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Ebola survivor doctor calls for action over outbreak

The US doctor who has survived the deadly Ebola virus has called for continuing support for people affected - and urged those in charge to do "everything possible" to tackle the outbreak in West Africa.

Dr Kent Brantly was discharged today, and said his family will be going away to 'reconnect and recover' physically and emotionally after spending more than a month apart while he underwent intensive treatment.

Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital
Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital Credit: AP Direct

In a statement at Emory University Hospital, he thanked charity Samaritans Purse, the doctors and staff at the hospital and everyone who sent their support while he battled the disease.

I'm glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic.

Please continue to pray for Liberia, and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.

– Dr Kent Brantly, Ebola survivor

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Ebola recovery doctor 'thrilled to be alive'

The doctor who was flown to the US to be treated for Ebola after contracting the disease while working in Liberia has thanked his friends and family for their support.

Dr Kent Brantly, who was serving with Samaritan's Purse at the time, said his prayers had been answered.

Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital
Dr Kent Brantly has been released from hospital Credit: AP Direct

I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family.

I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and your support.

– Dr Kent Brantly

He moved to Liberia with his family in October last year.

Ebola-hit US doctor can return home to his family

The US doctor who was airlifted back to America after contracting the Ebola virus in West Africa is returning home to his family, health chiefs have said.

Dr Bruce Ribner, from Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit, said Dr Kent Brantly was being discharged after a rigorous course of treatment and testing.

It comes after aid worker Nancy Writebol was previously discharged.

He has recovered from the Ebola virus, and can return to his family, to his community and to his life without public health concern. We are tremendously pleased with Dr Brantly and Ms Writebol's recovery. All of us who worked with them have been impressed by their courage and determination. Their hope and faith have been an inspiration to all of us.

– Dr Bruce Ribner, Emory University Hospital

Dr Ribner said flying the pair back to the US had been the "right decision", and said he hoped what they had learned would contribute to tackling the epidemic in West Africa.

US aid worker discharged after recovering from Ebola

US aid worker Nancy Writebol has been discharged from Emory University Hospital after recovering from Ebola, health chiefs have said.

Nancy Writebol has now been released from hospital in Atlanta.
Nancy Writebol has now been released from hospital in Atlanta. Credit: Family handout.

The 59-year-old had contracted the disease while working as a missionary in the West African country of Liberia during the recent outbreak of the deadly virus.

Fans condemn alleged offensive texts from Mackay

The chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters' Trust has condemned alleged racist, homophobic and sexist comments made by former manager Malky Mackay.

Mackay is alleged to have exchanged a number of offensive text messages with Iain Moody during their time at the club. Moody has now resigned from his post as sporting director of Crystal Palace in the wake of the accusations.

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is accused of sending racist, homophobic and sexist comments to Iain Moody
Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is accused of sending racist, homophobic and sexist comments to Iain Moody Credit: PA

In a statement today, Supporters' Trust chairman Tim Hartley said:

The Trust condemns without reservation any racist, homophobic and sexist comments whenever and wherever they are made.

We have spoken out against issues like homophobic chanting at football matches and in 2013 issued a statement on the subject. We are also organising a Trust five-a-side football tournament in October involving ethnic minority and faith groups to celebrate friendship through football.

We are not privilege to the details of the dossier concerning alleged comments made by our former manager Malky Mackay. The Football Association has been sent documents by the club and we await the outcome of any investigation.

It would be wrong of us to speculate further at this stage without any detailed information being made available.

– Tim Hartley, Cardiff City Supporters' Trust

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Ukraine's president calls for rebels to withdraw

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet Russia's Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Mr Poroshenko said he would ask for the pro-Russian rebels to be withdrawn from Ukraine, according to the presidential website.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko Credit: Reuters

Mr Poroshenko is scheduled to see Mr Putin in the Belarussian capital Minsk on August 26 at a meeting that will also include top leaders of the European Union and of the Russian-led Customs Union.

People will be held accountable 'one way or the other'

US Attorney General Eric Holder has said those responsible for journalist James Foley's murder will be held accountable "one way or the other".

Holder warned: "Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something - this Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation, we have long memories and our reach is very wide.

US Attorney General Eric Holder.
US Attorney General Eric Holder speaking today. Credit: RTV

"We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable one way or the other."

He stressed that the open criminal investigation into Foley's death will be pursued "vigorously".

Red Cross staff 'ready to roll with Russian aid convoy'

The International Committee of the Red Cross has sent 35 staff to help smooth the way for a Russian humanitarian convoy, which has arrived at the Ukraine border.

"We are ready to roll with this convoy, there has been a last-minute delay. We are hopeful that it will be resolved shortly," ICRC spokesman Ewan Watson told Reuters.

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Our colleagues were in Lugansk, #Ukraine yesterday to arrange delivery of aid from #Russian and Ukrainian #AidConvoys.

The first vehicles of the Russian aid convoy were allowed to cross the border between Russia and Ukraine earlier. They are being inspected by Ukrainian officials in a territory beyond the Russian checkpoint.

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