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Israeli army fatally shoots Palestinian man in occupied West Bank

Israeli military also says it launched air raids on Gaza, the fourth since a May ceasefire reached with Hamas.

Israel’s army has fatally shot a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health agency said, as local media reported Israeli soldiers and settlers had opened fire in a village south of the city of Nablus.

Palestinian news agency WAFA said a Palestinian man in his 20s was shot in the chest while standing on the roof of his home in Qusra, a village encircled by illegal Jewish settlements and settlement outposts.

Two other Palestinians were also shot and injured “while fending off an attack” by Israeli settlers on the village, the news agency reported.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the slain man as Mohammad Fareed Hassan, 20.

An Israeli military spokesperson said soldiers had been trying to disperse confrontations between Israeli settlers and Palestinians.

The troops then saw a man throw an explosive device at them from a rooftop and “responded with fire against the suspect in order to eliminate the danger”, the spokesperson said.

Palestinians have been holding weekly protests against the expansion of Israeli settlements at several locations in the West Bank.

In April, United Nations human rights experts said Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians was on the rise amid a climate of widespread impunity.

Raids on Gaza

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, the Israeli military said it launched air raids on “a weapons manufacturing site and a rocket launcher belonging to Hamas”, the Palestinian faction that governs the besieged Gaza Strip.

The army said the raids were in response to incendiary balloons launched from Gaza.

Local media reports said a Palestinian man was seriously wounded in the raids.

The bombings are the fourth since a May ceasefire ended 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

At least 256 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed in Israel’s bombardment that month, according to Gaza authorities.

Thirteen people in Israel, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza, the police and army said.

Egyptian and international mediators have been trying to shore up the informal ceasefire.

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Gunman shoots ex-wife 4 times on day of court appearance for child custody battle, deputies say

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A man accused of shooting his ex-wife four times Monday morning, the day they were scheduled to appear in court for a child custody hearing, has been arrested.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Memorial Crossing Drive near Memorial Falls Drive in response to a shooting/home invasion around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a Andrea Wright’s ex-husband cut off all power to her home, broke into the back window and shot her four times.

Aaron B. Wright was located and arrested later Monday morning and booked into the Harris County Jail, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He’s charged with aggravated assault.

Andrea is in stable condition, Gonzalez said.

According to Harris County Deputy Investigator John Mook, the couple has been divorced for about a year.

Their four children between the ages of 5 and 12 were home, sleeping in their beds during the shooting, according to Mook. They were all uninjured.

Investigators say Aaron may have anticipated losing custody of the kids when the pair was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a child custody hearing.

Aaron reportedly used the power box on the side of the home, which was unlocked at the time of the shooting, to cut off the power.

When asked if the ex-husband had made threats before, Mook said he had a history with Andrea’s new boyfriend.

“I do understand that he has threatened the new boyfriend multiple times,” Mook said. “I’m sure this was a contentious divorce as well. We’re looking into all of that.”

Surveillance video shows a second suspect with Aaron at the scene. Deputies believe the second suspect is his new girlfriend.

It is unclear if she was also arrested when Aaron was taken into custody Monday.

The pair reportedly drove to the home in Aaron’s work truck, parked down the street and approached on foot. They both fled the scene on foot, according to Mook.

The four children are safe with their grandmother, according to investigators.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with expenses.

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Author: Courtney Fischer

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Customer Fatally Shoots Cashier in Argument Over Mask at Georgia Supermarket

A customer who argued about wearing a face mask at a Georgia supermarket shot and killed a cashier on Monday and wounded a deputy sheriff working off duty at the store, law enforcement officials said.

The gunman was shot by the deputy, and both are expected to survive their injuries, according to law enforcement officials.

A suspect, identified as Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, of Palmetto, Ga., was arrested by DeKalb County Police Department officers “as he was attempting to crawl out the front door of the supermarket,” according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The gunfire occurred inside a Big Bear supermarket in Decatur, Ga., about 10 miles east of downtown Atlanta, just after 1 p.m., officials said. That is when Mr. Tucker was checking out of the supermarket and got into an argument with a cashier about his face mask, the bureau said in its statement. Mr. Tucker left the store without purchasing his items but immediately returned.

“Tucker walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her,” the bureau said. He then began shooting at the deputy, “who was attempting to intervene while working off-duty at the supermarket,” the bureau said.

The cashier, whose name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and pronounced dead, officials said. Mr. Tucker was taken there, too, and was in stable condition.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center and listed in stable condition, officials said.

The deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest and it likely saved his life, Sheriff Melody M. Maddox of DeKalb County said at a news conference.

A second cashier was “grazed by a bullet” and treated at the scene for her injury, according to the bureau.

A man who indicated he was Mr. Tucker’s father declined to comment Monday night when reached by telephone.

The shooting came more than a year into a pandemic that killed nearly 600,000 people in the United States and prompted health restrictions that crippled many businesses. For some, the public health rules prompted cries that personal freedoms were being violated.

Enforcing the wearing of masks in public places became, at times, dangerous.

An Iowa man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting and spitting on another man last year in a fight over how he was wearing his mask. An 80-year-old man died after he was pushed to the ground by a fellow bar customer whom he had asked to put on a mask.

And last June in Los Angeles, Hugo’s Tacos temporarily closed its two locations in the city because, it said, its staff was “exhausted by the constant conflicts over guests refusing to wear masks.”

Enforcing mask policies had become a new American pastime.

