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Holy bikers on divine journey

HOLY smoke - two motorcycle-obsessed Irish clerics have taken the Gospel onto two wheels.

The 'Prayery Bikers', Rev Nigel Kirkpatrick and Rev Andrew McCroskery, are undertaking a 2,400km trip around Ireland to visit all 30 Church of Ireland cathedrals and raise badly needed funds for charity.

In a none-too-subtle 
message to 'Hells Angels' bikers, the duo are proudly wearing leather jackets emblazoned with a crucifix and the logo 'Jesus Forever'.

Rev McCroskery is the Rector of St Bartholomew's and Christ Church in Dublin while Rev Kirtpatrick is the Rector of Gilnahirk in Belfast. Their epic trip will end next Sunday.

Tensions grow as troops gather

The steadily advancing Ukrainian army is setting its sights on the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, while Western officials warned that a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border could herald a major incursion to protect the separatists.

President Vladimir Putin has resisted mounting pressure from Russian nationalists to send the army in to back the mutiny in eastern Ukraine.

Hurricane on way to Hawaii

Hurricane Iselle barreled west across the Pacific Ocean toward the Hawaiian Islands where officials warned residents and tourists of possible flooding and mudslides and ordered schools closed.

The storm was about 1,130km east of Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii, at 7am Hawaiian Standard Time and heading west-northwest at 25km per hour with maximum sustained winds of 135kph according to the National Hurricane Center.

Boko Haram thugs kill 10

Suspected members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram killed 10 people and kidnapped one in a raid on the village of Zigague in remote northern Cameroon. The heavily armed gunmen arrived in a pick-up truck and on motorcycles at around 2pm local time and stormed the house of a local chief, kidnapping one of his children and stealing a car, an army commander said.


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