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Newest bishop runs marathons

IRELAND'S newest bishop is a marathon-running, former Gaelic footballer and hurler.

Most Rev Donal McKeown (63), who was Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor, was unveiled as the new Bishop of Derry yesterday.

Originally from Co Antrim, the cleric is fluent in Irish, Italian, German and Polish and worked for Vatican Radio in the early 1970s.

He has completed two Belfast marathons and runs the relay event every year.

He replaces Bishop Seamus Hegarty who retired through ill-health in 2011.

MAGNATE PICKED AS EGYPT'S PM

Egypt's interim president chose the outgoing housing minister, a construction magnate from the era of Hosni Mubarak, as his new prime minister yesterday, two months ahead of key presidential elections.

The switch from economist Hazem el-Beblawi to Ibrahim Mehlib, who led Egypt's biggest construction company for a decade, appeared orchestrated to give Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country's military chief, a window for a quieter street after a spike in labour strikes.

DOG WALKERS FIND GOLD COINS

A US couple out walking their dog in their garden stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10m (€7.2m) in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in mint condition.

Veteran numismatist Don Kagan is representing the Californian couple, who are not being named, said they plan to sell most of the coins.

ROBOT 'TEACHES' THE QURAN

AN Iranian schoolteacher has innovated an amusing way of encouraging children to say their daily prayers – robotics.

Akbar Rezaie (27) attended private robotics classes and learned to develop and assemble customised humanoid robots.

He teaches the Quran to boys and girls at Alborz elementary school in Varamin, 20 miles southeast of Tehran.

A western dancing and singing doll first sparked his idea of building a robot to present religious practice.


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