9am news briefing

BOMB disposal experts have made safe a "viable" improvised explosive device near Dublin ahead of the Queen's visit to Ireland.

Police discovered the device in the luggage compartment of a bus on the outskirts of Maynooth, Co Kildare and a controlled explosion was carried out in the early hours of this morning.

• A GRANITE slab had to be removed from the side of the Scottish Parliament building after coming loose near the roof of the MSPs' restaurant.

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The panel was secured with ropes yesterday after a report that it had "partially detached", and then lowered to the ground. The members' restaurant and kitchen below the loose stone were closed as a precaution.

• OPEN-air film screenings are to be held in St Andrew Square as part of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Organisers revealed they would be bringing back the 'al-fresco' screenings that were popular at previous festivals, although did not reveal what will be shown. The full programme is due to be announced today in Cannes.