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Obama: We're not moving fast enough on climate change

World leaders must agree to cut carbon emissions at a UN summit in December because the climate is changing faster than efforts to curb global warming, US President Barack Obama has said during a visit to Alaska.

Barack Obama Credit: RTV

The three-day visit is aimed at highlighting the state's melting permafrost and eroding coastlines.

During the visit, US President Barack Obama will trek with British TV adventurer Bear Grylls to observe the effects of climate change on the area.

Obama is trying to build support for tough new rules on carbon emissions from power plants ahead of a hoped-for international climate deal at a UN summit in Paris in December.

Speaking at a meeting of foreign ministers in Alaska, Obama said: "Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. That ladies and gentleman must change. We're not acting fast enough.

"This year, in Paris, has to be the year that the world finally reaches an agreement to protect the one planet that we've got while we still can."


Guantanamo Bay closure options weighed up by Obama

The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.

White House weighing up Guantanamo Bay closure options Credit: Reuters

The best route for closing the prison would be winning congressional approval to do so, spokesman Josh Earnest said.

But President Barack Obama, who has repeatedly pledged to close the prison, has faced opposition from congressional Republicans who passed laws blocking any move to transfer Guantanamo inmates to prisons in the United States.

Asked if Obama would consider taking executive action to close the prison if Congress blocks him, Mr Earnest said: "The president and his team are always considering a wide array of options.

"But the fact is the best way for us to do this is for members of Congress of both parties to work effectively with the administration".

The White House said last month that it would soon be sending a plan to Congress to close the prison.


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.

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