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News Digest: Hollande feels hell's fury as ex-lover pens nasty portrait

French president Francois Hollande has felt the sting of a woman scorned as his former partner Valerie Trierweiler reveals all about his alleged infidelities in a new book.

Miss Trierweiler, France's first lady until earlier this year, paints a harsh portrait of her ex-lover, describing him as a "mean liar" who perpetuates a "cycle of infidelity". And her claims that he despises the poor will do nothing to help the image of the Socialist leader.

The couple split in January amid reports Mr Hollande was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet, which he did not deny. "Private affairs should be handled privately," he said at the time.

Ukraine ceasefire deal hopes rise

Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists are reportedly close to a deal to end four months of fighting.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he would order a ceasefire if a deal was signed at talks in Minsk. Rebels are also ready to lay down their arms.

Both Mr Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday expressed hope an agreement could be reached.

It came as the Ukranian leader met leaders from all 28 Nato member states.

Nato has stressed that Ukraine will not join the body any time soon, but Russian officials claimed the move was "a blatant attempt" to derail the peace talks.

Russian-backed separatists have been battling government troops in eastern Ukraine since mid-April in a conflict the UN estimates has killed 2,600.

Nato says at least 1,000 Russian fighters are helping the rebels, and journalists have reported seeing convoys of heavy military equipment moving in rebel-held territory from the direction of Russia.

Rebels have made substantial advances against Ukrainian forces over the past two weeks, including opening a new front along the Sea of Azov coast.

Two British activists 'kidnapped'

A human rights group says two British staff have been kidnapped while researching the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation.

Krishna Upadhyaya (52) and Ghimire Gundev (36) from London were due to fly from Doha to London on Sunday but failed to arrive at the airport.

The Global Network for Rights and Development said the pair had "feared they might be in danger" after allegedly being harassed by police.

A spokesman added: "We are putting pressure on the Qatari authorities to disclose where they are. They were being harassed by police before they disappeared.

"We told them to leave Qatar for their safety to avoid the situation we have now. We are very concerned about their welfare."

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports.

The pair had been looking in to reports of poor treatment of Nepalese migrant workers in the lead-up to the Qatar World Cup in 2022. They arrived in the country on August 27 and were due to stay a week.

200 feared infected with Ebola from dying doctor

More than 200 people in the southern city of Port Harcourt may have been exposed to Ebola after a man infected a doctor who then continued to treat patients before he died.

Authorities thought they had contained an outbreak in Nigeria, but the World Health Organisation said the doctor's actions created "multiple high-risk opportunities" for virus transmission.

Ebola has killed more than 1,900 people in West Africa. A sick traveller from Liberia brought the disease to Nigeria.

50 wedding guests are lost as bus swept away

A bus carrying more than 50 wedding guests was swept away by a flooded stream in the Kashmir and all but three of the passengers are missing, officials said.

Police officer Rajesh Kumar said the three swam to safety and told rescuers that about 50 others were trapped in the bus.

Rescuers were searching for the bus but have not been able to locate it in the gushing waters. New landslides and heavy rains blocked access to the area, Mr Kumar said.

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