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African deal for our film-makers

IRELAND and South Africa have signed a deal at the Cannes Film Festival to forge closer links with each other within the film industry.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan said the co-production treaty would allow film-makers in both countries to access national funding, tax breaks and other subsidies.

"Co-production agreements matter because they open up new territories for film-makers to explore," he said.

"This agreement aims to allow Irish film-makers and production companies to forge closer links with their South African counterparts."

Tropical Storm Alberto strikes

TROPICAL Storm Alberto cancelled tourist cruises in South Carolina, serving as a reminder that the Atlantic hurricane season is just around the corner.

The first storm of the season that officially begins on June 1 prompted a tropical storm watch and forecasters warned that it could produce high winds, heavy surf, rip currents and rain.

Soldiers held in drug probe

A JUDGE in Mexico has ordered that two top retired army officers be held for 40 days pending an investigation into alleged drug ties.

Retired General Ricardo Escorcia Vargas and Lieutenant Colonel Silvio Isidro de Jesus Hernandez Soto were among four top military officers arrested last week.