October 10, 2019

Furious Norwegian Spirit passengers demand refund after bad weather forces itinerary change

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Norwegian Cruise Line is blaming "severe weather conditions" for forcing it to revise the itinerary of its Spirit ship, which has left guests irate and calling this cruise of a lifetime more like a holiday from hell. The 14-day cruise on the Norwegian Spirit departed on Sept. 27 from Southampton, U.K., and is expected to return Friday, according to website Cruisemapper. The ship's current position was listed as Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday. It was not immediately known ..
October 9, 2019

Erik Prince’s company plans business in China province under human rights scrutiny according to financial disclosure

iStock(HONG KONG) -- An American citizen stands to profit as his security company expands operations into a Chinese province described as a modern-day police state by human rights activists, and where the Chinese government is detaining up to a million Muslims in "re-education" camps. Erik Prince, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer and brother of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is the deputy chairman and minority shareholder of Frontier Services Group (FSG), a Hong Kong-listed security, lo..
October 9, 2019

‘I started painting the wall with my blood’: Inside Chechnya’s reported torture of gay people

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Amin Dzhabrailov remembers the day vividly. He was working in his hair salon in Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, Russia, in 2017 when he says three large men came in, grabbed him and threw him in the trunk of their car. “My life was going through my eyes. I was expecting that the door [was] gonna open and I’m gonna die,” Dzhabrailov said. What he said followed is painful for Dzhabrailov, who is gay, to recount. Over several days, he was handcuffed to a chair, beaten blac..
October 9, 2019

Fisher hunters trying to round up 300,000 runaway salmon that escaped Norwegian breeding farms into rivers

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Fish hunters in Norway are trying to round up as many of the hundreds of thousands of salmon that have escaped breeding facilities this year as they can, and an organization is spending a pretty penny toward those efforts. Nearly 300,000 runaway salmon have left the farms and filtered into Norwegian rivers, according to OURO, the country's aquaculture industry association for escaped fish, which is tasked with capturing them. When fish kept in pens escape into connected ..