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China-Taiwan tensions 

China has accused Taiwan of inciting confrontation and distorting facts, as tensions escalate over the island’s push for independence. The Chinese office for Taiwan Affairs said the island is closing the door to dialogue by seeking independence. The reaction was in response to comments made by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. She said the self-ruled island will continue to bolster its military capabilities in the face of what she called Beijing’s pressure.

Israel al-Aqsa violations 

Israeli settlers, backed by regime forces, have once again stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in al-Quds. The settlers desecrated the holy site to perform Jewish rituals. Such incursions into the compound regularly lead to clashes with Palestinian worshipers. But Israeli troopers use force to clear the way for the settlers. The latest storming comes just days after an Israeli lower court, in a ruling, allowed Jews to offer prayers at the al-Aqsa compound. That sparked commendations from the Palestinians. The resistance movement Hamas warned that any Israeli attempt to divide the mosque will have damaging consequences for the regime. On Friday, another Israeli court, however, overturned the lower court’s decision and upheld the ban on non-Muslim worshipers at al-Aqsa.

Tunisia protest 

Tunisian police have scuffled with protesters opposing President Kais Saied's seizure of power. Scuffles broke out in the capital Tunis as police tried to break up the demonstrators. The protesters called on President Saied to step down. They carried banners reading, the constitution is a red line. Last month, Saied brushed aside much of the constitution, giving himself power to rule by decree. His move came two months after he sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority. Opponents have accused Saied of staging a coup. However, the president insists that he aims to address Tunisia’s political paralysis and economic crisis.

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