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NHS staff volunteer to help tackle Ebola virus outbreak

More than 160 NHS staff have responded to calls for help to tackle the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The virus has killed more than 2,800 people and infected around twice as many in the country so far.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, called on NHS staff to offer their services to help tackle the virus last week.

The Department of Health said 164 NHS staff had volunteered their help so far.

Mansion Tax 'would disrupt property market'

Introducing a 'Mansion Tax' on properties worth over £2m would disproportionately hit London and "disrupt the property market", one of the UK's leading estate agents has said.

Ed Miliband is set to announce plans for the new tax at his keynote Labour conference speech this afternoon.

The vast majority of houses worth over £2m are in London. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

According to Susan Emmett of property firm Savills, 80% of the properties that would fall under such a tax would be in London.

She also argued that a new tax would impact on other property taxes and therefore reduce the revenue that Labour expect to raise from the levy.

Ms Emmett pointed out that properties worth over £2m already contribute a significant amount to the Treasury through a 7% rate of stamp duty.


Poison accused daughter 'wished mother dead'

The poison bid was inspired by the American TV series Breaking Bad, jurors were told Credit: AMC

A graphic designer allegedly told a friend she wished her mother was dead a year before attempting to poison her in a plot inspired by TV show Breaking Bad, a court has heard.

Julie Wong told Southwark Crown Court that Kuntal Patel sent her emails and texts in 2012 saying that she wished her mother Meena "was dead" or "dies soon".

In one message Ms Wong told the court Patel said: "My life is so messed up right now, I actually wish I was dead or wish my mum died. I hate her so much."

Patel is accused of slipping Abrin into her mother's drink last December in a plot inspired by Breaking Bad after she "forbade" her from marrying her boyfriend.

The 37-year-old, of Plaistow, east London, denies attempting to murder her mother and acquiring a biological agent or toxin. She has admitted two counts of attempting to acquire a biological agent or toxin last December.

Read more here: Breaking Bad 'inspired poison murder bid'

Woman and child are Slough station train victims

Police have confirmed the two victims who died after being hit by a train at Slough station are a woman and a child.

British Transport Police said the deaths are being treated as suspicious and investigators are appealing for witnesses to the tragedy to come forward.

Sources said police were "keeping an open mind" and were not ruling out "foul play" as inquiries continued.

Rail services were cancelled and changed as Slough station was closed amid a heavy police presence.

Anyone with information can call police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting log ESUB/B3 of 23/9/14.

David Cameron supports US air strikes against IS

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Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken out in support of the US military action against IS in Syria and is to discuss what contribution the UK can make.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The PM supports the latest air strikes against ISIL terrorists which have been carried out by the US and five other countries from the Gulf and Middle East.

"He will be holding talks at the United Nations in New York over the next two days on what more the UK and others can do to contribute to international efforts to tackle the threat we all face from ISIL.

"The UK is already offering significant military support, including supplying arms to the Kurds as well as surveillance operations by a squadron of Tornadoes and other RAF aircraft."

Labour backs US air strikes against IS

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said Labour backed the US action against IS and called for the issue to be referred to the UN Security Council.

He said: "IS represent a threat not just to regional security in the Middle East but to international security so we understand and support the action taken by the United States and Arab allies in recent hours.

"Both the Prime Minister and the President are due in the United Nations this week so we are now urging a resolution should now be brought to the Security Council of the United Nations."


Residents flee Syrian city of Raqqa after US air strikes

Residents are fleeing the Syrian city of Raqqa after US air strikes hit Islamic State targets in the city, Reuters reported, citing two witnesses.

People inspect a damaged shop in the Syrian city of Raqqa believed to have been struck overnight. Credit: REUTERS/ Stringer

"There is an exodus out of Raqqa as we speak," one resident said. "It started in the early hours of the day after the strikes."

Islamic State militants claim a US drone crashed into Raqqa's communication station. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

"People are fleeing towards the countryside," they added.

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