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New claims for US unemployment benefits rose last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, a day ahead of the release of the national employment report for August. In the week to August 29, initial jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, rose by 12,000 to 282,000. On Friday the Labor Department will publish broader labor market data for August as economists and the Federal Reserve wait for signs of tightening -- especially wage rises -- that have not surfaced despite the steady fall in the overall unemployment rate.
A large number of migrants were refusing Thursday to get off a train in Hungary and be taken to a refugee camp, according to AFP reporters on the scene. The migrants had thought the train would take them near the Austrian border, but it stopped at Bicske near one of Hungary's four main camps. Many angrily protested, shouting "Germany! Germany!" and holding placards saying "Help" and "SOS".