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Belgian dad pleas for help to find son missing in Australia

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A Belgian man says an encrypted phone message sent by his missing son could hold a clue to the 18-year-old tourist’s disappearance from an Australian coastal town.

Theo Hayez was last seen leaving a Byron Bay nightclub late on May 31. Police said on Monday they are baffled by the disappearance.

His father Laurent Hayez flew from Belgium to Australia last week to take part in the search which now involves homicide detectives.

Hayez on Monday made a public appeal for help to access his son’s encrypted WhatsApp account.

Police Superintendent Dave Roptell said WhatsApp’s owner Facebook was being asked for access to the missing man’s account.

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Hong Kong police face off with protesters while trying to clear streets

Hong Kong police and protesters faced off early Monday as authorities began trying to clear the streets of a few hundred who remained near the city government headquarters after massive demonstrations that stretched deep into the night before.

The police asked for cooperation in clearing the road. Protesters responded with chants, some kneeling in front of the officers. The move came after activists rejected an apology from the city’s top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony.

Nearly 2 million of the city’s 7 million people turned out on Sunday, according to estimates by protest organizers. Police said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the “peak period” of the march. A week earlier as many as 1 million people demonstrated to voice their concern over Hong Kong’s relations with mainland China in one of the toughest tests of the territory’s special status since Beijing took control in a 1997 handover.

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Protesters negotiating with police outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

After daybreak Monday, police announced that they want to clear the streets. Soon after, police lined up several officers deep and faced off against several hundred demonstrators on a street in central Hong Kong. The police asked for cooperation in clearing the road.

Crowds had gathered well after dark outside the police headquarters and Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s office. On Saturday, Lam suspended her effort to force passage of the bill, which would allow some suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China.

The move did not appease Hong Kong residents who see the legislation as one of many steps chipping away at Hong Kong’s freedoms and legal autonomy. Opponents worry the law could be used to send criminal suspects to China to potentially face vague political charges, possible torture and unfair trials.

Protesters are also angered over the forceful tactics by police in quelling unrest at a demonstration on Wednesday.

Periodically, the shouts of the protesters standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the police headquarters would crescendo into a roar that reverberated through the narrow concrete canyons of the red-light district of Wanchai.

Smaller crowds stood chanting outside Lam’s office building.

In a statement issued late Sunday, Lam noted the demonstrations and said the government “understands that these views have been made out of love and care for Hong Kong.”

“The chief executive apologizes to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledges to adopt a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public,” it said.

Not enough, said the pro-democracy activists.

“This is a total insult to and fooling the people who took to the street!” the Civil Human Rights Front said in a statement.

The marchers want Lam to scrap the extradition bill, which is supported by the communist leadership in Beijing, and to resign.

The crowds filled a wide thoroughfare and side streets paralleling the waterfront of Victoria Harbor as tourists and shoppers who drive much of the Asian financial hub’s economy watched.

Some participants were skeptical over whether having Lam step down would help.

“It doesn’t really matter because the next one would be just as evil,” said Kayley Fung, 27.

At the march’s end, hundreds sat wearily around the government headquarters. Some were singing, some listening to speeches. Some were just resting.

“There isn’t really a plan. It’s like playing a chess game,” said a man who gave only his first name, Mitchel, perhaps fearing trouble with the authorities.

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Police arriving to negotiate with protesters to clear a road in Hong Kong. (ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters have mainly focused their anger on Lam, who had little choice but to carry through dictates issued by Beijing, where President Xi Jinping has enforced increasingly authoritarian rule.

Many here believe Hong Kong’s legal autonomy has been significantly diminished despite Beijing’s insistence that it is still honoring its promise, dubbed “one country, two systems,” that the territory can retain its own social, legal and political system for 50 years after the handover.

The rally drew marchers both young and old, some pushing strollers or carrying slumbering infants. Few wore face masks or seemed to be trying to hide their identities, in contrast with demonstrations Wednesday, when participants expressed worries over possible retribution from the authorities.

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Protesters also are angry over the way police used tear gas, rubber bullets and other forceful measures as demonstrators broke through barricades outside the city government’s headquarters in that smaller but more aggressive protest.

The police presence on Sunday was considerably more relaxed, with officers deployed mainly to direct traffic as the protesters wound their way through Hong Kong’s commercial center from a sprawling downtown park to government headquarters.

Farther down the parade route, mourners lined up to lay flowers and pay respects at a makeshift memorial for a man who fell to his death Saturday after hanging a protest banner that read in part, “Make Love, No Shoot” and “No Extradition to China.”

The man slipped from the grasp of rescuers after clinging for a time to scaffolding outside a shopping mall. He missed a large cushion set up to capture him and was declared dead at a hospital.

Many protesters wore ribbons on their shirts and carried placards showing protesters who had been beaten bloody last week.

Pro-democracy activists were calling for a general strike on Monday despite Lam’s decision to suspend work on the legislation. Some labor unions, teachers’ associations and other groups were planning boycotts of work and classes, demanding the Lam administration retire the proposed amendments and not bring them up again for passage at a later stage.

