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VIDEO: Ebola survivor returning to Africa

William Pooley made headlines when he was flown to London for treatment after contracting the Ebola virus while volunteering in a Sierra Leone hospital.

Having made a full recovery, he talks to BBC Newsnight's Kirsty Wark about being treated for a disease from the developing world with the care provided in a developed country.

He calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to "take global leadership" on the matter.

And he explains why he is planning to return to Africa to help fight the spread of Ebola, as soon as he receives a passport to replace the one that had to be incinerated.

Netherlands to evacuate two doctors who had contact with Ebola victims

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Authorities in the Netherlands are preparing to evacuate two Dutch doctors who had unprotected contact in Sierra Leone with patients who later died of Ebola, a Dutch public health official said on Friday.

The two doctors have shown no symptoms of the virus but authorities believe there is cause for concern because they were not wearing full protective clothing when they came into contact with the patients, who had not yet been diagnosed with Ebola.

"The two doctors' personal protection should be considered inadequate. They could potentially have been exposed," said Jaap van Dissel, director of the Dutch Centre for Infectious Disease Control.

The two doctors will be evacuated on a special flight to minimise the risk of contagion to other passengers and monitored closely on arrival, according to media reports.

"It's only contagious if they have a fever," van Dissel said, and added that if symptoms developed, the two would be placed in quarantine in a university hospital.

Dutch public television said the case was discovered when the doctors came to the Netherlands' nearest embassy in Ghana after the patients they had been in contact with at the Lion Heart Medical Centre in Yele town died of Ebola.

The clinic, which normally deals with cases of malaria, which has symptoms similar to Ebola, has since been shut down by authorities in Sierra Leone.

More than 2,400 people have died so far from Ebola in West Africa since the outbreak started in March, taking a particularly heavy toll among medical workers, more than 120 of whom have died of the disease as of late August, according to the World Health Organisation.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

Cuba to send 165 health workers to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight

Cuba will send 165 doctors and nurses to Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak, Cuba's health minister and the World Health Organization announced Friday.

WHO chief Margaret Chan hailed Cuba's commitment to send the health professionals to the hard-hit west African country for six months, telling reporters it was "the largest" made so far in the global fight to stop the deadly outbreak.

Ebola death toll hits 2,400: WHO

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola fever has now killed more than 2,400 people and infected twice that number, according to a new toll released on Friday by the World Health Organization.

"As of 12 September, we are at 4,784 cases and more than 2,400 deaths," the head of the UN health agency, Margaret Chan, told a news conference in Geneva.

She did not specify if the figures included Nigeria, in addition to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three west African countries at the epicentre of the health crisis.

Landslides add to misery of Kashmir's worst floods in decades

By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR India (Reuters) - Rescuers raced to help communities hit by landslides in Indian Kashmir on Friday while thousands were stranded, homeless and hungry in the city of Srinagar, most of which was submerged by the region's worst flooding in 50 years.

Both the Indian and Pakistan sides of the disputed Himalayan territory have been hit by extensive flooding since the Jhelum river, swollen by unusually heavy rain, surged last week. The river flows from Indian Kashmir to the Pakistan side, and then down into Pakistan's lower Indus river basin.

On the Pakistani side, officials put the death toll at 264 on Friday and said that more than one million people had been affected by floodwaters now cresting in the densely populated province of Punjab.

In New Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said about 200 Indians had been killed and around 130,000 rescued.

"Almost every second family has one or two missing members," said Syed Munir Quadri, who has been looking for his father for three days in Srinagar, a city of some 1.2 million now facing an acute shortage of fuel, food and medicines.

Indian media said that more than 40 people were killed by a landslide at a village further south.

"The entire village slid down in a matter of minutes, burying all houses under tons of rock and mud. The villagers had no time to run to safety," the CNN-IBN TV channel said on its news website. "The army rushed in 200 of its soldiers to assist with rescue operations being carried out by the civil administration."

The ferocity of the floods appeared to have caught the administration in Indian Kashmir by surprise and has prompted an outpouring of anger in a Muslim-majority region where a revolt against Indian rule has simmered for quarter of a century.

Many people praised the Indian army on social media for its rescue and relief efforts, but others vented their anger at delays in getting help to survivors.

Munir Ahmad was trapped for two days with his brother and domestic help as waters swirled around his Srinagar home before they were taken to safety by a rescue boat.

"We were trapped on the tin roof for two days and were crying for help. We put up a big red flag to draw the attention of the rescuers. But no helicopter or boat came to our rescue."

"After two days, a local boat spotted us. It took us to a nearby building where already 40 people had taken shelter."

All but one of Srinagar's major hospitals were under water, and six infants died in a maternity hospital due to a lack of medical care, a rescuer said, and telecommunication links to the city have been down for days.

(Additional reporting by Maria Golovnina in ISLAMABAD; Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Douglas Busvine)

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