US issues warrant in last-ditch effort to stop Iranian tanker from leaving Gibraltar

The US has issued a warrant to seize an Iranian supertanker in a bid to prevent it from leaving Gibraltar.

Iran’s Grace 1 tanker, which is carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil, has been detained in Gibraltar since 4 July amid speculation that it planned to transport its cargo to Syria.

Such a delivery to the war-torn nation would be in violation of sanctions imposed by the European Union.

The detention of the Grace 1 last month prompted Iran to retaliate by seizing the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which heightened already increased tensions in the region.

The eleventh-hour warrant issued by the US on Friday came a day after a Gibraltar judge – responding to Tehran’s insistence that the tanker’s cargo would not go to Syria – lifted the detention order.

Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo told Sky News on Friday that he was “satisfied” with written assurances from Tehran that the cargo would not go “to an EU-sanctioned entity”.

He said he had also held a “positive and constructive” meeting with Iranian officials in London to de-escalate tensions.

In its appeal, the US stipulates that it can seize the tanker, its oil cargo, and almost $1m (£823,000) on the grounds of terrorism and violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

It says the tanker has links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which the US deems a terrorist organisation.

Jessie Liu, the US attorney for the District of Columbia, said a “network of front companies” had “allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments”.

“The scheme involves multiple parties affiliated with the IRGC and furthered by the deceptive voyages of the Grace 1,” she added.

The Pentagon has declined to comment on the matter. Iran and the UK have not yet publicly responded to news of the warrant.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has highlighted that “a seizure warrant is merely an allegation”.

According to the Gibraltar Chronicle, an unnamed source said the Grace 1 is unlikely to leave Gibraltar before Sunday, despite currently being free to go.

It said the ship, which has since had its name erased and is no longer flying the Panama flag, is waiting for the arrival of new crew members and a captain.

Iran’s state television quoted the country’s head of its Ports and Maritime Organisation as saying the ship would depart only after being renamed the Adrian Darya and being given the Iranian flag.

The case marks the latest incident amid the fallout from the US pulling out of the landmark nuclear deal a year ago, which has seen the re-introduction of crippling economic sanctions on Iran, and led to remaining signatories searching to find ways to save the agreement.

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Head-on crash on Highway 93 sends 4 people to hospital

RCMP are investigating a two-vehicle crash on Highway 93 late Friday afternoon that sent four people to hospital.

Officers were called to a head-on crash on the highway south of Castle Mountain Junction heading toward Radium, B.C.

The crash happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. local time. Police said a STARS Air Ambulance helicopter was dispatched to the scene.

According to the RCMP, a woman in her 40s was airlifted to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre in critical condition.

Another woman and a man, both believed to be in their 20s, were taken to hospital in Banff before being transferred to Foothills Medical Centre — their conditions were not disclosed. Another person was taken to hospital in Banff with minor injuries.

The RCMP did not provide details on the vehicles or what may have led to the collision.

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Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson arrested on eve of Portland, Ore., protests

Mayor of Portland, Oregon issues warning ahead of weekend’s dueling far-right, Antifa protests

If you engage in violence you will be held accountable, regardless of your political ideology, says Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

The leader of a conservative group was arrested Friday in Portland, Ore., one day before planned protests involving supporters of the far-left Antifa movement and supporters of several conservative groups.

Joey Gibson, leader of Portland-based Patriot Prayer, turned himself in to authorities in connection with an arrest warrant for rioting, stemming from a violent clash in the city on May 1, according to the Associated Press. He was later released after posting bail, with further legal action pending.

In a video posted on Facebook, Gibson accused police of targeting conservative groups for arrests but not members of Antifa, even though masked Antifa supporters have been seen on videos engaging in violence during past protests.

Gibson asserted that authorities were trying to intimidate conservatives who planned to protest Saturday.

“They want you to not show up in Portland, they want to put fear in your hearts,” Gibson said.

“They want you to not show up in Portland, they want to put fear in your hearts.”

