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#1 Ebola: First patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a man who recently flew into the United States from the African nation of Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola.

The man is understood to have flown to Texas on a family visit, and did not display symptoms when he departed the Afican continent or upon entering the US. However, he sought medical assistance six days later, and he is currently being treated in isolation within the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas.

#2 Islamic State: RAF Tornados strike IS targets in Iraq.

The warplanes deployed ordnance on an armed truck and a minibus, thought to be part of an IS command & control network, west of Baghdad. The aircraft returned safely to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus after completing the mission.

#3 Alice Gross: Police investigating the disappearance of Alice Gross confirm they have located a body in the river Brent, West London.

According to sources, significant efforts had been undertaken to conceal it.

Gross, 14, disappeared almost 5 weeks ago after leaving her home in Hanwell, London. The teenager was last seen on CCTV walking along the towpath next to the Grand Union Canal as it passes under Trumpers Way at 4.26pm on August 28. She had not been seen since.

Today’s grim discovery has prompted London police to raise the case to murder investigation status.

#4 Water charges: It has been confirmed today that ministers, junior ministers and the Attorney General will be exempt from the €125 payment on their second residence thanks to a law dating back to 1997.

The recent news is bound to spark further outrage as hard-pressed families are being punished with the water levies from today.

The first bill for paying citizens should arrive sometime in January.

#5 Drugs bust: Over 200,000 worth of drugs were found in Cavan last night.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of 200,000 were found at a premises in Cavan last night. No arrests have yet been made in connection with this seizure.

#6 US murder: Daniel Crespo, mayor of Bell Garden, Los Angeles County, was shot and killed by his wife in front of their 19-year-old son.

It is understood that a row broke out between Crespo, his wife, and their son. Crespo and his young son began struggling and Crespo’s wife pulled out a gun and shot her husband several times. He died in hospital soon after.

Crespo’s wife was held for several hours for questioning and released without charge.

#6 Cave rescue: Spanish speleologist finally brought to safety after spending 12 days trapped 1,300ft underground.

Cecilio Lopez, 44, was rescued today by an international team of 107 people after he became injured deep in a cave in Peru’s Amazon region. Doctors had diagnosed two injured lumbar vertebrae.

After emerging topside, he was flown by helicopter to a Lima hospital for treatment.

#7 Walrus gathering: About 35,000 walrus gathered on a beach in north-west Alaska “for a rest”, it has been reported.

Unlike seals, walrus cannot swim indefinitely, and must rest from time to time. The animals now struggle to find ice plates to do so, and are coming ashore more and more often to find their rest.

In recent years, sea ice has receded north beyond shallow continental shelf waters and into Arctic Ocean water, where depths exceed two miles and walrus cannot dive to the bottom.

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