Stopping Israel aggression
Iran’s president says Lebanon has proved that resistance is the only way to stop the Zionist regime’s savagery and aggression. Ebrahim Raeisi made the remark in a meeting with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting. He said those who thought Israel could be countered without resistance, have realized their error and are mending their ways. Raeisi stressed that normalization of relations with some regional countries will not bring security to Israel, but only deepens regional people’s hatred of the regime. The Iranian president also touched on Lebanon’s internal politics, saying all ethnic and religious groups in the country must unite to create a powerful government. Raeisi said Iran attaches great importance to security and peace in Lebanon.
Denying US arms claims
North Korea has denied US allegations that it is providing arms to Russia. Pyongyang says it has never supplied weapons or ammunition to Moscow and does not plan to do so in the future. North Korean media quoted a senior defense ministry official as saying that such reports are rumors spread by the US and other hostile forces. The official warned the US to "keep its mouth shut" and stop circulating rumors aimed at tarnishing North Korea’s image. Pyongyang’s reaction came after a US State Department spokesperson said earlier this month that Russia is in the process of purchasing rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use in Ukraine. A White House spokesperson later called that a potential purchase. John Kirby added there were no indications that the purchase had been completed and certainly no indications that those weapons were being used in Ukraine.
US economic crisis
Recent data show that the cost of renting a house is sharply rising in the United States, pushing already-high consumer prices even higher. According to Census Bureau figures, household rents in 2021 jumped 10-percent from pre-pandemic levels. This as year-on-year increases in the median household rent stood at 2-to-3 percent over the past decade. The surge in rents has forced many people to take on additional jobs or roommates to afford housing costs. Among those affected most are recent college graduates and younger workers. The surge, however, is not restricted to those groups or small homes. Larger properties saw even a bigger increase of almost 12-percent at the end of 2021 and start of 2022. That figure is about three times what it was in the five years prior to the pandemic.
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