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McKevitt's legal challenge date

a legal challenge against the alleged failure of the Minister for Justice to release convicted IRA leader Michael McKevitt, under a scheme of enhanced remission of sentence, has been adjourned for a week.

McKevitt (59), from Beech Park, Blackrock, Co Louth, had sought an Article 40 inquiry claiming his continued detention at Portlaoise Prison is unlawful.

McKevitt was jailed for 20 years in 2003 for directing terrorism and membership of the Real IRA. He claimed he was entitled to one-third remission of his sentence.

Counsel said his client was now considering bringing a judicial review aimed at securing his release. Judge Moriarty adjourned the matter before Judge Barton next Monday.

Death linked to ice bucket craze

The death of a teenager who drowned in a quarry is being linked to the "ice bucket challenge" craze.

Cameron Lancaster (18) died after disappearing under the water at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife.

It is thought that the teenager took part in the ice bucket challenge before entering the water in the quarry.

Navy finds six more bodies

Italy's search and rescue services have found six more bodies in the Mediterranean to add to the death toll of 19 over the weekend, the navy said.

Crews had rescued almost 4,000 migrants from the water over the weekend, and Italian vessels were continuing to look for victims of a boat which capsized north of the Libyan coast on Sunday evening.

Goalie Howard gets book deal

American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal.

Howard has penned a memoir that will be released before Christmas by HarperCollins. The publisher said that The Goalkeeper will be available in adult and young adult editions.

Howard (35) said he was eager to share the highs and lows of his life and career, including his battles with Tourette's Syndrome.