Patriot Prayer founder and rally organizer Joey Gibson speaks to his followers at a rally in Portland, Ore., Aug. 4, 2018. (Associated Press)

He also asked conservative protesters to refrain from violence Saturday.

"Force them to arrest you for being peaceful," he said.

"Force them to arrest you for being peaceful."

Gibson, 35, was not connected to the events planned for Saturday but had organized Portland rallies that turned violent in 2017 and 2018, the report said.

Separately, a conservative group called the Oath Keepers has decided it will not participate Saturday, saying it did not believe organizers had done enough to discourage white supremacists from showing up.

Portland authorities have been taking steps intended to minimize the chances that Saturday’s demonstrations repeat the violence of past events. Personnel from more than two-dozen law enforcement agencies – representing local, state and federal government – are involved in trying to maintain order during the demonstrations, the AP reported.

“I'm confident that from a law enforcement perspective, we're going to have all the tools and the resources and personnel we need,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime.”

The mayor, a Democrat, has drawn criticism over the city’s handling of past protests.

In June, conservative writer Andy Ngo was hospitalized after being attacked by Antifa supporters at a Portland demonstration.

On Friday, Ngo told “Fox & Friends” that he feared Saturday’s event “has the potential to be a powder keg.”

Precautions being taken in Portland for Saturday include plans by many downtown businesses to close for the day, as well as the planned closure of the Hawthorne Bridge, which connects eastern Portland to the downtown area, across the Willamette River, OregonLive reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Police investigate discovery of human remains in west Edmonton alley

The discovery of human remains in Edmonton’s Sherwood neighbourhood has triggered a police investigation.

In a news release issued on Friday, police said people walking in an alley west of 149 Street, between 92 Avenue and 93 Avenue, discovered the remains on Thursday morning.

“The Edmonton Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the remains earlier today, the results of which are not being released at this time for investigative purposes,” police said.

Police said homicide detectives want to speak with anyone who may have been travelling through that alley on Wednesday or Thursday and who may have witnessed any “suspicious behaviour of individuals and/or unfamiliar vehicles in that area.”

Investigators are also looking for any surveillance video or dash-cam video of the alley in that area.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

In a news release issued on Friday, police said people walking in an alley west of 149 Street, between 92 Avenue and 93 Avenue, discovered the remains on Thursday morning.

 

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Farmer accuses ‘aristocrat descendant’ bride of being ‘fantasist’

A Lady…or a liar? Marriage between ‘castle-owning Scottish aristocrat descendant’ bride and Welsh farmer collapsed after he accused her of being a ‘fantasist’ who lived in a bungalow and ‘wed him for a passport’

  • Lady Kristyna Drummond-Hay, 37, married Welshman Michael Lloyd in February
  • Now engineer Michael claims wife is ‘fantasist’ who is really a taxi firm secretary
  • He believes the Australian used him to get a UK visa, which she strongly denied
  • Claimed wife said was related to Scottish aristocrats and had met Prince William
  • Kristyna said she’s ‘not a scammer’ and loved Michael, 35, ‘even after he cheated’

This was a romance that made headlines: a modern fairytale alliance between the descendant of one of Scotland’s most distinguished families and a man from humble Welsh farming stock. And it traversed not just class but countries.

The bride was Lady Kristyna Drummond-Hay, a 37-year-old Melbourne-dwelling brunette, and a granddaughter of William Huntly Drummond, the 15th Earl of Perth, whose family seat was once the austere, 23-bedroom Stobhall Castle, sitting amid almost 200 acres near the River Tay.

Her family had ruled parts of India during the British Raj before her father emigrated to Australia.

Lady Kristyna Drummond-Hay, 37, married Welshman Michael Lloyd, 35, pictured together in February but they are now filing for divorce with him calling his wife a ‘fraud and fantasist’ 

The groom, engineer Michael Lloyd, 35, was raised on the island of Anglesey in North Wales where his parents were dairy and beef farmers. He’d worked on the family farm before joining the Army and serving with the Royal Engineers in Afghanistan.

