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HARARE---The man who reigns as
Zimbabwe's Mister Ugly has tough competition
in this year's pageant, with organisers saying
they received a record number of entries for this
beauty contest with a twist.
For the first time since the competition began
in 2011, organisers will hold preliminary rounds to
whittle the number of hopefuls from 36 to 12
who will compete in the November 20 finale, said
pageant organiser David Machowa.
"We are looking for natural ugliness,"
Facial features count the most, but
contestants will also be judged according to their
confidence when walking the runway and how
they handle the question-and-answer round.
"People have always seen ugliness is
something to be ashamed of," said Machowa,
explaining why he launched this alternative
pageant. "Looks are God given. We should all be
proud of who we are."
There is no female version of the contest.
William Masvinu has held the title since 2012,
when there were only a total of five contestants.
He won US$100 and a voucher for a night's stay
at a hotel, which he cashed in for food. (AP)
Mister Ugly pageant has record number of entries
machetes and handguns gathered early yesterday
morning in Port-au-Prince amid increased tensions
surrounding Haiti s recent presidential elections.
Gunfire echoed throughout the night in the nation s
capital, and on early Thursday morning a charred
and mutilated body of a man was found on a busy
street in Petionville, considered one of the city s
Residents of the area said the victim was burned
by a group of armed men, a gruesome incident that
has added to a climate of fear and intimidation that
has consumed the Haitian capital in the wake of the
October 25 first round of voting in presidential elec-
The attack on the man, whose identity was not
immediately available, came just hours after thousands
of demonstrators on Wednesday took to the streets
in protest of President Michel Martelly and in response
to opposition parties allegation of the president s
involvement in the highly contested elections.
Eight presidential candidates have called for an
investigation into the voting that put Jovenel Moise,
who is backed by President Martelly, in the lead with
32 per cent of the vote. Initially, 54 candidates were
vying for the presidency. (AP)
A California man who found his long-lost twin
brother has died of cancer at 82 years old.
In 1933, Jack Yufe was born in Trinidad with his
identical twin brother but six-months later the boy s
parents would separate.
Yufe lived with his father and was raised Jewish,
eventually serving in the Israeli Navy, while his brother
Oskar Stohr lived with his mother in Germany. Stohr
grew up as a Nazi, eventually joining the Hitler Youth,
the Los Angeles Times reports.
The brothers remained in contact with each other
and reunited when they were 21 years old.
They shared the same mannerisms, humour and
nervous tics. But they would never agree on Palestine
and Israeli politics nor the cause of World War II,
the Washington Post reports.
Cal State Fullerton psychology professor Nancy
Segal wrote a book on the brother s aptly titled Indi-
visible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins.
Professor Segal told the Times that the twins had
an "extraordinary love-hate relationship."
"They were repelled and fascinated by each other.
They could not let go of the twinship," she said.
Jewish man who reunited
with Nazi twin dies
Violence grips Haiti after
three-time winner of
the Mr Ugly
Jack Yufe, left, and twin brother Oskar Stohr.
PARIS --- The Paris area reeled last night
from a shooting rampage, explosions and
mass hostage taking that President François
Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist
attack on France. He closed the borders and
mobilised the military in a national emer-
French television and news services quoted
the police as saying at least 100 people had
been killed at a concert hall alone, and dozens
more in apparently coordinated attacks out-
side the country s main sports stadium and
at least five other popular locations in the
Witnesses on French television said the
scene at the rock concert was a massacre.
The casualties eclipsed the deaths and
mayhem that roiled Paris in the Charlie
Hebdo massacre and related assaults around
the French capital by Islamic militant extrem-
ists less than a year ago.
An explosion near the sports stadium,
which French news services said may have
been a suicide bombing, came as Germany
and France were playing a soccer match,
forcing a hasty evacuation of Mr. Hollande.
As the scope of the assaults quickly became
clear, he convened an emergency cabinet
meeting and announced that France was
closing its borders.
"As I speak, terrorist attacks of an unprece-
dented scale are taking place in
the Paris region," he said in a nationally
televised address. "There are several dozen
dead, lots more wounded, it s horrific."
Hollande said that on his orders the gov-
ernment had "mobilised all the forces we
can muster to neutralise the threats and
secure all of the areas."
There was no immediate claim of respon-
sibility, but Twitter erupted with celebratory
messages by members and sympathisers of
the Islamic State, the extremist group based
in Syria and Iraq that is under assault by
major powers including the United States,
France and Russia.
The main shooting appeared to have broken
out at a popular music venue, The Bataclan,
where the American band Eagles of Death
Metal was among those playing, and French
news services said as many as 100 hostages
may have been taken there. Some accounts
said grenades had been lobbed as well.
A witness quoted by BFM television said
he heard rounds of automatic rifle fire and
someone shouting "Allahu akbar!" at The
French news media reported that Kalash-
nikov rifles had been involved in the shootings
--- a favored weapon of militants who have
attacked targets in France --- and that many
rounds had been fired.
Police sirens sounded throughout central
Paris on Friday night.
Unlike the attacks against Charlie Hebdo
and a kosher supermarket in January, ter-
rorism experts said the targets of the Friday
attacks had no apparent rationale. Instead,
assailants appeared to strike at random in
hip neighborhoods on a Friday night when
many people would be starting to enjoy the
"It s a Friday night and there s a lot of
people out, a lot of tourists out," said a senior
European counterterrorism official. "If you
want maximum exposure you do it like this,
in the dark when it s scarier and more difficult
for police to act." (NY Times)
Terror in Paris
Scores dead in multiple attacks
Rescue workers gather at victims in the 10th district of Paris, yesterday. Several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented
attacks around Paris yesterday, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the country's borders and
declaring a state of emergency. AP PHOTO
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