Passengers from Cleveland flight to be monitored
US health officials are attempting to track down 132 passengers who were travelling on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas, after a passenger was diagnosed with Ebola. 29-year-old nurse Amber Vinson is believed to have contracted the deadly virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week. Mrs Vinson is the second person to be diagnosed with the virus after treating Mr Duncan. Health authorities believe there is little risk that passengers have contracted the virus, however they still want to monitor them closely.
Police attack fuels tension in Hong Kong
Tensions have risen in Hong Kong after police allegedly beat a pro democracy protester. Video footage taken by a bystander shows the victim being kicked and beaten by a man dressed in police uniform. The confronting footage provides visual proof to protesters’ claims of violent acts by law enforcement and was widely distributed by pro democracy members. Hong Kong police have hit back at claims officers within the force behaved inappropriately, with a spokesman for Hong Kong police saying protesters acted violently towards police.
Fears IS could be planning siege
Further concern has risen today regarding Islamic State, with fears IS militants could be planning a siege on a town near Baghdad. The rural town of Anbar is located 40km west of the Iraqi capitol. Officials say that IS fighters are surrounding the town from the north, east and west and appeared to be preparing to attack the town. IS is believed to be targeting the town in order to gain access to a transport zone, which would provide access to surrounding towns.
North and South Korean military talks fail
The first major talks between South and North Korea since 2007 occurred on Wednesday. The talks began after generals from both sides met but failed to agree on easing the tensions after a border incident between two ships happened on Tuesday. The meeting occurred at the border village of Panmunjom where North Korea demanded that South Korea ban activists dropping leaflets and publishing articles critical of the state and found themselves again at odds with the south over the sea border. The talks came after North Korean general and suspected second in command to Kim Jong-Un, Hwang Pyong-so, made a surprise visit to Seoul after the Asian games. – Daniel Stringer and Brian Ennew