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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.

https://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/ambassador-to-denmark-mansion/

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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.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-denmark-attacks-turkey/turkish-embassy-in-denmark-attacked-with-petrol-bombs-no-injuries-police-idUSKBN1GV0FI

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.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-denmark-security/danish-police-re-opens-access-to-u-s-embassy-in-copenhagen-idUSKBN1EZ17N

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.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-denmark-deploys-troops-to-guard-synagogue-israeli-embassy/

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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4422064/Danish-diplomat-chases-burglar-Manhattan-apartment.html

Newsline: Iran summons Denmark’s envoy over embassy attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Danish Ambassador to Tehran Danny Annan to voice the strong protest of the Islamic Republic on the country’s incapability to provide security and peace of Iranian embassy and its staff in Denmark. “Following the attack of four counter-revolutionary elements on Iran’s embassy in Copenhagen on Thursday, head of European Affairs Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Danish Ambassador to Tehran Danny Annan to voice Iran’s strong protest against the attack,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. He urged Danish government to take responsible and serious measures to deal with the dissidents and to provide the Islamic Republic with the results of their proceedings. He pointed out that Danish ambassador expressed his regret over the attack on the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and said the incident is unacceptable. “Annan promised to reflect Iran’s protests to Copenhagen and to pursue the perpetrators and notify it of the results as soon as possible,” Ghasemi noted.

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/122864/Iran-summons-Danish-amb-over-embassy-attack

Newsline: Diplomats gone wild in Denmark

A dozen employees of foreign embassies have escaped legal trouble over the past two years by invoking diplomatic immunity, Metroxpress reported. The newspaper filed a freedom of information act and received police reports on a foreign diplomats that had been redacted by the Danish Foreign Ministry. Among the offences that foreign diplomats have gotten away with in Denmark are drunken driving, theft and public masturbation, according to the obtained documents. In one case, a 47-year-old male diplomat was caught exposing himself to women at a Copenhagen swimming pool just three months after he was found masturbating in a shower stall next to two naked women at the same pool. Another report detailed a diplomat getting into a physical altercation with police officers and then telling them to “go back to Jutland with all your pigs. Tomorrow you are both fired.” The countries of the diplomats were censored out of the police files, Metroxpress reported. In all of the incidents, Danish police were unable to pursue any charges. The diplomatic immunity doesn’t mean that the offenders got off scot-free, however. The masturbating man and four drunken drivers were recalled to their home countries after their incidents.

http://www.thelocal.dk/20161123/diplomats-gone-wild-denmark-unable-to-punish-offenders