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Hammond: EU must raise a billion euros to fight Ebola

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said it is vital that the European Union raises one billion euros (£800 million) to help fight Ebola.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: APTN

Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers, he said: "There is a major health crisis here. We've got a very short window to get on top of it and prevent the uncontrollable spread of this disease."

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Loose Women co-stars pay tribute to Lynda Bellingham

Stars of ITV's Loose Women have paid tribute to former co-presenter Lynda Bellingham after her death from cancer.

Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin and Linda Robson were among a host of others issuing messages on Twitter following then news.

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Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset

Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset Credit: PA

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 66 is to be buried in Somerset. Lynda was married to Michael Pattemore from Crewkerne who bought the couple a plot for them both.

Lynda has chronicled her final months living with cancer in her book There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You, which will be published next week.

In her memoirs, she writes: “Does one choose a funeral with hymns and prayers that suit only the deceased? Surely part of the mourning process is for the loved ones left behind? Should they not be allowed some say?

“Michael thinks it would be great for our friend Peter Delaney, the vicar who married us, to come down to Somerset – Michael’s old stomping ground and a place we love – and conduct the service there.

“I say: ‘I wouldn’t expect everyone to have to come all the way down here to pay their respects. I want a tribute, or something that is nice and handy and anyone who fancies coming in and saying goodbye can do so easily, not have to get on a train for three hours.’

“We have reached a compromise, I think, and there will be a service in Somerset and a knees-up in London. So if you are passing, do drop in for a quick boogie.”

Lynda's TV colleagues 'devastated' at news of her death

Actor Simon Pegg, who starred with the actress in 1990s TV show Faith In The Future, said:

Actress and presenter Amanda Holden wrote:

Kirstie Allsopp said:

Fellow presenter Ben Shephard said:

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Lynda Bellingham: I wanted family to remember me happy

Lynda Bellingham told ITV's This Morning two weeks ago that she had come to terms with her cancer and had used her final months to talk more with her children.

Actress Lynda Bellingham on This Morning earlier this month. Credit: This Morning/ITV

Discussing the launch of her book, There's Something I've Been Dying To Tell You, she said she was "overwhelmed" by the responses she had received since revealing her battle with the disease.

But on the decision to end her chemotherapy, she insisted: "I haven't decided to die."

Bellingham said she had told her husband and children: "I don't want you to see me at the last - I want you to remember me happy."

The 66-year-old told Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden she was "determined to hang on until Christmas" - a wish publicly shared by her husband - but has sadly died just weeks later.

Avalanches hamper final day of Nepal rescue operation

Small avalanches hampered the search for Nepali porters and guides missing for six days after a devastating Himalayan storm, officials said today.

A military helicopter aiding the rescue effort in Kathmandu, Nepal Credit: APTN

"Today is the last day of the search and rescue operation," said Keshav Pandey of the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal.

"After this we can only hope that those who are missing will establish contact with us or their families.

"We don't think that any tourist is missing now. I am getting reports that some local porters and tour guides who were on the trek have not been traced so far."

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