“We encourage all the public to carry on the campaign,” said Bonnie Leung, a leader of the pro-democracy group Civil Human Rights Front. “If any new violence takes place, it will be the responsibility of the police.”

The Communist Party-ruled mainland took control in 1997 with a promise not to interfere with the city’s civil liberties and courts. Many in Hong Kong fear the extradition bill would undermine freedoms enjoyed here but not elsewhere in China.

“China just wants to turn Hong Kong into another Chinese city,” said Alex To, 54, who runs a small business. “Carrie Lam is just a figurehead. Everything depends on the attitudes of the leaders in Beijing.”

After Lam announced she was suspending the legislation to avoid more violence and allow additional debate, Chinese government officials issued multiple statements backing that decision. Lam, however, made clear she was not withdrawing it.

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Protesters resting on the streets overnight near the Legislative Council. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

She has sidestepped questions over whether she should quit and also defended how the police dealt with last week’s clashes with demonstrators.

Lam maintains that the extradition legislation is needed if Hong Kong is to uphold justice, meet its international obligations and not become a magnet for fugitives. The proposed bill would expand the scope of criminal suspect transfers to include Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.

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So far, China has been excluded from Hong Kong’s extradition agreements because of concerns over its judicial independence and human rights record.

Prosecutions of activists, detentions without trial of five Hong Kong book publishers and the illegal seizure in Hong Kong by mainland agents of at least one mainland businessman are among moves in recent years that have unnerved many in the city of 7 million.

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‘Italian Bonnie and Clyde’ arrested in Thailand, accused of pretending to be George Clooney to sell clothes

A husband and wife known as the “Italian Bonnie and Clyde” were arrested Saturday after years on the run with the husband allegedly pretending to be George Clooney online to sell clothes.

Francesco Galdelli, 58, and Vanja Goffi, 45, were arrested in Thailand by a joint operation of Interpol agents from Rome and Thai investigators, the Telegraph reported.

“During interrogation, Francesco confessed to claiming to be George Clooney and opening a clothes business to trick people into sending money,” a statement from Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division said.

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Francesco Galdelli was arrested by the Crime Suppression Division of the Royal Thai Police. (Crime Suppression Division/Royal Thai Police photo)

The couple overstayed their visas and have been hiding out in Thailand since 2014, police said.

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They had left Italy in 2012, leading to collective nickname of the “Italian Bonnie and Clyde,” after the Great Depression-era bandits.

In 2010, Clooney testified against the couple, who had been accused of co-opting his name with the goal of launching a fashion line.

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Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Nearly 1,000 greyhound racing dogs died last year in England, welfare groups call to end sport

Nearly 1,000 greyhound racing dogs either died or were killed last year in England, leading animal welfare groups to call for an end to the sport in the United Kingdom.

The staggering death numbers were released by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, (GBGB) in an effort to improve conditions of greyhound racing and limit the amount of unnecessary animal deaths, according to the Guardian.

The welfare groups say the middle ground of reforming the sport cannot be done because of the “dangerously configured” oval tracks that cause a majority of the dog’s injuries. They say the only option is to end the sport, which has been running since the 16th century.

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“The greyhound industry continually fails to live up to its promises to truly put welfare first,” said Chris Luffingham from the League Against Cruel Sports. “What these greyhounds really need is not yet more promises from the industry, but for the sport to be phased out and the greyhounds found good homes where they can live long and healthy lives.”

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A general view of Greyhounds racing at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium in England.  (2014 Getty Images)

Once the racing greyhounds get injured, many of them get put down because of the high cost of medical bills, lack of a “viable option away from the racecourse” and the struggle to find a suitable home. In 2018, hundreds of dogs were put down for these reasons.

The GBGB called those reasons “avoidable and unnecessary deaths,” which they say have no place in the sport. About 250 greyhounds were euthanized on the track last year, with some dying from sudden death and another 190 being put down for being “unsuitable for homing.”

According to the GBGB, roughly a quarter of the dogs were given new homes and 60 percent were taken into a greyhound charity.

Trudy Baker, coordinator of Greyt Exploitations, a nonprofit aimed to protect greyhounds, says even when the dogs were retired, they stayed in a dangerous environment.

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“The truth is hundreds of dogs listed as ‘retired’ by the GBGB still remain in a commercial environment, confined to trainers’ kennels that have failed to comply with an agreed British Standard Institute specification, either used for breeding, forced to routinely donate blood or simply awaiting rehoming,” Baker said. “No amount of ineffective ‘window dressing’ welfare commitments will address the suffering and deaths of thousands of dogs racing on dangerously configured tracks.”

Mark Bird, the managing director at GBGB, says the industry needs increased and sustained funding to allow welfare programs to flourish for the greyhounds.

For others, transparency is key to helping the greyhounds.

“Transparency is key to understanding how we can improve welfare standards… We want more greyhounds to find new homes and to enjoy a healthy retirement when they leave the sport,” said animal welfare minister, David Rutley.

