US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola-hit West Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to commit 3,000 military troops to go to West Africa as part of a major new effort to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

The initiative is expected to see 17 new treatment facilities built in the region and a command centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The World Health Organisation announced that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to at least 2,296 out of 4,293 cases.

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Emirates suspends flights to Guinea over Ebola virus

Dubai's Emirates airline has suspended its flights to Guinea after the west African country became affected by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Emirates airline has suspended its flights to Guinea until further notice. Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA/Press Association Images

Emirates flights will be suspended from today until further notice, the airline said in a statement on its website.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised," it added.

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