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FRANCE

Off-duty soldiers nab robbers

When two men decided to rob a McDonald’s in eastern France they had not expected to come face-to-face with a table of hungry soldiers from an elite military force. The armed men burst into the fast food outlet in the commune of Ecole-Valentin late on Sunday, with one firing a warning shot while the other raided the till for cash. However, among the about 40 diners in the burger joint were 11 members of an elite branch of the French Armed Forces — particularly hardened soldiers who specialize in hostage situations. The off-duty soldiers waited for the end of the heist to intervene so as not to put other patrons in danger, Besancon public prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot said on Monday. The first man, who was carrying about 2,000 euros (US$2,270), stumbled as he attempted to flee and was captured, while the other was shot in the abdomen by one of the elite forces and arrested. The two men are in hospital and are to appear before a judge on charges of armed robbery and violence, Roux-Morizot said.

UNITED STATES

Parrot key to murder

The ex-wife of a Michigan man believes a parrot is repeating something said just before his fatal shooting, but a prosecutor is downplaying whether it could be used in court. Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead on Monday said he “highly doubts there is any precedent” that what is repeated by a parrot can be used as evidence. Martin Duram was slain in Ensley Township in May last year. Then-wife Glenna Duram had a head wound, but survived. Ex-wife Christina Keller told WOOD-TV that Martin Duram’s parrot, Bud, has repeated “don’t [expletive] shoot” in Martin’s voice. Springstead said he has not heard it. The death remains under investigation.

VENEZUELA

Woman shot dead by police

A woman died on Monday after being shot by police when looters tried to pillage a warehouse, her family said, the latest unrest to hit the nation amid severe food shortages. Jenny Ortiz, 42, was hit by a stray bullet on Sunday night when police opened fire on looters trying to ransack a warehouse in the western city of San Cristobal, family spokesman Larry Mogollon Acevedo said. “This is an abuse of authority,” he said. Ortiz died on Monday morning at a San Cristobal Hospital after being shot multiple times in the head and face, prosecutors said. A 13-year-old boy who was passing by was also wounded. Officials said looters descended on the warehouses at the San Francisco Commercial Industrial Center overnight, in what Tachira State police chief Amador Torres called a “planned criminal act by armed groups that opened fire on police.” He said seven men and eight women were arrested, adding that food shortages had little to do with the incident.

UNITED STATES

Tropical storm makes landfall

Tropical Storm Colin made landfall early yesterday and was moving across northern Florida, unleashing thunderstorms and flooding, while Florida Governor Rick Scott activated the National Guard ahead of its landfall. The storm, which was 90km southwest of Jacksonville at 2am eastern time, barreled toward land at 37kph, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said. A tropical storm warning was in effect for northern Florida into North Carolina yesterday morning. On its forecast path, Colin would churn across southeastern Georgia early yesterday and later in the day menace the North and South Carolina coasts.

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