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Hammond: 'Significant progress' on Ebola effort

Philip Hammond said today's conference on dealing with the Ebola virus had seen "significant progress".

The Foreign Secretary said nations had offered money, airlift capability and personnel, with the expectation of "further pledges" of aid and financial support to come.

Read: The true scale of the Ebola crisis in west Africa

Up to 80 people may have been exposed to Ebola in US

As many as 80 people may have been in recent contact with the man being treated for the disease in a Dallas hospital.

Health officials in Texas significantly raised the number from the 18 they had originally thought had come into contact with the man, who flew to the US from Liberia.

Officials said four members of the man's family had been asked to remain at home as a precaution.


Dramatic fall in customers 'rolling over' payday loans

The number of people "rolling over" their payday loans into a second month or more has reduced by three-quarters since tighter of the industry came into effect, an association representing the industry has said.

Many lenders allow customers to renew their borrowing month-on-month if they are unable to afford repayments - usually incurring extra costs.

Russell Hamblin-Boone, Chief Executive of the Consumer Finance Association, said Wonga's announcement of redress for thousands of customers who had fallen into arrears was representative of "the new lending landscape".

Tighter affordability checks from the Financial Conduct Authority had also meant a dramatic fall in the number of payday loans had been granted, he added.

Hamblin-Boone pointed out that a new "cost of credit cap" on the industry would control the prices of the loans, while further measures restricting the industry are due to be announced before the end of the year.

Second Burmese man 'confesses to killing Brits'

Two Burmese immigrant workers have confessed to killing two young British tourists on a Thai holiday island last month, police have said.

The battered bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on a beach on Koh Tao last month.

Major General Kiattipong Khawsamang said that two of three Burmese workers questioned by police admitted murdering the couple.

He said the other man has denied involvement. Police have previously said they believe three people were involved in the attacks.


Morrisons to take on Aldi and Lidl in price war

Morrisons has become the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge a price match guarantee against discounters Aldi and Lidl in the latest episode of the ferocious price war.

Morrisons has become the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge a price match guarantee against discounters Aldi and Lidl. Credit: PA/PA Wire

The supermarket will launch a new loyalty card which will see ustomers given additional points if their comparable shop would have been cheaper elsewhere.

It is part of a previously-announced plan to invest £1 billion in price cuts over three years as chief executive Dalton Philips battles sliding sales and plunging profits.

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