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1,500 dolphins killed in traditional islands hunt
Almost 1,500 dolphins have been killed as part of a traditional hunt in the Faroe Islands. The white-sided dolphins were killed with knives and harpoons during the hunt, known as Grindadrap by residents of the Danish islands. The hunts date to the ninth century and are considered indigenous whaling – the only remaining example of this in western Europe. Traditionally, boats surround either a group of dolphins or whales and drive
them into a bay or the bottom of a ǟord where they are killed for their meat. Today, the practice is regulated by the government and hunters must undergo training and stick to certified bays.
Activists have sought to bring about an end to the practice which they say is unnecessary and cruel. Blue Planet Society tweeted: “Some people in the Faroe Islands are calling yesterday’s [Sunday’s] reprehensible hunt of 1,428 white-sided dolphins ‘the biggest grindadráp in history’. If correct, that is truly appalling.” The Sea Shepherd Campaign group, said: “What will it take for the locals to demand a shut down of all hunts of this sort? We believe it takes a good honest look at the truth.”
Putin self-isolates after positive Covid tests among entourage
Vladimir Putin is self-isolating after cases of the coronavirus were detected in his entourage. Mr Putin has cancelled a trip to Tajikistan this week for regional security meetings, the Kremlin said. He was due to meet President Emomali Rakhmon to discuss the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. The Russian leader has had two doses of his country’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine. The self-isolation comes after Mr Putin met Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Monday in Moscow. Mr Putin congratulated him on beating the “terrorists” to win May’s presidential election.
Germany compensates people persecuted under Nazi law
Almost 250 people have been compensated by German authorities for investigations or prosecutions under a Nazi-era law that criminalised homosexuality and continued to be enforced after the Second World War. Germany’s Federal Office of Justice said that 317 people had applied for compensation and it had paid out compensation in 249 cases, by the end of August. So far, €860,000 (£732,000) has been paid out to claimants. Currently, 14 applications are still being processed, while 18 were rejected, and 36 withdrawn, the office said.
Alligator suspected of killing man captured
A 3.5m-long alligator weighing 220kg that is believed to have attacked a Louisiana man in Hurricane Ida floodwaters two weeks ago has been captured and killed. Authorities found human remains in its stomach. Officials are trying to determine if the remains are those of Timothy Satterlee, 71, who has been missing since the attack on 30 August.
Mr Satterlee was attacked outside his home, which was surrounded by floodwaters, in the New Orleans suburb of Slidell on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Authorities said Mr Satterlee’s wife heard a splash and walked outside their home to see the alligator attacking her husband. She managed to pull her severely injured husband to the steps of their home. She used a small boat to reach higher ground to get help. But, when she and deputies returned to the house, Mr Satterlee was gone.
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