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'More than 50' injured in Ukraine grenade attack

Ukraine's national guard said about 50 of its members were hurt. Credit: AP

More than 50 police officers and members of Ukraine's national guard were 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 50 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.

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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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Grenade blast injures police at Ukrainian demonstration

Witnesses said several police were knocked off their feet by the blast. Credit: Reuters

Several police officers and members of the Ukrainian national guard have been injured in a grenade blast in the capital city.

The explosive was thrown from a crowd of nationalist protesters demonstrating outside parliament in Kiev against a draft law to give special status to separatist regions.

A Reuters TV cameraman at the scene said several police were knocked off their feet by the blast, with two treated at the scene for injuries.

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