Pope’s Harley sells for $284,000
Paris: The motorcycle that Harley-Davidson gave as a gift to Pope Francis last June sold for about $284,000 at an auction in Paris Thursday, with the proceeds going to a homeless shelter in Rome. The size XL biker jacket that the legendary Milwaukee-based motorcycle company gave the pontiff went for $68,000 at the auction held by London-based Bonhams. Harley-Davidson gave the gifts to Pope Francis as part of the celebration of its 110th birthday last year. The 2013 Harley-Davidson 1,585 cc FXDC Dyna Super Glide has never been ridden and Pope Francis signed its fuel tank last November. Proceeds from the sale of the pope’s Harley-Davidson items will go to Caritas Rome’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen at the Termini railway station in the Italian capital.

Indian embassy in UAE warns of visa scam
Dubai: The Indian embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned foreigners against falling prey to online visa scamsters operating a website that claims to facilitate Indian visas. An embassy release issued on Thursday stated that some unscrupulous elements have created a website similar to the online visa application website of the government of India and are deceiving people into paying service fees. “It has come to this mission’s notice that a fake website with the heading of ‘Online Indian Visa Application Form’ and with URL address ‘https://india-visa.co/index.php’ is available on internet,” the embassy said in the statement. The rogue website instructions asked users to pay fee of £55 or $90 or in equivalent euros or Indian rupees.

Kazakhstan to have a new name?
Almaty: Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Thursday that the official name of his country could be changed to Kazakh Eli if people agree. “Our country’s name ends with suffix ‘stan’ as other Central Asian states do,” Xinhua quoted the president as saying at the Intellectual School in Atyrau in western Kazakhstan. Foreigners are interested in Mongolia, whose population is only two million people, while the name of the country does not end with ‘stan’, Nazarbayev said.

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