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In Brief: Not guilty pleas in murder trial

The trial of two men charged with the murder of a Brazilian man whose body was found in a north Kerry bog has opened at the Central Criminal Court in Tralee.

John Paul Cawley (20) and Wenio Rodrigues Da Silva (29), both of Ardoughter, Ballyduff, are accused of murdering 28-year-old Bruno Lemes De Sousa between February 16 and March 10 last year.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

The trial is expected to last for up to two weeks.


Two arrested in Gatwick alert

Two men have been arrested by police investigating a suspicious van that sparked a major security alert at Gatwick Airport and led to controlled explosions being carried out.

The pair were detained after arriving back at the airport on an easyJet flight from Palma, Majorca, at around 2pm yesterday.

The suspects, both 33, were held on suspicion of theft, fraud by false representation, handling stolen goods, causing a public nuisance and money laundering.


Sex attacks up in US military

the number of sexual assaults reported by members of the US military rose from 3,192 to 3,374 in 2012, while the Pentagon estimates that as many as 26,000 service members were assaulted.

The numbers highlight the dismal results that military leaders have had in their efforts to change behaviour within the ranks.

The report comes just days after the arrest on sexual battery of the US Air Force officer who was in charge of the branch's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit.


Pope to visit favela in Rio

Pope Francis will visit the poor in a favela and meet young prisoners when he travels to Brazil on his first international trip as pontiff in July.

Francis will visit the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro on the fourth day of his July 22-29 trip to the world's largest Catholic country.

Manguinhos had a long history of drug-related violence, but a police occupation late last year kicked out many of the drug and gun traffickers.