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EU warrant for Adams brother

A European warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams' brother over alleged sex abuse.

Liam Adams, who is wanted north of the border on suspicion of abusing his daughter Aine Tyrell in the 1970s and 1980s, presented himself to gardai in December but they did not have the authority to detain him.

After documentation issues, the warrant was endorsed by the High Court yesterday.

The Courts Service said if Liam Adams objected to extradition, he could go to the High Court and appeal the warrant. Adams was due to appear in court in Belfast in November 2008 to face 23 charges relating to the alleged crimes, but did not show up.

Youth guilty of church blaze

A 15-year-old Dublin boy has been remanded in custody pending sentence for arson of a church's storage building which caused €115,000 worth of damages.

The fire happened after the teenager had been put out of his family home and began abusing alcohol, the Dublin Children's Court had heard. He had pleaded guilty earlier to causing criminal damage by fire, at St Brigid's Church, in Killester, in Dublin, on July 24, 2008, when he was aged 14.

Trouble as boy controls skies

An air traffic controller and a supervisor have been suspended after a young boy was allowed to give directions to pilots at New York's JFK Airport.

As planes waited to take off, the jargon-packed radio chatter between controllers and pilots was interrupted by a young boy's voice: "JetBlue 171, cleared for take-off." At no time did the boy tell aircraft how to manoeuvre in flight, and at the time, pilots appeared delighted -- with one saying: "I wish I could bring my kid to work."