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Road deaths at a record low

The lowest number of deaths on Irish roads was recorded last year, new figures showed.

Although 240 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, the number was down 39 on 2008.

The Road Safety Authority pledged it would continue fighting to change driver habits, improve safety and save lives.

Gay Byrne, chairman, said: "There are 39 people alive and well today because road users made better choices in 2009.

"Choices not to speed, not to drive while tired and to wear a high-visibility jacket when walking."

Suicide bomb toll reaches 88

The death toll in the suicide bomb attack at a volleyball tournament in Pakistan now stands at 88.

The attack in Lakki Marwat city appeared to be retaliation against residents who formed militias to drive militants out of the area and a meeting of anti-Taliban leaders being held nearby may have been the actual target, police said.

The blast underscores the difficulty Pakistan has had in stopping militants whose reach extends far beyond Pakistan's lawless tribal belt.

Pupils taught money sense

Children as young as seven are set to learn about managing a bank account and budgeting in English schools.

Under a new personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) curriculum which becomes compulsory next year, all pupils in England, aged five to 16 will be given financial literacy lessons.

Lessons will range from how to save to coping with debt and money problems.

Tutu to lecture on cruise ship

Former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu will be among guest lecturers on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship this year.

The Archbishop will be giving talks in March during the Mauritius to Cape Town leg of a world cruise.

Author Bill Bryson will be a lecturer on a QM2 Southampton to New York crossing in October.

And comedy scriptwriters Dick Clement and Ian le Frenais will be aboard the QM2 for the Sydney-Cape Town part of a world voyage in March.