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First case of Ebola diagnosed in the US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement yesterday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in "strict isolation" due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history.

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Postman celebrates retirement after 37 years in the job

For 37 years, Postman Fiete Nissen has loaded up his trolley with letters and packages and trundled down 10 miles of track to serve the people of two remote North Sea islands.

Postman Fiete Nissen on his last postround Credit: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Nissen delivers the post to Oland and Langeness - two miniscule islands joined to mainland Germany by a narrow spit of land.

Nissen loads his trolley on the mainland Credit: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

The 64-year-old decked out his trolley with balloons and flowers and loaded up for the last time today as prepares to enter retirement.

The islands are connected to the mainland by a narrow spit of land Credit: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Just 139 people live on the islands, which are around 112 miles (180km) north of Hamburg.

Newly released footage shows US air strikes on IS

US Central Command has posted footage on its YouTube page of air strikes carried out against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in the past week.

One clip shows a strike on a vehicle in Iraq on 25 September:

Another one of the four videos released - which also include two clips of attacks in Syria - shows a strike on a tank in Iraq on 25 September:

Heavy rain in Hong Kong fails to deter protesters

Heavy rain in Hong Kong has failed to deter tens of thousands of protesters who are continuing to block the city's streets.

Many could be seen to take shelter under umbrellas - which have become a a symbol of resistance.

Hong Kong was transferred to Chinese rule in 1997 under the promise of a "one country, two systems" formula with an eventual aim of free elections not enjoyed on the mainland.

However, protests erupted recently after China indicated it would vet candidates wishing to run for leadership in 2017.

A man looks at the protesters around him as they block the main street to the financial Central district in Hong Kong. Credit: Reuters
A poster with a drawing of an umbrella with the Chinese characters Credit: Reuters
Protesters take shelter from the rain. Credit: Reuters

Missing Bristol girl 'appears to have self-radicalised'

A Labour councillor in Bristol said it appeared a missing girl from the city had "self-radicalised" rather than been exposed to extremist material through local institutions.

Afzal Shah, councillor for Easton ward, said:

The understanding that I have is that it was self-radicalisation as opposed to having anything to do with any institutions.

There may possibly be other individuals involved but that's something the police are looking into. There are so many forums and chat rooms on the internet, it is very easy to get led astray.

We don't know how she got to that stage, I don't know how long it has been going on for but certainly not long from speaking to the family.

This is a young girl, she was an A* student, nobody had any indication of it whatsoever.

– Afzal Shah
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