This unlikely couple were brought together by Muddy Matches, a dating website for people who love the countryside, and married in Australia in February this year following a whirlwind romance.

Their lives were said to be split between his home in Conwy, and Glencarse in Perth and Kinross, as well as Lady Kristyna’s home in Australia.

The charming tale was enhanced further when, last month, The Times reported that Lady Kristyna was advertising a ‘dream job’ for six aspiring young conservationists — at £3,000 a month — to work on Isla Drummond Hay, a remote island wildlife sanctuary on Chile’s South Pacific coast which belonged to the family.

In an interview with the North Wales Live website, Lady Kristyna declared: ‘My family and I pride ourselves on our philanthropic work. 

‘We have poured millions into the upkeep of the island due to erosion, plastic pollution and other environmental hazards,’ she is reported as saying. ‘We have decided that this wonderful space could be better utilised so are opening our doors.’

Kristyna said she was a granddaughter of William Huntly Drummond, the 15th Earl of Perth, whose family seat was once 23-bedroom Stobhall Castle, pictured, in Perthshire, Scotland

Little wonder that the feel-good story was picked up by media outlets around the world, drawn to the beautiful aristocrat who, having met the man of her dreams, now wanted to share her good fortune.

Alas, that fairytale lies in tatters: today, Kristyna and Michael’s marriage has ended after less than six months, amid accusations by the latter that Kristyna is a fraud and a serial fantasist who only married him in order to obtain a UK visa, something he says he had helped fund to the tune of thousands of pounds.

He says he now believes that his wife’s real name was Kristyna Halyburton, that she was a secretary from Melbourne and she had no aristocratic links.

It was, therefore, highly unlikely that her father had been friends with Diana, Princess of Wales, that as a baby she had shared a cot with the young Prince William — just one of the lurid claims that Kristyna had, according to Michael, made during their courtship. ‘She has caused me nothing but trouble,’ he said bitterly.

James Strathallan, the current and 18th Earl of Perth, has cast further doubt on Kristyna’s illustrious lineage, declaring that she ‘certainly had nothing to do with my family’.

Kristyna refused to say where she was living but her last known address was at a bungalow in Melbourne. Michael claimed his wife had told him her father had been friends with Diana, Princess of Wales and that as a baby she had shared a cot with Prince William

‘She sounds like a naïve fantasist,’ he added.

They are devastating accusations in an increasingly tangled story and Kristyna robustly refutes them all.

Breaking her silence from her home in Melbourne yesterday — she refuses to disclose where, although her last known address was thought to be a one-bedroom rented bungalow — she insists that she is the real victim in this sequence of events, deceived by her new husband, and that she has ‘nothing to hide’.

‘I’ve not done anything wrong,’ she says. ‘I am a Drummond-Hay by birth and my family do have an amazing colourful history and that is undeniable.

‘I am adamant that I am descended from the 15th Earl of Perth, William Huntly — my Indian birth records do not lie. I have quite a lot of proof of that but I’m not prepared to release anything yet.

‘Michael and his family want to paint me as the bad guy, but they know what he has done and it has caused me a great deal of distress. ‘I’m not a scammer — I’ve got absolutely nothing to hide, I genuinely loved Michael and the really sad thing is that even after he cheated on me, I still loved him. And the idea that I married him for a visa is ludicrous — I don’t need him to get to the UK. I could apply for a work permit or my family connections would get me an ancestry visa.

At their wedding the couple, pictured centre, only had two builders as witnesses with the new bride saying: ‘Michael was here on his own so it felt wrong for my family to be there’

‘My only regret is compromising on my values and my standards by going ahead with the marriage when I knew in my heart of hearts that it wasn’t right. I gave him a chance and he promised me it [cheating] was all in the past.

She insists that the title of ‘Lady Kristyna’ was ‘given to me by the newspapers — I have never claimed it for myself.’

Kristyna sounds convincing, breaking down in tears during our phone conversation at what she calls the ‘terrible slanders’ she has endured. Yet she is also frustratingly vague about crucial details of her past, claiming she wants to protect her extended family.

