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RTE slur priest loses brother

The priest at the centre of the Prime Time Investigates controversy is today mourning his brother.

Fr Kevin Reynolds was among the chief mourners as the remains of his brother Sean were removed to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Tubberclaire, Co Westmeath, yesterday evening.

Mr Reynolds had been ill for some time and passed away at his home at Ballykeeran, Athlone on Thursday.

His funeral Mass was being celebrated at midday today and burial taking place afterwards at Tubberclaire cemetery.

200 injured by giant fireworks

more than 200 people have been injured by illegally huge firecrackers.

Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said that most of those hurt in the Philippines were children. Stray bullets wounded eight people and 197 were injured by powerful firecrackers from December 21-30.

Officials fear the number of injuries may rise as superstitious Filipinos bid goodbye to a year of natural disasters and economic uncertainties.

Volcano cloud

air alert eases

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has downgraded the commercial airliner alert level for a volcano in the Aleutian Islands, a day after a small explosion sent ash 15,000 feet into the air.

Satellite images showed the ash cloud after remote Cleveland Mountain erupted last Thursday.

The observatory said that no new explosive activity has been observed.

Cleveland Mountain is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles south west of Anchorage.

Two killed in

bomb attack

A bomb has exploded at a police station in southern Colombia, killing two people.

The blast occurred last night at the police station in the town of Orito.

Town official Rosa Ortega says there were reports that two people were killed, including the wife of a police captain and a boy.

The town is located in a region where rebels and drug traffickers maintain a presence.