Ebola: airlines have cancelled flights to infected countries, while fear and false alarms put Europe on high alert

A health worker disinfects a corpse after the man died in a classroom being used as a temporary Ebola isolation ward (John Moore/Getty). 

“Our heads hang in shame when we hear about rapes. Why can’t we prevent this? When a daughter steps out, parents demand to know where she’s going. But when a son returns home, does anyone dare ask where he is coming from? He might have been with the wrong people, doing wrong things. After all, a person raping is someone’s son. Why don’t parents apply the same yardstick of good behaviour for their sons as for their daughters?”
— Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, used his first Independence Day speech to call on parents to take responsibility for the actions of their sons, saying the country is shamed by sexual violence

Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country’s east.

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, said his country’s armed forces had destroyed part of an armed convoy seen moving through a gap in a border fence on Thursday night.

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Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia in an attempt to quarantine the remote villages at the centre of the Ebola outbreak.

As the epidemic entered its seventh month, 700 troops in Sierra Leone began setting up roadblocks to ensure that only health personnel could move in and out of the hardest-hit communities.

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Israel says humanitarian ceasefire is over - live updates

Yigal Palmor, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, tells the BBC that the truce was “brazenly broken” by Hamas and that Israeli forces were “responding all along the frontline”. “I can confirm that Israel responded to Hamas fire, rockets and attacks against our troops,” he said.

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Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli military strike east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Israel has said it is calling up another 16,000 reserves following a security cabinet meeting that decided to keep up military operations in Gaza, ignoring international pressure for an immediate ceasefire.

The move will allow the Israeli military to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against Hamas, which has already claimed more than 1,360 Palestinian lives – most of them civilians – and reduced entire Gaza neighbourhoods to rubble. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have died during the campaign.  

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United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.

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A flight operated by Air Algérie carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early on Thursday, the plane’s owner said.

Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 1.55am GMT the official Algerian news agency said. That means that flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public. Full story