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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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Loaded UK ship sets sail to play lead role in Ebola fight

A British medical ship carrying three Merlin helicopters and a crew of around 380 has set off on a long journey south to help bolster the UK's effort in the international fight against the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Those on board the Royal Navy hospital ship RFA Argus will face strict rules to keep the ship "sterile" before it reaches its destination in November to play a pivotal role in supporting the efforts already being conducted by British army medics in West Africa.

RFA Argus sailed from its moorings in Falmouth Docks in Cornwall shortly after lunchtime. Credit: Ministry of Defence
The crew on board the Argus are banned from going ashore on leave during up to three months of deployment to keep the ship protected. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Members of the Royal Navy bid farewell to the crew, which includes 80 medics and 80 Royal Marines. Credit: Ministry of Defence

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