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Medics filmed during '100% protective' Ebola vaccine trial

This footage shows Ebola vaccination trials being carried out in Guinea.

The vaccine has proved to give 100% protection and researchers said it could now be used to help end an outbreak of the deadly disease which has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

The footage, from Médecins Sans Frontières, shows the assessment of a volunteer for the trial and the vaccine being administered to two people in Conakry.


U-turn on decision to deny Chinese artist 6-month visa

The Home Secretary has ordered immigration officials to issue a full six-month business visa to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, reversing a decision to only allow him into the country for less than three weeks.

Theresa May reviewed the decision after human rights experts voiced anger over the decision when the artist, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, was denied the full visa.

Ai Weiwei will now be granted the full six-month visa Credit: Reuters/Ai Weiwei

In a letter posted to his Weiwei's Instagram account, officials said they refused him a longer stay as he he had not declared a previous "criminal conviction" - despite supporters denying he had ever even been charged.

He was secretly detained, his passport confiscated and later fined for alleged unpaid taxes, though his supporters argued this was merely a politically-motivated punishment for his views.

His passport was only returned last week, and he had hoped to visit Britain in the autumn to coincide with an exhibition of his work at the London Royal Academy of Arts.

A Home Office spokesman said Ms May was not consulted on the original decision, adding:

She has reviewed the case and has now instructed Home Office officials to issue a full six-month visa.

We have written to Mr Ai apologising for the inconvenience caused.

– Home Office spokesman

RBS online banking glitch fixed after disruption

RBS said it was still investigating the cause of the problem. Credit: PA

A fault which left RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers unable to login to their online banking this morning has been fixed, RBS has said.

The cause of the problem, which lasted around 50 minutes, was still being investigated.

We are aware that some customers experienced issues with online banking this morning.

This has now been resolved and our service is operating as normal. We apologise to those customers who experienced difficulties."

– RBS spokesperson

Hunter Walter Palmer claims he 'did nothing wrong'

Cecil the lion was killed by US dentist William Palmer Credit: PA

The hunter who killed Cecil the lion, Walter Palmer, has reportedly claimed he "did nothing wrong" in an interview with AFP.


Cecil the lion killer could face up to 10 years in jail

Protests have been held outside Walter Palmer's house and dentist practice in the US. Credit: Reuters

Cecil the lion killer Walter Palmer could face up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted in a Zimbabwean court.

The country has called on the US to extradite the 55-year-old dentist after it emerged he had shot the protected animal with a bow and arrow.

Palmer fled the country before the Zimbabwean authorities knew what had happened.

He admits killing black-maned Cecil, who was a tourist attraction, but said he hired professional guides and believed he had the necessary permits.

The life-long hunter has gone into hiding since his identity was revealed by Zimbabwean conservationists.

WHO says new Ebola vaccine is a 'game changer'

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. Credit: Reuters

The world is one step closer to eradicating Ebola, the World Health Organization said.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the results of a trial, which showed 100% effectiveness, was an "extremely promising development".

She added: "This is going to be a game changer.

"It will change the management of the current Ebola outbreak and future outbreaks."

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