Friday 15 December 2017

Pope's Harley for sale

SIGNED 'Francesco' on its tank, the 1,585cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide up for auction in Paris on February 6 has an unusual owner _ Pope Francis.

The Pope will sell his motorbike to raise funds for Caritas Roma, a charity working on behalf of the church. The motorcycle is worth between €12,000-€15,000 and was presented to Pope Francis in June 2013 to mark the brand's 110th anniversary. It is not clear whether the Pope actually rode it.

NEAR-EXTINCT LILY STOLEN

POLICE have launched an appeal to trace a rare plant that was stolen from Kew Gardens. A Nymphaea thermarum, the smallest waterlily in the world and extinct in the wild, was taken from the south-west London visitor attraction.

Experts believe the culprits would have had to dig or pull up the plant from a shallow pond.

BIN LADEN 'CLASSIFIED'

THE US Supreme Court has refused to order the release of 52 photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse and burial at sea, leaving intact the CIA's classification of those images as top secret.

The justices turned down an appeal by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that filed a Freedom of Information Act suit seeking release of the 2011 photos. The Obama administration said release of the photos would damage national security. President Barack Obama said in 2011 that the photos were "very graphic".

BRIDGER DROPS APPEAL

THE man convicted of the murder of Welsh five-year-old April Jones has abandoned his application for permission to appeal against his whole-life tariff.

Bridger kidnapped the child before sexually abusing her, murdering her and disposing of her body. The former slaughterhouse worker was given the whole-life sentence after he was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

OCTOMOM CHARGED

NADYA Suleman, who gained fame as 'Octomom' after giving birth to eight babies, has been charged with welfare fraud after failing to report $30,000 (€22,000) in earnings while she collected public assistance.

Ms Suleman was ordered to appear in court on Friday, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in a statement. She was not taken into custody. Ms Suleman was charged with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application. If convicted, she could face up to five years and eight months in jail.

Irish Independent

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