire

Usain Bolt set to arrive ahead of Commonwealth debut

Sprinter Usain Bolt is set to arrive in Glasgow today as he prepares to make his first ever appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is due to arrive in Glasgow today. Credit: PA Wire

The multiple Olympic champion will compete in the 4X100m relay heats at Hampden Park next Friday.

Bolt will be hoping to add to his eight world titles and six Olympic gold medals in the final next Saturday on the last day of athletics at the Games.

The Jamaican star is one of the more recognised names in the sport to compete in Glasgow following the withdrawal of Mo Farah.

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Former WWE champion foils burglary attempt

A former WWE wrestling champion put a burglar who he caught ransacking his home in a chokehold as he waited for the police to arrive.

Bryan Danielson - better known as Daniel Bryan - was pulling into the entrance of his home in Phoenix when he spotted two suspects running out of the property.

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The burglars may have regretted targeting a former wrestling champion. Credit: PA Wire

The wrestling star - who is recovering from neck surgery - caught one of the burglars and put him in a chokehold to subdue him until police arrived.

Both suspects dropped "their loot" when they spotted the athlete returning to his home, Phoenix police said.

"Unfortunately, he wasn't in very good shape so it didn't take much." the former champion said of the alleged thief.

EU imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence officials

The EU has imposed sanctions on two senior Russian intelligence officials in the wake of the downing of MH17 in eastern Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's FSB security service, and Mikhail Fradhov, chief of the foreign intelligence service, are the targets of the fresh sanctions.

Bortnikov and Fradhov were among 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies named in the EU's latest sanctions list.

Pro-Russian rebels have been widely blamed for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines airliner which killed all 298 people onboard, while Western leaders have repeatedly accused Russia of backing the separatists.

The US yesterday said it "has indications" that Russia intended to supply more sophisticated weaponry to the rebels.

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