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Newsline: Norway summons Iranian ambassador over alleged assassination plot in Denmark

Norway summoned the Iranian ambassador on Thursday over a suspected assassination plot against an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark involving a Norwegian citizen of Iranian background. Denmark said on Tuesday it suspected the Iranian government intelligence service had tried to carry out an assassination on its soil. It is now calling for fresh European Union-wide sanctions against the Islamic Republic. A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background was arrested in Sweden on Oct. 21 in connection with the plot and extradited to Denmark, Swedish security police have said. “During the meeting we underlined that the activity, that has come to light through the investigation in Denmark, is unacceptable,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement.



Newsline: Denmark is snubbing the American ambassador

While the American ambassador’s reception was previously a highlight of the Danish LGBTQ pride festivities, this year Danes are publicly snubbing the event as a protest of the Trump administration’s nonstop attacks on LGBTQ people. Former ambassador Rufus Gifford, a gay man, hosted the annual celebration during the Obama presidency when an invitation was the hottest ticket in Copenhagen. This time around, even Copenhagen Pride is refusing to attend. Trump’s ambassador, Carla Sands, has inherited a difficult position when it comes to LGBTQ rights. While Gifford was Obama’s unofficial “ambassador to the gay community,” the Trump administration has been actively hostile to LGBTQ people.


Newsline: US Ambassador to Denmark Selling $37M Mansion

With the U.S. ambassador to Denmark away on business, a lucky buyer can play in her opulent villa. However, playtime isn’t cheap. Located in the lofty environs of the prestigious Moraga Estates, in Bel Air, CA, the ambassador’s mansion is on the market for $37 million. Carla Sands built the residence with her late husband, real estate mogul Fred Sands. She was a generous contributor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and after Trump’s victory in 2016, Sands was appointed to the president’s economic advisory council. The council was eventually disbanded, but Sands went on to be appointed and confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark.


Newsline: Turkish embassy in Denmark attacked with petrol bombs

At least two people attacked Turkey’s embassy in Copenhagen with petrol bombs early on Monday causing some minor damage to the exterior of the building but no injuries, police in the Danish capital said. The building was empty at the time. Police were at the scene investigating and no one had been arrested, a police official told Reuters.


Newsline: Danish police re-opens access to US embassy in Copenhagen

Danish police said Wednesday an object found near the U.S. embassy in Copenhagen did not contain anything suspicious and they had re-opened roads around the embassy. Police had cordoned off the area earlier on Wednesday and it was searched by a bomb squad after a “suspicious object” was found.


Newsline: Denmark deploys troops to Israeli embassy

The Danish military deployed troops in Copenhagen on Friday to guard the city’s synagogue and the Israeli embassy, hours ahead of the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday. The deployment was the first by troops in the Danish capital since WWII. The synagogue and the Israeli embassy have been under police protection since two deadly attacks in 2015.


Newsline: Danish diplomat chases off burglar from her NYC apartment

A Danish diplomat took matters into her own hands when a burglar broke into her Manhattan apartment. The New York Police Department says Marie Wandel, 58, went to investigate a noise late Saturday and found the intruder in her home in the Morningside Heights section of Harlem. She snatched her camera and jewelry worth $1,000 back from the would-be thief before he scampered away empty-handed.