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In brief: Boy (5) killed in car accident

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy has died after he was struck by a car while playing with his friends near his home in Murroe, Co Limerick.

It is believed the boy, who has been named locally as Anthony Fitzgerald, was playing near his home when he ran out on to the road and into the path of a car.

The incident took place just outside the east Limerick village on the Limerick road.

The boy was rushed to the Mid-Western Regional hospital but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Man faces trial over jail assault

A man accused of seriously assaulting a prison officer has been sent forward for trial.

Jason Walsh (22) is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled the allegation was too serious to be dealt with in the District Court.

The defendant, of Coultry Grove in Ballymun, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with seriously assaulting a prison officer, contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The alleged incident took place at Wheatfield Prison on May 6 last year.

Chavez battles cancer in Cuba

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has returned to his country and says he is "doing well", following cancer treatment in Cuba.

Mr Chavez flew to Cuba last week for his third round of radiation therapy. He began the treatments in late March after having a tumour removed and plans to have a total of five rounds in the hope of preventing a recurrence of his illness.

The Venezuelan leader has not identified the type of cancer or the precise location of the two tumours.

Boyd to write new Bond epic

Novelist William Boyd has been recruited to pen the latest adventure of 007 superspy James Bond.

Boyd follows in the footsteps of authors including Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks who have both written new Bond books since the death of his creator, Ian Fleming, in 1964.

No details of the plot or the book's title have been revealed but Boyd said it would be set in 1969.