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More than two million Toyotas, Fiats and Hondas recalled

More than two million Toyota, Fiat and Honda vehicles made in the United States are being recalled over a fault which could cause airbags to deploy unexpectedly.

The vehicles have already been subject to three previous recalls, but federal safety regulators said a "small number" of cars and vans fixed then had experienced "inadvertent air bag deployments".

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said not all of the vehicles affected were sold in the United States.

The models affected include around 750,000 Jeep Libertys and Jeep Grand Cherokees dated between 2002 and 2004, some 370,000 Honda Odysseys amd Acura MDX models dated 2003 to 2004, and around one million Pontiac Vibe, Dodge Viper, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, and Toyota Avalon vehicles.

Needlestick injury 'means Ebola could be carried into blood'

A British healthcare worker is currently being monitored for Ebola, after sustaining a needlestick injury whilst treating a patient in Sierra Leone.

Professor Jonathan Ball from the University of Nottingham, an expert in blood viruses and Ebola, said the nature of the injury means the virus could potentially be delivered straight into the bloodstream.

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Tommy Smith airlifted to hospital 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
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