Even on commercial airliners — where passengers have long been accustomed to invasive security searches, rising baggage costs and overbooked flights — federal officials said there was a “disturbing increase” in unruly passengers after airline crews sought to enforce mask and other safety regulations.

But that began to change as more people were vaccinated and warmer weather allowed for safer gatherings outdoors, where transmissions were less likely to occur.

Soon, restrictions began to fade. In New York, for example, officials have announced plans to roll back restrictions and hold a parade for essential workers.

But not every part of the country was succeeding against the virus at the same pace. Just last month, the city of Decatur extended until at least June 21 its requirement for people to wear a face masks when entering any building in the city, except religious establishments, Decaturish.com reported.

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What are you doing, Joe? Biden shoots himself in foot as tax plan benefits China & Russia

The US President is pushing for a 21 percent rate as part of a plan to crackdown on tax avoidance by multinational companies such as Amazon. One Biden administration official said the plan was an “important moment to demonstrate that the United States and democracies can deliver for the people”.
However, MPs and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have said they will not “rush to sign” the proposed plans.

Mr Sunak previously said the 21 percent for business tax was “higher than where previous discussions were” but said he was open to discussions.

Despite Mr Biden’s proposal being backed by France, Italy and Germany, an expert has warned the only beneficiaries of the plans would be China and Russia.

Author and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent, Frank Furedi told Express.co.uk: “I think there are benefits for the US but not other countries.

“There are benefits for the Biden administration but not for Europe or those countries such as Hungary, Ireland and Singapore with low tax rates.

“They are entirely dependent on attracting foreign capital and this would undercut them.

“If the Biden proposals are accepted, the main beneficiaries would be China and Russia, who wouldn’t go along with this but will continue to have low corporation tax rates.”

Mr Furedi went on to say how the proposed corporation tax would create “particular problems” for a Brexit Britain and accused Mr Biden of encroaching “upon policymaking”.

READ MORE: Gordon Brown wades in to Joe Biden tax row

He continued: “I think what [Rishi] Sunak is interested much more is a common taxation corporation tax but what Suank is interested in is getting an international agreement on how much the digital companies should be taxed and how can we tax these big digital companies here in Britain?

“But Biden is not interested in what Sunak is interested in, taxing these big digital companies, because he wants American companies to be as competitive as possible.

“He doesn’t much care about our priorities.

“I think what he is really doing is pushing forward an economic policy that the whole world subsidies his economic program.”

A Treasury spokesperson said reaching an “international agreement” was a priority for Mr Sunak but warned any agreement must ensure digital businesses pay tax in the UK.

They said: “Reaching an international agreement on how large digital companies are taxed is a priority for the Chancellor.

“However, it also matters where the tax is paid and any agreement must ensure digital businesses pay tax in the UK that reflects their economic activities.

“We welcome the US’ renewed commitment to tackling the issue and agree that minimum taxes might help to ensure businesses pay tax.

“However, it also matters where the tax is paid and any agreement must ensure digital businesses pay tax in the UK that reflects their economic activities.”

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Hero jeweller shoots dead TWO armed robbers to save his family

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THE owner of a jewellry shop in Italy has reportedly shot dead TWO armed robbers to save his family from a store raid.

Mario Roggero, 67, reportedly opened fire after three thieves tried to steal from his shop – Gallo Grinzane – in the village of Grinzane Cavour on Wednesday.

Italian Police were called to the Gallo Grinzane jewellry shop on Wednesday

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Italian Police were called to the Gallo Grinzane jewellry shop on WednesdayCredit: Google

This was after Mario Roggero, 67, reportedly opened fire at three thieves who tried to steal from his shop

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This was after Mario Roggero, 67, reportedly opened fire at three thieves who tried to steal from his shopCredit: Facebook

During the attempted heist two were shot dead in the street, while a third suspect was wounded in the leg and later arrested.

At 6.30 pm the bandits, covered by a mask, had allegedly entered the shop pretending to be normal customers.

When the mother and daughter working there opened a jewellery case on request, one of the three thieves pulled out a gun, whilst another threatened them with a knife.

When Roggero’s wife started screaming, the 67-year-old rushed to her aid and reportedly fired the shots.

The incident comes just six years after the business owner had been subjected to a similar ordeal.

During the 2015 attack, his wife and daughter were tied up whilst he was violently beaten as thieves made away with £260,000 worth of watches and jewellery.

Mayor of the town, Gianfranco Garau, told Italian media that details regarding this latest incident remain limited.

“I only know that an honest and good family has been targeted” he was quoted as saying.

It comes after a similar incident in 2015 where thieves made away with £260,000 worth of watches and jewellery from the store

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It comes after a similar incident in 2015 where thieves made away with £260,000 worth of watches and jewellery from the storeCredit: Google

The latest case is still under investigation by Police

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The latest case is still under investigation by PoliceCredit: EPA

According to Italian news agency Ansa, at least five shots were fired in the village as the dramtic events unfolded.

When emergency workers arrived they were unable to save two of the suspected thieves.

The third suspect has been questioned by carabinieri military police but has so far not been charged, according to newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The jewellers daughter, Silvia Roggero, took to Facebook to defend her father’s actions.

She said: “In difficulties I want to remain open and confident, lucid and strong.

“I pray for the two souls of the robbers who have left the body. Light to them.”

The leader of Italy’s League party, Matteo Salvini, has tweeted his support to the jeweller and his family, claiming: “Defence is always legitimate.”

Although he has been questioned, Mr Roggero is not currently under investigation.

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