In Denmark, the world’s first ski slope on a waste incinerator opens | AFP

“Copenhill”, the world’s first ski slope on a waste incinerator, is inaugurated facing the sea in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, one of the flattest countries in the world.

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Trump: Danish leader’s words nasty, inappropriate

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has canceled his trip to Denmark after a “nasty” and “inappropriate” comment by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who earlier called Trump’s idea to buy Greenland “absurd.” (Aug. 21)

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Trump says Danish PM’s snub on Greenland “was nasty” | AFP

“I thought that the PM’s statement … was nasty” says US President Donald Trump as he hits back at Denmark’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, in a row over his desire to buy Greenland. SOUNDBITE

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Danish PM ‘surprised’ by Trump canceling trip

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen told journalists it was with “regret and surprise” that she learned of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she rejected suggestions of selling Greenland to the U.S. (Aug. 21)

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Here’s the latest for Monday August 19th: Attacks strike sites in Afghanistan as country marks its Independence Day; Rep. Justin calls for Trump’s impeachment; Denmark’s PM says Greenland not for sale; Doggy Con hits Atlanta.

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Reactions after Trump interest in buying Greenland | AFP

The owner of a hotel in eastern Greenland gives his reaction to reports that US President Donald Trump has suggested buying the island of Greenland, with Denmark saying it is ‘not for sale.’ Trump has expressed interest in the self-governing part of Denmark — which is mostly covered in ice, — asking advisors if it is possible for the US to acquire the territory, The Wall Street Journal said Thursday, citing people familiar with the discussions.

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French restaurant crowned world’s best | AFP

France’s Mirazur restaurant, whose Argentine chef boasts three Michelin stars, was crowned Tuesday the world’s best by an influential trade list, beating contenders from Denmark and Spain.​

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Denmark Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen casts his vote in general election | AFP

Danish Prime Minister and head of the ruling Liberal Party, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, casts her vote in Copenhagen in a general election where climate concerns top the agenda. The opposition Social Democrats are tipped to return to power after adopting the right wing’s long-standing restrictive stance on immigration. IMAGES

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Social Democrats leader casts her vote in Danish general election | AFP

The leader of Denmark’s opposition centre-left Social Democrats, Mette Frederiksen, casts her vote in Copenhagen in a general election where climate concerns top the agenda. The Social Democrats are tipped to return to power after adopting the right wing’s long-standing restrictive stance on immigration. IMAGES

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Polls open in Danish elections | AFP

Polls open in Denmark’s general election with the opposition Social Democrats predicted to return to power after adopting the right wing’s long-standing restrictive stance on immigration. IMAGES

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Ministers pose for family photo as Arctic Council meeting begis

The foreign ministers of the US, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland Norway and Canada arrive and pose for a group photo as the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in the Finnish city of Rovaniemi opens. IMAGES of the family photo

Queen of Denmark opens new Panda enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo

The Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, opens the panda enclosure at the Copenhagen zoo. Two pandas, Xing Er and Mao Sun, have been “gifted” by China to the Queen and her late husband, Prins Henrik, and will stay in the zoo for the next 15 years.

Mandatory ‘divorce course’ for parents splitting up in Denmark

Gone are the days in Denmark when parents could get a divorce with a simple online click — now they have to complete a course before their marriage can be dissolved. As part of a new divorce law that entered into force on April 1, parents with children under the age of 18 who want to end their marriage must take a 30-minute online course designed to help them and their children adapt as smoothly as possible to their new situation.

Cargo falls on Denmark passenger train, killing 6

(2 Jan 2019) A Danish passenger train apparently hit falling cargo from a passing freight train Wednesday, an accident that killed six people and injured 16 others as it crossed a bridge linking the country’s islands, authorities said. (Jan. 2)

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University apology for ‘blonde girl’ Danish traditional song sparks DEBATE

Danish politicians have defiantly sung a national folk song about a blonde girl, after a foreign teacher forced a top university to apologise for using it. The non-Danish teacher at the Copenhagen Business School was offended by the song for associating Denmark with a ‘young blonde girl’.

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‘Sign of friendship’ vs ‘religious discrimination’: DEBATE as Denmark makes handshake mandatory

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Denmark: Protest against plans to move migrants to island

Thousands gather in central Copenhagen to protest against a new government plan to move “unwanted” migrants to a remote uninhabited island. The decision is part of a new finance bill for 2019 agreed between the centre-right government and the right-wing populist Danish People’s Party.

