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In Brief: Two held over coma assault

TWO men were being questioned last night about a St Patrick's weekend assault which left a man in a coma.

Patsy McLaughlin (47) was punched in the early hours of Monday morning outside Flynn's Bar in Falcarragh, Co Donegal.

He was still being treated at Beaumont Hospital last night, where his condition is described as critical. It is understood he is in a coma.


Gay slur costs Shocked gigs

Folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked has had several shows cancelled after making an anti-gay slur at a concert in San Francisco.

Yoshi's San Francisco director of marketing Lisa Bautista said yesterday that Shocked had just begun her second set on Sunday night when she made the comments.

The venue muted her microphone, dimmed the lights and announced that the show was over.


Lotto winners' charity pledge

IRELAND'S newest Lotto millionaires have vowed to donate some of their €3m jackpot to charity.

The winners, a couple from Co Waterford who wish to remain private, won last Wednesday's draw after buying their ticket at Easons in Dungarvan Shopping Centre.

The couple collected a cheque for €3,016,645 yesterday at Lotto HQ.

The woman said: "I always said that, if I ever had money, I'd give to charity. I get more enjoyment from helping others than spending on myself."


41 killed by suicide bomb

At least 41 people died in a suicide car bomb that struck a bus station in a Christian neighbourhood in Kano, northern Nigeria's busiest commercial centre, in an attack blamed on Islamic extremists.

At least 44 others were injured in the attack that hit the city of Kano on Monday evening. Kano state police said yesterday that two men rammed an explosive-laden blue VW Golf into a full passenger bus in a mainly Christian enclave.

By striking at about 5pm Monday, the bombers seemed to have targeted passengers preparing for the 15-hour overnight road trip to Lagos.