Hundreds of shelter dogs, cats flown across the Pacific

Hundreds of shelter dogs, cats flown across the PacificMore than 600 dogs and cats flew across the Pacific Ocean from crowded Hawaii shelters to Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, where there’s more space for them to await adoption — a charity operation that organizers said is the largest pet rescue flight. The rescue flight was necessary because the coronavirus pandemic has led to overcrowding in Hawaii pet shelters. “Lots of kittens,” said Douglas Carroll, spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, which helped coordinate the effort.



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‘No legal case’ to try sheikh over alleged sex attack

‘No legal case’ to try sheikh over alleged sex attackA sheikh and Emirati cabinet minister will not be prosecuted for the alleged sexual assault and torture of a Hay Festival curator, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced on Thursday. Caitlin McNamara, 32, had claimed Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, 69, had kissed and groped her when she went to visit him at his private island villa in February to discuss Hay’s first literary festival in Abu Dhabi. Her lawyers had hoped the CPS would be able to prosecute the Gulf royal under the concept of “universal jurisdiction”, in which serious offences can be tried despite them not having taken place in the UK. But in a statement the CPS said the legal criteria had not been met for charges to be brought against the sheikh, the United Arab Emirates’ tolerance minister. The sheikh has denied the allegations. Jenny Hopkins, the head of the CPS’s special crime and counter terrorism division, said: “Sexual offences can have a devastating and lasting impact on victims, and the CPS will always prosecute cases where our legal test is met. “The CPS has carefully reviewed evidence passed to us by the Metropolitan Police after a British woman reported being sexually assaulted earlier this year while working abroad. Possible charges of sexual assault and torture were considered. “However, after thorough consideration, we have concluded that the evidence does not support a prosecution and will not be taking the case any further. We have explained our reasoning in detail and offered to meet the complainant to clarify any points.



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