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Coalition hits IS oil targets in Syria / French hostage beheaded in Algeria / Cyprus rescue mission for 300 at sea / Ukraine's President to outline reforms / Ebola death toll rises to nearly 3,000 / Activists plan Hong Kong sit-in / The weather


Coalition hits IS oil targets in Syria

The US-led coalition has carried out a third night of air strikes aimed at weakening Islamic State militants in Syria. The Pentagon said the raids involved aircraft from the US, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and that they targeted oil refineries which generate revenue for the group, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq in recent months. In another development, the UN Security Council has adopted a binding resolution calling on states to prevent their nationals joining jihadists in Iraq and Syria. The US President Barack Obama chaired the session: "specifically nations are required to prevent and supress the recruiting, organising, transporting or equipping of foreign terrorist fighters as well as the financing of their travel or activities."

French hostage beheaded in Algeria

The French President Francois Hollande has strongly condemned the beheading in Algeria of French national Herve Gourdel by militants linked to the Islamic State group. He described the killing as a "cruel and cowardly" act. The hostage was killed after a deadline ran out which had been set by the militants for France to stop air strikes against IS in Iraq. Hollande said the air attacks would continue and that the campaign against terrorism must be stepped up.

Cyprus rescue mission for 300 at sea

A search and rescue operation is underway off Cyprus for around 300 people stranded at sea who the authorities believe may be refugees from Syria. Officials say they received a distress signal from a fishing boat which is understood to be carrying mainly women and children.

Ukraine's President to outline reforms

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, says he will present a broad plan of social and economic reforms later today which will allow the country to apply for membership of the EU in six years. The country's parliament ratified a landmark agreement on closer ties with the EU earlier this month.

Ebola death toll rises to nearly 3,000

The World Health Organisation says nearly 3,000 people have now died from Ebola in the five West African countries affected by the disease. The WHO says that whilst the spread of the virus appears to have stabilised in Guinea, where the outbreak began, the rising trend is continuing in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Activists plan Hong Kong sit-in

Campaigners for greater democracy in Hong Kong will hold a demonstration on China's national day on October 1st to call for more choice in electing the territory's new chief executive. The organisers say they'll be holding a civil disobedience event.

The weather

It'll be mostly cloudy with some showers about. Conditions should improve to make way for some sunshine. There’ll be a lively wind at times and highs ranging between 9 and 19 degrees.