What we do know is this: copies of Kristyna’s birth certificate and childhood passport seen by the Mail show her to have been born Kristyn (without the ‘a’) Drummond-Hay in June 1982 in Mount Lawley, Perth, Western Australia.

The youngest of four children, her parents are named as Harry Denzil Drummond-Hay and Frances Diana, both of whom were born in Bengal in India.

Kristyna maintains her relationship to the 15th Earl of Perth, William Huntly Drummond — the man she claims is her grandfather — has its roots there. William, along with his English wife, was sent to India in the early 20th century to work as an official in the Raj.

But while records show he died childless in 1937, Kristyna believes her father Harry was his secret son, the product of a possibly bigamous marriage to an unnamed woman. By the early Sixties, Harry and Frances had moved to Australia, and while reluctant to be drawn on the details of her childhood, Kristyna says it was ‘very comfortable’.

By the time she was in her teens, Harry, who died in February 2014, had left the family home. He went on to remarry and have three more children — a decision that prompted Kristyna to later change her name to her mother’s maiden name of Halyburton.

‘I hadn’t seen my Dad for a while at that stage — I didn’t see him during my teen years for a time. I was angry and stroppy,’ she says. ‘But recently I have wanted to go back to my birth name.’

When asked about her career she is vague: while Michael claims she told him she was, variously, a lawyer, a veterinary science expert and had done voiceovers for Netflix, this week Kristyna would say only that after university she had worked in human resources ‘for a number of years for a number of different companies’.

She is more forthcoming on the subject of the early months of her romance with Michael, a divorcee, the beginnings of which, at least, it seems both parties are agreed upon. The two met via the Muddy Matches dating site around the start of 2018, and corresponded online and by telephone for about a year.

‘We really connected,’ says Kristyna. ‘We both loved the countryside and just wanted a simple life together.’

In Michael’s version of events, Kristyna had told him that she was a member of a British aristocratic family and that if she came to the UK they could live at the family farm in Scotland. 

In fact, there seems to be no ‘family farm’ in Scotland — or not one belonging to Kristyna anyway — and in one of his more eyebrow-raising allegations, Michael says he believes that Kristyna used computer software to fabricate a conversation with an alleged Scottish cousin called John from that ‘aristocratic’ side of the family.

Kristyna denies all of this vehemently. ‘I was very honest with him about my family background, there were no lies and no secrets,’ she insists. ‘I have told him things I have never told anyone else.

‘He spoke to my sister many times on the phone, and to one of my cousins, he was free to talk to my mum and stepdad. There is land owned by the family in Scotland but I never promised anything to Michael about living there.’

Nonetheless, Kristyna says the relationship nearly went awry even before they met for the first time after she heard stories about Michael’s time in the Army. (With regard to this, Michael tells the Daily Mail he’s done nothing wrong and doesn’t know what she’s talking about.)

‘I said I wasn’t sure I could trust him, but even his mother got in touch asking me to give him another chance. We agreed that if this was to work we needed complete trust. We agreed to exchange passwords for social media accounts and general accounts — which is the reason he later met his downfall,’ she says.

Finally, in December last year Kristyna came to the UK to meet Michael. Two days after she arrived, he proposed with a £5,000 engagement ring in a waterfront pub in Conwy in North Wales.

‘I met his family on Christmas Eve and they were welcoming enough. Then on Christmas Day Michael had to work so I travelled to London with him,’ she recalls. ‘I then spent Christmas Day on my own in a hotel room, but I didn’t mind as I knew he didn’t get much time off.’

Over the next six weeks, she travelled around the country with him as he worked, before returning to Australia. Michael arrived two weeks later.

The pair married at the Melbourne Welsh Church with two builders as witnesses — a deliberate decision, insists Kristyna. ‘I just wanted it to be our day. Michael was here on his own so it felt wrong for my family to be there.’

