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In brief: Good year for organ donation

FOLLOWING a difficult 2010, last year was a landmark year for organ donation in Ireland.

There were 93 deceased organ donors in 2011, allowing a total of 248 organ transplants to be carried out.

It surpassed the previous record of 91 which was set in 1998 and compared to 58 deceased donors in 2010.

Irish hospitals experienced the worst decline in organ donation on record in 2010.

About 650 patients in the country are currently awaiting a vital transplant.

WWII love letters found

When 14-year-old Patrick Fowler found a bundle of battered love letters washed ashore in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, his mother Katheleen Chaney turned detective to find out more.

She discovered that the letters did not just survive Sandy, but history too as they were written 70 years ago -- some during the Second World War -- by Dorothy Fallon to her lover Lynn Farnham, who served in the Pacific during the war.

It is still a mystery how the letters came to be washed up on the beach.

Bomber attacks Pakistan leader

A woman suicide bomber detonated her explosives near the convoy of a former leader of Pakistan's largest Islamist party, a government official said today.

Shamsur Rehman Khan said Qazi Husain Ahmad, the former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, escaped unhurt in the attack in the Mohmand tribal region in the north-west. Three of his aides were injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

San Francisco to ban nudity

San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing.

City politicians are scheduled to vote tomorrow on an ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places.

The ban represents an escalation of a two-year fight between a devoted group of nudists in the city's famously gay Castro District and the area's supervisor.

The ban has sparked nude protests and a lawsuit.