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In the U.S., greyhound racing has been legal since 1931. The sport, however, has declined over the years and is currently illegal in 41 states. Only five states have active dog racing tracks: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia, according to grey2kusa. In 2018, Florida voted to phase out greyhound racing in the state by 2021, and the last track closed in April.

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Seven suffocate to death while cleaning septic tank at hotel in India

Seven people died while cleaning a hotel septic tank in India on Friday after going in without safety gear, according to officials.

The incident happened at the Darshsan Hotel in the village of Fartikui shortly after midnight when one worker went into the tank and fell unconscious.

When the worker did not return or respond to calls, three colleagues went in to find him but also did not come back.

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Three hotel staffers then went in to find the missing workers, but also ended up falling unconscious when they encountered the toxic fumes.

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Seven people, including four workers and three hotel staff, died of suffocation while cleaning the septic tank of a hotel in India on Friday. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

“All seven died of suffocation as the pressure of gas was high in the tank,” Vandodara fire officer Nikunj Azad told the Times of India.

Firefighters had to spend several hours working to pull the bodies out, as the mouth of the tank was so narrow that an excavator had to be used to widen it for the recovery mission.

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A police official told Agence France-Presse that the hotel owner has been charged with causing death due to negligence.

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Authorities in the Gujarati region have pledged financial assistance to the victims’ families, according to the BBC.

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Argentina, Uruguay work to restore power after major failure

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Argentina’s main energy company said it was “slowly beginning to restore” electricity after a massive power failure left large swathes of the country and neighboring Uruguay without power.

It was unclear how many people had been affected by the blackout, but the South American countries have a combined population of more than 45 million.

Edesur said on Twitter that power had been returned to 34,000 customers as of Sunday morning.

“The return of electricity generation to the interconnected system of the Federal Capital and Greater Buenos Aires has begun,” it said.

It also noted the process would take several hours.

Uruguayan energy company UTE tweeted that the system was being reinstated from scratch.

“There are already coastal cities with service and work continues toward general restoration,” it said.

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Russian online poker star killed in reported hair dryer accident at home

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A Russian online poker star was discovered dead in her Moscow home last week after being electrocuted while using a hair dryer during a bath, according to local media.

The body of Lilya Novikova, 26, was discovered Tuesday by a neighbor who had gone to check on her after receiving an emergency call from her parents.

An official told the Russian news agency TASS that an initial examination revealed that “traces of an electrical injury” were discovered on her body in what appeared to be an accident.

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Novikova, who was known by username liay5 in online poker circles, regularly appeared on the gaming social media platform Twitch, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The 26-year-old also was very active on Instagram, frequently posting and garnering  more than 17,000 followers.

Besides becoming a rising star in the poker world, Novikova had an engineering degree from Moscow’s Bauman University and was involved in other sports such as rowing and snowboarding, the BBC reported.

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Novikova died just five days before her 27th birthday, according to Russian news outlet Gazeta.

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The news of Novikova’s death sparked tributes from her international fan base.

“Our condolences to the family and friends of Liliya “Liay5” Novikova, who tragically passed away earlier this week,” PokerStars said on Twitter. “Poker has lost a bright star who will be missed greatly. RIP.”

Others also shared their condolences.

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Pope dons helmut to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

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Pope Francis has donned a white firefighter’s safety helmet to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he is giving encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck.

Francis traveled Sunday to the town of Camerino, which was shaken so badly in 2016 that people are still not allowed into the town center as work continues to stabilize buildings.

Before he entered the cathedral, a firefighter’s safety helmet was placed over Francis’ skullcap. Inside the cathedral, he was surrounded by firefighters and clergymen also wearing helmets. He placed flowers at a statue of the Virgin Mary, which was damaged in the earthquake. The statue’s head and arms are missing.

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Extinction Rebellion postpones Heathrow drone protest plan

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The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has postponed a plan to shut down London’s Heathrow Airport with drones after it was criticized by politicians and police.

The anti-climate change group said Sunday it would “not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year.”

Details of the group’s plan were leaked last month. British Aviation Minister Charlotte Vere warned that “using drones to deliberately put people’s safety at risk carries a maximum life sentence.”

Extinction Rebellion said the allegation it was willing to endanger people’s lives “is a depressing and predictable smear.”

The group still aims to target the airport, Europe’s busiest, but said it would not fly drones within flightpaths, and would give two months’ notice so travelers could make other plans.

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Libyan officials say Hifter’s forces fighting IS in south

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Libyan officials say forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Hifter are pursuing Islamic State militants in the country’s south, killing more than a dozen militants over the past three days.

The officials said Sunday that the self-styled Libyan National Army began its attack on a militant hideout in the mountainous area of Haruj earlier this week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The LNA media center said Friday that the IS militants were responsible for recent attacks in southern areas.

IS acknowledged the ongoing LNA attack and claimed to have killed and wounded dozens of LNA troops.

Hifter’s forces launched a military offensive in early April aimed at taking the capital, Tripoli, from a United Nations-aligned but weak administration.

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