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Biker seriously hurt in collision

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured following a crash in Co Kildare this morning.

The 33-year-old man collided with a woman in her 20s, who was driving a car on the Clane to Celbridge road at about 7.15am.

Both casualties were taken to Naas General Hospital. The woman was the sole occupant of the car and her injuries are not life-threatening.

Gardai in Naas are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been on the road at the time of the collision to contact them.

Man cleared of church arson

A homeless man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of arson in a Dublin city centre church, which caused more than €4m worth of damage.

Patrick Currie (49) admitted setting fire to straw behind a crib at the church with his own lighter and said he had done it because he was "God Almighty".

Mr Currie, an inpatient at the Central Mental Hospital, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to damaging by fire the interior and contents of St Catherine's Church, Meath Street, on January 2, 2012. Judge Hogan adjourned the case until May 10.

Heritage status for sacred peak

Japan's iconic Mt Fuji will likely win recognition as a World Heritage site.

Mt Fuji would be Japan's 13th cultural World Heritage site. The 3,776m (12,388ft) volcanic peak is ringed by lakes, national parks, temples and shrines.

It rises from the Pacific coast and is seen as a sacred part of Japan's cultural landscape.

Today's climbers follow the ancient paths of pilgrims. Formal approval is expected in June at a meeting in Cambodia.

Downton desk to fetch €120k

An antique desk that graced the halls of the real-life Downton Abbey is expected to fetch around €120,000 at auction this week.

The 18th-century piece of French furniture was previously part of the collection of the Earls of Carnarvon at Highclere Castle in Berkshire, where the hit show is filmed.