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Ali hailed as he presents award

MUHAMMAD Ali owned the night without saying a word.

The boxing great was the guest of honour last night at the 4th annual Norman Mailer Center benefit gala.

The ceremony benefited the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, named for the late American Dream author.

Ali was in attendance to watch the first ever presentation of the Muhammad Ali Ethics Award, a writing prize for college students.

Introduced by Alec Baldwin, Ali sat mute and expressionless in an armchair on a small, makeshift stage as the audience chanted "Ali! Ali! Ali!" He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly 30 years ago.

Among those receiving honourary awards from the Mailer centre were historian Robert Caro and novelist Joyce Carol Oates. Despite his frail health, the 70-year-old Ali stayed until the end.

Blaze causes Brazil blackout

FIRE forced the shutdown of a transformer in a substation, causing a 30-minute-long power outage in five Brazilian states.

The country's Electric Energy System Operator said that the outage was caused by a fire in one of three transformers in the city of Foz de Iguacu.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the substation's three other transformers swung into action.

Bin Laden film before election

A FILM dramatising the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the US presidential election.

Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden, will air on November 4, the channel said.

President Barack Obama faces Republican challenger Mitt Romney at the polls two days later.

Death sentence in poacher case

A MAN convicted of killing a Pennsylvania game warden in a poaching probe has been sentenced to death.

An Adams County jury issued its verdict in the penalty phase of Christopher Johnson's trial.

Jurors had been deciding between giving Johnson life in prison or death in the 2010 killing of wildlife officer David Grove.