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HONG KONG

Phooey art sells for HK$2m

A popular piece of street art destroyed by the authorities and later recreated has fetched almost HK$2 million (US$258,000) at a Sotheby’s auction, a new record for its French creator. The ceramic mosaic of 1970s US cartoon character Hong Kong Phooey — a mask-wearing dog who is an expert in kung fu — was recreated by high-profile French street artist Invader after being removed from a wall in the territory last year. It was expected to sell for HK$1.5 million, but exceeded that at Tuesday night’s auction when it went for HK$1.96 million. Invader’s Hong Kong Phooey mosaic first went up on a wall in a quiet street in the upmarket Happy Valley neighborhood in January last year, but the artwork was taken down within weeks by the authorities, sparking outrage from residents. The artist recreated the piece after expressing his deep disappointment over its removal.

AUSTRALIA

‘Stupid’ Irish teen fined

A “remarkably stupid” Irish teenager was fined on Tuesday when firefighters had to rescue him after he became stuck in the roof of a nightclub he was trying to enter. Hugh McMahon, 18, was ordered to pay a A$900 (US$736) fine and A$1,700 compensation to the club at Surfers Paradise, on the east coast, a court official said. He had pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing, willful damage and failing to leave a licensed premises. The court heard McMahon had tried to enter the SinCity nightclub in Queensland after he was twice ejected, climbing through an air vent after breaking into the building early on Tuesday, but he became tangled in wires and trapped between pipes in the roof cavity, and the fire brigade had to cut him out. During his rescue, the teenager told police he had attempted similar feats in Ireland and was only caught once, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. “Drunk or sober, it was an absolutely remarkably stupid thing to have done,” Magistrate Ron Kilner said.

FRANCE

Paris to sue Fox News

The city of Paris said on Tuesday it plans to sue Fox News of the US for reports that there were “no-go zones” in the capital that police and non-Muslims avoid. The reports in the wake of the attacks in Paris two weeks ago have been widely derided and prompted Fox to issue an on-air apology for suggesting parts of Paris and the English city of Birmingham were run under Shariah law. “A complaint will be filed in the coming days,” despite the apology, said a source at Paris City Hall. The news channel broadcast a map outlining the so-called no-go zones, which an expert, Nolan Peterson, said felt like Afghanistan or Iraq. Asked about the prospect of a lawsuit, Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente said: “We empathize with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.”

UNITED KINGDOM

Terror attack widow jailed

The widow of a man killed in the 2005 terrorist attacks on the London transportation system has been jailed for stealing money from the compensation fund intended for her son. Louise Gray was sentenced to two years, eight months in prison after stealing £43,000 (US$65,000) from her son Adam, who was 11 when his father was killed. Gray had earlier pleaded guilty to the theft. Judge David Goodin said a prison sentence was necessary because she betrayed her son’s trust. He called it “an act of wickedness almost beyond belief.”

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