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In brief: 'Help' services failing victims

MOST people using State support services for family or domestic violence are left bitterly disappointed by their experience, a new study shows.

Greater pooling of information is essential to identify 'red flags' in cases of threatened domestic violence ranging from assaults right up to murders and murder-suicides.

The study, of some 1,300 people, conducted by University College Cork (UCC) researcher Dr Lisa Hempenstall, is part of a wider survey of 50,000 cases aimed at enhancing Ireland's risk assessment system.

High-profile murders and murder-suicides over recent years have raised questions over the effectiveness of Ireland's risk assessment and early intervention systems.

Gay marriage spending boom

New same-sex marriage laws in Maine, Maryland and Washington are expected to boost wedding spending in those states.

A Maine man who has launched an online wedding directory connecting same-sex couples with gay-friendly businesses said the law should benefit businesses ranging from florists, photographers and wedding planners to jewellers and limousine services.

Experts estimate the new laws should generate at least $166m (¤125m) in wedding spending over three years.

Police slay gang leader

Police have shot and killed the leader of a criminal gang in an impoverished neighbourhood of Jamaica's capital.

Delroy 'Banton' Scott was killed in August Town, a poor valley community in Kingston that has long struggled with gang violence.

Police said Scott was the head of the Banton Gang, which has feuded for years with rival gangsters.

Pilots' walkout grounds flights

Pilots and crew members at Mozambique's national airline have gone on a one-day strike, grounding the carrier.

Linhas de Mocambique flights out of Mozambique's capital Maputo had been stopped by the strike.

Workers that they wanted higher wages and better working conditions.