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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.”

A general view of Greyhounds racing at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium in England. 

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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Rep. Adam Schiff. D-Calif., often a harsh critic of President Trump, agrees with him on one thing: Iran was behind the bombing of two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz last week.

The Islamic nation has denied responsibility for the attack, but Trump and his administration were quick to point the finger at them. While the president has been accused of prematurely reaching conclusions after past attacks, Schiff and Trump are on the same page this time.

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“There’s no question that Iran is behind the attacks,” Schiff said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday morning. “I think the evidence is very strong and compelling. In fact, I think this was a class ‘A’ screwup by Iran to insert a mine on the ship. It didn’t detonate. They had to go back and retrieve it. I can imagine there are some Iranian heads rolling for that botched operation.”

The Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee ended his support of Trump there. He quickly turned to the lack of support the U.S. has received from the international community, firmly placing the blame on the commander-in-chief.

Schiff said that this “shows just how isolated the United States has become,” and claimed that when the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, they ignored advice from other countries and American intelligence.

“Our allies warned the United States, I think our intelligence agencies warned policymakers, that this kind of Iranian reaction was likely a result of a policy of withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Agreement,” Schiff said.

Trump has taken the approach of increasing economic pressure on Iran in the form of sanctions. Schiff said that this tactic “has massively failed and only heightened the risk of conflict.”

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The president’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement was in line with critics of the deal, including National Security Adviser John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who claimed that the agreement did not go far enough to ensure that Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon in the future.

Despite signs of Iranian defiance, the Trump administration is confident that sanctions will cripple the already poor Iranian economy to the point that Tehran will be willing to negotiate new terms. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday that while the administration hopes to avoid war with Iran, “will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this kind of behavior.”

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Beto O’Rourke became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to support the idea of impeaching President Trump – arguing that the president’s comments earlier in the week that he’d be open to accepting foreign intelligence on his 2020 rivals is reason enough to see him ousted from office.

While Trump has walked back those comments, his words have stirred up calls for impeachment from many Democratic presidential contenders looking to win the Oval Office next year.

“I think the president’s admission this week that he would take help from a foreign government going forward is all you need to know about the importance of impeachment and that impeachment beginning now,” O’Rourke said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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O’Rourke’s call comes after another Democratic candidate, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, said she would support impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Klobuchar added that “it’s illegal” to take something of value from a foreign country to use in a campaign. She said Trump is “sending out signals” like he did in 2016, when he publicly urged Russia to find and publish Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Klobuchar says “it’s illegal” to take something of value from a foreign country to use in a campaign. She says Trump is “sending out signals” like he did in 2016, when he publicly urged Russia to find and publish Hillary Clinton’s emails.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democratic presidential candidate, also said on Friday that Trump’s stated willingness to accept a foreign power’s help in his 2020 campaign should spur Congress to begin impeachment hearings.

De Blasio told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday that Trump’s assertion in an ABC interview that he would not have to call the FBI if a foreign country offered information about an opponent was “openly treasonous.”

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De Blasio called the interview “the last straw” and said Congress should begin impeachment hearings. He said the nation can no longer accept “the notion of a president who openly invites interference in our election.”

The idea of impeachment, while popular with Democrats’ base voters, is nowhere near the majority support with the general public, polls indicate, and the candidates recent comments raise questions about how willing Democrats are to keep bending norms of governmental behavior, such as the usually bright line between politics and federal prosecutions, that Trump has shattered.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday slammed President Trump’s recent move directing Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation and if U.S. officials improperly surveilled Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Buttigieg, whose surprise move from the mayor of South Bend, Ind., to Democratic contender has been a major focus of the early campaign season, lambasted the president for using the Department of Justice as “his own personal law firm.”

“The independence of the DOJ is obviously not something this president respects,” Buttigieg said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “He’s treated it like it ought to be his own personal law firm.”

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He added: “Prosecutorial decisions shouldn’t be made by politicians in that sense and what I will say is any attorney general that I would appoint is somebody who would faithfully apply the concept that no one is above the law that everybody ought to be held accountable.”

Last month, Trump directed the intelligence community to “quickly and fully cooperate” with Barr’s probe. The directive marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to “investigate the investigators,” as he continues to try to undermine the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe amid mounting Democratic calls for impeachment proceedings.

Barr has already asked John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to examine the origins of the Russia investigation to determine whether intelligence and surveillance methods used during the probe were lawful and appropriate. Still, Barr has been directly involved, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it publicly, and is also working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Despite Mueller finding no evidence to support criminal charges against Americans related to Russia’s actions, his report documented extensive Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 campaign and willingness on the part of some in Trump’s orbit to accept their aid. Mueller left open a decision on whether or not Trump obstructed justice during the investigation.

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Buttigieg told The Atlantic earlier in the week that a Justice Department in his administration might look at charging Trump with obstruction after his presidency.

