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In Brief: Madonna €5m charity coup

A painting owned by Madonna has sold at auction in New York for $7.2m (€5.5m)

Sotheby's did not say who bought Fernand Leger's Three Women At The Red Table.

Proceeds of the sale will go to the Ray of Light Foundation, which supports girls' education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.

Madonna said she wanted to "trade something valuable for something invaluable" in countries where female education is rare or non-existent. She bought the work at Sotheby's in 1990 for $3.4m.


New fatal fire in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH has been rocked by a clothing factory fire as the death toll from last month's factory disaster rose past 900.

The blaze tore through an 11-storey building housing a garment factory and residential complex in the capital Dhaka, killing at least eight people.

The fire raced through the lower floors of Tung Hai Sweater Factory – which had closed for the day – as well as apartments. The cause is not yet known.

The eight confirmed dead so far were found in a stairwell, apparently trying to flee the building.


Organ donor pupils award

A GROUP of students have been named Young Social Innovators of the Year for their project on organ donation.

The pupils from Eureka Secondary School, Kells set up 'Bring Organ Donation into Education' in an attempt to teach teenagers about organ donation before they leave school. The school will receive €1,500 to develop the project.

Runners-up were John The Baptist Community School, Hospital, Co Limerick.


First eagles in 100 years

THREE baby white-tailed eagles have been born in Ireland for the first time in 100 years.

A pair of eagles hatched a chick at a nest in Killarney National Park, Co Kerry, having laid eggs in late March. A second pair has also hatched two chicks near Mountshannon, Co Clare.

These are the first chicks in the reintroduction programme, which began in 2007 with the release of young Norwegian eagles in the park.