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Disney has killed over 200 'nuisance' alligators in ten years

Alligators are caught and killed in Florida after wandering onto property Credit: Reuters

The Walt Disney Company has had more than 240 "nuisance" alligators captured and killed over the last decade at its Florida theme park property, according to records.

State records have revealed the park's constant struggle to keep alligators away from their guests in a region where the animals live and breed, occasionally crossing paths with humans.

Last week, a 2-year-old boy died after he was dragged into a lagoon by an alligator at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Lane Graves was killed when an alligator snatched him at a Walt Disney Resort Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office

Critics said there were no signs warning of alligators when the tragedy occurred, and Disney has since installed signs.

Florida trapper Ron Ziemba, who trapped and killed alligators on Disney World property for five years, said: "You'll never be able to get them all.

"There are just so many canals, so many waterways. The gators travel a lot."

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Three stabbed at Ku Klux Klan event in California

One Klan member is accused of the stabbing, police said Credit: Reuters

At least three people were stabbed in a scuffle between members of the Ku Klux Klan and counter-protesters near Anaheim, California, police said.

One of the victim is believed to be in a critical condition.

Four people were arrested, including one Klan member who is accused of the stabbing, said Sergeant Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department.

Three counter-protesters were taken into custody after stomping a KKK member on the ground.

Sergeant Wyatt said the altercation took place as soon as several Klan members arrived at the park in Anaheim, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, for a planned rally there.

"As soon as they got out of their vehicle, immediately they were attacked by counter-protesters and this caused a melee down the block," he said.

Sergeant Wyatt said at least three counter-protesters and possibly a fourth were stabbed in the ensuing confrontation.

He stated that the most seriously wounded of the victims was taken to a local hospital, where he is listed in a critical condition.

The Klan, known for their white robes and peaked hoods often worn by its members, has a long history of violence toward African-Americans, Jews and other groups.

Several witnesses said that a peaceful counter-protest had been under way for about three hours in the park a mile north of Disneyland when the Klansmen arrived in a black vehicle.

David Harewood: black actors face lack of roles in UK

British actor David Harewood has said that generations of black actors have been forced to head to the US because of a lack of roles in the UK.

The star of drama Homeland said there was now a “flood” of young black British talent coming to America as a result of the issue.

He said that he had been offered exciting stage parts in England - but not the TV work that can hugely boost careers.

“I’m both encouraged and worried by the amount of young black actors coming here,” he told ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar.

It’s great to see them come but also I’m wondering what’s going on in England that they are having to leave.

– David Harewood

Iran: US-imposed missile test sanctions are 'illegitimate'

US sanctions imposed on Iranian entities as punishment for a recent ballistic missile test are illegitimate, the Islamic Republic has said.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said Washington's profitable sales of weaponry to the Middle East undermined the sanctions, which deny 11 companies and individuals access to the US banking system.

"The US sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile programme ... have no legal or moral legitimacy," he said.

The UN's atomic watchdog found Iran had upheld promises to drastically scale back its nuclear programme. Credit: Reuters

"America sells tens of billions of dollars of weaponry each year to countries in the region. These weapons are used in war crimes against Palestinian, Lebanese and most recently Yemeni citizens," he said.

The dispute came after international nuclear sanctions were lifted on Iran for dramatically cutting back its nuclear programme and dumping tonnes of uranium in return for a lifting of crippling sanctions.

US president Barack Obama said the west had “cut off every single path” that Iran could have used to build a nuclear weapon through the landmark deal.

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