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A pleasant weekend ahead with good sunny spells

With high pressure building and low pressure moving away, it's set to be a very pleasant weekend with warmer temperatures and some good spells of sunshine.

This means some good sunny spells across the board, coupled with some showers as well tomorrow. Expect highs of 21C.

Sunday will start along the same lines, but will get more damp and breezy as the day goes on.

Neighbourhood to reopen after Ebola quarantine

Liberia will end its quarantine of Ebola-hit neighbourhoods in capital city Monrovia tomorrow morning, the government has announced.

The coastal West Point neighbourhood will be opened up again at 7am (6am GMT) after residents cooperated with health checks and education seminars about the disease.

The neighbourhood was sealed off last week, sparking angry scenes from residents. Soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on the crowds, who threw rocks as they tried to escape.

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Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

Seven Nato allies are to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, according to the Financial Times.

David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force ahead of the Nato summit next week.
David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force ahead of the Nato summit next week. Credit: Reuters

The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.

Other countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.

Footage released of US airstrike on Islamic State truck

Military footage has been released showing what the US Defense Department claims is an American airstrike on an armed truck being driven by Islamic State militants.

The video, shot on Tuesday, is taken from an aircraft which circles the truck from above before a missile hits it from the side.

The US has launched airstrikes to protect American facilities and personnel, and in support of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces trying to combat the Islamic State.

George Galloway 'badly bruised' in street attack

Controversial Respect MP George Galloway was badly bruised after he was attacked in the street tonight, his spokesman said.

Respect MP George Galloway is in "pretty bad shape" after the attack.
Respect MP George Galloway is in "pretty bad shape" after the attack. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in Notting Hill, west London, when the incident happened.

The spokesman said: "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.

"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.

"George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in a pretty bad shape."

Metropolitan Police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of ABH and taken to the south London police station where he remains.

The motivation for the attack is unclear but Mr Galloway caused recent offence when he announced Bradford was an "Israeli-free area".

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Sierra Leone health chief fired over handling of Ebola

Sierra Leone's Health Minister has been dismissed over her handling of the Ebola epidemic.

President Ernest Bai Koroma fired the minister, Miatta Kargbo, saying she was removed "to create a conducive environment for efficient and effective handling of the Ebola outbreak".

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma (pictured) has dismissed Health Minister Miatta Kargbo
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma (pictured) has dismissed Health Minister Miatta Kargbo Credit: Reuters

She will be replaced by her deputy, Dr Abubakarr Fofanah.

The Ebola virus has killed more than 400 people in Sierra Leone since the outbreak took hold.

Ebola efforts 'hampered by mistrust of health workers'

The response to the Ebola outbreak across West Africa has been badly hampered by a local mistrust of health care workers, officials have said.

Many have developed suspicions against the workers, who are often clad in plastic protective gear and protective face masks, and have shunned their help - preferring instead to die in their own homes.

Many local people do not trust health workers sent to help tackle the Ebola outbreak
Many local people do not trust health workers sent to help tackle the Ebola outbreak Credit: Reuters

In Guinea, riots broke out in the southern city of Nzerekore after rumours began circulating that officials had sprayed the market with Ebola to deliberately infect people.

And some health workers have contributed to the spread of the disease after unknowingly contracting the virus, and carrying it to the very communities they are trying to help.

More than 120 care workers have died in the epidemic to date, and Liberia reported five new cases of infection among them in just one day this week.

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