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The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote to become
the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. This gives
the fish the unofficial title of world's ugliest animal. The society began as
a science-themed comedy night and devised its mascot campaign to draw
attention to "aesthetically-challenged" threatened species. The winner
was announced at the British Science Festival in Newcastle. BBC
Kenyan President Uhuru Keny-
atta has been "distressed" by the
start of an international trial of
his deputy for crimes against
humanity, his spokesman said yes-
Vice president William Ruto
pleaded not guilty on Tuesday at
the start of his trial at the Inter-
national Criminal Court in The
Hague, where he was accused of
organising a campaign of ethnic
killings "to satisfy his thirst for
power" after disputed 2007 elec-
Kenyatta, Ruto s former political
foe turned ally, begins his own trial
at the court on November 12. He
also proclaims his innocence.
"He (Kenyatta) was distressed to
see him (Ruto) appearing in the
dock...and especially in a foreign
country on matters on which he
doesn t believe there is a proper
standing," State House spokesman
Manoah Esipisu told reporters.
The president was "deeply sad-
dened" by the trial opening, he said.
Ruto, 46, and his co-accused,
Kenyan radio boss Joshua arap Sang,
38, stand accused of stoking the
worst violence in the east African
country since independence in 1963.
Lawmakers in Kenya last week
became the first in the world to
approve moves to withdraw recog-
nition of the ten-year-old court,
which so far has only one conviction
under its belt. (AFP)
Kenya leader 'distressed'
by deputy's ICC trial
A Florida pastor was arrested
Wednesday as he drove a pickup
truck towing a large barbecue-
style grill filled with kerosene-
soaked Qur ans to a park, where
the pastor had said he was plan-
ning to burn 2,998 of the Muslim
holy books---one for every victim
of the September 11, 2001, ter-
Sheriff s deputies in Polk Coun-
ty, Florida, arrested Pastor Terry
Jones, 61, and his associate pastor,
Marvin Sapp Jr, 44, each on a
felony charge of unlawful con-
veyance of fuel.
Jones had said he was heading
to a nearby park in Mulberry to
burn the Qur ans on Wednesday,
the 12th anniversary of the attacks.
Sheriff s officials said that Jones
was also charged with unlawful
open-carry of a firearm, a misde-
meanour, and that Sapp faces a
charge of having no valid regis-
tration for the trailer.
Both were booked Wednesday
night into the Polk County jail,
according to Sheriff Grady Judd.
Mulberry s mayor, along with
area elected officials, a sheriff s
deputy and several Polk County
residents have talked about the
need to express love and tolerance
for all faiths on September 11.
Jones is the pastor of a small
evangelical Christian church. He
first gained attention in 2010 when
he planned to burn a Qur an on
the anniversary of 9/11, although
he eventually called it off. His con-
gregation did burn the Muslim holy
book in March 2011 and last year
he promoted an anti-Muslim film.
All three incidents sparked violence
in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The most violent protest hap-
pened after the 2011 Quran burning
as hundreds of protesters stormed
a United Nations compound in
Mazar-i-Sharif in northern
Afghanistan, killing seven foreign-
ers, including four Nepalese guards.
Jones has repeatedly ignored
pleas from the US military asking
him not to stage his protests. Mil-
itary officials say his actions put
American and Western troops in
Afghanistan and elsewhere in dan-
ger.Mulberry is a town of about
3,000 between Orlando and
Tampa and has no connection to
Jones church, which recently
moved out of its Gainesville build-
Defiant pastor arrested ahead of planned Qur'an burning
Pastor Terry Jones, centre, is escorted by Sheriff's deputies to a waiting patrol
car in Lakeland, Florida, Wednesday. AP PHOTO
William Ruto, right, sits in the courtroom before his trial at the (ICC) in
The Hague on Tuesday.
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