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New York doctor receives blood from Ebola survivor

Dr Craig Spencer.

The New York Ebola doctor Craig Spencer has received blood from an aid worker who previously beat the disease.

Nancy Writebol, who was the second American to contract the virus, said: "I am praying for Dr Spencer's recovery and am happy to donate blood."

Doctors said Spencer, 33, is now entering the next phase of his illness as expected with gastrointestinal symptoms, but he was awake and communicating.

His fiancee has been placed in quarantine in her New York apartment for 21 days.


Hawaiians evacuated after fears volcano will erupt

Lava has already started oozing from the Kalauea Volcano. Credit: Reuters

People living near an active Hawaiian volcano have been told to leave their homes over fears it is about to erupt.

Molten rock has already oozed close to locals homes and is moving at a speed of about 10 metres an hour.

Darryl Oliveira, director of civil defence for Hawaii County, said: This is all something we've been preparing for and hoping wouldn't have to happen."

US nurse: Quarantine made me feel like a criminal

A nurse who flew into New Jersey from Sierra Leone and was immediately put into quarantine has said she was made to feel like a "criminal".

Kaci Hickox described the experience as "confusing and upsetting" and said she was worried her colleagues would get the same treatment.

She told The Dallas Morning newspaper: "Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?

"I am scared that, like me, they will arrive and see a frenzy of disorganisation, fear and, most frightening, quarantine."

The quarantines were imposed after New York City doctor Craig Spencer was diagnosed with the disease on Thursday, days after returning to the city from working with Ebola patients in Guinea.

New Jersey and Illinois have also followed suit in imposing automatic quarantines on people arriving from Ebola-hit countries.


Heathrow computer glitch disrupts flights

An IT system failure at Heathrow Airport has resulted in passengers facing disruption.

Flights were disrupted at Heathrow after a computer glitch. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A spokeswoman for the busy London airport said staff had to manually process passengers' baggage "for about an hour" during the incident in which an IT system was down.

She said the problem - which affected all terminals but mainly terminals three and five - caused "some disruption" and has now been resolved.

"We are experiencing some disruption as a result of an issue with one of Heathrow Airport's IT systems. We are working with the airport to resolve the matter and customers should check for the very latest information about their flights. We are sorry for any disruption to customers' travel plans."

– British Airways statement

Conservatives catch up with Labour in two new polls

The Conservatives are level with Labour according to two new polls. Credit: PA Wire composite

The Conservatives have reeled in Labour's advantage according to two new polls.

YouGov polled 2,069 adults on October 23 and 24 for the Sunday Times and put both main parties on 33%, with Ed Miliband's party down two points and the Conservatives up one.

Ukip were on 16%, the Liberal Democrats on 7% and the Greens on 6%.

Meanwhile, an Opinium survey for the Observer also found the Tories and Labour tied on 33%. Ukip had 18% support, the Lib Dems 6% and the Greens 4%.

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