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Tourists flock to see Knock

KNOCK is the fifth most popular religious destination for British travellers, coming in ahead of Assisi and Mecca.

The Mayo village has been a hugely popular pilgrimage destination since 1879 when Mass-goers witnessed what they claimed was an apparition of Mary, Joseph, and John in the local church.

More than two million British people spent an average of £1,000 (e1,239) on trips seeking spiritual awakening at sites in Ireland, Israel, India and Malaysia.

Two arrested after protest

Two people have been arrested at Shannon airport during a protest against US drone strikes in Pakistan.

Belfast IRA woman Mairead Farrell's brother Niall Farrell and Margaretta Darcy (75) were detained after entering the Co Clare airfield today.

Shannon has been used as a transit route for the US war effort in Afghanistan.

Protesters waved placards opposing the American administration's actions.

Disruption was minimal and the incident lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

23 injured in

tour bus crash

Five people in critical condition after a Canadian tour bus accident in New Jersey were released from the hospital and three others were upgraded to fair condition.

There were 57 passengers aboard the bus, which left from Toronto and was bound for New York City.

Many were members of a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Toronto.

State police said 23 people were injured in the crash in Wayne, including two young children.

Men pay ¤2k

to look good

Men are fast catching up with women when it comes to how much they spend on looking good, according to a poll.

Women spend an average of £2,462 (e3,052) a year on beauty products and fashionable clothes, the study for online casino RoxyPalace.com found.

Men, meanwhile, were revealed to spend £1,786 (e2,214) on average on male grooming products and clothes, £50 (e62) less per month than females.