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Tommy Smith airlifted to hospital following nasty collision during Leeds match

Smith collided with Joe Murphy as Leeds scored the winner. Credit: PA

Huddersfield defender Tommy Smith has been airlifted to hospital following an apparent heavy collision with his own team-mate Joe Murphy.

The incident occurred in the 90th minute of Town's 2-1 defeat against Leeds at the John Smith's Stadium.

Smith was beaten to a cross by Leeds striker Billy Sharp, who headed a last-gasp winner for the visitors, before the centre-back seemed to collide with goalkeeper Murphy.

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokeswoman said: "We received a call at 14.28 to reports of a medical emergency at Huddersfield.

"Two ambulances were sent and the air ambulance was in attendance.The air ambulance took one patient to Leeds General Infirmary."

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell said in his post-match press conference: "I am shocked after seeing that. I made sure I saw him and his family and hopefully everything will be okay."

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Thousands march in Madrid ahead of election

Tens of thousands of people have flooded the centre of Madrid in a rally for the far-left party Podemos, a party formed just a year ago which is currently topping opinion polls in the run up to local, regional and national elections this year.

People are fed up with the political class

– Pensioner, speaking to Reuters
Central Madrid has been flooded with tens of thousands of anti-austerity protests. Credit: Reuters

Last week, Alexis Tsipras swept into victory on a wave of anti-austerity anger in Greece. He said he hoped voters across Europe would be inspired by Greece to break the "vicious cycle of austerity". Speaking shortly after his election he said:

First we talk Athens, then we take Madrid.

– Alexis Tsipras

Thousands of anti-austerity protesters rally in Madrid

Tens of thousands of people turned out to take part in a march organised by Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos today.

Chanting "yes we can" and "tic tac tic tac" the gathered protesters were supporting Podemos' call for political change in light of the country's struggling economy.

The Podemos march Credit: Reuters
The crowds were calling for political change Credit: Reuters

Police Federation: 'Murder of officers risk without taser'

The Police Federation has said that the risk to the public in rolling out tasers to all officers is 'minimal' adding that there is a risk of officers being 'murdered' if they are not given the option to carry the stun-guns.

I think the risks with every police officer carrying taser is quite minimal.

There are strict protocols, there’s the law that has to be adhered to, and the training is excellent, that we provide our officers in this country.

I don’t think there is too much of an additional risk at all.

I think the risk is if officers are not given the opportunity to use it, and officers get murdered.

– Steve White chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales

Balloonists land safely after 160 hours in the air

The two pilots taking part in a world record breaking air helium balloon trip have completed their journey today.

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev spent 160 hours in the air piloting the gas balloon from Saga, Japan to just off the coast of Mexico.

They announced the completion of their journey on Twitter:

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Merkel rules out 'debt haircut' for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out the possibility of offering Greece more debt relief and stated that she doesn't see "a further debt haircut" in the debt-ridden country's future.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will not offer Greece more debt relief Credit: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Merkel's comments came as she and her finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble announced that they were rejectingthe new Greek government's demands to write off part of its 320 billion euro ($360 billion) debt.

She told German's daily newspaper Die Welt: "There was already a voluntary waiver by private creditors; Greece has already been exempt from billions by the banks."

US and allies in 27 air strikes against Islamic State

America and its allies carried out 27 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since early Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation reported.

US and allies in 27 air strikes against Islamic State. Credit: PA

Ten of the 17 strikes in Iraq hit near the oil city of Kirkuk, it said. In Syria, Islamic State targets near the border town of Kobani were attacked in eight of the 10 raids, the statement said.

Future conflicts 'about social media as well as firepower'

Future conflicts could be influenced as much by Facebook and Twitter as by firepower according to military strategists.

The MOD announced its plans today for a new army unit specializing in social media as they look for new ways to help fight wars in the information age.

ITV News correspondent Richard Morgan reports:

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