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Israel al-Aqsa raid

Israeli forces have attacked Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque to make way for hundreds of settlers to enter the holy site in al-Quds. Over a dozen Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas. The regime troops also arrested at least 50 Palestinians, including the elderly and children. Over the past weeks, tensions have been running high at the mosque compound due to incursions by settlers under protection by Israeli forces. The resistance movement Hamas says the incursions amount to a serious escalation and direct provocation. And the Islamic Jihad says all gatherings at al-Aqsa in defense of the holy site are backed by resistance groups. Meantime, the Fatah party has promised a firm response to the occupiers. It has called on all the Palestinians to converge on al-Aqsa.

US role in Ukraine war

Moscow slams the West for providing weapons to Ukraine, saying such moves prolong Russia’s military campaign in the country. Peskov said Russia was well aware that the United States and its allies are also regularly feeding intelligence to the Ukrainian military. He was reacting to a New York Times report that claimed the US has assisted Kiev’s forces in killing Russian generals by sharing intelligence on their location inside Ukraine. The report does not specify how many generals were killed with American help. However, a spokeswoman for the US National Security Council rejected the Times article. Adrienne Watson insisted that American battlefield intelligence was not provided to the Ukrainian forces with the intent to kill Russian generals. 

UK rising inflation

The Bank of England warns inflation in Britain is going to top the 10% mark by the end of the year. The bank said big hikes in energy prices due in large part to the Ukraine war have pushed up petrol costs and energy bills. The Bank of England has already raised interest rates to 1%, hoping to contain the pace of rising prices. This is the fourth time it has increased interest rates since December 2021. The bank’s latest forecasts also show there is a serious risk of recession in the UK economy. Britain is grappling with soaring inflation, which hit a 30-year high of 7% in March. Surging prices are contributing to the biggest squeeze on household incomes since at least the 1950s. 

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