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Further delay to Byrne case

THE State has been allowed more time to prepare its case against a youth accused of the murder of Dublin teenager David Byrne.

The 19-year-old, from in Drimnagh, south west Dublin was stabbed on March 19.

He was found injured in a car park in Inchicore.

He was rushed to St James's Hospital but was pronounced dead there at 11.45pm.

In April, a 17-year-old south Dublin boy was charged with the murder of Mr Byrne.

The boy was remanded in custody and made his fifth appearance in relation to the charge at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

Judge Ann Ryan agreed to a request by the State for a four-week adjournment to complete the book of evidence.

China's Vatican bishops row

CHINA'S state-controlled Catholic church is preparing to ordain seven more bishops in spite of a deepening rift with the Vatican.

The State-run China Daily newspaper reported that the vice chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association said churches in seven dioceses were getting ready to ordain bishops.

The Vatican insists that the pope has the sole right to appoint bishops. Beijing's Communist leaders see that as foreign interference.

Brown stars in new rom-com

IT would have seemed unlikely two years ago, but Chris Brown has been cast in a romantic comedy.

The singer will star alongside Steve Harvey, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P Henson and Michael Ealy in Think Like A Man -- an adaptation of Harvey's best-selling advice book for women, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man.

The casting is another sign of Brown's remarkable comeback since his 2009 attack on girlfriend Rihanna, for which he pleaded guilty to assault.

Popeye gets a comic series

POPEYE is poised for a return to comic books.

Created by Elzie Crisler Segar in 1929, he returns to the pages of comic books in 2012, IDW Publishing said.

IDW co-founder and chief executive Ted Adams said the sailor will have his own monthly series that will feature Olive Oyl, Bluto,Wimpy and baby Swee'Pea.