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Lebanon peace troops up security

IRISH peacekeeping troops have stepped up protective measures in south Lebanon amid growing fears of a spill over of violence across the border from Syria.

The threat assessment has increased to "substantial", which means that an attack on the troops is a strong possibility. Senior Army officers emphasised last night that the Irish area of operations has remained relatively calm.

Prostitution law to be reviewed

A CONFERENCE is to be held in the autumn to discuss proposed legislation on prostitution.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said last night that the criminal law was being reviewed primarily because of the changed nature of prostitution in Ireland. "Prostitution was once mainly a street-based phenomenon. That is no longer the case," he added.

Gospel festival to draw thousands

A GOSPEL choir festival is expected to draw more than 30 groups from around the world and thousands of visitors to Kilkenny later this summer for three days of musical and cultural activities.

Details of the event were announced yesterday -- the festival takes place from August 30 to September 2 in venues across the city and county.

Woman in murder inquiry released

A WOMAN quizzed by gardai over the murder of a pensioner was released without charge last night. Gardai believe Seamus Doherty (67) was strangled at his Co Donegal cottage in the early hours of last Sunday.

A woman in her 50s arrested on Thursday was released from custody at Letterkenny garda station yesterday. A man in his 40s who was questioned earlier this week was released pending a report to the DPP.

Young GAA star to be laid to rest

HUNDREDS of people are expected to pay their respects tonight at the removal of rising GAA star, James Long, who died following an asthma attack on Wednesday.

James (13), who was described by his friends as "sports mad", had scored the winning goal for his local hurling club Kilmallock in Co Limerick just hours before his sudden death. His heartbroken family have requested that members of the Kilmallock GAA Club shoulder James's coffin after his removal tonight to St Peter and Paul's Church where he will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Irish Independent