TWO Indian girls set themselves on fire hoping the superhero protagonist of a television serial would rush to their rescue. Varsha Kulkarni and Asma Lattiapannavar, both 10, set themselves on fire with paraffin smuggled out of their homes to see whether Shaktiman, an Indian version of Superman, would save them. Varsha is battling for her life with burns to 90 per cent of her body in Hubli city, Karnataka. Earmarked: A killer was jailed for life after being caught by impressions of his ear on a window as he broke into a 94-year-old woman's house in Huddersfield, England. Mark Dallagher, 25, listened at his victim's dining room window before breaking in and smothering her with a pillow. Pigs' palace: Pigs may not fly - but in Peru they stuff their snouts with business class airline meals. In Lima, companies contracted to incinerate garbage from planes at Jorge Chavez international airport are illegally diverting the leftover meals to a clandestine pig farm. Red-handed: A cat burglar got more than he bargained for when he tried to make off with a resident parrot from an apartment in Duisburg, Germany. He was no match for the bird's powerful beak and sharp claws and a trail of blood was left for the police. Frank exchange: Chad and Burkina Faso security officers at an Organisation of African Unity conference on conflict prevention traded punches and stones in Harare as their leaders met inside. Defences down: They've overrun the once impregnable corridors of Thailand's Ministry of Defence. Now Thailand's top brass have pledged to exterminate a menace that has so far defeated the most determined strategists - a plague of mice. Double trouble: For Britain's bookmakers a white Christmas will be more a nightmare than a dream. If widespread snow falls on Christmas Day and the Spice Girls top the festive pop charts, bookmakers William Hill face a GBP500,000 (HK$6.5 million) payout.