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36 years on
American rocker Debbie Harry has revealed
she is bisexual.
e Blondie star has often been quizzed about
her sexuality and in a new interview she reveals
she has had relationships with both men and
She has told the Daily Mail she does not really
have a preference, but admits she nds women
"I don't know if I have any speci c
requirements. Just somebody nice, who has a
good sense of humour and loves to have sex.
What more could you ask for?" Harry said.
Harry was involved in a long-term relationship
with bandmate Chris Stein in the 1980s, but
she has never named any of her female lovers.
I'm bisexual: Debbie Harry
irty-six years after she disappeared
without a trace, France is again gripped
by the mystery of the missing heiress
and the playboy lover accused of killing
Maurice Agnelet, 76, is this week
facing his third trial for the killing of
Agnes Le Roux, a glamorous 29-year-
old whose body was never found after
she disappeared in October 1977.
Agnelet, a former lawyer, was initially
acquitted of the murder but convicted
on appeal in 2007 to serve 20 years --- a
verdict that was eventually overturned
by the European Court of Human
His retrial in Rennes has seen shocking
twists in the case, including an accusation
from his own son.
"Two or three times I heard what I
consider confessions from my father or
my mother," his son, Guillaume Agnelet,
told the court, testifying by video-
conference from Chambery in the Alps.
Guillaume Agnelet, 45, said his mother
had con ded in him that his father had
killed Le Roux in her sleep during a
camping trip in Italy and dumped the
body by the side of the road.
He said his father had also confessed in
the 1980s to knowing the location of the
corpse, telling his son: " ey must never
nd the body."
" is testimony will seal the split with
my family," he said, adding that he felt he
had to testify to avoid "regrets to the end
of my days".
In court, Agnelet said he was
" abbergasted" by his son's accusations
and said Guillaume was su ering from
"I think he is very miserable, his head is
not right. I am innocent," he said.
After the testimony, Agnelet's bail was
revoked and he is now being detained
during the trial. A verdict is due in the
case on Friday.
Guillaume Agnelet's mother, 72-year-
old Annie Litas, made no mention of
the alleged confessions in previous court
testimonies and is due to take the stand
Agnelet's lawyer, Francois Saint-Pierre,
said the testimony of Litas, who is long-
separated from Agnelet, would be crucial
to the case.
" e result of the trial will depend on
her statement," he said, adding that he
expected she would "shed a lot of light"
on her son's testimony.
Agnelet's other son omas is also due
to testify tonight for the defence.
Agnelet has always denied murdering
Le Roux, the heiress to the Palais de la
Mediterranee casino in Nice.
Le Roux disappeared several months
after she was at the centre of a torrid
scheme involving a hostile take-over bid
of her mother's casino.
Agnelet had seduced Le Roux and
persuaded her to vote against her mother
at a board meeting in June 1977 and
allow the casino to be sold to rival owner
Money from the transaction --- three
million francs, worth the equivalent of
about 1.7 million euros ($2.706 million)
in today's money --- rst went into a
joint account in the couple's name and
later ended up solely in Agnelet's hands.
Agnelet was initially the prime suspect
in the case, but produced an alibi when
another mistress claimed he was with her
in Switzerland at the time.
e woman, Francoise Lausseure, later
admitted she had lied and the case was
reopened. --- AFP
Deputies in the Ukrainian
parliament brawled in the
chamber overnight after a
communist leader accused
nationalists of playing into the
hands of Russia by adopting
extreme tactics early in the
Two deputies from the Svoboda
far-right nationalist party took
exception to the charges by
communist Petro Symonenko and
seized him while he was talking
from the rostrum.
His party supporters rallied to his
defence and a brawl broke out with
deputies from other parties joining
in and trading punches.
Symonenko stirred nationalist
anger when, referring to pro-
Russian protesters who seized
buildings in eastern Ukraine, he
said nationalists had set a precedent
earlier this year by seizing public
buildings in protest at the rule
of ousted President Viktor
Now, he said, armed groups were
attacking people who wanted to
defend their rights by peaceful
"You are today doing everything
to intimidate people. You arrest
people, start ghting people who
have a di erent point of view,"
he said, before being pulled away
from the rostrum by the Svoboda
Symonenko did not appear
to have been hurt in the brawl
involving other deputies. But one
deputy later resumed his seat in the
chamber with scratches on his face
e communists backed
Yanukovich and his Regions Party
through the three months leading
up to him eeing the country on
February 21 after more than 100
people were shot dead by police
snipers in Kiev. --- Reuters
Deputies clash during a session of the parliament in Kiev.
Brawl in Ukrainian parliament
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry has blamed approval of
Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem for
derailing peace talks with Palestinians, a
charge that pricked Israeli o cials and
sent aides into damage control.
e Israeli government announced
a major expansion of settlement
construction in the West Bank last
month, just as Washington was
scrambling for a way to get the two sides
to extend US-sponsored peace talks
beyond an April 29 deadline.
While Kerry blamed intransigence
on both sides, he told US lawmakers
overnight that a delayed Israeli plan to
release several Palestinian prisoners as
part of a good faith e ort was sabotaged
by the settlements move.
"In the afternoon, when they were
about to maybe get there, 700 settlement
units were announced in Jerusalem and,
poof, that was sort of the moment," he
testi ed to the Senate Foreign Relations
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have
teetered on the brink of collapse, with
Washington ghting an uphill battle to
get the two sides to agree to a framework
proposal to extend the negotiations to
the year's end.
A Palestinian spokesman last month
blamed the impasse on Israel's West
Bank settlement plans.
Kerry's remarks were met with a crisp
response from Israel's Economy Minister
Naftali Bennett, who heads the far-right
Jewish Home party.