“To the extent that there’s an obstruction case, then, yes, DOJ’s got to deal with it,” he said.

Buttigieg cited President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal, but said he wouldn’t be interested in pardoning Trump. “I would want any credible allegation of criminal behavior to be investigated to the fullest,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Trump name found on apartment towers, hotels and golf courses now adorns a tiny Jewish settlement in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet convened Sunday at the site to celebrate the establishment of a new settlement named for President Trump called Ramat Trump — or “Trump Heights.”

Even as the celebration was being held, critics contended it can’t happen before the September elections, the Times of Israel reported.

“Anyone who reads the fine print in this ‘historic’ decision will understand that this is nothing more than a nonbinding, fake policy,” Blue and White MK Zvi Hauser said. “There is no budgeting, no planning, no location for a settlement, and there is no binding decision to implement the project. But at least they insisted on a name for the settlement.”

“Let’s hope President Trump does not know that his name is being used for this public relations exercise,” Hauser, a Netanyahu Cabinet secretary-turned-political rival, said in a press release, according to the Times of Israel.

“The prime minister must decide whether he really wants to establish a new settlement and deepen our roots in the Golan Heights or whether he is content with creating a virtual reality for the purposes of a photo op.”

Israel is hoping Ramat Trump, first built in the 1980s, will attract a wave of people to what is currently little more than an isolated outpost with just 10 residents.

Netanyahu said in April that he wanted to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after Trump out of gratitude for the White House’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

Trump officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War weeks earlier.

An estimated 20,000 Israelis live in Golan Heights settlements, which most of the international community considers illegal, the Associated Press reported.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., warned Sunday there is “very real risk” President Trump will win re-election in 2020, sparking a rare response of its kind from the president: “I agree.”

Her comments struck an unusually defensive tone for the 29-year-old progressive firebrand, as Democrats seek to winnow their list of 23 presidential contenders. Ocasio-Cortez also acknowledged that progressive frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “quite real” and spoke bluntly on her initiative to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars most federal funding for abortion — and 2020 Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden’s abrupt reversal on the issue earlier this month.

“I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC News’ Jon Karl on “This Week” in her first Sunday morning show appearance since she took office in January.

“I think that if we elect a president on half-measures that the American people don’t quite understand — the agenda of a president, you know, that says we’re fighting for higher wages but we don’t want a $15 minimum wage, fighting for education but we don’t want to make colleges tuition-free, fighting for women’s rights, et cetera, but we don’t want to go all the way with that, then I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.

The president quoted the congresswoman in a tweet Sunday night, adding: “I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot be legally used!” He did not elaborate.

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Ocasio-Cortez said she did not see herself endorsing a particular candidate “any time soon,” however.

Responding to an NBC News poll showing growing support for an impeachment inquiry, Ocasio-Cortez called an impeachment investigation a “constitutional responsibility.” That prompted Karl to press Ocasio-Cortez on reports that progressive Democrats are frustrated with Pelosi, D-Calif., who has resisted calls for impeachment proceedings.

“I think it’s quite real,” Ocasio-Cortez. “I believe that there is a very real animus and desire to make sure that we are — that — that we are holding this president to account.”

A growing progressive anger also has targeted Biden, who said earlier this month he could “no longer support” the Hyde Amendment, which he had backed for decades. Biden said the law makes a woman’s right to an abortion “dependent on someone’s ZIP code.”

The Hyde Amendment prevents the government from providing abortion funding except in cases of rape, incest, or when the health of the mother is at stake.

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Last week, an abortion activist questioning Biden on his Hyde Amendment flip-flop said the former vice president got in the activist’s face and attempted an arm grab. “I thought he was going to hit me,” the activist said, after posting a brief viral video and photo of the encounter.

“In every poll, a plurality of Americans opposes public funding of abortions.”

— Slate writer William Saletan

The activist also noted the numerous accusations by other women that Biden has made them uncomfortable in close personal encounters.

The Biden campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the matter. Ocasio-Cortez, asked whether Biden had handled the misconduct accusations appropriately, told Karl, “I think that’s something that he has to kind of show the electorate, I think that I, you know, I think that it is an issue where there is a struggle, I’ll be completely honest.”

She continued: “I don’t think that he has — I don’t — I wouldn’t say that it is an incredibly severe — like I don’t think that voters think that he is necessarily guilty of sexual misconduct or anything like that.”

Ocasio-Cortez also said Democrats “probably” made a mistake by not pushing back on Bill Clinton’s treatment of women during his presidency, but said the country has gone through an “evolution” in the years since.

But, on the Hyde Amendment, Ocasio-Cortez has been more forceful.

