US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power addresses a  fundraiser for the Irish humanitarian agency Goal in New York last night. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

US ambassador to UN Samantha Power addresses fundraiser for Goal charity

A member of the US Coast Guard takes the temperature of an arriving passenger during screening for the Ebola virus at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Photograph: EPA/US CBP

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The late Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, which attacks the US government as immoral for tolerating homosexuality. Photograph: Steve Hebert/New York Times

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Talking politics: Hillary Clinton rallies support for Alison Lundergan Grimes at the flashiest recent campaign event she has appeared at. Photographs: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

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US president Barack Obama, vice president Joe Biden and Mr Biden’s son Hunter  at basketball game in  January 2010. Hunter Biden was discharged from the US Navy Reserve earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine, sources familiar with the matter have said. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the fight against the Ebola virus during a meeting with his Ebola Response Team in the Oval Office at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

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Isabela Speedon, a medical assistant, puts clean sheets on an examining table at the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas. The US supreme court on October 14th blocked a federal  ruling that had forced the closure of abortion clinics where doctors did not have admitting access at nearby hospitals, instead allowing them to remain open while appeals proceed. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/The New York Times

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A hazardous material crew carries containment barrels into nurse Amber Joy Vinson’s apartment block was confirmed to have contracted Ebola at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Photograph: EPA/Ralph Lauer

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