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Cameron calls on EU to double Ebola funding

David Cameron has called for EU leaders to double their funding in the fight against Ebola to £800 million.

It comes after one of the doctors who discovered the virus, Professor Peter Piot, said the rest of Europe was not doing enough to tackle the epidemic.

Downing Street said the current total contribution from the EU was just £400 million.

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Soldiers blockade areas of Sierra Leone over Ebola

Soldiers and police have blockaded rural areas in Sierra Leone hit by the deadly Ebola virus, a senior officer said. Neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.

A street trader sells plastic hand washing buckets, as demand for basic sanitation products rockety in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: AP Photo/ Michael Duff

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced emergency measures late on Wednesday that will, for 90 days, allow her government to curtail civil rights by imposing quarantines on badly affected communities to contain an epidemic that has struck four West African nations.

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