Iran summons UK, Netherlands & Denmark envoys after military parade attack leaves 28 dead

Iran has lashed out at three European countries, for their policies on separatist groups in Iran, in the wake of a terrorist atrocity. That’s after 4 gunmen killed at least 28 people at a parade in the southwest city of Ahvaz on Saturday. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9eub

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Aziz Ansari Didn’t Address His #MeToo Moment At A Sold Out Show In Knoxville

Aziz Ansari is making a comeback.

Over the last month, the comedian has started hosting “pop-up shows” in cities across the country. They’re billed under the title “Working Out New Material” with the intent of doing exactly that.

With only a few days’ notice, he’s sold out venues in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Madison, Bennettsville, South Carolina, and most recently, Knoxville. They’re some of the first advertised stand-up sets Ansari has done since sexual harassment allegations were made against him in January by an anonymous 23-year-old photographer in a Babe.net article, which added his name to a long list of powerful men swept up in the #MeToo movement. Ansari subsequently shrank himself from the spotlight: no performances, no interviews, barely any paparazzi shots.

Ansari’s position in the constellation of Hollywood #MeToo stories is a complicated one. It happened on a date, while many of the other incidents happened under more professional guises. It’s one woman’s story, in contrast to the scores of victims who have shared stories about Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose. These details, however, don’t render Ansari’s accuser’s story or feelings any less valid. If anything, they warrant an even more nuanced conversation about enthusiastic consent and victim-blaming.

But so far, if anyone has gone to one of Ansari’s shows looking to gain clarity on his accusations, they haven’t found it.

Thursday night’s Knoxville show at the Tennessee Theatre was announced a week ago and just a few days after Louis C.K. made a surprise appearance at New York City’s Comedy Cellar. Tickets went for $42 and sold out quickly despite the short-notice. Par for Ansari’s previous “Working Out New Material” shows, the audience was warned that phones and smart watches would be locked away during the show. It’s a practice that’s become de rigueur at comedy shows to prevent jokes from hitting the internet and spoiling the experience of future audiences.

After brief sets from Wil Sylvince and Phil Hanley, Ansari made his way to the stage, wearing a T-shirt from Kanye West’s Yeezus tour, and was welcomed by roaring applause. A bit about staying off his own phone rolled seamlessly into jokes about how quickly and incisively the internet vilifies people — without leaving room for a nuanced conversation. He talked about Roseanne, the CEO of Starbucks, and the teen who was accused of cultural appropriation for wearing a Chinese qipao to prom.

At one point, he quizzes the audience on a new outrage he saw online: Pizza Hut is embroiled in scandal because some customers thought they were delivered a pizza with the pepperonis arranged in the shape of a swastika. But some people online think it looks more like a Star of David. Other people think it just looks like a regular pizza. He likens it to the Laurel/Yanny auditory illusion that went viral in May and encourages the audience to weigh in.

Clap if you saw a swastika. Clap if you saw a Star of David. Clap if you just saw a pizza. (There are no visual aids, he’s operating on the assumption that you know what he’s talking about.) At the end of the poll, Ansari reveals he made the whole thing up, but everyone who clapped chose to take a side anyway. It’s a believable premise, and the bit easily functions as an allegory for a variety of outrage greatest hits like The Dress, “fake news,” or even Ansari’s own experience with the Babe.net article.

To be clear, there is no “Babe.net,” no “#MeToo,” no “Louis C.K.” no “Harvey Weinstein” in this show. The majority of Ansari’s Knoxville material meditated on race in America, especially his own experiences as an Indian actor in Hollywood — getting mistaken for Kumail Nanjiani, his take on The Problem With Apu, having difficulties casting a younger version of himself for Master Of None, and the realities of dating as part of a mixed race couple in the public eye.

Ansari goes on to explain that sometimes his girlfriend doesn’t pick up on racist microaggressions because she’s a white woman from Denmark. He had to explain to her why publications refer to her as “Becky.” When someone yells at them on the street that she probably gets a lot of free taxi rides with him as her boyfriend, she takes it to be a comment on her being perceived as a gold digger, only dating him for his wealth. But Ansari explains to her that the man is using the stereotype that Indian people are taxi drivers to make fun of him.

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