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European countries to increase security checks on trains

Increased security checks to be introduced in the wake of thwarted terror attack. Credit: Reuters

The French government has said European countries will increase ID and baggage checks on trains after the thwarted terrorism attack last week.

It comes after suspected jihadist Ayoub El-Khazzani, 26, boarded a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris heavily armed. He was overpowered by three Americans and a Briton who have since been honoured by the French president.

Minister criticises Egypt over Al-Jazeera sentences

Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy talks to media before the verdict. Credit: Reuters

The Government has called on Egypt to take urgent action to resolve the position of two British reporters caught up in legal cases against journalists in the country.

Minister for Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood spoke after an Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison for broadcasting false news.

Two British journalists, Sue Turton and Dominic Kane, have previously been tried in their absence, and found guilty.

I am deeply concerned by the sentences handed down today against journalists in Egypt. These sentences will undermine confidence in Egypt's progress towards strong long term stability based on implementing the rights granted by the Egyptian constitution.

We have repeatedly raised this case and the restrictions on freedom of expression in Egypt with ministers and senior officials. It is vital that the Egyptian authorities take urgent action to resolve the position of the two British nationals in this case.

– Tobias Ellwood

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Three children in critical condition after lorry rescue

Three children are in a critical condition, suffering from severe dehydration, after being rescued from a lorry in Austria containing 26 refugees on Friday.

The lorry carrying refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh was stopped in the small town of St. Peter am Hart, close to the German border, local police said.

The 29-year-old Romanian driver was arrested, while the children and their parents were taken to the hospital in a nearby town of Braunau.

"It was a very close call," David Furtner from the Austrian police said, adding the children had been dizzy due to dehydration in the hot and sticky lorry. Medical staff said they would not have made it much longer.

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Greste 'shocked and outraged' after Egypt verdict

Journalist Peter Greste has reacted angrily after an Egyptian court sentenced him and two al-Jazeera colleages to three years in prison for broadcasting "harmful" material.

Mr Greste was sentenced in absentia after being deported in February but Mohamed Fahmy a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were led away from court after the verdict.

Coroner confirms all Shoreham victims formally identified

People look at floral tributes left on the Old Tollbridge near the A27 at Shoreham. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

West Sussex's senior coroner has confirmed that formal identification of the victims has been completed and all the families have been informed.

Inquests into their deaths will open in Horsham, West Sussex on Wednesday.

Penelope Schofield said: "Identifying all 11 victims has been a difficult process due to the horrific nature of the accident and the intensity of the fire."

The search is continuing at the scene in order to recover all the remains, West Sussex County Council have said.

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