International community gathers at Ebola conference

Key figures from the international community have gathered in London to discuss how to stop the Ebola crisis ravaging west Africa.

Participating countries are discussing what can be done to slow the worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Labour: Report raises serious questions about DfID

Labour says a report from MPs on the Ebola crisis raises "serious questions" about Department for International Development (DfID) spending.

The International Development Committee said cuts to aid to countries hit by the epidemic may well have worsened the crisis.

Shadow International Development Secretary Jim Murphy said the report was "extremely worrying".

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'Defeating Ebola' conference kicks off in London

The Foreign Office has tweeted this picture of International Development Secretary Justine Greening alongside actor Idris Elba and the High Commissioner of Sierra Leone.

They are taking part in a one-day conference on 'Deafeating Ebola in Sierra Leone'.

The country has been particularly badly hit by the disease, which has already killed over 3,300 people worldwide.

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Sierra Leone President will not attend conference

President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, will not be attending an international conference on the Ebola crisis taking place in London according to the Foreign Office.

Unfortunately the President of Sierra Leone is now unable to attend the defeating Ebola conference. The chartered plane he was scheduled to fly on experienced significant technical difficulties prior to take off. We are currently exploring alternative ways for him to participate.

– Foreign Office spokesman

MPs: Aid cuts 'may have worsened Ebola crisis'

MPs say cuts in international support to Sierra Leone and Liberia, along with a failure to supervise aid spending, "may well be connected" to the spread of the Ebola virus.

The International Development Committee said the crisis "demonstrates the dangers of ignoring the least developed countries in the world".

Chairman Sir Malcolm Bruce said: "In the midst of this devastating epidemic...it is wrong for the UK to cut its support to these two countries by nearly a fifth."

The committee also pointed out that Liberia's finance ministry had failed to pass on large sums of EU aid money intended to improve the country's health system.

'Five new Ebola cases an hour' in Sierra Leone

A charity has warned that Ebola is spreading at a rate of five cases per hour in Sierra Leone, overwhelming the country's medical resources.

Save the Children said there were 765 new cases of the deadly virus in the west African state last week, with just 327 beds for the infected.

A volunteer medical team in Sierra Leone wearing special protective uniforms. Credit: TT News Agency/Press Association Images

There have now been over 7,000 cases of the disease worldwide, with 3,338 deaths.

The majority of the casualties have been in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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