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Missing soldier focus of escalated conflict in Gaza

The fate of an Israeli soldier is a new and potentially dangerous focus of the conflict in Gaza.

More than sixty people were killed in violence today, the majority of whom where Palestinian civilians, after a 72 hour truce was shattered after just three three hours.

Read: Collapse of hope as ceasefire unravels

Amid the renewed violence were persistent reports that Hamas had captured an Israeli soldier during fighting around a Hamas tunnel. Neither they nor Israel have confirmed it but, in the last few hours, President Obama talked of the need for Hamas to 'release' him.

Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports from Tel Avivi

Watch: Obama calls for soldier's unconditional release

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$100 million response plan launched to combat Ebola

The World Health Organisation moved to combat an "unprecedented outbreak" of the Ebola Virus in West Africa.

The Director-general of WHO Margaret Chan, said the disease was moving faster than efforts to control it after launching a $100 million response plan, adding "tough measures" will be needed to stop it.

ITV News correspondent Martha Fairlie reports

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Obama: 'We tortured some folks' after 9/11 attacks

US President Barack Obama has admitted that his country tortured people in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but said they were contrary to American values.

President Obama at a news briefing earlier today.
President Obama at a news briefing earlier today. Credit: ITV News

Speaking at a news conference Obama said the White House turned over a declassified report to the Senate on Friday about the techniques that shows the agency went too far in interrogations after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

He said: "We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values."

The US leader added the techniques were used because the United States was afraid more attacks were imminent.

He said: "It's important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots."

England's Steve Lewis wins pole vault gold

Steve Lewis became the first Englishman to win a Commonwealth gold in the pole vault.

Having won bronze in 2006 and bagged silver in Delhi four years ago, the 28-year-old completed the Commonwealth set on a sunny night at Hampden Park.

The British champion's jump of 5.55 metres - 27cm shy of his personal best - proved enough after a tense clash with countryman Luke Cutts.

Obama calls for soldier's 'unconditional' release

US President Obama condemned the reported capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas militants "moments" after the agreed 72 hour ceasefire.

Speaking from Washington, he said if Hamas were serious about peace, the soldier needed to be released immediately, and without conditions.

Obama: Heartbreaking to see what is happening in Gaza

He said the loss of civilian life that has occurred over the past three weeks was "heartbreaking" and a ceasefire would have protected those innocent Palestinians being killed.

Read: Obama calls for unconditional release of Israeli soldier

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