“It’s not the 70s anymore,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an email to backers on Saturday, building support for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment. “This is 2019, and none of our leaders should be willing to stand by a policy that disproportionately harms low-income Americans and people of color just to suit the interests of anti-choice zealots. That ends now. We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment, and let people access the care that they need. Sign your name if you stand for repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez said Biden’s new stance on the Hyde Amendment was the bare minimum for a Democrat candidate in 2020. As recently as the last presidential cycle, the Hyde Amendment enjoyed mostly bipartisan support.

“Well, I’m encouraged by the fact that he is now against the Hyde Amendment. I think that that’s where — I think it’s a very base level where all candidates need to be,” Ocasio-Cortez told Karl. “I’m excited to be introducing a repeal of the Hyde Amendment via amendment — we’ll see where it goes — for incarcerated women and the maternal and reproductive health care of incarcerated women is — it should be guaranteed as it is with all women in the United States. And so I think it really depends — and that’s really what the Hyde Amendment is about.”

Ocasio-Cortez continued: “The Hyde amendment isn’t about abortion per se. The Hyde amendment is — is truly about equality of health care and health care access for low-income women and women of color and women that get caught in our — in our mass incarceration system.

“We’re talking about 50, 51 percent of the American public being impacted by the realities of the Hyde Amendment,” she concluded.

But, Democrats risked overplaying their hand on the issue, analysts warned, even as more conservative-dominated states have passed aggressive pro-life measures. A recent article in Slate by William Saletan, titled “Abortion Funding Isn’t As Popular As Democrats Think: Recent polls debunk much of what progressives believe,” contains a sobering analysis of the issue for the Democrat field.

In this May 2017 photo, activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" chanted in the Texas Capitol Rotunda protesting SB8, a bill requiring health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, to bury or cremate any fetal remains whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

In this May 2017 photo, activists dressed as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale” chanted in the Texas Capitol Rotunda protesting SB8, a bill requiring health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, to bury or cremate any fetal remains whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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“In every poll, a plurality of Americans opposes public funding of abortions,” Saletan wrote. “In every poll but one, that plurality is a majority.”

Saletan concluded that while most Americans generally agree with Democrats on the issue of abortion and don’t support defunding abortion clinics, the recent progressive push goes too far.

“On the question of direct payments [for abortion],” Saletan wrote, “most voters agree with the GOP. If Democrats make that question a litmus test, they’ll regret it.”

Nevertheless, last week Illinois enacted a sweeping pro-choice law that eliminated spousal consent, waiting periods, criminal penalties for abortion providers and restrictions on abortion facilities, such as licensing requirements and health and safety inspections. It also repealed the state’s Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act and established “that a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law, of this State.”

The Thomas More Society, a pro-life law firm based in Chicago, declared the bill tantamount to “legalizing the death penalty, with no possibility of appeal, for viable unborn preemies.”

Karl did not ask Ocasio-Cortez about her role in torpedoing Amazon’s plan to locate a headquarters in New York, or a range of her policy proposals, prompting conservatives to dismiss the ABC sit-down as a softball interview.

Fox News’ Mike Arroyo and Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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The commissioner of the country’s largest police force said the department has a “crisis” on its hands after three officers killed themselves in 10 days.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill described the situation Friday as a “mental-health crisis,” and said that law enforcement as a whole “must take action.”

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His remarks followed the death of Officer Michael Caddy, 29. The officer killed himself around 3:50 p.m. on Friday outside of the Staten Island precinct where he worked.

Caddy, a six-year veteran of the force, used a gun to shoot himself inside of a car, the Daily News reported. He was going through a divorce, and leaves behind his wife and a young child.

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Deputy Chief Steven Silks, a 39-year NYPD veteran who was described by O’Neill as “one of the most capable and dependable cops this profession has ever seen,” was found dead in Queens on June 5 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The following day, the body of Detective Joseph Calabrese, 58, was found in Brooklyn. Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Calabrese “kept New Yorkers safe for nearly 4 decades.”

The suicides, the police commissioner said, “cannot be allowed to continue.”

“Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves,” he said, urging those who might need help to seek mental health assistance. “Accepting help is never a sign of weakness — in fact, it’s a sign of great strength.”

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Mayor Bill de Blasio shared similar sentiments, urging members of the NYPD to “reach out” for help in times of need.

According to Blue H.E.L.P., a non-profit organization that tracks law enforcement suicides, at least 91 police officers have killed themselves in 2019. Over the course of the last decade, 48 NYPD officers have committed suicide, The New York Times reported.

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In a testy interview that aired on Sunday, President Trump said that he read “every word” of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report – claiming it found “no collusion” between his 2016 campaign and Russian operatives, and that the report “essentially” ruled out any indication that he obstructed justice.

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Trump criticized Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 – and possible collusion by the Trump campaign – using his often-cited term “witch hunt” to describe the investigation and defending himself against accusations that he obstructed justice during Mueller’s investigation.

