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Ashya's parents: 'We have been dying to see his face'

Ashya King's father has said he and his wife are "very relieved to be free" after being released from a Spanish jail.

Brett King said he could not wait to see his son and offered his thanks to the Spanish and British people.

Brett King leaving Soto del Real prison in Madrid.
Brett King leaving Soto del Real prison in Madrid. Credit: Alex Diaz/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"We are very grateful to Spain for the support and help we have received," Mr King told reporters.

"We will go to see my son as soon as possible, we have been dying to see his face for so long. Thank you to Spain for helping us and thank you to England too," he added.

Watch: Ashya King's family ready for reunion after release

New pill offers 'cure' for hepatitis C

A new pill that could offer a cure for hepatitis C has been launched in the UK.

The drug, known as 'daclatasvir' can rid 90% of patients of the diseas within 12 weeks when used with other agents.

Used with another drug, sofosbuvir, it has produced clinical cure rates of 89% and 98% in patients with different viral strains

This is an improvement on the typical cure rate of 60-80% using current treatment methods, which involve injections of the immune system stimulator interferon.

The chair of the Hepatitic C Trust, Charles Gore, said he was "delighted" by the announcement.

"Each new treatment for hepatitis C takes us closer to making the elimination of hepatitis C a realistic possibility, by improving both cure rates and tolerability," he said.


Medical charity slams international response to Ebola

Doctors Without Borders (DWB) have heavily criticised the international community's response to the growing Ebola crisis in west Africa, describing it as "lethally inadequate".

Read: Escaped Ebola patient forced into ambulance

Medical staff working with DWB prepare to bring food to Ebola patients kept in Sierra Leone. Credit: REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

DWB or Medicine Sans Frontiere has called on countries more capable of dealing with large outbreaks to send medical staff.

During a speech to the UN, DWB President Dr. Joanne Liu warned volunteers would not be able to contain the outbreak on their own.

She said: "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat.

"The WHO announcement on August 8 that the epidemic constituted a 'public health emergency of international concern' has not led to decisive action, and states have essentially joined a global coalition of inaction."

Read: Health officials: Number of Ebola cases is rocketing

Obama holds talks with Baltic leaders over Ukraine

President Obama is in Estonia for talks with Baltic leaders about the crisis in Ukraine.

The leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are reportedly concerned about possible Russian aggression following the recent intervention in Ukraine.

President Obama arriving in Estonia this morning.
President Obama arriving in Estonia this morning. Credit: RTV

Mr Obama will then travel to the Nato summit in south Wales where leaders from the military alliance are expected to support a new rapid-reaction force to respond to any Russian action in eastern Europe.

Read: Scenes of war and destruction in Ukraine's Ilovaysk

Over half of probation staff 'actively seeking new job'

Over half of probation workers have been actively searching for a new job over the last year following government plans to privatise the service, a new survey has found.

The poll by union Napo and Unison, which between them represent 12,000 probation workers, found 80& have thought about leaving, while 55% are actively looking for alternative employment.

The survey also revealed an overwhelming level of dissatisfaction with the Government, with 98% of respondents saying they had no confidence in Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Read: Splitting up probation for offenders a 'risk to public'

'Misleading' fracking advert banned

An advert supporting fracking for shale gas has been banned for making unsubstantiated claims about a "near catastrophic" gas shortage last winter.

The ad from Breitling Energy appeared in the Daily Telegraph and read: ""Dear Citizens of the United Kingdom, do you know that your country is blessed with an incredible gift?".

A test site for fracking near Manchester.
A test site for fracking near Manchester. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It went on to claim consumers would benefit from lower bills as a result of shale extraction and also promoted the environmental benefits of replacing coal with gas.

A reader complained about several of the claims in the advert, arguing that the company had exaggerated the severity of the gas shortage and made misleading claims about bills.

Breitling argued that shale has been shown to lower energy bills in the United States, although they admitted it was debatable whether the UK would have run out of gas last winter.

The Advertising Standards Authority was critical of the "near-catastrophic" line in the ad, saying: "We considered that there was insufficient evidence to demonstrate that the UK had been in real danger of running out of gas, and therefore that the reference to a 'near-catastrophic' shortage was misleading."


Report on Wormwood Scrubs 'very disappointing'

Chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick said the report into Wormwood Scrubs prison was "very disappointing".

He said the prison had found it hard to replace experienced staff who left during a major restructuring last year

Nick Hardwick said there remained 'much to be done' to improve Wormwood Scrubs.
Nick Hardwick said there remained 'much to be done' to improve Wormwood Scrubs. Credit: PA

Although he said there was "some recent evidence" of action being taken to improve performance, there remains "much to be done".

He emphasised the heavy demands being made on staff, saying: "Many staff appeared extremely stretched and some were clearly frustrated that they could not do more; others appeared to have lost focus on prisoners' needs."

Wormwood Scrubs prison 'filthy and unsafe'

One of the country's most well-known prisons has been heavily criticised by inspectors who said it was "filthy", unsafe and under-resourced.

Inspectors said Wormwood Scrubs in west London had "shockingly" failed to put in place recommendations to tackle suicide and self-harm among inmates.

HMP Wormwood Scrubs has come in for severe criticism.
HMP Wormwood Scrubs has come in for severe criticism. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) put some of the failings down to a mass exodus of experienced staff after a restructuring last year.

HMIP found many cells meant for one prisoner were holding two, many windows were broken and some of the toilets were filthy.

The report also noted that a "significant" backlog of around 100 new prisoners meant the prison was not coping with the volumes of inmates arriving.

Read: Inspectors raise fears over violence at London prison

World leaders expected in Newport for Nato summit

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel are expected to arrive in Newport for the 2014 Nato summit, with staff at the Celtic Manor Resort preparing to cater for 60 world leaders.

Read: Russia to 'adjust military' in response to Nato in Ukraine

Security fencing and pedestrian checkpoints, which are set up opposite Cardiff Castle ahead of the NATO summit in Newport, Wales. Credit: PA

An estimated £50 million security operation is in full flow, with almost 10,000 extra police officers drafted in from forces around the country to protect delegates.

Twelve miles of security fencing has been erected around roads in Newport and Cardiff to guard the summit.

The summit kicks off amid growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with many looking to Nato to lead a fight back against separatist forces, allegedly armed by Vladimir Putin.

Read: Warships in Wales before Nato leaders arrive at Summit

Attenborough warns of 'erosion of wildlife'

Sir David Attenborough warned of the 'escalating erosion of wildlife'.
Sir David Attenborough warned of the 'escalating erosion of wildlife'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sir David Attenborough has issued a stark warning about the "escalating erosion of wildlife", which he says will directly affect humans' quality of life.

He called on a response "business magnates to politicians, and from farmers to faith leaders", insisting that "everyone has an opportunity to save nature".

Severe deforestation is one of the issues affecting wildlife.
Severe deforestation is one of the issues affecting wildlife. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"With an increasing global footprint, mankind is intensifying the crisis for wildlife, but as individuals we can all be part of the solution for saving it too," the celebrated naturalist said.

He was speaking ahead of the Conference for Nature in London, which is bringing together leaders from a range of sectors to debate "game-changing" solutions to the crisis affecting the natural world.

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