PRIMARK has pledged to go it alone in helping victims of the building collapse in Bangladesh in which 1,100 workers were killed.
It decided on the move because of the length of time it was taking the clothing industry to put together a long-term compensation package.
Primark, which trades in Ireland as Penneys, is one of a series of high-profile brands which sources vast quantities of cheap garments in the country.
BLOODY DAY AS OVER 100 KILLED
New attacks in Iraq killed 13 people and wounded dozens after a bloody day that claimed more than 100 lives across the country.
The latest spiral of violence, which targeted both Sunni and Shiite communities, has increased fears that Iraq is sliding back to the brink of civil war.
A suicide bomber set off his explosives-laden vest at a military checkpoint in Tarmiyah. Militants then opened fire at Iraqi troops.
In Baghdad's Abu Ghraib last night, a bomb targeted Sunni worshippers as they were leaving a mosque, killing six and wounding 18.
FACE MAULING MAN 'AT PEACE'
A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre attack last year in Miami appears to be mostly at peace with his disfigurement, strumming a guitar, making jokes and thanking people for donations for his care.
Ronald Poppo doesn't like to leave his hospital room and he won't allow anyone to visit, other than his doctors and nurses.
The 66-year-old lost his left eye, his nose and most of the surrounding skin when a naked man attacked him for no reason a year ago.
A police officer shot and killed Poppo's attacker, Rudy Eugene.
KING HITS HIGH NOTE WITH PRIZE
Carole King isn't done with music – not yet anyway.
The 71-year-old singer-songwriter known for such hits as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and You've Got A Friend was awarded the highest US prize for popular music.
She received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the Library of Congress.