"Israel will never apologise for building
in Jerusalem," Bennett said.
"I hear that the (building) programme
in Jerusalem was de ned as 'poof '. For
many years (the Palestinians) tried with
explosions and bombs to stop us being in
the eternal capital of the Jewish people,
it will not happen."
e State Department, perhaps
assessing the potential impact Kerry's
comments could have in the Middle
East, rushed to explain that the Secretary
of State was fair-minded in apportioning
"John Kerry was again crystal clear
today that both sides have taken
unhelpful steps and at no point has
he engaged in a blame game," State
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
said on Twitter.
"He even singled out by name (Israeli)
Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu
for having made courageous decisions
Kerry was also drawn into a heated
exchange with Senator John McCain,
who declared the peace talks " nished".
While Kerry insisted that Israelis and
Palestinians were keen on continuing the
process, McCain cut in: "It is stopped,"
he told Kerry. "Recognise reality."
Kerry refused to see it that way.
"My hope is the parties will nd a way
back. We're working with them to try to
do so," Kerry said. --- AFP
A sobbing Oscar Pistorius has
described the moment he shot
and killed his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp, telling his murder
trial that he red four shots
"before I knew it".
e sprinter wept so
uncontrollably overnight as
he recounted the events of the
fateful night that it forced the
adjournment of his trial.
Trembling and overwrought,
the champion athlete described
rushing and stumbling toward
his bathroom with a gun in the
dead of night on Valentine's Day
2013 after hearing a suspected
"I was overcome with fear," he
said, his voice cracking.
"Before I knew it, I'd red four
shots at the door."
Pistorius faces a life sentence
if found guilty of deliberately
murdering Steenkamp, a charge
"My ears were ringing, I
didn't hear anything," Pistorius
He shouted for Steenkamp to
phone the police, and rushed
back into the room.
"I kept on shouting for Reeva."
When she did not respond,
Pistorius said, he realised he may
have made a terrible mistake and
rushed back to the bathroom to
break down the door.
ere, in a pool of blood, he
found her fatally wounded, with
gunshots to the hip, arm, hand
"I sat over Reeva," the athlete
testi ed, crying loudly and
putting his head in his hands
and before letting out the barely
intelligible cry, "She wasn't
After a brief adjournment from
the harrowing testimony, his
lawyer Barry Roux came back to
say his client was in no state to
continue. e case was adjourned
Earlier, Pistorius had explained
how the couple had gone to bed
about 10pm after a quiet evening,
but woke up to bring in two fans
he had left outside to cool his
At that point, he knew
Steenkamp was awake and they
exchanged a few words.
" at's the moment that
everything changed," he said,
after he heard the sound coming
from the bathroom.
" e rst thing that ran
through my mind was that I
needed to arm myself," he said
under defence lawyer Barry
Roux's gentle coaxing.
"I wasn't sure where to point
the rearm. I had it pointed at
the toilet but my eyes were going
to the window and the toilet," he
"I wasn't sure if someone was
going to come out of the toilet
attacking me," he said, his voice
His sister Aimee was crying
softly with her head bowed,
while Steenkamp's mother June
sat impassively in the public
Pistorius's initial evidence
has focused on countering the
prosecution's portrayal of him as
reckless and obsessed with fast
cars and guns.
He had begun his second day
of testimony with a description
of how he met the vivacious law
graduate and how they quickly
He said they had begun to plan
a future together.
" e rst six days we knew each
other we called each other every
day," he said.
"I was very keen on Reeva.
"We started really seeing a
future with each other."
e star Paralympian was
in tears as he read reams of
transcribed cellphone messages
he and Steenkamp sent each
other during their four-month
In one typical message the
aspiring actress a ectionately
said, "I love you, boo".
Pistorius also sought to
explain text messages in which
Steenkamp said she was
frightened by his behaviour.
"I'm scared of you sometimes
and how you snap at me and
how you will act towards me,"
Pistorius said: "I just think
relationship," describing a ght
at an engagement party.
He also issued a tearful apology
to Steenkamp's family. "I can
promise that when she went to
bed that night she felt loved."
e trial is expected to run to at
least mid-May. --- AFP
Sobbing Pistorius details shooting
Piranhas block English sewer
Deadly piranhas were the unlikely cause of a
badly backed-up English sewer, according to
water company inspectors.
e carnivorous sh, whose native habitat is
in the warmer waters of the South American
Amazon river basin, turned up dead in a sewer
in Shropshire in central England, where Severn
Trent Water inspectors found them causing a
signi cant blockage.
A company spokesman said the piranhas were
among a batch of dead sh recently discovered
in the Madeley area of Telford after residents
complained of problems.
"It appears that a nearby resident had been
disposing of dead sh, including piranhas, down
the toilet and they had blocked the sewers,"
Severn Trent Water said. " is is the second
sewer blockage in the Shropshire area caused by
"In January, the company reported sewers in
Ditton Priors near Bridgnorth were blocked by
piles of pants that had been ushed down the
toilet." --- PA
Pope to wash feet of disabled at Easter
Pope Francis will wash the feet of a group of
disabled and elderly people as part of an Easter
ritual imitating Jesus Christ's humility on April
17 during a visit to a hospice in Rome.
e Ponti will visit the Centro Santa
Maria della Provvidenza Fondazione Don
Carlo Gnocchi home on the city's north-
western outskirts on Holy ursday, which
commemorates Christ's Last Supper with the
e ceremony is part of the run-up to Easter
Shortly after his election last year, Pope
Francis visited a youth detention centre where
he performed the washing of feet ritual on a
group of young inmates including two Muslims
--- the rst Catholic leader to do so. --- AFP
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