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Irish health service tests body of traveller for Ebola

A person who died after returning to Ireland from Africa recently is being tested for the Ebola virus by the country's health service.

The Health Service Executive for Irelands said in a statement that the remains of a person were discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to one of the West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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ISIS militants 'demanded £80 million for Foley'

The Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom of £80 million ($132 million) for his release, a US official says.

James Foley
James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Credit: Nicole Tung

The demands were sent in emails to Mr Foley's family in New Hampshire.

Mr Foley's former employer, publication GlobalPost, said that the militants first demanded the money late last year.

US policy prohibits the government negotiating with terrorists, including paying ransom.

New Ebola drugs under review at world health summit

Potential treatments and vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus will be discussed at meetings between world health experts in Geneva next month.

The World Health Organisation said the talks, on September 4 and 5, will review the safety and efficacy of various experimental therapies, as well as ways to speed up clinical trials and production.

TV drama to depict Clegg's role in forming Coalition

Nick Clegg's role in forming the Coalition government will be at the centre of a one-off drama on Channel 4 in the run-up to next year's election.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference in the Downing Street garden in 2010
Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference in the Downing Street garden in 2010 Credit: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

The programme, which has been written by playwright James Graham, will follow the Liberal Democrat leader during the 2010 election and the wrangling that followed.

What we try to capture in this drama is the tension, the high stakes, and the frequent farcical and absurd nature of what happens when a power is wrangled, negotiated and fought over like children trading cards in the playground.

– James Graham

The 90-minute film, with the working title Coalition, is the latest in a string of political dramas on the channel.

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Fellow hostage says Foley 'was a support to everyone'

A French journalist who was held hostage with James Foley in Syria has told ITV News he was "a support to everyone" during their time in captivity together.

"James was just great," Nicolas Henin, who was released in April, said.

French journalist Nicolas Henin.
French journalist Nicolas Henin speaks to ITV News' Neil Connery. Credit: ITV News

Speaking about the Islamic State fighters who held them captive, Henin said, "When it comes to Isis there are an extensive amount of fighters coming from all over the world with many different accents."

New Ebola advice drawn up after US workers' recovery

Doctors are developing guidelines to help medical staff in Africa treat Ebola patients, based on their findings from two US workers who have recovered from the virus.

Dr Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol have now been discharged from Emory University Hospital after contracting the disease while working in Liberia.

Dr Bruce Ribner, from the hospital's infectious disease unit
Dr Bruce Ribner, from the hospital's infectious disease unit Credit: AP Direct

Dr Bruce Ribner, from the hospital's infectious disease unit, said they had measured their recovery by an absence of the virus in blood tests, and their symptoms had improved for two to three consecutive days.

We did learn a number of things in terms of fluid and electrolyte replacement and blood clotting abnormalities which frankly our colleagues in Africa don't have the capability to detect.

We are in the process of developing several guidelines which will be disseminated to the practitioners in Africa saying 'even if you can't measure this, this is something we have found and there are things you can do to try to improve outcomes in your patients.'

– Dr Bruce Ribner, Emory University Hospital

BBC chief refuses to reveal source of Cliff Richard info

The BBC Director General Tony Hall has said he will not reveal how the BBC learned about a police warrant to search Sir Cliff Richard's home in advance.

In his letter to Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz, he said the anonymity of sources was "a key principle for all journalism" and "for that reason the BBC will not be providing details about the source".

He added that the BBC was an independent organisation and that he would not "elaborate on detail of our editorial processes".

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