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Man denied bail on arson charge

A 32-year-old man has appeared in court charged with two counts of criminal damage relating to arson attacks on a Co Donegal Orange Hall and a Presbyterian Church.

Damian Murray, from Ardmiran Park in Stranorlar, was refused bail when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.

He faced two counts of causing criminal damage to the hall and the church in Convoy in the early hours of last Friday.

Judge Paul Kelly was told €250,000 worth of damage was caused in the hall attack.

Gda Stephen Moyles said Murray made no reply when the charges were put to him at Letterkenny Garda Station earlier today.

Murray was remanded in custody to appear again at Harristown District Court tomorrow. He was granted legal aid.

High salary 'not that important'

One-in-three adults rate work-life balance as more important than climbing the career ladder, new research has shown.

A survey of more than 1,200 people by hotel chain Crowne Plaza showed that only one in 10 said a high salary was a mark of success, down from a quarter 10 years ago.

Four dead in grenade attack

Philippine police say two men on a motorcycle fired a grenade at the main gate of a Protestant church in the south, injuring at least four churchgoers.

Police said it was not immediately clear if Muslim rebels were involved in the attack at the United Church of Christ in the church in Pikit town in North Cotabato province.

The attackers escaped. Police said two victims are in critical condition.

Churchill art to go to auction

A series of paintings by former British prime minister Winston Churchill are expected to sell for a seven-figure sum when they go under the hammer at auction later this year.

The 15 works are from the collection of his daughter, Mary Soames, who died earlier this year aged 91 and will be sold alongside more than 200 lots, including books, furniture and photographs at Sotheby's in London on December 17.