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Trump ordered to pay Scottish government’s legal bills after losing court battle over windfarms near his golf resort

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After being defeated in a long-running court battle over windfarm development near his Scottish golf resort, the Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited has been ordered to pay the Scottish Government £225,000 in legal fees, The Scotsman reports.

The ruling comes over four years after the three-year battle to block the plan to build renewable energy stations near the resort ended.

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“We can confirm that settlement has now been reached — and this has removed the need for the expenses to be determined by the auditor of the Court of Session,” the Scottish government said in a statement.

According to The Scotsman, Trump’s golf club in Scotland posted annual losses of £1.07m in 2018, making it the seventh year in a row that the company failed to make a profit, making its cumulative losses over £9.4m.


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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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New York couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house

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A New York couple pointed guns at protesters marching past their house during a Black Lives Matter rally, and activists want them to be charged.

Protesters were nearing the end of their parade route when a white man came out of his home shouting obscenities in an apparent attempt to incite the group, and then yelled to his wife to get his gun, reported WNYT-TV.

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who took part in the march, said the woman came back outside and started waving the gun around.

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Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’

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A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."

Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.

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