Israeli forces have killed another Palestinian in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry says 20-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim Oweidat succumbed to his injuries after being shot in the head by Israeli troops. The violence happened at a refugee camp near Ariha early this morning. Since March, Israel has intensified its crackdown across the occupied territories. Palestinians have also been conducting retaliatory attacks against Israelis. Tensions have been high at al-Aqsa Mosque where Tel Aviv has increased attacks on Palestinian worshipers during the holy month of Ramadan. The daily aggression has drawn strong condemnation from Muslim countries.
North Korea nukes
North Korea is working on plans to boost its nuclear force at a high speed, in preparation for future crises. The country's leader Kim Jong-un says nuclear weapons are a symbol of national power, and should be diversified. According to Kim, North Korea needs to be prepared to deploy its nuclear deterrence any time, noting that such weapons are primarily aimed at warding off foreign threats. He said nuclear weapons could be deployed in case North Korea’s fundamental interests are attacked. Kim made the remarks at a military parade on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army. The parade featured the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The Russian foreign minister has warned of "a real danger of a World War III" as tensions escalate between Moscow and the West over the war in Ukraine. Sergei Lavrov said the danger of a World War III is serious and cannot be underestimated. His remarks came as the US and its European allies are supplying weapons to help Ukraine resist the Russian offensive. Moscow has warned the West of unpredictable consequences if arming Ukraine continues. Lavrov said peace talks with Ukraine will continue, expressing confidence that the conflict will end with the signing of an accord. He criticized Kiev’s approach to the talks, saying goodwill has its limits and will not help negotiations if it is not reciprocal. Lavrov also accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of pretending to negotiate. He said Zelensky is a good actor, but there are 'a thousand contradictions in his remarks'.