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Hong Kong police opened fire and hit at least one protester, during a fracas broadcast live on Facebook, as chaos erupted across the city during rush hour on Monday. 

Footage showed a police officer drawing his weapon in the eastern district of Sai Wan Ho as he tried to detain a masked man at a road junction that had been blocked by protesters.

Another masked man then approached the officer and was apparently shot in the chest area, quickly falling to the ground, clutching his left side. His condition was not clear.

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Seconds later, two more live rounds were fired by the officer during a scuffle and another masked man went to the ground, although the footage was less clear as to whether he was struck.

Police could later be seen detaining the two men on the ground. The first man had a pool of blood next to him and his body was limp as officers moved him around and apparently tried to tie his hands.

The second man was conscious and talking.

Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke, reporting from the area where the incident took place, said more people were beginning to gather as protesters attempt to shut down the city.

«This is a general strike targeting road and the transport system so major thoroughfares, highways have all been blocked,» she said. «There have been huge traffic jams across Hong Kong. Tensions have frayed. The crowds are building. They are gathering because of the escalation in anger after the student was shot this morning.»

The officer involved in the shooting appeared to be from the traffic police, she noted.

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Protesters on Monday moved to block roads in the morning rush hour amid calls for a general strike [Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

Weekend chaos

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the AFP that live rounds were fired at more than one protester in Sai Wan Ho and that a statement would be issued.

Police said earlier radical protesters had set up barricades at multiple locations across the city and warned the demonstrators to «stop their illegal acts immediately».

Services on some train and metro lines were disrupted early on Monday, with riot police deployed near stations and shopping malls. Many universities cancelled classes on Monday and there were long traffic jams in some areas.

Hong Kong has been convulsed by nearly six months of huge and increasingly violent rallies, with protesters demands including an independent investigation into alleged police brutality. 

Activists blocked roads and ransacked shopping malls across Hong Kong’s New Territories and Kowloon peninsula on Sunday during the 24th straight weekend of anti-government unrest.

The latest violence comes after a student died in hospital last week from injuries sustained in a fall as protesters were being dispersed by police.

The protests started when the government tried to push through a controversial and now-shelved extradition bill, but have evolved into a wider call for greater democracy. Many worry that Beijing is meddling in the former British colony’s freedoms, which are guaranteed under the «one country, two systems» formula put in place when the territory was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.


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Netanyahu rival Gantz fails to form government, prolonging Israel’s political uncertainty

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Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz speaks during a nomination ceremony on October 23, 2019 in Jerusalem, Israel. Gantz has received a mandate to form a government after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition.

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Former military chief of staff Benny Gantz said Wednesday that he could not form Israel’s next government, prolonging the country’s political uncertainty after deadlocked elections in September.

«Returning the mandate» to President Reuven Rivlin raises the prospect of Israel holding its third national election in a year. There are now 21 days in which any member of Parliament can become prime minister if they muster the 61 signatures needed to achieve a majority in the Knesset.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government last month, after which the mandate was transferred to Gantz.

«Gantz informed Rivlin that he will continue his efforts over the next 21 days to form a good government for the citizens of Israel,» a spokesperson for Gantz told NBC News. «Gantz thanked Rivlin for his support in the process and asked that he continue to provide assistance down the road.»

Wednesday’s announcement followed weeks of negotiations between the two leaders. Gantz had refused to enter a unity government that would keep Netanyahu in power while corruption charges loomed against him.

Netanyahu, dubbed «King Bibi» by many for his decadelong dominance over Israeli politics, is waiting to see whether the country’s attorney general will indict him on fraud and bribery charges in three corruption cases. He denies any wrongdoing.



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When it comes to Twitter, Chris Evans has no problem sharing his feelings on the state of the union. In fact, the Avengers alum has more 13 million followers and his tweets tend to incite as much engagement as the president of the United States, who just happens to be one of the erstwhile Captain America’s favorite targets.

Evans, who played Cap in 11 films (including four cameos) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe dating back to 2012, is known for getting political on the platform — in addition to President Donald Trump, Evans has been outspoken about former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke and other conservative voices.

But the 38-year-old actor insists the volume and ferocity of his tweets has nothing to do with him departing the Disney-controlled MCU with April’s Avengers: Endgame.

«I did it during Cap, too; it wasn’t like I waited until that run was over. I was doing it while we were filming those movies,» Evans told Yahoo Entertainment (watch above) while promoting his upcoming film Knives Out, a Rian Johnson-directed whodunit that offers plenty of social commentary amid its sharply comedic mystery intrigue.

«I’ve never felt limited or handcuffed by the roles I play or the studios I worked for. I never in my life had a studio tell me to watch what I’m saying.»

Still, Evans admits that being an entertainer who regularly takes part in political discourse can be «tricky.»

«We live in an industry that’s basically is about ticket sales, and you understand a downstream impact could hurt that,» he said. «But sometimes things matter just too much.»

And besides, it’s not all politics on his timeline. He’s also known to post behind-the-scenes snaps from his tenure on the Avengers films — and plenty pics of his rescue dog, Dodger.

«Who doesn’t love the dog?,» he cracked. «You gotta balance it, you know what I mean? I get political, but I also got a great dog!»

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