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Miss South Africa Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017

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KATHMANDU — Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned as Miss Universe 2017 on Monday beating contestants from all over the world, including the Nepal’s Nagma Shrestha.

Nel-Peters was crowned by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere from France during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

In final Question and Answer portion, the top 3 were asked: “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality in your time as Miss Universe?”

22 year-old Nel-Peters,who recently earned a business management degree, replied :”As Miss Universe you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much is asked for and that’s exactly who I am.”

The first and second runner-ups were Miss Colombia, Laura González Ospina, and Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett, respectively.

First runner-up Ospina, 22, is a Colombian actress and model born in Cali but raised in Cartagena.

Miss Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp, and Miss Venezuela, Keysi Sayago rounded out the top 5.

92 women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year’s edition had the most contestants ever, including the first ever representatives from Nepal, Cambodia and Laos.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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