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Robbers missed priceless coins

Priceless 4,000-year-old gold pieces, which only came to light after a robbery at a rural pharmacy, have gone on public display.

The Bronze Age artefacts -- a crescent-shaped neckpiece for ceremonial occasions and two small gold discs -- were rescued from a skip after thieves dumped them.

The culprits are believed to have missed the 'Coggalbeg Hoard' because it only weighed 78g and was tucked in between business papers from the ransacked safe.

The ancient goldwork is believed to date from 2300-1800 BC and is display on in the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.



Zeta-Jones to tee off golf gig

Catherine Zeta-Jones will swap Hollywood for her native Wales to tee off a massive star-studded Ryder Cup celebration concert.

Jones will open the extravaganza at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Katherine Jenkins will also perform at the concert on September 29.

The 90-minute show will mark the start of the golfing tournament, which is held in the country this autumn.



Picasso fetches €41m at auction

A 'blue period' Picasso has fetched more than £34m (€41m) at auction.

Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto was purchased last night for £34,761,250 at the much anticipated Impressionist/Modern Evening sale.

Auctioneers Christie's said the event raised more than £152.5m (€185m) -- the highest ever total in a UK art auction.

The sale of the 1903 Picasso will benefit the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, a charity which promotes arts, culture and heritage.



Canada struck by earthquake

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake has struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada, and homes and businesses were shaken from Canada's capital in Ottawa to an arc of US states.

There were no reports of injuries and there was little damage.

The midday quake was felt in Canada and in a number of US states, including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont and New York.


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