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Harris mocks victims

Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has written a song mocking his victims as money-grabbing "wenches".

In a letter to a friend obtained by a British newspaper, the disgraced entertainer said his victims were "joining the feeding frenzy" by getting their "hooks into his dough".

He also said his life behind bars was "no hardship really". Harris (85) got six years in jail last year for a string of sex attacks on girls as young as seven.

Pope goes green

Pope Francis has called for everyone, not just Catholics, to heed his encyclical on climate change this week.

In the highly anticipated letter, the Pope is expected to blame global warming on human activities.

During his weekly Sunday blessing, the pontiff said: "This encyclical is aimed at everyone," inviting the world to participate "with a renewed attention to environmental degradation, but also to recovery".

Killers' escape plan

Investigators believe the two killers who escaped from an upstate New York prison last week cut their way out over several nights using tools left behind by contractors and returned the tools each night to their toolboxes to avoid detection.

It is believed Richard Matt and David Sweat worked methodically, crawling out of their cells between midnight and 5am through holes they made in the walls.

Sudanese leader held

A South African judge barred Sudan's indicted president from leaving the country yesterday, in a deepening rift between Africa and the West over what Pretoria called anti-poor country bias in the International Criminal Court.

President Omar al-Bashir, visiting South Africa for an African Union summit, stands accused in an ICC arrest warrant of war crimes and crimes against humanity over atrocities committed in the Darfur conflict. He was first indicted in 2009.

A judge is expected to hear an application today calling for Bashir's arrest.

Armwrestle disaster

An armwrestle for charity involving former Australia international rugby star Wendell Sailor went horribly awry when his opponent's arm broke live on television.

Only seconds into the contest, Ben Ross, an Australian former rugby league professional, was screaming in pain after his arm snapped during the segment on a local chat show.

Irish Independent