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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 Currently, 14 applicatio­ns are still being processed, while 18 were rejected, and 36 withdrawn, the office said.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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 ?? (Sea Shepherd/SWNS) ?? A white - sided do l phin in the harbour of Ska l afjorour on the Faroe Is l ands on Sunday
(Sea Shepherd/SWNS) A white - sided do l phin in the harbour of Ska l afjorour on the Faroe Is l ands on Sunday

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