Beaches closed over suspected sewage leak

Four beaches in Dublin have been closed because of suspected sewage discharge from a waste water treatment plant.

The four beaches - Rush, Balbriggan, Skerries and Loughshinny - have been closed for 72 hours.

Swimming at the four beaches is prohibited.

Dozens of airstrikes hit Syrian city of Aleppo

Nearly 50 air strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo today in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government aircraft, residents and a monitoring group said.

The group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said an unidentified war plane had crashed south of Aleppo, in an area where Islamist rebel fighters are battling the Syrian army and Iranian-backed forces. It had no information on what caused the crash.

A civil defence worker said at least 32 people were killed in the rebel-held parts of the city during the air strikes, with 18 bodies pulled from flattened buildings in the Qatrji neighbourhood, the worst hit.

For their part, rebels hit government-held areas of Aleppo in what Syrian media said was an escalation of mortar attacks on the western districts.

Hollande acknowledges threat of Euro 2016 attack

French President Francois Hollande acknowledged there was a threat of an attack during the Euro 2016 football championship but said the country must not be intimidated.

"This (attack) threat exists," he told public radio France Inter today. "But we must not be daunted. We must do everything to ensure that the Euro 2016 is a success."

The country is on high alert for possible terror strikes during the football extravaganza opening on Friday, following the jihadist attacks in Paris in January and November last year.