“Mueller comes out, there’s no collusion. And essentially ruling no obstruction,” Trump said. “And they keep going with it. You know what, people are angry about it.”

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Trump added that Mueller “didn’t find anything having to do with obstruction because they made a ruling based on his findings and they said no obstruction.”

Stephanopoulos challenged the president’s assertion by noting that Mueller’s team “laid out evidence of obstruction.”

“Oh, are you trying to say now that there was collusion, even though he said there is no collusion,” Trump replied. “George, the report said no collusion.”

Stephanopoulos then asked Trump if he had read the report, to which the president replied: “Yes I did, and you should read it, too.”

The ABC News anchor said he had read the report.

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Mueller’s report was released in April and cited more than 100 contacts between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign, but found insufficient evidence to rule that a conspiracy took place. Mueller also noted that he was unable to make a determination on whether or not Trump obstructed justice during the investigation.

On a question of why Trump did not fire Mueller during the investigation – despite his vocal criticism – the president said he had the right to, but saw what happened when former President Richard Nixon began to fire people during the Watergate investigation.

“I watched Richard Nixon go around firing everybody and that didn’t work out too well,” he said.

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The embattled leader of Hong Kong apologized over the handling of a controversial extradition bill after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Sunday as outrage over the legislation continues to boil over.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam apologized to the people with  “utmost sincerity and humility” after massive crowds jammed the city’s streets for a second Sunday in a row in a vehement show of opposition to the legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in the former British colony.

“The government understands these views have been made out of love and care for Hong Kong,” according to a statement from an unidentified government spokesman.

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Hong Kong residents have been outraged over the proposed extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, with many fearing the bill would threaten civil liberties and an independent judicial system that were promised for 50 years when communist-ruled China took control in 1997.

Tens of thousands of protesters march through the streets as they continue to protest an extradition bill, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Hong Kong.

Tens of thousands of protesters march through the streets as they continue to protest an extradition bill, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

“The chief executive admitted deficiencies in the government’s work had led to substantial controversies and disputes in society, causing disappointment and grief among the people,” a government spokesman said. “The chief executive apologized to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledged to adopt a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public.”

Lam, who was chosen by Beijing to be the highest-level local official, suspended her effort to force passage of the bill on Saturday in an attempt to quell protests.

But pro-democracy activists say that’s not enough, instead demanding the proposal be withdrawn in addition for calls that Lam step down.

“She should have apologized for not improving people’s livelihood. She should resign,” music teacher Chau Chong told the South China Morning Post. “But sadly, we know that even if she does step down, Beijing will just find another puppet to run Hong Kong.”

Well after dark on Sunday, crowds gathered outside the police headquarters and Lam’s office. 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 looked on.

Tens of thousands of protesters march through the streets with a banner reading "Hong Kong stand firm" as they continue to protest an extradition bill, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Hong Kong.

Tens of thousands of protesters march through the streets with a banner reading “Hong Kong stand firm” as they continue to protest an extradition bill, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

“Our demands are simple. Carrie Lam must leave office, the extradition law must be withdrawn and the police must apologize for using extreme violence against their own people,” bank worker John Chow said as he marched with a group of his friends. “And we will continue.”

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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. There has also been anger 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 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, according to the Associated Press.

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.”

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

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam arrives holds a press conference in Hong Kong on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Lam said she will suspend a proposed extradition bill indefinitely in response to widespread public unhappiness over the measure, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland courts.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam arrives holds a press conference in Hong Kong on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Lam said she will suspend a proposed extradition bill indefinitely in response to widespread public unhappiness over the measure, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland courts. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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.

“China just wants to turn Hong Kong into another Chinese city,” Alex To told the AP. “Carrie Lam is just a figurehead. Everything depends on the attitudes of the leaders in Beijing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a plea deal in connection with allegations that she misused about $100,000 in government money.

Under terms of the agreement, Sara Netanyahu, 60, has been sentenced to pay a fine of roughly $15,000, the Associated Press reported.

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A Jerusalem magistrate court accepted the plea agreement Sunday, the report said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are seen in Tel Aviv,  April 10, 2019. (Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are seen in Tel Aviv,  April 10, 2019. (Getty Images)

Mrs. Netanyahu, who been married to the prime minister since 1991, had been accused of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants even though the prime minister’s official residence employed a full-time chef.

Her lawyer, Yossi Cohen, claimed in court that the case lacked merit and was brought solely as a political smear directed at her husband, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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The State Attorney’s office said she will pay additional fines to conclude the case.

Mrs. Netanyahu was indicted on fraud and breach-of-trust charges last year. Under the plea deal, she admitted guilt on lesser charges.

Meanwhile, the prime minister, 69, still faces an indictment on corruption charges of his own.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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