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1,400 children abused in town

Around 1,400 children were sexually exploited in one town over a 16-year period, a report has revealed.

The report on events in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013 found that in more than a third of these cases the youngsters were already known to agencies. It said there had been "blatant" collective failures by Rotherham council.

Council leader Roger Stone resigned with immediate effect while chief executive Martin Kimber said no council officers will face action.

Five dead after two-day jail riot

A two-day prison uprising in southern Brazil has ended after the death of five inmates.

Mara de Carli, of the Justice Secretariat of Parana state, said the uprising at the Cascavel jail ended on Tuesday with the transfer of 800 inmates to other prison facilities, the prisoner's main demand.

It is not known if other demands such as better food and more flexible visiting hours had been met.

Two inmates were beheaded during the riot by 600 inmates and three others were thrown to their deaths from the roof.

Ebola 'has the upper hand'

The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it.

Dr Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three hardest hit countries, this week.

The disease has overwhelmed already struggling health systems in some of the world's poorest countries.

Boy (8) gets to meet hero Fidel

An 8-year-old Cuban boy who likes to dress up as Fidel Castro got to meet his idol after Cuba's 88-year-old retired leader invited him and his family to his Havana home for a chat.

"I felt a lot of emotion upon seeing Fidel," Marlon Mendez said from his home near Havana.

"It was my dream to meet Fidel, and I did it.... My mother was shaking."

The boy likes to dress in green fatigues, army boots and cap as Castro once did.


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