Ban Ki Moon visited an Ebola treatment centre outside Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown

UN chief praises Ebola healthcare workers

07.47 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people.

The bombing is the first since the end of war in Gaza

Israel bombs Gaza militants after rocket attack

08.19 Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in Gaza yesterday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

Kim Jong-un observes he North Korean military's winter training at an unknown location

North Korea to snub UN Security Council meeting

19 Dec North Korea has said it will not send a representative to a UN Security Council meeting next week to discuss the country's human rights record and calls to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court.

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