The couple booked into a nearby hotel, but their nuptial happiness was short-lived: according to Michael, he called time on the marriage even before he returned to the UK a week later due to work commitments. He said he realised his wife was ‘controlling’ and that he had made a mistake.

Following his departure, his new bride had immediately applied for a UK spouse visa, which is when Michael says that he became aware of inconsistencies in her story and he found out she was a secretary for a taxi firm.

Then, after asking questions about her background, he says Kristyna ‘trolled’ his extended family and sent hostile messages warning them not to damage her chances of getting to the UK.

Kristyna has a different recollection. She was, she says, left heartbroken by her discovery, through accessing his mobile phone records, that her husband of less than a few weeks had already cheated on her.

‘He had become distant very quickly, and as we had agreed to be open I looked at his phone records and realised he had been contacting other women,’ she says.

Breaking down in tears at the recollection, she claims Michael begged for forgiveness before becoming hostile.

‘It was a roller coaster — he begged for forgiveness, then got angry, then wanted forgiveness again. I have a copy of a text message in which he admitted his mistakes. Even his mum asked me to give him another chance.

‘But by mid-May it became clear the situation was untenable and I filed for divorce,’ she says. ‘It left me deeply upset and the situation has been made worse by Michael’s vile accusations.’

She refutes any notion that she married for a visa.

‘It’s laughable,’ she insists. ‘My documentation shows I applied for a visa under my current name Kristyna Halyburton — the name on my passport — and I paid for everything. With Brexit and the threat of terrorism and other issues the thought of an Australian using a Brit for a visa is ridiculous — it would be the other way around.’

None of this, of course, addresses the mystery of Isla Drummond Hay — an island that in an interview Kristyna said had been purchased by her Great-Uncle Maurice — and her grand ‘philanthropic’ offer to budding conservationists.

In fact, the current Earl of Perth has confirmed the family does not own the island, while both the Chilean Embassy and the Royal Geographical Society seemed unable to shed any further light on whom it actually does belong to.

Nor does Kristyna. ‘I never said that I owned it personally or that I was offering that or anything from my own pocket,’ she says now. ‘It can be considered a mystery and I’ll leave it at that. All I can say is that it’s named Isla Drummond Hay and it’s a no-brainer really.’

It seems the couple are agreed that Kristyna is filing for divorce.

‘I am divorcing him for his infidelity,’ she claims. ‘I am also considering legal action for some of the things he has said.’

Asked about her accusations that he was unfaithful, Michael for his part said: ‘I actually don’t know what she is talking about. I just want to get on with my life.’

In a final twist, Kristyna has also revealed she’s in a new relationship. ‘I’ve met someone else and though it is early days, I feel positive. Michael wants to paint me as being the bad guy, but I feel like I am the one who has dodged a bullet.’ 

Not everyone will agree. This week Michael told the Mail that while Kristyna had been ‘very convincing’ when he first met her he now believed he had been conned.

‘I believed everything she said at first,’ he says. ‘I did not realise there were people like her in the world — she even created a false family tree online to convince me about her background. I started laughing when I realised she was a fake, but I feel angry now.

‘She started saying nasty things about my family, and stressing us all out — and now she has informed me she is going to sue me for stress and trauma saying she is the one who has been ‘‘catfished’’ (the term for luring someone into a relationship using a fictional persona online).

‘I think the reason she began our relationship was to obtain a visa to come to the UK. She has wasted my time and money — and I can’t trust anybody now.’

It’s a sentiment a world away from his gushing declarations little more than six months ago about his ‘amazing’ bride, and a stark illustration of how quickly this fairytale has turned into a baffling puzzle.

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Man fat-shamed by Trump at rally says ‘He’s still my president’

President Trump fat-shamed a man attending his rally in New Hampshire, thinking he was a protester — but the retired US marshal is actually an ardent supporter who later said, “I love the guy.”

When the president was interrupted by protesters during his speech in Manchester on Thursday night, he looked out in the crowd and noticed the plus-sized man pumping his fist.

