Dublin Fire Brigade tackles gorse fire

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade brought a gorse fire near Tallaght under control last night.

The Tallaght firefighters stopped the blaze from spreading in the Glenmasole, Bohernabreena area.

The fire was within a kilometre of housing.

Dublin Fire Brigade warned that good weather can raise the risk of gorse fires on mountains.

31 killed in Morocco bus crash

At least 31 people have been killed in Morocco after a head-on collision between a truck and a bus carrying athletes.

The crash near the southern city of Tan-Tan also left nine people injured, two of which are said to be in a serious condition.

Local media reported that the bus was transporting young athletes and their coach from a competition in the north of the country and caught fire after the collision.

'Interview' balloons blocked

South Korean authorities have stepped in to prevent another activist launching copies of the Hollywood film 'The Interview' into North Korea by balloon.

Defector-turned-activist Park Sang-Hak said he had been blocked by dozens of police from approaching the border where he had planned to launch 5,000 DVDs and 5,000 USBs with copies of the comedy.

The film is about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

North Korea has labelled the Seth Rogen film a "wanton act of terror" and threatened severe reprisals if any effort is made to send or bring copies to the North.

Rewards offered for capture of Somalian militant leaders

Somalia's government has issued bounties for 11 top leaders of the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants, with $250,000 offered for the extremist's chief, Ahmad Umar.

Other rewards include $150,000 for the capture of Mahad Karate, who runs the Amniyat, a special internal security wing that deals in intelligence and assassinations.

Al-Shabaab are fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally-backed government, but have also carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring nations, including Kenya.

The extremists massacred 148 people last week in Garissa university.