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A major gas explosion has been reported in Taiwan by AFP and is believed to have left 212 injured with casualties feared.
#BREAKING Taiwan gas pipeline blasts injure 212, casualties feared: reports
As we head overnight we are still at risk of seeing a few showers in western parts of the country, but for most of us it will be dry with clear skies. However it is looking fairly unsettled on Friday. We have got a band of rain, pushing its way into the tip of Cornwall, before moving into Wales and Northern England with persistent downpours.
A White House spokesman has said the shelling of a UN facility in Gaza this week by the Israeli military was "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."
The spokesman said: "The shelling of a UN facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."
Growing concerns over a humanitarian crisis have been raised over access to food, water and power for civilians in Gaza.
ITV News international affairs editor Rageh Omaar reports from Gaza:
The Israeli military called up 16,000 fresh reservists as it moved to intensify its military operation in and around Gaza. The priority has been to destroy the network of tunnels dug by Hamas from which to attack Israel.
A drone has recorded aerial shots of Eastbourne Pier after a third of the historic landmark was destroyed in a huge fire. Part of the 144-year-old Grade II-listed structure was consumed by fire as plumes of black smoke drifted into the sky on Wednesday afternoon.
The United States sending 50 disease experts to West Africa over the next 30 days in a bid to combat the outbreak of the Ebola virus, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The country has also issued a travel warning for three of the countries hit by the outbreak, The Associated Press reported.
BREAKING: United States issues travel warning for 3 African countries hit by Ebola outbreak.
Non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was discouraged by the CDC.