“That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home! Start exercising! Get him out of here, please!” yelled Trump, whose last physical showed he had put on the pounds.

“Got a bigger problem than I do!” he added. “Got a bigger problem than all of us. Now he goes home and his mom says, ‘What the hell have you just done?’”

It turns out the man the president mistook for a protester was Frank Dawson, a Trump supporter who was wearing a “Trump 2020” shirt.

The former marshal, who was identified by Fox News, had apparently just grabbed a couple of banners from a few protesters and threw them away before they were ejected to cheers, according to the Washington Post.

Trump later placed a call to Dawson from Air Force One on his flight back to New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation at his Bedminster golf club.

A senior administration official said the president could not reach Dawson but left him a voicemail.

Dawson told the Boston Globe that the message was “a personal call to me from the president of the United States” that should remain private — though he shared some of Trump’s remarks.

“He thanked me for helping him out last night,” said Dawson, a resident of Woburn, Massachusetts, who also is a US Navy veteran.

Dawson reveled in the “rousing round of applause from everybody there” after he ripped the signs away from the protesters.

“It was the right thing to do,” he told the Globe.

Dawson said he didn’t hear Trump’s put-down because he had “tunnel vision” while dealing with the protesters.

He added that “it wouldn’t really matter. He’s still my president. I love the guy. I love what he’s doing for this country. … If President Trump gets good press out of it, I love it.”

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US airport chaos as border and customs computers crash nationwide causing major travel delays – The Sun

CUSTOMS computer networks across the US have unexpectedly shutdown causing major delays at airports across the country.

John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and Los Angeles International (LAX) are among the airports hit by delays.


Long lines have formed JFK and other US airports amid the "nationwide" computer meltdown.

US Customs and Border Protection said there is a “temporary outage” with its processing systems at various air ports of entry.

The agency is taking “immediate action” to address the technology disruption.

CBP officers are processing international travellers using alternative procedures until systems are back online.

A spokesman added: “CBP officers are working to process travelers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest levels of security.”

Bosses are said to have attempted to use a backup system, but now passengers are being processed manually.

JFK Airport tweeted that the computers are down – but the agency is working on getting them back online.

 

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Greenland says it’s 'open for business, not for sale' after Trump purchase report

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Greenland dismissed President Trump's reported intentions of purchasing the world’s biggest island, saying it was “open for business, not for sale.”

A report in The Wall Street Journal claimed that Trump has expressed interest in acquiring Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, for the U.S.

White House sources told the Journal that Trump asked his advisers about acquiring the island during “meetings, dinners, and passing conversations” because of Greenland's “abundant resources and geopolitical importance.”

A Trump ally told the Associated Press on Thursday that Trump had discussed the purchase but was not serious about it.

General view of the town of Upernavik, in western Greenland. Aiming to put his mark on the world map, President Trump has reportedly talked to aides and allies about buying Greenland for the U.S.
(Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Greenland, however, said it’s not on the market.

“We have a good cooperation with USA, and we see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our country and the possibilities we offer,” the island’s government said on its website. “Of course, Greenland is not for sale.”

The country’s foreign ministry insisted that it was “open for business, but not for sale.”

“Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism,” the ministry said in a tweet Friday. “We’re open for business, not for sale.”

Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the idea.

"It has to be an April Fool's joke. Totally out of season," former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted.

Meanwhile, Soren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People's Party, told broadcaster DR: "If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad. The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous."

Former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, commented on Twitter, saying: "Oh dear lord. As someone who loves Greenland, has been there nine times to every corner and loves the people, this is a complete and total catastrophe."

Still, it wouldn’t be the first time an American leader tried to buy the world’s largest island.

In 1946, the U.S. proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.

Stunning photo shows sled dogs ‘walking on water’ in Greenland

Danish meteorologist Steffen Olsen snapped a mesmerizing photo of his band of sled dogs walking on thin ice, across a frozen sea that has become flooded with melted glacial waters. Olsen was making the trek through northwest Greenland along the Inglefield Gulf, which is normally covered with ice and snow, but was flooded with running water from the melting Greenland ice sheet. Experts say the image is indicative of the planet’s climate crisis.

