President Trump fills world leaders with fear: ‘It’s gone from funny to really scary’

Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

Dangerous, foolish, irrational, scary, terrifying, irresponsible, a clown, a disaster. These are just some of the words used to describe the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency by politicians, diplomats and analysts around the world.

As the businessman gave his first major policy address since becoming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, Guardian correspondents in Washington and around the globe asked the international community whether it was prepared for the swaggering billionaire to occupy the White House.

Many said they still cannot believe the nation that elected its first black president just eight years ago will now rush to embrace a man who has offended Mexicans, Muslims and others. The possibility that Trump might actually win fills great swaths of the planet with dread with the apparent and notable exception of Vladimir Putins Russia with concerns over everything from trade to the nuclear trigger.

While Trump was delivering his speech in Washington, outlining a doctrine of naked self-interest that would shake the rust off Americas foreign policy, the heads of all the major UN agencies gathered in Vienna, Austria, for a strategy session with secretary general Ban Ki-moon, now in his last eight months in office.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-president-world-leaders-foreign-relations

Canadian great-grandmother, 80, wins $50m lottery: ‘I’m too old for this’

Lois Olsen, who has lived in a small farming village in Alberta for about 50 years, planned to buy a new car with money she said would have been useful years ago

It wasnt until the late 1960s when Lois Olsen moved into a newly built house in her small farming village in Alberta, Canada that she got her first taste of life with indoor plumbing. I thought I was in heaven, I had running water and I had a telephone, she recalled.

So when the 80-year-old found out earlier this month that she had won C$50m in the lottery, she was stumped for ideas on what she might do with all the money. For my family, its going to help them out a lot, she said. For me, Im too old for this. I would have liked to have won this 20 or 30 years ago.

Olsen, who is a great-grandmother, learned of the windfall during a grocery run at her local supermarket. A brief stop to check her lottery ticket in the self-checking machines suggested she had won $15. I pulled it out, put it back in. It looked like $500, Olsen told reporters this week as she accepted her big cheque. I said to the girl, Theres something wrong with this machine.

An employee came over to help. She says, No you just won $50m. Speechless, Olsen started shaking. I just grabbed my groceries and left.

The news travelled fast in her central Alberta village of Irma, home to about 450 people. I dodged the media once there, she said, laughing as she described watching an out-of-town TV crew ask locals at an event about the big lottery winner. They didnt say anything, so I was able to escape home without anything.

She has few plans for the money, save for helping out her three children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. For her, the money comes too late to make a big difference, she said.

I milked cows for I dont know how many years by hand, then we finally got a milking machine, she said. We milked cows for about 25 years. We had a bunch of pigs, we had range cattle, I raised chickens, turkeys; I had everything. A lot of hard work.

When pressed by reporters, she said she might replace her 11-year-old car. I think Ill buy an SUV, something a little higher for me to get in and out of, she said. That will be the big purchase.

Beyond that, she said little else would change. Money doesnt mean a whole bunch to me. I had hard times, she said. With a laugh, she added, Maybe not now.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/01/canada-great-grandmother-lottery-lois-olsen

President Trump fills world leaders with fear: ‘It’s gone from funny to really scary’

Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

Dangerous, foolish, irrational, scary, terrifying, irresponsible, a clown, a disaster. These are just some of the words used to describe the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency by politicians, diplomats and analysts around the world.

As the businessman gave his first major policy address since becoming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, Guardian correspondents in Washington and around the globe asked the international community whether it was prepared for the swaggering billionaire to occupy the White House.

Many said they still cannot believe the nation that elected its first black president just eight years ago will now rush to embrace a man who has offended Mexicans, Muslims and others. The possibility that Trump might actually win fills great swaths of the planet with dread with the apparent and notable exception of Vladimir Putins Russia with concerns over everything from trade to the nuclear trigger.

While Trump was delivering his speech in Washington, outlining a doctrine of naked self-interest that would shake the rust off Americas foreign policy, the heads of all the major UN agencies gathered in Vienna, Austria, for a strategy session with secretary general Ban Ki-moon, now in his last eight months in office.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-president-world-leaders-foreign-relations