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Jeremy Hunt is looking at halving inheritance tax and cutting taxes for small business in his autumn statement next week, says The Times. The Treasury has been told there is an extra £20bn of “fiscal headroom” because of rising tax revenues and falling borrowing costs. Israeli troops raided the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank last night, exacerbating concerns about violence in the Israeli-occupied territory. More than 155 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by the Israeli army and Jewish settlers since Hamas’s October 7 attack, says Haaretz – the highest monthly figure since the Second Intifada 20 years ago. Sailors trying to stop orcas from attacking their boats have taken to blasting out heavy metal. One member of a sailing group on Facebook said “playing full-volume east European thrash metal” had been a “game-changer”.