Coincidentally, the Journal’s report comes as Trump will make his first visit to Denmark next month. However, the sources said the scheduled trip is completely unrelated.

Greenland, which has a population of roughly 56,000 concentrated along the coastline, has welcomed U.S. military personnel to its Thule Air Base as part of a treaty between the U.S. and Denmark. More than 80 percent of the island is covered by an ice cap.

The Journal reported that advisers have said Trump sees purchasing Greenland as equivalent to the 1867 acquisition of Alaska.

The White House has not commented on the reports.

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Outrage after French minister in charge of animal welfare spotted at ‘barbaric’ bullfight

Many French and Spaniards are passionate about bullfighting, but it has been drawing increased opposition from animal rights activists who consider the practice to be cruel. Didier Guillaume attended a bullfight in the southwestern French town of Bayonne with Jacqueline Gourault, the French minister in charge of territorial cohesion and relations with local authorities. Outraged at his decision to attend, La Fondation Brigitte Bardot, a French rights group dedicated to animal protection, said on Twitter: “The minister of agriculture, who is in charge of animal welfare, @dguillaume26 is at this very moment with @j_gourault (another government minister) witnessing a torture session at the Bayonne arena… Scandalous!”

The animal rights group added: “What hypocrisy! Tonight, Didier Guillaume has lost all credibility (if he ever had any) by attending a barbaric so-called ‘show’… This is beyond outrageous and nauseating!”  

In an interview with the Huffington Post on Thursday, the pro-animal group continued its blistering attack on Mr Guillaume, saying it was “absolutely scandalous to see, in 2019, the minister in charge of animal protection watch a show in which an animal is tortured to death. How can he have any credibility left?” 

The animal protection group L214 also hit out at Mr Guillaume for attending the bullfight. 

“The French minister in charge of animal welfare spotted at the Bayonne [bullfighting] arena. No comment. @dguillaume26 @Min_Agriculture @gouvernementFR,” L214 tweeted. 

Animal rights advocates from the One Voice group also denounced the minister’s decision to attend the fight, saying on Twitter that it was not with “ministers like Mr Guillaume that the tradition would end”. 

“Bulls are slaughtered during the fights,” One Voice said. 

France’s pro-animal political party Le Parti animaliste also lashed out at Mr Guillaume, saying his decision to attend the Bayonne fight was “proof that it is no longer tenable for animal welfare to be attached to the agriculture ministry,” before calling for a separate “ministry dedicated to animal welfare” to be set up. 

Mr Guillaume has not yet addressed the controversy. 

Animal rights campaigners have repeatedly slammed a tradition they say is cruel and unfair. 

Many French – mostly from the southwest – and Spaniards are passionate about bullfighting, or “corrida,” but its popularity has dwindled considerably in recent years as animal rights activists have raised awareness, leading to permanent bans in the Spanish region of Catalonia and the Canary Islands. 

Bullfighting has a long and bloody history going back to the Roman amphitheatres. 

It was originally a sport for the aristocracy and took place on horseback; but became a popular sport in Spain in the 18th century, when people began to practise it on foot armed with a cape and a sword.

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Young man suffers life-threatening injuries in head-on crash with school bus in Erin

Wellington County OPP say a young man suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision with a school bus in Erin on Thursday evening.

Emergency crews were called to the crash on Wellington Road 124 near Sixth Line at around 5:30 p.m.

OPP said a silver sedan and a school bus collided head-on, and a young man was rushed to a trauma centre with life-threatening injuries.

A teenager in the car was also taken to hospital, but her injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

The woman driving the school bus was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Police said no one else was on the bus at the time of the crash.

Neither the identities of those involved nor their ages were provided by OPP.

Wellington Road 124 was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

The cause of the collision is still underway, and police said it’s too early to comment on any possible charges in the investigation.

Wellington County OPP is asking any witnesses to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.


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