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No dice: Levi Johnston won’t go nude in Playgirl

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Nada.

That’s the amount of full frontal nudity Levi Johnston is going to show in an upcoming Playgirl.

Johnston, if you remember, is the telegenic boy-next-door ex-fiance of Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, and the father of her grandchild, Tripp. Following Palin’s failed vice presidential bid, Johnston became larger than life after a series of well-staged publicity events in which he offered the “inside gossip” on his onetime mother in law.

In an effort to further his fifteen minutes of fame, Johnston recently agreed to a photo shoot for Playgirl in which he promised to show it all.

Turns out, his campaign promises won’t live up to reality.

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In a statement to New York gossip blog Gawker, Playgirl spokesman Daniel Nardicio blamed Johnston’s manager, Tank Jones, for breaking the pledge.

“He did not give ‘full-frontal’ as his manager Tank Jones reported he would. We’re thrilled with the photos we got, and are confident people will love them,” Nardicio quipped. “Although there may be glimpses, we did not get full on frontal nudity.”

“That is very sad news indeed,” Gawker commented. “Playgirl had one job to do: get a photo of that famous hockey stick and it failed to do so. Maybe ironically-named photographer Gregory Weiner couldn’t make an intimate connection with his model and convince him to bare all. Maybe Tank Jones was trying to keep him covered to protect his client’s image. Maybe Levi just got shy at the last minute and couldn’t go through with it.”

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That said, the New York Daily News reported last week that Johnston does pose with only a hockey stick — in a supposed tribute to “hockey moms,” one of Palin’s signature lines.

Johnston’s Playgirl shoot received cold welcome from Palin on the Oprah Winfrey show Monday, where she mocked him as having an “aspiring porn career” and only begrudgingly extended a Thanksgiving invitation.

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New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

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New Zealand announced plans for a national firearms register Monday in its second round of gun law reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said regulations around who could hold firearm licences would also be tightened to "stop weapons falling into the wrong hands".

Ardern said the March 15 killings, when a gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, had changed attitudes towards gun ownership in New Zealand.

"There is a new normal around firearms, it is a change of mindset," she told reporters.

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Mascots and javelin carriers: Tokyo adds robots to Olympic roster

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A roster of Olympic robots that will do everything from welcoming visitors to transporting javelins has been unveiled as Tokyo works to showcase Japanese technology at next year's Summer Games.

Japan hopes the 2020 Olympics will be a chance to put its tech sector back on the map after years in which the country's reputation as an industry leader has flagged.

Auto giant Toyota has a roster of five robots with different roles to play, from cutesy renditions of the Olympic mascots to a staid transport bot.

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Final hours of voting in race to become British PM

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The voting closes Monday in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, with Boris Johnson expected to be confirmed as the winner charged with delivering Brexit.

After a month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the postal votes of up to 160,000 grassroots Conservatives will decide the governing party's next leader.

The voting window slams shut at 5:00pm (1600 GMT).

The result will be announced on Tuesday, with the winner immediately becoming the new Conservative leader, the victor taking office as prime minister on Wednesday.

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