| 6.4°C Dublin

Funeral of slain PSNI officer

Political leaders and police chiefs from both sides of the Border are today due to pay their respects at the funeral of a PSNI officer killed by dissident republicans.

The North's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will be joined by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a requiem for Ronan Kerr (25) in the small Tyrone village of Beragh.

The officer died in Omagh on Saturday when a booby trap bomb detonated under his car.

Boy in custody over Smithfield

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy, who allegedly shot at two men during the Smithfield horse fair last month, has been further remanded in custody.

The boy had been charged last week at the Children's Court with violent disorder and unlawful possession of an "improvised firearm" in connection with the incident on March 6 last.

The boy was remanded in custody for a further two weeks yesterday after the court was told that the State needed to get directions from the DPP.

Skin cancers rise for young

The use of sunbeds and lack of care on summer holidays have seen levels of skin cancer soar among young people, new research suggests.

Cancer Research warned that older people are at risk, with skin cancer rates rising among all age groups.

Sara Hiom, director of health information, said: "The most important thing people can do to reduce their chances of developing skin cancer is to make sure they don't get red or burn."

Man guilty of school slayings

A 20-year-old US man has been convicted of murder in the execution-style slayings of three college-bound friends in a Newark schoolyard in 2007.

Alexander Alfaro was one of six men and boys charged in the gruesome attacks in August 2007.

All three victims were shot in the back of the head as they knelt in front of a wall, and one was slashed with a machete.

A fourth victim was slashed and shot but survived and testified against Alfaro.