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Playboy Mansion available for sale for $200M, says US media

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NEW YORK — Hugh Hefner’s notorious Playboy Mansion is reportedly available up for sale for $200 million, however the purchaser will need to allow the magazine publisher to live there until he dies, US media said.

The home of Playboy magazine and its founder will be listed within the next month, celebrity website TMZ reported.

Playboy Enterprises is seeking upwards of $200 million, but TMZ, citing real-estate sources in the area of Holmby Hills — close to Beverly Hills — said the mansion was more likely to go for between $80 million and $90 million.

Prospective buyers can tour the sprawling property, reputedly host to some of America’s most raucous parties, but Mr Hefner’s bedroom is off-limits, TMZ said.

Playboy Magazine owner Hugh Hefner gets a kiss from fiancee Crystal Harris

It also said that the sale comes with a major catch — whoever buys it must give Hefner a life estate, meaning he can continue to live in the mansion until he dies.

Forbes magazine describes the mansion as “Gothic/Tudor” and said its amenities include three zoo and aviary buildings, a pet cemetery, a tennis court, waterfall, pool and basketball court.

Numerous visitors to the house have described it as being in a state of disrepair.

Playboy Enterprises did not immediately comment when contacted by AFP.

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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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