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article 02 October 2014 UK
Ebola crisis: 'five new cases an hour in Sierra Leone'
A burial team with the body of an Ebola victim in Freetown, Sierra Leone (Reuters)
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British government ministers, diplomats, aid agencies and, reportedly, philanthropists, gather in London to pledge funds to the "race against time" to tackle the ongoing Ebola crisis in west Africa.

article 02 October 2014 UK
Wonga writes off 330,000 customer debts
Wonga writes off 330,00 customer debts

Payday lender Wonga writes off customer debts worth 220m and brings in new checks for future loans after talks with the financial regulator.

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article 02 October 2014 World, Sierra Leone
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Heroic British nurse makes emotional plea to stop Ebola

British Nurse William Pooley is close to tears as he recalls the deaths of a young brother and sister aged four and seven, and pleads for action against Ebola to save the lives of millions of people.

article 02 October 2014 World, China
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Hong Kong chief executive agrees to talks with protesters

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying says he will not step down in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations - but agrees to hold talks with protest leaders.

article 02 October 2014 UK
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Will and Kate warn paparazzi to stop 'harassing' baby George

Lawyers acting for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have contacted photographers and asked them to stop following and taking pictures of their son George.

article 02 October 2014 UK, Iraq
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Theresa May's comments on IS and WMDs 'embellish the threat'

The Home Secretary warns that if they are not disrupted, the Islamic State group could acquire weapons of mass destruction - but has that threat been 'sexed up'?

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Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog First film from ground level of RAF strike in Iraq

We had been driving for about six hours when we reached Rabia. A small agricultural town of Kurds and Arabs nestling along Iraq's border with Syria, Rabia's squat mud houses belie the town's importan

article 02 October 2014 World, Thailand
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Burmese man 'confesses' to murder of two Brits in Thailand

A Burmese man confesses to the murders of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand, police say.

article 02 October 2014 UK, Latvia
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Alice Gross: parents 'devastated' after her body is found

Police say 'significant efforts' were made to hide the body of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross in the River Brent, after she disappeared a month ago.

article 02 October 2014 UK
500 GP practices 'facing retirement crisis'
500 GP practices 'facing retirement crisis'

Thousands of patients could be without a GP as recruitment numbers lag far behind demand - and upcoming retirements won't help either.

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Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog US Secret Service head resigns - where was point of no return?

After an unenviable roll-call of gaffes, it seemed unavoidable Julia Pierson would have to step down as head of the unit which guards the President.

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Ukip reveal ex-Tory donor - but how wide is their appeal?

After two big defections this week, speculation grew that Ukip would reveal another - but instead unveiled a former Conservative party donor, who's giving them 1m.

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How the mighty fall: top UK supermarkets hit the ropes

Two of Britain's largest supermarket chains serve up a nasty surprise, as Tesco reveals the City regulator is investigating its accounts and Sainsbury's reports a drop in sales.

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Body of missing teenager Alice Gross found in river

Police confirm the body found in the River Brent on Tuesday evening is that of missing teenager Alice Gross.

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Gove: Tory tax cuts 'will help the poor too'

Conservative Chief Whip Michael Gove insists tax cuts won't just help the rich, even though the UK is still "strapped for cash".

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Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Tories and Labour failing to deal with NHS funding shortfall

While there is a belief in some quarters that there is still room for efficiencies to be made, if you talk to NHS managers many will say they have sliced and diced as much as they dare.

article 01 October 2014 UK
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'Boring waffle': students rate Cameron's speech - video

They wanted cuts to tuition fees and votes for over 16s: they got a speech "for the older generation", say Birmingham students, which was "hypocritical", "out of touch" - and too patriotic.

article 01 October 2014 UK
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Is William Hague really our greatest living Yorkshireman?

...and what about Yorkshire-women? David Cameron's claim was probably his biggest Tory conference announcement (well, almost), but does it stack up? We asked for your views on Yorkshire's finest.

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Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog David Cameron, 'your 'umble servant', promises tax cuts

In a politically disengaged era the PM aims to catch voters' attention with some direct cash offers on taxation and some direct political messages too.

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Thai police say a man from Burma has confessed to killing British tourists Hannah Witheridge & David Miller on Koh Tao island. Officers said the man had been detained but not arrested, pending DNA test results.

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A United Nations report finds that Islamic State militants have committed systematic violations including mass executions, abduction of women and girls as sex slaves and using children as fighters, that may constitute war crimes. It also found that air strikes by the Iraqi government had caused “significant civilian deaths”, hitting villages, a school and hospitals.

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Loan company Wonga is to write off the debts of 330,000 customers who are in arrears for over 30 days, and will offer 45,000 customers in arrears for less than 30 days the chance to pay off their debt without interest or charges.

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"The Chinese government has very formally and clearly stated
its position. Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs.
All countries should respect China’s sovereignty."

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi