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Man attacks train passengers with knife in Austria

The suspect is taken away by police. Credit: EBU

A man has attacked train passengers in Austria with a knife.

Two people were seriously wounded in the attack which took place near the village of Sulz, in Volrarlberg province, on Tuesday morning.

A police officer holds the knife thought to have been used in the attack. Credit: EBU

A 19-year-old man suffered wounds to his stomach and back while a 17-year-old male suffered a throat injury. Both were taken to hospital.

Police said the attacker, a 60-year old German national, was mentally confused.

He was arrested by police at the scene who used pepper spray to subdue him.

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It comes after a man attacked passengers on a crowded Swiss train with a knife and burning liquid on Saturday, leaving him and one of his victims dead.

Vorarlberg police are searching for a motive but said that at this point there appeared to be no links between the two attacks.

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Leicester defender Fuchs quits internationals

Austria captain Christian Fuchs has announced his retirement from international football following the team's exit from Euro 2016.

The Leicester defender announced in a video on his Facebook page that the 78th cap he won in the team's defeat to Iceland in their final Group F match would be his last.

Christian Fuchs captained his country. Credit: PA

"I want to let you know that the game against Iceland was my last in red-white-red," said the 30-year-old.

"I am very proud of the 10 years that I have spent with the national team. I did everything with passion and, as I said, I am very, very proud."

Fuchs joined Leicester from Schalke at the start of last season, playing a key role in their remarkable Premier League title triumph.

Austria disappointed in France, finishing bottom of their pool with just one point from three games.

Austria's Freedom Party challenge election result

Alexander van der Bellen from the Greens (L) and his rival Norbert Hofer. Credit: Reuters

Austria's far-right Freedom Party has challenged the result of last month's election result, the constitutional court have announced.

Former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen beat Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer in May's presidential election after postal ballots were counted.

The margin of Van der Bellen's election victory was just 31,000 votes - less than one percentage point.

Austria's right-wing candidate concedes presidential defeat

Alexander Van der Bellen of the Greens has beaten right-wing Norbert Hofer. Credit: Reuters

Alexander Van der Bellen of the Greens has beaten right-wing Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party to become Austria's President.

Hofer conceded defeat on his Facebook page as officials announced that Van der Bellen won by 31,026 votes.

Defeated Norbert Hofer (right) urged his supporters not to be 'despondent'. Credit: Reuters

Thanking his supporters, Hofer said: "I will remain loyal to you and my contribution for a positive future in Austria. Please don't be despondent."

Austrians went to the polls on Sunday in a presidential contest that had migration as a key issue, highlighting how the refugee crisis is shaping the continent's politics.

Austrian candidates split country down middle

  • ITV News Report by Europe Editor James Mates

The two Austrian candidates vying for presidency have split the country exactly in half, according to voting projections.

Most of the votes have been counted, and the projection made by the state broadcaster has the two candidates at 50% and 50% in what has been called a statistical dead heat.

Postal votes are yet to be counted, however, and the new president is now expected to be announced on Monday.

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Preliminary election results show far-right candidate Hofer in lead

Alexander Van Der Bellen (L) and Norbert Hofer (R) Credit: Reuters

Austria's Ministry of the Interior has announced that the preliminary result of the presidential election shows Norbert Hofer on 51.9% of the vote, ahead of Alexander Van Der Bellen on 48.1%.

Norbert Hofer is the candidate for far-right party the Freedom Party, while Van Der Bellen is an Independent candidate.

The full result will not be known until Monday as postal votes need to be counted.

Austrian election result will not be known until Monday

The result of Austria's presidential election will not be known until Monday, said far-right Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer.

"We will have to wait until tomorrow," Hofer told broadcaster ORF.

Nearly all votes that have been cast in polling stations have been counted, with two candidates in a dead heat.

Postal ballots, which will not be counted until Monday, will determine the winner of what has been the closest race in living memory.

Exit poll suggests Austrian vote too close to call

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The far-right Austrian candidate is marginally ahead in presidential vote, exit polls suggest.

The race is too close to call with Norbert Hofer on 50.2% and former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen on 49.8%, according to a projection by Sora, with a margin of error of two percentage points.

Migration was a key issue in the presidential campaign, highlighting how the refugee crisis is shaping the continent's politics.

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Two killed and 11 wounded by gunman at concert

The shooting happened near Nenzing, about 24 miles east of Austria's border with Liechtenstein. Credit: Google maps

A gunman has killed two people and wounded 11 more before shooting himself dead at a concert in western Austria.

Police said the gunman fired shots into a crowd of about 150 people attending an open air concert in the early hours of Sunday morning near Nenzing, a town in Voralberg province about 24 miles east of Austria's border to Liechtenstein.

A loud argument between the gunman and a woman in a nearby parking lot was heard moments before the shooting, police added.

State broadcaster ORF said it occurred on property used by a motorcycle club, and the man apparently used a rifle or similar long weapon.

Surviving victims are understood to be in a serious condition.

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