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Austria begin spot checks on trains carrying migrants

Austrian police begin spot checks on trains to begin returning migrants who have applied for asylum elsewhere. Credit: Reuters

Austrian police have begun checking the hundreds of refugees who have boarded trains from Budapest bound for western Europe - and will return those who have already applied for asylum in Hungary.

The remaining migrants will be given two weeks to apply for asylum in Austria or be returned to their last transit country.

Trains are being stopped at Hegyeshalom on the border with Hungary, with police confirming that no Vienna bound services have left the station as yet.


Four missing and four injured after explosion in Spain

Four people are missing and four were seriously injured after an explosion at a fireworks factory near Zaragoza in Spain, emergency services have said.

The cause of the explosion at the factory on the outskirts of the city, near the city's airport, is still unknown.

The blast at the factory, which makes fireworks and matches, was heard across the city.

State television RTVE also said emergency services could not get to the source of the blast because explosions were still happening. Credit: RTVE/Twitter

'More than 90' injured in Ukraine grenade attack

Ukraine's national guard said about 90 of its members were hurt. Credit: AP

A member of Ukraine's national guard has been killed and more than 90 police officers and members of the national guard have been injured in clashes outside parliament as MPs took part in a controversial vote.

At least four police and national guard were badly hurt when a grenade was lobbed from a crowd of nationalists protesting in Kiev against a draft law to give special status to separatist regions.

Ukraine's national guard said about 90 of its members were hurt, including four seriously, by the blast.

MPs gave their backing to the reforms, which give more powers to Donetsk and Luhansk.

Bangkok bomb suspect police to get $83,000 as reward

Thailand's police chief has praised officers investigating the bombing in bangkok which killed 20 people two weeks ago. And has promised to split a $83,000 reward between them for catching a suspect that they have yet managed to tie directly to the attack.

Thailand's Cheif of Police, Somyot Pumpanmuang Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom TPX IMAGES

Standing behind a podium topped with three bundles of banknotes, Somyot Pumpanmuang commended the detective work after the arrest of a foreign national whose name and nationality still remain a mystery.

"The accomplished work that led to the arrest is truly the work of the authorities and their investigative abilities... This was the work of the Thai authorities, there were no tip-offs." Somyot told a news conference.

Police have been criticised for a patchy investigation and have yet to say if the man arrested has provided any information or if his DNA samples, seized explosives, fake passports or telephone records connect him to the bombing at Bangkok's most famous shrine a fortnight ago.


Sturgeon: 'Arrogant' Osborne pre-empting Trident decision

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has criticised a £500 million investment in the home of the UK's nuclear deterrent as "Tory arrogance of the worst kind".

Ms Sturgeon said it was wrong of Chancellor George Osborne to pre-empt the outcome of a vote on the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent, which is due to be decided by MPs next year.

The SNP leader said that while she wanted to see Faslane have a strong future as a conventional naval yard, the money should be invested in health and education and used to reverse "cruel" welfare cuts.

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